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- A sculpture in honour of Indian soldiers who fought during the First World War was unveiled on November 4, 2018 in the town of Smethwick in the West Midlands region of England. The 10-foot bronze statue was unveiled in Smethwick High Street to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in November 1918, also referred to as the Great War.
- Vice-Admiral M.P. Awati (retd.), who commanded a naval unit of the Eastern Fleet in the 1971 India-Pakistan war and whose actions led to the destruction of an enemy submarine, passed away at his hometown near Satara in Maharashtra on November 4, 2018. Vice-Admiral Awati, a Vir Chakra recipient, was 91.
- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena announced that he would lift the suspension of Parliament in 10 days as international pressure mounted on him to open the legislature and resolve the leadership struggle. The President had shut Parliament a day after sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and appointing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post.
- After being implemented in some offices over the past couple of years on pilot basis, the concept of e-office is set to take off in around 35 departments simultaneously from January 1. While e-office (or less-paper office) has made entry at different levels across departments, these offices are not integrated or interconnected at present.
- The Signature Bridge over the Yamuna, inaugurated on Sunday, is double the height of Qutub Minar. The new landmark will connect the Wazirabad across the river Yamuna to the inner city and reduce the travel time between north and northeast Delhi from 45 minutes to 10 minutes. The boomerang-shaped 154 metres pylon with high viewing box, which act as selfie points for people was inaugurated by the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. The pylon from a distance looks like hands folded in a greeting posture.
- South Korea’s First Lady Kim Jung-sook reached New Delhi on Sunday for a four-day visit. Ms. Kim has been invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of a park in Ayodhya dedicated to Indian-born Korean Queen Heo Hwang-ok. Queen Heo, originally named Princess Suriratna, is believed to have travelled to the Korean city of Gimhae from Ayodhya in AD 42 as a 16 year old. The park with a monument was first built in 2000, but is being enlarged.
- C. Palanivelu, Chairman of GEM Hospital in Coimbatore, was honoured with the award for “Original Contribution to the Development of Laparoscopic Surgery” at the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom recently. This makes Dr. Palanivelu the first Indian to be recognised in the Parliament of United Kingdom. Dr. Palanivelu was also given special privilege to operate and teach in many countries including the U.K. without a formal post-graduate training.
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