1. India signed an agreement with Nepal to lay an oil pipeline from Raxaul in Bihar to Amlekhgunj in Nepal to supply petrol, diesel and ATF to Nepal. The 41 kilometre pipeline -- 2 km in India and 39 km in Nepal -- will initially supply petrol, diesel and kerosene. It will be built by IOC at a cost of Rs. 200 crore. This will be the first trans-national petroleum pipeline in South Asia.
2. India and Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fields of education, training and research. The MoU was signed by Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India and Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training, Government of Australia after the 3rd meeting of the Australia-India Education Council (AIEC), held in New Delhi. The MoU will help intensify existing partnerships between India and Australia in higher education & research, including technical and professional education, schools, vocational education and training and will open up new and innovative areas of cooperation.
3. International Hockey Federation has announced that Chhattisgarh capital Raipur will host the 2015 FIH Hockey World League (HWL) Final that is scheduled to be held between 27 November and 6 December 2015. It is the first time when Raipur has been selected to host HWL. The competitions will be held at the Raipur International Hockey Stadium and teams of eight countries, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Argentina, host India and Canada will participate in it.
4. Olympic and world champion Jamaica's sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce retained Women’s 100 meters gold at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics by finishing the race in 10.76 seconds. This is Pryce's third consecutive title. The silver medal was won by Dafne Schippers (10.81) of Netherlands and the Bronze went to Tori Bowie (the USA) who completed the race in 10.86 seconds.
5. An Indian-origin businessman has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange in the UAE. Gaurang Desai, one of the founding members of the team that setup DGCX in 2005, is ideal to take the Exchange to its next stage of development. Desai will be tasked with heading the exchange's operations in the Middle East and beyond.
6. Indian-American Vince Chhabria was appointed as the full-time federal judge of California court by President Barack Obama. The 46-year-old Chhabria is the Bay Area's first Indian-American federal judge. Along with Chhabria, Obama also elevated 10 other people as the full-time judge in the third largest US state California.
7. World number one Serena Williams beat third seed Simona Halep (Romania) in the finals to win the Cincinnati Tennis Tournament title. Serena Williams won 6-3 7-6 (7-5) to see off Halep. This was Serena's second Cincinnati title and 69th singles crown of her career. Earlier she won this title in 2014.
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8. British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix finishing ahead of teammate Mercedes team driver Nico Rosberg and French Lotus driver Romain Grosjean. Hamilton finished the 43 laps in 1:23:40.387, winning his sixth race of the year. The 30-year-old Hamilton has now won 39 races in his career.
9. Chinese writer Liu Cixin's science fiction novel 'The Three-Body Problem' has won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel. With this award Liu Cixin has become the first Chinese citizens to win the Hugo Award. 52-year-old Chinese writer Liu Cixin was presented the Hugo Award in the 73rd World Science Fiction Festival held in Washington. He is also the first Asian to get the honor.
10. DRDO has tied up with Patanjali Yogpeeth of yoga guru Baba Ramdev for manufacturing and marketing some of the herbal supplements and food products developed by DRDO. An agreement to this effect was signed between DRDO's Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) and Patanjali Yogpeeth. The move will enable herbal products developed by DRDO to get more customers in the civilian market.