1. An Indian-origin doctor Dr. Onkar Singh Sahota of the Labour party scored a major upset after narrowly winning the Ealing and Hillingdon seat beating the former Conservative Deputy Mayor of London Mr Richard Barnes, in the Assembly elections.
2. Philip Abraham, an Indian journalist from Kerala , has been elected as a councillor in the UK, becoming the first person of Asian origin to be elected to the Loughton town council.
3. Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, elected as Chairman of the ADB’s (Asian Development Bank) Board of Governors and the country will host the 46th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank in New Delhi next year. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide assistance of USD 6.25 billion to India over three years for various projects, including those in the energy and education sectors.
4. A Paris court sentenced a Franco-Algerian nuclear physicist Mr. Adlene Hicheur, to four years in jail, after he was convicted of plotting with al Qaeda’s north African branch to carry out terror attacks.
5. TIDCO (Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation) is planning to establish an Integrated Aerospace Park in Chennai with the objective of supporting the development of aerospace industry covering design, engineering, manufacturing, servicing and maintenance of aircraft in Tamil Nadu.
6. The U.S. Transportation Department has slapped a USD 80,000 fine on Air India for failing to post customer service and tarmac delay contingency plans on its website and adequately inform passengers about its optional fees.