EVENTS 2012 – NATIONAL JANUARY TO DECEMBERJANUARYJan. 2: Eleven school children and their van driver are killed after the vehicle collides with a truck indense fog on the Saha-Shahabad road near Ambala in Haryana.Jan. 3: Explore and rejuvenate traditional systems of knowledge, says Prime Minister ManmohanSingh inaugurating the 99th annual session of the Indian Science Congress in Bhubaneswar.Bharatanatyam exponent Padma Subrahmanyam is presented the first „Natya Kala Acharya‟ Awardat the inauguration of the 6th Dance Festival of the Music Academy, Chennai.Jan. 4: Bishna Ram Bishnoi, one of the prime accused in the nurse Bhanwari Devi rape and murdercase is held by the Pune police near Lonavala.Jan. 6: The Supreme Court directs Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar to face trial in the case ofmurder of their daughter Aarushi on May 16, 2008, at Noida.Senior Indian diplomat D. Bala Venkatesh Verma is given the first S.K.Singh award at a function inNew Delhi.Jan. 8: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announces right of franchise to NRIs at the 10th PravasiBharatiya Divas inaugural in Jaipur. New pension and life insurance fund for overseas Indians.Jan. 9: President Pratibha Patil presents the “Pravasi Bharatiya Samman” to the Trinidad & TobagoPrime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar and 14 others at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas valedictory.Six researchers from five science streams are honoured with the Infosys Prize-2011 at a function inBangalore.Jan. 10: The Centre notifies 100 per cent foreign direct investment in single brand retail.Jan. 16: A major fire breaks out in Khalsa Mahal, part of the Chepauk Palace inChennai, destroying the offices of the Directorates of Social Welfare and Industriesand Commerce and leaving a fire officer dead.Jan. 20: Vodafone wins Rs. 11,000-crore tax case in Supreme Court.Jan. 23: Sunil Verma, a key-accused in the multi-crore National Rural Health Missionscam in Uttar Pradesh, is found dead at his residence in Lucknow.Jan. 24: The five-day Jaipur Literature Festival ends without Salman Rushdie‘s videoconference following protest.
Jan. 25: Eight persons are killed and more than 30 persons injured in a freak mishapas Santosh Mane, a bus driver, goes on the rampage in Pune.Norway agrees to hand over Abhigyan (3) and Aishwarya (1) taken under protectivecare by Child Welfare Services in 2011 to uncle Arunabhash Bhattacharya who is to betheir primary caregiver till the kids turn 18.Bhupen Hazarika, Mario de Miranda (both posthumously), T. V. Rajeswar prominentamong five Padma Vibhushan awardees. Hindi actors Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi,painter Jatin Das and Carnatic musicians T. V. Gopalakrishnan and M. S.Gopalakrishnan, Mira Nair, N. Vittal and Ronen Sen prominent among 27 awardedPadma Bhushan.Padma Shri awarded to 77 persons.Jan. 26: Dazzling display of cultural heritage marks the 63rd Republic Daycelebrations. For the first time, the IAF contingent is led by a woman flight Lt. SnehaShekhawhat. The Ashok Chakra is awarded posthumously to Lt. Navdeep Singh for hissupreme sacrifice in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2011.Kerala Governor and former Chief Minister of Pondicherry M.O.H. Farook (74) dies ata hospital in Chennai.Jan. 28: An estimated 82 per cent of the electorate cast votes in Manipur Assemblyelections marred by militant violence that claims five lives in Chandel district.Jan. 30: Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary B. P. Acharya is arrested by the CBI inHyderabad for his role in irregularities in allotment of plots for villas in the project ofDubai-based real estate developer Emaar.Punjab and Uttarakhand record a turnout of over 77 and 70 per cent in Assemblyelections.A Rs.1,000-crore housing project for the Thane Cyclone-hit districts such as Cuddaloreand Villupuram highlight of the Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah‘s address to theAssembly.Jan. 31: The Supreme Court dismisses plea for a further probe into thedisproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.FEBRUARYFeb. 1: The Supreme Court declares unconstitutional Section 27(3) of the Arms Actwhich provides for mandatory death penalty to an accused.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gives nod for setting up a National Council forSenior Citizens.
Feb. 2: The Supreme Court says sale of 2G spectrum by the UPA government is illegaland cancels all 122 telecom licences allotted on or after January 10, 2008 to 11companies. Spectrum to be resold by auction.Feb. 3: Veteran environmental filmmaker Mike Pandey is honoured with the V.Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival2012.The Centre notifies proposal to set up a National Counter-Terrorism Centre.Feb. 4: The Tamil Nadu Assembly passes bill seeking establishment of the Tamil NaduNational Law School in Srirangam. A massive farm package for Thane-hit farmers ofCuddalore and Villupuram is unveiled.Feb. 7: Three Karnataka Ministers are caught watching pornography on mobile phonein the Assembly.Feb. 8: The beleaguered Karnataka Ministers, Laxman Savadi, J. Krishna Palemar andC. C. Patil, ―voluntarily‖ resign.The Karnataka Advocate-General B. V. Acharya resigns post, but to continue as SpecialPublic Prosecutor in the disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu ChiefMinister Jayalalithaa.The Gujarat High Court pulls up the Narendra Modi government ―for inaction andnegligence‖ during the 2002 post-Godhra riots. SIT frees Modi of all charges in the2002 pogrom against Muslims.Sixtytwo per cent turnout in phase I of U.P. Assembly polls.Feb. 9: A student stabs to death R. Uma Maheswari (39), a teacher in a classroom atthe St. Mary‘s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School on Armenian Street, Chennai.Kartam Surya, face of the Salwa Judum, is killed in an ambush in Chhattisgarh‘sSukma district.Feb. 10: The Bombay High Court confirms the death sentence of three Lashkar-e-Taibaoperatives — Ashrat Shafiq Ansari, Mohammad Hanif Abdul Rahim Sayyed and hiswife Fahmida Sayyed — accused of the twin blasts in Mumbai on August 25, 2003.Feb. 11: Fiftynine per cent of the voters cast ballots in phase II of Uttar PradeshAssembly elections.Feb. 13: Tal Yehoshua Koren, Israeli diplomat is seriously injured after a magneticexplosive device fixed to her car by a motorcyclist goes off near the 7, Race CourseRoad residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.
Feb. 14: Karnataka‘s Minister for Higher Education Dr. V. S. Acharya (71) diesfollowing an acute myocardial infarction in Bangalore.Twentytwo writers and poets are honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2011at the Festival of Letters in New Delhi.Feb. 15: The third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls registers 57.25 per centvoting.Two fishermen are killed in firing by Italian naval personnel stationed on an oiltankerEnrica Lexie in the contiguous sea zone off Ambalapuzha in Kerala.Feb. 16: The Supreme Court stays Abu Salem‘s trial in two cases.Feb. 19: Kerala police arrest two Italian marines suspected to have fired shots killingtwo fishermen.The fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls records 57.20 per cent turnout.Feb. 23 : Fiftynine per cent polling in phase V of U.P. Assembly elections.Feb. 25: At least 174 shops are gutted after a portion of Bangalore‘s iconic RussellMarket in Shivaji Nagar is ravaged in a major fire.Feb. 26: A massive forest fire (that raged for four days) wreaks havoc at NagaraholeNational Park in Karnataka.Feb. 27: The Supreme Court directs the Centre to set up a ‗special committee‘ forthwithfor interlinking of rivers.Sensex tumbles by 477.82 points recording its biggest fall in five months.Feb. 28: Mixed response to nationwide one-day general strike against the Centre‘s―neo-liberal economic and anti-labour‖ policies.Ballots cast in sixth phase of U.P. Assembly polls.MARCHMarch 2: The Supreme Court appoints Justice H.S. Bedi as Chairman of theMonitoring Authority to probe all cases of fake encounter deaths in Gujarat from 2003to 2006.March 3 : Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Bikram Singh is named thenext Chief of the Army Staff.
The CBI arrests the former Uttar Pradesh Family Welfare Minister Babu SinghKushwaha in the National Rural Health Mission Scam.The last phase of Assembly polls in U.P. registers 59.16 per cent voting.Eightytwo per cent voting in Goa Assembly polls.March 5: A freelance journalist Syed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi is arrested for attackon Israeli diplomat, at Lodhi Road in South Delhi.March 6: Samajwadi Party sweeps Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. The Shiromani AkaliDal-BJP combine retains power in Punjab. In Goa, the BJP ousts the Congress frompower. The Congress forges ahead in Uttarakhand and secures absolute majority inManipur by bagging 42 seats in the 60-member House.March 7: The Byari debut feature film Byari shares the Best Film Award with Marathifilm Deool at the 59th National Film Awards. Vidya Balan bags Best Actress Award forthe biopic The Dirty Picture . Tamil Film Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai gets best popularfilm award.March 9: Manohar Parrikar is sworn in Goa Chief Minister at a public ceremony inCamapal, Goa.March 12: The President Pratibha Patil announces a proposal to set up a separateDepartment of Disability Affairs during her address to the joint session of Parliament.March 13: Vijay Bahuguna of the Congress is sworn in as Uttarakhand Chief Ministerat a simple ceremony in Dehra Dun.March 14: Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi hikes passenger fares for the first time ineight years, while presenting the Railway Budget for 2012-13, with an outlay of Rs.60,100 crore, the highest ever.Parkash Singh Badal is sworn in Punjab Chief Minister for a record fifth time. SukhbirSingh is sworn in Deputy Chief Minister.Okram Ibobi Singh is sworn in Manipur Chief Minister for the third consecutive term.March 15: Akhilesh Yadav is sworn in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.A Pakistani judicial commission arrives in Mumbai to record the statements of fourwitnesses in the November 26, 2008 terror attacks in the city.March 16: The Finance Minister announces token relief to taxpayers presenting theUnion Budget for 2012-13 in Parliament. Across – the - board hike in excise duty andservice tax.
March 19: The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa gives nod for KudankulamNuclear Power Plant.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh forwards Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi‘sresignation to President Pratibha Patil.March 20: Work resumes at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project site for the first timein nearly five-and-a-half months.Union Minister of State for Shipping Mukul Roy takes over as Railway Minister.A Pune Court awards death sentence to two for the November 1, 2007 rape and murderof a BPO employee Jyotikumari Choudhary.March 21: The AIADMK pulls off an emphatic win in Sankarankoil Assemblybyelection. The congress is routed in all seven Assembly constituencies in AndhraPradesh.Goa Tourism Minister and BJP leader Matanhy Saldanha (64), dies of cardiac arrest inPanaji.Nod for Mahindra Satyam merger with Tech Mahindra.March 22: Railway Minister Mukul Roy rolls back the fare hike, except for high-endclass.Union Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh, Rajiv Shukla, Mukul Roy, BSP chief Mayawatiand BJP leader Arun Jaitley are elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha.March 23: The Union Cabinet gives nod for credit guarantee fund to give a push tohousing for low-income groups. Nod for Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 givingwomen share in husband‘s property after divorce.March 25: Maoists free Italian tourist Claudio Colangelo after holding him hostage for11 days.Chief of the Army Chief General V.K. Singh alleges during an exclusive interview toTheHindu that he was offered a Rs 14-crore bribe by an equipment lobbyist for purchasingsub-standard trucks.March 26: Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O.Pannerselvam presents a growth-orientedbudget.March 28: The Union government stays the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana inconnection with the killing of the former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh on August31, 1995.
March 29: The fourth summit of BRICS in New Delhi begins process to set up a bankand inks two pacts to ease trade among each other.K.N. Ramajeyam, younger brother of K.N. Nehru, former Tamil Nadu TransportMinister is murdered after being abducted from Thillai Nagar in Tiruchi.The Lok Sabha passes the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010.March 30: Punjab Minister Bibi Jagir Kaur gets five-year prison term for forciblycausing her daughter‘s miscarriage almost 12 years ago; resigns from the Cabinet.March 31: Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy takes over as the CPI General Secretary fromArdhendu Bhushan Bardhan who was at the helm for 16 years, at the party‘s 21stCongress in Patna.A school principal Rupam Pathak is convicted in the murder of BJP MLA Raj KishoreKesari on January 4, 2011 in Bihar‘s Purnea district.APRILApril 2: The Securities and Exchange Board of India allows listing of stock exchanges.April 4: President Pratibha Patil presents the Padma awards at a ceremony atRashtrapati Bhavan.April 8: Terror a major issue by which Indian people will judge progress in ties, saysPrime Minister Manmohan Singh during talks with Pakistan President Asif AliZardari, in New Delhi.April 9: Prakash Karat is re-elected CPI(M) general secretary at the 20th partyCongress in Kozhikode.The Supreme Court grants bail to Pakistani microbiologist Mohammad Khalil Chistiserving lifer in the Ajmer jail in a murder case.April 10: SIT finds no proof against Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, saysAhmedabad court. Closure report filed in the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre case.April 11: Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal Chairman, N.P. Singh resigns on healthgrounds after holding the post for about 16 years.Battered Baby Neha Afreen dies at the Vani Vilas Hospital, Bangalore after a cardiacarrest.Pakistani microbiologist Mohammad Khalil Chisti is freed on bail from Rajasthan‘sAjmer Central jail.
April 12: The Supreme Court upholds the constitutional validity of the Right ofChildren to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.Italian court operator Bosusco Paolo is freed by naxalites after being held captive for29 days, in Kandhamal district, Odisha.April 13: India decides in principle to allow FDI from Pakistan. Both nations also agreeto allow opening of bank branches.Ambikesh Mahapatra, a professor of Kolkata‘s Jadavpur University is arrested forallegedly circulating defamatory e-mails directed at West Bengal Chief MinisterMamata Banerjee.April 14: India and Pakistan agree on a roadmap for allowing trade through the landroute — Attari-Wagah. To give fillip to trade through new Integrated Checkpost.April 19: Nuclear-capable Agni-V is successfully test launched from a rail mobilelauncher from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast propelling India into elite ICBMclub.April 21: Cadres of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) kidnap Alex PaulMenon, Collector of Sukma district, Chhattisgarh after killing two personal securityguards.April 24: The Rajya Sabha passes the Right of Children to Free and CompulsoryEducation (Amendment) Bill, 2010 that widens the net for disabled children.The two Bhattacharya children land in Delhi after being kept in foster care for almost ayear by authorities in Norway.April 26: Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka, kidnapped by Maoists more than a month ago isfreed on the outskirts of Balipeta village in Koraput district.India‘s first indigenously built all-weather Radar Imaging Satellite, RISAT-1 is injectedinto orbit by the PSLV C-19 after lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre inSriharikota.April 27: The former BJP president Bangaru Laxman is convicted of taking bribe tofacilitate government contracts.The grand old lady of Indian theatre Zohra Segal turns 100.April 28: Former SPG Chief B.V. Wanchoo is appointed Goa Governor and formerMadhya Pradesh Minister, Aziz Qureshi, Governor of Uttarakhand, Margaret Alva isshifted to Rajasthan.
Bangaru Laxman is sentenced to four years‘ RI on corruption charges by a Special CBICourt in New Delhi.April 30: Nupur Talwar, an accused in the 2008 murder of her daughter Aarushi anddomestic help Hemraj is sent to jail after rejection of her bail plea.Bangaru Laxman quits the BJP‘s national executive.MAYMay 2: The Supreme Court allows the Italian ship Enrica Lexie to leave India settingaside the Kerala High Court‘s order.May 3: Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon is freed by Maoists in the Bastar forestsending a 12-day hostage crisis.The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is conferred on veteran Bengali actor SoumitraChatterjee by the Vice-President Hamid Ansari at the 59th National Film Awards 2012in New Delhi. Marathi film Deool and Byari share the best feature film award. VidyaBalan bags Best Actress award for her role in The Dirty Picture . Girish Kulkarni bagsBest Actor Award (Deool ).A CBI court in Ranchi convicts 69 persons and acquits 16 in the multi-crore fodderscam, at the end of a 16-year-long trial.May 4: A Special Fast Track Court in Anand, Gujarat awards lifer to nine persons inthe 2002 Ode riots case. Thirtyone are freed.Sensex tanks 320 points to close at 16831.08.Tamil writer Ashokamitran is chosen for the 6th NTR National Literary Award.AIIMS graduate Shena Aggarwal tops the Civil Services Examination 2011. RukmaniRiar, a postgraduate from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences secures the secondrank.A Bill to repeal the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council Act, 2010 is introduced in the RajyaSabha.May 5: Italian ship Enrica Lexie detained off Kochi since February 15 following thekilling of two fishermen is allowed to sail out of Indian waters.May 7: Lok Sabha passes the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2012.The Supreme Court suspends the life sentence of CPI (Maoist) activist Narayan Sanyaland grants him bail.
May 8: West Bengal confers the first ‗Bishesh Rabindra Puraskar‘ on Rabindra Sangeetexponent Dwijen Mukhopadhyay to mark the conclusion of the 150th birthanniversary celebrations of the Nobel laureate.May 9: Parliament passes the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education(Amendment) Bill, 2012 with passage of the measure in the Lok Sabha.May 10: The Supreme Court allows Pakistani microbiologist Mohammad Khalil Chishtijailed in Ajmer for the past 20 years in a murder case to visit his country.May 11: Furore in Parliament over derogatory 1949 cartoon on Ambedkar.Government bans the caricature contained in an NCERT book for 11th standard.May 13: Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first sittingof Parliament. President Pratibha Patil releases a book.May 15: The former Telecom Minister A. Raja is granted bail by a special CBI court inNew Delhi after spending nearly 15 months in the Tihar Central Jail.May 16: Sensex tumbles by 298.6 points to close at 16030.09 triggered by the eurozonecrisis.May 20: S. P. Mahantesh, Deputy Director of Cooperative Audit and whistleblower onirregular land allotments in Karnataka dies of injuries he suffered after a murderousattack in Bangalore five days ago.Eminent actor Suchitra Sen is honoured with West Bengal‘s highest award BangaBibhusan.May 22: Twentyfive persons are killed as the Bangalore-bound Hampi Express rams astationary goods train near the Penukonda station in Anantapur district, AndhraPradesh.The Lok Sabha passes the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011.Parliament nod for The Copyright Act (Amendment) Bill, 2012, that entitles artistes tolife-long royalty.May 23: The rupee touches an all-time low of 50.22 against the dollar.Sensex closes below the 16000-mark.The Mamata Banerjee government announces scrapping of the Special EconomicZones.May 27: The CBI arrests YSR Congress president and Kadapa MP Y. S. JaganmohanReddy in a disproportionate assets case.
May 28: The Andhra Pradesh High Court quashes the Centre‘s 4.5 per cent quota forMinorities carved out of the 27 percent reservation for the OBCs.May 29: A special court in Mumbai grants bail to seven accused in the Adarsh HousingSociety case as the CBI fails to file chargesheet.Gulf, EU residents are allowed to invest in stock markets. Qualified Foreign Investorsto bring up to $1 billion in debt market.May 31: The Union Cabinet gives nod for the National Telecom Policy 2012. Numberportability allowed.General Bikram Singh assumes office as the Chief of the Army Staff in New Delhi.JUNEJune 1: Brahmeshwar Singh alias ‗Mukhiyaji‘, chief of the Ranvir Sena is shot dead atKatira Mohalla, 71 km from Patna, in the Bhojpur district headquarters town of Ara.June 2: Massimilliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone, the two Italian marines arrestedfor the killing of two Kerala fishermen are freed on bail after spending 105 days incustody.June 4: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar is sworn is as Rajya Sabha member.June 5: Vice-Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi is named the next Chief of the NavalStaff.June 6: Election Commissioner Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath is appointed as theChief Election Commissioner.Planet Venus transits the Sun, the last such celestial event of this century.Sensex gains 433.66 points to close at 16454.30.June 8: The trial in the Aarushi murder case begins at a Ghaziabad court.June 11: V.S. Sampath assumes office as the Chief Election Commissioner.June 13: Five persons, including the owner of Sri Padmapriya Kalyana Mahal inSrirangam, Tiruchi are convicted for the death of 64 persons on January 23, 2004during a fire mishap at the hall.June 14: Pascal Mazurier, a French diplomat, is held by the Bangalore police oncharges of raping his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
June 15: The Congress suffers a setback as it loses 18 seats in the byelections to theAssemblies in 10 States and the Nellore Lok Sabha seat in Andhra Pradesh. In TamilNadu, the AIADMK wins the Pudukottai Assembly seat.June 20: The former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma quits the NCP and to contestpresidential polls with NDA support.Conjoined twins Stuti and Aradhana are separated after a 12-hour complex surgery atthe Missionary Hospital in Padhar of Betul district, Madhya Pradesh.June 21: Five persons are killed in a towering inferno that engulfs Mantralaya, theMaharashtra Secretariat. Many offices, including that of the Chief Minister and theDeputy Chief Minister are gutted.Mahi (4) dies of asphyxia after falling into a 70-foot borewell at Kasan village inGurgaon.June 22: The Calcutta High Court strikes down the Singur Land Rehabilitation andDevelopment Act, 2011, terming it ―unconstitutional and void.‖June 25: A fire destroys the 200-year-old shrine of Dastageer Sahib at Khanyar inSrinagar. The relics of the 11th century preacher Ghausul-Azam are safe.Suspected Lakshar-e-Toiba terrorist Abu Jindal alias Sayyed Zabiuddin Ansari whoplayed a key role in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks is held by the New DelhiPolice after being deported by Saudi Arabia.A trial court in Shimla frames graft charges against the Union Minister for Small,Micro and Medium Industries Virbhadra Singh.June 26: Pranab Mukherjee steps down as the Union Finance Minister. Prime MinisterManmohan singh takes over the portfolio.Union Minister Virbhadra Singh resigns.June 28: Surjeet Singh (69) is freed after spending three decades in Pakistani prisonson spying charges and crosses the zero line at the Wagah-Attari joint check-post alongthe border in Amritsar.June 29: Leela Samson is back as director of the Kalakshetra Foundation. She had quitthe post on April 12 amid pressure from a section of the board.Sensex shoots up by 439 points to close at 17429.98, its biggest single-day gain in 2012.JULYJuly 1: Floods, landslips leave 77 dead in Assam.
July 3: The Union Cabinet clears Rs.25-crore plan to airlift 350 tonnes of toxic wastefrom Bhopal.July 4: The CBI files chargesheets against the former Maharashtra Chief MinisterAshok Chavan and 12 others in the Adarsh Housing Society case.July 5: Aradhana who was separated from her conjoined sister Stuti dies after twicesuffering cardiac arrest in Betul, M.P.Altogether 538 animals, including 13 rhinos are killed as floods wreak havoc on theKaziranga National Park in Assam.July 6: The Supreme Court quashes FIR against former Uttar Pradesh Chief MinisterMayawati in disproportionate assets case.President Pratibha Patil is enrolled biometrically in the National Population Registerat Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.July 8 : Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda hands over resignation to BJPpresident Nitin Gadkari.July 9: The Bombay High Court acquits five accused and upholds life term for four inthe 2002 Best Bakery case.A girl is molested outside a pub in full public view in Guwahati, Assam by a group ofpersons.Votes are cast in presidential polls.July 12: Jagadish Shettar is sworn in as Karnataka Chief Minister. K.S. Eshwarappaand R. Ashok become Deputy Chief Ministers.July 13: The most wanted idol and antique items smuggler Subhash Chandra Kapurarrested last October in Germany is brought to Chennai.July 18: Rajesh Khanna (70), Hindi cinema‘s first real superstar dies in Mumbai,following prolonged illness.A general manager is killed and 100 managers injured in unprecedented violence atMaruti Suzuki‘s Manesar plant in Haryana over the suspension of a lineman.July 20: Assam police arrest Gaurab Jyoti Neog, a journalist with New Live TV Channelfor allegedly instigating the molestation of a girl.July 21: Maruti Suzuki India Limited declares an indefinite lockout at its Manesarplant.
About 36,000 flee homes in Assam‘s Kokrajhar district following Bodo-Muslim clashesthat leave 12 dead.July 22: Pranab Kumar Mukherjee is declared elected President. He defeats theformer Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma by 3,97,776 value votes.July 23: Shoot-at-sight orders in Kokrajhar district, following unabated violence. Tolltouches 20.Amarjyoti Kalita, the key accused in the Guwahati molestation case is arrested inVaranasi.July 24: Army is called out in Assam as violence escalates in Kokrajhar, Chirang andDubri districts. Rail link snapped and 1.7 lakh people move to relief camps.July 25: Pranab Mukherjee is sworn in President in the Central Hall of Parliament.July 28: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits flood-hit Assam and announcesRs.300 crore in Central aid.July 29: Seventyfour per cent polling in the first-ever elections to the GorkhaTerritorial Administration Sabha in West Bengal.July 30: A fire aboard the Chennai-bound Tamil Nadu Express in Nellore leaves 32dead.The Northern Grid crashes in one of the worst outages in more than a decade plungingeight States into darkness.July 31: In the second massive breakdown, 21 States plunge into darkness as threegrids collapse.P.Chidambaram is back as Finance Minister. Sushil Kumar Shinde becomes HomeMinister and Veerappa Moily given additional charge of Power.The Madras High Court stays Leela Samson‘s reappointment as Director ofKalakshetra Foundation.AUGUSTAug. 1: Four low-intensity blasts rock the busy Junglee Maharaj Road in Pune.The Supreme Court acquits three persons, including Sanjeev Nanda in the January 10,1999 BMW hit-and-run case in which six persons died.Aug. 4: The newly-elected members of the Gorkhaland Territorial AdministrationSabha are sworn in at a function in Darjeeling.
The former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel and former Union MinisterKashiram Rana quit the BJP.Aug. 5: Haryana Minister of State for Home and Youth Affairs Gopal Goyal Kandaresigns following the registration of a case in connection with the suicide in New Delhiof Geetika Sharma, a former staff of an airline owned by him.Aug. 6: Fiza Anuradha Bali, estranged second wife of the former Haryana Deputy ChiefMinister, Chander Mohan, is found dead in her house in Mohali town of Punjab‘sAjitgarh district.Anna Hazare disbands Team Anna.Aug. 7: Hamid Ansari is re-elected Vice-President, thus becoming the second person toget a second consecutive term after S. Radhakrishnan.India becomes first destination in Asia to receive the state-of-the-art Lufthansa Boeing747-8 International after it touches down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport inNew Delhi to a water cannon salute.Aug. 11: Hamid Ansari is sworn in as Vice-President for a second term.Two persons are killed and more than 50 injured as a protest against Assam riotsturns violent in Azad Maidan, Mumbai. Amar Jawan memorial desecrated.Aug. 14: The Union Minister for Science and Technology and former MaharashtraChief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh (67) dies at a Chennai hospital.B. V. Acharya, Special Public Prosecutor in the disproportionate assets against TamilNadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, quits post.Aug. 15: Lack of political consensus to blame for slow economic growth, says the PrimeMinister Manmohan Singh in his address to the nation from the ramparts of the RedFort in New Delhi on the 66th Independence Day.Aug. 17: The CAG report tabled in Parliament points finger at Prime MinisterManmohan Singh for discrepancies that led to loss of Rs. 1.86-lakh crore in coal blocksallocation during 2004-09.Aug. 19: The 20th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award is conferred on D.R.Mehta, founder and chief patron of the Bhagwan Mahavir Sahayata Samiti, Jaipur.Aug. 21: Maruti Suzuki resumes production at its Manesar plant in Gurgaon.Aug. 24: The Supreme Court extends stay of verdict in the Singur land case providingrespite to the West Bengal government.
Aug. 29: The Supreme Court confirms death sentence awarded to Ajmal Kasab, theprime accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks.Mayaben Kodnani, former Minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet and former BajrangDal convener Babu Bajrangi among 31 persons convicted by a special court inAhmedabad in the February 28, 2002 Naroda-Patiya massacre case in which 97Muslims were killed.Aug. 30: Nine IAF personnel are killed as two helicopters collide in mid-air inGujarat‘s Saurashtra region.Aug. 31: The Supreme Court directs Sahara group to refund Rs. 24,400 crore collectedfrom 2.21 crore depositors.All convicts in the Naroda-Patiya riots case, including BJP MLA Mayaben Kodnani aresentenced to lifer by a special court in Ahmedabad.The Madras High Court gives nod for the commissioning of Units I & II of theKudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi takes charge as the 21st Chief of the Naval Staff.SEPTEMBERSept. 3: The Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010and two other Bills passed without debate in the Lok Sabha. Bill to eliminate manualscavenging introduced. Normal functioning of Parliament hit for the ninth day.Sept. 4: The CBI registers five cases in Coalgate. Names Congress MP Vijay Darda inone case and conducts searches in 11 cities.Sept. 5: Thirtyeight persons are killed and 67 injured after an explosion at afirecrackers unit in Mudalipatti near Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu‘s Virudhunagar district.Sept. 7: The monsoon session of Parliament comes to an unceremonious end.Kerala High Court directs the State government to pay former ISRO scientist S. R.Nambi Narayanan an interim compensation of Rs. 10 lakh for keeping him in illegalpolice custody in connection with a 1994 espionage case.Sensex surges by over 337 points to close at 17683.73.Sept. 8: The judiciary must keep reinventing itself, says the President PranabMukherjee delivering the valedictory address at the sesquicentennial (150 years)celebrations of the Madras High Court.
The first of Air India‘s advanced Boeing 787 Dreamliner touches down at the IndiraGandhi International Airport in New Delhi to a water cannon salute.Aseem Trivedi, awarding winning political cartoonist is arrested by the Mumbai policeon sedition, cybercrime charges.Sept. 9: A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle blasts off from Sriharikota and places in orbittwo foreign satellites on ISRO‘s 100th mission.Verghese Kurien (90), father of the ―White Revolution‖ and founder of the cooperativedairy movement in the country, dies in a hospital at Nadiad, Gujarat.Sept. 10: One fisherman is killed in police firing in Tuticorin as the protest against theKudankulam Nuclear Power Project turns violent.Sept. 12: Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi is freed after being granted bail by the BombayHigh Court, a day before.Sept. 13: The Supreme Court refuses to stay loading of fuel at the Kudankulam nuclearplant in Tamil Nadu. Agrees to examine risk factor.Sept. 14: The Centre allows 51 per cent foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail,100 per cent in single brand retail and 49 per cent in civil aviation.Sensex gains 443.11 points to close at 18464.27, the highest close since July 2011.Navraj Kwatra (65) photographer-son of famous writer Amrita Pritam is foundmurdered at his apartment in Borivali, Mumbai.The U.S. Consulate in Chennai is attacked during a protest against AmericanfilmInnocence of Muslims .Sept. 15: Pratish Datta, a visually challenged student is awarded the ProfessorJagadish Chandra Bose Memorial Gold Medal for the best academic performance atthe 58th convocation of IIT Kharagpur.Sept. 17: The Supreme Court grants bail to Nupur Talwar in the Aarushi-Hemrajmurder case.Sept. 18: The Trinamool Congress withdraws support to the UPA government.Copies of The Hindu dated January 21, 1966 found in a diplomatic bag which wentdown with an Air India aircraft 46 years ago in the French Alps are put on display atthe Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.Sept. 19: The Cauvery River Authority fails to resolve the issue of sharing of the waters.Tamil Nadu to approach Supreme Court.
Sept. 20: The UPA Government notifies the guidelines for FDI in retail, civil aviationand broadcasting unfazed by the Opposition sponsored bandh.A.S. Panneerselvan, Executive Director of Panos South Asia, takes over as TheHindu’sthird Readers‘ Editor.The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy is launched on the occasion of the134th anniversary of the founding of the daily.Sept. 21: G. Kasturi (87), the former Editor of The Hindu , dies at his home in Chennai.Trinamool Congress Ministers quit the Union Cabinet.Sept. 22 : Rain wreaks havoc in Assam leaving thousands marooned in Tinsukiadistrict. Floodwaters submerge 35 per cent area of the Kaziranga National Park.Six Ministers of the Congress in the West Bengal government resign their posts.Sept. 24: Trial begins in the Kumbakonam School fire tragedy on July 16, 2004 that left94 dead.The Union Cabinet gives nod for the one rank, one pension scheme for ex-servicemen.Sept. 25: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawarresigns. All 15 NCP Ministers and five Ministers of State too quit.Nupur Talwar is freed on bail from the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad.Sept. 26: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presents the Shanti Swarup BhatnagarAward for 2011 to 11 young scientists in New Delhi. CSIR announces researchfellowships for scientists aged above 70.Sept. 28: Sharad Pawar asks Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to acceptAjit Pawar‘s resignation. All other NCP Ministers asked to resume duty.The Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia retires.Sept. 29: Justice Altamas Kabir is sworn in the 39th Chief Justice of India by thePresident Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi.The Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker D. Jayakumar resigns post.Sept. 30: K. Vijay Kumar retires as CRPF Director–General.OCTOBEROct. 2: India Against Corruption announces the launch of a party in New Delhi.
Oct. 3: The EC announces elections to the Assemblies of Gujarat (December 13 and 17)and Himachal Pradesh (November 4).A gender-sensitive Parliament can ―more insightfully‖ address social problems facedby women, says President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurating the seventh meeting ofWomen Speakers of Parliament, in New Delhi.Oct. 4: The Manmohan Singh government raises the FDI cap in the insurance sector,opens up the pension sector to foreign investment.Sensex breaches the 19000 mark and closes at 19058.15.Oct. 5: The Supreme Court stays all mining operations in Goa.Oct. 6: The Cauvery Basin districts and Bangalore observe a shutdown in protestagainst the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.Oct. 8: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rules out a stay or review of the decision ofthe Cauvery River Authority to release water to Tamil Nadu.Columnist and one-time playback singer Varsha Bhosle, daughter of legendary singerAsha Bhosle is found dead at her Peddar Road residence in Mumbai.Oct. 10: P. Dhanapal is unanimously elected Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly, thefirst Dalit to hold the office since 1955.Oct. 11: Suvarna Soudha, the second Secretariat building in Karnataka, is inauguratedby President Pranab Mukherjee in Belgaum.Oct. 13: President Pranab Mukherjee‘s son Abhijit Mukherjee scrapes through inJangipur Lok Sabha constituency. In Tehri, Uttarakhand Chief Minister VijayBahugana‘s son Saket Bahuguna loses to the BJP‘s Maharani Mala Rajlaxmi Shah.The Rajasthan government appoints The Hindu’s senior journalist Sunny Sebastian asthe Vice-Chancellor of the newly created Harideo Joshi University of Journalism andMass Communication.Oct. 16: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledges $50 million for biodiversityconservation for what he called the ―Hyderabad Pledge‖addressing the 11thConference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.Oct. 17: Pranay Sahay is appointed CRPF Director-General.The Karnataka High Court grants bail to French diplomat Pascal Mazurier arrested for―sexually abusing‖ his daughter.
Oct. 19: Aman Sethi , The Hindu’s Correspondent in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is declaredwinner of The Economist Crossword Book Award 2011 for his book, A Free Man .Oct. 20: Kingfisher Airlines‘ licence is suspended.The Union government launches an Aadhaar- enabled service delivery system at Dudutown near Jaipur in Rajasthan. Bali Bai of Kurawad village in Udaipur district gets the21st crore Aadhaar card.Oct. 23: Sunil Gangopadhyay (78), Sahitya Akademi president dies at his SouthKolkata residence following heart attack.Oct. 25: Actor Waheeda Rahman is conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award atthe closing function of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival. Miss Lovely bags the best filmaward.Small screen‘s big star Jaspal Bhatti (57) of Flop Show fame dies in a road accident inPunjab.Kingfisher Airlines lifts lockout.Oct. 26: S.M. Krishna resigns as External Affairs Minister.India, Spain ink pact in defence cooperation after talks between Prime MinisterManmohan Singh and King of Spain Juan Carlos I.Oct. 28: Salman Khurshid is named External Affairs Minister. Pawan Kumar Bansalbecomes the first Congress Railway Minister in 17 years. S.Jaipal Reddy is moved fromPetroleum and Natural Gas to S&T.Oct. 31: Cyclone Nilam spares Chennai city, but makes landfall near Mamallapuram.Earlier , gusty winds drag a cargo ship MT Prathiba Cauvery and it runs aground offElliots Beach, Besant Nagar.Cable television goes digital in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.NOVEMBERNov. 1: Coast Guard commandos rescue all the 15 crew members on board MTPratibha Cauvery that remains stranded off the Chennai coast.Former Punjab Minister Bibi Jagir Kaur imprisoned for the mysterious death of herdaughter is granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.Union Cabinet nod to give ex-servicemen status for retired paramilitary personnel.
Nov. 2: Senior TDP leader and former Union Minister, Yerran Naidu (55), dies afterhis car collides with a lorry at Ranasthalam in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh.Cameroon is admitted as the 20th member of the Indian Ocean Rim Association forRegional Cooperation and the U.S. becomes a dialogue partner at the ministerialmeeting of the grouping in Gurgaon.Nov. 4: About 75 per cent of the voters cast ballots in Himachal Pradesh Assemblypolls.Nov. 5: Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam are battered in the rain furyand crops on over 15 lakh acres suffer damage.Nov. 6: India and Canada finalise mechanism on shipping Canadian uranium to NewDelhi after Manmohan Singh – Stephen Harper talks. Social security agreementsigned.Nov. 7: Veteran (CPIM) leader Samar Mukherjee turns 100.Nov. 8: The Andhra Pradesh High Court sets aside the BCCI‘s lifetime ban on formerIndian cricket captain Azharuddin for ‗match-fixing‘.Three Dalit colonies near Naikkankottai in Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu areattacked by a rampaging mob of caste Hindus.Cyrus P. Mistry is appointed Chairman of Tata Power.Nov. 9: The Supreme Court stays proceedings on all petitions in the 2G spectrumallocation scam pending before the Delhi High Court.Nov. 11: The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen withdraws both from the UPA coalition atthe Centre and the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh.Nov. 14: Friendship should be based on people, not governments, says the Myanmaropposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi after delivering the Nehru Memorial Lectureon the 123rd birth anniversary of Jawarharlal Nehru, in New Delhi.The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, comes into force.Nov. 15: Former Union Minister Krishna Chandra Pant (81) dies at his New Delhiresidence.Nov. 17: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray (86), dies at his residence ‗Matoshree‘ inMumbai of cardiac arrest.
Business tycoon Gurdeep Singh aka Ponty Chadha and his younger brother are killedin a fierce exchange of fire at a farmhouse in Chattarpur area in South Delhi followinga property dispute.Nov. 18: Bal Thackeray cremated with full state honours at Mumbai‘s Shivaji Park. Thecity observes a shutdown. A hospital in Thane ransacked following an FB postquestioning the bandh.Nov. 19: Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan of Palghar in Mumbai‘s Thane districtare held briefly by police the former for her post on Facebook questioning the bandhfollowing Bal Thackeray‘s death and the latter for ‗liking‘ it.Nov. 21: Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorattacks is hanged in Pune‘s Yerwada jail.Nov. 22: The Trinamool Congress‘s attempt to bring a no-confidence motion againstthe UPA government in Lok Sabha fails.Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former President of Brazil is presented the IndiraGandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, 2010 at the RashtrapatiBhavan.The Borlaug Award 2012 goes to K.V. Prabhu and Ashok Singh, scientists at the IndianAgriculture Research Institute.Nov. 23: The Infosys Science Foundation announces the winners of the fourth InfosysPrize for research, across six categories, including in Humanities for the first time.Nov. 24: Arvind Kejriwal and his team christen their political party ―Aam AadmiParty‖ and adopt a constitution at a meeting of the National Council in New Delhi.The Siva Prasad Barooah National Award for Journalism 2011 is presented to veteranjournalist M. S. Prabhakara in Guwahati.Nov. 25: The BJP suspends Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani.Nov. 27: Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business editor Samir Ahluwaliaare arrested in New Delhi.Nov. 29: Talks between Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in Bangalore tobreak the deadlock on the Cauvery water dispute fails.Nov. 30: Inder Kumar Gujral (92), former Prime Minister (April 21, 1997 – March 19,1998) dies at a Gurgaon hospital of multiple organ failure. Union Cabinet declaresseven-day state mourning
The former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa quits the BJP and resigns asMLA. Formally joins Karnataka Janata Paksha.The President Pranab Mukherjee comes down heavily on the growing trend ofdisruption of proceedings of Parliament and State Assemblies during his speech at thediamond jubilee celebrations of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in Chennai.DECEMBERDec. 1: Chief Justice of Nepal Khil Raj Regmi and Justice V.R.Sirpurkar, Chairman ofthe Competition Appellate Tribunal are among the winners of the International JuristsAwards and National Law Day Awards.Dec. 2: Andhra Pradesh Assembly passes the Andhra Pradesh ScheduledCaste/Scheduled Tribe Sub-Plan Planning, Allocation and Utilisation of FinancialResources Bill, 2012 making it the first state in the country to have such legislation .Dec. 5: The UPA manages to defeat the Opposition motion on FDI in retail in the LokSabha after the BSP and the SP members stage a walkout.Dec. 6: Karnataka orders release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.Dec. 7: The UPA government wins the vote on the policy on FDI in multibrand retail inRajya Sabha with the SP staging a walkout and the BSP voting against the motion.A Kamrup court sentences to two years RI the 11 convicted in G.S.Road molestationcase in which a gang misbehaved with a girl in the Assam capital Guwahati.Ajit Pawar is sworn in as Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister .Dec. 9: The Karnataka government stops Cauvery water release and files a petitionbefore the Cauvery River Authority.Dec. 12: The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the epoch-making art festival, opens at FortKochi.Microbiologist Mohammed Khaleel Chisti, involved in a 1992 case of murder in Ajmer,is freed by the Supreme Court and allowed to go back to Pakistan.Dec. 13: Bill for providing the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes with quota inpromotion in government jobs tabled in the Rajya Sabha.The Union Cabinet nod for a watered down version of proposal creating a new CabinetCommittee in Investment. Nod for amendments to the Judicial Standards andAccountability Bill.A record 68 per cent turnout is registered in phase I of Gujarat Assembly polls.
Dec. 14: India and Pakistan formalise the historic visa agreement signed in September.Amar Chitra Katha launches a graphic novel on M.S.Subbulakshmi at the Narada GanaSabha in Chennai.Dec. 15: My eyes now set on reforms in GAAR, IT and pharma sectors, says PrimeMinister Manmohan Singh at the 85th annual general meeting of the FCCI in NewDelhi. Naina Lal Kidwai takes over as the first woman president.Dec. 16: A 23-year-old girl battles for life at Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi afterbeing gang-raped in a moving bus and thrown out along with her male friend onNational Highway-8.Dec. 17: Rajya Sabha passes by a huge majority the 117th Constitutional AmendmentBill providing for quota in government job promotions for SC /ST employees.A staggering 70 per cent polling is recorded in phase II of Gujarat Assembly elections.Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business editor Samir Ahluwalia aregranted bail by a sessions court in New Delhi.Six trainer aircraft and a helicopter used by the Chief Minister are gutted in a majorfire in a hangar at the Begumpet airport in Hyderabad.Dec. 18: The Lok sabha passes the Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2011.Cyrus P. Mistry is formally appointed Tata Sons Chariman.Dec. 20: Narendra Modi sweeps back to power in Gujarat for the third time in a row.In Himachal Pradesh, Congress comes back to power winning 36 of the 68 Assemblyseats.The BJP and the SP block the quota bill in the Lok Sabha which adjourns sine die .Booker-nominated Jeet Thayil and Bengali novelist Subrata Mukhopadhyaya among24 selected for the 2012 Sahitya Akademi Awards.India, ASEAN finalise the FTA in services and investments at the plenary session ofIndia-ASEAN commemorative summit in New Delhi.Dec. 21: The Raman Singh government enacts the Chhattisgarh Food Security Act,2012.Flight Cadet R.K. Herojit Singh from Manipur paralysed below the waist following amishap is cleared for commissioning into the IAF.
Music director Ilayaraja among 36 chosen for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards2012.Dec. 22: Students lay siege to Rastrapati Bhavan in New Delhi braving police actionseeking justice for rape victims.Dijwamani Thangjam, a journalist is killed in police firing while covering the strike inManipur seeking the arrest of an NSCN functionary for misbehaving with an actress.Dec. 24: India, Russia sign 10 deals, among them a Kremlin-backed $2 billioninvestment fund after Manmohan Singh-Putin talks in New Delhi.Dec. 25: Virbhadra Singh is sworn in Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister at a function inShimla.Seven persons are killed in an explosion at a firecrackers unit at Parakallur village inMecheri, Salem.Dec. 26: The gangrape victim is flown to Singapore .Narendra Modi is sworn in Gujarat Chief Minister.Dec. 28: Ratan Naval Tata steps down as Tata Group Chairman.Dec. 29: The gangrape victim dies at a hospital in Singapore.Manohar Singh one of the accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts is held in MadhyaPradesh.Dec. 30: The U.P. girl is cremated at the Dwarka crematorium in New Delhi.Dec. 31: Cyrus P. Mistry takes over as Tata Group Chairman.JANUARY to DECEMBER INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 2012 –INTERNATIONALJANUARYJan. 1: The world rings in New Year with a spectacular string of fireworks, with Pacific Islandsbeing the first to usher in celebrationsA magnitude 7 earthquake rocks Japan.
Jan. 2: Kiaran Stapleton (20) is charged with the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve inManchester.Jan. 8: The African National Congress celebrates centenary in a $12.3-million commemorationin Bloemfontein, South Africa.Jan. 9: Indian-American Bobby Jindal begins second term as Louisiana Governor after winninga landslide victory in the open primary held on January 7.Jan. 10: Daniel Ortega begins his third term as Nicaragua President.Jan. 11: Mostafa Ahmade Roshan Behdast (32), an Iranian nuclear scientist at the Natanzuranium enrichment facility is killed in a bomb attack in Tehran.Tata Technologies unveils the prototype of $20,000 eMO electric car at the 2012 Detroit AutoShow.Jan. 12 : Scientists report the discovery of two more circumbinary planets — Kepler 34 b,Kepler 35 b.Jan. 13: Former Myanmar Premier Khin Nyunt and former student activist Min Ko Naingamong 650 political prisoners freed by the government.Three persons die and several go missing after Costa Concordia, a 114,000-tonne cruise shipruns aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.Jan. 14: Taiwan‟s President Ma Ying-jeou is re-elected for a second term.Jan. 15: George Clooney bags the Best Actor Award for his role in The Descendants and MerylStreep the Best Actress Award for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady at the69th Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.Jan. 16: Pakistan Supreme Court issues a contempt notice to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilanifor failure to implement order on money laundering cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.Jan. 17: Mukkaram Khan Atif, a journalist working for the Voice of America is shot dead at amosque near his home at Shabqadar town, 35 km from Peshawar.Jan. 19: The American photographic film pioneer, Eastman Kodak Co, which invented the hand-held camera files for bankruptcy.Megaupload.com, one of the world‟s most popular file-sharing sites, is shut down following afederal indictment in Virginia.Jan. 20: U.S. Congressional leaders put on hold anti-online piracy legislation following a waveof protests led by Google and Wikipedia.
Jan. 21: Nearly 178 people are killed in coordinated bomb and gun attacks by Islamist radicalgroup Boko Haram in the Nigerian city of Kano.Egypt‟s Islamists led by the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood win two-thirds of seats inParliament in historic polls held in three stages beginning November 2011.Dutch teenager Laura Dekker becomes the youngest sailor to complete a solo circumnavigationof the world.Jan. 22: Croatia votes to join the European Union in a referendum.Jan. 23: Islamist MPs take centre stage as Egypt‟s Parliament meets for the first time since theouster of Hosni Mubarak.Wesley Brown (104), the oldest sitting federal judge in the U.S, dies at an assisted living centerin Kansas.U.S. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich who led a group of American Marines involved in the killingof 24 Iraqi residents in Haditha town on November 19, 2005 gets away with a lighter sentence. .Jan. 29: Civil rights drama The Help wins three prizes at the Screen Actors Guild awards. JeanDujardin bags Best Male Actor award for role in The Artist . Viola Davis gets Best Female Actoraward for The Help . Lifetime Achievement Award for Mary Tyler Moore.FEBRUARYFeb. 1: A seven-member U.K. Supreme Court bench takes up for hearing WikiLeaks founderJulian Assange‟s plea against a High Court ruling that he can be extradited to Sweden.At least 74 people are killed and hundreds wounded in a bloodbath at a football stadium in theEgyptian city of Port Said.Social networking giant Facebook files an initial public offering which could raise as much as$10 billion.Feb. 2: The U.S. indicts Wegelin, the oldest Swiss private bank, for enabling tax fraud byAmerican taxpayers.Feb. 3: Kuwait‟s Islamist-led opposition wins a landslide victory in the country‟s snap polls.Feb. 4: Russia and China veto an Arab League-backed resolution at the U.N. Security Councilcalling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. India along with the U.S. and 12others back move.At least 200 people are killed as Syrian forces unleash a barrage of mortars on the city of Homs.
Florence Green (110), the last known WWI veteran dies at her home in east England.Feb. 6: At least 44 persons are killed as a 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast ofcentral Philippines.Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60th anniversary of her ascension to the British throne.Feb. 7: Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed resigns in the face of a revolt by the policeforces. Hands over power to Vice-President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik.Feb. 8: At least 62 persons are killed by Syrian security forces in Homs city.Feb. 10: At least 25 persons are killed and 175 injured as two huge car bombings rock Aleppo,Syria.Jeffrey Zaslow (53) best-selling author and former columnist for The Wall Street Journal iskilled after losing control of his car in Michigan.Sudan and South Sudan sign a “treaty of non-aggression” on their disputed border in AddisAbbas.Feb. 11: American R&B singer Whitney Houston (48) is found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotelin California.Feb. 12: British soul diva Adele makes a clean sweep at the Grammys winning six awards. FooFighters take five Grammys, including best rock song.French film-maker Michel Hazanavicius‟s black-and-white silent movie The Artist wins all thetop prizes at the 65th British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. Meryl Streep picksup the Leading Actress award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady .New Maldivian Cabinet‟s sworn in.The image of Nelson Mandela to appear on South Africa‟s new currency notes to mark the 22ndanniversary of the anti-apartheid icon‟s release from prison, says President Jacob Zuma inPretoria.Turkmenistan votes in presidential polls.Greek lawmakers approve harsh new austerity measures even as riots in cities result in injuries to170 people. Six Cabinet members quit in protest.Feb. 13: Jordan-born radical preacher Abu Qatada once dubbed “Europe‟s Osama bin Laden” isfreed by a London court after spending six-and-a-half years in jail.
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and seven others are honoured with the 2011 National Medal ofArts and Humanities by the U.S. President Barack Obama at a White House function.Feb. 15: Iran unveils its first domestically produced, 20 per cent enriched nuclear fuel for theTehran Research Reactor.At least 355 inmates are killed in a fire at a prison in Comayagua, Honduras.Maldivian President Waheed Hassan Manik names Mohamed Waheeduddin Vice-President.Feb. 16: Anthony Shahid (43), two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist (2004, 2010) and T heNew York Times correspondent, known for his clear-eyed coverage of the Arab Spring, dies ineastern Syria.Feb. 17: German President Christian Wulff resigns in a scandal over favours he received beforebecoming head of state.Italian Directors Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani receive the Golden Bear award for theirdocumentary Caesar Must Die ( Cesare de morire ) at the Berlin film festival. Hungarianfilm Just the Wind bags the Silver Bear. Mikkel Boe Folsgaard bags Best Actor Silver Bear( Royal Affair ). Rachel Mwanza gets Best Actress award ( War Witch ).Former Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the lone U.S. Marine convicted in the 2005 killings of 24 unarmedIraqi civilians in the town of Haditha is discharged from service.Feb. 18: Somalia‟s diaspora leaders sign a deal under the U.N. auspices in the northern town ofGarowe.Feb. 19: Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times , a veteran war reporter and a French photographerRemi Ochlik are killed as their house in Baba Amr, a suburb of Homs in Syria comes underbombardment.Feb. 21 : Eurozone finance ministry seal a 130-billion-euro ($172 billion) bailout package forGreece after 13 hours of talks in Brussels.Feb. 22: The Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd resigns.At least nine protesters are shot dead in violent protests across Afghanistan over the burning ofcopies of the Koran at Bagram airbase.Researchers have found a flaw in experiment setup that led to the claim that neutrinos travelled60 nano seconds faster-than-light.Feb. 25: Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi takes oath as Yemen‟s new President.At least 98 people are killed in widespread unrest in Syria.
Feb. 26: The Artist wins five Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Dean Dujardin, the firstFrenchman to win an Oscar), becoming the first silent film to win Hollywood‟s highest honourssince the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago.Meryl Streep bags Best Actress Award ( TheIron Lady ) Christopher Plummer (82), becomes the oldest winner bagging award for BestSupporting Actor (Beginners ).Martin Scorsese‟s Paris Adventure Hugo wins five Oscars, all in technical categories.Asghar Farhadi‟s domestic drama A Separation becomes the first Iranian film to win an Oscar.Pakistan documentary maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy‟s film on acid victims Saving Face bagsfor the nation its maiden Oscar.Nepal‟s Chandra Bahadur Dangi (72), who is just 21.5 inches (54.6 cm) is declared the world‟sshortest living man at a ceremony in Kathmandu.Syrians cast votes in referendum on a new Constitution.Feb. 29: James Murdoch quits as executive chairman of News International over allegations thathe tried to cover up the phone hacking scandal at the defunct News of The World.MARCHMarch 2: Iranians cast ballots in parliamentary polls.At least 38 persons are killed and Marysville town in Kentucky is “wiped off” as tornadoes ripthrough central U.S.Oil Major BP agrees to pay $7.8 billion in a deal with the claimants affected by the spill fromone of its wells in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.March 4: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wins Russia‟s presidential election.At least 150 people are killed and around 1,500 injured in a series of explosions at a munitionsdepot in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville.March 7: Norwegian prosecutors indict Anders Behring Breivik on terror and murder chargesfor slaying 77 people on July 22, 2011 in a bomb and shooting rampage.March 9: Kiribati Cabinet gives nod for a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji‟s main islandViti Levu to move the populace fearing climate change may wipe off the entire Pacificarchipelago.Greece persuades majority of private creditors to sign up to the biggest national debt writedownin history.
Israeli air strike kills the leader of the Popular Resistance Committees sparking a sharp cross-border exchange.March 11: Sixteen Afghans, including nine children are killed by a rogue American solider StaffSergeant Robert Bales who walks off his base and opens fire on houses in two villages ofPanjwayi district, Kandahar.The toll in the Israel- Palestine skirmish reaches 18 as Tel Aviv carries out four strikes.March 13: Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. announces that it is to cease publication of its printedition for the first time in more than 200 years.March 15: Bo Xilai, a politburo member is removed by China‟s leaders following a politicalscandal.March 16: Sachin Tendulkar cracks his hundredth international hundred during the Asia Cupclash in Mirpur, Bangladesh.March 19: A motorcycle borne gunman kills a rabbi, his two sons and another child in front of aJewish School in the French city of Toulouse.March 20: Hungarian mathematician Endre Szemeredi is chosen for the 2012 Abel Prize for hiscontributions to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science.March 22: India votes for a U.S-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the United NationsHuman Rights Council in Geneva.Soliders oust Mali President Amadou Toumani Toure and impose nationwide curfew.Mohamed Merah, a French „al-Qaeda‟ gunman, the main suspect in the killing of seven persons,dies at the end of a 32-hour siege in Toulouse.March 23: Joachim Gauck, a former East German civil rights activist is sworn in the 11thPresident of Germany in the Bundestag, the lower House of Parliament.March 25: Hong Kong appoints as its Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, a businessman withclose ties to China.Macky Sall wins Senegal‟s presidential polls.March 26: Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki announces that oil deposits have been discovered inthe country‟s Turkana region.Titanic Director James Cameron returns to surface after a solo 11 km submarine dive to thebottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific in his specially designed submersible theDeepsea Challenger.
March 27: The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accepts the U.N.- Arab League Special EnvoyKofi Annan‟s six-point peace plan.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledges $1 million towards the IAEA‟s Nuclear Security Fundfor 2012-2013 in a statement to the plenary of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul.March 29: Arab leaders urge a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis at a landmarksummit in Baghdad.March 30: Leonid Shebarshin (77) former Soviet spy master is found dead at his flat inMoscow.APRILApril 1: Myanmar votes in historic by-elections for 45 parliamentary seats.April 3: A Korean–American One Goh guns down seven persons at Oikos University inOakland, California.James Murdoch quits as chairman of British satellite broadcaster BskyB.April 4: Kuwait–Iraq flights to resume after 20 years.April 5: Buford, Wyoming, billed as the smallest town in America is sold at an auction for $900,000 to a Vietnamese national.April 6: Malawi‟s President Bingu wa Mutharika (78) dies of a heart attack.April 7: More than 100 people are killed in Syria crackdown on protestors.Fang Lizhi (76), prominent Chinese dissident dies in exile in the U.S.April 8: MS Balmoral, called the Titanic Memorial Cruise, sails from Southampton Port tomark the centenary of the sinking of the White Star liner (on April 15, 1912)April 10: China Communist Party suspends Politburo member Bo Xilai in the aftermath ofa political scandal.April 11: Massive earthquakes strike the north Indian Ocean off Indonesia and trigger atsunami watch. Tremors felt in many states of India.April 15: Titanic Memorial Cruise MS Balmoral passengers re-enact the moments beforethe sinking of the ship in the North Atlantic.April 16: The World Bank chooses Korean–born American health expert Jim Yong Kim asits new president.
April 20: At least 127 people are killed after a Pakistan jet crashes while trying to land atRawalpindi.April 21: Charles Colson (80), a Watergate scandal conspirator dies of complications froma brain haemorrhage at a hospital in Virginia.April 22: Votes are cast in the first round of French presidential polls.April 23: The Norwegian District Court in Stavanger announces verdict to hand over theBhattacharya children, Abhigyan and Aishwarya to their uncle Arunabhas Bhattacharya.April 26: Pakistan Supreme Court sentences Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani toimprisonment till the rising of a seven-judge Bench for contempt of court.MAYMay 2: A U.K. Court orders extradition of Mohammed Hanif Umerji Patel, an allegedassociate of Dawood Ibrahim, for his role in two cases of terror attacks in Gujarat in 1993.The Nepal Cabinet resigns in a bid to pave the way for the formation of a nationalconsensus government.May 4: Massive defeat for Tories and Liberal Democrats in local polls in Britain.May 5: Iranians cast ballots in a runoff parliamentary election.Japan‟s last operating nuclear power reactor at the Hokkaido electric power station shutsdown.May 6: Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande wins French presidential runoff edgingout incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.Greek voters cast ballots in parliamentary polls.May 7: Vladimir Putin is sworn in Russian President for a third term in a glitteringKremlin ceremony overshadowed by protests against his return.Syrians cast ballots in the first multiparty Parliament polls.President Pratibha Patil goes to Pietermaritzburg taking the same train as MahatmaGandhi did on June 7, 1893.May 8: Russian Parliament confirms Dmitry Medvedev‟s appointment as Prime Minister.May 10: Fiftyfive persons are killed and over 370 wounded after two suicide car bombs ripthrough the Syrian capital Damascus.
Algerians cast ballots in parliamentary polls.May 12: The U.N. adopts norms against „land grabbing‟.May 13: Key Afghan peace negotiator Arsalan Rahmani Daulat is shot dead in Kabul.May 14: Thirteen Indians, including child actor Taruni Sachdev are killed in Nepal aircrash.The Dalai Lama is awarded the $1.1 million Templeton Prize at a ceremony at St. Paul‟sCathedral, London.May 15: Francois Hollande is officially inaugurated as the seventh President of France‟sFifth Republic. Jean Marc Ayrault named Premier.Greece abandons a nine-day hunt for a government and calls a new election.May 16: The former Bosnian-Serb army commander Ratko Mladic indicted for war crimesgoes on trial at the Yugoslav war crimes court in The Hague.The Cannes Film Festival kicks off with quirky U.S. comedy Moonrise Kingdom .A new Haitian government under Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is inaugurated.May 17: The war crimes trial of Ratko Mladic is halted.May 19 : Visually-challenged Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng leaves for U.S. afterseeking asylum in the American Mission following escape from house arrest a month ago.Tamae Watanabe (73) of Japan scales Mount Everest in the process smashing her ownrecord by repeating her 2002 feat.Facebook‟s billionaire co-founder Mark Zuckerberg marries long time friend PriscillaChan at his home in Palo Alto, California.May 20: Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombingwhich killed 270 people, dies at his home in Tripoli of cancer.A strong earthquake rocks northern Italy damaging historic buildings.May 21: The former Sri Lankan Army Chief Sarath Fonseka, is released from jailfollowing a presidential pardon. He cannot vote or contest election for the next seven years.May 22: U.S. company SpaceX becomes the first commercial outfit to launch its own crafttowards the ISS.
May 23: Egyptians begin casting ballots in the first free presidential polls since the 1952revolution that ended the monarchy.India signs Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline pact inAvaza,Turkmenistan.May 24: Nepal Supreme Court stays government proposal to amend interim constitutionand extend the Constituent Assembly‟s term.Indian Americans sweep the National Geographic Bee, with Rahul Nagvekar from Texasbagging the first position.Prototype aircraft Solar Impulse takes to the skies on its first intercontinental flight,travelling from Switzerland to Morocco.May 25: California-based SpaceX becomes the first commercial outfit to dock its owncargo capsule at the ISS.More than 108 people, including 49 children are killed in Houla, Syria by heavily armedgunmen.May 27: Nepal‟s Constituent Assembly is dissolved and fresh polls slated for November 22.May 28: India and Myanmar sign an MoU to operationalise a $500 million line of creditannounced during President Thein Sein‟s visit to New Delhi in October 2011.May 30: A U.N.-backed war crimes court in Leidschendam near The Hague sentencesformer Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in jail for arming rebels in SierraLeone in return for “blood diamonds”.Britain‟s Supreme Court dismisses WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange‟s appeal againstextradition to Sweden.May 31: Egypt‟s decades-old state of emergency ends.Snigdha Nandipati, an Indian-American, and eighth grade student from San Diego,California is declared the Scripps National Spelling Bee national champion for 2012.SpaceX Dragon capsule, the world‟s first commercial space cargo carrier returns to Earthending the voyage to ISS with a splashdown in the Pacific 800 km off Mexico‟s BajaCalifornia.Briton Kiaran Stapleton admits to killing of Indian student Anuj Bidve, at the ManchesterCrown Court.JUNE
June 2: The former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to lifer for hiscomplicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising in 2011, following a 10- monthtrial. Sons Alaa and Gamal acquitted of corruption charges.The British Queen‟s diamond jubilee celebrations gets off to a start with ceremonial gunsalutes in London.Violence in Syria leaves 89 dead, including 57 soldiers.June 3: Over 153 people are killed after a plane crashes into a residential building in theNigerian capital Lagos and catches fire.Queen‟s Thames pageant in London wows a million-strong crowd.June 5: The Queen‟s diamond jubilee fete ends with a ceremonial royal carriage processionthrough central London.Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard completes the world‟s first inter continental flight inSolar Impulse, a giant solar-powered plane and lands in Rabat, Morocco after a 19-hourvoyage.At least 78 people are killed in the village of al-Qubeir near the embattled city of Hama.June 6: Riad Hijab is named Syrian Prime Minister. Damascus allows relief to enter fourcities hard hit in the anti-regime uprising.June 8: Scores of people are feared killed in riots against Muslim Rohingyas and RakhineBuddhists in Rakhine State, Myanmar.June 9: The Eurozone extends a $ 125-billion bailout package for Spain.Avtar Singh, an ex-Indian Army officer wanted in the March 1996 death of human rightslawyer Jalil Andrabi in Srinagar, shoots his wife and two children to death in theirCalifornia home before committing suicide.June 12: Elinor Ostrom (78), the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in Economics dies ofcancer at the Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.Israeli scientist Daniel Hillel is selected for the 2012 World Food Prize.June 14: Egypt‟s Supreme Constitutional Court dissolves the Lower House of Parliament.The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces steps in to fill the breach.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange loses legal battle against extradition to Sweden after theBritish Supreme Court dismisses appeal to reopen the case.
June 15: The former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta is found guilty of insidertrading by a Manhattan court after a high-profile trial that began on May 21.Tightrope walker Nik Wallanda completes the first walk across the Niagara Falls in morethan a century, from a height of 196 feet over the Horseshoe Falls, between the U.S. andCanada.June 16: Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud (79), a half-brother of KingAbdullah dies in Geneva.China sends its first woman Liu Yang into space aboard the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft fromthe Jiuquan satellite launch centre in north-western Gansu province.Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers her acceptance speech for theNobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 while under house arrest, in Oslo.June 17: Egyptians cast ballots in presidential runoff.Greeks cast votes in cliffhanger general elections.France‟s Socialists win control of Parliament in a runoff vote.June 18: Saudi Arabian Defence Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz is named the newCrown Prince.The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) splits and breakaway faction forms NepalCommunist Party (Maoist).Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras launches coalition talks after his NewDemocratic Party emerges top in general polls.June 19: Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies Yusuf Raza Gilani as Prime Minister in thewake of his conviction for contempt in April.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeks political asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy inLondon.June 20: The G-20 Declaration at Los Carlos, Mexico emphasises the need for growth,because, by itself austerity will not solve the debt problem of the Eurozone.Antonis Samaras is sworn in Greek Prime Minister at the helm of a three-party coalition.June 22: Raja Parvez Ashraf is elected Pakistan Prime Minister.Paraguay‟s Senate removes President Fernando Lugo after impeachment. Vice-PresidentFederico Franco is sworn in as President.
June 24: Mohamed Morsy is declared winner of the Egyptian presidential polls.Lonesome George, the centenarian giant tortoise is found dead at the Galapagos NationalPark off Ecuador‟s coast.June 25: Bangladesh decides to confer the Friends of Bangladesh Award on retired IndianArmy officer Colonel Ashok Tara for his role during the 1971 war.June 26: Pakistan orders release of Surjeet Singh arrested near the India-Pakistan borderin 1981 and languishing in jail even after the end of his jail term in 2004.A U.S. Federal Court declares that the U.S.-based Union Carbide Corporation and WarrenAnderson are not liable for damage caused by the toxic wastes dumped in Bhopal, MadhyaPradesh.June 27: An end-of-history moment is witnessed by people of Belfast, North Ireland asQueen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.At last 149 people are killed in one of the bloodiest days in the 15-month revolt in Syria.Barclays Bank is fined $ 453 million for alleged financial market manipulation.June 28: The U. S. Supreme Court upholds a core provision of President Obama‟sAffordable Healthcare Act.UNESCO‟s World Heritage Committee votes to include the Church of the Nativity inBethlehem on its list of World Heritage in Danger.June 29: Eurozone seals a dramatic deal to allow emergency measures to aid crisis-hit Italyand Spain.Chinese woman astronaut Liu Yang and two other crew members return to earth after a13-day mission to an orbiting module.June 30: Yitzhak Shamir (96), the former Israeli Prime Minister, dies at a nursing home inHerzliya, Jerusalem after a long illness.Mohamed Morsy is sworn in as Egypt‟s first elected President.Hardliner Islamists occupying northern Mali go on the rampage in Timbuktu destroyingancient tombs of Muslim saints.JULYJuly 1: Mexicans cast votes in presidential polls.
Leung Chun-ying is sworn in as Hong Kong‟s third Chief Executive.The Western Ghats is included in the World Heritage List at a meeting of the WorldHeritage Committee in St. Petersburg, Russia.July 2: Barclays Chairman Marcus Agius resigns over LIBOR row.July 4: Scientists at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Meyrin,Geneva, announce the discovery of a new subatomic particle “consistent” with the longsought Higgs boson.July 5: The U.K. bans Indian Mujahideen following a unanimous vote in the House ofCommons.The Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan in 2011 a manmade disaster, says aparliamentary probe.July 6: Romanian President Traian Basescu is suspended by Parliament.July 7: Libyans cast ballots to elect a National Assembly.July 8: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy orders reinstatement of Parliament.July 9: Aung San Suu Kyi attends Parliament as a lawmaker for the first time. She tookoath in May.July 12: Syrian government troops massacre more than 150 people in Treimsa village.The U.S. imposes additional sanctions on Iran.July 15: Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams, along with two colleagues, takes offfor a second space odyssey on a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome inKazakhstan.South Africa‟s Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is elected the first womanhead of the African Union in Addis Ababa.July 17: Britain admits at the London High Court that its colonial forces in Kenya torturedMau Mau rebels in the 1950s and 1960s.July 20: James Eagan Holmes, a masked gunman kills 12 persons at a midnight premiereof The Dark Knight Rises at a mall in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, Colorado.Euro nations seal a $ 122 billion bail-out deal for Spanish banks.July 21: Rajkeshwur Purryag takes oath as the fifth President of Mauritius.
At least 37 persons are killed and more than 50,000 displaced after the heaviest rain in 61years pummels the Chinese capital Beijing.July 22: Using cells from rat hearts and a seer polymer film, scientists create an artificialjellyfish.July 24: The Ghana President John Evans Fifii Atta Mills (68) dies in a hospital in thecapital Accra.July 25: Kulandei Francis of Tamil Nadu known for pioneering community initiatives isamong this year‟s six winners of Ramon Magsaysay Award.July 26: Kiaran Stapleton is convicted of killing Indian student Anuj Bidve in Salford,Manchester on December 26, 2011.Gu Kailai, wife of purged Chinese Politburo member Bo Xilai is charged with the murderof British businessman Neil Heywood.July 27: Kiaran Stapleton gets jail for lifer for the killing of Anuj Bidve.July 28: Queen Elizabeth II declares open the 30th Olympic Games in London.At least 168 people are killed in clashes across Syria.July 30: Romanian President Traian Basescu escapes impeachment after referendum failsto muster enough support.July 31: Venezuela becomes member of South America‟s biggest trade bloc Mercosur.AUGUSTAug. 1: Somalia‟s Constituent Assembly endorses draft statute.Aug. 2: The United Nations-Arab League peace envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan announcesresignation.Aug. 3: Pakistan Supreme Court strikes down contempt law intended to protect PrimeMinister.The U.N. General Assembly adopts a resolution condemning Syrian violence.Former Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is jailed for corruption.Over 138 skydivers form a massive snowflake formation over Ottawa, Illinois, setting aworld record in vertical skydiving.
Aug. 4: The Afghan Parliament votes to dismiss Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardakand Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi charged with inept handling of cross-bordershelling by Pakistan.South Sudan and Sudan hammer out a deal over oil.Aug. 5: Six persons are shot dead by Wade Michel Page, a U.S. Army veteran at aGurdwara in Oak Creek, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The killer dies of a self-inflicted gunshot.Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab joins the anti-regime revolt and reaches Jordan.Aug. 6: Curiosity, the NASA‟s $2.5 billion nuclear-powered robot lands on Mars andbeams first image.Aug. 9: Wael al-Halqi is appointed Syrian Prime Minister.Aug. 11: At least 306 people are killed and 2,500 injured after two earthquakes rock north-western Iran.Aug. 12: The Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy orders the retirement of DefenceMinister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Army Chief of Staff Sami Anan.Aug. 13: Australia‟s Lower House clears bill to allow the transfer of boat people seekingasylum to Pacific states.Aug. 15: At least 172 people are killed across Syria, including in air strike in the northerntown of Aazaz.Aug. 16: Ecuador grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.The OIC summit in Dubai suspends Syria from the 57-nation grouping.Aug. 17: Quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon swims between islands in the icy BeringStrait to cross from America to Asia.Rimsha Masih (11) a Down‟s Syndrome afflicted Pakistani Christian girl is arrested oncharges of blasphemy.Aug. 18: China‟s Wen Xia Yu (23), is crowned Miss World 2012 at a glittering ceremony inthe Chinese city of Ordos.Aug. 19: Prominent Hollywood film director Tony Scott (68), whose signature worksincluded Top Gun jumps to his death from a bridge in San Pedro, California.The United Nations winds up mission in Syria.
Aug. 20: Gu Kailai, wife of the purged former politburo member, Bo Xilai is awarded asuspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.Meles Zenawi (57), Ethiopia‟s Prime Minister since 1995 dies after a protracted battle in ahospital in Brussels.Aug. 21: Romania‟s Constitutional Court puts President Traian Basescu back in officeafter declaring a referendum to impeach him invalid.Aug. 24: Cyclist Lance Armstrong is stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles andbanned from the sport for life by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for use of bannedsubstances.A Norwegian court deems Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind the July 22, 2011massacre of 77 people, sane and hands down maximum jail term.Aug. 25: Neil Alden Armstrong (82), first man on the moon, (July 20, 1969) dies of“complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures”.Aug. 27: The first recorded human voice that travelled from Earth to Mars and then backto Earth is released at NASA‟s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.Aug. 30: The Syrian crisis should be resolved through an inclusive political process led byDamascus, says the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurating the XIV Non-AlignedMovement summit in Tehran.Aug. 31: Kulandei Francis of India and five others receive the Ramon Magsaysay awardsfrom the Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at a function in Manila.Angolans cast ballots in the country‟s third elections since independence in 1975.SEPTEMBERSept. 4: Quebec‟s separatist Parti Quebecois wins the provincial election in the Canadianprovince. Pauline Marois elected first woman Premier.Sept. 6: Sunita Williams sets the record for total cumulative spacewalk time by a womanastronaut with her sixth spacewalk.Sept. 7: Sixtyfour persons are killed and more than 700 injured in an earthquake in south-western China‟s Yunnan and Guizhou provinces.Pakistan Christian girl Rimsha Masih is granted bail 22 days after being held allegedly forburning pages of the Koran.
Sept. 8: Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney is presented the French Legion of Honour by thePresident Francois Hollande.South Korean director Kim Ki-duk‟s drama Pieta wins the Golden Lion for best film at the69th Venice Film Festival. The Silver Lion for best director is bagged by Paul ThomasAnderson for The Master .Sept. 11: The U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other embassy staffare killed in an armed mob attack in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.At least 290 people are killed in a fire at a garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan.Sept. 12: Dutch voters overwhelmingly vote to power the ruling Liberals in parliamentarypolls, the fifth in just over a decade.Sept. 13: Boxing champ Muhammad Ali is presented the Liberty Medal for his long-timerole as a heavyweight for civil rights at a function in Philadelphia.Sept. 19: Space shuttle Endeavour leaves its Florida home port heading to the CaliforniaScience Centre in Los Angeles to begin a new mission as a museum exhibit.Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is presented with the Congressional Gold Medal at afunction at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.Sept. 20: A “speech jammer‟‟ created by two Japanese researchers wins the 2012 Ig NobleAcoustics Prize.Sept. 25: China unveils its first aircraft carrier, the 300 metre-long Liaoning in the portcity of Dalian.Sept. 27: The Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan sign pacts to implement a demilitarisedzone after a five-day summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.Afghan human rights activist and former Minister Sima Samar wins the Swedish RightLivelihood Award.Sept. 28: Suspended Politburo member Bo Xilai is expelled from the Communist Party ofChina for having “seriously violated party disciplines”.Sept. 29: GSAT-10, India‟s 3.4-tonne spacecraft is launched from the Kourou launch padin French Guiana in South America.Shadman Chowk in Lahore is renamed Bhagat Singh Chowk.Sept. 30: Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Kuldeep Singh Brar, who led the Operation Blue Star in 1984 isstabbed near a hotel in Central London.
OCTOBEROct. 1: The Opposition Georgian Dream coalition led by billionaire businessman BidzinaIvanishvili wins 70 per cent votes in Parliamentary polls.Oct. 5: Australia unveils the Colossal SKA Pathfinder radio telescope at the remoteMurchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in the western Australian desert.Oct. 7: Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah issues a decree dissolving the 2009 Parliament,just over three months since its reinstatement by the constitutional court.Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wins yet another re-election, the third in nearly 14years in office.Oct. 8: Briton John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan are awarded the 2012 NobelPrize for Medicine for the discovery that adult cells can be transformed back intoembryonic stem cells.Former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed is arrested and taken to Male.Oct. 9: Malala Yousafzai, the 14- year-old peace activist who became the „Voice of girls inSwat,‟ Pakistan, is shot at and seriously injured by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan whilereturning from school in Mingora.Former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed is freed after being produced at acriminal court in Male.Frenchman Serge Haroche and American David Wineland are awarded the 2012 PhysicsNobel Prize for inventing methods to observe the bizarre properties of the quantum world.Oct. 10: Russia, Iraq resume military-technical cooperation.Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka are awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistryfor having mapped how a family of receptors called G-protein-coupled receptors work.Oct. 11: The U.N.‟s first International Day of the Girl Child is observed worldwide.Mo Yan becomes the first writer in China to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.Oct. 12: The European Union wins the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace in thecontinent after World War II.Oct. 13: The 77,000 kg space shuttle Endeavour begins final mission to the CaliforniaScience Center to be the central piece of a new exhibit.
Oct. 14: Austrian Skydiver Felix Baumgartner breaks the sound barrier and achieves thefastest free fall speed, falling at 1,137 kmph from an altitude of 128,097 feet after liftofffrom Roswell, New Mexico.Oct. 15: American scholars Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd Shapley are awarded the NobelEconomics prize for their „match-making‟ theory.The British and Scottish governments sign a historic deal that will allow Scotland to holdan independence referendum.Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma takes office as the first woman chief of the African Union inAddis Ababa.Oct. 16: Vikram Pandit, Indian-American head of Citigroup steps down as CEO.Hilary Mantel wins this year‟s £50,000 Man Booker Prize for her historical novel Bring UpThe Bodies , thus becoming the first-ever woman and the first living British novelist to winthe award twice.Oct. 18: Newsweek announces decision to end an 80 -year run as a print magazine at theyear-end and go all-digital.Oct. 20: Palestinians in the West Bank cast ballots in local elections for their first vote since2006.Oct. 21: Kateri Tekakwitha, known as “Lily of Mohawks” becomes the first AmericanIndian to be conferred sainthood.Meher Din (90), popularly known as „Uncle Pakistan‟ for his regular presence at the flag-lowering ceremony at Wagah border dies.Oct. 22: Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for lifeby the International Cycling Union for leading a massive doping programme on his teams.Oct. 24: Mali is readmitted into the African Union after a meeting of the A.U. Peace andSecurity Council.Rajat Gupta, former Goldman Sachs Director and Mckinsey and Company ManagingPartner, convicted of passing on confidential information to jailed hedge fund boss RajRajaratnam receives a two- year jail term and a fine of $5 million.Oct. 25: WikiLeaks begins releasing „classified files‟ detailing policies for dealing withdetenus in U.S. military prisons.Oct. 26: China expels disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai from the National People‟sCongress or Parliament.
Oct. 28: Savita Halappanavar, a young dentist of Indian origin dies from septicaemia afterdoctors at University Hospital Galway in Dublin, Ireland refuse to perform an abortion,citing the country‟s strict anti-abortion law.Oct. 29: Seventeen persons are killed as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New Jersey .Emergencies declared in six states.Oct. 30: New York takes most of the pounding as Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc on theU.S. east coast.Oct. 31: Decision to rename Lahore‟s Shadman Chowk after freedom fighter Bhagat Singhput on hold.NOVEMBERNov. 5: Hearing in the March 11 massacre in Afghanistan involving U.S. soldier staffsergeant Robert Bales that left 16 dead begins at Joint Base Lewis-Mcchord in Washington.Nov. 6: An impeachment motion is lodged in Parliament against the Sri Lankan ChiefJustice Shirani Bandaranayake.Nov. 7: Barack Obama wins a second term as U.S. President. Republicans succeed inholding its grip on the House of Representatives. Democrats retain majority in the Senate.Dr.Ami Bera becomes only the third Indian-American ever to be elected to the House ofRepresentatives after winning in California.Shanthi Gandhi, a great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi is elected to the Kansas House ofRepresentatives.Nov. 9: David Petraeus, quits as the CIA Director over an extramarital affair with hisbiographer Paula Broadwell.Nov. 10: World observes „Global Action Day for Malala Yousafzai. Pakistan governmentlaunches a programme to educate three million children, especially girls.Nov. 11: BBC director-general George Entwistle is forced to resign over his handling of areport falsely implicating a former advisor to the former Prime Minister MargaretThatcher, in a child abuse scandal.Nov. 14: An Israeli airstrike on a moving car in Gaza leaves Hamas commander Ahmed al-Jaabri dead.The Communist Party of China selects a new Central Committee, marking the end of HuJintao‟s 10-year term as General Secretary.
Nov. 15: Xi Jinping is named General Secretary of the Communist Party of China at ameeting of the 18th Central Committee. Li Keqiang is set to take over as Premier at theMarch Parliament session.British Petroleum „agrees‟ to pay between three and five billion U.S. dollars, thought to bethe largest in U.S. history over criminal charges related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizondisaster.Nov. 16: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolves the Lower House ofParliament and elections are set for December 16.The Lahore High Court bans authorities from going ahead with renaming ShadmanChowk after Bhagat Singh.Nov. 17: At least 47 nursery school children are killed after a train smashes into their busat a railway crossing in Manfalut near Assuit in Egypt.Protesters take out a „Never Again‟ march in the Irish capital Dublin and hold acandlelight vigil outside the Parliament in memory of Savita Halappanavar.Nov. 19: Ready to expand FTA with ASEAN, says the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh atthe 10th ASEAN-India summit at Peace Place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.Nov. 20: The Genral Synod of the Church Of England rejects by a narrow vote a proposalto appoint women bishops.Nov. 21: Israel and Hamas agree on a truce ending a week of violence in and around GazaStrip that killed 150 people.Nov. 22: The Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy arms himself with sweeping powersthrough a constitutional decree.Tony Hall, chief executive of the Royal Opera House is appointed the BBC‟s Director-General.Nov. 23: Ernest Bai Koroma is sworn in Sierra Leone President after his convincingreelection victory.Nov. 25: China successfully conducts landing exercises on its first aircraft carrier theLiaoning.Nov. 26 : Eurozone Finance Ministers and the IMF clinch an agreement to reduce Greece‟sdebts after 12 hours of talks in Brussels.Catalonia‟s fight for statehood and a historic divorce from Spain flounders.
Nov. 27: Iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat‟s remains are exhumed in Ramallah eightyears after his death at a French military hospital to determine whether he was poisoned.Nov. 29: The U.N. General Assembly resoundingly votes making Palestine a non-memberobserver state - on same day as partition of Holy Land in 1947.DECEMBERDec. 2: Kuwait elects new parliament under the new one-vote system, the voting for whichwas held a day earlier.Dec. 3: The High Court of Singapore stays the termination order served by the MaldivesGovernment on GMR Male International Airport Ltd. to exit from the airport project.Dec. 4: Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni, an Indian software professional and his wifeAnupama are jailed for 18 months and 15 months by the Oslo District Court for „‟seriouschild abuse.‟‟Typhoon Bopha leaves over 600 dead in the Philippines.Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. board member Rajat Gupta can remain free on bailwhile he appeals his insider-trading conviction, rules an appeals court in New York.Dec. 6: Maldives can take back Ibrahim Nasir International Airport from GMR, says theSingapore Court of Appeal.Dec. 7: Jacintha Saldanha, an Indian-origin nurse of King Edward VII hospital in Londonis found dead in her British home two days after a prank call by two Australian DJs led torevelation of medical details of Duchess of Cambridge Kate William.Dec. 8: The U.N. meet on climate change in Doha passes a package of pacts to extend thelife of the Kyoto Protocol.Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez admits to relapse of cancer and designates Vice-President Nicolas Maduro as his heir apparent.Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy annuls his November 22 decree.Dec. 9: Incumbent President John Dramani Mahama is declared the winner of Ghana‟spresidential polls.Dec. 10: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari announces the” Malala Fund for Girls‟ Rightto Education”, a $10- million donation for a global war chest.The Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee honours the European Union with Peace Prize for2012. Chinese novelist Mo Yan is presented the Nobel Literature Prize.
Victoria Ponta is reappointed Romania‟s Prime Minister after the leftist‟s SocialLiberation Union wins up to 60 per cent of votes in parliamentary polls held a day earlier.Dec. 11: Stephen Hawking wins a $3 million Special Fundamental Physics Prize for alifetime of achievements, the most lucrative science prize ever established.Soldiers arrest Mali‟s Prime Minister Chiekh Modibo Diarra and force him to resign.Pandit Ravi Shankar (92), renowned sitar maestro, dies in a hospital in San Diego, the U.S.Dec. 12: North Korea launches a three-stage weather forecast rocket from its Sohae SpaceCentre.Dec. 13: CIA “tortured and sodomised” terror suspect Khaled el-Masri, a German ofLebanese origin, rules the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.Dec. 14: Twentysix persons, including 20 children are killed as Adam Lanza goes on ashooting spree at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, beforeturning the gun on himself.Envoys from 89 nations sign the first new U.N. telecommunications treaty, since theInternet age, in Dubai. Fiftyfive do not sign, including the U.S. led bloc of more than 20nations.Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigns, a day after an indictment for breachof trust is filed against him.NASA‟s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory ends mission with a well orchestratedcrash on Moon.Dec. 15: Egyptians cast votes in phase I of the constitutional referendum.Dec. 16: Security forces five terrorists, part of a team involved in the Peshawar Airportattack after a fierce gun battle. Five others had died in the initial attack.Japan‟s Opposition Liberal Democratic Party led by Shinzo Abe sweeps to victory in theNational polls.Dec. 17: The Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition New Komeito secure two-third majority in the Japanese Lower House.Dec. 18: Queen Elizabeth II scripts history by attending a Cabinet meeting at 10, DowningStreet, becoming the first British monarch since 1781 to do so. Part of Antarctica to benamed Queen Elizabeth land.
The Irish government announces it will bring in law to allow for abortion in cases wherethe mother‟s life is found to be at risk.Dec. 19: Park Geun-hye is elected South Korea‟s first woman President.Swiss bank UBS admits to fraud and accepts a $1.5 billion fine for role in manipulatingglobal benchmark interest rates.Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island is crowned Miss Universe 2012 at a function in Las Vegas,Nevada.The U.S. President Barack Obama is named Time Person of The Year.Dec. 21: Four persons are killed and many police officers injured in a shooting spree inFrankstown Township, Pennsylvania. Gunman among dead.U.S. President Barack Obama nominates Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton asSecretary of State.The Philippines President Benigno Aquino III signs into law contraception bill.Dec. 22: Egyptians cast votes in the second phase on the referendum on a constitutionaldraft. Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki resigns.Italy‟s President Giorgio Napolitano dissolves Parliament a day after Prime MinisterMario Monti‟s resignation.Dec. 24: The U.N. General Assembly votes to restart debate on a global arms treaty.The final Newsweek magazine hits the newsstands with an iconic hashtag as a symbol of itsTwitter-era transition to an all-digital format.Dec. 26: The Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy signs new constitution into law.Shinzo Abe is sworn in Japanese Prime Minister.China launches services on the world‟s longest high-speed rail route.Dec. 28: The U.S. Congress nod for bill extending surveillance law ambit.The French constitutional court rejects President Hollande‟s 75 per cent IT for highearners as unfair.Dec. 30: The Israeli Justice Ministry files indictment of former Foreign Minister AvigdorLieberman.