Jan. 2: Eleven school children and their van driver are killed after the vehicle collides with a truck in dense fog on the Saha-Shahabad road near Ambala in Haryana.
Jan. 3: Explore and rejuvenate traditional systems of knowledge, says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurating the 99th annual session of the Indian Science Congress in Bhubaneswar.
Bharatanatyam exponent Padma Subrahmanyam is presented the first ‘Natya Kala Acharya’ Award at 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 murder case 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 of murder 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 in New Delhi.
Jan. 8: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announces right of franchise to NRIs at the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya 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 & Tobago Prime 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 in Bangalore.
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 in Chennai, destroying the offices of the Directorates of Social Welfare and Industries and 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 Mission scam in Uttar Pradesh, is found dead at his residence in Lucknow.
Jan. 24: The five-day Jaipur Literature Festival ends without Salman Rushdie’s video conference following protest.
Jan. 25: Eight persons are killed and more than 30 persons injured in a freak mishap as Santosh Mane, a bus driver, goes on the rampage in Pune.
Norway agrees to hand over Abhigyan (3) and Aishwarya (1) taken under protective care by Child Welfare Services in 2011 to uncle Arunabhash Bhattacharya who is to be their primary caregiver till the kids turn 18.
Bhupen Hazarika, Mario de Miranda (both posthumously), T. V. Rajeswar prominent among 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 awarded Padma Bhushan.
Padma Shri awarded to 77 persons.
Jan. 26: Dazzling display of cultural heritage marks the 63rd Republic Day celebrations. For the first time, the IAF contingent is led by a woman flight Lt. Sneha Shekhawhat. The Ashok Chakra is awarded posthumously to Lt. Navdeep Singh for his supreme sacrifice in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2011.
Kerala Governor and former Chief Minister of Pondicherry M.O.H. Farook (74) dies at a hospital in Chennai.
Jan. 28: An estimated 82 per cent of the electorate cast votes in Manipur Assembly elections 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 in Hyderabad for his role in irregularities in allotment of plots for villas in the project of Dubai-based real estate developer Emaar.
Punjab and Uttarakhand record a turnout of over 77 and 70 per cent in Assembly elections.
A Rs.1,000-crore housing project for the Thane Cyclone-hit districts such as Cuddalore and Villupuram highlight of the Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah’s address to the Assembly.
Jan. 31: The Supreme Court dismisses plea for a further probe into the disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Feb. 1: The Supreme Court declares unconstitutional Section 27(3) of the Arms Act which provides for mandatory death penalty to an accused.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gives nod for setting up a National Council for Senior Citizens.
Feb. 2: The Supreme Court says sale of 2G spectrum by the UPA government is illegal and cancels all 122 telecom licences allotted on or after January 10, 2008 to 11 companies. 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 Festival 2012.
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 Nadu National Law School in Srirangam. A massive farm package for Thane-hit farmers of Cuddalore and Villupuram is unveiled.
Feb. 7: Three Karnataka Ministers are caught watching pornography on mobile phone in the Assembly.
Feb. 8: The beleaguered Karnataka Ministers, Laxman Savadi, J. Krishna Palemar and C. C. Patil, “voluntarily” resign.
The Karnataka Advocate-General B. V. Acharya resigns post, but to continue as Special Public Prosecutor in the disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
The Gujarat High Court pulls up the Narendra Modi government “for inaction and negligence” during the 2002 post-Godhra riots. SIT frees Modi of all charges in the 2002 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 at the 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’s Sukma district.
Feb. 10: The Bombay High Court confirms the death sentence of three Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives — Ashrat Shafiq Ansari, Mohammad Hanif Abdul Rahim Sayyed and his wife 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 Pradesh Assembly elections.
Feb. 13: Tal Yehoshua Koren, Israeli diplomat is seriously injured after a magnetic explosive device fixed to her car by a motorcyclist goes off near the 7, Race Course Road residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.
Feb. 14: Karnataka’s Minister for Higher Education Dr. V. S. Acharya (71) dies following an acute myocardial infarction in Bangalore.
Twentytwo writers and poets are honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2011 at the Festival of Letters in New Delhi.
Feb. 15: The third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls registers 57.25 per cent voting.
Two fishermen are killed in firing by Italian naval personnel stationed on an oil tanker Enrica 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 killing two 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 Russell Market in Shivaji Nagar is ravaged in a major fire.
Feb. 26: A massive forest fire (that raged for four days) wreaks havoc at Nagarahole National Park in Karnataka.
Feb. 27: The Supreme Court directs the Centre to set up a ‘special committee’ forthwith for 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.
March 2: The Supreme Court appoints Justice H.S. Bedi as Chairman of the Monitoring Authority to probe all cases of fake encounter deaths in Gujarat from 2003 to 2006.
March 3 : Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Bikram Singh is named the next Chief of the Army Staff.
The CBI arrests the former Uttar Pradesh Family Welfare Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha 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 attack on Israeli diplomat, at Lodhi Road in South Delhi.
March 6: Samajwadi Party sweeps Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. The Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine retains power in Punjab. In Goa, the BJP ousts the Congress from power. The Congress forges ahead in Uttarakhand and secures absolute majority in Manipur by bagging 42 seats in the 60-member House.
March 7: The Byari debut feature film Byari shares the Best Film Award with Marathi film Deool at the 59th National Film Awards. Vidya Balan bags Best Actress Award for the biopic The Dirty Picture . Tamil Film Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai gets best popular film award.
March 9: Manohar Parrikar is sworn in Goa Chief Minister at a public ceremony in Camapal, Goa.
March 12: The President Pratibha Patil announces a proposal to set up a separate Department 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 Minister at a simple ceremony in Dehra Dun.
March 14: Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi hikes passenger fares for the first time in eight 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. Sukhbir Singh 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 four witnesses in the November 26, 2008 terror attacks in the city.
March 16: The Finance Minister announces token relief to taxpayers presenting the Union Budget for 2012-13 in Parliament. Across – the - board hike in excise duty and service tax.
March 19: The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa gives nod for Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh forwards Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi’s resignation to President Pratibha Patil.
March 20: Work resumes at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project site for the first time in 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 murder of a BPO employee Jyotikumari Choudhary.
March 21: The AIADMK pulls off an emphatic win in Sankarankoil Assembly byelection. The congress is routed in all seven Assembly constituencies in Andhra Pradesh.
Goa Tourism Minister and BJP leader Matanhy Saldanha (64), dies of cardiac arrest in Panaji.
Nod for Mahindra Satyam merger with Tech Mahindra.
March 22: Railway Minister Mukul Roy rolls back the fare hike, except for high-end class.
Union Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh, Rajiv Shukla, Mukul Roy, BSP chief Mayawati and 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 to housing for low-income groups. Nod for Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 giving women share in husband’s property after divorce.
March 25: Maoists free Italian tourist Claudio Colangelo after holding him hostage for 11 days.
Chief of the Army Chief General V.K. Singh alleges during an exclusive interview to The Hindu that he was offered a Rs 14-crore bribe by an equipment lobbyist for purchasing sub-standard trucks.
March 26: Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O.Pannerselvam presents a growth-oriented budget.
March 28: The Union government stays the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana in connection with the killing of the former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh on August 31, 1995.
March 29: The fourth summit of BRICS in New Delhi begins process to set up a bank and inks two pacts to ease trade among each other.
K.N. Ramajeyam, younger brother of K.N. Nehru, former Tamil Nadu Transport Minister 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 forcibly causing her daughter’s miscarriage almost 12 years ago; resigns from the Cabinet.
March 31: Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy takes over as the CPI General Secretary from Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan who was at the helm for 16 years, at the party’s 21st Congress in Patna.
A school principal Rupam Pathak is convicted in the murder of BJP MLA Raj Kishore Kesari on January 4, 2011 in Bihar’s Purnea district.
April 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 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
April 8: Terror a major issue by which Indian people will judge progress in ties, says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during talks with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, in New Delhi.
April 9: Prakash Karat is re-elected CPI(M) general secretary at the 20th party Congress in Kozhikode.
The Supreme Court grants bail to Pakistani microbiologist Mohammad Khalil Chisti serving lifer in the Ajmer jail in a murder case.
April 10: SIT finds no proof against Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, says Ahmedabad court. Closure report filed in the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre case.
April 11: Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal Chairman, N.P. Singh resigns on health grounds after holding the post for about 16 years.
Battered Baby Neha Afreen dies at the Vani Vilas Hospital, Bangalore after a cardiac arrest.
Pakistani microbiologist Mohammad Khalil Chisti is freed on bail from Rajasthan’s Ajmer Central jail.
April 12: The Supreme Court upholds the constitutional validity of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
Italian court operator Bosusco Paolo is freed by naxalites after being held captive for 29 days, in Kandhamal district, Odisha.
April 13: India decides in principle to allow FDI from Pakistan. Both nations also agree to allow opening of bank branches.
Ambikesh Mahapatra, a professor of Kolkata’s Jadavpur University is arrested for allegedly circulating defamatory e-mails directed at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
April 14: India and Pakistan agree on a roadmap for allowing trade through the land route — Attari-Wagah. To give fillip to trade through new Integrated Checkpost.
April 19: Nuclear-capable Agni-V is successfully test launched from a rail mobile launcher from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast propelling India into elite ICBM club.
April 21: Cadres of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) kidnap Alex Paul Menon, Collector of Sukma district, Chhattisgarh after killing two personal security guards.
April 24: The Rajya Sabha passes the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (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 a year by authorities in Norway.
April 26: Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka, kidnapped by Maoists more than a month ago is freed on the outskirts of Balipeta village in Koraput district.
India’s first indigenously built all-weather Radar Imaging Satellite, RISAT-1 is injected into orbit by the PSLV C-19 after lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
April 27: The former BJP president Bangaru Laxman is convicted of taking bribe to facilitate 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 former Madhya Pradesh Minister, Aziz Qureshi, Governor of Uttarakhand, Margaret Alva is shifted to Rajasthan.
Bangaru Laxman is sentenced to four years’ RI on corruption charges by a Special CBI Court in New Delhi.
April 30: Nupur Talwar, an accused in the 2008 murder of her daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj is sent to jail after rejection of her bail plea.
Bangaru Laxman quits the BJP’s national executive.
May 2: The Supreme Court allows the Italian ship Enrica Lexie to leave India setting aside the Kerala High Court’s order.
May 3: Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon is freed by Maoists in the Bastar forests ending a 12-day hostage crisis.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is conferred on veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee by the Vice-President Hamid Ansari at the 59th National Film Awards 2012 in New Delhi. Marathi film Deool and Byari share the best feature film award. Vidya Balan bags Best Actress award for her role in The Dirty Picture . Girish Kulkarni bags Best Actor Award (Deool ).
A CBI court in Ranchi convicts 69 persons and acquits 16 in the multi-crore fodder scam, at the end of a 16-year-long trial.
May 4: A Special Fast Track Court in Anand, Gujarat awards lifer to nine persons in the 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. Rukmani Riar, a postgraduate from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences secures the second rank.
A Bill to repeal the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council Act, 2010 is introduced in the Rajya Sabha.
May 5: Italian ship Enrica Lexie detained off Kochi since February 15 following the killing 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 Sanyal and grants him bail.
May 8: West Bengal confers the first ‘Bishesh Rabindra Puraskar’ on Rabindra Sangeet exponent Dwijen Mukhopadhyay to mark the conclusion of the 150th birth anniversary 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 Chishti jailed 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 sitting of Parliament. President Pratibha Patil releases a book.
May 15: The former Telecom Minister A. Raja is granted bail by a special CBI court in New 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 eurozone crisis.
May 20: S. P. Mahantesh, Deputy Director of Cooperative Audit and whistleblower on irregular land allotments in Karnataka dies of injuries he suffered after a murderous attack in Bangalore five days ago.
Eminent actor Suchitra Sen is honoured with West Bengal’s highest award Banga Bibhusan.
May 22: Twentyfive persons are killed as the Bangalore-bound Hampi Express rams a stationary goods train near the Penukonda station in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh.
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 to life-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 Economic Zones.
May 27: The CBI arrests YSR Congress president and Kadapa MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy in a disproportionate assets case.
May 28: The Andhra Pradesh High Court quashes the Centre’s 4.5 per cent quota for Minorities 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 Housing Society case as the CBI fails to file chargesheet.
Gulf, EU residents are allowed to invest in stock markets. Qualified Foreign Investors to bring up to $1 billion in debt market.
May 31: The Union Cabinet gives nod for the National Telecom Policy 2012. Number portability allowed.
General Bikram Singh assumes office as the Chief of the Army Staff in New Delhi.
June 1: Brahmeshwar Singh alias ‘Mukhiyaji’, chief of the Ranvir Sena is shot dead at Katira Mohalla, 71 km from Patna, in the Bhojpur district headquarters town of Ara.
June 2: Massimilliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone, the two Italian marines arrested for the killing of two Kerala fishermen are freed on bail after spending 105 days in custody.
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 Naval Staff.
June 6: Election Commissioner Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath is appointed as the Chief 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 in Srirangam, Tiruchi are convicted for the death of 64 persons on January 23, 2004 during a fire mishap at the hall.
June 14: Pascal Mazurier, a French diplomat, is held by the Bangalore police on charges 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 the Assemblies in 10 States and the Nellore Lok Sabha seat in Andhra Pradesh. In Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK wins the Pudukottai Assembly seat.
June 20: The former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma quits the NCP and to contest presidential polls with NDA support.
Conjoined twins Stuti and Aradhana are separated after a 12-hour complex surgery at the Missionary Hospital in Padhar of Betul district, Madhya Pradesh.
June 21: Five persons are killed in a towering inferno that engulfs Mantralaya, the Maharashtra Secretariat. Many offices, including that of the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister are gutted.
Mahi (4) dies of asphyxia after falling into a 70-foot borewell at Kasan village in Gurgaon.
June 22: The Calcutta High Court strikes down the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, terming it “unconstitutional and void.”
June 25: A fire destroys the 200-year-old shrine of Dastageer Sahib at Khanyar in Srinagar. The relics of the 11th century preacher Ghausul-Azam are safe.
Suspected Lakshar-e-Toiba terrorist Abu Jindal alias Sayyed Zabiuddin Ansari who played a key role in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks is held by the New Delhi Police 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 Minister Manmohan singh takes over the portfolio.
Union Minister Virbhadra Singh resigns.
June 28: Surjeet Singh (69) is freed after spending three decades in Pakistani prisons on spying charges and crosses the zero line at the Wagah-Attari joint check-post along the border in Amritsar.
June 29: Leela Samson is back as director of the Kalakshetra Foundation. She had quit the 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.
July 1: Floods, landslips leave 77 dead in Assam.
July 3: The Union Cabinet clears Rs.25-crore plan to airlift 350 tonnes of toxic waste from Bhopal.
July 4: The CBI files chargesheets against the former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and 12 others in the Adarsh Housing Society case.
July 5: Aradhana who was separated from her conjoined sister Stuti dies after twice suffering cardiac arrest in Betul, M.P.
Altogether 538 animals, including 13 rhinos are killed as floods wreak havoc on the Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
July 6: The Supreme Court quashes FIR against former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in disproportionate assets case.
President Pratibha Patil is enrolled biometrically in the National Population Register at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
July 8 : Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda hands over resignation to BJP president Nitin Gadkari.
July 9: The Bombay High Court acquits five accused and upholds life term for four in the 2002 Best Bakery case.
A girl is molested outside a pub in full public view in Guwahati, Assam by a group of persons.
Votes are cast in presidential polls.
July 12: Jagadish Shettar is sworn in as Karnataka Chief Minister. K.S. Eshwarappa and R. Ashok become Deputy Chief Ministers.
July 13: The most wanted idol and antique items smuggler Subhash Chandra Kapur arrested 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 at Maruti 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 Channel for allegedly instigating the molestation of a girl.
July 21: Maruti Suzuki India Limited declares an indefinite lockout at its Manesar plant.
About 36,000 flee homes in Assam’s Kokrajhar district following Bodo-Muslim clashes that leave 12 dead.
July 22: Pranab Kumar Mukherjee is declared elected President. He defeats the former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma by 3,97,776 value votes.
July 23: Shoot-at-sight orders in Kokrajhar district, following unabated violence. Toll touches 20.
Amarjyoti Kalita, the key accused in the Guwahati molestation case is arrested in Varanasi.
July 24: Army is called out in Assam as violence escalates in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dubri 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 announces Rs.300 crore in Central aid.
July 29: Seventyfour per cent polling in the first-ever elections to the Gorkha Territorial Administration Sabha in West Bengal.
July 30: A fire aboard the Chennai-bound Tamil Nadu Express in Nellore leaves 32 dead.
The Northern Grid crashes in one of the worst outages in more than a decade plunging eight States into darkness.
July 31: In the second massive breakdown, 21 States plunge into darkness as three grids collapse.
P.Chidambaram is back as Finance Minister. Sushil Kumar Shinde becomes Home Minister and Veerappa Moily given additional charge of Power.
The Madras High Court stays Leela Samson’s reappointment as Director of Kalakshetra Foundation.
Aug. 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 Administration Sabha are sworn in at a function in Darjeeling.
The former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel and former Union Minister Kashiram Rana quit the BJP.
Aug. 5: Haryana Minister of State for Home and Youth Affairs Gopal Goyal Kanda resigns following the registration of a case in connection with the suicide in New Delhi of Geetika Sharma, a former staff of an airline owned by him.
Aug. 6: Fiza Anuradha Bali, estranged second wife of the former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Chander Mohan, is found dead in her house in Mohali town of Punjab’s Ajitgarh district.
Anna Hazare disbands Team Anna.
Aug. 7: Hamid Ansari is re-elected Vice-President, thus becoming the second person to get a second consecutive term after S. Radhakrishnan.
India becomes first destination in Asia to receive the state-of-the-art Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 International after it touches down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New 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 riots turns violent in Azad Maidan, Mumbai. Amar Jawan memorial desecrated.
Aug. 14: The Union Minister for Science and Technology and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh (67) dies at a Chennai hospital.
B. V. Acharya, Special Public Prosecutor in the disproportionate assets against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, quits post.
Aug. 15: Lack of political consensus to blame for slow economic growth, says the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi on the 66th Independence Day.
Aug. 17: The CAG report tabled in Parliament points finger at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for discrepancies that led to loss of Rs. 1.86-lakh crore in coal blocks allocation 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 providing respite to the West Bengal government.
Aug. 29: The Supreme Court confirms death sentence awarded to Ajmal Kasab, the prime accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Mayaben Kodnani, former Minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet and former Bajrang Dal convener Babu Bajrangi among 31 persons convicted by a special court in Ahmedabad in the February 28, 2002 Naroda-Patiya massacre case in which 97 Muslims were killed.
Aug. 30: Nine IAF personnel are killed as two helicopters collide in mid-air in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region.
Aug. 31: The Supreme Court directs Sahara group to refund Rs. 24,400 crore collected from 2.21 crore depositors.
All convicts in the Naroda-Patiya riots case, including BJP MLA Mayaben Kodnani are sentenced to lifer by a special court in Ahmedabad.
The Madras High Court gives nod for the commissioning of Units I & II of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi takes charge as the 21st Chief of the Naval Staff.
Sept. 3: The Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010 and two other Bills passed without debate in the Lok Sabha. Bill to eliminate manual scavenging introduced. Normal functioning of Parliament hit for the ninth day.
Sept. 4: The CBI registers five cases in Coalgate. Names Congress MP Vijay Darda in one case and conducts searches in 11 cities.
Sept. 5: Thirtyeight persons are killed and 67 injured after an explosion at a firecrackers 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 illegal police 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 Pranab Mukherjee 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 Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi to a water cannon salute.
Aseem Trivedi, awarding winning political cartoonist is arrested by the Mumbai police on sedition, cybercrime charges.
Sept. 9: A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle blasts off from Sriharikota and places in orbit two foreign satellites on ISRO’s 100th mission.
Verghese Kurien (90), father of the “White Revolution” and founder of the cooperative dairy 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 the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project turns violent.
Sept. 12: Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi is freed after being granted bail by the Bombay High Court, a day before.
Sept. 13: The Supreme Court refuses to stay loading of fuel at the Kudankulam nuclear plant 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 found murdered at his apartment in Borivali, Mumbai.
The U.S. Consulate in Chennai is attacked during a protest against American film Innocence of Muslims .
Sept. 15: Pratish Datta, a visually challenged student is awarded the Professor Jagadish Chandra Bose Memorial Gold Medal for the best academic performance at the 58th convocation of IIT Kharagpur.
Sept. 17: The Supreme Court grants bail to Nupur Talwar in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder 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 went down with an Air India aircraft 46 years ago in the French Alps are put on display at the 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 aviation and broadcasting unfazed by the Opposition sponsored bandh.
A.S. Panneerselvan, Executive Director of Panos South Asia, takes over as The Hindu’s third Readers’ Editor.
The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy is launched on the occasion of the 134th 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 Tinsukia district. 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 left 94 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 Pawar resigns. 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 Bhatnagar Award for 2011 to 11 young scientists in New Delhi. CSIR announces research fellowships for scientists aged above 70.
Sept. 28: Sharad Pawar asks Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to accept Ajit 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 the President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi.
The Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker D. Jayakumar resigns post.
Sept. 30: K. Vijay Kumar retires as CRPF Director–General.
Oct. 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 faced by women, says President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurating the seventh meeting of Women 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 protest against the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu.
Oct. 8: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rules out a stay or review of the decision of the Cauvery River Authority to release water to Tamil Nadu.
Columnist and one-time playback singer Varsha Bhosle, daughter of legendary singer Asha Bhosle is found dead at her Peddar Road residence in Mumbai.
Oct. 10: P. Dhanapal is unanimously elected Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly, the first Dalit to hold the office since 1955.
Oct. 11: Suvarna Soudha, the second Secretariat building in Karnataka, is inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in Belgaum.
Oct. 13: President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee scrapes through in Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency. In Tehri, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahugana’s son Saket Bahuguna loses to the BJP’s Maharani Mala Rajlaxmi Shah.
The Rajasthan government appoints The Hindu’s senior journalist Sunny Sebastian as the Vice-Chancellor of the newly created Harideo Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Oct. 16: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledges $50 million for biodiversity conservation for what he called the “Hyderabad Pledge”addressing the 11th Conference 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 declared winner 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 Dudu town near Jaipur in Rajasthan. Bali Bai of Kurawad village in Udaipur district gets the 21st crore Aadhaar card.
Oct. 23: Sunil Gangopadhyay (78), Sahitya Akademi president dies at his South Kolkata residence following heart attack.
Oct. 25: Actor Waheeda Rahman is conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the closing function of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival. Miss Lovely bags the best film award.
Small screen’s big star Jaspal Bhatti (57) of Flop Show fame dies in a road accident in Punjab.
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 Minister Manmohan Singh and King of Spain Juan Carlos I.
Oct. 28: Salman Khurshid is named External Affairs Minister. Pawan Kumar Bansal becomes the first Congress Railway Minister in 17 years. S.Jaipal Reddy is moved from Petroleum 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 off Elliots Beach, Besant Nagar.
Cable television goes digital in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Nov. 1: Coast Guard commandos rescue all the 15 crew members on board MT Pratibha Cauvery that remains stranded off the Chennai coast.
Former Punjab Minister Bibi Jagir Kaur imprisoned for the mysterious death of her daughter 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 after his car collides with a lorry at Ranasthalam in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh.
Cameroon is admitted as the 20th member of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation and the U.S. becomes a dialogue partner at the ministerial meeting of the grouping in Gurgaon.
Nov. 4: About 75 per cent of the voters cast ballots in Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls.
Nov. 5: Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam are battered in the rain fury and crops on over 15 lakh acres suffer damage.
Nov. 6: India and Canada finalise mechanism on shipping Canadian uranium to New Delhi after Manmohan Singh – Stephen Harper talks. Social security agreement signed.
Nov. 7: Veteran (CPIM) leader Samar Mukherjee turns 100.
Nov. 8: The Andhra Pradesh High Court sets aside the BCCI’s lifetime ban on former Indian cricket captain Azharuddin for ‘match-fixing’.
Three Dalit colonies near Naikkankottai in Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu are attacked 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 spectrum allocation scam pending before the Delhi High Court.
Nov. 11: The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen withdraws both from the UPA coalition at the Centre and the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh.
Nov. 14: Friendship should be based on people, not governments, says the Myanmar opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi after delivering the Nehru Memorial Lecture on 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 Delhi residence.
Nov. 17: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray (86), dies at his residence ‘Matoshree’ in Mumbai of cardiac arrest.
Business tycoon Gurdeep Singh aka Ponty Chadha and his younger brother are killed in a fierce exchange of fire at a farmhouse in Chattarpur area in South Delhi following a property dispute.
Nov. 18: Bal Thackeray cremated with full state honours at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park. The city observes a shutdown. A hospital in Thane ransacked following an FB post questioning the bandh.
Nov. 19: Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan of Palghar in Mumbai’s Thane district are held briefly by police the former for her post on Facebook questioning the bandh following Bal Thackeray’s death and the latter for ‘liking’ it.
Nov. 21: Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks is hanged in Pune’s Yerwada jail.
Nov. 22: The Trinamool Congress’s attempt to bring a no-confidence motion against the UPA government in Lok Sabha fails.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former President of Brazil is presented the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, 2010 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The Borlaug Award 2012 goes to K.V. Prabhu and Ashok Singh, scientists at the Indian Agriculture Research Institute.
Nov. 23: The Infosys Science Foundation announces the winners of the fourth Infosys Prize for research, across six categories, including in Humanities for the first time.
Nov. 24: Arvind Kejriwal and his team christen their political party “Aam Aadmi Party” 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 veteran journalist 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 Ahluwalia are arrested in New Delhi.
Nov. 29: Talks between Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in Bangalore to break 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 declares seven-day state mourning
The former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa quits the BJP and resigns as MLA. Formally joins Karnataka Janata Paksha.
The President Pranab Mukherjee comes down heavily on the growing trend of disruption of proceedings of Parliament and State Assemblies during his speech at the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in Chennai.
Dec. 1: Chief Justice of Nepal Khil Raj Regmi and Justice V.R.Sirpurkar, Chairman of the Competition Appellate Tribunal are among the winners of the International Jurists Awards and National Law Day Awards.
Dec. 2: Andhra Pradesh Assembly passes the Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Sub-Plan Planning, Allocation and Utilisation of Financial Resources 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 Lok Sabha 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 in Rajya 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 molestation case 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 petition before the Cauvery River Authority.
Dec. 12: The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the epoch-making art festival, opens at Fort Kochi.
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 in promotion in government jobs tabled in the Rajya Sabha.
The Union Cabinet nod for a watered down version of proposal creating a new Cabinet Committee in Investment. Nod for amendments to the Judicial Standards and Accountability 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 Gana Sabha in Chennai.
Dec. 15: My eyes now set on reforms in GAAR, IT and pharma sectors, says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the 85th annual general meeting of the FCCI in New Delhi. 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 after being gang-raped in a moving bus and thrown out along with her male friend on National Highway-8.
Dec. 17: Rajya Sabha passes by a huge majority the 117th Constitutional Amendment Bill 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 are granted bail by a sessions court in New Delhi.
Six trainer aircraft and a helicopter used by the Chief Minister are gutted in a major fire 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 Assembly seats.
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 among 24 selected for the 2012 Sahitya Akademi Awards.
India, ASEAN finalise the FTA in services and investments at the plenary session of India-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 a mishap is cleared for commissioning into the IAF.
Music director Ilayaraja among 36 chosen for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2012.
Dec. 22: Students lay siege to Rastrapati Bhavan in New Delhi braving police action seeking justice for rape victims.
Dijwamani Thangjam, a journalist is killed in police firing while covering the strike in Manipur 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 billion investment fund after Manmohan Singh-Putin talks in New Delhi.
Dec. 25: Virbhadra Singh is sworn in Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister at a function in Shimla.
Seven persons are killed in an explosion at a firecrackers unit at Parakallur village in Mecheri, 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 Madhya Pradesh.
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.