Timeline 2012: A Mixed Year of Shame and Fame for India

Jan. 11: India opens the year 2012 on a negative note when a report by an NGO Hunger and Malnutrition (HUNGaMA) said 42 per cent of Indian children are malnourished.

Jan 19: Delhi High Court grants bail for corruption-tainted Suresh Kalmadi in Commonwealth Games scam.

Feb 2: Supreme Court cancels all 122 licences given by corruption-tainted former telecom minister A. Raja in 2G spectrum scam.

Feb. 8: Three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers caught watching objectionable video clip in Karnataka Assembly, were soon forced to resign and quit.

Feb. 14: Bomb attack on Israeli embassy car in Delhi.

March 6: State Assembly Elections in five states see Samajwadi Party (Uttar Pradesh), Bhartiya Janata Party (Goa), Indian National Congress (Manipur & Uttarakhand), Shiromani Akali Dal – BJP coalition win.

March 22: India votes against Sri Lanka on the resolution to probe allegations of human rights violations during the war against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009 in the United Nations Human Rights Council.

April 19: India joins the club of ICBMs after successfully test firing 5,000 km range Agni-V.

April 26: Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Actress Rekha and Social activist Anu Aga nominated to Rajya Sabha.

May 1: More than 100 feared killed when a ferry capsizes in Brahmaputra river in Assam.

May 8: More than 100 Air India pilots go on strike, disrupting service.

May 15: Former telecom minister A.Raja, the prime accused in 2G scam, gets bail.

June 1: Brahmeshwar Singh, chief of banned Ranvir Sena, is killed by opponents ending a saga of violence that rocked Bihar for two decades.

June 19: India pledges $10 bn to IMF for Eurozone.

July 7: Global magazine Time describes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as ‘underachiever’.

July 12: Actor and wrestler Dara Singh dies.

July 18: Erstwhile Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna dies of liver cancer.

July 25: Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee sworn in as India’s 13th President.

July 27: London olympics 2012 from begin and continue till Aug 12; India’s win of 2 silver and 4 bronze medals upsets the nation.

August 8: Violence stalks North-Eastern people in Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad and many of them flee.

August 14: Union Minister for Science And Technology and Ex Chief Minister Of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh dies of liver dysfunction.

Sept. 9: Father of India’s white revolution and Amul fame Verghese Kurien, 90, dies.

Oct. 21: Indian Filmmaker Yash Chopra dies of dengue fever.

Oct. 25 :Actor and comedian Jaspal Singh Bhatti dies in a car accident.

Nov. 17: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray dies.

Nov. 21: Mumbai blasts’ terrorist Ajmal Kasab hanged to death.

Nov. 30: Former prime minister I.K. Gujral dies.

Dec. 11 – Globally famous sitarist Ravi Shankar, 92, dies.

Dec. 16: In a shameful act that shocked the entire nation, a female physiotherapy student was beaten and gang raped in a moving Delhi bus. She finally succumbs to he rinjuries on Dec. 29, bringing the whole nation to shame.

Dec. 20: Gujarat chief minister and BJP prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi wins third consecutive assembly election.

Dec. 27: India, Pakistan resume sporting ties with a series of cricket ODI matches after a gap of four years as terror struck Mumbai in Nov. 2008.

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