April

India has VIP guests from Pakistan, Agni blasts off and SRK gets an unpleasant welcome in America.

Aung San Suu Kyi's party sweeps Myanmar bypolls

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party won the Myanmar by-elections by a landslide, capturing 40 of the 45 seats in contest. Her National League for Democracy participated in the polls for the first time since 1990. Ms Suu Kyi said she hoped the results would mark a new era in the country.

Remembering Steve Jobs with love

Ashton Kutcher has been roped in to play the visionary Apple leader in a movie titled ‘Jobs’. The movie is being directed by Joshua Michael Stern.

Tablets get affordable

Micromax forays into the budget Android tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich-based Funbook tablet. It has a 7-inch capacitive TFT LCD display with 800x480 pixel resolution. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM.

Prime Minister slams troop movement report

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rejected as “alarmist” a report in 'The Indian Express' that two Army units had on January 16-17, without notice, moved towards Delhi. They were sent back from the capital’s doors, but not before giving the government anxious moments.

IPL season V starts

The cricket razzmatazz was back in India as IPL got underway. It had a dazzling opening ceremony that saw international singing sensation Katy Perry perform. Amitabh Bachchan too, apart from other Bollywood biggies, performed in the show.

Sourav Ganguly returns as a captain of an IPL side

Fans of Sourav Ganguly couldn't have asked more as their star was back to where they wanted him to be - leading a side. Ganguly took over the mantle of captaining the Pune Warrior side absence of Yuvraj Singh.

Kolkata cop who cracked Park Street rape case transferred

Kolkata's Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Damayanti Sen was transferred to a low-profile post outside the city within days of cracking the February 2012 Park Street rape case that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had dismissed as fabricated to malign her government.

BMW launches Mini in India

German luxury car maker BMW launched its iconic Mini in India, which also happened to be the 100th market for the car. The Mini is available in five variants -- Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper Convertible, Cooper S Countryman and Cooper S Countryman High -- and is priced upwards of Rs 25 lakh.

Pakistan President Zardari visits Ajmer dargah

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and son Bilawal, on a personal trip to India, visited the Ajmer dargah and offered a donation of one million dollars. Mr Zardari met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi to discuss bilateral issues and invited him to visit Pakistan.

Yuvraj Singh returns to India

After undergoing a three-month's rigorous treatment in Boston, US, Yuvraj Singh returned to India amidst overwhelming reactions and welcomes from all corners.

Facebook’s billion-dollar baby

Facebook announced that it will be dolling out $1 billion to buy the photo-sharing company Instagram. Instagram lets people apply filters to photos they snap with their mobile devices and share them with friends and strangers.

Indonesia earthquake sparks tsunami fears in India

A massive earthquake, 8.7 in magnitude, hit off the Sumatra Island in Indonesia, triggering a tsunami alert in Indian Ocean countries. India’s eastern coast states felt the tremors of the quake and were swept by panic in anticipation of a possible tsunami, like the one that hit in 2004.

Battered Bangalore baby Afreen dies

A three-month-old baby brought to a Bangalore hospital with severe head injuries, cigarette burns and bite marks on her thighs and buttocks lost her battle for life. Afreen’s condition, allegedly from battering by her father, brought back memories of Delhi baby Falak, who died of similar injuries.

Shah Rukh Khan lands in trouble over smoking in Jaipur

A complaint was been filed in a court in Jaipur against Shah Rukh Khan for publicly smoking at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium during an IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. He later apologized.

Kolkata professor arrested over Mamata cartoon

Kolkata professor Ambikesh Mahapatra learnt the hard way what anything seen by the West Bengal government as anti-Mamata Banerjee could mean. Mr Mahapatra was assaulted, allegedly by Trinamool Congress men, and arrested for sharing Ms Banerjee’s cartoons on social media.

Maruti Suzuki launches Ertiga

Maruti Suzuki, India's largest passenger car maker, launched Ertiga, priced between Rs 5.89 lakh and Rs 8.45 lakh. The multipurpose vehicle is based on the same platform as the immensely popular hatchback Swift, and is available in both petrol and diesel variants.

Whistleblower accuses Infosys of visa fraud

IT giant Infosys brought in Indian workers illegally to the US and often abused business visa rules requiring foreign workers to be paid US market rates, Jay Palmer, a former company insider, alleged. The charges were later dismissed by a US court.

SRK’s adventures in America

Shah Rukh Khan flew to the US to address Yale Students as the 2012 recipient of the Chubb Fellowship. On the way, he ran into a spot of trouble at New York’s White Plain airport where he was detained and questioned by immigration officials for nearly two hours, in a repeat of his 2009 detention at

Soon to be Mr & Mrs Pitt

Hollywood’s most glamorous couple finally announced their engagement. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have dated since meeting on the sets of Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005 and raise six children together. Brad co-designed the $500,000 diamond ring he gave Angelina, and the couple are yet to set a date.

Taliban attack rattles Kabul

Kabul came under a deadly Taliban onslaught as a wave of gun and rocket attacks hit Afghanistan’s parliament, foreign embassies and the NATO’s headquarters. At least 17 militants were killed in street battles with security forces. The Taliban said it was the start of its “spring offensive”.

Nico Rosberg wins Chinese Grand Prix

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg claimed his first Formula One race victory in 111 attempts as he led from pole position to take the Chinese Grand Prix in style in Shanghai. Mclaren's Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton came in second and third.

BJP wins Delhi civic elections

The BJP retained control of Delhi's municipality, winning all the three new civic bodies carved out of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. The party won 138 of the 272 wards; 11 more than last time. The Congress was way behind at 78.

RBI cuts repo rate by 50 basis points

The Reserve Bank of India cut the repo rate, the first cut in three years, by an unexpectedly sharp 50 basis points to boost the sagging economy, but warned there was limited scope for more cuts, with inflation likely to remain high and growth on track to pick up, albeit modestly.

Mamata Banerjee on Time list

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s clout – common knowledge in UPA government corridors – found resonance on Time magazine, which named her in its 2012 list of 100 most influential people. The magazine said she had defied critics and “proved to be the consummate politician”.

BlackBerry gets an in-built radio

RIM launches BlackBerry Curve 9220, targeted at the Indian youth. This smartphone runs on BlackBerry OS7.1 and is the first BlackBerry to come with built-in FM radio.

Bengal demands a blue-wash of Hate Story poster

Risque posters of 'Hate Story' featuring a bare-backed Paoli Dam, the film’s lead actress, made the West Bengal Censor Board see red, or rather, blue. The Calcutta High Court backed the censors’ demand that Paoli’s back be painted blue on posters.

India fires Agni, brings China within range

India successfully testfired its nuclear warhead-capable, 5000 km-range Agni missile, giving it the strategic ability to strike inside China and joining an exclusive club of four countries with Inter Continental Ballistic Missile technology.

Smartphone gets ‘Intel Inside’

Lava partnered with Intel to launch the first Intel-based smartphone in the world. Lava XOLO X900 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with 4.03-inch 1024x600p display, and an Intel Z2460 single-core chip clocked at 1.6GHz.

Plane crash near Islamabad kills 127

A Pakistani aircraft took off from Karachi and crashed in bad weather outside Islamabad, killing all 127 people on board. The plane was on its first flight and belonged to Bhoja Air, which had resumed operations the previous month after 11 years.

Maoists abduct collector in Chhattisgarh

Alex Paul Menon, the young collector of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh, was abducted by Maoists in the midst of a village meeting. His two security guards were shot dead and Mr Menon was taken away. The Maoists set the release of their jailed associates as condition for his release.

Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain GP

Two-time world champion Sebastian Vettel held off a charging Kimi Raikkonen to win an incident-free Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday for his first victory of the season.

Kids in Norway custody row back home

Two children caught in a custody row in Norway returned to Kolkata after spending almost a year in foster care in Norway. The children were separated from their parents Anurup Bhattacharya and Sagarika Bhattacharya by Norway authorities in May 2011 citing “emotional disconnect.”

B for Bachchan, not for Bofors

In 1987, Amitabh Bachchan quit politics after being implicated in the Bofors scandal. 25 years later, he was given a clean chit when Swedish whistle-blower Sten Lindstrom said in an interview that Indian investigators had “planted the Bachchan angle” during a 1990 trip to Sweden.

India launches ‘spy’ satellite

India launched its indigenous all-weather surveillance satellite – ‘spy’ satellite in common parlance – RISAT-1 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite has day and night viewing capacity, isn’t blinded by cloud cover and allows continuous crop and flood monitoring.

Sachin Tendulkar nominated to Rajya Sabha

The Indian president has approved Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament. Tendulkar met the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on April 26 and was offered a seat in the upper house as one of the 12 nominated members.

S&P revises India’s economic outlook to negative

Rating agency Standard & Poor’s revised India’s outlook to negative. It reaffirmed India's sovereign credit rating at investment grade, but suggested the probability of a downgrade was higher than before.

Maoists release Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka

Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka survived a month-long ordeal in Maoist captivity before being set free by the rebels in the state’s Balipeta area. Mr Hikaka was kidnapped on March 24 from his home district of Koraput. He was released on the condition that he would quit as MLA.

Former Liberia president convicted of war crimes

An international court held former Liberia president Charles Taylor guilty of war crimes in Sierra Leone between 1996 and 2002. Mr Taylor was convicted for murder, rape and sexual slavery by a United Nations-backed special court in the Hague after a four-year-long trial.

India says hello to the new iPad

The new iPad makes its way to India minus the queues and the hysteria associated with its launch elsewhere. Prices range between Rs. 30,500 and Rs. 50,900.

Aarushi Talwar’s mother surrenders

Nupur Talwar, the mother of murdered Noida teenager Aarushi Talwar, surrendered and went to jail after an Uttar Pradesh court rejected her plea for interim bail. She and husband Rajesh Talwar are facing trial for the murders of 14-year-old Aarushi and their domestic help at their Noida home in 2008.

Goodbye, Achala Sachdev

Veteran actress Achala Sachdev died in Pune after a long illness. She was 88. She had been in hospital for over six months after a cerebro-vascular attack. Ms Sachdev famously featured in the song Ae Meri Zohrajabeen from Yash Chopra’s Waqt (1965). She appeared in about 150 films.