Magnificent Mary leads India’s biggest Olympic haul, Team Anna crumbles, and the moonwalk is over for Neil Armstrong.

Four blasts rock Pune

Pune saw four low-intensity blasts in a span of only 40 minutes on its busy Junglee Maharaj Road. Two other bombs were defused by the Anti-Terror Squad. All the bombs were placed within a kilometre. A local tailor was injured in one of the blasts.

Shuttlers disqualified for fixing at Olympics

Eight badminton players - four from South Korea, two from Indonesia and two from China - were accused of match-fixing and were disqualified from the London Olympics. Those expelled included 2008 Olympics gold medallist Yu Yang, who quit the sport a day later.

Amitabh Bachchan is 30, again

It was 30 years to the day that Amitabh Bachchan came back practically from the dead after suffering a near-fatal accident on the sets of Coolie. On August 2, 1982, Jaya Bachchan saw a comatose Amitabh wiggle his toe and exclaimed “look, he’s alive.”

Sunny’s Jism is too hot for Mumbai

On the eve of Sunny Leone’s big Bollywood debut in Jism 2, posters of the film are deemed offensive and removed from BEST buses, bus depots and electric poles in Mumbai.

Green signal for India's first Mars mission

The Union Cabinet gave the go-ahead to India's first mission to Mars. India aims to put a satellite in an orbit around Mars to study the Red Planet. If the mission succeeds, India will be the sixth country to do so after US, Russia, Europe, Japan and China.

Marilyn Monroe, 50 years later

On Marilyn’s 50th death anniversary, questions still linger about her mysterious end. Conspiracy theorists insist Marilyn’s death from an overdose was not the suicide it appeared to be. Later in the year, old footage of her was featured in an advert for Chanel.

Vijay Kumar shoots Olympic Silver

Shooter Vijay Kumar clinched a silver medal, India’s second ever Olympic Silver in 100 years, in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event at the London Games. It was India’s second medal at the London Olympics.

The Jackson family saga ends

Michael Jackson’s family began a feud over his estate and the guardianship of his three children that saw his mother disappear briefly, involved one physical fight, many Twitter rants and ended with nephew TJ being made joint guardian of Prince, Paris and Blanket.

Team Anna takes a political turn, splits

Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal end their 10-day fast for the Jan Lokpal Bill. With the government continuing to be aloof about the regular protests by the activists, Mr Kejriwal announces they will now join politics. Three days later, Anna disbands the team.

Saina Nehwal wins bronze

She had missed it at the Beijing Games but Saina Nehwal finally etched her name in India's sporting history winning the country's maiden Olympic medal for badminton. She stood on the podium after China's Xin Wang was retired hurt from the bronze medal play-off in the women's singles event.

Mass shooting at US Gurudwara

A mass shooting at a Gurudwara outside of Milwaukee in Wisconsin left seven people dead, including the shooter, Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old former US army veteran. Four of the six people killed by Page were Indians.

Former airhostess names politician in suicide note

Former airhostess Geetika Sharma was found dead in her room. The 23-year-old had killed herself and in her suicide note, she named her former employee and Haryana politician Gopal Goyal Kanda who was also the Minister of State(MoS) Home in the state government.

Curiosity lands on Mars

Curiosity, the most high-tech rover NASA has ever designed, made an acrobatic landing on the Mars. The spacecraft is on a mission to look for ingredients in Martian soil and rocks that could support life.

Apple to remove YouTube app from iPhone and iPad

Apple announces its decision to remove Google's YouTube app from iPhone and iPad software.

Hamid Ansari is Vice President again

The soft-spoken, erudite Hamid Ansari became only the second person to get a second term as the country's Vice President. Mr Ansari polled 490 of the valid votes cast today. His opponent, the NDA's Jaswant Singh, a BJP leader and former Union Minister, got only 238.

Mary Kom wins historic bronze

MC Mary Kom brought home a Bronze medal, the only from our much-hyped boxing contingent, after losing the semi-final of the 51-kg category event against Britain’s Nicola Adams. The humble boxer from Manipur later apologized for failing to win Gold or Silver.

Man arrested for questioning Mamata Banerjee

Shiladitya Chowdhury, a farmer in West Bengal's West Midnapore was arrested when he dared to ask Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee: "What are you doing for farmers? Farmers are dying because they have no money. Empty promises are not enough." Ms Banerjee was widely criticised for the arrest.

Mumbai woman lawyer found dead in apartment with throat slit

25-year-old lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha was found dead with her throat slit in her rented flat in Mumbai's Wadala area. A security guard of her residential building has been arrested for the murder. Police said the guard had an altercation with Ms Purkayastha and was upset with her rude behaviour.

250 Hindus cross into India from Pakistan

A group of some 250 Pakistani Hindus were allowed to cross over to India for a pilgrimage after being detained at the Wagah border. There were reports that they planned to migrate to India. The Hindus protested at the Wagah border after they were detained for almost seven hours.

Riot in Mumbai's Azad Maidan

Two people died at Mumbai's Azad Maidan after a protest over the ethnic violence in Assam turned violent. After three hours of peaceful protest, things got out of hand in the afternoon with 5000 people at the venue. Several vehicles were torched; police had to fire in the air and lathicharge.

Fareed Zakaria suspended

Time editor-at-large and CNN host Fareed Zakaria was suspended by both the magazine and the network for lifting several paragraphs by another writer for his use in a recent Time column. Mr Zakaria apologised, declaring he made "a terrible mistake."

Ending Olympics on a high

The final day of the London Olympics gave India two medals in wrestling. While Sushil Kumar, who had won a Bronze in the 2008 Games, clinched a Silver medal in the 66 kg men's freestyle event, Yogeshwar Dutt won a bronze medal in the 60 kg freestyle category.

Goodbye, Prabuddha Dasgupta

Noted fashion photographer died of a heart attack while on a shoot at Alibaug. He was in his early 50s. Mr Dasgupta’s work had been exhibited internationally and he was also the author of five books.

Delhi Police sweats over Baba Ramdev's arrest

Baba Ramdev and around 5000 supporters spent the night at a stadium in central Delhi after they were arrested while protesting against black money and corruption. Fearing the situation to go out of hand, the Delhi Police made constant appeals to the yoga guru to leave. He finally left next morning.

Jennifer Aniston will be Mrs Justin Theroux

After a broken marriage with Brad Pitt and failed romances with John Mayer and Vince Vaughn, the F.R.I.E.N.D.S actress finally found the man of her dreams in actor and writer Justin Theroux who proposed with an “overwhelming” ring.

Vilasrao Deshmukh dies

Former Mahrashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh died in Chennai due to liver cancer. Mr Deshmukh, who was the Science and Technology Minister at the time of his death, had once famously said, 'I dream of turning Mumbai into a Shanghai.' He was 67.

Kiran Bedi's 'small' rapes remark creates big controversy

Former super cop Kiran Bedi landed in a controversy with her questioning the media coverage given to 'small rapes' and 'assaults' by a police officer or a govt official. Along with women councils, social networking sites slammed Ms Bedi. Ms Bedi later clarified she meant rapes by 'small officers'.

The Tiger roars at the box office

Salman Khan did it yet again. Ek Tha Tiger, co-starring Katrina Kaif, became his fourth blockbuster in a row, fetching over Rs 200 crores and shattering Agneepath’s first day collection record.

Goodbye, Ashok Mehta

Cinematographer and director Ashok Mehta died of lung cancer at the age of 65. Mr Mehta was best known for filming movies like Bandit Queen, Khalnayak and Gaja Gamini. He directed the film Moksha and was responsible forintroducing model turned actor Arjun Rampal to Bollywood.

North-Easterners' Bangalore exit

The Bangalore railway station was flooded with a sea of people from the North-East; all looking to hop on a train and leave the city with hate sms-es doing the rounds threatening harm. All this in the backdrop of the ethnic violence in Assam. Special trains were organised to handle the mass exodus.

Ecuador relief for Julian Assange

Ecuador announced its decision to grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Mr Assange, an Australian national, was holed up in Ecuador's London embassy since June. He is wanted for questioning over sexual assault allegations in Sweden, but says he fears deportation to the US.

Beginning of coal-gate

The CAG tables its report in Parliament which said the country lost Rs. 1.85 lakh cr because coal fields were allotted instead of being auctioned. The BJP demanded the PM's resignation as he was the coal minister when many of these blocks were allocated. The monsoon session was washed out.

Calcutta High slams Mamata; she remains defiant

The Calcutta High Court admits a plea of contempt against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her remarks on corruption in the judiciary. Ms Banerjee showing trademark defiance reacted, saying "ready to face the court" and "will repeat her comments a thousand times."

Laxman hangs up his boots

He was picked for the New Zealand series but VVS Laxman brought down the curtains on a glorious career spanning 16 years with immediate effect. Laxman made 8781 runs in 134 Tests, which included his epic knock of 281 vs the Aussies in Kolkata in 2001. He scored 2338 runs in 86 ODIs.

Goodbye, Tony Scott

Hollywood was left shocked when Top Gun director Tony Scott jumped to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles. He was later found to have been on anti-depressants and sleep-inducing drugs at the time.

Storm over naked pictures of Prince Harry

TMZ, a US-based website, published naked pictures of Prince Harry cavorting with friends on a holiday in Las Vegas. The pictures, reportedly taken from a camera phone, were later published in the UK by The Sun tabloid. Prince Harry complained to Britain's press watchdog, but didn't pursue the matter

India gets its costliest SUV, Evade, at Rs 8.5 crore

Toronto-based Conquest Vehicles, the manufacturer of the popular Knight XV, an armoured, hand-built SUV, launched the Evade in India. Priced at Rs 8.5 crore, the Evade is the costliest SUV available in the country. It is powered by a 6.8-litre engine that churns out 400 bhp of power.

Shootout at the Empire State Building

A man shot dead a former co-worker near New York's Empire State Building on Friday and was killed in return fire by police. The incident led to a major chaos near the historic landmark with several bystanders injured. The shooter was a designer, who had lost his job a year ago.

Norway killer handed 21 years in prison

Anders Behring Breivik was deemed sane and sentenced to 21 years in prison, the longest allowed under Norwegian law, for bomb and gun attacks that killed 77 people last year. Breivik, a self-styled anti-Muslim militant, looked pleased as the ruling was read out.

Apple wins $1 billion in patent case against Samsung

In a historic verdict, a US jury awards Apple one billion dollars in damages from Samsung for 'wilfully' infringing its patents.

Neil Armstrong: The moonwalk is over

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died at 82. A statement from his family said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 debuts for Rs. 39,990

Samsung's 10.1-inch Galaxy Note 800 (Galaxy Note 10.1 in international markets) tablet comes to India. The tablet sports Android 4.0, 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

Farewell, A K Hangal

Bollywood’s favourite character actor died at the age of 95 two weeks after he was hospitalized for a thigh fracture. Mr Hangal typically played the roles of grandfather and village elder, most famously in Sholay.

Ranbir Kapoor’s smoking fine: Rs 200 only

Ranbir Kapoor pleaded not guilty to smoking in public, saying he was doing it for a film shoot. The Udaipur court seemed to sympathise, handing him a fine of Rs 200.

Supreme Court upholds Ajmal Kasab's death sentence

The Supreme Court upholds the death sentence for Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. 166 people were killed in the terror attacks. Kasab was hanged and buried in Pune on November 21.

Arjuna Award for India’s ‘Warrior Prince’

Back after treatment for a rare germ cell cancer, Yuvraj Singh received an Arjuna Award for his heroics in the 2011 World Cup, while the highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna was given to shooter Vijay Kumar and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt for their Olympics Silvers.

Coal-gate row deepens: The SKS connection

Documents surface that show union minister Subdoh Kant Sahai lobbied the PMO for coal fields for a company, which has his brother as a Director. The company was given both the coal blocks it had requested. The opposition clamour for the PM's resignation gets louder.

Supreme Court orders Sahara to refund Rs 24,000 crore to investors

The Supreme Court ordered the Sahara group to refund Rs 24,000 crore it had raised from millions of small investors, reaffirming an order from market regulator Sebi, which had said the process violated rules. The court also ordered Sahara to pay 15 per cent interest to investors on their deposits.