December

Narendra Modi keeps Gujarat, a young girl is brutally raped in Delhi, and Pt Ravi Shankar lays his sitar to rest.

Software founder John McAfee captured: report

Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, wanted by authorities in Belize for his neighbour's murder, has been captured after weeks on the run, his blog said. Cops say they simply want to question him about the murder of fellow American Gregory Faull, a Florida native who was found dead at his home.

Will Indian Navy intervene in South China sea?

The Indian Navy is practicing to operate in the South China Sea to protect the country's economic assets. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Admiral D.K. Joshi said, "Where our country's interests are involved, we will protect them and we will intervene."

Government faces FDI test in Lok Sabha

Parliament begins a debate on the issue of allowing FDI in retail over the next four days. Apart from the support of all UPA partners, including the DMK, the govt has broad hints from its two key allies - the BSP and the SP - that they will not rock the boat. There are riders to that, though.

Indian couple convicted in Norway for child abuse

A Norway court has convicted an Indian couple for alleged child abuse. The police has accused the couple, who is from Andhra Pradesh, of "gross or repeated maltreatment of their children by threats, violence".

Top court upholds Pranab's election as President

The Supreme Court upheld the election of Pranab Mukherjee as the President of India and dismissed former NCP leader PA Sangma's petition against him. The verdict was delivered by a five-judge constitution bench and went 3:2 in favour of Mr Mukherjee.

Venkaiah Naidu apologises after woman MP breaks down over his comment

Venkaiah Naidu had to apologise in Parliament after a woman MP from the Congress broke down when he snapped at her for interjecting during his speech in Rajya Sabha on FDI in retail. While Mr Naidu was speaking, the MP interjected. He called her bewakoof (stupid) for disrupting his speech.

Govt wins vote on FDI in retail in Rajya Sabha

There are 244 MPs in the Rajya Sabha. With 15 MPs of Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) voting in favour of the government, and nine MPs of Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party abstaining, the government had 123 votes against the opposition's 102. 19 MPs had not voted.

Strong 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan

A strong quake centred off northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-metre tsunami in an area devastated by last year's Fukushima disaster, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage.

90% of Indians are idiots: Justice Markandey Katju

Justice Katju said that a communal riot could be incited in Delhi for as meagre an amount as Rs. 2000. He said that all somebody has to do is make a mischievous gesture of disrespect to a place of worship and people start fighting each other.

Cop tries to stop daughter’s harassment, killed

Punjab police officer Ravinderpal Singh tried to stop a former Akali Dal politician from harassing his daughter. He was shot dead in full public view in Amritsar's Chehertha locality.

Wal-mart's discloses it lobbied for FDI in India

In the US, Wal-Mart disclosed that it spent 25 million dollars or 125 crores in the last four years on lobbying for various projects including "enhanced market access for investment in India."

Japan sends jets as answer to Chinese plane

Japan scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese government plane entered for the first time what Japan considers its airspace over disputed islets in the East China Sea, escalating tension between Asia's two biggest economies.

Record turnout in 1st phase of polling in Gujarat

Gujarat recorded 68% turnout in first phase of polling, significantly higher than 2007 for the two regions that voted - South Gujarat and Saurashtra. The turnout for the entire state in 2007 was 59%; this time, Gujarat is voting in two phases.

Royal hoax call: nurse found hanging in her room

A nurse at the hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine was found hanging in her room after being duped by a hoax call from an Australian radio station. She left three suicide notes.

Minister Alagiri’s son Durai Dayanidhi surrenders

An arrest warrant for illegal granite mining by his firm had pushed Mr Dayanidhi into hiding for four motnhs. His grandfather, M Karunanidhi is the head of the DMK, the political party that is the second-largest member of Dr Manmohan Singh's coalition government. His father, MK Alagiri, is a union m

28 dead in US school shooting, including killer

A 20-year-old man wearing combat gear and armed with pistols and a semi-automatic rifle killed 27 people - 20 of them children - in an attack on Friday in an elementary school in wooded Connecticut.

Ricky Ponting retires

Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting retired after representing the baggy green for over 17 years. His last Test match was at Perth against South Africa. While the Proteas won the series, Ponting was given lap of honour for his services to the game.

IOA Suspension

The International Olympic Committee suspended the Indian Olympic Association for not adhering to the Olympic Charter during its elections. This means not only the IOA will not get any funding from the IOC but also the Indian athletes can’t take part in Olympic events under the tri-colour.

Sachin completes 34,000 runs

The Master batsman didn’t have a great year but he still managed to complete 34000 runs in international cricket, highest by any cricketer in the history of the game. He achieved the feat during the third Test against England at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

BCCI unhappy with Eden pitch but curator unfazed

India captain MS Dhoni had asked Eden pitch curator Prabir Mukherjee for a spin track that infuriated him. Mukherjee was sidelined by the BCCI but Dhoni made peace with him. India lost the match at Eden. BCCI chief N Srinivasan was reportedly unhappy with the pitch but Mukherjee remained unfazed.

Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Zaheer dropped

After the loss in the Kolkata Test, India dropped Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh for the final Test against England in Nagpur. While many welcomed selectors’ decision, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said they were merely the scapegoats.

Messi sets new record

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi scored twice against Real Betis to set a new record for goals in a calendar year when he reached 86 for 2012. He broke the record of 86 goals by German legend Gerd Mueller in 1972.

Corinthians beat Chelsea, win Club World Cup

Brazilian giants Corinthians won the Club World Cup overcoming Chelsea 1-0. Paolo Guerrero got the goal as the Sao Paulo club secured their 2nd intercontinental title - they won the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship - and became the first side from outside Europe to win the title since 2006.

Amarnath's outburst

Former selector Mohinder Amarnath told NDTV that it was because of BCCI's interference that MS Dhoni wasn't dropped ahead of the tour to Australia earlier in 2012. He also said Dhoni didn’t deserve a place in the Test side. He also backed the idea of separate captains for different formats.

India lose on home soil after 8 years

After a tame draw in Nagpur, England won the four-match Test series 2-1 against India. This was their first series win in India after 1984-85. India, on the other hand, lost their first home series in eight years. They were last beaten by Australia in 2004.

Manisha Koirala operated for ovarian cancer

Actress Manisha Koirala has surgery for ovarian cancer in New York, just days after being diagnosed with the disease. Her manager’s statement says the surgery was successful.

Poaching case: No respite for Salman

A Jodhpur court summons actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam in February to have charges re-framed in the 1998 poaching case. Salman is accused of shooting two chinkaras and a blackbuck. The other actors are accused of inciting him to hunt.

Vidya Balan, wedding belle

Vidya Balan marries fiancé Siddharth Roy Kapur in a hush-hush morning wedding and can’t stop smiling as she poses for a brief photo-op with her new husband. She makes three costume changes , ending with a red banarasi sari. No big stars were invited to the private ceremony.

Delta buys 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic

Delta Air Lines said it was buying Singapore Airlines' 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic for $360 million, ending the Asian airline's disappointing 12-year investment in the British carrier.

Nifty hits 23-month high

The Nifty scaled the 5,950 mark—the highest since January 2011—on the back of all-round buying in equities on hopes that the banking amendment bill would be passed by the Lok Sabha.

Ratan Tata named chairman emeritus of Tata Sons

Cyrus Mistry has been appointed chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata group, with effect from December 28. Mr Mistry will take over from Ratan Tata, who steps down the same day after he turns 75. Mr. Tata has been conferred the honorary title of chairman emeritus.

Google starts selling $99 Chromebook laptop to select schools

Google begins selling basic laptop computers to schools at a price of $99, meeting a price point that prominent MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte famously held out in 2005 as key to bringing computing power to the masses.

Struggling Nokia sells headquarters building

Nokia reveals it has agreed to sell and lease back its head office building outside Helsinki for 170 million euros.

Pandit Ravi Shankar: The sitar gently weeps

The grand old man of the sitar dies in a San Diego hospital at the age of 92. Pt Ravi Shankar placed Indian classical music on the world stage and was famous for his association with The Beatles, particularly lead guitarist George Harrison.

Medical student gang-raped in Delhi bus, fights for life

A 23-year-old medical student was tortured with her male friend and gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in Delhi. The two were thrown off the bus, bleeding and semi-naked. Amid raging protests on the streets, the girl is fighting a grim battle for survival in hospital.

Gujarat votes in second phase of polls

Ninety-five constituencies, including Chief Minister Narendra Modi's Maninagar seat, voted in the second and last phase of Gujarat elections. The overall voting percentage in the state was a record 70 per cent.

Narendra Modi scores a hat-trick, Congress wins Himachal

Narendra Modi won a record third term in Gujarat. His party, the BJP, emerged victorious in 115 of the 182 seats, leaving the Congress a distant second at 61. In Himachal Pradesh, the Congress swept to power with 36 seats in the 68-member assembly.

Sachin Tendulkar ends 23-year long ODI career

The biggest sports news of 2012 was Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement from one-day cricket. In a career that spanned 23 years, Sachin scored 18426 runs in 463 ODIs with 49 tons and 96 fifties. Interestingly his ODI career started (December 1989) and ended against arch-rivals Pakistan (March 2012).

Saif Ali Khan chargesheeted for assault

Mumbai cops formally chargesheeted actor Saif Ali Khan for an altercation in February when he allegedly punched an NRI businessman at the Taj Mahal hotel.

Birthday boy Salman Khan excused from court

A Mumbai court granted Salman Khan an exemption from appearing in a hearing related to the 2002 hit-and-run case. The actor, who turned 47, was represented by his lawyer and sisters.

Protests over Delhi gang-rape reach Rashtrapati Bhavan

There were dramatic scenes of Raisina Hill as hundreds of women tried to enter Rashtrapati Bhavan to express their outrage over the gang-rape of a young woman on a bus on December 16. Shouting "we want justice", the protesters tried to force their way in before they were stopped by the police.

Delhi gang-rape case: missing sixth attacker arrested from village in Bihar

The police said that sixth accused person in the Delhi gang-rape case, who was on the run, was arrested in Bihar. They had earlier in the day arrested one of the accused who were on the run. He is a minor. Four of the six men accused of raping the woman had been arrested earlier in the week.

Delhi gang-rape: lathicharge, water cannons used on protesters

Protests near Rashtrapati Bhavan against the gang-rape of 23-year-old Amanat (NOT her real name) intensified in the evening, with the demonstrators throwing stones at the police, damaging the windows of a bus, breaking barricades and attempting to move towards Parliament.

Italian marines go home for Christmas

The two Italian marines accused of killing two unarmed Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala returned to Italy to spend Christmas with their families. They had shot dead two Indian fishermen on February 15, allegedly taking them for pirates, and were arrested four days later.

More tear gas, water cannons at India Gate

Section 144 of the IPC was imposed around India Gate and protestors were forcibly loaded into buses and driven away to Bawana stadium in north-west Delhi, which served as a make-shift jail.

37 kg silver, 1.9 kg gold recovered from Karnataka BJP state chief's house

In a huge embarrassment to the ruling BJP, Lokayukta officials seized Rs. 10.9 lakh in cash, 1.9 kg of gold and 37 kg of silver during searches at the residences of Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa and educational and business establishments allegedly belonging to him.

Delhi constable injured during India Gate protest dies

Delhi Police constable Subhash Tomar, who had suffered serious injuries when a protest against the gang-rape of a young medical student turned violent at India Gate on Sunday, died at a hospital in the capital. He was cremated with full state honours.

India's Daughter, fighter till the end, dies in Singapore hospital

23-year-old medical student, who was gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi on Dec 16, died in Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital on Dec 29. Doctors said she died of severe organ failure. Her parents were by her side.

'Humiliated' Jayalalithaa walks out of chief ministers' meet, attacks Centre

When the annual National Development Council (NDC) began, chief ministers were told to limit their speeches to 10 minutes each. Ms Jayalalithaa said she had been insulted because she had not been able to complete her speech.

Former England cricketer Tony Greig dies

Tony Greig died at the age of 66 after losing his battle with lung cancer. South African-born Greig played 58 Tests for England between 1972 and 1977, scoring 3,599 runs with eight centuries at 40.43 and captured 141 wickets at 32.20. He captained England in 14 Tests.