February

What MLAs really do in the Assembly, Bengal boils over, Yuvi starts chemotherapy and Whitney Houston dies in drug shocker.

Chidambaram gets relief in 2G scam case

A CBI court rejected Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy's plea that Union Minister P Chidambaram be prosecuted in the 2G scam case. Mr Swamy had alleged that Mr Chidambaram, as finance minister in 2008, connived with telecom minister A Raja to give away 2G spectrum at throwaway prices.

Woman gangraped in Kolkata

A 37-year-old Kolkata woman was allegedly gangraped by a man she met at a pub on Park Street and his associates. They drove her around the city and assaulted her at gunpoint. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee almost denied the incident, insisting it was a conspiracy to defame her government.

Yuvraj Singh gets chemotherapy

It became public knowledge that Yuvraj Singh was undergoing chemotherapy in Boston. The sad news meant he was not in India's current scheme of things as he would now play the innings for his life against a possibly fatal disease.

Robert Vadra says ready to join politics

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra spiced up the Uttar Pradesh election campaign when he declared he would join politics if people wished so. Made in the Gandhi pocket borough of Amethi, the statement sounded propitious. But wife Priyanka said it was media misinterpretation.

Karnataka ministers ‘watch’ porn in Assembly

Politics slipped to a new low when Karnataka ministers Laxman Savadi and CC Patil were caught by TV cameras allegedly watching porn on their mobile phones – inside the state assembly, in the midst of proceedings. Some bizarre explanations later, the two had to step down.

Nikon unveils 36-megapixel D800

Nikon unveils D800 camera with a 36-megapixel full-frame sensor. The D800 also employs a unique 910,000 RGB matrix-metering mode coupled up with a 51-point auto-focus system.

Army chief loses age battle in court

Near the end of his tenure as Army chief, General VK Singh lost his battle with the government. The Supreme Court ruled that May 10, 1950 was his date of birth, and not 1951 as he had claimed. General Singh withdrew his petition and retired later in the year (on May 31).

Whitney, we will always love you

Singer Whitney Houston was found dead in the bathtub of a hotel suite in Los Angeles. A coroner later ruled the death to be an “accidental drowning.” Large amounts of cocaine, marijuana and other drugs were found in Whitney’s system. Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys performed at her funeral.

Israeli diplomat’s wife hurt in bomb attack

Anti-Israel terror touched down on Delhi’s streets, metres away from the Prime Minister’s residence. A biker planted a ‘sticky’ bomb on an Israeli embassy car, injuring Tal Yehoshua-Koren, a diplomat’s wife, and three others. Another bomb attack was foiled in Georgia. Israel blamed Tehran.

Iran flaunts nuclear programme advances

Iran claimed major advances in its nuclear programme. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled arguably the country’s first domestically produced 20 per cent enriched nuclear fuel, showing the country’s determination to forge ahead with nuclear activities despite tough sanctions from the West.

Cops get flak for raid at Ramdev protest

The Supreme Court slammed the Delhi Police and the Centre for the June 2011 midnight raid at Baba Ramdev's Ramlila Maidan agitation in the Capital. It ordered action against police officers behind the lathicharge and compensation for the family of a protester who died of injuries.

Liquor baron Ponty Chadha raided

Ponty Chadha, who ruled the liquor business in Uttar Pradesh, and his estimated Rs 6,000-crore empire were the subject of income tax raids. Properties and offices were searched in Delhi, Noida and Moradabad. There was buzz of a cash stash at his Noida mall, but the chests turned out to be empty.

Kerala fishermen shot by Italian marines

Marines on an Italian ship shot dead two fishermen travelling in a boat off the Kollam coast in Kerala, mistaking them to be pirates. The guards, Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone, were arrested and charged with murder, sparking off a diplomatic face-off between India and Italy.

Samsung unveils three dual-SIM Android smartphones

Samsung has always been known to offer plenty of options to its patrons. In February the Korean consumer electronics giant launched Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos, Galaxy Y Pro Duos and Galaxy Y Duos, all dual-SIM Android smartphones.

Apple takes the lids of OS X Mountain Lion

Apple previews OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of Mac OS. Mountain Lion comes with features like iCloud integration, Notification Centre and more.

Sena-BJP wins Mumbai civic elections again

The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance frustrated the Congress-NCP once again to maintain its grip on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. It won 107 of the 227 seats, the rival combine way behind at 64. Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena made its presence felt with 28 seats.

Mamata stalls anti-terror hub plan

The National Counter Terrorism Centre, the govt’s ambitious anti-terror body in the wake of the 26/11 attacks, was opposed by four opposition chief ministers and vetoed by its own ally Mamata Banerjee. The contentious point: the centre’s powers to make raids and arrests without states’ nod.

ESPN staff fired after controversial Jeremy Lin headline

An ESPN news anchor who used the phrase "Chink in the armour" as a headline for Jeremy Lin's slump in form was fired by the channel for offensive language. Lin is NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.

Journalist arrested in J Dey murder case

Mumbai journalist Jigna Vora was charged with murder and criminal conspiracy in the gunning down of Mid Day investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. Ms Vora was alleged to have provided information that helped Mr Dey’s assassins track and kill him in Powai in June 2011.

Afghans erupt over Quran burning

Afghans seethed and took to the streets in thousands over reports that American troops had burnt copies of the Quran at the Bagram airbase near Kabul. The protests spread across the country, turned violent and raged for several days, prompting an apology from US President Barack Obama.

Supreme Court cancels 122 telecom licences

The Supreme Court cancelled 122 second-generation (2G) spectrum licences issued during A Raja's tenure as telecom minister. The court fined six telecom firms, saying the licences had been allotted in "an unconstitutional and arbitrary manner".

Just married: Genelia and Riteish

Actor Riteish Deshmukh wasted no time in announcing to the world that he had married his girlfriend of eight years, actress Genelia D’Souza. 'MR & MRS DESHMUKH,' he tweeted with this picture. The wedding & reception were grand affairs, attended by a host of politicians and the who’s who of Bolly

Angelina’s right leg hijacks the Oscars

The Academy Awards 2012 were put in the shade by Angelina Jolie’s right leg, which she showed off to stunning effect in a slit-to-the-thigh black Versace dress, striking a leg-thrust-out-hand-on-hip pose that took Twitter and other social networks by storm.

Nokia launches 41-megapixel 808 PureView

Just when people had started writing off Nokia, it manages to dazzle the world with its 41-megapixel shooter, Nokia 808 PureView. Little wonder that this device was crowned the show-stopper at Mobile World Congress.

HTC’s Android front-runners

The Taiwanese smartphone maker bets big on its Android line-up and announces as new flagship smartphone HTC One X along with HTC One S and HTC OneV.

Mamata nephew slaps traffic cop

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Akash was arrested for allegedly slapping a traffic policeman, who had stopped his car in Kolkata’s Kidderpore area for violating a traffic rule. To avoid being booked, he is alleged to have flaunted his familial links with the chief minister.