January

Outrage and shock over battered baby Falak, Virat Kohli is India’s wizard of Oz and new year gifts from Nokia and Samsung.

20-yr-old Briton charged with Anuj Bidve’s murder

The Indian student was shot in the head at point-blank range as he walked with friends near their hotel in the inner-city Ordsall district of Greater Manchester in the early hours of Dec 26, Boxing Day.

Bhanwari Devi’s remains found by the CBI

Bhanwari was killed allegedly because she was blackmailing Mahipal Maderna, a minister in the Rajasthan state government, with a sex CD that showed them together. She was introduced to Mr Maderna by Malkhan Singh - both men belonged to the Congress party.

India clears €950 mn deal for Mirage-2000 missiles

Missiles would be deployed on the 51 Mirage-2000 aircraft that are already undergoing upgrades at French facilities under a €1.47 billion (approximately Rs 10,692 crore) deal signed earlier this year.

Virat Kohli gets angry with Sydney crowd

Virat Kohli lost his temper at the Sydney crowd after they taunted him. He was also caught on camera showing the finger to the spectators. While Kohli was apologetic about the incident he said that insults made on his family from the stands were difficult to tolerate and could not be ignored.

Aarushi Talwar’s parents to be tried for murder: Supreme Court

14-year-old Aarushi was found in her parents’ apartment with her throat slit in May 2009. The Talwars had asked the Supreme Court to over-rule the verdict of a lower court that ordered the CBI to make them the main accused in the case. The Supreme Court refused to intervene.

Ex-Telecom Minister Sukh Ram sent to jail

The Patiala House court ordered the former Telecom Minister to be taken into judicial custody to serve a three-year sentence in the 1996 Telecom scam case. Just two days before that, Sukh Ram's lawyer had told the court that he was in a state of coma.

Pune bids tearful adieu to Anuj Bidve

Anuj Bidve's body, lying in a flower bedecked open coffin, was taken in a procession to the Yerawada Muktidham crematorium in Pune and consigned to flames, amid chanting of vedic hymns, before several thousand mourners.

Shanti Bhushan guilty of evading property taxes

Shanti Bhushan, former Law Minister and a frontliner in the India Against Corruption campaign, found guilty by Board of Revenue and the Assistant Commissioner (Stamps) of evading taxes worth Rs. 1.3 crore; to be fined Rs. 27 lakhs.

Nokia bets big on Lumia 900

Nokia, which has been struggling with its smartphone strategy, starts 2012 with a big bang by showcasing its flagship Windows Phone. However, as it turned out, the smartphone failed to make any sort of real impact.

Another 7-inch Galaxy in Samsung’s universe

It rained tablets all through 2012. Samsung starts the year with the launch of Android Honeycomb-based Galaxy Tab 620 in India. This tablet sports a 7-inch screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, W-Fi, 3-megapixel front camera and a 2-megapixel rear camera.

Nokia launches its ‘Made for India’ phones

Nokia tries to recapture some of its lost market-share in the entry-level segment with the launch of Asha 200 and Asha 300 mobiles. Both are dual-SIM handsets made especially for consumers in developing countries such as India.

India marks a year without any new polio case

India is one of four polio-endemic countries, the others being Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. India has spent more than Rs.12,000 crore on the Pulse Polio Programme. It took a lead in introducing bivalent polio vaccine (bOPV) in January 2010.

WACA staff drinks on the pitch before Test against India

One day before the India-Australia Test in Perth the WACA (Western Australian Cricket Association) staff had a beer party on the pitch. This was a clear violation of the rules and was not received well by the cricketing community. However the official version was that they were working on the pitch

Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia runs aground

Costa Concordia was on a trip around the Mediterranean when it hit a reef near the Isola del Giglio. It ran aground off the Italian coast; several people were killed. The accident also forced the coast guard to evacuate over 4,000 people.

Sharp remarks from judge over Google’s arguments

Google, Facebook argued in Delhi High Court that there’s no way for them to screen content before it is posted online. Google also said the Indian subsidiary can’t be held responsible for an act by its parent company. "Are you not a beneficiary of Google Inc's business?” the judge remarked.

Welcome to India, Oprah

American chat show queen Oprah Winfrey touched down in Mumbai to begin filming what would turn out to be a controversial episode of her new series Oprah’s Next Chapter. In India, she visited slums, went to a high society party, dropped in on the Bachchans and went to the Taj Mahal.

Norway authorities take away Indian couple’s kids

The drastic measure was taken because, according to the child protective services, the couple were not bringing the children up properly. What did they do wrong? They fed the children with their hands and the infants slept in the same bed as the parents.

Army Chief’s age row reaches Supreme Court

General VK Singh took the government to court - the first serving military chief to do so - in the hope of establishing that he is correct in claiming that he was born in 1951, not 1950. Documents with the Army reflect both dates.

Wikipedia blackout begins

Wikipedia blacked out the English language version of its website to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in US Senate. Wikipedia is considered one of the Internet's most popular websites, with millions of visitors daily.

Baby Falak, battered & bruised, admitted to AIIMS

Two-year-old baby Falak was admitted to AIIMS with fractured arms, serious injuries in the head and human bite marks all over her body. She was a victim of the battered baby syndrome. A 15-year-old girl who claimed to be her mother had brought her to hospital.

Pak PM Gilani wins reprieve in Supreme Court

Pakistan’s Supreme Court gave the civilian government time till February 1 to respond to it on the issue of re-opening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. It also exempted the PM from appearing in court at the next hearing.

Modi takes Lokayukta battle to Supreme Court

A day after the Gujarat High Court delivered a stinging assessment of his "false sense of invincibility," Narendra Modi asked the Supreme Court for help. The Gujarat Chief Minister wanted the appointment of the Lokayukta or ombudsman of Gujarat to be cancelled.

Did not insult India, insists BBC Top Gear

The producers of the controversial Top Gear BBC programme defended the show against a complaint from the Indian high commission that its December episode focused on the country was "offensive".

Kodak files for bankruptcy

Photography icon Eastman Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it sought to boost its cash position and stay in business. The move came as the ailing company failed to find a buyer for its trove of 1,100 digital imaging patents.

Vodafone wins 2.5 billion dollar tax case

The Supreme Court ruled that the British telecom giant does not have to pay taxes and penalties for the transaction that saw the company acquire 67 per cent stake in Hutchison Essar, a mobile phone operator in India in 2007. The deal was for 55,000 crores or $11.5 billion.

The stork visits Lara and Mahesh

“ITS A GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @DuttaLara. I Love u....” tweeted tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi. Lara Dutta married Mahesh on February 16, 2012 and baby Saira arrived 11 months later.

Salman Rushdie skips Jaipur Lit Fest

Muslim clerics had warned of protests against Mr Rushdie; they say his book, The Satanic Verses, is blasphemous. Mr Rushide tweeted, "Very sad not to be at Jaipur. I was told Bombay mafia don issued weapons to 2 hitmen to 'eliminate' me. Will do video link instead. Damn."

Rajasthan win the Ranji trophy for second consecutive time

Rajasthan successfully defended their Ranji Trophy title when they defeated Tamil Nadu in the final in Chennai. The Rajasthan Cricket Association announced a cash award of Rs 1.31 crore for its triumphant State team. The BCCI also announced a cash prize of Rs 2 crore for the team.

Shoe thrown at Rahul Gandhi in Uttarakhand

A shoe was thrown at Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi while he was addressing a rally in Vikasnagar in Uttarakhand. The shoe fell 10 meters short of him. The man who threw the shoe was immediately taken into custody.

Am I worse than terrorist: 'banned' ex-ISRO chief

One of India's best-known scientists, G Madhavan Nair, who also headed ISRO, was blacklisted for government jobs. The government's decision was based on Mr Nair's alleged role in allotting valuable and scarce S-band spectrum to a private company named Devas.

Pune man 'steals' bus, hits 40 vehicles; nine dead

For a half hour, a bus in Pune lurched through the city's streets, hitting one vehicle after another and running into pedestrians. Nine people died and nearly were 30 injured. A total of 40 vehicles were also mangled. The driver faces murder charges.

India celebrates 63rd Republic Day

The early morning chill did not deter people along the eight-km-parade route as they gathered on both sides of the majestic Rajpath, the country's ceremonial boulevard facing the Raisina Hills, and cheered the contingents as they went past displaying India's strength and diverse culture.

IIM-Lucknow student arrested in murder case

A first-year MBA student at IIM Lucknow, Rahul Verma, was arrested by the CBI for his alleged involvement in a murder at the IIT Kanpur campus. Human bones had been found on the prestigious campus, which led to the CBI taking over the case.

Virat Kohli scores maiden Test century in Adelaide

Virat Kohli was the only shining star as India sank in front of Australia. He struck a valiant 116 as India collapsed to 272 in reply to Australia's massive 604. It was a fluent innings as he looked like the only batsman capable of dealing with the quicks on wickets that proved a struggle to bat on.

The all new Agneepath releases

Producer Karan Johar and director Karan Malhotra recast the 1990 Amitabh Bachchan film with Hrithik Roshan playing Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, one of Big B’s most famous roles. Agneepath set a new record for highest opening day box-office collections.

SRK’s midnight brawl with Shirish Kunder

Shah Rukh Khan’s uneasy relationship with former friend Farah Khan’s husband, director Shirish Kunder, came to a head when the two allegedly came to blows at Sanjay Dutt’s party at a Mumbai hotel. Bollywood loyalties were divided, with many saying Shirish had asked for it. A truce was brokered

India picks Rafale jets in $10 bn deal

India set out to give its air force more wings with a $10 billion deal to buy 126 Rafale multi-role fighters from France – the country’s biggest defence buy. Dassault Aviation will deliver 18 jets in fly-away condition; the rest will be built in partnership in India.