July

India loses it’s first Bollywood superstar but gets a new President, and Time calls the Prime Minister an ‘under-achiever’.

Presidential polls: Sangma contests Pranab’s nomination

Purno Sangma formally objected to Pranab Mukherjee's nomination as presidential candidate, saying he held an office of profit as chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute while filing his nomination.

Spain wins Euro. Again

Defending champions Spain beat Italy 4-0. David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata scored. It was Spain's third straight major title, after winning Euro 2008 and the the 2010 World Cup.

Scientists find new subatomic particle

Scientists in Geneva said they had discovered a new subatomic particle consistent with the Higgs Boson, or “God particle”, that gives shape and mass to all matter in the universe.

Renault launches Duster

French automaker Renault launched the mid-sized sports utility vehicle Duster in India at Rs 7.19 lakh, with the top-end version priced at Rs 11.29 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The company received 10,000 orders within a month of the launch, forcing Renault to ramp up production.

Actor Laila Khan killed, says stepfather

Actor Laila Khan, who had been missing for 11 months, was murdered along with other members of her family, her stepfather told the police. They were shot dead by three men near Mumbai over a property dispute.

Conjoined baby Aradhana dies

Baby Aradhana, one of the conjoined twins from Betul in Madhya Pradesh, died of a heart attack, around 15 days after doctors performed a complicated surgery to separate her from her sister.

Top court quashes assets case against Mayawati

The Supreme Court dismissed a case against Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati that charged her with massive corruption and owning assets beyond her sources of income. The court said the Central Bureau of Investigation's case against her was illegal and without jurisdiction.

Nokia brings Lumia 610 to India

Nokia unveils Lumia 610 with Windows Phone 7.5 featuring a 3.7-inch display, 5-megapixel camera, 800MHz processor and 8GB of internal storage.

Mumbai cop Dhoble strikes again

Mumbai police's hockey stick-wielding cop Vasant Dhoble raided a bar in Malad and arrested 31 people. They were booked under various sections of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act.

Time magazine says PM an 'underachiever’

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was dubbed an "underachiever" by Time magazine. The magazine said he appears "unwilling to stick his neck out" on reforms that will put the country back on the growth path.

Girl molested by mob in Guwahati

A Class 11 student was assaulted and molested by a mob outside a pub in Guwahati. The abuse was filmed by a local television journalist and shown on the channel he worked for. The girl’s identity for revealed by the Assam chief minister’s office.

Malware Monday: Software puts thousands at risk of losing Internet

The day comes to be known as Malware Monday as a rogue piece of code threatens to leave thousands across the globe offline.

Railways revamps Tatkal scheme

The railways revamped its popular Tatkal ticket reservation scheme with new timings and additional measures to check touts. The new rules say online service agents will be allowed to book only one tatkal ticket per train per day, and only after noon.

Haryana village bans love marriages

A panchayat in Union Minister Ajit Singh's constituency Baghpat decided love marriages and unescorted walks in the evenings were off-limits for women. The panchayat said women younger than 40 must not leave their homes after sunset.

Farewell, Dara Singh

Wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh died in a Mumbai hospital at the age of 83. Mr Singh, who famously played Hanuman on TV’s Ramayana, appeared in a number of ‘60s-era action movies, often opposite actress Mumtaz. He won several wrestling championships, directed several Punjabi films and last made

Photos of William-Kate honeymoon leaked

Intimate pictures of Prince William and Kate Middleton on their 2011 honeymoon in Seychelles went public in an Australian magazine, causing outrage in the British royal family.

Heil Madonna

France’s National Front threatens to sue Madonna unless she drops a video showing party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her head from her Paris concert.

Marissa Mayer becomes Yahoo! CEO

Marissa Mayer goes from Google to Yahoo as the struggling company hires its fifth CEO in as many years.

Maruti lockout

An altercation between a worker and a supervisor sparked off a scuffle at Maruti’s plant in Manesar, Haryana, which turned violent leading to the death of a general manager. The company declared a lockout which lasted a month.

Zindagi Ka Safar: Goodbye Rajesh Khanna

Bollywood’s first superstar died after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 69. At his cremation, the streets of Mumbai were lined with crowds of mourners. He left behind a farewell message to be played at his prayer meet, just like his character did in Anand.

HR manager dies in Maruti plant violence

A mob of workers rampaged through Maruti’s plant in Manesar, Haryana, attacking company officials and damaging property. Human Resources manager Awanish Kumar Dev was beaten up and burned to death in the riot and around 100 others, including policemen, were injured.

Apple's schoolboy punishment: Publish "Samsung didn't copy the iPad"

A UK judge says Samsung couldn't have copied Apple since its products "weren't as cool", orders Apple to run ads that say Samsung didn't copy Apple.

Gunman kills 14 at Batman screening

A gunman opened fire during the screening of the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, at a theatre in Denver, US, killing 14 people and leaving at least 50 injured.

Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell detained

IPL cricketers Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell, who were detained by the Mumbai police at a rave party in May, tested positive for drugs. Both play for Pune Warriors. While Parnell returned to South Africa, Sharma faced arrest and hence pulled out of the 1st ODI between India and Sri Lanka.

Apple iPhone 3GS available for Rs. 9,999

A pleasant surprise for iPhone fans as the iPhone 3GS drops below the Rs. 10,000 price tag.

Pranab Mukherjee elected President

UPA nominee and Congress troubleshooter Pranab Mukherjee was elected the President of India, defeating PA Sangma by a wide margin in a one-sided contest. The 76-year-old got over seven lakh or 69.3 per cent of the votes. Mr Mukherjee said that he would work to "protect" the Constitution.

Ethnic clashes erupt in Assam

Clashes between Bodos and Muslim settlers broke out in Assam's Kokrajhar and other districts, leaving at least nine people dead and starting a trail of violence that eventually claimed over 100 lives.

Top court bans tourism in core areas of tiger reserves

The Supreme Court ordered a ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves and pulled up several states, such as Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, for not notifying buffer zones in tiger reserves.

Team Anna starts fast, targets President

Anna Hazare and his team began their sit-in protest at Delhi's Jantar Mantar to highlight corruption within the government. Among their targets was Pranab Mukherjee, who was sworn in as President the same day.

Big B carries Olympic torch

Amitabh Bachchan took part in the London Olympic torch relay, a day before the Games began. He, however, was not the only celebrity to lend an Indian touch to the event. Music maestro A R Rahman also teamed up with director Danny Boyle to compose a track for the inaugural event.

ND Tiwari's DNA test confirms Rohit Shekhar his son

A DNA test confirmed what 32-year-old Rohit Shekhar had been claiming for long - that Congress politician ND Tiwari was his biological father. The DNA test was carried out under the court’s orders.

Anuj Bidve’s killer convicted

British national Kiaran Stapleton, 21, was held guilty of the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve in Salford on December 26. The trial lasted a little over a month was attended by Bidve's parents, who arrived from Pune.

London Olympics open with grand ceremony

The opening ceremony of the London Olympics was magnificent and completely British; it had a dash of British history, culture, literature, music, fantasy, James Bond and a cameo by the Queen. All directed by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle.

Power grid failure cripples north India

Large parts of north India, including Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, spent a night and several hours next morning without power as the northern grid collapsed. Trains and flights and water supply in the Capital were crippled.

Narang wins 1st medal at Olympics

Gagan Narang, who had missed a medal by a whisker in Beijing 2008, opened India’s medal count with a bronze medal in the 10m Air Rifle event, while the 2008 gold medallist Abhinav Bindra failed to qualify for the final event.

Sahara buys New York’s Plaza Hotel

The Sahara group agreed to buy controlling stake in New York's landmark Plaza Hotel for $570 million. The 105-year-old luxury hotel overlooking New York's Central Park is jointly owned by Elad Properties, an Israeli-owned real estate company, and Saudi-based Kingdom Holdings Co.

Kohli creates history

Virat Kohli became the fastest Indian batsman to complete 1000 ODI runs when he slammed a ton against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI in Colombo. He also became the 1st Indian to register 1,000 ODI runs in successive years - 1,381 (ave.47.62) in 34 ODIs in 2011 and 1026 (ave 73.28) in 16 matches in 2012.

Freedom fighter Captain Lakshmi Sahgal dies

97-year-old freedom fighter Captain Lakshmi Sahgal was born in Madras and qualified as a doctor from the Madras Medical College in 1938. A close aide of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, she was the commander of an all-women's regiment in the Indian National Army in the fight for India's independence.

Sally Ride, first US woman in space dies

Sally Ride, who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, died of pancreatic cancer. She was 61. Ride flew into space on the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983, when she was 32. Until her death, it was not known that she had been battling cancer or that she was gay.