May

Nobody ‘likes’ the Facebook IPO, 13 Indians are killed in an air crash in Nepal, and Ash cuts a fine figure at Cannes.

Mayawati spent Rs 86 crore on her home

A Right to Information application put Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati in a spot when it revealed that she, as Uttar Pradesh chief minister, spent Rs 86 crore of taxpayers' money to renovate her home in Lucknow. The house has a bullet-proof verandah and a huge statue of hers.

Top court orders CBI probe against Yeddyurappa

The Supreme Court ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation probe against former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa for allegedly favouring top mining companies in return for donations to a family trust. Yeddyurappa said he would come out clean.

Manchester City wins EPL after 44 years

Manchester City claimed the EPL title after 44 years and despite the race going right down to the wire, emerged victorious, going past Manchester United. Talented players bought at expensive rates paid off as a dream season came to an end.

2 Indian girls survive Nepal air crash

Two Indian girls, aged 6 and 9, were among the six miraculous survivors of a plane crash near the high-altitude Jomsom airport in northern Nepal. The Dornier aircraft got buried after hitting a mountain peak straddling the airport. At least 15 people, mostly Indians, died.

Farewell, Taruni Sachdev

14-year-old child star Taruni dies in a plane crash in Nepal. She was one of 13 Indians killed. Taruni played Amitabh Bachchan’s friend in Paa and also appeared in commercials for Rasna.

Air India pilots go on strike

More than 100 Air India pilots went on a strike, disrupting the airline’s international operations. Air India sacked 10 pilots, sent medical teams to check on those who had reported sick and derecognised their union.

Indian envoy’s daughter files lawsuit in US

Krittika Biswas, daughter of the vice-consul in the Consulate General of India in New York, filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the city of New York and her school over her suspension from the institution and imprisonment last year. She is alleged to have sent offensive emails to her teachers.

Chhattisgarh collector freed by Maoists

Alex Paul Menon, the District Collector of Sukma in Chhattisgarh, was released by Maoists after 12 days in captivity and long negotiations through mediators. It was not clear if the state government agreed to any of the Maoists’ demands, such as the release of their jailed associates.

Vidya Balan is a national treasure

Resplendent in a pink kanjeevaram and diamond earrings, Vidya Balan collects her Best Actress National Award for playing Southern siren Silk Smitha in the acclaimed The Dirty Picture.

Samsung unveils Galaxy S III smartphone

Samsung launches its next-generation flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III which comes with a 4.8-inch display, 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 8-megapixel camera.

François Hollande elected French President

Francois Hollande was elected France's first socialist president in nearly two decades, dealing a humiliating defeat to Nicolas Sarkozy and shaking up European politics. Mr Hollande won with about 52 per cent votes.

The truth shall prevail for Aamir Khan

Aamir’s TV show Satyamev Jayate debuts to wide acclaim. Episode one, on female foeticide, has an immediate impact with Aamir meeting Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot just days later on the subject of fast track courts for foeticide cases.

Hillary Clinton meets Mamata Banerjee

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata to explore investment opportunities in the state. Mrs Banerjee said the US had agreed to invest in several sectors, such as information technology, tourism, health and education.

Pranab Mukherjee defers GAAR

Pranab Mukherjee announced that the implementation of GAAR would be deferred to April 2013. He also clarified that the government will remove a provision which puts the onus on the tax payer to prove that there has been no tax avoidance. The onus, he said, would be on tax officials.

Huge cash haul at Chiranjeevi daughter’s home

An income tax raid at the Chennai home of actor-politician Chiranjeevi's daughter Sushmita threw up Rs 35 crore in cash. The money was stashed in 35 cartons, each containing Rs 1 crore. Mr Chiranjeevi said he had nothing to do with the cash.

A Raja gets bail after 15 months

A Raja, who lost his telecom portfolio to the 2G spectrum scam and went to jail, got bail after 15 months. Fire crackers, aarti and a dinner for 200 people awaited him at home. The DMK leader brazenly said he would be back in Parliament soon.

Rekha takes oath in Rajya Sabha

On her first day in Parliament, actor Rekha was a show-stopper of sorts. Members surrounded her as the 57-year-old, wearing a golden-brown sari, walked into Rajya Sabha to take oath. Rekha was nominated to the upper house with cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and entrepreneur-activist Anu Aga.

SRK's Wankhede brawl

It was Kolkata vs Mumbai and SRK vs MCA. The actor was banned from the stadium for 5 years after it was alleged that he got into a brawl with security officials. The actor later refuted the charges. A police complaint though was made against him.

IPL player Luke Pomersbach arrested for allegedly molesting a woman

Royal Challenger Bangalore’s Luke Pomersbach was arrested on charges of allegedly molesting a woman. He was suspended by Vijay Mallya but he later reached an out of court settlement with the woman who had made the charge.

Facebook goes public on Nasdaq, lukewarm debut

Social networking site Facebook went public, but didn’t get many ‘likes’. Shares fizzled on their first day of trade on the Nasdaq, erasing early gains of as much as 18 per cent to trade close to their initial public offering price. The company raised around $18.4 billion in the IPO.

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg marries girlfriend

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg updated his status to "married", tying the knot with Priscilla Chan at a small ceremony in California. The two met at Harvard and have been together for more than nine years.

Chelsea win UEFA Champions League

In the end, it was a penalty shootout that decided the victor here. Chelsea managed to nudge past Bayern Munich as Didier Drogba netted the final shot to earn his now former side the UEFA Champions League title.

Sidhartha Mallya gets defamation notice

Sidhartha Mallya, director of Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, was slapped with a defamation notice for his tweets on US national Zohal Hameed, who was allegedly molested by one of his team players Luke Pomersbach.

IPL players detained in Mumbai rave party raid

At least 44 people were arrested and 100 detained as the Mumbai police raided an alleged rave party at a city hotel during the Indian Premier League. IPL cricketers Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma were among those detained.

Thank you for the music, Robin Gibb

Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb bowed out after a long and painful battle with cancer. He was 62. The Bee Gees, comprising of three Gibb brothers, delivered disco-era hits such as Jive Talkin, Stayin Alive and Night Fever.

Google Chrome overtakes IE to become most popular web-browser

Google Chrome becomes the most popular browser for the first time ever, overtaking Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the process.

Shilpa and Raj plus one

“Cant believe I’m a mother now” tweeted an ecstatic Shilpa Shetty who gave birth to son Viaan at Mumbai’s Hinduja Healthcare hospital. Husband Raj Kundra also too to Twitter to thank his wife for “the bestest gift.”

Samsung launches Galaxy Tab 2 310

Samsung's seven-inch tablet comes with Android 4.0 on-board and features Wi-Fi as well as 3G connectivity with voice calling.

Cannes loves Wasseypur

Anurag Kashyap’s mammoth coal mining and crime saga, the two part Gangs Of Wasseypur, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was greeted with a standing ovation.

Ash takes Cannes by storm

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made her first major public appearance after the birth of daughter Aaradhya at the Cannes Film Festival. Ash waved away criticism over her failure to lose weight in an Elie Saab dress that clung to every plus-size curve, accessorized with a smile. She also wore a ho-hum Abu-Sa

Petrol price hiked by Rs 6.28 per litre (without state levies)

Petrol prices were hiked by Rs 6.28 per litre, the steepest hike ever. The revision came as the rupee hit an all-time low of Rs 56.19 against the US dollar.

Steepest petrol price hike shocks India

Petrol prices shot up by Rs 7.50 per litre – the first hike of 2012 and the steepest ever. The hike pinched Mumbai the most at Rs 78.57 a litre and was fuelled by a falling rupee and growing loses of oil marketing companies.

Charges framed against Aarushi Talwar’s parents

A CBI court in Ghaziabad framed charges against Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar for the murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in May 2008 at their Noida home. The court said the trial would begin on June 4.

Bollywood celebrates Karan Johar’s 40th birthday

Director Karan Johar turned 40 this year, giving Bollywood one more reason to party. The question everyone was asking – would Priyanka Chopra get an invite? Karan was rumoured to be behind a reported anti-Priyanka campaign. She did get an invite, and she did attend, as did most of Bollywood.

CBI arrests Jagan Mohan Reddy in assets case

Jagan Mohan Reddy, chief of the YSR Congress, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in a disproportionate assets case. The arrest came after three days of interrogation in Hyderabad.

Kolkata Knight Riders win the IPL 2012

They played rather pale cricket in the previous years. 2012 was going to be a complete different year for Kolkata Knight Riders. Under Gautam Gambhir, the team beat Chennai Super Kings to emerge victorious and claim the IPL title for the first time ever.

Samsung launches Galaxy S III in India

The Samsung smartphone makes its much-awaited India debut priced at Rs. 43,180

Santosh Hegde differs with Team Anna

The first time Team Anna directly charged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with corruption, a key member of his team issued a note of dissent. Justice Santosh Hegde, a core Team Anna member, said he "disassociates himself" from the comments.

General Bikram Singh takes over as army chief

General Bikram Singh, a veteran infantry officer, took over as Indian Army chief. He succeeded General VK Singh, whose 26-month tenure was mired in controversies.

Bharat bandh over fuel price hike

A countrywide shutdown called by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left over the petrol price hike saw sporadic violence. There were reports of buses being stoned in Mumbai, vehicles being set afire in Karnataka and trains being stopped in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand.

Sahara Pune Warriors Wayne Parnell, Rahul Sharma detained at rave party in Juhu

Pune Warriors’ Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell were either innocent or they feigned innocence when found present at a rave party in Juhu, Mumbai. They said they were told it was a birthday party but Sharma later also tested positive for certain drugs.