Ajmal Kasab goes to the noose, Obama is President again, and Pinki Pramanik is male after all.

Thackeray cremated, Mumbai shuts down

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray is cremated at Mumbai's Shivaji Park. Nearly two lakh people, including several big names, gather at the sprawling ground. Son and successor Uddhav Thackeray performs the last rites. A contingent of Mumbai Police gives a 21-gun salute and buglers sound the last post.

Cyclone Nilam creates havoc in Andhra Pradesh

Cyclone Nilam hits near Chennai. Six sailors killed as cyclone grounds ship MT Pratibha Cauvery. Cyclone also triggers heavy rains and flooding in Andhra Pradesh, claiming at least 29 lives. The state suffers a loss of Rs. 1,710 crore.

'Yes, gave 90-crore loan to revive Nehru's newspaper'

After allegations made by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy against Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul, the Congress said it had given "interest free loans" to revive the National Herald newspaper. Mr Swamy had alleged the Gandhis floated a company to "illicitly" acquire a public limited company.

After Sandy, another storm heads towards US

After Superstorm Sandy ravaged the New Jersey and New York coast lines, another challenge loomed for the US as a second powerful storm was forecasted. This was when large swaths of the city were getting back to something resembling normal. However, the storm did not lead to much destruction.

Obama storms to a second term at the White House

President Barack Obama rolls to re-election with a clear victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The Democrat overcame deep doubts about his handling of the U.S. economy to emerge the winner. With his campaign based on 'hope,' Obama said in his victory speech : The best is yet to come.

Kokrajhar simmers again with fresh violence

Ethnic clashes returned to Assam's Kokrajhar district, which in July was the epicenter of sustained violence. At least six people were killed in a week because of a new surge of hostilities between Bodo tribals and Bengali-speaking Muslim settlers. The area was put again under indefinite curfew.

Team Anna 2.0 announced

Nearly two months after parting ways with Arvind Kejriwal, activist Anna Hazare announces a new team that he said will carry forward his anti-corruption movement. Along with previous members Santosh Hegde and Kiran Bedi, the team included fresh faces like former DGP (Punjab) Shashikant.

Suu Kyi visits India after 40 years

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets various political bigwigs including the PM. The Nobel Prize winner, who spent her formative years in India, also visits her college Lady Shri Ram. At a lecture, she said, "I was saddened India was drawn away from her country in its most difficul

Rahul Gandhi to be Congress' face for 2014

The Congress makes Rahul Gandhi the head of the p' election committee. Apart from the Lok Sabha polls, he will also look at the functioning of the cream of Congress' leadership for eight state polls. The announcement coincides with the continuing buzz about a larger role for him in the party.

2G spectrum auction flops

The much-talked about auction of 2G mobile phone spectrum raised only Rs. 9,407 crore contrary to the high valuation estimated by the national auditor in its damning report of the government two years ago. The government was targeting a minimum of Rs. 28,000 crore.

Xi Jinping is China's new President

China's ruling Communist Party unveiled its new leadership line-up on Thursday to steer the world's second-largest economy for the next five years, with Vice President Xi Jinping taking over from outgoing President Hu Jintao as party chief.

Bal Thackeray dies at 86

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray dies in Mumbai at 3:33pm. Massive crowds of Shiv Sena supporters gather outside the Thackeray residence within minutes of the announcement. Prime Minister and Shiv Sena's top brass appeal for calm. Shops, restaurants and other establishments shut down in several areas.

Ponty Chadha, brother killed in shootout

Controversial liquor and real estate baron Ponty Chadha and his younger brother Hardeep die in a shootout between their groups at their south Delhi farmhouse. According to the police, Hardeep shot Chadha, whose gunmen fired back at him. The firing was a result of a property dispute.

Namdhari arrested in Ponty Chadha shootout case

The Delhi Police tells a city court former Uttarakhand Minorities Commission chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari shot at liquor baron Ponty Chadha's brother Hardeep Chadha during the Nov 17 shootout that left the two businessmen dead. He is sent to five-day police custody.

Two girls arrested for Facebook post on Thackeray

On Facebook, a 21-year-old Mumbai woman questions the Mumbai shutdown due to Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's death. Her friend likes the post. Less than 24 hours later, both are arrested and ordered by a court to serve 14 days in jail. They are later released on bail after paying two bonds of Rs. 15

Pak court acquits Christian girl of blasphemy

A Pakistani court acquits the Christian girl, who was accused of blasphemy over the burning of the Muslim holy book in August. The ruling was the final chapter in a case that caused an international outcry over Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws.

Ajmal Kasab hanged

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, 25, the only terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, hanged at Pune's Yerwada Jail at 7:30 am in a swift and secret execution. He was buried inside the premises of the jail shortly after.

Winter Session begins, day one washed out

The Trinamool Congress stoutly presses forth with its No-Confidence Motion against the Manmohan Singh government but is disallowed to speak. But a belligerent opposition, demanding voting on FDI in retail, ensures both houses are adjourned by 2 pm on the opening day.

Ex-CAG official says he never quoted loss figure

Former Comptroller and Auditor General official RP Singh claims he was directed by his superiors - through a "written order" - to sign on the final 2G spectrum audit report that put the presumptive loss from the allocations at Rs. 1.76 lakh crore.

Kejriwal names his party Aam Aadmi Party

Two months after he announced his decision to launch a political party, activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal finally names his party - the Aam Aadmi Party. Taking a dig at the Congress, the activist says he will ensure there is no dynasty politics in his party.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s statue to be unveiled at Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who has been guiding arguably the world’s most popular club, Manchester United, for 26 years now was given a fitting honour by the English club – by deciding to installing a statue of their manager at the Old Trafford stadium.

Sachin Tendulkar conferred Order of Australia

Quite a few Aussies may have not liked an ‘outsider’ getting their highest civilian honour, but the authorities had no qualms in recognizing Sachin Tendulkar greatness and contribution to the game. He was presented with the membership of Order of Australia (AM), here on Tuesday. The cricketer wa

Tiger Woods says that ex-caddie Steve Williams is not a racist

Tiger Woods came out in support of his ex-caddie Steve Williams and said that he had even apologised for a slur he made about his former boss that triggered widespread condemnation.

Pinki Pramanik declared male, slapped with rape charges

After being charged with rape by a woman who was staying with the former international athlete for India, medical tests proved that Pinki Pramanik was a male. A medical board of seven doctors concluded this and said that Pinki is capable of rape as she was capable of intercourse. Pinki had already s

Yuvraj Singh returns to Test cricket after a year

After scripting a heroic comeback to cricket from fighting a cancerous tumor, Yuvraj Singh also made his comeback to India’s Test squad. He notched up a triple hundred in a domestic game in the run up to the Test series to mark his arrival in the longest format of the game. Along with him, Harbhaj

Michael Clarke becomes the first Test cricketer to score four double hundreds in a calendar year

The Aussie skipper continued with brilliant form as he notches dup yet another big one against South Africa. What more, former Australia skipper, Steve Waugh, didn’t hesitate to compare him with the legendary Sir Donald Bradman.

Virender Sehwag plays his 100th Test match. Harbhajan Singh returns to cricket after 15 months

Virender Sehwag might not be in the best of touch with the bat, but reaching the 100 Tests milestone is no less an achievement. Once considered to be suitable in the shorter version of the game for his flamboyant style, Sehwag has ironically been more successful in the longer version!

Sebastian Vettel wins his third World Championship while Jenson Button wins his 15th career race at the Brazilian Grand Prix

Ending a phenomenal year for the Red Bull F1 team, Sebastian Vettel did just enough at the Brazilian GP in Sao Paolo to hold off Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso from going past him. In the process, Vettel lifted his third consecutive world championship title, the youngest ever to do.

Ricky Ponting announces his retirement from international cricket

Australia’s most successful skipper called it a day from international cricket. He was not in the best of touch in the recent times, and didn’t want to prolong the ordeal. His decision, and contribution to game, made the cricket fraternity hail one of the greatest batsman of all time.

New Zealand win a Test in Sri Lanka after almost 15 years

It was a much improved performance, especially in the sub-continent, from a team that has been known more for its game-changing abilities in the shorter formats rather than Tests. Not only did they come back from a winless streak in Tests, but also a series win in Sri Lanka after nearly 15 years.

South Africa and Australia clash at Perth in the third Test for the No 1 spot

In many ways, the final Test at Perth was a special one. The biggest reason, of course, was Ricky Ponting walking out for the last time in the baggy green, but there were much more to the game. The number one Test ranking was at stake as a loss for South Africa meant they would slip down. Also, it w

Madhur Bhandarkar is off the hook

Nine years after being charged with rape, Madhur Bhandarkar is handed a clean chit by the Supreme Court which dismissed the charges. Actress Preeti Jain had accused Madhur of rape on the pretext of giving her a film role.

Ajay Devgn vs Yash Raj Films

Both sides claim victory after the Competition Apellate Tribunal refuses to stay the release of Jab Tak Hai Jaan but orders an inquiry into allegations by Ajay Devgn. Ajay had accused of Yash Raj Films of keeping his film Son Of Sardaar out of theatres.

Naomi Campbell takes Jodhpur

Kate Moss, Demi Moore and a host of celebs, dressed in Indian finery, partied at the Meherangarh Fort to celebrate the 50th birthday of Naomi Campbell’s Rusiian boyfriend. An elephant polo match was cancelled, and the event manager was later arrested when the party was deemed too noisy.

Radha gets SRK, KJo into trouble

An FIR is lodged against Shah Rukh Khan, his wife Gauri and director Karan Johar in Bihar for hurting religious sentiments with the song Radha from Student Of The Year. BJP leader Sushma Swaraj says it “attacks Hindu beliefs.”

SRK, Big B open Kolkata Film Festival

Mamata Banerjee ropes in a Bachchan and a Khan to inaugurate the festival but makes a blooper in her own speech by getting the date of recognition from the international regulatory body wrong. Actor Soumitra Chatterjee boycotts the event after getting a last-minute invite.

Diwali fireworks: Big bang at the box office

Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn face-off at the box office with their respective films Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son Of Sardaar releasing on Diwali. Jab Tak Hai Jaan walks away with the critics’ honours but both films are declared blockbusters, fetching over Rs 100 cr each.

Reality bites Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian finds herself on the receiving end of death threats after tweeting “Praying for everyone in Israel” in response to a retaliatory rocket attack on Jerusalem by Hamas militants. As answering tweets urged her to “Die in hell,” Kim deleted her tweet and vowed to read up on the Mid

Aamir strikes gold with Talaash

Talaash proves again why an Aamir Khan film is worth waiting for and scoops up critical acclaim as well as box office plaudits. All three stars – Aamir, Rani and Kareena – have praise heaped upon them.

HTC India launches 8X and 8S smartphones

HTC India launches its Windows Phone 8-based HTC 8X and HTC 8S in the country.

HTC India launches One X+

HTC launched its latest flagship smartphone, HTC One X+, the successor to its popular HTC One X smartphone.

BlackBerry 10 OS launch confirmed for January 30, 2013

RIM announced that it will be unveiling next-generation BlackBerry 10 devices as well as OS on January 30, 2013.

Samsung India launches Android-based Galaxy Camera

Samsung launches Galaxy Camera, a 3G-enabled camera that runs on Android, allowing for easy sharing of images.

Euro zone slips into second recession

The 17-country euro zone fell back into recession for the first time in three years. Official figures showed that the euro zone contracted by 0.1 per cent in the July to September period from the quarter before as economies, including Germany and the Netherlands, suffered from falling demand.

Diageo-United Spirits ink deal

Diageo Plc, the world's biggest spirits maker, announced that it will acquire a controlling 53.4 per cent stake in Vijay Mallya-promoted United Spirits for Rs 11,166 crore. Mr Mallya will continue in his current role as chairman of United Spirits.

Former prime minister IK Gujral dies

Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral died in Gurgaon. He would have turned 93 on December 4. Mr Gujral was admitted to hospital on November 19 with a lung infection. He was on dialysis for over a year and had contracted a serious chest infection some days ago.

Senior Telugu Desam Party leader Yerran Naidu dies

A four-time Member of Parliament and a member of Andhra Pradesh Assembly as many times, Yerran Naidu always remained loyal to the party which he joined at its inception. Popularly known as Yeranna among TDP circles, he was in the forefront of the TDP's protests on people's issues.