Malala Yousafzai gets under the Taliban’s skin, Sandy devastates USA, and James Bond is 50.

Operation Blue Star hero attacked

General (retired) Kuldip Singh Brar, the hero of the 1984 Operation Bluestar, attacked in London by four unknown men. He survives but suffers stab wounds on the neck. His wife is attacked too. Two men of Indian origin later arrested for the attack.

Politically yours, Arvind Kejriwal announces

On Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, activist Arvind Kejriwal turns politician with announcement of his political party. "This is your party, not mine," Mr Kejriwal declared to his aam janta. That also came with a warning to all political parties to count their days.

Security compromise at Mumbai airport

An internal wrangling between customs officials and the Central Industrial Security Force leaves some entrance and exit gates unguarded at the Mumbai airport for over three hours. CISF takes off their guards over a dispute from two gates; customs puts their men instead, but they stood unarmed.

US presidential debate: Round 1 to Romney

The world turned its eyes to Denver as Republican candidate Mitt Romney and US President Barack Obama clashed in the first presidential debate. The debate delved into details of policies both had based their campaigns on. Romney played the aggressor and most thought he came out with the upper hand.

Sridevi is the nation’s sweetheart again

In English Vinglish, actress Sridevi redefines the term comeback as Shashi, a middle-class housewife struggling to find a sense of self by learning English.

James Bond hits middle age

The British secret agent turns 50 with a half-century between the first film, Dr No, and the latest, Skyfall. Starring Daniel Craig, the fifth actor to play Bond after after Sean Connery, Skyfall revives the franchise’s licence to thrill.

We love The Beatles, we do

50 years ago, four boys from Liverpool sang Love Me Do and the world spun on its head. The single was the band’s first single and their first hit, and it marked the beginning of Beatlemania.

Marry them young, Khap panchayat’s solution to rapes

Amid outrage over a string of rape cases in Haryana, Khap panchayats in the state come out with a bizarre suggestion that the marriageable age limit should be abolished. They claim it will check such crimes.

Calypso beats in Sri Lanka at the ICC World T20 2012

Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels were the highlights of the gala event for the West Indies. What with their gangnam style dance steps and almost nonchalant approach, the Windies team won a major ICC World title after 1979 (they had won the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy but that’s not a World title).

Malala Yousufzai shot at by Taliban

In Pakistan's Swat Valley, a Taliban gunman shot 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was known for championing girls’ education of girls and taking on the Taliban. Malala, still recovering at a hospital, has received worldwide support. She was also declared ‘Daughter of Pakistan.’

Rahul’s controversial remark on Punjab youth & drugs

At a university in Chandigarh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "Seven out of 10 youth in Punjab have drug problems." Mr Gandhi also said India’s youth will lead to world dominance; but in not as many words. He said, "A diplomat told me that 21st century's Saudia Arabia is India."

Big B’s BIG birthday

Amitabh Bachchan turns 70 and celebrations include a grand party the evening before attended by many of his old friends and co-stars and a specially commissioned art exhibition.

Congress MP brandishes gun at Vadodara toll paza

Congress MP Vitthalbhai Radadiya caught on camera pulling out a rifle, brandishing it and threatening employees at a toll plaza near Vadorara. Saying he only acted in self-defense, the MP from Porbandar refused to apologise.

Tourism ban in core areas of tiger reserves lifted

The Supreme Court allows tourism in at least 20 per cent of core areas of tiger sanctuaries. The Supreme Court says states will have to adhere to Centre’s guidelines on tiger tourism and conservation. The court modified its interim order banning tourism comes after the guidelines being notified.

Vikram Pandit steps down as Citigroup CEO

Vikram Pandit stepped down as the CEO of Citigroup and was replaced by the head of the bank’s European and Middle East division, Michael L. Corbat. John P. Havens, Citi’s president and a longtime associate of Mr. Pandit, also resigned.

Mr & Mrs Saif Ali Khan

After much coyness and misdirection from the bride, actors Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan kept their date with destiny. They had a registered wedding at home in Mumbai on the morning of the 16th and an exchange of vows in the evening. Celebrations also included a sangeet, a mehendi and a reception

Mahindra drives SsangYong to India with Rexton

Home-grown auto maker Mahindra & Mahindra launched sports utility vehicle Rexton, the first vehicle from the stable of South Korean firm SsangYong, in which the Indian firm bought a controlling stake in March 2011. The Rexton is priced at Rs 17.67 lakh.

Starbucks brews its first cup of coffee in India

Starbucks inaugurated its first store in India in a historic building in southern Mumbai as the Seattle-based coffee giant sought growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers. Starbucks is operating in India through a 50-50 joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, called Tata Starbucks Ltd.

Tata, Bata, Birla: song sung blue

The Supreme Court rules in favour of filmmaker Prakash Jha after Bata India took him to court over a song called Mehengai from new film Chakravyuh. The song refers to Tata, Bata and Birla and the court decided it was not defamatory.

Goodbye, Yash Chopra

Director-producer Yash Chopra dies of dengue-related complications in a Mumbai hospital. He had celebrated his 80th birthday just weeks ago and was looking forward to the release of his last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan in November.

India's Airtel becomes world's fourth largest operator

Telecom major Bharti Airtel becomes the fourth largest mobile operator in the world with over 250 million connections globally, according to analyst firm Wireless Intelligence.

Apple launches iPad mini

Apple reveals a smaller version of its hit iPad tablet computer that will start at $329 and comes with a screen that's about two-thirds the size of the full-size model.

Nokia premiers Lumia 510 in India

Nokia announces the Lumia 510 making it the "cheapest Lumia device in the world", a mantle that the Lumia 510 inherits from the Lumia 610.

Rajat Gupta sentenced

Disgraced Indo-American Wall Street titan and philanthropist Rajat Gupta was sentenced to two years in prison, a much lighter sentence than US prosecutors were seeking, by a judge who called his insider trading crimes "disgusting" and "a terrible breach of trust".

Microsoft launches Windows 8

The much awaited Microsoft Windows 8 operating system goes on sale.

Thanks for the laughs, Jaspal Bhatti

India’s favourite funny man from the golden age of Doordarshan died in a road accident at the age of 57. Jaspal Bhatti was the beloved star of TV sitcoms Ulta Pulta and Flop Show.

Sun TV Network buys Deccan team

The SUN TV Network bid was substantially higher than the second bid of PVP Ventures, which was Rs 69.03 crores. According to sources, Sun TV paid Rs 20 crore as signing amount and also the bank guarantee of Rs 85 crores for the first year.

Microsoft's Surface tablet goes on sale

Surface tablet with Windows RT becomes available in the market, over 4 months after Microsoft first showcased the device.

Team 2014: PM rejigs cabinet in a major overhaul

The UPA inducts 22 ministers in the council of ministers; 17 of them first-timers. In a major reshuffle, Salman Khurshid, who was the Law Minister, was promoted as the Minister for External Affairs. Rahul Gandhi loyalists Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia also get promotions.

Indian dentist’s death triggers abortion debate

Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist, dies in Dublin after being refused an abortion in the midst of a miscarriage. The death of the 17-week-pregnant woman led to a huge debate on whether abortion should be legalised in predominantly Catholic Ireland.

English Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg accused of racial slur, dropped from officiating

Chelsea announced on Wednesday that they have lodged a formal complaint with the Football Association over allegations referee Mark Clattenburg used "inappropriate language" towards Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel. Clattenburg, 37, denied the allegations and vowed to co-operate fully with any inv

Sydney Sixers become second Australian outfit to win CLT20

It was as one-sided as an encounter could get, especially in the final of a tournament. Home favourites Highveld Lions scored just 121 and Michael Lumb, Brad Haddin polished those runs off in 12.3 overs to romp home by 10 wickets.

Sourav Ganguly calls time on career or does he?

He still kept his options with Bengal Ranji side open and did not categorically deny playing in IPL 6 despite saying,"Twenty20 is a very demanding format. I will be almost 41 by the time IPL 6 ends. It would have been very tough for the body."

Google unveils Nexus 4 smartphone with 4.7-inch display for $299

Google unveils a brand new smartphone which boasts of a 4.7-inch screen, larger than Apple's iPhone 5.

Sandy hits US, causing destruction, chaos

Superstorm Sandy hits New Jersey coastline. At least 45 lives are lost, 16000 flights are cancelled, eight million homes and businesses are rendered powerless, US presidential elections are rudely interrupted and a $50million loss to the economy.

My wife priceless: Tharoor responds to Modi

One of the ‘priceless’ verbal duels in Indian politics this year was between BJP powerhouse Narendra Modi and the rejuvenated Congressman Shashi Tharoor. With Mr Modi getting personal, calling Mr Tharoor’s wife a "50-crore girlfriend," the new Minister of State (HRD) gave a fitting reply.

Google announces $399 Nexus 10 tablet with 2560x1600 display

Google unveils a large-format tablet computer to compete against the original iPad as part of a revamped line of its Nexus devices.

Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 start shipping

Nokia starts shipping Lumia 920, Lumia 820 smartphones based on Windows Phone 8.

Kingfisher Airlines grounded

Kingfisher Airlines declared a lockout after engineers and pilots struck work protesting the non-payment of salaries since March 2012. The airline has not been able to resume flights with the civil aviation regulator suspending its licence and demanding a revival plan.

Legendary Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay dies

Writer and Sahitya Akademi President Sunil Gangopadhyay died after a cardiac arrest. A prolific writer of over 200 books and winner of several awards, Mr Gangopadhyay was the founder editor of Krittibas, a seminal poetry magazine that became a platform for poets experimenting with many new forms.