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Flashback 2021: The most noteworthy events in India and World

By Anuj Cariappa
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Google Oneindia News

New Delhi, Dec 23: The year 2021 was a sequence of unexpected events for us. Outside of the pandemic, the year has seen a number of major events, like the farmer protests, Cyclones, Olympic gold, and shocking deaths of celebrities.

The news was dominated by pride, pandemics, protests, and political squabbles. As the year 2021 draws to a close, here is a recap of the most noteworthy events and moments:

Flashback 2021: The most noteworthy events in India and World
December 2021
  • Harnaaz Sandhu The New MISS UNIVERSE
    Harnaaz Sandhu The New MISS UNIVERSE
    India got 3rd Miss Universe title as Harnaaz Sandhu of Chandigarh shines in the beauty pageant held at the Port of Eilat in Israel. The 21-year-old post graduate student from Chandigarh was crowned after beating the contestants from 79 countries. India erupted in pomp and joy as the Miss Universe crown came to the country after 21 years. Before Sandhu, Sushmita Sen had won it in 1994 and Lara Dutta brought it in year 2000.
  • Farm laws: India farmers end protest after government accepts demands
    Farm laws: India farmers end protest after government accepts demands
    Three weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of the three farm laws and days after Parliament officially annulled them, protesting farmers brought the curtains down on their year-long agitation at the Singhu border of Delhi on December 9. The protest had presented an unprecedented political crisis for the NDA Government, including the loss of a key ally, and drawn the attention of the Supreme Court.
  • CDS Rawat and 12 others killed in chopper crash
    CDS Rawat and 12 others killed in chopper crash
    Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat died in a helicopter crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Air Force (IAF) confirmed on the evening of December 8. He was among the 14 people who were on board, including his wife and staff members. Thirteen people have succumbed to the crash, including CDS Rawat, Madhulika Rawat and 11 others.
  • Veteran journalist Vinod Dua passes away
    Veteran journalist Vinod Dua passes away
    Veteran journalist Vinod Dua passed away on 4 December at a private hospital, his daughter and actor-comic Mallika Dua announced on her social media page. He was aged 67. Vinod Dua was earlier hospitalised after testing positive for Covid and lost his wife, radiologist Padmavati 'Chinna' Dua, to the virus in June, Mallika Dua said. Vinod Dua was a Hindi broadcast journalism pioneer with stints in Doordarshan and NDTV.
November 2021
  • Parag Agarwal appointed as new CEO of Twitter
    Parag Agarwal appointed as new CEO of Twitter
    Former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal was promoted to CEO, succeeding outgoing CEO Jack Dorsey. According to Reuters, the company’s board of directors has been prepping for Dorsey’s dismissal since last year. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Agrawal was named Twitter’s chief technology officer on March 8, 2018. Adam Messinger, who departed the firm in December 2016, was his immediate predecessor.
  • Farm laws replealed
    Farm laws replealed
    The farm laws which sparked a year-long protests from Arhtiyas in Punjab and farmers in Haryana have been repealed in the Lok Sabha. The farm laws were repealed through a voice vote in the Lok Sabha amidst ruckus by opposition parties. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that the three laws will be repealed by the Government by the end of November. He had appealed to the protesters to go back home.
  • Kamala Harris acted as US president for 85 minutes
    Kamala Harris acted as US president for 85 minutes
    President Joe Biden on November 18 temporarily transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris while he was under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy. Harris became the first woman to take the reins of the country, albeit for just one hour and 25 minutes, according to the White House. The country's first Black and first South Asian vice president broke yet another barrier when she temporarily stepped into the acting role.
  • PM Modi unveils Adi Shankaracharya's statue in Kedarnath
    PM Modi unveils Adi Shankaracharya's statue in Kedarnath
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 12-foot high statue of Adi Shankaracharya at Kedarnath on November 5 and also spent time meditating in front of the statue. Made of chlorite schist, the Shankaracharya statue, weighing 35 tonnes, has been built at the seer’s samadhi sthal that has been redeveloped after it suffered heavy damage during the 2013 deluge. “His principles and teachings hold immense importance in the present era,” the PM said.
October 2021
  • Kannada Super Star Puneeth Rajkumar passes away
    Kannada Super Star Puneeth Rajkumar passes away
    South film star Puneeth Rajkumar died on October 29 after suffering a heart attack. He was 46. The actor was rushed to a hospital in Bengaluru after he complained of chest pain. The Kannada actor was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where a team of doctors were monitoring his situation. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the actor's sudden death and called it a "cruel twist of fate". "This was no age to go," PM Modi said, paying his condolences to his family and fans.
  • India hits 100 Cr Covid vaccine milestone
    India hits 100 Cr Covid vaccine milestone
    India achieved a major milestone in its battle against Covid-19 as cumulative vaccinations in the country crossed the 100 crore mark on October 21. After China, India is only the second country to have reached the landmark of 100 crore jabs. While the vaccination graphs of countries with significant populations like the US, Brazil and Indonesia have been largely flat, India’s has been rising steeply.
  • IPL 2021: CSK Beat KKR To Clinch 4th IPL Title
    IPL 2021: CSK Beat KKR To Clinch 4th IPL Title
    MS Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings once again stamped their authority on the IPL on October 15 night. The ever consistent CSK beat a resurgent KKR in the summit clash to win their fourth IPL title. They are now just one behind the Mumbai Indians, who have won the title five times. Ahead of the mega IPL auction at the end of this year, that will see a lot of changes in personnel across all teams, the yellow brigade and their tried and tested match winners stood tall on the champions podium.
  • Tata Group to Acquire 100% Stake in Air India
    Tata Group to Acquire 100% Stake in Air India
    Salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Sons on October 8 won the bid for acquiring debt-laden state-run national carrier Air India offering Rs 18,000 crore for acquiring 100 per cent shareholding. The company placed a winning bid of Rs 18,000 crore to re-acquire the airline more than half a century after it ceded control to the government. The government will get Rs 2,700 crore cash from Tatas for the sale of its 100 per cent stake.
  • Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan and 7 others arrested by NCB
    Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan and 7 others arrested by NCB
    Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Aryan, along with two others, was apprehended from the Empress ship off the coast of Mumbai on 2 October. Besides Khan, two others - Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant – were arrested. They were booked under sections 8 (c), 20 (b), 27 and 35 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
September 2021
  • Germany votes for a new Chancellor
    Germans went to the polls on September 26 in a national election too close to call, with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) mounting a strong challenge to retiring Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. In office so long she was dubbed Germany’s “eternal chancellor”, Merkel was in power since 2005 but planned to step down after the election, making the vote an era-changing event to set the future course of Europe’s largest economy.
  • Charanjeet Singh Channi sworn in as Punjab CM
    Charanjeet Singh Channi sworn in as Punjab CM
    Charanjit Singh Chani took oath as the 16th Chief Minister of Punjab on September 20. He is the first Dalit to hold this post in the state and replaced 79-year-old Amarinder Singh, who quit following a bitter fallout with Navjot Singh Sidhu. He was serving as the Technical Education Minister of Punjab, under Captain Marinder Singh government. Channi represents Chamkaur Sahib constituency and has won three times from the seat.
  • Capt Amrinder Singh resigned as Punjab CM
    Capt Amrinder Singh resigned as Punjab CM
    Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as the chief minister of Punjab on September 18 following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. This development comes months before the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections. Amarinder Singh wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi hours before he resigned in which he said that despite his personal anguish that propelled the decision, he hoped the best for the Congress and Punjab.
  • Bhupender Patel replaces Vijay Rupani as Guj CM
    Bhupender Patel replaces Vijay Rupani as Guj CM
    Bhartiya Janata Party on September 12 picked Bhupendra Patel as the next Gujarat's Chief Minister, replacing Vijay Rupani. Patel won the 2017 Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections from Ghatlodia constituency, defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel by over one lakh votes, the highest winning margin in the 2017 Gujarat polls. He holds a diploma in civil engineering and is considered close to former CM Anandiben Patel, who won from the seat in 2012 polls.
  • Separatist Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani passes away
    Separatist Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani passes away
    Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani passed away at his residence in Srinagar on September 1. He was 92. He was born in a town Sopore Baramulla, North Kashmir, on 29 September 1929, was viewed as a key separatist leader in Kashmir. He was previously a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir but later on founded Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. He has served as the chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a conglomerate of pro separatist parties in Jammu and Kashmir.
August 2021
  • MORTH introduced BH series vehicle registration in India
    MORTH introduced BH series vehicle registration in India
    In a bid to facilitate seamless transfer of personal vehicles across states, the government notified new mark for new vehicles - Bharat series (BH-series). A vehicle with BH mark will not require a new registration mark when the owner shifts from one State to another. The motor vehicle tax will be levied for two years or in multiple of two. This scheme will facilitate free movement of personal vehicles across States/UTs of India upon relocation to a new State/UT. After completion of the fourteenth year, the motor vehicle tax shall be levied annually which shall be half of the amount which was charged earlier for that vehicle.
  • Former UP CM Kalyan Singh passes away
    Former UP CM Kalyan Singh passes away
    Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh passed away on Saturday multi-organ failure. He was 89. Kalyan Singh has also served as the governor of Rajasthan. Born on January 5, 1932, Kalyan Singh first became an MLA in 1967. Since then, he won the assembly polls several times, held important posts in the BJP and was appointed Rajasthan Governor in the last phase of his public life.
  • Lok Sabha passes the 127th Constitutional amendment bill
    Lok Sabha passes the 127th Constitutional amendment bill
    The 102nd Constitution Amendment Act of 2018 inserted articles 338B, which deals with the structure, duties and powers of the National Commission for Backward Classes, and 342A that deals with the powers of the president to notify a particular caste as an SEBC and the power of Parliament to change the list. Article 366 (26C) defines SEBCs.
  • Neeraj Chopra won Olympic gold medal in Javelin throw in Tokyo Olympics
    Neeraj Chopra won Olympic gold medal in Javelin throw in Tokyo Olympics
    Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created history in 2021 as he became the first from the country to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics. He threw a distance of 87.58m to pick the gold at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. He is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events. The Lok Sabha passed the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Seventh Amendment) Bill 2021 which offers the provision of restoring the power of states and UTs to make their own OBC lists. The Bill was passed with 385 members voting in support and no member opposing it.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award renamed after Major Dhyan Chand
    India's highest sporting honour Khel Ratna Award, which was named after former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, was rechristened in the honour of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand following the admirable performance of both men's and women's hockey teams in the Tokyo Olympics. Making the announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had been getting many requests from citizens across India to name the Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand.
  • India wins hockey medal after 41 years
    India wins hockey medal after 41 years
    The Indian men's hockey team rewrote history as it claimed an Olympic medal after 41 years, beating a plucky Germany 5-4 to claim the bronze in an edge-of-the-seat play-off match in in the Tokyo Olympics. The last time India stood on the podium was in 1980 Moscow Olympics after winning the gold, their eighth. The Men in Blue showed absolute resilience, strength, and winning spirit to register a remarkable comeback win against a strong German team in the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Taliban forms acting government in Afghanistan
    Taliban forms acting government in Afghanistan
    On 7 September 2021, the Taliban unveiled a hardline interim government led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, with key roles being shared by high-profile members of the insurgent group, including a specially designated global terrorist of the dreaded Haqqani Network as the interior minister. The announcement of key figures in the caretaker government in Afghanistan comes weeks after the Taliban seized control of war-torn Afghanistan, ousting the previous elected leadership which was backed by the West. UN-designated terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani is also part of the interim Taliban government.
  • Lovlina Borgohain wins boxing bronze at Tokyo Olympics
    Lovlina Borgohain wins boxing bronze at Tokyo Olympics
    Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) signed off with a bronze medal in her debut Olympic Games after a comprehensive 0-5 loss to reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli, bringing an end to the country’s campaign in the sport here. Up against quite literally a bully in the ring, Bo rgohain was completely out-punched by the gold medal favourite Turkish boxer, who produced a thoroughly dominating performance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Borgohain on her win, saying her tenacity and determination are admirable.
  • 'Sensational' Sindhu beats He Bing Jiao to clinch bronze in Toyko Olympics
    'Sensational' Sindhu beats He Bing Jiao to clinch bronze in Toyko Olympics
    India's ace shuttler PV Sindhu created history as she defeated China's He Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 to clinch a bronze medal in the women's singles in badminton at Tokyo 2020. Sindhu, who has returned with medals from each of the big-ticket events such as the Commonwealth and Asian Games and the BWF World Tour Finals in the last five years, outwitted eighth seed Bing Jiao 21-13 21-15 to add a bronze to the silver that she had secured at the 2016 Rio Games. She thus became the second athlete after wrestler Sushil Kumar to win two Olympic medals for India.
July 2021
  • Basavaraj Bommai replaces BS Yediyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister
    Basavaraj Bommai replaces BS Yediyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister
    BS Yediyurappa, a politician with a huge mass base decided to step down A Karnataka Chief Minister, making way for Basavaraj Bommai. Bommai vowed to work for the welfare of the poor and lead a "pro-people", specifically a "pro-poor people" governance. Basavaraj Bommai was the home minister in the BS Yediyurappa government and was among the top contenders for the chief minister's post.
  • Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu wins silver medal
    Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu wins silver medal
    It was a historic moment for India, as star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu became the first Indian weightlifer to win silver medal in the women's 49 kg event. Chanu lifted 84kg and 87kg successfully but attempting to lift 89kgs Chanu failed and was placed in the second spot after China's Hous Zhihu lifted 94kg to create an Olympic record.
  • India's first Unicorn IPO, Zomato is here
    India's first Unicorn IPO, Zomato is here
    Zomato scripted history by becoming India's first unicorn to debut on the stock exchanges. The food delivery platform’s IPO was subscribed 38.2 times and on 23 July, it made a stellar market debut, closing 65% above the offer price. Zomato’s historic listing sent waves across the across startup market and also opened a floodgate of IPO filings from other venture capital like Nykaa, PolicyBazaar, Delhivery, PharmEasy, Oyo, Droom and ixigo.
  • I-T raids on Dainik Bhaskar Group
    I-T raids on Dainik Bhaskar Group
    The Income Tax Department conducted searches at the offices of the Dainik Bhaskar Group across the country for alleged tax evasion. The searches were conducted at the residential and office premises of its promoters across 32 locations in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat. After the raid, the IT department claimed that it detected that DB Corp, also known as the Dainik Bhaskar Group, allegedly evaded taxes on Rs 700 crore of income over a period of six years.
  • Raj Kundra arrested in porn case
    Raj Kundra arrested in porn case
    Mumbai police arrested businessman Raj Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, in a case related to alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps. The police accused Kundra of exploiting young women in the film industry and stated that the pornographic materials were sold through subscriptions. Reportedly, he earned Rs 1.17 crore from subscribers of Hotshots app on Apple's App Store between August and December 2020.
  • Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan clashes
    Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan clashes
    Danish Siddiqui, Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist was killed on assignment in Afghanistan. The award-winning journalist was killed while covering clashes between Afghan troops and the Taliban in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar city. Siddiqui won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 as part of the Reuters team for their coverage of the Rohingya crisis. He had extensively covered the Afghanistan conflict, the Hong Kong protests and other major events in Asia, Middle East, and Europe.
  • PM Modi carries out major overhaul of Cabinet, 12 ministers exit
    PM Modi carries out major overhaul of Cabinet, 12 ministers exit
    Narendra Modi went for a major Cabinet reshuffle, sacking several top leaders and ministers - including Dr Harsh Vardhan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. Manuskh Mandavia was given the charge of the crucial Health Ministry after Harsh Vardhan resigned while Jyotiraditya Scindia got the Civil Aviation Ministry as Prime Minister Narendra Modi effected a major overhaul of the Union cabinet. As many as 12 ministers resigned from the Modi cabinet, while 43 new ministers were sworn-in.
  • Legendary actor Dilip Kumar breathes his last aged 98
    Legendary actor Dilip Kumar breathes his last aged 98
    Legendary actor Dilip Kumar passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. He was suffering from geriatric problems. Born as Yousuf Khan in Peshawar (now Pakistan), he migrated to India post partition and rose to the fame in Bollywood with the screen name Dilip Kumar. He debuted with "Jwar Bhata" in 1944 and his last movie "Qila" came in 1998. In his 5-decades long-acting carrier Kumar gave numerous superhit and memorable movies like Mughal-e-Azam, Yahudi, Ganga-Yamuna, Gopi, Devdas, Naya Daur, Karma, and many more.
  • Activist Stan Swamy arrested in Elgar Parishad case dies
    Activist Stan Swamy arrested in Elgar Parishad case dies
    Jesuit priest Stan Swamy, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, died while waiting for an interim bail on medical grounds. Stan Swamy was known for tirelessly working on various issues of the Adivasi communities for their upliftment and welfare by taking up issues related to their constitutional rights, land rights, forest rights, labour rights and representation of the community members in the state of Jharkhand. Swamy, a cancer patient who also suffered from the Parkisons disease, was arrested from his home in Ranchi on October 8, 2020. Despite protestations that he had never been to Bhima Koregaon, he was still taken to Mumbai where he was produced before a court and remanded to judicial custody. He is possibly the oldest person to be charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA. NIA officials had said investigations established he was actively involved with the CPI (Maoist). The NIA also alleged that he was in contact with "conspirators" to further the group's activities.
  • Pushkar Singh Dhami sworn in as new Uttarakhand CM
    Pushkar Singh Dhami sworn in as new Uttarakhand CM
    In July, Pushkar Singh Dhami was sworn in as the 11th chief minister of Uttarakhand, the third change of guard in the position within a short period of four months. The two-time MLA from Khatima constituency, Dhami (45) is the youngest chief minister of Uttarakhand. Notably, Dhami has never been a minister in the state government.
June 2021
  • Flying Sikh Milkha Singh passes away due to Covid19
    Flying Sikh Milkha Singh passes away due to Covid19
    In July, one of independent India's biggest sporting icons, ace sprinter Milkha Singh, died after a month-long battle with COVID-19. The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and the 1958 Commonwealth Games champion but his greatest performance remains the fourth-place finish in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympics. His timing of 45.6 sec at the Italian capital remained the national record for 38 years before Paramjeet Singh broke it in 1998. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.
May 2021
  • Cyclone Yaas hits Odisha and WB coasts
    Cyclone Yaas hits Odisha and WB coasts
    Parts of West Bengal and Northern Odisha were hit by Cyclone Yaas, a relatively strong and very damaging tropical cyclone that hit the country in May. At least 10 million people were affected while 3,00,000 houses were damaged. The total damages in West Bengal, the most heavily impacted state from Yaas, were estimated to be around Rs 20 thousand crore. The cyclone also caused an estimated Rs 610 crore in damage in Odisha. At least, eleven people were reported dead due to Cyclone Yaas in West Bengal. The cyclonic storm moved north-northwestwards and also impacted Bihar, Jharkand and south Uttar Pradesh. Outside India, the cyclone also affected Bangladesh and Nepal.
  • Beef ban, nod to liquor sale: Lakshadweep in turmoil over new plans
    From a ban on beef to disqualification of panchayat poll aspirants, a slew of proposals drafted by Administrator Praful Patel triggered massive turmoil in the Union Territory. A public outcry was sparked in the Union Territory as locals termed the reforms done by the new administrator as "anti-people" in Lakshwadeep, which largely has a Muslim population. Patel had proposed beef ban, land amendment regulations and introduction of the draft of the anti-social activities’ regulation bill and disqualification of panchayat poll aspirants with more than two children. The islanders have protested these regulations and others claiming that they threaten the locals’ unique way of living.
  • Israel–Palestine declare ceasefire after 11 days of carnage
    Israel–Palestine declare ceasefire after 11 days of carnage
    In May, Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire 11 days after deadly fighting which pounded Palestine and forced Israelis to seek shelter from rockets. At least 217 Palestinians and 12 Israelis have died in the conflict. Similar to 2014 ceasefires, this one will hold as long as it suits both parties. And there is nothing to suggest the agreement contains any more substantial elements which might lead to a settlement of their long- conflict. The last ceasefire lasted seven years but during that time, nothing was done to build on it. This may also go on the similar lines, with lack of action, it is only a matter of time before violence breaks out again.
  • Chipko movement pioneer Sunderlal Bahuguna dies of Covid-19
    In a monumental loss for the country, noted Gandhian Sunderlal Bahuguna, known for leading Chipko in the 1970s breathed his last on May 21, 2021. He was a crusader dedicated to the pursuit of saving the Himalayan forests. He is not just considered the pioneer of the Chipko movement but also one of the most vocal opponents of the Tehri dam, which displaced a huge population besides drowning a number of villages. Bahuguna has been awarded with the Padma Vibhushan and many other honours for his pioneering work in the field of environment protection.
  • Cyclone Tauktae batters Gujarat
    Cyclone Tauktae batters Gujarat
    Cyclone Tauktae, a powerful, deadly and damaging tropical cyclone in the Arabian Sea hit Gujarat becoming the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in the state since the 1998. Started on May 14, the storm killed over 174 people, displaced over 200,000 people in Gujarat. The cyclone also brought heavy rainfall and flash floods in Kerala and Lakshadweep. The states of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra also received very heavy rainfall during this period.
  • Former Union minister and RLD chief Ajit Singh dies of Covid-19
    Former Union minister and RLD chief Ajit Singh dies of Covid-19
    Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief and former Union minister Chaudhary Ajit Singh passed away on May 6 at the age of 82 after battling COVID-19. Ajit Singh was undergoing treatment for the disease at a hospital in Gurugram, India Today reported. Many political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah, expressed their condolences.
  • Twitter permanently bans Kangana Ranaut's account
    Twitter permanently bans Kangana Ranaut's account
    Twitter has permanently suspended Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut’s account for repeated violation of its rules. While it is not clear, which specific tweet landed the actress in trouble, many have speculated that Ranaut’s tweet asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “tame” TMC chief Mamata Banerjee might have resulted in her account getting suspended. “This is horrible…we need super gundai to kill gundai...she (Mamata) is like an unleashed monster, to tame her Modiji please show your Viraat roop from early 2000’s,” Ranaut had reportedly tweeted soon after the West Bengal elections were declared.
  • Mamata Banerjee elected as the WB CM for the third term consecutively
    Mamata Banerjee elected as the WB CM for the third term consecutively
    Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, whose party secured a dominant win in the recently held assembly elections in West Bengal, took oath as the chief minister for a third term on May 5. Overall, the TMC won 213 of the state’s 294 assembly constituencies, with the BJP winning 77. Counting was held for 292 seats.
  • India announced mass vaccination drive for 18+ age group
    India announced mass vaccination drive for 18+ age group
    Everyone above 18 years of age were eligible to get vaccinated against coronavirus from May 1, the central government said on Monday as it liberalised the vaccination drive to allow states, private hospitals and industrial establishments to procure the doses directly from manufacturers. Based on this price, state governments, private hospitals, industrial establishments, etc would be able to procure vaccine doses from the manufacturers.
April 2021
  • Senior AajTak TV anchor Rohit Sardana passes away
    Senior AajTak TV anchor Rohit Sardana passes away
    Television journalist Rohit Sardana died of cardiac arrest on Friday, days after he tested positive for COVID-19. Sardana, who was an executive editor and TV news anchor with Aaj Tak of the India Today Group, is survived by his wife, two daughters and parents.
  • Earthquake in Assam
    A massive earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale jolted Assam, India on Wednesday (April 28) morning. As per the information available at the moment, the earthquake originated in Assam and tremors were felt across Assam, North Bengal and other parts of the Northeast. However, no loss of life or property were reported.
  • Chhattisgarh Maoist attack: 22 jawans killed
    Chhattisgarh Maoist attack: 22 jawans killed
    In one of the worst incidents of Maoist violence in the last two years, as many as 22 jawans were killed and 31 sustained injuries that resulted from an ambush by some 400 insurgents who surrounded the jawans from three sides in an area devoid of vegetation and rained on them machinegun fire as well as IEDs for several hours.
  • Gujarat Anti-Conversion Law Takes Hit
    Gujarat became the third Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state after Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to pass a bill proposing amendments to the Freedom of Religion Act, 2003. The Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021, was notified in the state on June 15. The Act has stringent punishment for forcible religious conversion through marriage and attracts imprisonment of 3 to 5 years and up to Rs 2 lakh fine. If the victim is a minor, a woman, a Dalit or tribal, then the offenders may be punished for a jail term of 4 to 7 years and a fine of no less than Rs 3 lakh. For an institution or an organisation found flouting the law, the person in charge during the time of the offence shall invite punishment no less than three years extending up to ten years, as per the Act.
March 2021
  • Dattatreya Hosabale elected as General Secretary of RSS
    Dattatreya Hosabale elected as General Secretary of RSS
    Karnataka born Dattatreya Hosabale elected as the''Sarkaryawah'' (General Secretary) of theRashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He was until now the Sah-Sarakaryavah (Joint General Secretary) of the Sangh. Born in Sorab in Shivamogga, Hosabale, a post graduate in English literature, has grown in Sangh, which he joined in 1968. He was initially associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing of the RSS, and became an organiser in RSS.
February 2021
  • Motera Cricket Stadium of Ahmdabad renovated and renamed after Narendra Modi
    Motera Cricket Stadium of Ahmdabad renovated and renamed after Narendra Modi
    President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday inaugurated the world's largest cricket arena -- the refurbished Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera -- a state-of-the-art facility which can accommodate an awe-inspiring 1.32 lakh spectators. The stadium, which was earlier named after India's first deputy prime minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, has been renamed after current prime minister Narendra Modi and will henceforth be known as the Narendra Modi Stadium.
  • Toolkit case: Activist Disha Ravi arrested in Bengaluru
    Toolkit case: Activist Disha Ravi arrested in Bengaluru
    Climate activist Disha Ravi (22) was arrested from Bengaluru for allegedly sharing with Greta Thunberg the toolkit related to the farmer's protest against the Centre's three new agriculture laws. The Delhi Police claimed that Ravi was an editor of the "toolkit Google doc" and "key conspirator" in the document's formulation and dissemination. A graduate in Bachelor of Business Administration, Ravi was also one of the founding members of a group named 'Fridays For Future India'.
  • Massive glacier burst in Chamoli, Uttarakhand
    Massive glacier burst in Chamoli, Uttarakhand
    A massive glacier burst near Joshimath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand caused many lives lost and many others stranded. The disaster struck the Himalayan state in the form of an avalanche and deluge, after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off.
January 2021
  • Tractor rally turns violent as farmers enter Capital
    Tractor rally turns violent as farmers enter Capital
    Thousands of farmers protesting agricultural reforms descended on New Delhi's historic Red Fort on January 26 (Republic Day), breaking through barriers and battling with police. Protesters deviated from the designated route for the proposed tractor parade and barged into the Red Fort. Over 300 barriers were shattered, and 17 government cars were destroyed. They also attacked cops, vandalised police vehicles and the ticket counter at the Red Fort. The farmers' agitation against Centre's farm laws had also gone international with the Opposition calling it a hit at India's reputation and the government taking a strong exception of the comments by the foreign celebrities.
  • Fire broke at Serum Institute of India Lab in Pune
    Fire broke at Serum Institute of India Lab in Pune
    Five people were left dead after a blaze broke out at the Serum Institute of India (SII) facility in Pune's Manjari on Thursday. The company has announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased. The Manjari facility is where the Covishield vaccine used in the nationwide inoculation drive against the pandemic is made. However, the production of the vaccine was not be affected by the fire.
  • Joe Biden becomes 46th President of the United States
    Joe Biden becomes 46th President of the United States
    Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States in a historic but scaled down ceremony under the unprecedented security umbrella of thousands of security personnel, who transformed the Capitol into a fortress to prevent any breach by pro-Trump extremists. The 78-year-old veteran Democratic leader was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice John Roberts at the West Front of the Capitol - the traditional location for presidential inaugural ceremonies. Biden, who is the oldest president in American history, took the oath by placing his left hand on his 127-year-old family Bible, which was held by his wife, Jill Biden. He used the same Bible during his swearing in as vice president and seven times as senator from Delaware.
  • India Win First Ever Test Series In Australia and rewrite History
    India Win First Ever Test Series In Australia and rewrite History
    Indian cricket got its new seminal moment after talismanic Virat Kohli led the country to a maiden series victory on Australian soil, ending a 71-year wait to script a golden chapter in the game's history. The fourth and final Test match at the SCG petered to a barren draw due to inclement weather but not before providing India with a 2-1 series win and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It is a rare first Down Under for India since Lala Amarnath's side visited the country back in 1947-48 months after independence to face Sir Don Bradman's 'Invincibles'.
  • India rolled out COVID-19 vaccination program
    India rolled out COVID-19 vaccination program
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India's COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16 and asserted that the made-in-India vaccines being rolled out will ensure a "decisive victory" for the country over the coronavirus pandemic. This was the world's largest vaccination programme covering the entire length and breadth of the country. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had earlier this month approved Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country, paving the way for a massive inoculation drive.
  • India approves COVID-19 vaccine Covishield
    India approves COVID-19 vaccine Covishield
    Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, India had approved coronavirus vaccine Co-developed by the University of Oxford and British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and known as Covishield, a major step toward halting the spread of the coronavirus. The approvals were announced at a news conference in New Delhi. Dr VG Somani, the drugs controller general of India, said the decision to approve the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine came after “careful examination” of both by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, India’s pharmaceutical regulator.
  • Congress Leader, Ex-Union Minister Buta Singh, dies at 86
    Congress Leader, Ex-Union Minister Buta Singh, dies at 86
    Former Union minister, ex-MP from Rajasthan and Congress leader Buta Singh passed away on Saturday. He was 86. Singh, the veteran had served as a minister with four Prime Ministers during his nearly six decade-long political career. He served as the Minister of Home Affairs (1986-1989), Governor of Bihar (2004-2006) and Chairman of NCSC (2007-2010). He died due to a cerebral haemorrhage on 2 January 2021.
  • India’s two-year term as non-permanent member
    India’s two-year term as non-permanent member
    India began its two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on January 1, 2021. This is the eight time that the country got a non-permanent seat in the 15-nation UNSC. Besides India, Norway, Kenya, Ireland and Mexico also joined existing non-permanent members Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam and the five permanent members China, France, Russia, UK and the USA.
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