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3 January: President inaugurates new SHAR Mission Control Centre.[1] 9 January: 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas kicks off in Jaipur.[2] Chief guest kamala Prasad Bisseasar,Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago 11 January: 42% of Indian children are malnourished Hunger and Malnutrition (Hungama) report. 13 January: 5 million students perform Surya namaskar in MP. 19 January: Delhi High Court grants bail for Suresh Kalmadi in Commonwealth Games Scam.

26 January: Nation displays military might on 63rd Republic Day;Thailand prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, chief guest of India's 63rd Republic Day celebrations. February[edit]

2 February: Supreme Court cancels all 122 licences given by A Raja in 2G spectrum scam.[3] 5 February: Special CBI court dismisses Subramanian Swamy's petition to prosecute Home Minister P.Chidambaram in 2G scam.[4] 8 February: Three Bharatiya Janata Party Ministers caught watching objectionable video clip in Karnataka Assembly, Resigns.[5] 11 February: Army Chief V.K.Singh withdraws petition from Supreme Court in agecontroversy.;[6] Advanced Interceptor missile is successfully test-fired.[7] 14 February: Blast at an Israeli embassy car in Delhi.[8] 16 February: Two fishermen, mistaken for pirates, shot dead off Kerala coast by Italian ship.[9]

20 February: Six killed in stampede at Bhavnath temple in Junagadh district, Gujarat.[10] March[edit]

3 March: State Assembly election process comes to an end in Uttar Pradesh and Goa.[11] 6 March: Election results for five state assemblies are announced; Samajwadi Party (Uttar Pradesh), Bhartiya Janata Party (Goa), Indian National Congress (Manipur & Uttarakhand),Shiromani Akali Dal BJP combine (Punjab) emerge winners.[12] 14 March: Irom Sharmila fast against AFSPA goes on for 11 years. Indian Rail Budget 201213 presented by Rail Minister Sh. Dinesh Trivedi. 16 March: Union Budget for 201213 is presented by Finance Minister Sh. Pranab Mukherjee.[13] 18 March: Dinesh Trivedi steps down as Railways Minister after pressure from TMC.[14] 21 March: Soumitra Chatterjee selected for Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2011. 22 March: India votes against Sri Lanka on the resolution to 'credibly investigate' allegations of violations during the war against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009 in the United Nations Human Rights Council.[15]

29 March: India hosts 4th BRICS summit at New Delhi. Heads of state of Brazil, Russia, China and South-Africa are hosted by India.[16] April[edit]

8 April: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari visits India on a personal visit to Ajmer Sharif.[17] 11 April: magnitude 8.6 Mw earthquake hits Indonesia near the province of Aceh, tremors felt in Chennai and Kolkata.[18] 12 April: 18 get life term for Ode village massacre during 2002 Gujrat riots.[19] 17 April: RBI cuts repo rate by 50 basis points first time in three years.[20] 18 April: Major fire in the signalling system at Kurla brings Central line and Harbour line of Mumbai Suburban Railway to a standstill and two commuters lose their lives after falling off an overcrowded local train.[21] The loss was expected to be 170 million (US$3.1 million) to the Central Railway.[22]

19 April: India successfully test fires 5000 km range Agni-V ICBM.[23] 21 April: Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon kidnapped by Maoists in Chhattisgarh.[24] 24 April: Two NRI kids return to Kolkata after long legal struggle with CWS Norway.[25]

26 April: Sachin Tendulkar, Rekha and Anu Aga nominated to Rajya Sabha by the President of India.[26] Abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka released by maoists after 33 days of captivity.[27] May[edit]

1 May: More than 100 feared dead after a ferry capsizes in Brahmaputra river, Assam.[28] 3 May: Maoists released the Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon after 12 days of hostage[29] 7 May: Finance Minister postpones GAAR (General Anti Avoidance Rules) implementation till 2013.[30] 8 May: Over 100 Air India pilots go on strike.[31] 9 May: Centre government decides to withdraw 2G review petition at the supreme court.[32] 13 May: Indian parliament celebrates 60th anniversary.[33] 15 May: A.Raja, the prime accused in 2G scam, gets bail.[34] 23 May: Congress led UPA-II government completes 3 years in office.[35] 27 May: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) win the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League[36]

31 May: Bikram Singh takes over as Indian Army Chief.[37] 11th Indian Telly Awards were held. June[edit]

1 June: Brahmeshwar Singh, chief of banned Ranvir Sena, is killed by unidentified assailants.[38]

5 June: Sachin Tendulkar takes oath as member of Rajya Sabha.[39] 11 June: VS Sampath takes over as new CEC.[40] 15 June:Pranab Mukherjee is UPA candidate for president.[41] 19 June: India pledges $10 bn to IMF for Eurozone.[42] 22 June: Calcutta High Court strikes down Singur Land Act of Mamta Banerjee government.[43] 26 June: 26/11 handler Abu Jundal is arrested by Delhi Police.[44] 28 June: Surjeet Singh returns home after 30 years in Pakistan jail.[45]

30 June: 19 Maoists killed in an encounter in Chhattisgarh.[46] July[edit]

4 July: Ashok Chavan named in Adarsh chargesheet.[47] 6 July: Disproportionate assets case against Mayawati quashed by Supreme Court.[48] 7 July: Popular Time magazine dubs Manmohan Singh as 'underachiever'. 12 July: Jagadish Shettar sworn in as new Karnataka Chief Minister.[49] 13 July: Panel setup by PM to review GAAR.[50] 14 July: Hamid Ansari chosen as UPA nominee for vice-president.[51] 20 July: Assam Violence breaks out in Kokrajhar district and adjoining areas 22 July: Pranab Mukherjee is elected as India's 13th president.[52] 25 July: Pranab Mukherjee takes over the post of President of India

27 July: London olympics 2012 from 27 July to 12 Aug August[edit]

8 August: Incident of violence against North-Eastern people in Pune as repercussion of Assam Violence following which exodus of thousands of North-Eastern people

from Bangaloredue to a rumour circulated among them through SMS & MMS that they would be attacked after Eid

10 August: Hamid Ansari again elected as consecutively second vice-president of India after Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 11 August: Violence in Azad Maidan in Mumbai 12 August: London Olympics, This was India's most successful Olympics in terms of total medal tally, having won a total of 6 medals (0 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze) 14 August: Union Minister for Science And Technology and Ex Chief Minister Of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh passes away.

17 August: Bulk SMS & MMS banned in India for 15 days to prevent a rumour of ensuing violence against NE people by Muslim fundamentalists September[edit] 19 September: CBI makes first arrests in Assam Violence cases.[53] Mohammed Hashem Ali, Mohammed Adom Ali Sheikh, Mohammed Hashim Ali Rehman, Mohammed Qurban Ali Sheikh, Mohammed Imran Hussain were arrested after detailed questioning by agency sleuths. October[edit]

1st: International Bio-diversity conference held at Hyderabad. November[edit] 21 November: Ajmal Kasab hanged on account of the 2008 Mumbai Attacks. December[edit]

16 December: A female physiotherapy student was beaten and gang raped in Delhi, when the victim and a male companion boarded a bus in South Delhi in the evening, after watching a movie. The incident created huge outrage across the country and forced the Government of India to react and work on safety for women. Public protests took place in Delhi, where thousands of protesters clashed with police, and other force units.

20 December: Narendra Modi (Chief Minister of Gujarat) wins third consecutive assembly election. Virbahdra Singh wins election in Himachal Pradesh [54] Cinema[edit]

Bengali[edit] Main article: Bengali films of 2012 Bollywood[edit] Main article: Bollywood films of 2012 Malayalam[edit] Main article: Malayalam films of 2012 Marathi[edit] Main article: Marathi films of 2012 Ollywood[edit] Main article: Ollywood films of 2012 Sandwood[edit] Main article: Kannada films of 2012 Tamil[edit] Main article: Tamil films of 2012 Tollywood[edit] Main article: Telugu films of 2012 Sports[edit] Main article: 2012 in Indian sports January[edit]

23 January: Rajasthan defeats Tamil Nadu to win the 78th Ranji Trophy.[55]

28 January: India suffer humiliating defeat of 40 against Australia in Test Series in Australia.[56] February[edit]

18 February: 2012 Summer Olympics Men's qualification 1 and 2012 Summer Olympics Women's qualification 1 kick-off in New Delhi. 26 February: Indian Men's Hockey Team qualify for the London Olympics.

29 February: The first season of World Series Hockey kick-off. March[edit]

4 March: Women Kabaddi Team wins first edition of World Cup Kabaddi Title.[57]

5 March: Mahesh Bhupati and Rohan Bopanna clinched Dubai Doubles Title.[58] 10 March: Rahul Dravid retires from international cricket after a spectacular career lasting 16 years.[59] 16 March: Sachin Tendulkar scores his 100th International Hundred against Bangladesh in Asia Cup.[60] 18 March: Saina Nehwal wins the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Trophy.[61]

25 March: M.C. Mary Kom and Sarita win Gold Medals in the Asian Women's Boxing Championship.[62] April[edit]

2 April: Final of 2012 World Series Hockey season, Sher-e-Punjab wins by defeating Pune Strykers 52. 4 April: The Twenty20 cricket league Indian Premier League kicks-off. 12 April: Shiva Thapa became the Youngest Indian Boxer to qualify for Olympics. [63] 27 April: Wrestler Sushil Kumar defeats Georgia's Otar Tushishvilli 30 in the final to qualify for the London Olympic Games.

29 April: Aditya Mehta defeats Pankaj Advani to clinch the 28th Asian snooker title.[64] May[edit]

5 May:

Deepika Kumari (Archery) wins first World Cup title in individual recurve gold.[65] Indian Women Squash Team wins Asian Squash Championship.[66]

8 May: Indian Athletes win Four Gold, One Silver and Four Bronze Medals at Asian Grand Prix.[67] 10 May: Viswanathan Anand plays against Boris Gelfand to defend his world chess championship title from 1031 may.[68] 18 May: Mary Kom qualifies for London Olympics.[69]

27 May: Kolkata Knight Riders wins 2012 Indian Premier League by defeating two time champions and host Chennai Super Kings.[70] June[edit]

7 June: Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi won Mixed Doubles Title of the French Open.[71] 10 June: Saina Nehwal wins Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold Title.[72] 17 June: Tejaswini Mule won Silver medal at International Junior Shooting Championship.[73] 17 June: Saina Nehwal beats China's Xuerui Li to win her Third Indonesian Open Title.[74]

21 June: Deepika Kumari becomes World No. 1 archer.[75] July[edit]

9 July: Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina end runners-up at Wimbledon.[76] August[edit]

27 July 12 August: India at the 2012 Summer Olympics Indian athletes win 6 Olympic medals. October[edit]

28 October: Second Indian Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. November[edit] England cricket team tours India for 4 test matches 5 ODI and 2 T20 matches. December[edit] Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODIs on 23 December. He had so far played 463 ODIs in all, scoring 18,426 runs, which includes 49 centuries and 96 half centuries.[77] Deaths[edit] January August[edit]

16 January Homai Vyarawalla, 98, India's first woman photojournalist.[78] 19 January Anthony Gonsalves, 84, Bollywood music composer[79]

3 February Raj Kanwar, 50, Bollywood film director, producer.[80] 7 March Ravi (music director), 86, music director in Hindi and Malayalam films 9 March Joy Mukherjee, 73, actor and director in Hindi films 15 March Falak, 2, baby murder victim (born 2010) 28 March T. Damodaran, 77, screenwriter in Malayalam cinema 23 April Navodaya Appachan, 86, producer, director and entrepreneur in films

14 May Taruni Sachdev, 14, actress in films and television advertisements (b. 1998)[81] [82] 12 July Dara Singh, 83, wrestler and film actor [83] 18 July Rajesh Khanna, 69, film actor, politician 14 August Vilasrao Deshmukh, 67, politician [84] 26 August A. K. Hangal, 98, character actor in Hindi films September December[edit]

9 September Verghese Kurien, 90, engineer and renowned social entrepreneur, "Father of the White Revolution"[85] 24 September Thilakan, 77, Malayalam film and stage actor[86] 8 October Varsha Bhosle, 56, journalist, singer[87] 21 October Yash Chopra, 80, Hindi film producer, director, script writer[88] 23 October Sunil Gangopadhyay, 78, poet, novelist[89] 25 October Jaspal Bhatti, 57, satirist, television and film director, producer, actor[90] 28 October Savita Halappanavar, 31, nurse in Ireland who suffered a miscarriage at University Hospital Galway[91] 15 November K. C. Pant, 81, former cabinet minister in the Government of India[92] 17 November Bal Thackeray, 86, politician, founder of Shiv Sena[93] 30 November I. K. Gujral, 92, 12th Prime Minister of India[94] 7 December Jacintha Saldanha, 46, nurse at King Edward VII's Hospital, London, respondent in the Australian radio hoax call[95] 11 December B. B. Nimbalkar, 92, first-class cricketer[96] 11 December Ravi Shankar, 92, sitarist, musician, composer[97] 23 December Anand Abhyankar, 49, Marathi theatre television and film actor, victim of a car accident on Mumbai Pune express highway

23 December Akshay Pendse, 33, Marathi theatre television and film actor, victim of a car accident on Mumbai Pune express highway along with his 2-year old son 29 December unnamed victim of 2012 Delhi gang rape case, female physiotherapy intern

2012 Major Events in India

As the year 2012 passes by and with all the predictions and claims about this year, the year has been quite an eventful year for India. The year 2012 witnessed a lot of high's and lows, so keeping that in mind we have handpicked the major events that happened in India this year and given below a month wise account of those events. January 2012 On January 11th, The Union government informing the rules of allowing 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in single-brand retail, making way for international brands to set up stores in the country and boost sourcing from local manufacturers. February 2012 On February 2nd, Supreme Court cancels 122 licenses given by A.Raja in 2G spectrum scam, declaring it as illegal and blamed the government's flawed first-come-first-served policy. March 2012 6th March 2012 - Election results for five state assemblies were announced, the emerged winners were Samajwadi Party from Uttar Pradesh, Indian National Congress from Manipur & Uttarakhand, Bhartiya Janata Party from Goa, Shiromani Akali Dal - BJP combine from Punjab. The Indian Rail Budget 2012-13 was presented on March 14th and the Union Budget 2012-13 was presented on March 16th in the Parliament. April 2012 On April 18th, a major fire broke out in the signaling system at Kurla, Mumbai which brought the Central and Harbour line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway to a standstill. The total loss was to the Central Railway was expected to be INR 17 crore. May 2012 On May 13th, the Indian parliament celebrates its 60th anniversary. On May 27th, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Chennai Super Kings by five wickets and emerged as

winners to lift their first ever Indian Premier League (IPL) title at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. July 2012 The month of July saw the death of the legendary wrestling champion and actor, Dara Singh on 12 July and also death of celebrated veteran Bollywood actor and director, Rajesh Khanna on 18 July. On July 22nd, Pranab Mukherjee was elected as India's 13th President after an easy win against his competitor P.A. Sangma. On July 30th and 31st, the country faced a massive power crisis as three grids i.e. the Northern, Eastern and North-Eastern grids failed causing a major blackout in half of India disrupting normal life in 19 states and the union territory of India - Delhi. August 2012 On August 5th, flash floods hit the states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu causing loss of over 30 lives and triggering landslides causing damage to property worth lakhs. On August 18th, the Karnataka government arrested six people on charges of attack, intimidation or sending "false" SMSes to people from northeast which led to the mass exodus of more than 30,000 Northeast people who flee from South back to their states in Northeast. September 2012 On September 6th, a fire broke out in a fire cracker factory near Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu killing at least 38 people and injuring more than 50 people. October 2012 On October 21st, the renowned Hindi film producer, director, script writer, Yash Chopra dies at the age of 80 in Mumbai. On October 31st, Cyclone Nilam hits the north Tamil Nadu coast near Mahabalipuram, and continues its destructive path with heavy rains and strong winds for the next 3 to 4 days. November 2012 On November 17th, the well-known Indian politician, founder and chief of the Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray passed away in Mumbai as he died of a cardiac arrest. On November 21st, Ajmal Kasab was hanged in Pune's Yerwada Central Jail on account of the 2008 Mumbai Attacks. December 2012 On December 7th, the UPA government answered the opposition by winning a Rajya Sabha vote on FDI in retail by 21 votes and announced that now there are no hurdles in India's reforms process.

Noble Prize Bharat Ratna Pulitzer Prize Padma Awards: Noble Prize are for Contributions to society It is India's highest civilian award, awarded for the highest degrees of national service Pulitzer awards are for Literacy achievement Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Padma awards are for exceptional and distinguished service in any field including service rendered by Government servants. Param Vir Chakra (PVC), Ashok Chakra, Shaurya Chakra These awards are given for appreciating the brave and gallant It is recognised worldwide as the hallmark of corporate excellence. It builds the Brand Equity and inspires and aligns the entire workforce. It is an initiative in India to recognize the best practices in e-Content and Creativity. Arjuna Award is given for Excellence in sports The FiFi Awards honor the fragrance industry's creative achievements

Gallantry Awards: The Golden Peacock Awards Manthan Award Arjun Awards FiFi Awards

International Gandhi Peace Prize This award is given to individuals and institutions for their contributions towards social, economic and political revolution through non-violence and Gandhian philosophy. The award carries Rs. 10 million in cash. Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna GREEN STAR AWARDS Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award is for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is Indias highest honour given for achievement in sports. The Green Star Awards recognize those who have made extraordinary efforts to respond to environmental disasters around the world.

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