Highlights / News of 2012



2  January  >  India-Pakistan exchange a list of their nuclear installations.
3  January  > President inaugurates new SHAR Mission Control Centre.
13 January > 50 lakh students perform Surya Namaskar in Madhya Pradesh.
19 January  > Delhi High Court grants bail for Suresh Kalmadi in Commonwealth Games scam.
23 January  > Iran–European Union relations: The European Union adopts an embargo against Iran in protest of that nation’s continued effort to enrich uranium.
26 January  > Nation displays military might on 63rd Republic Day; Thailand PM, Yingluck Shinawatra is Chief Guest.
28 January  >India suffer humiliating defeat of 4-0 against Australia in Test Series in Australia.


2 February > Supreme Court cancels all 122 licences given by A Raja in 2G spectrum scam.
5 February > Special CBI court dismisses Subramanian Swamy’s  petition to prosecute Home Minister P.Chidambaram in 2G scam.
11 February > Army Chief V.K.Singh withdraws petition from Supreme Court in age-controversy.; Advanced Interceptor missile is successfully test-fired.
14  February > Blast at an Israeli embassy car in Delhi.
19 February > Iran suspends oil exports to Britain and France following sanctions put in place by the European Union and the United States in January.
26  February > Indian Men’s Hockey Team qualify for the London Olympics.
27  February > Arab Spring: As a result of ongoing protests, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is succeeded by Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi.


4 March > Women Kabaddi Team wins first edition of World Cup Kabaddi Title.
5 March > Mahesh Bhupati and Rohan Bopanna clinched Dubai Doubles Title.
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.
10  March > Rahul Dravid retires from international cricket after a spectacular career lasting 16 years.
13 March > After 244 years since its first publication, the Encyclopædia Britannica discontinues its print edition.
14 March > Indian Rail Budget 2012-13 presented by Rail Minister Sh. Dinesh Trivedi.
16  March > Union Budget for 2012-13 is presented by Finance Minister Sh. Pranab Mukherjee.
16  March > Sachin Tendulkar scores his 100th International Hundred against Bangladesh in Asia Cup.
18  March > Saina Nehwal wins the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Trophy.
18  March > Dinesh Trivedi steps down as Railways Minister after pressure from TMC.
21  March > Soumitra Chatterjee selected for Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2011.
22  March > India votes against Sri Lanka on the resolution to ‘credibly investigate’
25 March > M.C. Mary Kom and Sarita win Gold Medals in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship.
29  March > India hosts 4th BRICS summit at New Delhi. Heads of state of Brazil, Russia, China and South-Africa are hosted by India.


6 April > The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad unilaterally declares the independence of Azawad from Mali.
8 April > Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari visits India on a personal visit to Ajmer Sharif.
11  April > magnitude 8.6 Mw earthquake hits Indonesia near the province of Aceh, tremors felt in Chennai and Kolkata.
12  April > Shiva Thapa became the Youngest Indian Boxer to qualify for Olympics.
13  April > Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3, a North Korean Earth observation satellite, explodes shortly after launch. The United States and other countries had called the impending launch a violation of United Nations Security Council demands.

The launch was planned to mark the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the republic.
17  April > RBI cuts repo rate by 50 basis points first time in three years.
19 April > India successfully test fires 5000 km range Agni-V ICBM.
21  April > Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon kidnapped by Maoists in Chhattisgarh.
26  April > Sachin Tendulkar, Rekha and Anu Aga nominated to Rajya Sabha by the President of India.
26  April > Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is found guilty on 11 counts of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
27  April > Wrestler Sushil Kumar defeats Georgia’s Otar Tushishvilli 3-0 in the final to qualify for the London Olympic Games.
29  April > Aditya Mehta defeats Pankaj Advani to clinch the 28th Asian snooker title.


7 May > Finance Minister postpones GAAR (General Anti Avoidance Rules) implementation till 2013.
8 May > Over 100 Air India pilots go on strike.
9 May > Centre government decides to withdraw 2G review petition at the supreme court.
13 May > Indian parliament celebrates 60th anniversary.
15  May > A.Raja, the prime accused in 2G scam, gets bail.
22  May > Tokyo Skytree, the tallest self-supporting tower in the world at 634 metres high, is opened to public.
23  May > Congress led UPA-II government completes 3 years in office.
27  May > Kolkata Knight Raiders wins 2012 Indian Premier League by defeating two time champions and host Chennai Super Kings.
31  May > Bikram Singh takes over as Indian Army Chief.


1 June > Brahmeshwar Singh, chief of banned Ranvir Sena, is killed by unidentified assailants.
5 June > Sachin Tendulkar takes oath as member of Rajya Sabha.
5–6 June > The century’s second and last solar transit of Venus occurs. The next pair are predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125.
7 June > Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi won Mixed Doubles Title of the French Open.
10 June > Saina Nehwal wins Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold Title.
17 June > Tejaswini Mule won Silver medal at International Junior Shooting Championship.
17 June > Saina Nehwal beats China’s Xuerui Li to win her Third Indonesian Open Title.
19 June > India pledges $10 bn to IMF for Eurozone.
21 June > Deepika Kumari becomes World No. 1 archer.
22 June > Calcutta High Court strikes down Singur Land Act of Mamta Banerjee government.
26 June > 26/11 handler Abu Jundal is arrested by Delhi Police.
28 June > Surjeet Singh returns home after 30 years in Pakistan jail.
30 June > Dr. Leo Rebello attempts for the third time to contest the Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections and having been discriminated once again sends a de novo PIL for suo motu consideration of the SCI. Details in Part III of Dr. Leo’s Lens book.


4 July > CERN announces the discovery of a new particle with properties consistent with the Higgs boson after experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.
6 July > Disproportionate assets case against Mayawati quashed by Supreme Court.
7 July > Popular Time magazine dubs Manmohan Singh as ‘underachiever’.
9 July > Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina end runners-up at Wimbledon.
12 July > Dara Singh, wrestling champion and actor, passes away.
12  July > Jagadish Shettar sworn in as new Karnataka Chief Minister.
13 July > Panel setup by PM to review GAAR.
14  July > Hamid Ansari chosen as UPA nominee for Vice President.
18  July > Rajesh Khanna, veteran Bollywood actor and director died of Liver dysfunction.
22 July >  Pranab Mukherjee is elected as India’s 13th President.
27 July >  London olympics 2012 from July 27 to Aug 12
30–31 July > In the worst power outage in world history, the 2012 India blackouts leave 620 million people without power


6 August > Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory mission’s rover, successfully lands on Mars.
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, India ended it with 6 medels, 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.
31 August > Researchers successfully perform the first implantation of an early prototype bionic eye with 24 electrodes.




14-21 November > Israel launches Operation Pillar of Defence against the Palestinian-governed Gaza Strip, killing Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari.
17  November > Politician , Founder & Chief of  Shiv Sena Bal Thackeray died.
21   November > Ajmal Kasab hanged on account of the 2008 Mumbai Attacks.
30   November > IK Gujral, Ex-Prime Minister of India Passed away.


8 December > The UN Climate Change Conference held in Qatar agrees to extend the Kyoto Protocol until 2020.
12 December >     Pandit Ravi Shankar, passed away.
13 December >     First Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Nityanand Swami died.
15 December >  Mumbai is one of the Dirtiest Cities in the World- According to Trip Advisor Survey
16 December > Naina Lal Kidwai became First Woman President of FICCI

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