India Abroad December 28, 2012 2012 THE YEAR THAT WAS
Over 50 people were killed and
over 400,000 displaced from their
villages after ethnic violence between
the Bodos and minority Muslims
broke out in Assam in July. Public
property worth millions of rupees
was also destroyed in the attacks.
India in the dark
Terrorist Abu Jundal
deported to India
For the first time in Indian history, three
inter-state transmission networks — the
northern grid, eastern grid and northeastern grid — tripped together July 31, leaving 19 states and two Union territories
without electricity for several hours.
Verdict on Gujarat riots
Abu Jundal alias Sayed Zabiuddin
Ansari, a Lashkar-e-Tayiba handler,
involved in several terror attacks in India,
including the 2008 Mumbai massacre,
was deported to India from Saudi Arabia
Split in Team Anna,
Kejriwal forms new party
Social activist Kisan Baburao ‘Anna’
Hazare chose to part ways with the
Kejriwal launched his political party
October 2 and announced its name a
month later, calling it the Aam Aadmi
In Kejriwal’s line of fire
Soon after announcing the forma-
tion of his political party Kejriwal
trained his guns on:
Robert Vadra, Congress party presi-
dent Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, for
allegedly pulling strings to help realty
giant DLF in Haryana.
Reliance Industries Chairman
Mukesh Ambani for allegedly dictating federal policies.
India’s current External Affairs
Minister Salman Khurshid for allegedly misappropriating government funds
meant for a non-governmental organization run by him.
Mukesh Ambani and his brother
Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Group
Chairman Anil Ambani for allegedly
stashing billions of dollars in Swiss
Ten years after 97 people were killed in
one of the worst atrocities during the
2002 Gujarat riots, 32 people were convicted by a special court in Ahmedabad,
August 29. A special court also sentenced
state lawmaker Dr Maya Kodnani to 28
years imprisonment and handed a life
term to Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi
in the riots case.
Coalgate paralysis in
The monsoon session of India’s
Parliament was frequently disturbed by
Opposition parties demanding Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation
over irregularities in coal block allocation
between 2006 and 2009 when the coal
ministry was under his charge. The controversy erupted after India’s official auditor revealed that lack of transparency in
allocation of blocks to private companies
cost the exchequer $33 billion in lost revenues.
India’s 100th space
India successfully launched its 100th
mission with its workhorse Polar Satellite
Launch Vehicle-C21 placing in orbit two
foreign satellites in a flawless flight from
the spaceport in Sriharikota, near
Chennai, September 9.
S M Krishna quits
Salman Khurshid took charge as India’s
external affairs minister after S M Krishna
resigned from his post and quit the federal
cabinet October 26.
COUR TESY: W WW. SAMAJ WADIPART Y. IN
The Samajwadi Party returned to power in Uttar Pradesh April 12 after a long stint in the political
wilderness. Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son Akhilesh Yadav — who was pitted against
Congress party general secretary Rahul Gandhi — scripted history by becoming the youngest chief
minister of the state. He is 39.
Ireland changes abortion
laws after Indian woman’s
After the death of 31-year-old Indian
dentist Savita Halappanavar created
worldwide furor, the Irish government
pledged to legalize abortion.
Halappanavar had died November 14 after
being denied an abortion by doctors who
cited the country’s laws.
Mumbai: Indian American
awarded 5 years in hit and
November 1, a special court sentenced
India-born US citizen Nooriya Haveliwala
to five years rigorous imprisonment for
causing death due to rash and negligent
Two people were killed and four others
injured when Nooriya’s car hit them in
south Mumbai January 29, 2010.
After a four-year legal process, Ajmal
Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist caught
alive during the November 2008 siege of
Mumbai, was hanged November 21.
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman
Malik’s India visit December 14 through
December 16 to India was futile as there
was no assurance from him on contentious
issues like action against Lashkar-e-Tayiba
founder and 2008 Mumbai terror attack
mastermind Mohammad Saeed.
Malik stoked fresh controversy by alleging that 2008 Mumbai attacks accused
Abu Jundal worked as a source for an
Indian intelligence agency and could have
turned into a double agent.
Family members of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who committed suicide in London after a prank call by two Australian radio presenters, at her funeral in Mangalore, December 17