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<b>N. Gopalaswami vs Navin Chawla</b><br>
CEC N. Gopalaswami took on CEC-in-waiting, Navin Chawla, saying the latter should be sacked for his Congress bias. Swami even took exception to Chawla’s frequent loo breaks during crucial EC meetings, alleging he was using the time-off to pass on information. But the man ultimately caved in, even posing for the cameras with his successor. <b>Sock It To ’Em</b><br>
The climate certainly changed for the worse—in Pilibhit and beyond—in the spell of one tempestuous campaign by a Gandhi. Palestinians hold candles as they take part in a memorial ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of Israel's offensive in Gaza, in Gaza City. Police detain one of the activists of AIDWA during a protest demanding resignation of Andhra Pradesh Governor N D Tiwari, over his alleged involvement in a sexcapade, in Hyderabad. When a local TV channel telecast explicit clippings purportedly of the veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari, the 86-year old governor of Andhra Pradesh, in bed with three women, cynics said the sex-scandal had been engineered to divert attention from the Telangana issue. The footage was rejected by Raj Bhavan as fabricated and a tissue of lies. The High Court was moved to stop further telecast. Opposition demanded that the 86-year-old Governor resign or be dismissed.  When a local TV channel telecast explicit clippings purportedly of the veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari, the 86-year old governor of Andhra Pradesh,  in bed with three women, cynics said the sex-scandal had been engineered to divert attention from the Telangana issue.  The footage was rejected by Raj Bhavan as fabricated and a tissue of lies. The High Court was moved to stop further telecast. Opposition demanded that the 86-year-old Governor resign or be dismissed. Protesters attack a vehicle of Telugu Desam party's legislative members during a strike to press the demands for the creation of a separate Telangana state at Osmania University campus , in Hyderabad. After being on top of the Test rankings, India did not wait for the year to end before they sealed off the One Day series against Sri Lanka with the help of chanceless centuries from Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, thus ensuring that they would go to their home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, with the series in the bag. <b>Kobad Ghandy</b><br>
Doon School alumnus, CA from London, hailing from an affluent Parsi family; he gets a face after decades in the Maoist movement. <b>Ravindra Jadeja</b><br>
Unknown until the day he scored a painful 35-ball 25, with one four, during a desperate chase against England in the T20 World Cup. India lost. <b>Jarnail Singh</b><br>
Chidambaram ducked, but Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler could not. <b>Kishanji</b><br>
He may be Bengal's Most wantedbut we don't know what the Maoist leader looks like. <b>Susan Boyle</b><br>
The frumpy, dumpy wonder-voice of England wowed globally. Then, she woke up. <b>David Headley</b><br>
American, Pakistani, Jew, immigration office owner, CIA double agent? <b>Nitin Gadkari</b><br>
Gadkari who? The RSS man was plucked out of obscurity to lead a young BJP. <b>Freida Pinto</b><br>
Anyone knew her earlier movies? Ask her quickly discarded boyfriend. Change in BJP leadership as LK Advani makes way for Nitin Gadkari after he was announced as the new BJP President. Outgoing President Rajnath Singh looks on. Marestella Torres of the Philippines competes in the women's long jump finals to win the gold medal at the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos. Police arrest Lagadapati Rajagopal, Congress MP from Vijayawada, who was preparing to begin a high-profile hunger strike to protest the splitting of the state, in Hyderabad. Most train and bus services resumed and businesses and schools reopened in Andhra Pradesh following three days of violent protests against the government's announcement to create a new state. Naung Kya and Nyi Nyi Tun of Myanmar compete during the men's 10-meter platform synchronised diving finals at the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos. Banged: Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi's season of woes continues. Facing trial for bribery, fraud, he gets a broken nose and teeth after being hit with a statuette. Gibraltar's Kaiane Aldorino won the Miss World 2009 contest in Johannesburg, South Africa. Detained demonstrators are seen lined up on a street in Copenhagen. Thousands of protesters marched through Copenhagen calling for tough action from the UN climate conference. RIP Paul A. Samuelson. A Nobel laureate and one of the leading economists of the 20th century, died at his home in Belmont, Mass. He was 94. Boxer Suranjoy Singh wins India's first gold at the President's Cup. The Manipuri flyweight is also 'Boxer of the Tournament'. He beat France's Nordine Oobali (8-1) for the gold. Supporters of the Telangana movement at Osmania University in Hyderabad celebrate after the central government's decision to initiate the process of creating a separate Telangana state. Activists of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front shout freedom slogans as they carry torches during a protest rally to mark International Human Rights Day in Srinagar. RIP, Dileep Chitre. The 70 year old, fiery bilingual poet (Marathi and English), filmmaker (<i>Godan</i>), '60s little magazine pioneer. <i>Eku Kavita, Travelling in the Cage</i> are major anthologies The foot of a polar bear is pictured under water at a zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Polar bears became a symbol for climate change, that threaten the natural habitat of the endangered white giants. President's IAF chopper takes off from Puri helipad. President Pratibha Patil had a close shave after the blades of her chopper grazed a wall while landing at Bhubaneswar. Nicolas Sarkozy voiced sympathy for Switzerland's controversial decision to ban the building of Muslim minarets, calling on religious practitioners to avoid ostentation and provocation for fear of upsetting others. Christians, Jews, Muslims, all believers regardless of their faith, must refrain from ostentation and provocation and ... practise their religion in humble discretion. Corruption in higher judiciary remained in news through the year. Finally, a petition seeking impeachment proceedings against beleaguered Karnataka High Court Chief Justice PD Dinakaran was moved by as many as 76 Rajya Sabha members. Sikhs protest against Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan chief Ashutosh Maharaj during the Punjab Band, in Amritsar. Ratan Tata poses during the launch of the company's nanotech water purifier 'Tata Swatch', in Mumbai. On top of the world Test rankings! Indian team after winning the third cricket test match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. India played just six Tests in the year, and only three overseas – which caused indignation around the cricketing world, which detected in this a conspiracy by the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to starve and murder Test cricket, to make room for the lucrative T20 leagues. Along with celebrations, the news also raised howls of protest from people horrified by the possibility that India would lose the No. 1 ranking without being able to defend it. Yesteryear actress Bina Rai, 78, passed away. Hers was the Regal face that adorned hit period musicals like <i>Anarkali</i> and <i>Taj Mahal</i> of the B&W era. She married actor Prem Nath. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with Leader of Opposition and senior BJP leader LK Advani after offering floral tributes to Dr Rajendra Prasad's portrait on his 125th birth anniversary, inside the Parliament, in New Delhi. In the lead-up to the election, of course, their choice of words for each other had been anything but cordial. A sampler:

<p>Manmohan Singh on LKA: I am not a sloganeer. I will readily concede that my opponents make more rousing speeches. But unlike the NDA's prime ministerial candidate I will not be found weeping in a corner while hoodlums tear down a centuries-old mosque. Nor will I be found wringing my hands in frustration while one of my chief ministers condones a pogrom targeted at minorities. 

<p>And here's LKA on the PM: 'Kaisa nikamma pradhan mantri hai, kaisa nikamma netritva hai (how worthless is the prime minister and the political leadership)''
You have a situation in which the prime minister holds office but has no authority and the person who has authority has no accountability. Mr Modi in a new avatar posing for touristy pics! The Gujarat CM poses at sun set during the Rann festival in Kutch desert. Victims of the Bhopal gas disaster shout slogans during a torch light procession on the eve of 25th anniversary of the disaster, in Bhopal. Swiss voters approved a move to ban the construction of minarets in a vote on a right-wing initiative that labelled the mosque towers as symbols of militant Islam. Army too was embroiled in corruption this year as the land scam made headlines. The controversy revolves around a piece of land next to the army's 33 Corps Headquarters in Siliguri in West Bengal. Rachel Uchitel gets into a car in front of her home in New York. The National Enquirer published a story alleging that golfer Tiger Woods, who had a car accident near his home on Friday, had been seeing the New York night club hostess, and that they recently were together in Melbourne, where Woods competed in the Australian Masters. Uchitel denied having an affair with Woods when contacted by the Associated Press. Photo released by the White House, shows President Barack Obama greeting Michaele and Tareq Salahi, right, at a State Dinner hosted by Obama for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House in Washington. The Secret Service is looking into its own security procedures after determining that the uninvited Virginia couple managed to slip into the dinner. The triple-deck ferry, M.V. Coco, floats after it tipped and its rear portion sank in the Tetulia River late Friday near the coastal town of Bhola, 64 miles (104 kilometers) south of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Three-year-old Moshe pays tribute to his parents Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and Rivka who were killed during 26/11 attack on Chabad House in Mumbai, a year ago. US President Barack Obama makes a toast with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. President Pratibha Patil being strapped before flying in Sukhoi-30MKI of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Pune. President Pratibha Patil created history by becoming the first woman president to fly in a fighter jet. US President Barack Obama leaves with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. England's Alfie Burden kisses the winners cup after beating Brazil's Igor Figueiredo in the men's final of the World Snooker Championship, in Hyderabad. Leader of the Opposition L K Advani reads a newspaper report on the Liberhan Commission in Lok Sabha, which led to a furore over the issue of an alleged leakage of the report published in the newspaper. Actress Shilpa Shetty and London based businessman Raj Kundra pose for the media after their marriage ceremony in Khandala. Wither freedom of press? This time it was Shiv Sena activists, in Mumbai, vandalising the office of IBN-Lokmat. PM Manmohan Singh seen with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition LK Advani after they offered tributes to Indira Gandhi on her 92nd birth anniversary, inside the Parliament in New Delhi. Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai waves as he greets the guards of honour upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace for his inauguration in Kabul, Afghanistan for a second five-year term. Johnny Depp was named People magazine's sexiest man alive for a second time, joining an elite club of double honorees that includes George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Thirty four years on, Mujibur Rahman's killers were sentenced to death. The Bangladesh founding father and later 'president-for-life' was victim of an army coup. A Supreme Court panel indicted the Bellary Reddy brothers' firm OMC for illegal mining in unalloted forest areas on the AP-Karnataka border. All activity to be suspended. A police officer shows the copy of terror suspect David Coleman Headley's passport. Swami Prasad Maurya stoops to touch the feet of UP Chief Minister Mayawati, after he administered oath of office at the Raj Bhawan, in Lucknow. US swimmer Michael Phelps prepares for a men's 200 meters Butterfly heat at the FINA short course swimming World Cup in Berlin. A keeper glove is seen surrounded by candles in a mourning area in front the soccer stadium in Hanover, Germany. Robert Enke, the Hannover 96 and Germany's national team goalkeeper, was struck and killed by a train, in what police called an apparent suicide. He was 32. A boy sits on a fishing boat in Mumbai. Cyclone Phyan weakened by evening and bypassed Mumbai. Most of about 600 stranded fishermen in Gujarat and Daman also returned safely. Ashley Wagner of the United States performs during the exhibition skating of the NHK Trophy Figure Skating competition in Nagano, central Japan Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa sobbed on TV and blamed the 'dissident' Reddy brothers for all the turmoil that happened. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post, in a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded in the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in the United States. Claude Levi-Strauss, 100, iconic anthropologist and a pioneer of the leading intellectual style of the last century: structuralism passed away. Classics: <i>The Savage Mind</i>, <i>Trites Tropiques</i>. A burned UN bullet proofed vest and a helmet are seen in the destroyed guesthouse that left five UN staffers dead in Kabul, Afghanistan. UN is temporarily relocating more than half of its international staff in Afghanistan following the deadly Taliban attack. Smoke billowing out of the IOC depot for the 7th consecutive day in Sitapur, Jaipur.
Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi exits the Inya Lake Hotel after meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, partially seen behind her, in Yangon, Myanmar. Campbell met Suu Kyi in a visit that marked the highest-ranking talks between an American and Myanmar's detained leader in 14 years.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy listen to the hospital staff as they visit the Paoli-Calmettes Institute in Marseille, southern France. Sarkozy unveiled France's second national plan against cancer. A cloud of flames billows out of the Indian Oil Depot, on fire for the third consecutive day, in the Sitapura area of Jaipur. Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor with designer Rohit Bal at the Grand Finale of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi. Sports stars and legends clap during Queen's Baton relay ceremony at London's Buckingham Palace. The ceremony starts the countdown to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. From left: Abhinav Bindra, British cricketer Monty Panesar, Kapil Dev, Sania Mirza, five times National ladies squash champion Misha Soni and 1958 Commonwealth 400m gold medal winner Milkha Singh. A day after RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said, As far as BJP is concerned, whatever surgery, medicine, chemotherapy is essential for them, it has to be diagnosed by them, he clarified that he had never meant the party needed chemotherapy. I did not say chemotherapy is needed (by BJP) but you know what happens in the media. Now I do not even want to clarify...

<p> Post-Script: Whether he does or not, the fact remained that as the year grinds to a close, the domination of the BJP organisation by the Sangh seems complete with Nitin Gadkari's appointment as the party president. But the Advani camp has not given up, as far as the legislative party is concerned, by managing to wrest the position of Chairman for Mr Advani and his hand-picked Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj being appointed as leaders of opposition in Rajya and Lok Sabha respectively. David Shepherd RIP<br>
The very popular former English test cricket umpire died of cancer. He was 68. In this last ever international match he officiated, Shepherd performs his trademark standing on one leg as England reach 111 runs during their ODI match against Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London. Shepherd had a superstitious habit of standing on one leg when a team reached certain scores. The Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express at Banstala near Jhargram in West Midnapore district after two of its drivers were kidnapped by PCPA activists demanding an immediate release of their leader Chatradhar Mahato. President Prathibha Devi Singh Patil talks with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during welcoming ceremonies at Windsor Castle, Windosor, England. Construction site of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi as of Oct '09. India lags way behind the schedule to meet Commonwealth Games standards, and as the date nears the Delhi Govt is busy racking brains to meet the deadline and save faces at the same time. Sushmita Sen walks the ramp for designer Sanjana Jon at the Wills Life Style India Fashion Week. NSW Blues captain SM Katich holds the winning trophy  after his team victory over Trinidad & Tobago in their Champions League Twenty20 cricket match at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, in Hyderabad. Atindranath Datta, officer-in-charge of Sankrail police station who was abducted by Maoists speaks to media surrounded by the armed guerillas after his release at West Midnapore in West Bengal . Raj Thackeray-led MNS made its maiden foray in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, playing spoiler for the Shiv Sena-BJP Combine. NCP-Congress had much to thank him and his party for their doing well in the Lok Sabha polls too. Brawn GP's Jenson Button, of Britain celebrates with mechanics after Button won the Formula One World championship by finishing fifth during Brazil's Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo. A family look out from their flooded house in Pungo village, northern Philippines. The nationwide death toll since Sept.26 back-to-back storms started pounding the northern Philippines is more than 600. The first image of the moon taken from the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Two NASA spacecrafts are barrelling towards the moon at twice the speed of a bullet, about to crash into a lunar crater in a search for ice. Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda was in news for alleged money laundering, diversion of state funds and making huge hitherto unheard of illegal investments abroad running into crores of rupees. He is the first chief minister and high-profile politician to have been booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) along with eight others including three of his cabinet colleagues. A resident salvages what he can from the debris of his destroyed home in Chickmanchal village. Thousands of south Indians displaced by a week of flooding trickled back to their homes and farms to survey the damage left by a natural disaster that killed hundreds of people. German writer Herta Mueller holds a news conference in Berlin, Germany after she won the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature. Hilary Mantel has won the 2009 Man Booker prize for her fiction ' Wolf Hall ',  a tale of political intrigue set during the reign of King Henry VIII . Mantel's novel charts the upheaval caused by the king's desire to marry Anne Boleyn, as seen through the eyes of royal adviser Thomas Cromwell. Mantel's novel beat stiff competition from a shortlist that included previous Booker winners A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee. The winner receives a prize of 52,500 pounds. A temple is partially submerged as water gushes out of the Nagarjuna 
Sagar dam, in Andhra Pradesh. Thousands of government troops and relief workers 
fanned out across huge swathes devastated by flooding that has left more than 250 
people dead and displaced millions. Eight-year-old Laxmi, dressed in bridal finery seen, before her marriage ceremony in Rajgarh, Madhya Pradesh. More than a third of the world's child brides are from India, leaving children at an increased risk of exploitation despite the country's growing modernity and economic wealth, according to a UNICEF report. The Montblanc limited-edition commemorative fountain pen launched in honour of Mahatma Gandhi by German luxury penmaker Montblanc International GMBH. Use of Mahatma Gandhi's name and picture on the Rs 14 lakh pen has stirred a controversy amid reports that a Foundation run by his great-grandson Tushar Gandhi had allowed the commercial use of the images. The launch came just in time for the 140th anniversary of the birth of the Mahatma, the man who shunned foreign-made products. A view of the submerged Kurnool town in Andhra Pradesh. The worst rains and floods in parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have left 172 dead as authorities today intensified rescue efforts with army troops backed by IAF helicopters shifting marooned villagers from rooftops to safer areas. A woman being helped in an inundated area in Kurnool town in Andhra Pradesh. Flood situation remains grim in the state of Andhra Pradesh. A man walks past by a building damaged by earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. A second earthquake with a 6.8 magnitude rocked western Indonesia, a day after the region was devastated by an undersea quake of 7.6 magnitude. Devastation on a hillside in Pago after a powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa, flooding and flattening villages, killing at least 82 people and leaving dozens missing. Mother of Neelofer Jan at the graveyard during the exhumation of her daughter's body and that of 17-year-old Asiya, in Shopian. Post Script: The Shopian case had all the markings of a murky, grisly and politically explosive crime; its Rashomon-like nature kept  the volatile Kashmir Valley into months of violent protests and political turmoil. In May, two young women, Asiya and Neelofar Jan were found dead in a stream flanked by military and police camps. Local doctors who performed autopsies said that they had been raped and murdered. By security forces. J&K government said its findings showed they had drowned. Eventually, after a magisterial enquiry failed to satisfy the protesters, the CBI was called in. The bodies were exhumed, fresh autopsies and three months of intensive investigation revealed the women did in fact drown. The doctors who did the initial autopsies not only lied about their findings but also fudged and planted evidence, the CBI charged. But the people, with their mistrust of the administration, refuse to accept the findings and charge it of a cover-up. Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist, language expert and former White House speechwriter William Safire has died. He was 79. He had been diagnosed with cancer. In the photo: Former US President George W. Bush bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom to William Safire. A Jordanian veiled woman is seen in Amman. Polish-born film director Roman Polanski has been taken into custody on a 31-year-old U.S. arrest warrant. The  Zurich Film Festival organizers said Polanski was apprehended on an American request for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. Authorities in Los Angeles consider Polanski a convicted felon and a fugitive, and Switzerland says there has been an international warrant out on him since 2005. US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and wife Gursharan Kaur, as they arrive for the G-20 summit dinner in Pittsburgh. Actor Shiney Ahuja, accused of raping his maid, being taken away by the police after he was produced before a sessions court in Mumbai. The court directed the authorities of the Arthur Jail, where the actor is languishing, to provide him medical relief after the actor complained of acute back pain. Mayawati's penchant for building statues, at a stupendous cost (of more than Rs 2,000 crore) to the exchequer,  led her to considerable legal trouble. The Supreme Court called it a waste of public funds, but the lady was unmoved. Meanwhile, the UPA remained busy naming various public and government schemes after the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty icons. Patrick Swayze RIP<br>
The hunky actor who danced his way into moviegoers' hearts with Dirty Dancing and then broke them with Ghost, died after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 57. Borlaug's life and achievement are testimony to the far-reaching contribution that one man's towering intellect, persistence and scientific vision can make to human peace and progress, said PM Manmohan condoling the death of Nobel Peace prize winner Norman Borlaug. The agricultural scientist who contributed immensely towards India's Green Revolution, was 95. Daria Kondakova of Russia performs with the ribbon during the qualifying round at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Ise, central Japan. Ace cueist Pankaj Advani today became the second Indian to win the World Professional Billiards Championship title when he outsmarted defending champion Mike Russell 2030-1253 in the final. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi console Vijaya Lakshmi, the wife of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy who died in a chopper crash. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy died in a tragic chopper crash. 
Postscript: His son Jagan organised unprecedented protests lobbying for his appointment as his father's replacement. Sundry deaths in the state were passed off as suicides by YSR supporters wanted Jagan installed as the CM. Before the year was out, the Telangana protests -- for and against -- had shown how bereft of leadership YSR's death left the Congress at the state level. Small ice figures are seen on the stairs of Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, Germany, as part of an art project by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). One thousand ice figures by Brasilian artist Nele Azevedo were melting within 30 minutes symbolizing the effect of global warming. An investor yawns as he looks at a stock price monitor at a private securities company in Shanghai, China. Deep Joshi , a 2009 Ramon Magsaysay awardee, receives his medallion and citation from Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno during awarding ceremony Manila. The awards, which come with a medallion and US$50,000, is given annually to Asia's Heroes in honour of the late Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay. Joshi was cited for Nurturing head and heart to combat poverty: The PRADAN story. Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, winner, right, and second place Force India driver Giancarlo Fisichella of Italy, celebrate with champagne on the podium after the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium. A United States Forest Service air tanker drops fire retardant next to a line of fire as the Station fire burns in the hills above a home in Acton, California. In this 1962 file photo, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, center, poses with his brothers U. S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, left, and President John F. Kennedy at the White House in Washington. In this Jan. 28, 2008 file photo, then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama smiles with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy during a rally at American University in Washington where Kennedy endorsed Obama. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate, has died after battling a brain tumor. Les Paul, 94, a seminal figure in music. He invented the solid-body electric guitar, the basis of the rock 'n roll sound. Also a master jazz guitarist and relentless studio innovator. Lockerbie airline bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi walks on to his airplane accompanied by Libyan officials at Glasgow International Airport. Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced the release, freeing the terminally ill Lockerbie bomber from prison on compassionate grounds. Dave Luebke holds a photo of the Number One Archie Comic Book that he is selling at his shop in Richmond, Va. When Luebke heard that after 67 years, the carrot-topped everyman of the comic world, Archie, was proposing to va-va-voomy rich girl Veronica instead of girl-next-door Betty, he decided to protest by selling his copy of the series' rare first issue. Saina Nehwal reacts after her victory over Bulgaria's Petya Nedelcheva during the World Badminton Championship in Hyderabad. F1 legend Michael Schumacher from Germany is seen during a test session at the Catalonia racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain. Schumacher called off his much-anticipated Formula One comeback because of lingering injuries from a motorcycling crash earlier this year. The seven-time world champion was to fill in for injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa and hoped to return at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain, later this month. Sarab village resident Raihan comforts her 1-year-old son after having an early morning opium smoke with family members in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. Raihan was addicted to opium while pregnant with her son, making him an addict at birth. When he was born, he would cry day and night. But when she blows smoke in his face, he sleeps, said her father Islam Beg. In dozens of mountain hamlets in this remote corner of Afghanistan, opium addiction has become so entrenched that entire families - from toddlers to old men - are addicts.
Children wearing masks, sing in their classroom, in Mumbai. Shiv Sena distributed masks in schools as a preventive measure against swine flu. The nationwide death toll has gone up to seven. The wreckage of a helicopter is lifted by crane from the Hudson River and placed on a boat as seen from Hoboken, N.J. Divers recovered a piece of a submerged helicopter and a fifth body as investigators searched the Hudson River for wreckage from the helicopter and a small plane that collided in midair, killing nine people. A giant column of dark smoke rises more than 20,000 feet into the air, after the second atomic bomb ever used in warfare explodes over the Japanese port and town of Nagasaki, in this Aug. 9, 1945 file photo. Dropped by the U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 plane Bockscar, the bomb killed more than 70,000 people instantly, with ten thousands dying later from effects of the radioactive fallout. This photo was made 3 minutes after the atom bomb struck Nagasaki. Euna Lee, left, and Laura Ling, two American journalists who were arrested in March after allegedly crossing into North Korea from China, are greeted by Michael Saldate and Ian Clayton, the respective husbands and Lee's daughter, Hana, after the two arrive at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. Subhash Chakraborty, Sports Minister of West Bengal, died after a brief illness. In this file photo he is seen with former Chief Minister and veteran CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu on the occasion of latter's 96th birthday in Kolkata on Wednesday, 7/8/2009. Maharani Gayatari Devi, RIP (1919-2009) Leela Naidu, RIP. In a still from her first film <i>Anuradha</i> The Japanese team performs during the team free final of the synchronized swimming, at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Rome. Gangubai Hangal at her residence One step on moon and a giant step for mankind. In this photo released by NASA shows astronaut Edwin E. Buzz Aldrin Jr. posing for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. Aldrin and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the lunar surface with temperatures ranging from 243 degrees above to 279 degrees below zero. Astronaut Michael Collins flew the command module. The trio was launched to the moon by a Saturn V launch vehicle at 9:32 a.m. EDT, July 16, 1969. They departed the moon July 21, 1969. America had beaten the Soviet Union in the race for moon exploration. Eun Hee Ji, of South Korea, is doused with champagne after winning the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. Tennis star Sania Mirza is seen with her childhood friend and fiance Sohrab Mirza,left, after their engagement ceremony, in Hyderabad. Participants dance as they hold a placard demanding the dropping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that makes homosexuality illegal, during a gay parade in New Delhi. Supreme Court agreed to hear a petition by an astrologer who is seeking to annul last week's landmark ruling by a lower court to decriminalize homosexuality. 
The latest development indicated that despite a recent Delhi High Court ruling, gays still face a long battle to gain acceptance, social and legal, in this deeply conservative country where even heterosexual sex is talked about in hushed tones. Federer became tennis's greatest men's champion, watched by a legion of champions, as he beat Andy Roddick 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 in four hours and 16 minutes to claim his sixth Wimbledon crown. It was also a record 15th Grand Slam title for the Swiss master, overhauling the total of Pete Sampras who was in the Royal Box along with fellow legends Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver. The Jag Leaps<br>
Two British icons, the Jaguar and Land Rover, officially launched here by Tata recently, had many walking a little prouder. But does it make business sense? After all, the luxury car segment in India is less than 1 per cent. And with the oil prices heading north, will these gas-guzzlers hit it off? Mr Tata, perhaps it’s time to pitch for the Reva? Real Madrid new soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal waves to fans during his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. After a three-year wait, 80,000 Real Madrid fans gave Cristiano Ronaldo a roaring welcome following his record transfer from Manchester United. Mumbaikars move on the newly inaugurated Bandra-Worli sea link bridge, in Mumbai. It is ironic that the singer, who became one of the richest entertainers at his career's peak, died in debt just weeks before his comeback shows. Family members of Sarabjit Singh who has been awarded death sentence in Pakistan stand out side their house at Bhikhiwind. Sarabjit Singh has been on death row in a jail in Lahore, Pakistan for 18 years on a conviction of spying and involvement in bombings that killed 27 people in 1990.
Farrah Fawcett, the 1970s It Girl, died of cancer in Los Angeles aged 62. She was best known for starring in Charlie's Angels, and in later years for hard-hitting TV and stage roles. Her battle with cancer was chronicled in the television documentary Farrah's Story earlier this year. Her long-term partner, actor Ryan O'Neal, with whom she had a son, recently told Barbara Walters, I've asked her to marry me, again, and she's agreed. But then life's just a four letter word. No more board exams for Class X. In a radical move to revamp the education system and to de-traumatise the students, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal made Class X Boards optional, paving way for introduction of grading system for the CBSE. In this photo Ilana Jackson, left, and Jeremy Fierstien wear surgical masks during their wedding in Highland Park, Ill. The couple wore masks and latex gloves after finding out less than 48 hours before the wedding that they had swine flu. They decided to go ahead with the ceremony after doctors assured them guests wouldn't be put at serious risk. Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, accused of raping his maid, being taken to the court in Mumbai. Actor David Carradine, star of the 1970s TV series 'Kung Fu' whose career roared back to life when he played the assassin-turned-victim in Quentin Tarentino's Kill Bill, was found dead in Thailand. Brazil Navy sailors recover debris of the missing Air France Flight 447 from the Atlantic Ocean. Air France's flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people aboard vanished over the Atlantic ocean. All aboard died.
A supporter of main challenger and reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi hides her face using a poster of him as she waits in the stands at an election rally at the Heidarnia stadium in Tehran, Iran. Habib Tanvir RIP, (1923-2009) Switzerland's Roger Federer raises the trophy after defeating Sweden's Robin Soderling during their men's singles final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The victory gives Federer 14 Grand Slams, tying his career wins to American Pete Sampras. Displaced people line up as they wait for the daily food ration during a sand storm at the Chota Lahore refugee camp, at Swabi, in northwest Pakistan. The Pakistani armed forces have secured control over several key towns during the month-old campaign in the volatile northwestern region, but the fighting has uprooted some 3 million people and triggered suspected reprisal attacks elsewhere in the country. A man puffs a pipe on the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day in Allahabad - but then he may not be smoking tobacco. Bangladeshi women stand in a queue to receive relief material at the cyclone affected village of Nowabanki in Shatkhira, about 176 kilometers (110 miles) southwest of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Heavy rains caused deadly mudslides and slowed rescue efforts Wednesday after Cyclone Aila pounded eastern India and Bangladesh, killing at least 191 people. 
Cyclone 'Aila' hit people wait for relief packets being airdopped by Indian Air Force in Sundarbans in West Bengal. Canadian author Alice Munro, the revered Canadian short story writer, has won the Man Booker International Prize. The prize is awarded every two years to a living author for a body of work that has contributed to an achievement in fiction on the world stage. Munro, 78 beat a field that included Mahasweta Devi. Sant Niranjan Das is seen in his bed in a hospital in Vienna, Austria. Sant Niranjan Das and another preacher, Sant Rama Nand, underwent operations for gunshot wounds they suffered during an attack on a Gurudwara housed in a residential building of the working-class neighborhood of Vienna-Rudolfsheim on Sunday, May 24, 2009. The two priests were visiting Vienna from India, police said, adding they had held services in the same temple on numerous occasions over the past few years without any reported problems. Sant Rama Nand died around midnight on Sunday, Sant Niranjan Das in the meantime left the intensive care unit of the hospital. A farmer carries a bunch of crops destroyed by the heavy storm, at Kandhi, in Murshidabad district. Two persons have been killed and several injured as violence triggered by the killing of a Dera leader engulfed Punjab and parts of Haryana where protestors set afire train coaches, buses and clashed with police prompting authorities to impose curfew in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Phagwara and Hoshiarpur. Deccan Chargers players raise the victory trophy after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2009 Indian Premier League cricket final match in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prakash Mehra R.I.P<br>Filmmaker Prakash Mehra, 70, director of hits like <i>Mela</i>, but who will be remembered as the forger of Amitabh's rasping screen persona in <i>Zanjeer</i> and <i>Muqaddar Ka sikandar</i>. Rubina Ali, child actress from the Oscar-winning movie <i>Slumdog Millionaire</i>, stands inside her house as it is demolished by local authorities in Mumbai. Rubina and her co-star Azhar had an amazingly roller-coaster year as they went from their slums to the red carpet at the Oscar ceremonies and back to the heart-breaking, grim reality of their lives in Mumbai.  Both Rubina and Azhar were on the streets after their homes in the Garib Nagar slum in Bandra were pulled down by Western Railway officials. But finally there was something to cheer about: both the kids did get new homes, thanks to the state government and the trust set up by the filmmakers. A part of a Mumbai slum was demolished including the home of the <i>Slumdog Millionaire</i> child star, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail. Azhar was asleep in his shanty when a police officer woke him up and told him to leave, he said. Shortly after that, about 30 homes were bulldozed. In the photo: Azhar rides a bicycle past the demolished shanties in his neighborhood.
Pope Benedict XVI's frock flies up in the wind during a welcoming ceremony at the Mount Scopus helipad in Jerusalem. The Pope is on a five day visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. A firefighter works to put out a spot fire near Santa Barbara, California. Firefighters struggled to get ahead of a raging wildfire that was moving dangerously close to heavily populated areas in this idyllic coastal city. The fire's increasing strength prompted officials to order 6,000 more people to evacuate, pushing the total number of evacuated residents to at least 18,000. The Bachchans pose after casting their votes at a polling station in Mumbai. Seven-month-old Alexa Zuniga wears a surgical mask at the airport in Tijuana, Mexico. At least five people have been hospitalized with swine flu in the United States and deaths are likely. In Mexico, more than 150 deaths were believed to have been caused by swine flu.
Actor Feroz Khan, who made a place in the hearts of film lovers with his romantic portrayals in blockbusters like <i>Qurbani</i> and <i>Janbaaz</i>, died today after battling cancer for a year. The 69-year-old actor-filmmaker was being treated at a Mumbai hospital. The Government of Sri Lanka has decided that combat operations have reached their conclusion. Our security forces have been instructed to end the use of heavy calibre guns, combat aircraft and aerial fire which could cause civilian casualties, declared the Lankan government in a statement from the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Office. Movie star-turned-politician Chiranjeevi gestures as he speaks during an election campaign near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Chiranjeevi, the beloved hero of 149 adventure-romance films, has quickly become a political force since leaving Tollywood, the Telugu-language film industry that he ruled for three decades, to create his own party Praja Rajyam.

Postcript: As expected, he did act as a spoiler and the UPA gained thanks to him, as he cut into TDP/NDA voteshare. Before the year was out, however, he was to resign even his Assembly seat, protesting against the announcement of statehood for Telangana. Ah, so this is what Brian Lara does nowadays. At the newly re-named Obama Terrace, Hilton Trinidad, St Ann's, on Sunday, April 19. I always wanted to meet the Michael Jordan of cricket, is how President Obama greeted Lara. Outgoing Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami with the next CEC Navin Chawla and Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi in New Delhi. Gopalaswami retires today and Chawla will take charge on April 21, 2009.
Thousands of Tamil protesters gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London. British police say more than 2,000 people are protesting in front of Parliament, urging Britain to pressure Sri Lanka into halting its military assault on Tamil areas. Sri Lankan troops are trying to defeat Tamil Tiger rebels fighting to carve out an independent state on the Indian Ocean island off the coast of India. Congress president Sonia Gandhi is garlanded by party supporters during an election rally, in Allahabad Shane Warne seems to be getting a good feel of a 'Rajasthan Royal' as the team's coach & captain gives a thumbs up to the crowd during the IPL Gala Parade in Cape Town. US President Barack Obama is almost jerked off his feet as he shows off their new dog Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog with his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram escaped as a journalist Jarnail Singh hurled a shoe at him during a press conference at AICC headquarters in New Delhi. The journalist was protesting against Mr Chidambaram's clean-chit to Mr Jagdish Tytler, a 1984 accused.

Postscript: The shoe may have missed its mark physically, but it did hit home as the incident forced the Congress to drop two of the 1984 accused, Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar from contesting Lok Sabha elections

Pantaloons Femina Miss India World Pooja Chopra (C) along with Miss India Universe Ekta Choudhary (L) and Miss India Earth Shreya Kishore (R) in Mumbai. A child cries as she sits amidst the debris of her destroyed house at Baghabuda village in Kendrapara district of Orissa state, about 110 kilometers (68 miles) northwest of Bhubaneshwar. A tornado swept through a rural swath killing 10 people and injuring at least 200 others.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama at various places of worship in New Delhi. On the 50th anniversary of his arrival into exile in India, the Dalai Lama offered prayers in different places of worship of different faiths for peace in India and the happiness of its people.
Varun Gandhi greets his supporters as he comes out of a local court after he was arrested by the police, in Pilibhit. Actress Natasha Richardson, 45, died on Wednesday March 18, 2009 in New York after suffering an apparent head injury from a skiing accident in Canada. In this fie photo, Liam Neeson and his wife Natasha are seen at The Times BFI London Film Festival. The odd man out. LK Advani with senior leaders Jaswant Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley during the launch of party's IT vision in New Delhi.  Mr Jaitley's problems with Party President Rajnath Singh over the appointment of Sudhanshu Mittal, a businessman known as a fixer, as co-convener of North-East Affairs is well-known. Post Script: Many believed that this rift led to the party not doing as well as it could have. Before the year was out, Mr Rajnath Singh's term as party president had ended and Mr Jaitley was ensconced as the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha. Mr Jaswant Singh, of course, had been expelled from the party over l'affaire Jinnah, but there already was talk of his home-coming in the coming year. Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his century against New Zealand in the 3rd one day international cricket match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand. His 43rd ODI century was also his first in New Zealand, adding another feather in his super accomplished career hat. And last but not the least, A.R. Rahman who became the first Indian to win two Oscars for his music in <i>Slumdog Millionaire</i>. One for the soundtrack and the other for the best original song for the film's theme number <i>Jai Ho</i>, shared with noted lyricist Gulzar. Rahman had also received a nomination in the Best Song category for <i>O saya</i> in the film. British writer J.K. Rowling poses after she was awarded with the medal of Knight in the Legion of Honor order by French President Nicolas Sarkozy during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Barack Obama, left, joined by his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. A Palestinian woman reacts over relatives moments after they were killed in an Israeli missile strike outside their home in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. On January 7, Ramalinga Raju’s faxed confession heralded the new year-- a Rs 7000 crore fraud that turned out to be the biggest in India Inc's history. Postcript:
The year 2009 would eventually see the fall of Satyam and its resurrection as Mahindra Satyam. As the year progressed, the investigators into the scam themselves came under the scanner. R Vasudevan, member of Company Law Board, was arrested on graft charges by CBI. He was caught red-handed while accepting bribe of Rs 7 lakh for delivering a favourable decision
Jan 11, 2010
N. Gopalaswami vs Navin Chawla
CEC N. Gopalaswami took on CEC-in-waiting, Navin Chawla, saying the latter should be sacked for his Congress bias. Swami even took exception to Chawla’s frequent loo breaks during crucial EC meetings, alleging he was using the time-off to pass on information. But the man ultimately caved in, even posing for the cameras with his successor.

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Jan 11, 2010
Sock It To ’Em
The climate certainly changed for the worse—in Pilibhit and beyond—in the spell of one tempestuous campaign by a Gandhi.

- Tribhuvan Tiwari
Dec 29, 2009
Palestinians hold candles as they take part in a memorial ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of Israel's offensive in Gaza, in Gaza City.

- AP Photo
Dec 26, 2009
Police detain one of the activists of AIDWA during a protest demanding resignation of Andhra Pradesh Governor N D Tiwari, over his alleged involvement in a sexcapade, in Hyderabad. When a local TV channel telecast explicit clippings purportedly of the veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari, the 86-year old governor of Andhra Pradesh, in bed with three women, cynics said the sex-scandal had been engineered to divert attention from the Telangana issue. The footage was rejected by Raj Bhavan as fabricated and a "tissue of lies". The High Court was moved to stop further telecast. Opposition demanded that the 86-year-old Governor resign or be dismissed.

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Dec 25, 2009
When a local TV channel telecast explicit clippings purportedly of the veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari, the 86-year old governor of Andhra Pradesh, in bed with three women, cynics said the sex-scandal had been engineered to divert attention from the Telangana issue. The footage was rejected by Raj Bhavan as fabricated and a "tissue of lies". The High Court was moved to stop further telecast. Opposition demanded that the 86-year-old Governor resign or be dismissed.

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Dec 24, 2009
Protesters attack a vehicle of Telugu Desam party's legislative members during a strike to press the demands for the creation of a separate Telangana state at Osmania University campus , in Hyderabad.

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Dec 24, 2009
After being on top of the Test rankings, India did not wait for the year to end before they sealed off the One Day series against Sri Lanka with the help of chanceless centuries from Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, thus ensuring that they would go to their home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, with the series in the bag.

- AP Photo/Bikas Das
Dec 23, 2009
Kobad Ghandy
Doon School alumnus, CA from London, hailing from an affluent Parsi family; he gets a face after decades in the Maoist movement.

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Dec 23, 2009
Ravindra Jadeja
Unknown until the day he scored a painful 35-ball 25, with one four, during a desperate chase against England in the T20 World Cup. India lost.

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Dec 23, 2009
Jarnail Singh
Chidambaram ducked, but Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler could not.

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Dec 23, 2009
Kishanji
He may be Bengal's "Most wanted"but we don't know what the Maoist leader looks like.

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Dec 23, 2009
Susan Boyle
The frumpy, dumpy wonder-voice of England wowed globally. Then, she woke up.

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Dec 23, 2009
David Headley
American, Pakistani, Jew, immigration office owner, CIA double agent?

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Dec 23, 2009
Nitin Gadkari
Gadkari who? The RSS man was plucked out of obscurity to lead a young BJP.

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Dec 23, 2009
Freida Pinto
Anyone knew her earlier movies? Ask her quickly discarded boyfriend.

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Dec 19, 2009
Change in BJP leadership as LK Advani makes way for Nitin Gadkari after he was announced as the new BJP President. Outgoing President Rajnath Singh looks on.

- PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist
Dec 16, 2009
Marestella Torres of the Philippines competes in the women's long jump finals to win the gold medal at the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos.

- AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn
Dec 14, 2009
Police arrest Lagadapati Rajagopal, Congress MP from Vijayawada, who was preparing to begin a high-profile hunger strike to protest the splitting of the state, in Hyderabad. Most train and bus services resumed and businesses and schools reopened in Andhra Pradesh following three days of violent protests against the government's announcement to create a new state.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A
Dec 14, 2009
Naung Kya and Nyi Nyi Tun of Myanmar compete during the men's 10-meter platform synchronised diving finals at the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos.

- AP Photo/Wong Maye-E
Dec 14, 2009
Banged: Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi's season of woes continues. Facing trial for bribery, fraud, he gets a broken nose and teeth after being hit with a statuette.

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Dec 13, 2009
Gibraltar's Kaiane Aldorino won the Miss World 2009 contest in Johannesburg, South Africa.

- AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam
Dec 13, 2009
Detained demonstrators are seen lined up on a street in Copenhagen. Thousands of protesters marched through Copenhagen calling for tough action from the UN climate conference.

- AP Photo/Thibault Camus
Dec 13, 2009
RIP Paul A. Samuelson. A Nobel laureate and one of the leading economists of the 20th century, died at his home in Belmont, Mass. He was 94.

- AP Photo/Bob Child, File
Dec 12, 2009
Boxer Suranjoy Singh wins India's first gold at the President's Cup. The Manipuri flyweight is also 'Boxer of the Tournament'. He beat France's Nordine Oobali (8-1) for the gold.

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Dec 10, 2009
Supporters of the Telangana movement at Osmania University in Hyderabad celebrate after the central government's decision to initiate the process of creating a separate Telangana state.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.
Dec 10, 2009
Activists of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front shout freedom slogans as they carry torches during a protest rally to mark International Human Rights Day in Srinagar.

- AP Photo/Dar Yasin
Dec 10, 2009
RIP, Dileep Chitre. The 70 year old, fiery bilingual poet (Marathi and English), filmmaker (Godan), '60s little magazine pioneer. Eku Kavita, Travelling in the Cage are major anthologies

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Dec 09, 2009
The foot of a polar bear is pictured under water at a zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Polar bears became a symbol for climate change, that threaten the natural habitat of the endangered white giants.

- AP Photo/Martin Meissner
Dec 09, 2009
President's IAF chopper takes off from Puri helipad. President Pratibha Patil had a close shave after the blades of her chopper grazed a wall while landing at Bhubaneswar.

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Dec 08, 2009
Nicolas Sarkozy voiced sympathy for Switzerland's controversial decision to ban the building of Muslim minarets, calling on religious practitioners to avoid "ostentation" and "provocation" for fear of upsetting others. "Christians, Jews, Muslims, all believers regardless of their faith, must refrain from ostentation and provocation and ... practise their religion in humble discretion."

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Dec 08, 2009
Corruption in higher judiciary remained in news through the year. Finally, a petition seeking impeachment proceedings against beleaguered Karnataka High Court Chief Justice PD Dinakaran was moved by as many as 76 Rajya Sabha members.

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Dec 07, 2009
Sikhs protest against Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan chief Ashutosh Maharaj during the Punjab Band, in Amritsar.

- PTI Photo
Dec 07, 2009
Ratan Tata poses during the launch of the company's nanotech water purifier 'Tata Swatch', in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar
Dec 06, 2009
On top of the world Test rankings! Indian team after winning the third cricket test match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. India played just six Tests in the year, and only three overseas – which caused indignation around the cricketing world, which detected in this a conspiracy by the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to starve and murder Test cricket, to make room for the lucrative T20 leagues. Along with celebrations, the news also raised howls of protest from people horrified by the possibility that India would lose the No. 1 ranking without being able to defend it.

- AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Dec 06, 2009
Yesteryear actress Bina Rai, 78, passed away. Hers was the Regal face that adorned hit period musicals like Anarkali and Taj Mahal of the B&W era. She married actor Prem Nath.

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Dec 03, 2009
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with Leader of Opposition and senior BJP leader LK Advani after offering floral tributes to Dr Rajendra Prasad's portrait on his 125th birth anniversary, inside the Parliament, in New Delhi. In the lead-up to the election, of course, their choice of words for each other had been anything but cordial. A sampler:

Manmohan Singh on LKA: "I am not a sloganeer. I will readily concede that my opponents make more rousing speeches. But unlike the NDA's prime ministerial candidate I will not be found weeping in a corner while hoodlums tear down a centuries-old mosque. Nor will I be found wringing my hands in frustration while one of my chief ministers condones a pogrom targeted at minorities."

And here's LKA on the PM: 'Kaisa nikamma pradhan mantri hai, kaisa nikamma netritva hai (how worthless is the prime minister and the political leadership)'' "You have a situation in which the prime minister holds office but has no authority and the person who has authority has no accountability."

- PTI Photo/Kamal Singh

Dec 03, 2009
Mr Modi in a new avatar posing for touristy pics! The Gujarat CM poses at sun set during the Rann festival in Kutch desert.

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Dec 02, 2009
Victims of the Bhopal gas disaster shout slogans during a torch light procession on the eve of 25th anniversary of the disaster, in Bhopal.

- PTI Photo
Dec 01, 2009
Swiss voters approved a move to ban the construction of minarets in a vote on a right-wing initiative that labelled the mosque towers as symbols of militant Islam.

- AP Photo/Keystone, Alessandro Della Bella
Nov 30, 2009
Army too was embroiled in corruption this year as the land scam made headlines. The controversy revolves around a piece of land next to the army's 33 Corps Headquarters in Siliguri in West Bengal.

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Nov 29, 2009
Rachel Uchitel gets into a car in front of her home in New York. The National Enquirer published a story alleging that golfer Tiger Woods, who had a car accident near his home on Friday, had been seeing the New York night club hostess, and that they recently were together in Melbourne, where Woods competed in the Australian Masters. Uchitel denied having an affair with Woods when contacted by the Associated Press.

- AP Photo/Afton Almaraz
Nov 28, 2009
Photo released by the White House, shows President Barack Obama greeting Michaele and Tareq Salahi, right, at a State Dinner hosted by Obama for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House in Washington. The Secret Service is looking into its own security procedures after determining that the uninvited Virginia couple managed to slip into the dinner.

- AP Photo/The White House, Samantha Appleton
Nov 28, 2009
The triple-deck ferry, M.V. Coco, floats after it tipped and its rear portion sank in the Tetulia River late Friday near the coastal town of Bhola, 64 miles (104 kilometers) south of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

- AP Photo Firoz Ahmed, File
Nov 27, 2009
Three-year-old Moshe pays tribute to his parents Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and Rivka who were killed during 26/11 attack on Chabad House in Mumbai, a year ago.

- PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar
Nov 25, 2009
US President Barack Obama makes a toast with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

- AP Photo/Susan Walsh
Nov 25, 2009
President Pratibha Patil being strapped before flying in Sukhoi-30MKI of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Pune. President Pratibha Patil created history by becoming the first woman president to fly in a fighter jet.

- PTI Photo/Shirish Shete
Nov 25, 2009
US President Barack Obama leaves with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

- PTI Photo/Subhash Chander Malhotra
Nov 25, 2009
England's Alfie Burden kisses the winners cup after beating Brazil's Igor Figueiredo in the men's final of the World Snooker Championship, in Hyderabad.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A
Nov 23, 2009
Leader of the Opposition L K Advani reads a newspaper report on the Liberhan Commission in Lok Sabha, which led to a furore over the issue of an alleged leakage of the report published in the newspaper.

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Nov 22, 2009
Actress Shilpa Shetty and London based businessman Raj Kundra pose for the media after their marriage ceremony in Khandala.

- AP Photo
Nov 21, 2009
Wither freedom of press? This time it was Shiv Sena activists, in Mumbai, vandalising the office of IBN-Lokmat.

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Nov 19, 2009
PM Manmohan Singh seen with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition LK Advani after they offered tributes to Indira Gandhi on her 92nd birth anniversary, inside the Parliament in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Atul Yadav
Nov 19, 2009
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai waves as he greets the guards of honour upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace for his inauguration in Kabul, Afghanistan for a second five-year term.

- AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus
Nov 19, 2009
Johnny Depp was named People magazine's "sexiest man alive" for a second time, joining an elite club of double honorees that includes George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

- AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File
Nov 19, 2009
Thirty four years on, Mujibur Rahman's killers were sentenced to death. The Bangladesh founding father and later 'president-for-life' was victim of an army coup.

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Nov 19, 2009
A Supreme Court panel indicted the Bellary Reddy brothers' firm OMC for illegal mining in unalloted forest areas on the AP-Karnataka border. All activity to be suspended.

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Nov 17, 2009
A police officer shows the copy of terror suspect David Coleman Headley's passport.

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Nov 15, 2009
Swami Prasad Maurya stoops to touch the feet of UP Chief Minister Mayawati, after he administered oath of office at the Raj Bhawan, in Lucknow.

- PTI Photo/Nand Kumar
Nov 14, 2009
US swimmer Michael Phelps prepares for a men's 200 meters Butterfly heat at the FINA short course swimming World Cup in Berlin.

- AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File
Nov 11, 2009
A keeper glove is seen surrounded by candles in a mourning area in front the soccer stadium in Hanover, Germany. Robert Enke, the Hannover 96 and Germany's national team goalkeeper, was struck and killed by a train, in what police called an apparent suicide. He was 32.

- AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach
Nov 11, 2009
A boy sits on a fishing boat in Mumbai. Cyclone Phyan weakened by evening and bypassed Mumbai. Most of about 600 stranded fishermen in Gujarat and Daman also returned safely.

- AP Photo/Dhiraj Singh
Nov 08, 2009
Ashley Wagner of the United States performs during the exhibition skating of the NHK Trophy Figure Skating competition in Nagano, central Japan

- AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
Nov 07, 2009
Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa sobbed on TV and blamed the 'dissident' Reddy brothers for all the turmoil that happened.

- PTI /Courtesy NDTV
Nov 06, 2009
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post, in a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded in the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in the United States.

- AP Photo
Nov 06, 2009
Claude Levi-Strauss, 100, iconic anthropologist and a pioneer of the leading intellectual style of the last century: structuralism passed away. Classics: The Savage Mind, Trites Tropiques.

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Nov 05, 2009
A burned UN bullet proofed vest and a helmet are seen in the destroyed guesthouse that left five UN staffers dead in Kabul, Afghanistan. UN is temporarily relocating more than half of its international staff in Afghanistan following the deadly Taliban attack.

- AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe
Nov 04, 2009
Smoke billowing out of the IOC depot for the 7th consecutive day in Sitapur, Jaipur.

- PTI Photo
Nov 04, 2009
Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi exits the Inya Lake Hotel after meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, partially seen behind her, in Yangon, Myanmar. Campbell met Suu Kyi in a visit that marked the highest-ranking talks between an American and Myanmar's detained leader in 14 years.

- AP Photo/Khin Maung Win
Nov 02, 2009
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy listen to the hospital staff as they visit the Paoli-Calmettes Institute in Marseille, southern France. Sarkozy unveiled France's second national plan against cancer.

- AP Photo/Jean Paul Pelissier, Pool
Oct 31, 2009
A cloud of flames billows out of the Indian Oil Depot, on fire for the third consecutive day, in the Sitapura area of Jaipur.

- PTI Photo
Oct 29, 2009
Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor with designer Rohit Bal at the Grand Finale of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore
Oct 29, 2009
Sports stars and legends clap during Queen's Baton relay ceremony at London's Buckingham Palace. The ceremony starts the countdown to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. From left: Abhinav Bindra, British cricketer Monty Panesar, Kapil Dev, Sania Mirza, five times National ladies squash champion Misha Soni and 1958 Commonwealth 400m gold medal winner Milkha Singh.

- PTI Photo/Subhav Shukla
Oct 28, 2009
A day after RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said, "As far as BJP is concerned, whatever surgery, medicine, chemotherapy is essential for them, it has to be diagnosed by them," he clarified that he had never meant the party needed chemotherapy. "I did not say chemotherapy is needed (by BJP) but you know what happens in the media. Now I do not even want to clarify..."

Post-Script: Whether he does or not, the fact remained that as the year grinds to a close, the domination of the BJP organisation by the Sangh seems complete with Nitin Gadkari's appointment as the party president. But the Advani camp has not given up, as far as the legislative party is concerned, by managing to wrest the position of Chairman for Mr Advani and his hand-picked Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj being appointed as leaders of opposition in Rajya and Lok Sabha respectively.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup

Oct 28, 2009
David Shepherd RIP
The very popular former English test cricket umpire died of cancer. He was 68. In this last ever international match he officiated, Shepherd performs his trademark standing on one leg as England reach 111 runs during their ODI match against Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London. Shepherd had a superstitious habit of standing on one leg when a team reached certain scores.

- AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File
Oct 27, 2009
The Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express at Banstala near Jhargram in West Midnapore district after two of its drivers were kidnapped by PCPA activists demanding an immediate release of their leader Chatradhar Mahato.

- PTI Photo
Oct 27, 2009
President Prathibha Devi Singh Patil talks with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during welcoming ceremonies at Windsor Castle, Windosor, England.

- AP Photo/Leon Neal, pool
Oct 26, 2009
Construction site of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi as of Oct '09. India lags way behind the schedule to meet Commonwealth Games standards, and as the date nears the Delhi Govt is busy racking brains to meet the deadline and save faces at the same time.

- PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist
Oct 26, 2009
Sushmita Sen walks the ramp for designer Sanjana Jon at the Wills Life Style India Fashion Week.

- Sanjay Rawat/Outlook
Oct 24, 2009
NSW Blues captain SM Katich holds the winning trophy after his team victory over Trinidad & Tobago in their Champions League Twenty20 cricket match at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, in Hyderabad.

- PTI Photo
Oct 23, 2009
Atindranath Datta, officer-in-charge of Sankrail police station who was abducted by Maoists speaks to media surrounded by the armed guerillas after his release at West Midnapore in West Bengal .

- PTI Photo
Oct 22, 2009
Raj Thackeray-led MNS made its maiden foray in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, playing spoiler for the Shiv Sena-BJP Combine. NCP-Congress had much to thank him and his party for their doing well in the Lok Sabha polls too.

- Apoorva Salkade/Outlook
Oct 18, 2009
Brawn GP's Jenson Button, of Britain celebrates with mechanics after Button won the Formula One World championship by finishing fifth during Brazil's Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo.

- AP Photo/ Martin Rickett
Oct 12, 2009
A family look out from their flooded house in Pungo village, northern Philippines. The nationwide death toll since Sept.26 back-to-back storms started pounding the northern Philippines is more than 600.

- AP Photo/Kin Cheung
Oct 09, 2009
The first image of the moon taken from the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Two NASA spacecrafts are barrelling towards the moon at twice the speed of a bullet, about to crash into a lunar crater in a search for ice.

- AP Photo/NASA
Oct 09, 2009
Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda was in news for alleged money laundering, diversion of state funds and making huge hitherto unheard of illegal investments abroad running into crores of rupees. He is the first chief minister and high-profile politician to have been booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) along with eight others including three of his cabinet colleagues.

- AP Photo
Oct 08, 2009
A resident salvages what he can from the debris of his destroyed home in Chickmanchal village. Thousands of south Indians displaced by a week of flooding trickled back to their homes and farms to survey the damage left by a natural disaster that killed hundreds of people.

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Oct 08, 2009
German writer Herta Mueller holds a news conference in Berlin, Germany after she won the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature.

- AP Photo/Michael Sohn
Oct 07, 2009
Hilary Mantel has won the 2009 Man Booker prize for her fiction ' Wolf Hall ', a tale of political intrigue set during the reign of King Henry VIII . Mantel's novel charts the upheaval caused by the king's desire to marry Anne Boleyn, as seen through the eyes of royal adviser Thomas Cromwell. Mantel's novel beat stiff competition from a shortlist that included previous Booker winners A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee. The winner receives a prize of 52,500 pounds.

- AP Photo/ Alastair Grant
Oct 06, 2009
A temple is partially submerged as water gushes out of the Nagarjuna Sagar dam, in Andhra Pradesh. Thousands of government troops and relief workers fanned out across huge swathes devastated by flooding that has left more than 250 people dead and displaced millions.

- AP Photo
Oct 06, 2009
Eight-year-old Laxmi, dressed in bridal finery seen, before her marriage ceremony in Rajgarh, Madhya Pradesh. More than a third of the world's child brides are from India, leaving children at an increased risk of exploitation despite the country's growing modernity and economic wealth, according to a UNICEF report.

- AP Photo/Prakash Hatval
Oct 05, 2009
The Montblanc limited-edition commemorative fountain pen launched in honour of Mahatma Gandhi by German luxury penmaker Montblanc International GMBH. Use of Mahatma Gandhi's name and picture on the Rs 14 lakh pen has stirred a controversy amid reports that a Foundation run by his great-grandson Tushar Gandhi had allowed the commercial use of the images. The launch came just in time for the 140th anniversary of the birth of the Mahatma, the man who shunned foreign-made products.

- AP Photo
Oct 03, 2009
A view of the submerged Kurnool town in Andhra Pradesh. The worst rains and floods in parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have left 172 dead as authorities today intensified rescue efforts with army troops backed by IAF helicopters shifting marooned villagers from rooftops to safer areas.

- PTI Photo
Oct 02, 2009
A woman being helped in an inundated area in Kurnool town in Andhra Pradesh. Flood situation remains grim in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

- PTI Photo
Oct 01, 2009
A man walks past by a building damaged by earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. A second earthquake with a 6.8 magnitude rocked western Indonesia, a day after the region was devastated by an undersea quake of 7.6 magnitude.

- AP Photo/Dita Alangkara
Sep 30, 2009
Devastation on a hillside in Pago after a powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa, flooding and flattening villages, killing at least 82 people and leaving dozens missing.

- AP Photo/Ardie Roque
Sep 28, 2009
Mother of Neelofer Jan at the graveyard during the exhumation of her daughter's body and that of 17-year-old Asiya, in Shopian. Post Script: The Shopian case had all the markings of a murky, grisly and politically explosive crime; its Rashomon-like nature kept the volatile Kashmir Valley into months of violent protests and political turmoil. In May, two young women, Asiya and Neelofar Jan were found dead in a stream flanked by military and police camps. Local doctors who performed autopsies said that they had been raped and murdered. By security forces. J&K government said its findings showed they had drowned. Eventually, after a magisterial enquiry failed to satisfy the protesters, the CBI was called in. The bodies were exhumed, fresh autopsies and three months of intensive investigation revealed the women did in fact drown. The doctors who did the initial autopsies not only lied about their findings but also fudged and planted evidence, the CBI charged. But the people, with their mistrust of the administration, refuse to accept the findings and charge it of a cover-up.

- PTI Photo/S Irfan
Sep 28, 2009
Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist, language expert and former White House speechwriter William Safire has died. He was 79. He had been diagnosed with cancer. In the photo: Former US President George W. Bush bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom to William Safire.

- AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File
Sep 28, 2009
A Jordanian veiled woman is seen in Amman.

- AP Photo/Mohammad abu Ghosh
Sep 27, 2009
Polish-born film director Roman Polanski has been taken into custody on a 31-year-old U.S. arrest warrant. The Zurich Film Festival organizers said Polanski was apprehended on an American request for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. Authorities in Los Angeles consider Polanski a convicted felon and a fugitive, and Switzerland says there has been an international warrant out on him since 2005.

- AP Photo/Michel Euler, File
Sep 25, 2009
US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and wife Gursharan Kaur, as they arrive for the G-20 summit dinner in Pittsburgh.

- AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
Sep 25, 2009
Actor Shiney Ahuja, accused of raping his maid, being taken away by the police after he was produced before a sessions court in Mumbai. The court directed the authorities of the Arthur Jail, where the actor is languishing, to provide him medical relief after the actor complained of acute back pain.

- PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar
Sep 18, 2009
Mayawati's penchant for building statues, at a stupendous cost (of more than Rs 2,000 crore) to the exchequer, led her to considerable legal trouble. The Supreme Court called it a waste of public funds, but the lady was unmoved. Meanwhile, the UPA remained busy naming various public and government schemes after the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty icons.

- Nirala Tripathi
Sep 15, 2009
Patrick Swayze RIP
The hunky actor who danced his way into moviegoers' hearts with "Dirty Dancing" and then broke them with "Ghost," died after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

- AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file
Sep 13, 2009
"Borlaug's life and achievement are testimony to the far-reaching contribution that one man's towering intellect, persistence and scientific vision can make to human peace and progress", said PM Manmohan condoling the death of Nobel Peace prize winner Norman Borlaug. The agricultural scientist who contributed immensely towards India's Green Revolution, was 95.

- AP Photo/James A. Finley
Sep 09, 2009
Daria Kondakova of Russia performs with the ribbon during the qualifying round at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Ise, central Japan.

- AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
Sep 07, 2009
Ace cueist Pankaj Advani today became the second Indian to win the World Professional Billiards Championship title when he outsmarted defending champion Mike Russell 2030-1253 in the final.

- File Photo
Sep 04, 2009
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi console Vijaya Lakshmi, the wife of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy who died in a chopper crash.

- PTI Photo
Sep 02, 2009
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy died in a tragic chopper crash. Postscript: His son Jagan organised unprecedented protests lobbying for his appointment as his father's replacement. Sundry deaths in the state were passed off as suicides by YSR supporters wanted Jagan installed as the CM. Before the year was out, the Telangana protests -- for and against -- had shown how bereft of leadership YSR's death left the Congress at the state level.

- File Photo
Sep 02, 2009
Small ice figures are seen on the stairs of Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, Germany, as part of an art project by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). One thousand ice figures by Brasilian artist Nele Azevedo were melting within 30 minutes symbolizing the effect of global warming.

- AP Photo/Maya Hitij
Sep 02, 2009
An investor yawns as he looks at a stock price monitor at a private securities company in Shanghai, China.

- AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko
Aug 31, 2009
Deep Joshi , a 2009 Ramon Magsaysay awardee, receives his medallion and citation from Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno during awarding ceremony Manila. The awards, which come with a medallion and US$50,000, is given annually to "Asia's Heroes" in honour of the late Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay. Joshi was cited for "Nurturing head and heart to combat poverty: The PRADAN story".

- AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
Aug 30, 2009
Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, winner, right, and second place Force India driver Giancarlo Fisichella of Italy, celebrate with champagne on the podium after the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium.

- AP Photo/Luca Bruno
Aug 30, 2009
A United States Forest Service air tanker drops fire retardant next to a line of fire as the Station fire burns in the hills above a home in Acton, California.

- AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
Aug 26, 2009
In this 1962 file photo, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, center, poses with his brothers U. S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, left, and President John F. Kennedy at the White House in Washington.

- AP Photo, File
Aug 26, 2009
In this Jan. 28, 2008 file photo, then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama smiles with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy during a rally at American University in Washington where Kennedy endorsed Obama. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate, has died after battling a brain tumor.

- AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File
Aug 25, 2009
Les Paul, 94, a seminal figure in music. He invented the solid-body electric guitar, the basis of the rock 'n roll sound. Also a master jazz guitarist and relentless studio innovator.

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Aug 20, 2009
Lockerbie airline bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi walks on to his airplane accompanied by Libyan officials at Glasgow International Airport. Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced the release, freeing the terminally ill Lockerbie bomber from prison on compassionate grounds.

- AP Photo/Scott Heppell
Aug 14, 2009
Dave Luebke holds a photo of the Number One Archie Comic Book that he is selling at his shop in Richmond, Va. When Luebke heard that after 67 years, the carrot-topped everyman of the comic world, Archie, was proposing to va-va-voomy rich girl Veronica instead of girl-next-door Betty, he decided to protest by selling his copy of the series' rare first issue.

- AP Photo/Steve Helber
Aug 13, 2009
Saina Nehwal reacts after her victory over Bulgaria's Petya Nedelcheva during the World Badminton Championship in Hyderabad.

- AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.
Aug 11, 2009
F1 legend Michael Schumacher from Germany is seen during a test session at the Catalonia racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain. Schumacher called off his much-anticipated Formula One comeback because of lingering injuries from a motorcycling crash earlier this year. The seven-time world champion was to fill in for injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa and hoped to return at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain, later this month.

- AP Photo/David Ramos, file
Aug 11, 2009
Sarab village resident Raihan comforts her 1-year-old son after having an early morning opium smoke with family members in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. Raihan was addicted to opium while pregnant with her son, making him an addict at birth. "When he was born, he would cry day and night. But when she blows smoke in his face, he sleeps," said her father Islam Beg. In dozens of mountain hamlets in this remote corner of Afghanistan, opium addiction has become so entrenched that entire families - from toddlers to old men - are addicts.

- AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
Aug 10, 2009
Children wearing masks, sing in their classroom, in Mumbai. Shiv Sena distributed masks in schools as a preventive measure against swine flu. The nationwide death toll has gone up to seven.

- AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Aug 10, 2009
The wreckage of a helicopter is lifted by crane from the Hudson River and placed on a boat as seen from Hoboken, N.J. Divers recovered a piece of a submerged helicopter and a fifth body as investigators searched the Hudson River for wreckage from the helicopter and a small plane that collided in midair, killing nine people.

- AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Aug 09, 2009
A giant column of dark smoke rises more than 20,000 feet into the air, after the second atomic bomb ever used in warfare explodes over the Japanese port and town of Nagasaki, in this Aug. 9, 1945 file photo. Dropped by the U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 plane "Bockscar," the bomb killed more than 70,000 people instantly, with ten thousands dying later from effects of the radioactive fallout. This photo was made 3 minutes after the atom bomb struck Nagasaki.

- AP Photo/USAF, File
Aug 05, 2009
Euna Lee, left, and Laura Ling, two American journalists who were arrested in March after allegedly crossing into North Korea from China, are greeted by Michael Saldate and Ian Clayton, the respective husbands and Lee's daughter, Hana, after the two arrive at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California.

- AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File
Aug 03, 2009
Subhash Chakraborty, Sports Minister of West Bengal, died after a brief illness. In this file photo he is seen with former Chief Minister and veteran CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu on the occasion of latter's 96th birthday in Kolkata on Wednesday, 7/8/2009.

- PTI Photo
Jul 29, 2009
Maharani Gayatari Devi, RIP (1919-2009)

- File Photo, Roli
Jul 28, 2009
Leela Naidu, RIP. In a still from her first film Anuradha

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Jul 25, 2009
The Japanese team performs during the team free final of the synchronized swimming, at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Rome.

- AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File
Jul 21, 2009
Gangubai Hangal at her residence

- Srikanth Kolari
Jul 20, 2009
One step on moon and a giant step for mankind. In this photo released by NASA shows astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. posing for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. Aldrin and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the lunar surface with temperatures ranging from 243 degrees above to 279 degrees below zero. Astronaut Michael Collins flew the command module. The trio was launched to the moon by a Saturn V launch vehicle at 9:32 a.m. EDT, July 16, 1969. They departed the moon July 21, 1969. America had beaten the Soviet Union in the race for moon exploration.

- AP Photo/NASA, Neil Armstrong, File
Jul 12, 2009
Eun Hee Ji, of South Korea, is doused with champagne after winning the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.

- AP Photo/Mel Evans
Jul 11, 2009
Tennis star Sania Mirza is seen with her childhood friend and fiance Sohrab Mirza,left, after their engagement ceremony, in Hyderabad.

- AP Photo/Family Hand Out
Jul 09, 2009
Participants dance as they hold a placard demanding the dropping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that makes homosexuality illegal, during a gay parade in New Delhi. Supreme Court agreed to hear a petition by an astrologer who is seeking to annul last week's landmark ruling by a lower court to decriminalize homosexuality. The latest development indicated that despite a recent Delhi High Court ruling, gays still face a long battle to gain acceptance, social and legal, in this deeply conservative country where even heterosexual sex is talked about in hushed tones.

- AP Photo/Gurinder Osan
Jul 06, 2009
Federer became tennis's greatest men's champion, watched by a legion of champions, as he beat Andy Roddick 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 in four hours and 16 minutes to claim his sixth Wimbledon crown. It was also a record 15th Grand Slam title for the Swiss master, overhauling the total of Pete Sampras who was in the Royal Box along with fellow legends Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver.

- AP Photo/Bob Martin, AELTC
Jul 06, 2009
The Jag Leaps
Two British icons, the Jaguar and Land Rover, officially launched here by Tata recently, had many walking a little prouder. But does it make business sense? After all, the luxury car segment in India is less than 1 per cent. And with the oil prices heading north, will these gas-guzzlers hit it off? Mr Tata, perhaps it’s time to pitch for the Reva?

- Apoorva Salkade
Jul 06, 2009
Real Madrid new soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal waves to fans during his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. After a three-year wait, 80,000 Real Madrid fans gave Cristiano Ronaldo a roaring welcome following his record transfer from Manchester United.

- AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano
Jul 01, 2009
Mumbaikars move on the newly inaugurated Bandra-Worli sea link bridge, in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo
Jun 26, 2009
It is ironic that the singer, who became one of the richest entertainers at his career's peak, died in debt just weeks before his comeback shows.

- AP Photo
Jun 25, 2009
Family members of Sarabjit Singh who has been awarded death sentence in Pakistan stand out side their house at Bhikhiwind. Sarabjit Singh has been on death row in a jail in Lahore, Pakistan for 18 years on a conviction of spying and involvement in bombings that killed 27 people in 1990.

- PTI Photo
Jun 25, 2009
Farrah Fawcett, the 1970s "It Girl", died of cancer in Los Angeles aged 62. She was best known for starring in Charlie's Angels, and in later years for hard-hitting TV and stage roles. Her battle with cancer was chronicled in the television documentary Farrah's Story earlier this year. Her long-term partner, actor Ryan O'Neal, with whom she had a son, recently told Barbara Walters, "I've asked her to marry me, again, and she's agreed." But then life's just a four letter word.

- AP Photo, file
Jun 25, 2009
No more board exams for Class X. In a radical move to revamp the education system and to de-traumatise the students, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal made Class X Boards optional, paving way for introduction of grading system for the CBSE.

- Tribhuvan Tiwari
Jun 20, 2009
In this photo Ilana Jackson, left, and Jeremy Fierstien wear surgical masks during their wedding in Highland Park, Ill. The couple wore masks and latex gloves after finding out less than 48 hours before the wedding that they had swine flu. They decided to go ahead with the ceremony after doctors assured them guests wouldn't be put at serious risk.

- AP Photo/Duhon Studio Photography, Sukit Subanersanti
Jun 15, 2009
Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, accused of raping his maid, being taken to the court in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar
Jun 14, 2009
Actor David Carradine, star of the 1970s TV series 'Kung Fu' whose career roared back to life when he played the assassin-turned-victim in Quentin Tarentino's "Kill Bill, "was found dead in Thailand.

- AP Photo/Ric Francis, File
Jun 09, 2009
Brazil Navy sailors recover debris of the missing Air France Flight 447 from the Atlantic Ocean. Air France's flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people aboard vanished over the Atlantic ocean. All aboard died.

- AP Photo/Brazil's Air Force
Jun 09, 2009
A supporter of main challenger and reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi hides her face using a poster of him as she waits in the stands at an election rally at the Heidarnia stadium in Tehran, Iran.

- AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File
Jun 08, 2009
Habib Tanvir RIP, (1923-2009)

- Narendra Bisht
Jun 07, 2009
Switzerland's Roger Federer raises the trophy after defeating Sweden's Robin Soderling during their men's singles final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The victory gives Federer 14 Grand Slams, tying his career wins to American Pete Sampras.

- AP Photo/Bernat Armangue
Jun 03, 2009
Displaced people line up as they wait for the daily food ration during a sand storm at the Chota Lahore refugee camp, at Swabi, in northwest Pakistan. The Pakistani armed forces have secured control over several key towns during the month-old campaign in the volatile northwestern region, but the fighting has uprooted some 3 million people and triggered suspected reprisal attacks elsewhere in the country.

- AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
May 31, 2009
A man puffs a pipe on the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day in Allahabad - but then he may not be smoking tobacco.

- PTI Photo
May 29, 2009
Bangladeshi women stand in a queue to receive relief material at the cyclone affected village of Nowabanki in Shatkhira, about 176 kilometers (110 miles) southwest of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Heavy rains caused deadly mudslides and slowed rescue efforts Wednesday after Cyclone Aila pounded eastern India and Bangladesh, killing at least 191 people.

- AP Photo/Pavel Rahman
May 28, 2009
Cyclone 'Aila' hit people wait for relief packets being airdopped by Indian Air Force in Sundarbans in West Bengal.

- PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik
May 27, 2009
Canadian author Alice Munro, the revered Canadian short story writer, has won the Man Booker International Prize. The prize is awarded every two years to a living author for a body of work that has contributed to an achievement in fiction on the world stage. Munro, 78 beat a field that included Mahasweta Devi.

- AP Photo/Paul Hawthorne, File
May 26, 2009
Sant Niranjan Das is seen in his bed in a hospital in Vienna, Austria. Sant Niranjan Das and another preacher, Sant Rama Nand, underwent operations for gunshot wounds they suffered during an attack on a Gurudwara housed in a residential building of the working-class neighborhood of Vienna-Rudolfsheim on Sunday, May 24, 2009. The two priests were visiting Vienna from India, police said, adding they had held services in the same temple on numerous occasions over the past few years without any reported problems. Sant Rama Nand died around midnight on Sunday, Sant Niranjan Das in the meantime left the intensive care unit of the hospital.

- AP Photo/Austrian Police
May 26, 2009
A farmer carries a bunch of crops destroyed by the heavy storm, at Kandhi, in Murshidabad district.

- PTI photo
May 25, 2009
Two persons have been killed and several injured as violence triggered by the killing of a Dera leader engulfed Punjab and parts of Haryana where protestors set afire train coaches, buses and clashed with police prompting authorities to impose curfew in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Phagwara and Hoshiarpur.

- AP Photo
May 24, 2009
Deccan Chargers players raise the victory trophy after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2009 Indian Premier League cricket final match in Johannesburg, South Africa.

- AP Photo/Aman Sharma
May 24, 2009
Prakash Mehra R.I.P
Filmmaker Prakash Mehra, 70, director of hits like Mela, but who will be remembered as the forger of Amitabh's rasping screen persona in Zanjeer and Muqaddar Ka sikandar.

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May 20, 2009
Rubina Ali, child actress from the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, stands inside her house as it is demolished by local authorities in Mumbai. Rubina and her co-star Azhar had an amazingly roller-coaster year as they went from their slums to the red carpet at the Oscar ceremonies and back to the heart-breaking, grim reality of their lives in Mumbai. Both Rubina and Azhar were on the streets after their homes in the Garib Nagar slum in Bandra were pulled down by Western Railway officials. But finally there was something to cheer about: both the kids did get new homes, thanks to the state government and the trust set up by the filmmakers.

- AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
May 14, 2009
A part of a Mumbai slum was demolished including the home of the Slumdog Millionaire child star, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail. Azhar was asleep in his shanty when a police officer woke him up and told him to leave, he said. Shortly after that, about 30 homes were bulldozed. In the photo: Azhar rides a bicycle past the demolished shanties in his neighborhood.

- AP Photo/Gautam Singh
May 11, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI's frock flies up in the wind during a welcoming ceremony at the Mount Scopus helipad in Jerusalem. The Pope is on a five day visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

- AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill
May 08, 2009
A firefighter works to put out a spot fire near Santa Barbara, California. Firefighters struggled to get ahead of a raging wildfire that was moving dangerously close to heavily populated areas in this idyllic coastal city. The fire's increasing strength prompted officials to order 6,000 more people to evacuate, pushing the total number of evacuated residents to at least 18,000.

- AP Photo/Chris Carlson
Apr 30, 2009
The Bachchans pose after casting their votes at a polling station in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar
Apr 29, 2009
Seven-month-old Alexa Zuniga wears a surgical mask at the airport in Tijuana, Mexico. At least five people have been hospitalized with swine flu in the United States and deaths are likely. In Mexico, more than 150 deaths were believed to have been caused by swine flu.

- AP Photo/Guillermo Arias
Apr 27, 2009
Actor Feroz Khan, who made a place in the hearts of film lovers with his romantic portrayals in blockbusters like Qurbani and Janbaaz, died today after battling cancer for a year. The 69-year-old actor-filmmaker was being treated at a Mumbai hospital.

- File Photo
Apr 27, 2009
"The Government of Sri Lanka has decided that combat operations have reached their conclusion. Our security forces have been instructed to end the use of heavy calibre guns, combat aircraft and aerial fire which could cause civilian casualties," declared the Lankan government in a statement from the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Office.

- AP Photo/ Sanath Priyantha
Apr 26, 2009
Movie star-turned-politician Chiranjeevi gestures as he speaks during an election campaign near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Chiranjeevi, the beloved hero of 149 adventure-romance films, has quickly become a political force since leaving Tollywood, the Telugu-language film industry that he ruled for three decades, to create his own party Praja Rajyam. Postcript: As expected, he did act as a spoiler and the UPA gained thanks to him, as he cut into TDP/NDA voteshare. Before the year was out, however, he was to resign even his Assembly seat, protesting against the announcement of statehood for Telangana.

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Apr 21, 2009
Ah, so this is what Brian Lara does nowadays. At the newly re-named Obama Terrace, Hilton Trinidad, St Ann's, on Sunday, April 19. "I always wanted to meet the Michael Jordan of cricket," is how President Obama greeted Lara.

- White House photo by Pete Souza
Apr 20, 2009
Outgoing Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami with the next CEC Navin Chawla and Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi in New Delhi. Gopalaswami retires today and Chawla will take charge on April 21, 2009.

- AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi
Apr 20, 2009
Thousands of Tamil protesters gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London. British police say more than 2,000 people are protesting in front of Parliament, urging Britain to pressure Sri Lanka into halting its military assault on Tamil areas. Sri Lankan troops are trying to defeat Tamil Tiger rebels fighting to carve out an independent state on the Indian Ocean island off the coast of India.

- AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Apr 19, 2009
Congress president Sonia Gandhi is garlanded by party supporters during an election rally, in Allahabad

- PTI Photo
Apr 17, 2009
Shane Warne seems to be getting a good feel of a 'Rajasthan Royal' as the team's coach & captain gives a thumbs up to the crowd during the IPL Gala Parade in Cape Town.

- PTI Photo
Apr 14, 2009
US President Barack Obama is almost jerked off his feet as he shows off their new dog Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog with his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

- AP Photo/Ron Edmonds
Apr 07, 2009
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram escaped as a journalist Jarnail Singh hurled a shoe at him during a press conference at AICC headquarters in New Delhi. The journalist was protesting against Mr Chidambaram's "clean-chit" to Mr Jagdish Tytler, a 1984 accused. Postscript: The shoe may have missed its mark physically, but it did hit home as the incident forced the Congress to drop two of the 1984 accused, Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar from contesting Lok Sabha elections

- PTI/ Courtesy NDTV
Apr 05, 2009
Pantaloons Femina Miss India World Pooja Chopra (C) along with Miss India Universe Ekta Choudhary (L) and Miss India Earth Shreya Kishore (R) in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar
Apr 01, 2009
A child cries as she sits amidst the debris of her destroyed house at Baghabuda village in Kendrapara district of Orissa state, about 110 kilometers (68 miles) northwest of Bhubaneshwar. A tornado swept through a rural swath killing 10 people and injuring at least 200 others.

- AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout
Mar 31, 2009
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama at various places of worship in New Delhi. On the 50th anniversary of his arrival into exile in India, the Dalai Lama offered prayers in different places of worship of different faiths for peace in India and the happiness of its people.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup, Manish Swarup, Saurabh Das, Gurinder Osan
Mar 29, 2009
Varun Gandhi greets his supporters as he comes out of a local court after he was arrested by the police, in Pilibhit.

- AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia
Mar 18, 2009
Actress Natasha Richardson, 45, died on Wednesday March 18, 2009 in New York after suffering an apparent head injury from a skiing accident in Canada. In this fie photo, Liam Neeson and his wife Natasha are seen at The Times BFI London Film Festival.

- AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File
Mar 14, 2009
The odd man out. LK Advani with senior leaders Jaswant Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley during the launch of party's IT vision in New Delhi. Mr Jaitley's problems with Party President Rajnath Singh over the appointment of Sudhanshu Mittal, a businessman known as a fixer, as co-convener of North-East Affairs is well-known. Post Script: Many believed that this rift led to the party not doing as well as it could have. Before the year was out, Mr Rajnath Singh's term as party president had ended and Mr Jaitley was ensconced as the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha. Mr Jaswant Singh, of course, had been "expelled" from the party over l'affaire Jinnah, but there already was talk of his "home-coming" in the coming year.

- PTI Photo by Vijay Kumar Joshi
Mar 08, 2009
Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his century against New Zealand in the 3rd one day international cricket match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand. His 43rd ODI century was also his first in New Zealand, adding another feather in his super accomplished career hat.

- AP Photo/NZPA, Ross Setford
Feb 23, 2009
And last but not the least, A.R. Rahman who became the first Indian to win two Oscars for his music in Slumdog Millionaire. One for the soundtrack and the other for the best original song for the film's theme number Jai Ho, shared with noted lyricist Gulzar. Rahman had also received a nomination in the Best Song category for O saya in the film.

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Feb 03, 2009
British writer J.K. Rowling poses after she was awarded with the medal of Knight in the Legion of Honor order by French President Nicolas Sarkozy during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

- AP Photo/Benoit Tessier, pool
Jan 22, 2009
Barack Obama, left, joined by his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.

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Jan 08, 2009
A Palestinian woman reacts over relatives moments after they were killed in an Israeli missile strike outside their home in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip.

- AP Photo/Khalil Hamra
Jan 07, 2009
On January 7, Ramalinga Raju’s faxed confession heralded the new year-- a Rs 7000 crore fraud that turned out to be the biggest in India Inc's history. Postcript: The year 2009 would eventually see the fall of Satyam and its resurrection as Mahindra Satyam. As the year progressed, the investigators into the scam themselves came under the scanner. R Vasudevan, member of Company Law Board, was arrested on graft charges by CBI. He was caught red-handed while accepting bribe of Rs 7 lakh for delivering a favourable decision

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N. Gopalaswami vs Navin Chawla
CEC N. Gopalaswami took on CEC-in-waiting, Navin Chawla, saying the latter should be sacked for his Congress bias. Swami even took exception to Chawla’s frequent loo breaks during crucial EC meetings, alleging he was using the time-off to pass on information. But the man ultimately caved in, even posing for the cameras with his successor.

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