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Calendar 2002

Events of the year -- cataclysms that vent their fury on a weary people and the vox populi expressed through trials, triumphs.

Calendar 2002
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Calendar 2002
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Calendar 2002
Outlook wishes its readers a Happy New Year. We hope to bring you better news when we return from a week's break in January 2003.

Also See: 2002 Gujarat - The Train Stopped At Godhra

JANUARY

January 12:   The Musharraf regime orders the arrest of Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed and the Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Masood Azhar in the aftermath of the December 13 attack on the Indian Parliament in New Delhi

January 22: Attack on Calcutta's USIS kills four securitymen and injures 17 others.

January 24: Insat 3C launched

January/February: A military build-up begins on the India-Pakistan border, prompted by the Parliament attack

FEBRUARY

February 17: The biggest offensive by Nepal's guerillas since the state of emergency was declared in Nepal last November leaves 120 police and army personnel dead

February 22: A truce pact signed between the LTTE and the Sri Lanka government. Later, talks in Thailand between the two, sponsored by Norway, make more headway. This is preceded by the reclusive LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran’s ‘coming out’ at a press meet.

February 22: Daniel Pearl, The Wall Street Journal reporter, kidnapped on January 13, is brutally beheaded by Islamic terrorists in Pakistan.

FEBRUARY 27: Coaches S5 and S6 of Sabarmati Express set on fire at Godhra killing 57 ram-sevaks, including many women and children

February 28 onwards: The cycle of violence started by Godhra unleashed on the hapless Muslims in Gujarat.

MARCH
Israel pounds Palestine Authority leader Yasser Arafat’s compound at Ramallah in a bid to expel him

March 6: Writer-activist Arundhati Roy spends a day in prison for contempt of court

March 16: The death of celebrity Natasha Singh, Congress leader Natwar Singh's daughter, is shrouded in mystery as the suicide theory gets questioned.

March 17: First of the attacks on Churches in Islamabad, which led to the deaths of five Christians, two of them the wife and daughter of a member of the staff of the US Embassy in Islamabad

March 30: The first attack on Ragunath temple

APRIL

April 12: Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is ejected in a coup but is brought back after public demonstrations in his favour

April 15: An Air China flight from Beijing to Busan in South Korea crashes, killing 127 people. This is the airline’s first ever crash.

April 21: Sachin Tendulkar scores his 29th Test ton, putting him on par with the Don

MAY

May 2: Pakistan's referendum to elect Musharraf

May 3: BSP chief Mayawati sworn in UP CM

May 5: Myanmar’s junta frees Aung San Suu Kyi after years of house arrest

May 5: Jacques Chirac wins in a landslide, pushing the challenger, right-winger Jean Marie Le Pen, to the fringe

May 8: Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi becomes Speaker of the Lok Sabha

May 8: Attacks in Karachi, Pakistan on the Shraton Hotel killed 11 French nationals.

May 14: A fidayeen attack on a bus and army cantonment at Kaluchak, Jammu. Twenty-two women, children die. India on the brink of war with Pakistan.

May 19: East Timor becomes independent : A new nation is born, the millennium’s first and the world’s 190th

May 21: Abdul Ghani Lone gunned down

May 23: ‘Devdas’ is screened at Cannes and becomes the talk of the town

JUNE

India gets its first all-girl band, Viva.

June 9: Syed Ali Shah Geelani and his sons-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah and Iftikar Geelani arrested under POTA

June 13: Hamid Karzai gets the top job at Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga

June 23: There was good news at last: Kapil Dev was named Indian Cricketer of The Century;

June 24: Former Bajrang Dal stormtrooper Vinay Katiyar becomes UP BJP chief

June 30: Football’s Samba Boys Brazil win the World Cup, beating Germany 2-0

JULY
Nitish Kumar’s proposal to bifurcate Eastern Railways with a new HQ at Hajipur, Bihar, rakes up a storm

July 7: The man who introduced the equity cult to the Indian masses, Reliance founder Dhirubhai Ambani , passes away. The new generation, sons Mukesh and Anil, take charge of the textiles-to-petrochem-to-telecom conglomerate.

July 13: Militants gun down 28 slumdwellers in Rajeev Nagar, Jammu.

July 25: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam becomes the twelfth President of India, beating out Captain Lakshmi Sehgal of the INA, who had been fielded by the Left

July 29: Home minister L.K. Advani takes on dual responsibility as deputy PM

July 30: Mumbai police release two-year-old taped phone conversations , allegedly between Sanjay Dutt and underworld don Chhota Shakeel. The Bollywood bad boy’s father Sunil Dutt was then heading a peace mission in Gujarat.

AUGUST
Delayed monsoon brings the worst drought in 11 years. The worst hit are UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and Karnataka.

Shivani Bhatnagar case was once again in limelight after prime suspect Ravi Kant Sharma's hysterical wife Madhu Sharma, named Pramod Mahajan as involved.

Tamil Nadu witnesses a manic frenzy over Rajnikant’s film ‘Baba , through which he was supposed to have subliminally announced his entry into politics. The film bombs.

August 6: Three LeT terrorists attack an Amarnath yatra base camp near Pahalgam and kill 9, including pilgrims

August 12: The BJP’s Bhairon Singh Shekhawat beats Congress’ Sushilkumar Shinde to take the Vice-President’s office

August 25: H. Nagappa kidnapped by Veerappan

SEPTEMBER
The Cauvery water sharing dispute erupts again. Karnataka witnesses riots, which would later force chief minister S.M. Krishna to take to the roads, disobey the Supreme Court’s order on releasing water to Tamil Nadu and risk contempt charges.

September 9: The Calcutta Rajdhani Express becomes a political football soon after it took 93 lives at Rafiganj Bihar. Was it negligence or sabotage?

September 11: Abu Salem arrested in Portugal with starlet Monica Bedi. India pursues his extradition without success.

September 16: Elections in J&K commence in four phases, with the others on Sept 24, October 1 and October 8

September 24: Akshardham: Terrorists kill 44 and injure over 70 in the heinous attack inside a Swaminarayan sect temple in Gandhinagar

September 28: Salman Khan drives over five pavement dwellers in Mumbai. One dies.

September 29: Police kill 5 terrorists who had planned to assassinate Deputy PM L.K. Advani in Bangalore.

OCTOBER
The Indian army begins pulling back from the forward positions it had assumed in January. Pakistan reciprocates with demobilisation.

Starvation deaths reported among the Sahariya tribals of Rajasthan

October 1: Navy planes collide in mid-air at a flypast in Goa, 15 die

October 10: J&K Results are announced, National Conference is the largest party but the winners are clearly Congress and PDP with a wipe-out for BJP

October 10: Pakistan's much-flawed 'elections' held.

October 13: Al Qaida claimed responsibility for the blasts in Bali which killed 183 and revealed Australia's Big Brother persona and consequent vulnerability

October 16: Five Dalits are lynched by a mob in Jhajjar, Haryana, suspecting them of killing a cow. This triggers a spate of conversions to Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. Dalit leader Udit Raj is the master of ceremonies.

October 23: 50 Chechan rebels stormed a Moscow theatre and held hundreds hostage. A 5 a.m. raid on October 27, preceded by sedative gas, rescued 750 hostages but left 90 others and the hostage-takers dead.  

October 28: Australian cricketer, twin of captain Steve, Mark Waugh retires

NOVEMBER

November 2: Mufti Mohammed Sayeed sworn in as Chief Minister of J&K as the PDP-Congress firm-up a CMP and alliance with the help of supporters.

November 3: Delhi police kill two alleged Lashkar militants at Delhi’s Ansal Plaza mall. A debate rages after some describe it as a faked encounter.

November 11: JKLF leader Yasin Malik, held under POTA, released

November 11: Bill Gates visits India and announces a $100-million grant to battle AIDS

November 15: The Chinese Communist Party gets a new secretary-general, Hu Jintao . It also opens party membership to businessmen and entrepreneurs.

November 22: Muslims in Nigeria go on a rampage against Christians over the holding of the Miss World contest and a local trainee journalist pens a pro-pageant article that vilifies the Prophet in an English daily. Event moves to the UK.

November 23: Mir Zafarullah Jamali sworn in PM of Pakistan (Jamali Kamali Dec 2)

November 25: The second attack on Raghunath temple

November 27: The US and the UK come close to declaring war again on the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq

DECEMBER
Anees Ibrahim, Dawood’s brother and wanted in India for the serial bomb blasts in Bombay and other crimes, is deported to Pakistan by UAE. This prompts India to set up a special cell to handle extradition cases.-

December 8: Kidnapped on August 25 by Veerappan, the body of JD(U)'s H. Nagappa was found 106 days later.

December 14: Pakistan releases the JeM supremo, Maulana Masood Azhar

December 15: BJP and Narendra Modi win a landslide, and a landmark, 2/3rd. majority in Gujarat Assembly Elections.

December 18: Death sentence for the Parliament accused Mohd Afzal and others.

December 19: Hollywood actor Richard Gere is in India to lend his name and money to the Naz Foundation, which runs a home for AIDS-infected children

December 23: Sajjan Kumar acquitted in Anti-Sikh Delhi Riots Case

December 24: Indonesian authorities return the passports of software firm Polaris’ CEO Arun Jain and colleague Rajiv Malhotra. They had been arrested when they went to Jakarta to meet client Bank Artha Graha to settle some contractual issues, triggering off a diplomatic offensive by India.

December 27: 46 people killed and over 76 injured as two vehicles laden with one ton of dynamite rammed into the high-security government headqurters in Chechen capital Grozny.

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