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6 BIG INDIAN NEWS STORIES
  • The defeat of the BJP-led NDA in the general elections
  • Sonia Gandhi’s ‘No’ to prime ministership
  • Indian truck drivers taken hostage in Iraq
  • Union minister Shibhu Soren going underground
  • The killing of Veerappan
  • The arrest of Jayendra Saraswati

3 POLLS NOBODY COULD PREDICT

  • Indian elections
  • American elections
  • BCCI elections

3 UMA BHARTI EXCLUSIVES

  • Long telephone call to Venkaiah Naidu before culmination of tiranga yatra
  • Confrontation with L.K. Advani before TV cameras
  • Top secret letter to Advani calling colleagues names

3 BIG ACCIDENTS

  • School fire in Kumbakonam killing 90 children
  • Stampede at Lalji Tandon’s Lucknow saree mela killing 22 women
  • The mass death of fish in Gujarat

6 POLITICAL WINNERS

  • Manmohan Singh
  • Left winning 56 LS seats
  • Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy
  • K. Chandrashekhar Rao of Telangana Rashtriya Samti
  • Swati Dandekar, state representative, Iowa
  • Bobby Jindal, Republican Congressman from Louisiana

2 NOVEL FORMS OF PROTEST

  • Shiv Sainiks slapping an effigy of Mani Shankar Aiyar with chappals to protest his stand on Veer Savarkar
  • Manipuri women going nude to slam army atrocities

8 POLITICAL LOSERS

  • Atal Behari Vajpayee
  • L.K. Advani
  • Pramod Mahajan
  • Bal Thackeray
  • Venkaiah Naidu
  • Uma Bharati
  • Vijay Mallya
  • P.A. Sangma

3 REASONS WHY JAYALALITHA Is Happy

  • Veerappan’s killing
  • Jayendra Saraswati’s arrest
  • Rajnikant making peace

2 RAILWAY SPECIALS

  • Laloo Yadav waves in the ‘kulhad’ (earthen cups)
  • A.H. Wheeler’s monopoly on rail platforms is ended

7 BIG INTERNATIONAL STORIES

  • George W. Bush’s return to power
  • Prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib
  • The school hostage crisis in Beslan
  • The suicide bombings in Iraq
  • Hamid Karzai’s victory in Afghan polls
  • A.Q. Khan ousted as a nuclear rat
  • The death of Yasser Arafat

2 New Words In Our Lexicon

  • Detoxification
  • Bangalored

1 DEATH V.P. SINGH (PROBABLY) DIDN’T MOURN

  • Rajeev Goswami, 33, who shot to fame during the anti-Mandal agitation by immolating himself

1 SCANDAL We HAVE ALL FORGOTTEN

  • The shootout involving Telugu film star Nandamuri Balakrishna, NTR’s son

1 INCIDENT OF SATI

    Rukia Devi, 75, jumps into the pyre of 90-year-old husband Raghu in Bihar’s Samastipur

4 BROKEN RECORDS

  • Shane Warne overtakes Muralitharan
  • Parimarjan Negi, 11, becomes youngest Indian to get International Master status
  • Rahul Dravid becomes first player to appear in 85 consecutive Tests since debut
  • Bula Chowdhury, 34, becomes world’s first woman to swim all seven seas

6 BIG BUSINESS STORIES

  • Priyamvada Birla wills Rs 5,000 crore of assets to her auditor R.S. Lodha
  • Mukesh Ambani goes public on "ownership issues" with brother Anil
  • Global Trust Bank goes belly up
  • Outcry in America over outsourcing to India
  • IPOs have a golden run
  • The stockmarket falls and then rises.And how.

1 CASE OF JUNGLE JUSTICE

  • Nagpur women lynching molester

3 SETBACKS FOR IT

  • Chandrababu Naidu’s defeat
  • SM Krishna’s defeat.
  • baazee.com chief Avnish Bajaj’s arrest

2 BUSINESS SUCCESSES

  • Laxmi Mittal becomes Britain’s richest man, with a $31-billion empire and a $70-million home
  • Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the richest Indian woman after Biocon listing

6 BOOKS BY BABUS

  • T.S. Subramaniam: Journeys through Babudom and Netaland
  • P.C. Alexander: Through the Corridors of Power
  • B.G. Deshmukh: From Poona to PM’s Office
  • J.N. Dixit: Makers of India’s Foreign Policy
  • Pavan K. Varma: Being Indian
  • J.M. Lyngdoh: Chronicle of an Impossible Election

2 CASES OF UTTER SHAMELESSNES

  • The wrong cops being decorated for saving Chandrababu Naidu’s life
  • Army officers in Siachen faking killings, asking soldiers to pose as dead enemy, making hazy videos and claiming bravery awards

6 MAJOR ANNIVERSARIES

  • Taj Mahal turns 350
  • Postal Department turns 150
  • 20 years of Bhopal gas tragedy
  • 100 years of JRD
  • Tintin turns 75
  • Rajkumar: 50 years in acting

1 CASE OF POOR TIMING

  • Dhanonjoy Chatterjee being hanged on his birthday

2 SHOWBIZ NON-EVENTS

  • Manoj Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Village’
  • Aishwarya Rai’s ‘Bride and Prejudice’

10 BIG SPORTS STORIES

  • Brian Lara hits 400 to become highest scorer beating Hayden’s record
  • The Russian invasion in women’s tennis led by Maria Sharapova
  • Virender Sehwag becoming the first Indian to score a triple ton
  • Rajyavardhan Rathore wins a shooting silver at Athens Olympics
  • Vijay Singh topples Tiger Woods as golf no. 1
  • Lance Armstrong wins Tour de France the sixth time
  • Anil Kumble overtakes Kapil Dev’s 434
  • Sachin Tendulkar joins Sunil Gavaskar for most tons (34)
  • Mohini Bharadwaj makes it to the American Olympics squad
  • P. Harikrishna becomes world junior chess champ, only the second Indian after Vishwanathan Anand

2 SPORTING FLOPS AND TWO HITS

  • Anju Bobby George ends up sixth and the weightlifters end up disgraced
  • Irfan Pathan and Michael Clarke arrive

3 BIG SHOWBIZ STORIES

  • The collective help by Mumbaikars for Shwaas to make it to the Oscar stage
  • Mughal-e-Azam being released in colour
  • Shahrukh Khan’s incredible run at the BO

2 MINDLESS EXTRAVAGANZAS

  • Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter’s wedding at $60 million
  • Subroto Roy’s sons’ wedding where 2,000 cooks were at work, 101 couples were blessed, 20 chartered planes, 200 Mercs ferried guests

5 WEDDINGS & TWO SPLITS

  • Virender Sehwag weds Aarti
  • V.V.S. Laxman weds Shailaja
  • Narain Karthikeyan weds Pavarna
  • Salman Rushdie weds Padma Lakshmi
  • Raveena Tandon weds Anil Thadani
  • Imran Khan and Jemima Goldsmith
  • Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh

3 DESPERATE SKIN FLICKS

  • India’s first lesbian film, Girlfriend, in which Amrita Arora and Isha Koppikar sucked each other’s thumbs
  • Julie (starring Neha Dhupia), in which a young girl becomes a prostitute and exposes her clients on TV
  • Rog, in which a cop becomes obsessed with a ‘dead’ woman whose murder he is probing

15 MINUTES OF FAME

  • Miss India-World Lakshmi Pandit dethroned after being reported married to Siddharth Mishra

2 BOOKS BY ARMYMEN

  • Gen S.Padmanabhan: India checkmates America 2017
  • American Soldier: General Tommy Franks
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