BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad is shot at during a rally in Bihar. The hitman, nearly lynched, turned out a maverick loner—not the
VHP man as rumoured.
The Right to Information is now law. All government records, except those classified as ‘official secrets’, can be accessed by the public.
The Aligarh Muslim University loses its minority status: the Allahabad HC quashes an ’81 clause that first allowed it. Reservation for PG courses also goes.
Girls reach the "age of discretion" at 15 and can marry, says the Delhi HC, quoting Bacon’s "you cannot love and be wise". No one’s amused.
New Zealand PM Helen Clark wins a historic third term. But a wafer-thin lead means she works in a coalition.
Syria interior minister Ghazi Kanaan, implicated in Lebanon’s Rafik Hariri murder, commits suicide.