Events 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.

Shadow Play
The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century darkened the July 22 dawn in much of Asia, like this village near Guwahati.


Protesting atrocities by police and ruling party goons, villagers in West Bengal’s Lalgarh block set fire to the house of a CPI(M) office-bearer, one of a series of such incidents


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

Relatives of Shopian victims along with members of Majlis Mushawarat Committee burn a copy of the CBI probe report that says the women died of drowning thus declining claims of rape and murder, after it was leaked to the media before it was submitted to the J&K High Court.

PTI Photo/S Irfan

The first online IIM CAT exams sees virus attacks. Some 8,200 candidates affected by the cancellations. Exams held in 104 centres in 32 cities, 46,000 took it successfully.

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

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

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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

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

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama guide Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur into the Blue Room of the White House in Washington to attend a State Dinner held in their honour.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Hanging Up
November 1 on, the Valley's prepaid mobile mobile connections went dead. New Delhi cites security concerns, slip-ups in customer verification.

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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A cloud of flames billows out of the Indian Oil Depot, on fire for the third consecutive day, in the Sitapura area of Jaipur.

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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.

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Abducted police officer Atindranath Dutta walks escorted by masked Maoist rebels before his release at Bhulagera forests of Lalgarh, West Bengal. The placard reads 'Prisoner of War Release Conference.'

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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

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

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

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

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.

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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

Cyclone 'Aila' hit people wait for relief packets being airdopped by Indian Air Force in Sundarbans in West Bengal.

PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik

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.

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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

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