Full Coverage: Yearender 2012
The year began with Ambika Soni as the minister and the government trying to implement the mandatory Digital Addressable System (DAS) or digitisation of cable TV.
It gave birth to quite a few new talents like South Korean singing sensation PSY. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill, 2012 was piloted by the WCD ministry. Plan allocations for health sector failed to touch the expected 2.5 per cent of the GDP mark. The FMCG funds came a close second with average return of 48 per cent in 2012. Life insurance scheme for overseas Indian workers to benefit over 5 mn workers. Savita Halappanavar, Jacintha Saldnha, Rajat Gupta, Sunita Williams hog front page news headlines. Guidelines say that no new tourism infrastructure should be permitted in critical tiger habitats. The ban on child labour was cleared by the Cabinet in August. Indian science also aimed beyond the moon, a frontier they conquered in 2008. It was a year of wild moves for rupee in 2012, when it hit a life-time low of nearly 58 against the US dollar and fluctuated by over 18 per cent, with experts foreseeing continued volatility in 2013. 2012 saw Modi emerging as a strong contender for BJP's prime ministerial candidate. 2012 was an opportune year for the BJP to capitalise on, yet the party is in disarray. 2012 was a rough ride year for the country, which had to negotiate the choppy waters of domestic politics, face a situation of mass exodus from North East and face one of the worst power cut situations in its history. Nearly 300 Maoists were arrested while 304 others surrendered. In March this year, Tendulkar completed a historic feat of 100 international centuries The Central Vigilance Commission received over 25,000 complaints of financial irregularities. The only silver lining for ministry was that it over-achieved its target of scholarship. The wildlife sector was a healthy population of Royal Bengal Tiger in Kaziranga National Park. 'The closing down of the Airport Metro Express line here that grabbed headlines'