1. India in 2014: A politically eventful year

India in 2014: A politically eventful year

The year witnessed a change in India's political guard with BJP unseating the Congress...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 30, 2014 1:40 PM
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Narendra Modi was sworn is as the country’s 15th Prime Minister in 2014. (PTI)

The year witnessed a change in India’s political guard with BJP unseating the Congress by notching up 281 of the 545 Lok Sabha seats. Narendra Modi was sworn is as the country’s 15th Prime Minister.

The states of Jharkahand, Maharashtra and Haryana witnessed a regime change and Jammu and Kashmir saw a hung Parliament in the recent elections.

A pleasant surprise of the year was child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi being conferred the Nobel Laureate. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya were chosen for the Bharat Ratna.

In Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal of the AAP who became Chief Minister resigned after a very short stint of 49 days in power. In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Jayalalitha was convicted and jailed on corruption charges.

The country made space history with its successful launch of the Mars Orbiter Mission. One of the worst floods devastated Jammu and Kashmir and the year ended on a grim note with the militant attack on tribals in Assam villages.

Following is the diary of events for the year.

Jan 1: New Delhi: India scraps the scam-tainted Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland, nearly a year after allegations surfaced that kickbacks to the tune of Rs 360 crore were paid to bag the contract.

Jan 1: New Delhi: Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is tipped to be the next Army Chief, takes over as the Vice-Chief of the Army Staff.

Jan 2: New Delhi: The minority Aam Aadmi Party government crosses the first hurdle in the Delhi Assembly when its confidence motion sailed through easily with the backing of the members of Congress, JD(U) and an independent.

Jan 3: New Delhi: Following the December 16, 2012 gangrape incident, Delhi Police in a landmark decision announces that charge sheets in rape cases will be filed within 20 days to ensure speedy justice to victims.

Jan 4: New Delhi: A team of senior Indian officials leaves for Sudan, which is witnessing ethnic conflict that has killed at least 1,000 people so far.

Jan 5: New Delhi: Delhi Minister Rakhi Birla escapes unhurt in an attack on her car by unknown persons in Mangolpuri.

Jan 5: New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hails the successful launch of GSLV D5 satellite

Jan 6: New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party disapproves of its leader Prashant Bhushan’s comment on carrying out a referendum for deployment of Army in Jammu and Kashmir after it touched off a major controversy

Jan 6: New Delhi: Manipur’s M Khayingthei and Mizoram’s Ramdinthara, who lost their lives while trying to save friends from drowning, are among three persons selected for ‘Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak’.

Jan 8: Ghaziabad: Activists of a fringe right-wing group attacks and vandalises the Aam Aadmi Party headquarters in Kaushambi here protesting against the controversial remarks of its senior leader Prashant Bhushan on the presence of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

Jan 8: New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee assures Bhutan that India will continue to support capacity-building efforts in the neighbouring country.

Jan 8: Thane: Nine passengers are charred to death in their sleep when a blaze ripped through three coaches of Bandra-Dehradun Express in Thane district in the wee hours, ten days after a fire mishap in a train leaves 26 people dead.

Jan 9: New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi’s grand-daughter Ela Gandhi, Australian senator of Indian origin Lisa Maria Singh and Ramkrishna Mission in Fiji are among the 13 recipients of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award conferred.

Jan 9: New Delhi: The anti-corruption helpline, by Delhi Government, receives nearly 4,000 calls in first seven hours of its operation.

Jan 10: New Delhi: Senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade indicted for visa fraud and making false statements by a grand jury in the US, returns.

Jan 11: New Delhi: Justice Swatanter Kumar, a former Supreme Court judge, sends a legal notice to certain media organisations demanding apology for publicising allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a law intern.

Jan 11: New Delhi: Chaos prevailed at the first ‘janta darbar’ by AAP government forcing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to leave the venue mid-way.

Jan 14: New Delhi: Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti comes under attack from ally Congress and opposition BJP which demand his removal over his being indicted by a court for “tampering of evidence” in a case in which he had appeared as a lawyer.

Jan 15: New Delhi: A 51-year-old Danish tourist has been allegedly robbed and gangraped at knife-point near New Delhi railway station.

Jan 15: New Delhi: India and Pakistan discuss “impediments” hampering the normalisation of trade ties, in a bid to remove them and move forward.

Jan 16: Aam Aadmi Party MLA Vinod Kumar Binny mounts a shrill attack on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by calling him a “dictator” and accused his government of cheating people, prompting the party to threaten disciplinary action against the legislator.

Jan 17: New Delhi: Sunanda Pushkar, who was upset over an alleged extra-marital affair between her minister husband Shashi Tharoor and a Pakistani journalist, was found dead in a five-star hotel room which police suspect may be a case of suicide.

Jan 17: New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh joins other political leaders to condole the death of actress Suchitra Sen, saying she had “graceful cinematic presence.”

Jan 19: 18 people are killed and over 40 injured in a stampede as thousands of mourners converged to pay their last respects to the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community Syedna Burhanuddin

Jan 21: New Delhi: Drug overdose appears to be the cause of the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, according to the findings of doctors of AIIMS who conducted the autopsy on her.

Jan 21: New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs rejects Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s claim that a Ugandan official had met his Law minister Somnath Bharti in connection with an alleged sex racket.

Jan 22 Hyderabad: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who scaled the peaks of Telugu cinema rivalling N T Rama Rao in stature between 50s and 70s, dies of cancer.

Jan 23: New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee gives seven more days to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly till January 30 to discuss and debate the draft Telangana bill before returning it to the Centre which promised to table the legislation in the upcoming session of Parliament.

Jan 24: Jammu: In a controversial decision, the Army closes the infamous Pathribal encounter case saying it has found no evidence against its men, drawing angry reaction from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah

Jan 25: New Delhi: Noted scientist R A Mashelkar and Yoga Guru B K S Iyengar are chosen for this year’s Padma Vibhushan, while cine star Kamala Haasan, author Ruskin Bond and late former Chief Justice J S Verma were selected for Padma Bhushan

Jan 25: Three personnel of the armed forces have been selected this year for the Kirti Chakra, the second highest peace time gallantry award, for their acts of bravery on the Line of Control (LoC), anti-maoist operation and relief operation in flood-hit Uttarakhand, respectively.

Jan 26: New Delhi: Cracking the whip, the Aam Aadmi Party expels its rebel MLA Binod Kumar Binny, ten days after he called Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a “dictator”.

Jan 26: New Delhi: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the Chief Guest at the 65th Republic Day parade becoming the first premier from that country to grace the occasion.

Jan 27: New Delhi: The Jain community becomes the sixth religious group accorded with the minority status following a notification issued by the Centre.

Jan 28: New Delhi: Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge is given additional charge of Social Justice and Empowerment ministry following the resignation of Kumari Selja.

Jan 29: New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rejects BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s contention that government flouted rules by issuing an advertisement inviting applications for posts of Lokpal chairman and members were illegal.

Jan 30: New Delhi: The Union Cabinet gave its approval to a bill that seeks to give wakf properties the status of public premises and make unauthorised occupation of waqf land a criminal offence.

Jan 30: New Delhi: Government suspends the ambitious scheme to pay LPG subsidy in cash to consumers directly but raises the quota of subsidised cooking gas to 12 cylinders per household in a year.

Jan 31: Dehradun: Vijay Bahuguna resigns as Uttarakhand Chief Minister.

Jan 31: New Delhi: Government orders magisterial inquiry into death of Nido Tania, son of a Congress leader from Arunachal Pradesh, who was allegedly beaten up by some shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar area of South Delhi.

Feb 1: Dehradun: Harish Rawat, a Union Minister, is sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

Feb 1: Panaji/New Delhi: A last-minute withdrawal of consent by the Goa government for holding an international music festival has sparked a diplomatic row, with the Russian Embassy terming the decision as an “insolent and starkly unfriendly gesture” of the state authorities.

Feb 2: New Delhi: An amphibious vessel is damaged when it ran aground off the coast of Vishakhapatnam.

Feb 2: New Delhi: Two Manipuri women are allegedly molested and beaten up by some men who hurled racist abuses at them in South Delhi.

Feb 3: New Delhi: Following up on its agreement with CPI, the AIADMK works out an alliance with CPI(M) to fight the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu as efforts to cobble a non-BJP, non-Congress front gained momentum.

Feb 3: New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announces projects including a National Mission on High Performance Computing and a Neutrino-based Observatory in Tamil Nadu with an outlay of about Rs 9,000 crore.

Feb 4: New Delhi: Iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof C N R Rao are conferred with the country’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna.

Feb 5: Kolkata: Narendra Modi attacks Third Front grouping saying such an alliance would make India a “third rate” country and people should banish them from politics forever.

Feb 5: New Delhi: Expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny announces withdrawing support to the Delhi Government and accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of being “more dangerous” than a corrupt person who is telling “lies” and “deceiving” people.

Feb 7: New Delhi: Cross-voting by Left and Congress MLAs help Trinamool Congress gain an extra seat in West Bengal while a similar action by Congress MLAs in Andhra Pradesh saw TRS making its debut in Rajya Sabha as high drama marked the polls to the upper House in the two states.

Feb 7: New Delhi: Union Cabinet clears the Telangana Bill which is set to be introduced in Parliament.

Feb 8: New Delhi: A 14-year-old girl from Manipur is allegedly raped by her landlord’s son in Munirka area sparking off protests in the national capital.

Feb 9: New Delhi: A recommendation to President Pranab Mukherjee by the Union Home Ministry for introduction of the Telangana Bill in Parliament–likely on Tuesday–is sent through the Prime Minister’s Office.

Feb 10: New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal rejects Lt Governor Najeeb Jung’s call to revisit his decision to hold a special session of Delhi assembly for the passage of Jan Lokpal Bill.

Feb 10: New Delhi: Government decides to give two additional attempts to civil services aspirants, with consequential age relaxation to all categories of candidates of the exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission.

Feb 10: New Delhi: India and China hold a meet between their Special Representatives on the contentious boundary issue that was preceded by talks under the working mechanism on border affairs in which additional confidence building measures and steps for maintaining peace and tranquility are discussed.

Feb 11: New Delhi: China says border talks with India have yielded “initial results”, enabling the two neighbours to properly handle their differences over the vexed boundary issue and maintain peace along the frontier.

Feb 11: New Delhi: Congress expels six Lok Sabha MPs from the Seemandhra region who had given notices of no-confidence motion against the government over their opposition to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Feb 18: New Delhi: Lok Sabha TV went blank for the entire 90 minutes when the controversial bill to carve out Telangana as the 29th state, by splitting Andhra Pradesh Telangana Bill was being passed in the House.

Feb 22: Mumbai: A group of NCP activists barge into the Aam Aadmi Party office in suburban Andheri, tear and burn posters of Arvind Kejriwal and also burn his effigy.

Feb 22: Election Commission has put in place an expenditure monitoring mechanism for curbing misuse of money power during general elections.

Feb 24: Patna/New Delhi: High drama unfolded in the RJD with 13 of the 22 party MLAs in Bihar announcing they have quit the party in a jolt to Lalu Prasad but six of them later claim they are not part of the breakaway faction.

Feb 24: New Delhi: India and China agree on a slew of measures, including holding of joint Army exercise this year and strengthening maritime security cooperation while maintaining peace and tranquility on the dispute border.

Feb 24: New Delhi: India and Canada hold talks on a range of bilateral and international issues and decide to expand ties in diverse sectors including health, audio-visual co-production and skill development.

Feb 25: New Delhi: 11 Left and secular parties come together claiming to be the alternative and vow to defeat both Congress and BJP.

Feb 26: New Delhi: India and Russia hold wide-ranging talks on nuclear, space, energy and economic cooperation and agreed to finalise the long-pending deal for the third and fourth reactors of Kudankulam power plant soon.

Feb 26: India and Saudi Arabia ink a defence cooperation pact to take their strategic partnership further in areas of security.

Feb 26: New Delhi: Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi quits quit taking moral responsibility.

Feb 27: New Delhi: BJP and LJP stitch a pre-poll alliance with the Ram Vilas Paswan-led party returning to the NDA fold, 12 years after it quit over Gujarat riots.

Feb 27: New Delhi: India and Israel sign three agreements to strengthen the efforts in the war against terror and beef up bilateral security relations.

Feb 28: New Delhi: The Cabinet gives mandate to the 7th Pay Commission for revising salaries of over 50 lakh central government employees and remuneration of 30 lakh pensioners.

Feb 28: The Centre raises dearness allowance to 100 per cent, from 90 per cent, benefiting its 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners.

Mar 23: New Delhi: The viscera report of Sunanda Pushkar, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife who died under mysterious circumstances two months ago, hints towards drug poisoning.

Mar 23: New Delhi: Top Indian Mujahideen terrorist Zia Ur Rehman alias Waqas, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with several bombings, and three associates are arrested from Rajasthan by Delhi Police.

Mar 24: New Delhi: Delhi Police arrests Indian Mujahideen chief of Indian Operations Tehsin Akhtar alias Monu, who was wanted in a number of bombings in the country, from near Kakarvitta Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling.

Mar 25: New Delhi: Over Rs 80 crore of cash seized so far by the Election Commission appointed teams with Andhra Pradesh topping the list.

Mar 26: Lucknow: Two Indian Mujahideen terrorists from Pakistan have been arrested from Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Mar 28: Janglote (Kathua): Heavily-armed suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants from Pakistan in combat uniform stricke in Jammu region in twin audacious attacks, killing three people including a soldier guarding an Army camp gate.

Mar 28: New Delhi/Jaipur: A recently acquired C-130J military transport plane, one of the most modern US-made aircraft, crashes near Gwalior, killing all the five crew members.

Mar 29: New Delhi: Senior leader Jaswant Singh was expelled from BJP after he refused to withdraw his nomination as an independent candidate against the party’s official nominee in Rajasthan’s Barmer Lok Sabha constituency

Mar 31: US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell resigns in the midst of general elections in India.

Apr 2: New Delhi: Pitching for a nuclear weapon free world, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh proposes a global convention for ‘no-first-use’ of atomic arsenal to make the world a saferplace.

Apr 2: New Delhi: In its first major action in the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, the Enforcement Directorate attaches assets worth Rs 60 crore belonging to former Uttar Pradesh Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and others under money laundering laws.

Apr 3: New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party vows to bring an effective Jan Lokpal in manifesto released that also promised to bring down the minimum age to contest polls from 25 to 21 besides carrying out reforms in electoral and justice delivery system.

Apr 3: New Delhi: Union Textiles Minister K Sambasiva Rao resignsfrom the Union Cabinet protesting bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, fuelling speculation that he may join BJP.

Apr 16: New Delhi: Anand Gandhi’s powerful debut ‘Ship of Theseus’ is declared the best feature film while biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ is named the best popular film at the 61st National Film Awards.

Apr 16: Guwahati: Over 50 passengers were injured, 19 of them seriously, when the engine and 10 coaches of the Dimapur-Kamakhya BG Express derailed at Teghiria in central Assam.

Apr 17: New Delhi: Moderate to high turnout marks the polling in the fifth and biggest round of Lok Sabha elections covering 121 seats across 12 states amidst Maoist violence in Jharkhand where rebels injured four CRPF jawans, blew up a railway track and exploded bombs.

Apr 17: New Delhi: Admiral Robin Dowan took over as the Chief of Naval Staff.

Apr 18: New Delhi: The Election Commission issues a show cause notice to ruling Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for allegedly threatening school teachers appointed on contract by Uttar Pradesh government to either vote for his party in Lok Sabha polls or risk losing permanent status.

Apr 21: New Delhi/Kolkata: In fresh revelations in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has unearthed that ‘benami’ land and a liquor bar, worth over Rs 60 crore, at prime locations of Kolkata were purchased by laundering investors’ funds.

Apr 23: Varanasi: AAP leader Somnath Bharti is attacked allegedly by BJP workers near Assi ghat while he was returning from a TV show that featured him.

Apr 24: Dumka (Jharkhand): Eight persons – six polling officials and two policemen – are killed and seven others injured when suspected Maoists blew up their vehicle in the district.

Apr 25: Srinagar: A Major and an army jawan are killed in a six-hour gun-battle with three militants holed up in a house in Shopian district of south Kashmir

Apr 26: New Delhi: In the backdrop of a row over yoga guru Ramdev’s ‘honeymoon’ remark against Rahul Gandhi, the Election Commission came out with fresh guidelines against making “malicious” statements about the private life of individuals

Apr 26: New Delhi/Amritsar: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says he is saddened by the decision of his half-brother Daljeet Singh Kohli to join BJP which claimed it reflected people’s anger against the Congress.

Apr 26: Srinagar: Three militants holed up in a house were killed by security forces in Shopian district of Kashmir.

May 4: Chennai: Security agencies probing twin explosions inside Bangalore-Guwahati Express here find some similarities with Patna blasts last year in which cadres of banned Indian Mujahideen (IM) terror outfit have been arrested.

May 4: New Delhi: Central security agencies have claimed that Pakistan’s ISI had plans to carry out terror attacks on two foreign consulates in India with evidence for this reportedly given by a Sri Lankan national, arrested from Chennai, during his interrogation.

May 5: New Delhi: Prasar Bharati is ready to institute a probe into the controversial editing of Narendra Modi’s interview by Doordarshan but will do so only if the Information and Broadcasting Ministry assures that it would abide by the findings.

May 6: New Delhi: CBI has recorded statements of Defence Minister A K Antony and Prime Minister’s Advisor T K A Nair in a case in which former Army chief Gen V K Singh alleged that a retired senior Army official had offered him a bribe to clear purchase of Tatra trucks from a PSU.

May 6: New Delhi: Amid allegations of largescale rigging and booth capturing in various states, the Election Commission has taken steps like deploying poll tracking teams and activating quick response system to ensure free and fair balloting in the last two phases of Lok Sabha polls.

May 7: New Delhi: After a nine-month-long wait and legal hurdles, new airline AirAsia India was granted the flying licence by aviation regulator DGCA and said it plans to launch flights in about three months with low fares.

May 9: New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee decided not to vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in order to express his “neutrality in the political fray”.

May 10: Meerut: Members of two communities clashes over construction of a water kiosk near a mosque in Teergaran area here leaving two persons injured and sparking tension.

May 11: New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony has red-flagged a proposal of his own Ministry to continue doing business with the UK-based Rolls Royce, which is facing a CBI probe for allegedly paying bribes and engaging middlemen in contracts for supplying engines to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

May 12: New Delhi: Lok Sabha elections 2014 witnessed the highest-ever turnout with more than 66 per cent of an estimated 814 million voters exercising their franchise.

May 12: New Delhi: India and scores of other countries, including Switzerland, have adopted a global declaration for automatic exchange of tax information, Finance Minister P Chidambaram says.

May 19: New Delhi: Shattered by the party’s worst debacle in the elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi offer to resign accepting responsibility but the party unanimously reject it.

May 20: New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal asks Lt Governor Najeeb Jung not to dissolve the Delhi Assembly anytime soon, saying it will hold public meetings across the city to know whether the party should form the government again.

May 20: New Delhi: Marking the arrival of a new era in Indian politics, Narendra Modi is appointed Prime Minister, who says the elections have kindled a “new hope and aspiration” among the common man for whom he dedicated his government.

May 21: New Delhi: A moderate earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale shook Delhi, National Capital Region, Chennai and several parts of eastern and northern India but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage to properties.

May 21: New Delhi: Under sharp attack, the Prime Minister’s Office says the twitter account @PMOIndia has been “secured” by the microblogging company and will be handed over to the new dispensation which will take over next week.

May 22: New Delhi: After its severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress dissolves all 14 district and 140 block committees besides other wings in the national capital as part of efforts to revamp the party ahead of next assembly elections.

May 23: New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee strongly condemned the terror attack on the Indian Consulate in Herat and says such attacks will not deter India from assisting Afghanistan in its effort to reconstruct and develop the nation.

May 24: New Delhi/Bangalore: Two key members of Aam Aadmi Party Shazia Ilmi and G R Gopinath today quit citing differences with Arvind Kejriwal’s “jail politics” and lack of “internal democracy” in the party, which is battling internal fissures after the severe electoral drubbing in recent polls.

May 25: New Delhi: After an Italian court partially lifted the freeze and allowed India to encash bank guarantees worth Rs 1,818 crore deposited by AgustaWestland in the VVIP chopper deal, the Defence Ministry today said it will take “immediate steps” to fully recover the amount.

May 26: Sant Kabir Nagar(UP): At least 14 passengers were killed and 95 injured when a Delhi-Gorakhpur express train derailed and rammed into a stationary freight train near a railway station here, with officials saying that the death toll may rise to 40.

Jun 1: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi describes the invitation to SAARC leaders for his swearing-in as a “right decision at the right” time and says his first major foreign policy initiative had sent out a message to the world about India’s strength.

Jun 1: Jaipur: In an action against a second Congress leader this week for criticising Rahul Gandhi, Rajasthan MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma is suspended from the party, a day after he dubbed him ‘MD of a team of jokers’.

Jun 2: New Delhi: Setting the tone for his government’s tenure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells his Council of Ministers to provide transparent and effective governance with time-bound implementation of programmes as he held a marathon meeting with them here.

Jun 2: Hyderabad: Capping decades of struggle, Telangana came into being as the 29th state of India when TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao is sworn in as Chief Minister at the head of a 11-member Cabinet that included his son and nephew.

Jun 3: Hazaribagh: Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, a former Union Finance Minister, is sent to jail for two weeks by a court in a case of alleged assault of an electricity official whose hands were tied during protests against blackouts in Jharkhand.

Jun 3: New Delhi: Union Rural Development Minister and a popular backward class leader from Maharashtra Gopinath Munde dies of multiple internal injuries suffered in a road accident in Central Delhi.

Jun 4: New Delhi: Amid his thrust on speedy delivery systems, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks bureaucrats to do away with “archaic” rules and procedures which hamper governance by creating “avoidable confusion” and encouraged them to take decisions with a promise of backing them.

Jun 4: Pune: A 28-year-old software professional is bludgeoned to death allegedly by persons with suspected links to a Hindu outfit near here.

Jun 5: New Delhi: The 16th Lok Sabha gets off to a speedy start creating a record of sorts with 510 of the 539 members, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top leaders taking oath on a single day.

Jun 6: New Delhi: Reeling under electoral debacle, Aam Aadmi Party appears split down the middle with senior leader Yogendra Yadav attacking Arvind Kejriwal while the party initiated moves to bring back Shazia Ilmi who had quit criticising the “coterie” around Kejriwal.

Jun 6: New Delhi: In a new anti-Naxal strategy being readied by government, bureaucrats and security personnel operating in Maoist-hit areas may get special monetary benefits, out-of-turn promotions and choice posting after the completion of their tenure in these “dangerous” places.

Jun 13: New Delhi: On a day Pakistani troops shelled Indian positions, Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh briefs Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the security situation, including ceasefire violations, operational preparedness of the force and its requirement.

Jun 14: On Board Aircraft Carrier: Russia-made India’s largest aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who pitched for making the country self-reliant in manufacturing defence equipment and even capable of exports also.

Jun 15: Dehradun: Ahead of the first anniversary of horrendous flash floods which claimed thousands of lives in Uttarakhand, authorities recovered 17 more skeletal remains and cremated them in Kedar valley.

Jun 15: Srinagar: The Centre asserts that dialogue with Pakistan cannot progress if ceasefire violations and infiltration continue, saying such hostilities “must stop” for the situation to “normalise”.

Jun 16: Mandi: Rescue efforts are hampered due to increased discharge of water in Beas river following widespread rains as no headway was made in tracing the missing 16 students and a guide who were swept away by the gushing waters.

Jun 17: New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi resigns as the Narendra Modi government started the process of removal of those appointed by the previous UPA regime but apparently there was resistance from some of those who were asked to quit.

Jun 17: Jammu: In yet another ceasefire violation along the Indo-Pak border, Pakistani Rangers fired at border outposts in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation by Indian forces.

Jun 17: New Delhi: Intitiating the probe into the death of former Union Minister Gopinath Munde, CBI inspects the crime scene where he had met with the accident which collided with a taxi here on June 3.

Jun 18: New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi is conferred Russia’s highest civilian award for foreign nationals, “Order of Friendship”, for his championing role in fostering ties between the two countries.

Jun 18: New Delhi: The decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to scrap 30 GoMs and EGoMs set up by the previous UPA government received the formal nod of the Union Cabinet.

Jun 19: New Delhi: Facing resistance from Governors appointed during the UPA regime, the government is considering options to ensure their exit as a second Governor quit the post after some of them asked to do so.

Jun 27: New Delhi: The four-day deadlock over admission to Delhi University’s undergraduate course ended with Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh relenting under UGC’s pressure and scrapping the controversial four year programme.

Jun 27: New Delhi: Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan orders a high-level inquiry into the GAIL pipeline fire in Andhra Pradesh that kills at least 15 persons.

Jun 28: Surajkund (Haryana): Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP MPs to focus on their conduct both in Parliament and outside as they were under constant watch by the people and asked them not to go public with their differences.

Jun 28: New Delhi: Reacting strongly to reports that China has in its recent map shown Arunachal Pradesh as its territory, India says “cartographic depiction” does not change reality on the ground and asserted that Arunachal was an integral part of the country.

Jun 29: New Delhi: Error in piloting is understood to have been found as the reason behind the crash of Air Force’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in March in which five service personnel, including four officers, were killed near Gwalior.

Jun 29: New Delhi: The NIA has taken over the probe into the case of alleged hatching of a plot by Pakistan-based terror group to carry out suicide attacks on the US and Israeli consulates in South India.

Jun 30: Kolkata: In an insensitive comment, TMC MP Tapas Pal has threatened to kill opposition CPI-M workers and have their women raped if a single ruling party worker was attacked.

Jun 30: New Delhi: West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan resigned, becoming the fourth person occupying the gubernatorial post to put in his papers since the NDA government prodded some of the Governors appointed during UPA rule to quit.

Jul 1: New Delhi: Role of some more prominent political leaders from West Bengal in the Saradha scam are under the scanner of CBI which is now focusing on calculating losses incurred to investors.

Jul 1: New Delhi: India will pay China over Rs 82 lakh annually for crucial flood data of the Brahmaputra to improve flood forecasting even as the two sides agreed to allow their water experts to conduct study tours on both sides of the river which originates in Tibet.

Jul 2: New Delhi: Nearly 600 Indians leave conflict-hit Iraq after being facilitated by the External Affairs Ministry and about 900 more are to follow even as the Indian embassy in Baghdad was in touch with the 46 nurses stuck in Tikrit who are “safe and unharmed”.

Jul 8: New Delhi: Having already effected a steep hike, the railway budget for 2014-15 spared passengers of any fresh revision in fares and freight rates but pitched for reforms by proposing private and Foreign Direct Investment and Public Private Partnership (PPP) to meet the resource crunch.

Jul 8: Balasore (Odisha): India succcessfully test-fires an advanced version of the 290-km range Brahmos supersonic cruise missile off the coast of Odisha, giving the country the capability to hit enemy targets hidden behind mountains or in a cluster of buildings with “pinpoint accuracy”.

Jul 9: New Delhi: Amit Shah, who scripted BJP’s stunning victory in key Uttar Pradesh in Lok Sabha elections, was rewarded by being appointed the party President, reflecting the total grip of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the ruling dispensation.

Jul 9: New Delhi: The Home Ministry orders a probe into leakage of Intelligence Bureau report that claimed certain NGOs and their international donors are planning to target many fresh economic development projects including those in Gujarat.

Jul 10: New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley doles out income tax sops by raising threshold exemption and investment limits by Rs 50,000, raised duties on cigarettes, tobacco, pan-masala and aerated drinks, widened service tax base and announced measures to spur growth manufacturing and revive investor confidence.

Jul 11: New Delhi: India remained non-committal on the time-frame for a meeting between its Foreign Secretary and her Pakistani counterpart, a day after Islamabad says they will meet soon.

Jul 11: New Delhi: The government says every possible efforts “well beyond diplomatic possibilities” were being explored for the safe return of 39 Indians who are in the captivity of Sunni militants ISIS in conflict-hit Iraq.

Jul 12: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the new leader of the reconstituted BJP Parliamentary Party in both Houses of Parliament.

Jul 13: New Delhi: Names of five senior BJP leaders, including former Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, have been firmed up by the government for appointment as Governors in states including Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat, highly placed sources say.

Jul 13: New Delhi: In yet another naval mishap, a warship suffered damage while operating in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory prompting the force to order a detailed investigation into it.

Jul 14: New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is understood to have ruled out changes in the controversial AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir and favoured its continuation in the present form in the state.

Jul 20: Jammu: In a major ceasefire violation, Pakistan Rangers indulged in heavy firing and shelling on 15 border outposts and several villages along the International Border in Jammu district, damaging houses and livestock.

Jul 21: New Delhi: A controversy breaks out over an allegation by former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, now Chairman of Press Council of India, that three ex-Chief Justices of India made “improper compromises” during UPA rule in allowing a judge in Tamil Nadu under corruption cloud to continue in office.

Jul 21: New Delhi: More than 180 Indians returned from Basrah on a special flight of Iraqi Airways, taking the number of people who have come back from conflict-hit Iraq to over 3,500.

Jul 22: New Delhi: CBI has not been able to establish any link between Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh and manufacturer of Tatra trucks on whose behalf he has been accused of offering bribe to the then Army Chief Gen (retd) V K Singh.

Jul 22: New Delhi: The Centre says it has no plans to amend or repeal Section 377 of the IPC, criminalising sex among homosexuals, till the issue is settled by the Supreme Court.

Jul 23: New Delhi: A Shiv Sena MP was caught on a video footage apparently force-feeding a fasting Muslim employee in the New Maharashtra Sadan here sparking outrage and a huge uproar in Parliament amid demands for action against its MPs involved in the incident and calls to avoid giving communal tinge.

Jul 23: New Delhi: India figures third among top 10 countries where highest number of rape have taken place in 2010 while in cases of murder, the country comes second in 2012, Rajya Sabha was informed.

Jul 24: Hyderabad/New Delhi: A Telangana BJP leader stoked a controversy over Sania Mirza being made the new state’s brand ambassador, calling her Pakistan’s “daughter-in-law”, sparking outrage and drawing a fierce response from the tennis ace who says she will remain an Indian until the “end of her life”.

Jul 24: New Delhi: The navies of India, the US and Japan kickstart their Malabar series of naval wargames in the Pacific Ocean, ignoring Chinese objections.

Jul 25: New Delhi: India’s own version of Madame Tussauds museum is inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee, with fibre-glass statues of former Presidents and eye-catching gifts received by them from abroad on display.

Jul 26: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches a website MyGov that aims to help citizens contribute in governance by giving their opinions and views on important issues like clean Ganga or skill development.

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