Padma Bhushan Award 2010

Bollywood star and Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan, has been conferred with Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third highest civilian honour.

Business and industry leaders have been honoured in generous measure in the civilian honours announced on the eve of Republic Day.

They include Apollo group chairman Prathap Chandra Reddy, who gets the Padman Vibhushan, while DLF’s KP Singh, Unilever’s Manvinder Singh Banga and Leela group’s CP Krishnan Nair were among those who got Padma Bhushan. Banker N Vaghul and Vardhaman group’s SP Oswal also received the Padma Bhushan.

The recipients of Padma Shri for trade and industry include Nagarjuna Group’s AV Satyanarayana Raj, Bahrain-based entrepreneur BR Pillai, Moser Baer’s Deepak Puri and Mirza Tanners’ Irshad Mirza.

Others business leaders conferred the Padma Shri were Mohan Meakins’ Kapil Mohan, Nirma group’s Karsanbhai Khodidas Patel, noted chartered accountant TN Manoharan and TVS group’s Venu Srinivasan.

This year, president Pratibha Patil approved 130 awards including 13 in the category of foreigners, comprising six Padma Vibhushans, 43 Padma Bhushans and 81 Padma Shris. The awards will be formally conferred in April by the President.

Role of women in indian society

As English sociologist, John Hobson noted, the modern world-system could not have expanded without colonies of exploitation and settlement. Native American Indians who inhabited these colonies endured everything from genocide to mutual acculturation. The Native American experience as part of the colony of exploitation shared similar characteristics as well as differences from the colony of the settlement. The colony of exploitations’ major purpose was to exploit the natural resources of the environment. Examples of these resources were hides of buffalo or cattle that were killed for food. Furs of various types of animals that were predators were also used. These natural resources were used in the exploitation of these colonies. The colony of settlements main function consisted of the European population who had settled with the Indians. There were many different kinds of settlement the Europeans introduced to the Native American Indians. Some examples of these types!

of settlement were farms, towns, mines and industry. The colonies of exploitation and settlement changed the Indians lives as well as how the modern world-system expanded.

Important Dates in Indian History

Important Dates in Indian History

BC

3000-1500 Indus Valley Civilisation
576 Birth of Gautam Buddha
527 Birth of Mahavir
327-326 Alexander’s invasion of India. It opened a land route between India and Europe
313 Accession of Chandragupta Maurya according to Jain traditions
305 Defeat of Seleucus at the hands of Chandragupta Maurya
273-232 Ashoka’s reign
261 Conquest of Kalinga
145-101 Region of Elara, the Chola King of Sri Lanka
58 Beginning of Vikrami era

AD

78 Beginning of Saka era
120 Accession of Kanishka
320 Commencement of Gupta era. the golden age of Hindu India
380 Accession of Vikramaditya
405-411 Visit of Chinese traveller Fa-hien
415 Accession of Kumara Gupta I
455 Accession of Skando Gupta
606-647 Harshavardhan’s reign
712 First invasion in Sind by Arabs
836 Accession of King Bhoja of Kannauj
985 Accession of Rajaraja,the Chola ruler
998 Accession of Sultan Mahmud
1001 First invasion of India by Mahmud Chazni who defeated jaipal, ruler of Punjab
1025 Destruction of Somnath Temple by Mahmud Ghzni
1191 First Battle of Tarain
1192 Second Battle of Tarain
1206 Accession of Qutab-ud-din Aibak to the throne of Delhi
1210 Death of Qutub-ud-din Aibak
1221 Changes Khan invaded India (Mongol invasion)
1236 Accession of Razia Sultan to the throne of Delhi
1240 Razia Sultan dies
1296 Accession of Ala–ud-din Khilji
1316 Ala-ud-din Khilji dies
1325 Accession of Muhammad-bin Tughlaq
1327 Shifting of Capital from Delhi to Daulatabad to Deccan by the Tughlaqs
1336 Foundation of Vijayanagar empire in the South
1351 Accession of Feroze Shah
1398 Invasion of India by Timur Lang
1469 Birth of Gurunanak
1494 Accession of Babar in Farghana
1497-98 First voyage of Vasco da Gama to India( discovery of sea route to India via the Cape of Good Hope
1526 First Battle of Panipat, Babar defeated Ibrahim Lodhi; Foundation of Mughal rule by Babar
1527 Battle of Khanya’Babar defeated Rana Sanga
1530 Death of Babar and accession of Humayun
1539 Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayan and became India’s emperor
1540 Battle of Kannauj
1555 Humayan recaptured the throne of Delhi
1556 Second Battle of Panipat
1565 Battle of Talikota
1576 Battle of Haldighati; Rana Pratap defeated by Akbar
1582 Din-e-Illahi founded by Akbar
1597 Death of Rana Pratap
1600 East India Company established
1605 Death of Akbar and accession of Jehangir
1606 Execution of Guru Arjun Dev
1611 Jehangir marries Nur jahan.
1616 Sir Thomas Roe visits Jehangir
1627 Birth of Shivaji and death of Jehangir
1628 Shahjahan becomes emperor of India
1631 Death of Mumtaj Mahal
1634 The British permitted to trade in india in Bengal
1659 Accession of Aurangzeb, Shahjahan imprisoned
1665 Shivaji imprisoned by Aurangzeb
1666 Death of Shahjahan
1675 Execution of Teg Bahadur,the ninth Guru of Sikhs
1680 Death of Shivaji
1707 Death of Aurangzeb
1708 Death of Guru Gobind Singh
1739 Nadir Shah invades India
1757 Battle of Plassey, establishment of Britishn political rule in India at the hands of Lord Clive.
1761 Third Battle of Panipat;Shah Alam II becomes India’s emperor
1764 Battle of Buxar
1765 Clive appointed Company’s Governor in India
1767-69 First Mysore war
1770 The great Bangal Famine
1780 Birth of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
1780-84 Second Mysore War
1784 Pitt’s Omdoa Act
1790-92 Third Mysore War
1793 The Permanent Settlement of Bengal
1799 Fourth Mysore War- Death of Tipu Sultan
1802 Treaty of Bassein
1809 Treaty of Amritsar
1829 Practice of Sati Prohibited
1830 Raja-Ram Mohun Roy, founder of Brahmo Samaj,visits England.
1833 Death of Raja Ram Mohun Roy.
1839 Death of Maharaj Ranjit Singh
1839-42 First Afghan War
1845-46 First Anglo-Sikh War
1852 Second Anglo-Burmese War
1853 First Railway line opened between Bombay and Thane and a Telegraph line in Calcutta
1857 The sepoy Mutiny or First War of Independence
1861 Birth of Rabindranath Tagore
1869 Birth of Mahatma Gandhi
1885 Foundation of Indian National Congress
1889 Birth of Jawaharlal Nehru
1897 Birth of Subhash Chandra Bose
1904 Tibet Expedition
1905 First partition of Bengal under Lord Curzon
1906 Foundation of Muslim League
1911 Delhi Darbar;King and Queen visit India;Delhi becomes the capital of India
1916 World War 1 begins
1916 Lucknow Pact signed by Muslim League and Congress
1918 World War 1 ends
1919 Montague-Chelmsfor Reforms introduced,Jallianwala Bagh massacreat Amritsar
1920 Khilafar Movement launched
1927 Boycott of Simon Commission,broadcasting started in India
1928 Death of lal Lajpat Rai ( Sher-e-Punjab)
1929 Lord Orwaom’s Pact, resolution of complete independence passed at Lahore Congress
1930 Civil Disobedience Movement launched;Dandi March by Mahatma Gandhi(April 6, 1970 )
1931 Gandhi-Irwin Pact
1935 Government of India Act enacted
1937 Provincial Autonomy,Congress forms ministers
1939 World War II begins (September i )
1941 Death of Rabindranath Tagore, escape of Subhash Chandra Bose from India
1942 Arrival of Cripps Mission in India, ‘Quit India’ movement launched (Aug.8)
1943-44 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose forms provincial Azad Hindu Hukumat and Indian National Army, Bengal famine
1945 Trial of Indian National Army at Red Fort;Shimla Conference World War II ends
1946 British Cabinet Mission visits India; Interim Government formed at the Centre,
1947 Division of India; India and Pakistan form separate independent dominions
1948 Mahatma Gandhi assassinated (Jan.30); integration of princely states.
1949 Cease-fire in Kashmir,indian Constitution signed and adopted(Nov.26)
1950 India becomes a Sovereign Democratic Republic (Jan.26)and Constitution of India comes into force
1951 First Five-year Plan.First Asian Games held in Delhi
1952 First General Elections of the Lok Sabha
1953 Conquest of Mt.Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary
1956 Second Five-Year Plan launched
1957 Second General Elkections;decimal coinage introduced,
Liberation of Goa.
1962 Third General Elections in India; Chinese attack on India (Dec 20 )
1963 Nagaland becomes the 16th indian State
1964 Death of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru
1965 Pakistan attacks India
1966 Tashkent Pact;Death of Lal Bahadur Shastri; Mrs. Indira Gandhi elected Prime Minister of India.
1967 Fourth General Elections;Dr Zakir Hussain elected the third president of India
1969 V.V.Giri elected President of India, Nationalisation of the leading banks by Presidential ordinance.
1970 Meghalaya designated as autonomous state.
1971 Himachal Pradesh becomes a State;Indo-Pak War, Bangladesh is born
1972 Shimla agreement;Death of C.Rajagopalachari
1973 Mysore State renamed Karnataka
1974 India explodes a nuclear device; Fakhuruddin Ali Ahmed elected as fifth President Sikkim becomes on associate State of India
1975 India launches ‘Aryabhata’; Sikkim becomes 22nd State of the Indian Union; State of Emergency is declared
1976 India and China establish diplomatic relations
1977 Sixth General Elections; Janata Party gets majority in Lok Sabha; Neelam Sanjiva Reddy elected sixth President of India
1979 Morarji Desai resigns as Prime Minister,Charan Singh becomes Prime Minister;Charan Singh resigns ( Aug 20 ) Sixth Lok Sabha dissolved
1980 Seventh General Elections;Congress I comes to power;Mrs Indira Gandhi sworn in as Prime Minister; Sanjay Gandhi dies in an air crash, India Launches SLV-3 into space carrying Rohini Satellite
1982 Longest bridge in Asia opened ( March 2 ); Acharya J.B. Kripalani dies ( March 19) INSAT.1A launched; Giani Zail Singh elected President of India (July 15) Over 500 persons killed in Gujarat Cyclone ( Nov.5); Acharua Vinobha dies (Nov 15) IX Asian Games inaugurated (Nov 19)
1983 CHOGM held in New Delhi
1984 Operation Blue Star in Punjab; Rakesh Sharma goes into space; Mrs. Indira Gandhi assassinated; Rajiv Gandhi becomes PM
1985 Rajiv-Longowal accord signed; Sant H.S. Longowal killed elections in Punjab; Assam accord; VII Five-Year Plan launched 1986 Mizoram accord.
1987 R.Venkataraman elected President; Shankar Dayal Sharma elected Vice-President of India, Bofors gun and Fairfax controversies
1989 Ram Shilanyas Puja at Ayodhyat; India’s first IRBM ‘ Agni’ successfully launched from Orissa (May 22); Trishul Missile test fised (June 5); Second successful launch of Prithvi (Sept 27); Rajiv Government loses poll and resigns (Nov.29); Jawahar Rozgar Yojna launched (Nov.29);National front leader V.P. Singh sworn in as seventh PM, New cabinet sworn in (Dec.2), Ninth Lok Sabha constituted
1990 Last of IPKF return home (March 25); Indian Airlines A-320 Airbus Crash (Feb. 14); Janata Dal splits; BJP withdraws support to the Government;Advani takes out Rath Yatra and is arrested, Mandal Report implemented announced by V.P. Singh Violence in Ayodhya due to Ram Janam Bhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute
1991 Gulf War breaks out (Jan. 17); Rajiv Gandhi assassinated (May 21); X Lok Sabha constituted (June 20); P. V. Narasimha Rao becomes Prime Minister
1992 India establishes full diplomatic ties with Israel (Jan. 29); Bharat Ratna and Oscar winner Satyajit Ray dies (April 23); S.D.Sharma elected President (July 25); INS Shakti-first indigeneously built submarine was launched on Feb. 7
1993 Ordinance to acquire 67.33 acres in Ayodhya (Jan 7); Massive security falls in BJP rally; Wave of bombing leaves 300 dead in Bombay; Insat-2B becomes fully operational; Earthquake in Maharashtra
1994 Government monopoly over civil aviation ends; Storm over GATT treaty;Plague outbreak; Sushmita Sen-Miss Universe; Aishwarya Rai-Miss World
1995 Mayawati First Dalit Chief Minister of UP; BJP comes to power in Maharashtra and Gujarat, Janata Dal in Karnataka and Congress in Orissa; Indian National Congress (T) formed; President’s Rule in UP after fall of Mayawati; INSAT 2C and IRSI-C launched
1996 Hawala takes toll of several Union Ministers ans opposition leaders; PSLV D3 launched on March 21 with IRSP-3 ushering new era in India space programme; Eleventh Lok Sabha Elections held on April 127-BJP emerges as the single largest party
1997 On August 15, India celebrated its 50th year of Independence
1998 Death of Mother Teressa; Atal Behari Vajpayee becomes Indian Prime Minister; India explodes its second nuclear device (Pokhran II)
1999 India Airlines plane IC-814 hijacked by terrorists and taken to Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Dec 24, 1999. Three militants released by Indian govt.for the freedom of hostages kept as passengers. In June 1999, Flt. Lt. K. Nachiketa, the captured Indian pilot, released by Pakistan after eight days of captivity. ‘Operation Vijay’ launched by Indian Army to flush out Pakistani infiltrators inside LoC in the Kargil sector of J&K, India wins battle.
2000Â US President Bill Clinton visits India during March 2000. Three new states Chhatisgarh, Uttaranchal and Jharkhand created.India’s population crossed one billion mark.
2001 ‘Agra Summit’ between India and Pakistan in July 2001; Worst natural calamity of India: Gujarat Earthquake in Jan 2001; ‘Tehelka.Com’ screened video tapes which opened the murky world of arms deal and its kickbacks to Indian Army officials, ministers and politicians in March 2001; VI th census of India (since Independence) concluded in March 2001. Enron bids farewall to Indian energy sector in August 2001; GSLV
launched successfully in April 2001 and PSLC-C3 launch conducted in October 2001.
2002Â 71-year old missile scientist, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, is elected President of India; One of the most harrific communal roits in recent history, the Godhra Incident, happens on Feb 27, 2002 in Gujarat;National Water Policy announced in April, which aims at integrating water resources develpment and management for optimal and sustainable utilisation.
2003Â Formation of Strategic Forces Command (SFO) and the Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) by India; Air Marshal Teja Mohan Asthana named first commander in chief of the SFC; Advanced multi purpose satellite, INSAT-3A is successfully launched into space from Kourou of French Guyana; CBI forms an Economic Intelligence Wing to tackle white-collar crime in June; India’s adnaced communication satellite INSAT-3E is launched by an European rocket from the spaceport of Kourou of French Guyana in December
2004 NDA government ousted by the Congress and its allies in the General Election; Congress President Ms Sonia Gandhi opts against becoming Prime Minister of India despite being in a strong position; Congress and its allies forms government at the centre under the Prime Ministership of Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Indian politics news 2009

» Legislative Council Polls Begin In Uttar Pradesh
Polling has started for Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council to elect 36 representatives from the 35 local authority constituencies.

» Kashmir’s Lal Chowk Area Witnesses Heavy Firing
Lal Chowk area witnessed heavy exchange of firing today during the morning hours as security forces prepared to attack the Srinagar hotel where the two terrorists have been hiding.

» Maharashtra Witnesses Another Student Suicide Case
It’s a tragic view when young people take extensive measure to end life due to failure, Mumbai has suffered another loss by the suicide death of two engineering student.

» PM To See Jyoti Basu Over His Failing Health
PM Manmohan Singh will leave for Kolkata to see Jyoti Basu whose health has been deteriorating.

» Former Maoist Calls For Village Upliftment To End Maoist Insurgency
Polush Surin, the former Maoist leader insists to develop villages to end Maoist insurgency.

» Jayalalitha Criticises Governor’s Address To The Assembly
» Richard Gere Attends Dalai Lama’s Religious Discourse In Bodh Gaya
» BJP’s C.P. Singh Is The New Jharkhand Speaker
» Maoists’ Marijuana Plantations Discovered In Chhattisgarh
» Kerala State BJP Elects V. Muraleedharan As New Party President
» Fidayeen Guerillas Attack CRPF Troopers In Kashmir
» BJP Legislator Attacked In His Constituency In Delhi
» Ruchika’s School Expulsion Report To Be Submitted Soon
» Samajwadi Party Leader Amar Singh Resigns As Party General Secretary
» Bihar Police Arrest 14 Maoist Suspects
» Mumbai’s Security Tightened After Bomb Threat
» IAS Officer Arrested Over Land Allotment In Gujarat
» BJP Alleged With PSU Irregularities
» Uttar Pradesh Pronounces Life Imprisonment For Eight Policemen
» Jyoti Basu’s Condition Deteriorates
» India Likely To Face Food Crisis, Says M.S. Swaminathan
» Gujarat Busy In Hosting International Kite Festival
» Ruchika Molestation Case Fills The Cyberspace
» Tamil Nadu Assembly Session Shall Commence From Wednesday
» MIM Urges For President’s Rule In Andhra Pradesh Following The Telangana Agitations
» BJP President Nitin Gadkari Meets Former Karnataka Minister Karandlage
» Telangana Meeting Reaches No Decision
» Custodial Death Triggers Strike By Maoists
» Kerala Stirred by Bus Strike
» Telangana Protests Directed To Delhi
» Aarushi Murder Case: Court Permits Narco Tests On Parents
» Telangana Protests Affect Rail And Road Services In Andhra Pradesh Drastically
» Kalyan Singh Celebrates Birthday With New Party
» Uttar Pradesh Cold Wave Death Number Rises To 51
» PM Praises Multi-Party Democracy And Stresses Women’s Role At Speakers Conference
» Meeting Over Controversial Telangana Starts In Delhi
» Ruchika Case: Fresh Case Registered Against Former Cop Rathore
» Delhi Train Services Hit Badly By Dense Fog
» Indian Vice President Flies For His Tri-Africa Nations Visit
» Goa Police Denies Input Of Headley’s Visit To Goa Last Year
» Maoists Destroy Rail Track In Jharkhand
» 16 Dead And 28 Injured In Tempo Accident In Maharashtra
» Gujarat Town Under Siege For Escaped Terrorists
» 20th Commonwealth Speakers’ Conference Hosted By Indian Parliament Begins
» BJP Legislator C.P. Singh Will Be New Jharkhand Assembly Speaker
» Rich And Poor Nations Fight Over Biopiracy After Climate Change : Says Jairam Ramesh
» Jamia Milia Islamia Students To Carry Out Cycle Rally “To Join Hearts”
» Ruchika Molestation Case: Home Ministry Strips Rathore Of The Police Medal
» Ruchika Molestation Case Should Get Justice: Says Speaker Meira Kumar
» Andhra Pradesh CM Rosaiah Reaches Delhi To Participate In Meeting Over Telangana
» Aarushi Muder Case: CBI Seeks Permission To Conduct Narco-Tests On Parents
» Ruchika Molestation Case Gears Pending Cases Against VIPs
» Bihar Alerted Over A Probable Terrorist Attack On Trains
» Flights Resume Operations In Delhi Though Backlog Continues
» BJP Still In Shock Over Chhattisgarh Election Results
» Prof Sabharwal Case: Supreme Court Denies Entertaining Son’s Petition
» JAC Calls For Bandh In Non-Telangana Regions Of Andhra Pradesh For United State
» RSS Chief Accuses UPA As Encouraging “Politics Of Separatism”
» Offload stocks to bring food prices under control: CII
» PM expresses disappointment over Copenhagen accord
» Kanpur-Delhi rail route restored after train accident
» Jharkhand Loses Revenue Due To Massive Coal Smuggling
» Karat Seeks Chidambaram’s Involvement To Sort Out The Unjust Nepali Deportation Case
» Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) Develops Online Services
» Train Runs Over Four Elephants In Assam
» Air India Raised Passenger Load By 10 Percent
» CPI-M Leader Jyoti Basu Recovering From Pneumonia
» Orissa Districts Affected By Maoist’s Call For Shutdown
» Telangana Christian Communities Urge For Talks Over The New State Formation
» Buddhist Monks Demand Control Over Bodh Gaya Temple
» Five Train Accidents In Uttar Pradesh; 10 Killed And 39 Injured
» Manmohan Singh Chosen As ‘Chic Sikh’ Of 2009
» INLD Chief Chautala Son To Contest For Haryana By-Election
» Maoists Bomb Threat Hits Rail Services
» Himachal Pradesh Hydropower Generation Back To Service
» Ruchika Molestation Case: Hooda Assures Faster SIT Inquiry
» Four Firearm Dealers Arrested In Uttar Pradesh
» Dense Fog Causes Two Train Collisions In UP
» Delhi Rail And Air Service Affected By Dense Fog
» North India Faces Power Blackout Due To Heavy Fog; Rail Services Affected
» Venkat Reddy Receives Notice From Congress Over Anti-Rosaiah Remarks
» Indian origin scientist gets Canada’s highest civilian award
» Karunanidhi Declared That World Tamil Conference Shall Popularise Tamil
» Rathore in deep trouble, Ruchika’s brother files fresh charge (Roundup)
» Telangana state to be a reality in 2010, says TRS chief
» Indian Vice-President To Visit Africa From Jan 5-12
» Chidambaram Dissatisfied With Ruchika Case Handling
» Orissa’s Pilgrim City Puri Visited By Five Lakh People For New Year
» Shashi Tharoor Praises Meeting With Krishna On Twitter
» Ruchika Molestation Case: Abha Rathore’s Plea For Early Hearing Of Rathore Rejected
» ULFA Chairman Rajkhowa Demands Release Of Leaders To Begin Peace Talks
» Madhya Pradesh Government Postpones Tiger Census
» Swine Flu Claims Five More Lives In Chandigarh
» Ruchika Girhotra’s School Principal To Face Interrogation
» Maoists Damage Railway Tracks In West Bengal
» Ruchika Case: Haryana Police To Set Up Special Investigation Team To Inquire
» Rajasthan Searches Absconding DIG Acquitted Of Raping A Tribal Woman
» Shashi Tharoor Asked To Be On Same Page On Visa Issue By Krishna
» 4 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Troopers Killed In Kashmir

The Top 20 News Stories of 2009

Like any end-of-year roundup compiled in late December our survey of the news and features stories that Times Online readers found most interesting in 2009 will perforce be a little inexact. Nevertheless, we are pleased to present for your edification and interest our most-read articles of the year.

20: Climate chief Lord Stern – ‘give up meat to save the planet’

In an interview with The Times, the economist and academic Lord Stern of Brentford said that people will need to turn vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change. “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.” In one of the liveliest comment threads of the year, readers debated the issue for days.

19: Barack and Michelle Obama decline dinner with the Sarkozys

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President Sarkozy, who had hoped to make the D-Day anniversary celebrations a glittering Franco-American affair, was rebuffed by the new US President and his First Lady. British readers, mindful of the French leader’s exclusion of our own dignitaries, were particularly tickled by this story.

18: The mother who brought down the Fort Hood killer

Kimberly Munley, the first responding officer on the scene of November’s Fort Hood shootings, was credited with having brought to an end the worst act of terror on American soil since 9/11.

17: 20m holiday home at Blue Heron Farm suits Barack Obama to a tee

In July, the new US President’s planned holiday break drew considerable interest. Choosing a $50,000 a week luxury holiday villa (and splitting the cost with the US Secret Service and White House staff) rather than going for the default Camp David option showed either a cavalier approach to the nation’s purse or a little imagination, depending on one’s political hue.

16: Woman burnt to death after setting her own car alight in roadrage incident

The sad and shocking case of Serena Sutton-Smith, who died after ramming her Vauxhall Nova into another vehicle and spinning her wheels so fast that her own car burst into flames was a huge online attraction in September.

15: Knights Templar hid the Shroud of Turin says Vatican

With a headline that was like catnip for conspiracy theorists and Dan Brown fans everywhere, this revelation that Medieval knights hid and secretly venerated the Holy Shroud of Turin for more than 100 years after the Crusades was a huge hit throughout the Easter week.

14: Sun, sea and sewage in the playground of the rich in Dubai

A noxious tide of illegally dumped ordure detracted from Dubai’s jet set image in January, attracting huge web traffic throughout the month.

13: Alfie Patten becomes a father at 13 after one night of unprotected sex

February’s tale of underage sex and its potential consequences reopened the ’broken Britain’ debate.

12: American troops in Afghanistan losing heart say army chaplains

This report from Martin Fletcher at a Forward Operating Base in Wardak province painted a depressing picture of a dispirited army on a futile mission.

11: How one ordinary woman solved a murder

Susan Galbreath became a real-life Miss Marple when she heard of the discovery of a corpse in her home town.

10: Israel stands ready to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites

In April, we heard chilling news from Israel of a potential raid on Iran’s nuclear sites: Sabre-rattling? Or portents of a nuclear exchange in the Middle East?

9: Charity homes built by Hollywood start to crumble

Fairway Oaks was built on northern Florida wasteland by 10,000 volunteers, including Carter, in a record 17-day “blitz” organised by the charity Habitat for Humanity. Eight years later it is better known for cockroaches, mildew and mysterious skin rashes.

8: World’s first flying car prepares for takeoff

The long-promised science fiction dream came a little closer to reality in January with the announcement of the Terrafugia Transition, which can transform itself from a two-seater road car to a plane.

7: Nicolas Sarkozy puts Barack Obama in the doghouse

The souring of the Sarkozy/Obama relationship hinted at in our No.20 story may have had its roots in the French President’s characterisation of President Obama’s foreign policy initiatives as ‘unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated’.

6: Nicholas Hughes, Sylvia Plath’s son, commits suicide

In March, the son of the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath hanged himself at his home in Alaska after a long struggle against depression. Widespread interest in his family’s turbulent history propelled this story to the top of our ‘Most Read’ box for days.

5: Climate change data dumped

Making a change from stories about bungling politicians, bungling scientists made the news in November: Having extracted the information that they needed from temperature data that had gathered from weather stations around the world, researchers at the University of East Anglia threw away the original documents in order to save space.

4: Brown snubbed over tax

Gordon Brown’s carefully laid plans for a G20 deal on worldwide tax cuts were scuppered in March by an eve-of-summit ambush by a group European leaders.

3: Barack Obamas peace prize starts a fight

In October there was a substantial surprise at the announcement that President Obama was to awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. It has been described by some Nobel scholars as an example of the growing aspirational trend of Nobel committees over the past three decades, by which awards are given not for what has been achieved but in support of the cause being fought for

2: Woman who missed Flight 447 is killed in car crash

Johanna Ganthaler had been on holiday in Brazil with her husband Kurt and missed doomed Air France Flight 447 after turning up late at Rio de Janeiro airport on May 31. The real-life Final Destination story attracted a huge readership.

1: Thaksin Shinawatra – the full transcript of his interview with The Times

Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor of The Times, spoke to the ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra at his home in Dubai. The story was the fastest-moving story we have ever had, becoming our most-read news story of the year within a week of publication.

Indian Economy 2009

After several years of rapid growth, 2009, will prove a testing year for India.

Inflation Inflation continues to pose a threat. Inflation peaked at 12% in early August ‘08. Inflation, is being caused by rapid growth (demand pull factors) but, also the cost push inflation factors (rising oil prices). Hopefully, the fall in oil prices and higher interest rates will reduce inflation without causing too much of a slowdown.

Economic Growth. After reaching growth of 9.8% in 2007/08, growth is expected to slow down to 7%. This might not be a bad thing as it will avoid inflationary pressures building further. However, some worry the global credit crunch could reduce growth much more.

Global Recession and Indian Economy. It appears that Europe, Japan and the US are entering into recession. Falling house prices, crisis in the financial system, and lower confidence could lead to a sharp downturn, with the worst still to come.

Many argue, that India’s growth is not so dependent on growth in the West. However, the Indian stockmarkets have been hit by the global crisis. India’s growing service sector and manufacturing sector would be adversely impacted by a global downturn. However, I still feel that India’s economic success is not dependent on growth in the West, and at worst India’s growth rate will be less than hoped for.

The Indian government still have a target of 10% growth for 2010/11, but, I think this could prove unrealistic.

Challenges for Indian Economy in 2009
Getting inflation under control
Spreading the benefits of growth more equitably.
Completing investment projects which are essential for long term development of economy.
Dealing with global financial uncertainty, which will make capital flows and exports more difficult.
Sensex in 2009
After falling in 2008, the Sensex could offer one of the best returns for global stockmarkets. India’s strong economic growth will buck the global trend for lower growth.

Indian Rupee 2009
The Indian Rupee has had a surprisingly weak year. The Rupee has fallen from 39 Rupee to 1$ in January 2008, to 44 Rupee in September. Real interest rates in India are still negative, but, if the Indian inflation rate is reduced, and the government resist the temptation to go all out for growth, the Rupee may rebound, at least against the dollar, which will face more difficulties in 2009

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