The biggest news stories from India in 2017


Ryan murder case: Eight-year-old, class II student Pradhuman Thakur was found dead in Ryan International School’s toilet in Maruti Kunj in September. In latest development, in the case, a class XI student has been accused of the child’s murder. After CBI’s report, Ashok, the conductor who was falsely implicated in the case by the police has also been released from jail
Instant Triple Talaq
In a landmark 3-2 verdict, the Supreme Court in August set aside the centuries-old practice of instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat in which Muslim men divorce their wives by uttering Talaq three times in quick succession. The apex court by a majority verdict ruled that the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims is “void,” “illegal,” and “unconstitutional.” The court by 3:2 verdict held that the triple talaq is against the basic tenets of Quran.
Aadhaar Linking
The government has made it mandatory for financial institutions, including banks, to verify and link Aadhaar of their customers with their accounts. According to a notification dated June 1, 2017, the deadline for doing was set as December 31, 2017 (as of now), and accounts where this is not done are to be made inoperable after this date till the details are updated. However, on October 25, 2017, the government gave a breather to those who still don’t have the 12-digit biometric number- the deadline for them has been extended by three months to March 31, 2018.
GST tax
In a major economic reform move and biggest tax reform, the Centre introduced ‘Goods and Services Tax’ (GST) tax as new national sales tax. The GST will replace a patchwork of central and state levies on goods and services. It is a single tax (collected at multiple points) with a full set-off for taxes paid earlier in the value chain. Thus, the final consumer will bear only the GST charged by the last dealer in the supply chain with set-off benefits at all the previous stages.
Women’s Entry into Temples
The Supreme Court in an emphatic verdict ruled that Indian temples that deny or restrict women’s entry undermine the fight for gender equality and have no constitutional right to do so. The Supreme Court comments came days after the Shani Shignapur temple in western Maharashtra opened its inner sanctum to women following a Mumbai court ruling that it was the fundamental right of women to enter any place of worship that allows men access.
UP Chief Minister
Yogi Adityanath became Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister after the state assembly elections in March. He said, that there would be no place for ‘goonda raj’ and corruption under his rule
PSLV-C37 Launches 104 Satellites in a Single Flight
: In its 39th flight (PSLV-C37), ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites in February from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This was the 38th consecutively successful mission of PSLV. The total weight of all the 104 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C37 was 1378 kg. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
Dera Sachha Sauda row
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Insaan, chief of Dera Sachha Sauda, was convicted in two rape cases and was sentenced to 20 years. Huge protests erupted after his conviction. At least 30 were killed in the violent protests. His successor and ‘adopted daughter’ Honeypreet was also convicted for enticing mob for riots and was arrested by the Haryana Police after being on the run for two months.
Modi-Trump meet
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the White House in Washington, DC in June. This was the first meeting between PM Modi and President Trump after the latter took the office
Five states
Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur went to polls in February, March, 2017. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed government in four states,
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Congress managed to return to power in Punjab. In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP and its allies thumped the Congress, Samajwadi Party combine by winning an an overwhelming three-quarter majority of 325 seats. The BJP, which fought the UP election without naming a CM candidate, decided to handover the responsibility to ‘firebrand’ five-term Lok Sabha member Yogi Adityanath, 44. In the 70-seat Uttarakhand Assembly, the BJP won 57 while the Congress could win just 11 seats. Trivendra Singh Rawat was sworn-in as the eighth CM of the hilly state on March 18, 2017.
In Goa, Manohar Parrikar took sailed through the trust vote in the Goa assembly with the support of 22 legislators in the 40-member House. Despite emerging as the single largest party in the House with 17 MLAs, the Congress failed to form government in the coastal state. In Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh returned for a second stint on the CM’s post after the Congress (77 seats) defeated the BJP-SAD combine (18 seats). The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 20 seats. BJP’s Nongthombam Biren Singh was sworn-in as Manipur’s new CM on March 15, 2017. The saffron party won 21 seats in the 60-member Manipur Assembly.
Nirbhaya verdict
The Supreme Court rejected the plea by four convicts, challenging their death penalty, in the December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case. The apex court decided the four convicts should be hanged till death.
Dentist couple Nupur Talwar (C-R) and Rajesh Talwar (C-L) were released from Dasna Prison in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, after being acquitted by the Allahabad High Court in the twin murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic worker Hemraj Banjade.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death on December 9, 2016 not only sent shockwaves across the state it also triggered an ugly war of succession in southern state. During her over three months hospital stay, Jayalalithaa entrusted O Panneerselvam to look after her official work. Panneerselvam was the obvious choice to replace Jayalalithaa after her demise, however, the former Tamil Nadu’s close aide VK Sasikala refused to accept Panneerselvam as the leader of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). Sasikala alongwith her nephew TTV Dinarakan, who was removed from the party by Jayalalithaa in 2011, made E Palaniswami the CM. The drama took a new turn when Panneerselvam refused to accept Palaniswami as the CM claiming support of majority of MLAs. However, after Sasikala was jailed in disproportionate assets case, the two warring factions decided to bury their difference and join hands. After days of negotiations, the merger finally took place on August 21, 2017. According to the deal, while Palaniswami continued to be the CM, Panneerselvam was made his deputy. Both the factions also agreed to expel Sasikala and Dinakaran from AIADMK.
Nitish Kumar walked back into the NDA fold after four years. He took oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the second time in 2 years, splitting open the Grand Alliance and forming a government once again with the BJP.