January 11th, 2017
Raghuram Rajan: India’s 23rd RBI governor announced that he would not seek a second term and instead return to academia. Rajan was the youngest economist at the International Monetary Fund from 2003 to 2007 and is credited as being one of the few intellectuals who predicted the 2008 economic crisis. He is also the current Vice-Chairman of the Bank of International Settlements. His arrival in 2013 stemmed a sustained fall in the rupee and was lauded by individuals across the political spectrum.
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Burhan Wani: Burhan Muzzafar Wani was a commander of Kashmir-based Hizbul Mujahideen. He was killed along with two other militants in an encounter in Anantnag district on July 8. His death sparked a wave of protests and set the stage for the 2016 Kashmir Unrest.
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Narendra Modi: The Narendra Modi administration completed two years in office this year. Modi, inadvertently, was one of the major players this year. From Railway stations and ZED to installing solar panels, green transportation and demonetization, the Prime Minister has influenced all our lives.
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Kanhaiya Kumar: The former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student’s Union and the leader of the student’s wing of the Communist Party of India, Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested for raising “anti-India” slogans in a rally on the JNU campus. Later, as a result, the University took disciplinary action against Kumar, and he was imprisoned after being charged with sedition, though the authorities later released him due to lack of conclusive evidence. His arrest ignited a national debate on Section 124(A) of the Indian Penal Code, Sedition, and free speech.
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PV Sindhu: The first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal at 2016 Olympics. Sindhu recently also qualified for the World Super Series Finals. She is the first youngest Indian woman who created history and made the whole country proud by bagging an Olympic silver medal representing India.
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Sakshi Malik: Hailing from a district in Haryana where taking up sports for a girl is considered uncouth and disgraceful, Sakshi Malik became the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics: A bronze medal in the 58kg category.
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Lance Nayak Hanumanthaappa: We lost ten soldiers in the Siachen Avalanche, this year. They served the nation at a temperature of -50 degree Celsius, at 19,600 feet. One of them was Lance Nayak Hanumanthaappa who passed away at RR hospital in Delhi after being rescued from under 25 feet of snow.
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Lt. Col. Niranjan: Lt. Col. Niranjan was among the seven martyrs slain in the gun-fight again Pakistani terrorists who attacked the Pathankot air base on 2 Jan. He was martyred while defusing a live grenade from the body of a terrorist.
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Tina Dabi: A 22-year-old girl from Delhi topped the prestigious Civil services exams in 2016. She made headlines again when she opened up about her marriage with the civil services exam second rank holder Athar Aamir Khan.
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Najeeb Ahmed: A student of the first year M.Sc Biotechnology and a native of Uttar Pradesh, Ahmed went missing on since October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP. His disappearance led her mother to reach the Delhi High Court where she sought directions.
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Reshma: 19-year-old Reshma Quereshi, whose face was disfigured in an acid attack changed the perceptions of fashion by dazzling the ramp at the New York Fashion Week in September. This initiative was an attempt to ban on the sale of corrosive substances that is a subject of woe for many women and children around the world. Donning a floral floor-length gown by designer Archana Kochhar she opened the FTL Moda show on the first day of the fashion week.
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Malvika Raj Joshi: 17-yr-old Malvika Raj Joshi from Mumbai made it to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the most prestigious educational institutes in the world, based on her merit without any certificates. She didn’t have Class 10 or 12 certificates but has an impeccable computer programming talent that earned her a scholarship at MIT for being a three-time medal winner (two silver and a bronze) at International Olympiad of Informatics.
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Author: Nikhil Bharadwaj