Yearender 2016

The year 2016 witnessed vitriolic US presidential elections leading to Republican Donald Trump's victory; Syrian civil war killed thousands of civilians; the refugee crisis and the Brexit heated up politics in Europe. Back home, demonetisation sent shock waves across the country as the Narendra Modi government's decision led to a cash crunch. The Parliament saw a rare unanimity when they passed the Goods and Services Tax Bill, but this unanimity did not last long. The Winter Session of Parliament was a complete washed out over demonetisation. Tamil Nadu lost its tallest leader as AIADMK's J Jayalalithaa passed away of cardiac arrest. The ties between India and Pakistan remained frozen. The surgical strike against Pakistan-based terror camps was said to be the revenge for the killing of 19 Indian soldiers in Uri. Bollywood was forced to boycott Pakistani artistes as the nationalism debate continued through the year. Samajwadi Party saw a bitter family fight between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal and there's disquiet in the Bihar governing alliance after Nitish Kumar's vocal support for deminetisation, a stand that goes against RJD. On the tech front, the year saw the launch of Apple iPhone 7, Google Pixel.
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Before New Year 2017, here is the A to Z to what 2016 was like

Here are the top 26 news that made headlines in India and worldwide in 2016.

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Top performers of 2016: Actors who stole the show

Here’s a look at some of the actors who donned very different characters this year and tried to test their artistic limits

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Technology in 2017: So what does this year hold for us?

The coming year will be pivotal in more ways than one. There will be new challengers that confront traditions, and smarter devices that make us dumber.

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Sikkim became India’s first fully organic state in 2016

It took the state 13 years to fully implement organic farming since the idea was mooted way back in 2003.

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Year-Ender 2016: Bars and restaurants had plenty to cheer about

By some strange alchemy (and a lot of venture capital funding), popular restaurants this year sprouted in many avatars in different cities.

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Hits that you missed in 2016: When Deepika Kumari got five 10s in nine shots at Rio Olympics

The stage was set for Deepika Kumari to make a tame exit from what was turning out to be a morose Olympics for India.

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Hits that you missed in 2016: Enrique Gonzalez left seven Indian defenders in his wake at Junior Hockey World Cup

Indian players tried to stop Enrique Gonzalez with their sticks, shoulder challenges and, in desperation, by pulling his shirt.

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Hits that you missed in 2016: Suckerpunch to Bangladesh before facing India in World T20 Quarters

Before facing India in the World T20, Bangladesh were handed terrible news of suspensions for Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny for suspect actions

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Hits that were missed in 2016: When Mohammed Shami was breezier than breeze

In the contest which saw Virat Kohli score his maiden double hundred, there was also Mohammed Shami’s exceptional four-for in West Indies.

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Not just Trump’s victory, four other events of 2016 The Simpsons predicted right

From Alan Rickman’s and Prince death, it even predicted names of Noble Prize winner!

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In 2016, RSS grew in importance and closer to Modi govt

This year, the Sangh did not like Modi’s critical remarks on Gau Rakshaks but both sides quickly covered up the chinks in their relationship and rebuilt trust.

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Congress in 2016: Will a bad year have a good ending?

Organisationally, Congress remained at a standstill but politically the party, and especially Rahul, showed signs of aggression and revival towards the end of the year.

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2016 – A year of sporting surprises galore

Sport doesn’t always go by the script. This year turned many sporting truths inside out. Here’s looking at the best.

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Television in 2016: TV: Snakes as stars, Turkish delights and anyone seen Arnab lately?

Here is all that happened in the Indian telly world in 2016.

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2016’s social media stars: These hilarious tweets by Rishi Kapoor prove why he ruled Twitter this year

From his comment on Zara’s ripped jeans collection to his hilarious tweet on Rakhee, you can’t miss these.