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Nirav Modi, Priya Varrier, Indu Malhotra, Navjot Singh Sidhu: Newsmakers of 2018

From Urjit Patel's resignation to the demise of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 2018 has been an eventful year. Here is a recap of the year in photographs

Nirav Modi, Priya Varrier, Indu Malhotra, Navjot Singh Sidhu: Newsmakers of 2018

On January 29, CBI booked jeweller Nirav Modi, his wife Ami Modi, brother Nishal Modi and his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi in an alleged Rs 280-crore cheating case acting on the first Punjab National Bank (PNB) complaint. Later, PNB revealed that it detected fraudulent transactions worth Rs 11, 000 crore in a south Mumbai corporate branch, involving firms promoted by Nirav Modi. Nirav Modi has been absconding ever since the alleged bank fraud came to light and an Interpol arrest warrant was also notified against him.

Nirav Modi's maternal uncle Mehul Choksi, is also one of the key accused in the PNB scam. Choksi termed the allegations levelled by the Enforcement Directorate as “false and baseless”. The fugitive jeweller has acquired citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda and the government has sent an extradition request to the country to bring him back to India.

Newsmakers of 2018

Sridevi, the Bollywood legend known for films such as Chandni, Sadma and more recently Mom, passed away in Dubai after a massive cardiac arrest. Sridevi's sudden death had shocked the entire nation. The 54-year-old actor is survived by husband Boney Kapoor and two daughters, Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor.

Newsmakers of 2018

Priya Prakash Varrier, an 18-year-old Malayalam actor, became an overnight star after a clip of her song in a Malayalam movie ‘Oru Adaar Love’, in which she was seen winking, went viral on the social media. Varrier even became one of the most searched-for Indian on Google for a short period.

Newsmakers of 2018

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was caught off guard by the BJP’s decision to pull out of the coalition government in the state. As for the PDP, it was a setback to its leader Mehbooba Mufti who took time to form the Government after the death of her father Mufti Mohammed Saeed. She also braved internal dissension on this issue to continue with this alliance. (Express photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

Newsmakers 2018: People, events and judgments that created buzz in India

Justice Dipak Misra retires: From an unsuccessful impeachment motion against him to delivering key verdicts upholding constitutional morality and gender equality, former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra left a “mixed legacy”, according to jurists and former law ministers. Justice Ranjan Gogoi was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India and is also the first person from the Northeast to claim a top position at the judiciary. (Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)

Justice Indu Malhotra became the first woman lawyer to be directly elevated from the Bar as a Supreme Court judge. Malhotra joined the legal profession in 1983 and later became an advocate-on-record for the Supreme Court. She was standing counsel for Haryana in the early ‘90s, and has also represented statutory bodies like SEBI, Delhi Development Authority, and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) before the Supreme Court. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Rising Kashmir Editor-in-Chief Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by unidentified men in Srinagar’s Press Colony in June. Many of the political leaders called the killing an act of cowardice. Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said it was a “brutal attack on press freedom”. Bukhari is the fourth journalist to be killed by militants in Kashmir since 1991.(Express photo)

Newsmakers of 2018

Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian athlete to clinch a gold medal in Men’s javelin final in the Asian Games. Smashing his own national record, Chopra in his third attempt touched 88.06m, which helped India secure the gold medal at the Asian Games held in Jakarta. (Express photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Newsmakers of 2018

In a historical landmark for Indian track events, Hima Das became the first Indian woman athlete to win a gold medal at the world level as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. She also became the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition. (Express photo: Dasarth Deka)

Newsmakers of 2018

DMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu chief minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi passed away in August this year at the age of 94. The Dravidian stalwart, who was affectionately called as Thalaivar and Kalaignar, had breathed his last at Kauvery hospital. He had been battling age-related ailments for a long time. Karunanidhi was buried with full state honours next to his mentor and former chief minister C N Annadurai at the Marina beach. (Express archive photo)

Newsmakers of 2018

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former prime minister and BJP stalwart, passed away at the age of 93. Vajpayee retreated from active public life over the last decade following the deterioration of his health and remained restricted to his residence. (Express archive photo: Mohan Bane)

Newsmakers of 2018

Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker, passed away following a multi-organ failure. He was 89. Chatterjee was the Speaker in the first five-year term (2004-2009) of the United Progressive Alliance government and was elected to Parliament’s Lower House for ten times since 1971. (Express photo)

Indra Nooyi has risen to become one of the top female Indian American executives who is consistently ranked among the world's 100 most powerful women.
Newsmakers of 2018

Actor Tanushree Dutta's accusation of inappropriate behaviour against Nana Patekar gave momentum to the #MeToo movement in India. Dutta accused Patekar of “indecently and unnecessarily” touching her under the pretext of teaching her how to dance during the shooting of a film in 2008. Following her allegations, many women came forward and alleged sexual exploitation and harassment in Bollywood and the media industry. (Express photo: Dilip Kagda)

Newsmakers of 2018

Former Union Minister M J Akbar stepped down from his post on October 17 following a flurry of allegations made against him by over 20 women, who accused him of sexual misconduct during his stint as the editor of The Asian Age. He is among the most high-profile of the men who have been called out, primarily in media, film and entertainment, in the #MeToo campaign. (Express photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Chanda Kochhar quit ICICI bank as Managing Director and CEO in October after allegations of conflict of interest and nepotism came to light. Dealings between her husband Deepak Kochhar and Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot had surfaced following an investigation by The Indian Express, which raised questions of propriety and conflict of interest against Kochhar. (Express photo: Pradip Das)

Newsmakers 2018: People, events and judgments that created buzz in India

Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US, was unveiled on October 31 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat’s Narmada district on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Newsmakers of 2018

In sharp contrast to Punjab CM Amarinder Singh’s polemic on Pakistan regarding cross-border terrorism during the foundation stone laying ceremony of Kartarpur corridor, his minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was in Pakistan on November 28 on its prime minister Imran Khan’s personal invitation to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor. Earlier this year, Sidhu faced a backlash at home for hugging Pakistan’s Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa. (Express photo: Rana Simranjit Singh)

Newsmakers 2018: People, events and judgments that created buzz in India

For more than a year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been publicly riven with the conflict between the director, Alok Verma, and special director, Rakesh Asthana. The government stepped in and sent the investigative agency’s warring No 1 and No 2 — Director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana — on leave. M Nageshwar Rao, a 1986-batch Odisha cadre officer and Joint Director at CBI became the interim chief. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Newsmakers of 2018

Mallya, accused of defaulting on loans of over Rs 9,000 crore, was on January 5 declared a fugitive economic offender (FEO) by special Judge M S Azmi of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court. (AP/PTI)

Newsmakers of 2018

RBI Governor Urjit Patel stepped down from his position, almost a year before his three-year tenure ends, following a tussle between the government and the central bank. Patel, in a statement, said he is resigning “on account of personal reasons.” Former bureaucrat Shaktikanta Das was appointed as new RBI governor for a period of three years following Patel's resignation. (Express photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)

Newsmakers of 2018

The recently held assembly elections were a setback for the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the party lost crucial states in the Hindi heartland of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Though the BJP has credited PM Modi with all the electoral successes in the last four years, these election results also exposed the 'invincibility' of the Brand Modi. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi seems to have silenced his critics with the recent success in the assembly elections. Exactly an year after he was named the Congress president, his party managed to secure a clear majority in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh while wresting power from BJP in Madhya Pradesh too. The outcome of the polls were being seen as a test of the electoral strategy of Rahul Gandhi and the popularity of PM Narendra Modi. Recently, Rahul Gandhi was proposed by DMK president MK Stalin as the Opposition’s prime ministerial candidate for 2019, saying the Congress chief had the ability to oust the “fascist” Narendra Modi government. (Express photo)

Mary Kom struck her record 6th gold medal at the World Boxing Championships as she defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota via a 5-0 unanimous decision. In doing so, the Manipur boxer became the joint most successful boxer (Men and Women) in the history of World Championships, tied with the Cuban legend Felix Savon. (Express photo: Renuka Puri)

Newsmakers of 2018

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, popularly known as KCR, registered a landslide victory in the Telangana assembly elections against all odds. What seems to have worked for him in the assembly elections were electrification in rural areas, and other welfare schemes that he launched. The current assembly election results, however, show that his popularity has remained intact, despite a formidable opposition put up by the Congress, TDP, the CPI and the Telangana Jana Samithi.

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From being appointed as Madhya Pradesh party chief just seven months before elections to steering the party to victory after an electoral drought of 15 years in the state, Kamal Nath has kept his track record intact by being the Grand Old Party’s go-to man for managing party cadres and allies. (Express photo: Anil Sharma)

Assembly Elections 2018 Results LIVE updates: Newly-elected Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (right) and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot at the press conference in Delhi. (Express photo/Amit Mehra)

The Congress returned to power in Rajasthan ousting Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in the state. After hours of deliberation and several rounds of meetings, Ashok Gehlot was declared the Chief Minister and Sachin Pilot was named the deputy CM. Ashok Gehlot earlier served as Rajasthan CM on two occasions, from 1998 to 2003 and then from 2008 to 2013. (Express photo: Amit Mehra)

Newsmakers of 2018

Bhupesh Baghel was appointed as the chief minister of Chhattisgarh and is credited for bringing the party back to power after 15 years in oblivion. An MLA from Patan, Baghel is also the state chief of the Congress party who began his political career by joining the Indian Youth Congress in 1986. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)

PV Sindhu won her first final to clinch the gold medal in eight attempts to wear the gold medal at the year-ending BWF World Tour Finals. With a 21-19, 21-17 win over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, Sindhu also became the first Indian shuttler to win gold at the year-ending tournament which pits the top-8 ranked players in the world.

Newsmakers of 2018

Reversing a trial court order in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was convicted and sentenced to life by the Delhi High Court. Kumar, who was with the Congress during the killing of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, was charged with instigating his supporters for conducting riots following the assassination in 1984. He was also accused of extending political patronage to the rioters. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)