New Delhi: Assembly elections in seven States, the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the election of Ram Nath Kovind as the President and deaths of hundreds of children in separate cases across the country made headlines in the year 2017.
The Supreme Court’s ban on triple talaq, calling it unconstitutional, former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav’s conviction in fodder scam, and acquittal of former telecom minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi in 2G Spectrum case by a CBI court were among some of the high-profile cases that the country saw this year.
The deaths of film personalities including Shashi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Om Puri and Reema Lagoo, along with classical artistes Kishori Amonkar and Girija Devi, made news this year.
Following is the diary of domestic events:
1 January: Godda (Jharkhand): With the recovery of two more bodies today, the death toll climbed to 18 in the coal mine collapse at Lalmatia open cast coal mine of Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL) in Godda district.
2 January: New Delhi: Housing, auto and corporate loans are all set to become cheaper with half a dozen PSU and private banks today steeply reducing benchmark lending rate by up to 1.48% after spurt in deposits following demonetisation.
4 January: New Delhi: India today expressed confidence that the Indo-US relationship will be “brighter” under Donald Trump’s presidency and said there has been high-level engagement with his prospective team in deepening the ties.
5 January: New Delhi: Amid the government’s intense push for a cashless economy, a Parliamentary Standing Committee today voiced concern over the security of digital transactions and pressed for overhauling the legal framework for the same besides creating awareness about safe online practices.
6 January: Chandigarh: Election Commission today transferred 14 IPS officers in Punjab, where polling for the assembly election is scheduled for 4 February.
7 January: New Delhi: Deepening ties, India and Portugal inked seven pacts to boost engagement in a wide range of areas including defence and security, IT and renewable energy even as they took a veiled dig at China for stalling New Delhi’s move at the UN to designate JeM Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
9 January: Lucknow: Amid the continuing factional feud in his party, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav extended an olive branch to his rebellious son Akhilesh Yadav, saying he would be the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh if the party retains power.
10 January: New Delhi: In strong remarks that are bound to spark controversy, Congress advised Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi to work as Constitutional head of the Union Territory and “not as BJP worker”.
11 January: Jammu: Two terrorists were killed by the army as it foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
12 January: Patna: A CISF jawan shot dead his four senior colleagues with his service rifle in a fit of rage following a heated argument in Bihar’s naxal-hit Aurangabad district, officials said.
13 January: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked top government officials to continue thinking holistically and give top priority to “concrete outcomes” as he emphasised that the Centre is open to new ideas.
14 January: Ambala: Haryana Minister Anil Vij today courted controversy with remarks that Mahatma Gandhi’s image did not help Khadi and caused a devaluation of the currency, sparking widespread outrage with even his party BJP condemning the statements following which he withdrew them.
15 January: Patna: As the toll in a boat tragedy in river Ganga here climbed to 24, the opposition today blamed alleged mismanagement and negligence at a government-organised event for the incident while Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered a high-level inquiry.
15 January: New Delhi: Ending the suspense, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today joined the Congress after meeting Rahul Gandhi and the party said it would be “immensely strengthened” in poll-bound Punjab with his presence.
16 January: New Delhi: In a significant breakthrough in the implementation of India’s biggest tax reform, the deadlock over the administration of GST ended today after the Centre agreed to allow states control over most small taxpayers, but the rollout date was pushed back by 3 months to 1 July.
17 January: New Delhi: Efforts to form a “grand secular alliance” in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh went into top gear today with the Congress declaring that it has decided to tie up with Samajwadi Party and the shape of the formation would be announced in the next two days.
18 January: Jodhpur: In a relief for Salman Khan, a trial court today acquitted the Bollywood star of all charges in the Arms Act case in the alleged poaching of two black bucks 18 years ago, holding that the prosecution permission given by the district administration was a “mindless move”.
19 January: In a significant development, Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today unanimously passed a resolution for creating a conducive atmosphere for the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, with the State government asserting it will go ahead with the proposal of setting up transit camps for the displaced community which is being strongly opposed by separatists and some mainstream groups.
20 January: Chennai/New Delhi: Moving swiftly, the Centre tonight cleared an ordinance on Jallikattu, paving the way for Tamil Nadu government to promulgate it in an effort to end the protests that have paralysed the State for the last four days.
21 January: Bhubaneswar: Twelve people were killed as seven coaches and the engine of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed near Kuneru station in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh tonight.
23 January: Vadodara: One person was killed and two policemen were injured as crowd went berserk after Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan arrived at the railway station here tonight by August Kranti Rajdhani Express for promotion of his upcoming film ‘Raees’.
24 January: Srinagar: Security forces today gunned down two foreign militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit in Kashmir and claimed to have achieved a major success, saying the slain terrorists had been directed by their Pakistan-based mentors to carry out attacks on the eve of the Republic Day.
26 January: New Delhi: The quantum of new currency notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 printed before the announcement of demonetisation on November 8 cannot be disclosed as it may affect interests of the State, a subsidiary of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) responsible for printing currency, has said.
28 January: Jaipur: Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali cancels the shooting of “Padmavati” here, saying the assault on him and vandalism on the sets of his movie by a Rajput group that triggered outrage in the film industry were “uncalled for” and extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city.
30 January: New Delhi: Voicing displeasure over the alliance between Samajwadi Party and Congress, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav says he would not campaign for it in the State assembly polls.
31 January: New Delhi/Islamabad: Amidst chill in Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan declines an invitation by Indian Parliament and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to attend South Asian Speakers’ Summit to be held next month.
1 February: New Delhi: India and Russia voice concern over the emergence of Af-Pak region as the epicentre of terrorism, as the two sides discussed the threats posed by the menace, including state-sponsored cross-border terrorism.
2 February: New Delhi: Dense fog claims nine lives in Uttar Pradesh as similar conditions prevail in most parts of northern India where Leh in frontier Ladakh region froze at a low of minus 13 degrees Celsius.
3 February: Kohima: Violent mobs go on a rampage in the Nagaland capital to vent their anger against ongoing elections to urban local bodies, vandalising and setting on fire government offices and vehicles, prompting the deployment of five columns of the army to bring the situation under control.
4 February: Panaji: A high voter turnout of over 83% recorded in the Assembly polls in Goa, where the ruling BJP is engaged in a fierce fight with the Opposition Congress, AAP and an alliance of MGP, Shiv Sena and GSM for the 40-member House.
6 February: Chennai: As questions continued to rage over the death of J Jayalalithaa, London-based specialist Richard Beale, Apollo and government doctors rules out poisoning as the cause and asserts that there was “no conspiracy” or mystery in either the treatment or what led to her end.
7 February: New Delhi: A replica of the Nobel Peace Prize and its citation awarded to child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi were among the valuables stolen from his southeast Delhi residence in his absence.
8 February: Chennai: AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala expells party’s Puducherry leader Om Sakthi Segar from the primary membership for alleged anti-party activities after he reportedly extended support to Chief Minister O Panneerselvam who has launched a rebellion against her.
9 February: Haridwar: Noting that next five years are as vital for Uttarakhand as they are in the growth of any 16-year-old, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks people to vote out the government which had “tainted the name of Devbhoomi” and replace it with one that could translate Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s vision for the state.
11 February: New Delhi: Yusuf Pathan has become the first Indian male cricketer to sign for an overseas franchise-based T20 league and he feels the Hong Kong League in March will be ideal preparation for the upcoming IPL.
12 February: Haridwar: Hitting back at BJP on the issue of corruption, Rahul Gandhi today asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave tickets to tainted leaders thrown out of Congress and took the “trash” into his party.
13 February: New Delhi: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju stirred a controversy with remark that the population of the Hindus in India was going down as they “never convert people”, while minorities are flourishing unlike some other countries.
14 February: Srinagar: Four army men, including a Major, and an equal number of militants were today killed while 8 other security personnel and a civilian were injured in two separate encounters in Kashmir, officials said.
16 February: Mumbai: RBI today proposed to drastically cut MDR charges on debit card payments from 1 April with a view to maintain momentum of digital transactions post note ban, especially among small merchants.
17 February: Rae Bareli (UP): Priyanka Gandhi joined brother Rahul Gandhi in attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “adopted son” remark, saying Uttar Pradesh does not need an outsider when it has its own to take it forward.
25 February: New Delhi: Against the backdrop of some politicians allegedly making statements invoking religious sentiments, the Election Commission dubs it as an unhealthy trend and asked them to desist from such remarks.
26 February: Chandigarh: The Jats observed ‘Black Day’ across Haryana amid tight security arrangements, even as the agitation by the community passed off peacefully.
27 February: New Delhi: The campaign of a Kargil martyr’s daughter against the ABVP draws controversial reaction from BJP leaders with Union minister Kiren Rijiju wondering who was “polluting” her mind and another comparing her with wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim.
27 February: New Delhi: With pellet guns leaving hundreds of protesters in Jammu and Kashmir with severe eye injuries, a modified version of the weapon will now be used to ward off any protest ahead or during any anti-militancy operations.
28 February: Imphal: Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi demands that the contents of the Naga Accord, signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, should be made public and accused the PM of “spreading hate and lies” wherever he went.
1 March: Balasore (Odisha): India successfully test-fires its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude.
2 March: New Delhi: The navy successfully test-fires an anti-ship missile for the first time from an indigenously built Kalvari class submarine, describing the launch as a significant milestone in enhancing its “sub-surface” warfare prowess.
3 March: Raipur: Two security personnel were killed and as many injured in an exchange of fire with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, says police.
11 March: Lucknow/New Delhi: Decimated in the UP polls, the BSP alleges tampering of EVMs, prompting the Samajwadi Party and the Congress to demand a probe, but the Election Commission said there was “no merit” in the charge.
12 March: New Delhi: A day after the massive poll victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today appears to be setting his sights beyond the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as he asked the countrymen to join him in building a ‘new India’ by 2022.
13 March: New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of the Defence Ministry after Manohar Parrikar resigned to take on the new role of Goa Chief Minister.
15 March: Jaipur/Allahabad/New Delhi: It was a bad day for Indian Air Force as a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet crashed in Rajasthan’s Barmer hours after a Chetak helicopter crash landed and toppled in Kaushambi near Allahabad.
16 March: New Delhi: The Election Commission rejects as “baseless and wild” the charge of BSP supremo Mayawati that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were tampered with and asserted these were “fully tamper-proof”.
17 March: New Delhi: India and Russia signs two key agreements for long-term maintenance and technical support for Russian-made Su-30MKI fighter jets of the Indian Air Force.
18 March: Dehradun: BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat was today sworn in as Uttarakhand Chief Minister.
19 March: New Delhi: Jats today called off their quota agitation scheduled for tomorrow in the national capital, following a truce that was reached after a meeting between the leaders of the community and the Haryana government.
19 March: Lucknow: BJP’s hardline Hindutva poster boy and five-time MP, Yogi Adityanath was today sworn in as the 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, heading a 47-member council of ministers that includes two deputy CMs.
20 March: New Delhi: The Cabinet today cleared four supporting GST legislations, paving the way for their introduction in Parliament as early as today.
21 March: New Delhi: The Supreme Court today suggested an out-of-court settlement of the lingering Ram Janam Bhumi- Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya, observing that issues of “religion and sentiments” can be best resolved through talks.
22 March: Lucknow: From Gorakhpur to Meerut, “anti-Romeo” squads of policemen today fanned out across Uttar Pradesh on the orders of new chief minister Yogi Adityanath, fulfilling a pre-poll pledge of the BJP to check eve-teasing.
23 March: New Delhi: Pakistan today asserted that the Jammu and Kashmir issue must be resolved as per the “aspirations of Kashmiris”, saying it can be suppressed but not quelled.
24 March: New Delhi: State carrier Air India along with four private airlines today banned Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad from flying on their aircraft, a day after he assaulted an Air India staffer.
25 March: Gorakhpur (UP): Amid a controversy over the crackdown on slaughterhouses, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi today said abattoirs operating legally will not be touched but action will be taken against the illegal ones.
27 March: New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today introduced in Lok Sabha four bills on Goods and Services Tax, providing for a maximum GST rate of 40%, an anti-profiteering authority and arrests for evading taxes.
27 March: New Delhi: The Supreme Court today made it clear that Aadhaar cards cannot be made mandatory by the government for extending benefits of social welfare schemes.
28 March: Greater Noida/New Delhi: Five people have been arrested in connection with attacks on African students in Greater Noida, sparking concern over their safety and prompting intervention by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who has promised immediate action.
30 March: New Delhi: India today refused to categorise the attacks of African nationals in Greater Noida as racial and said pending the probe it is not correct to draw a conclusion on “the nature and the reason” of these acts.
31 March: New Delhi: The government today notified a simplified Income Tax Return form for individuals which will be available for filing ITR for Assessment Year 2017-18 from tomorrow.
1 April: Itanagar: China should refrain from meddling in the internal affairs of India, says Union Minister Kiren Rijiju after Beijing objected to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh next week.
2 April: Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inducts into the Cabinet his son Nara Lokesh and six others besides the four opposition YSRC MLAs, who had joined his party TDP, after dropping five ministers.
3 April: New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath says “misconceptions” have been created about him due to his saffron-clad look and promised to win hearts of “all sections” by spreading a new idiom of happiness and prosperity.
4 April: Jammu: Pakistani troops violate the ceasefire and shelled forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, the third such violation in 24 hours.
5 April: New Delhi: The Cabinet approves the formation of an independent rail regulatory authority to determine tariffs ensuring fair play and level playing field for private players keen on investment in the railways.
6 April: New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacks the Prime Minister and the RSS for the Alwar attack, saying there is no place in the country for those disagreeing with them and that tragedies of huge proportion occur when the government “abdicates responsibility”.
7 April: New Delhi: In another incident of unruly behaviour by an MP, TMC’s Dola Sen allegedly delays Air India’s Delhi- Kolkata flight by nearly 40 minutes after an argument over seating arrangement.
8 April: New Delhi: In a strong message, India and Bangladesh today called for strong action against States and entities which encourage, support and finance terrorism, provide sanctuaries to terror networks and falsely extol their virtues.
9 April: New Delhi: Bypolls were today held in nine Assembly constituencies in seven states, including Madhya Pradesh where incidents of firing were reported from two places in Ater seat.
10 April: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today underlined his government’s pro-poor agenda and stressed the need to ensure that the poor’s trust in it is not broken as NDA constituents resolved to work toward its re-election in 2019 under his “strong” leadership.
11 April: New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today termed the Centre’s bid to roll out GST by 1 July as “impractical and undesirable” and asked the government to push the date of its introduction to 1 October.
11 April: New Delhi: Amid fresh strain in Indo-Pak ties, former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri today defended Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, saying even Pakistanis were being tried by military courts.
12 April: New Delhi: Britain today said it is poised to be India’s financial “partner of choice” and a close ally for defence production post Brexit.
13 April: New Delhi: India has no information on retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location in Pakistan or his condition, the external affairs ministry said today, noting that it is in touch with the government there on this “immensely important” issue.
14 April: Srinagar: The man, who was seen tied to an army jeep in a shocking video shot during the poll-day violence in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency on 9 April, apparently as a shield against stone-pelting protesters, has been identified as Farooq Dar.
15 April: New Delhi: Eight coaches of Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derails near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh leaving at least two passengers injured, railway officials said.
15 April: Srinagar: National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah wins the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll, defeating the ruling PDP candidate, Nazir Khan, by a margin of over 10,700 votes.
17 April: New Delhi/Kolkata: The CBI books 12 top TMC leaders, including MPs and ministers, in connection with the Narada sting operation case, drawing a sharp reaction from the party chief Mamata Banerjee, who called it a “political game”.
18 April: New Delhi: The CBI initiates an inquiry against Delhi PWD Minister Satyendar Jain in connection with alleged irregularities in the hiring of professionals in the Public Works Department.
19 April: New Delhi: Union minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti dismisses the Congress demand for her resignation after the Supreme Court ordered that she be tried for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.
20 April: New Delhi: India hits out at China for giving Chinese names to some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, saying assigning invented names to towns of the neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal.
21 April: New Delhi/Meerut: Concerned over disturbing reports about “harassment” of Kashmiri students, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked chief ministers of all states to ensure their safety.
22 April: Srinagar: Two militants, who opened fire on an army patrol, were killed by the security forces in an encounter today in the Budgam district of central Kashmir.
23 April: New Delhi: The high-stakes Delhi municipal polls today saw a voter turnout of 53.58% that surpassed the 2012 figure of 53.43, even as rancour over “faulty EVMs” coloured the entire exercise with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal railing at the State election body.
24 April: New Delhi: In a major decision, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today scrapped the moderation policy under which grace marks are given to students in exams for difficult questions.
24 April: Raipur/New Delhi: At least 25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven wounded in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district today, the deadliest ambush by Maoists of security forces this year.
24 April: New Delhi: The Hall of Nations and the Hall of Industries, two of the national capital’s iconic modern architectural landmarks, celebrated globally, are now history.
26 April: Lucknow: In the biggest administrative reshuffle since it assumed power in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government today transferred 84 IAS and 54 IPS officers including district magistrates and police chiefs.
27 April: New Delhi: The government has ratified 8.65% rate of interest on EPF deposits for 2016-17 which would now be credited into the accounts of members of the retirement fund body EPFO.
28 April: New Delhi: NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya today categorically stated that there is no question of taxing agriculture income at a time when the government is keen on doubling the income of farmers.
29 April: New Delhi: Digvijay Singh, the long-standing Gandhi family loyalist, was today removed as the party’s general secretary in charge of Karnataka and Goa.
30 April: Gorakhpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today drew flak for sharing the stage with murder- accused MLA Amanmani Tripathi at a party event here, with the opposition alleging that it had exposed the real face of the BJP leader who had promised to clamp down on criminals.
1 May: Chennai: In a setback to merger talks between the AIADMK rival factions, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam blamed each other today for the merger talks continuing to be a non-starter.
2 May: New Delhi/Islamabad: India today warned Pakistan of an “unequivocal response” to the beheading of its two soldiers on the Indian side of the Line of Control, a charge rejected by Islamabad which sought “actionable evidence” from New Delhi to back its claim.
3 May: New Delhi: Ahead of the review of its record at the UN Human Rights Council, India said today it would continue to engage constructively with the council and other countries to promote and protect human rights.
4 May: Balasore (Odisha): India today test-fired its medium-range nuclear-capable Agni-II missile from an island off the Odisha coast as part of a user trial but the test is understood to have failed to meet the desired parameters.
5 May: New Delhi: The Centre has declared the entire Assam as a “disturbed” area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act the AFSPA for three more months, citing various violent activities by insurgent groups ULFA, NDFB and others.
6 May: New Delhi: Around 450 girl students were hospitalised today after toxic fumes spread due to chemical leakage at a container depot near two schools in southeast Delhi’s Tughlaqabad area.
6 May: New Delhi: Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra was axed from the Cabinet today, days after he sided with senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas who has been at loggerheads with the party leadership.
7 May: New Delhi: Starting Wednesday, a metro ride in Delhi will cost you nearly double the amount it currently does, with the authorities announcing a steep, two-phase hike in passenger fares today.
9 June: India became a full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
16 June: Gorkhaland Agitations in Darjeeling, West Bengal.
17 June: Kochi Metro inaugurated.
19 June: BJP announced Ramanath Kovind as its Presidential Candidate for Presidential Election
23 June: ISRO puts 31 satellites including 29 satellites from others countries through PSLV C-38 successfully.
1 July: Goods and Services Tax (India) launched in India. The country’s biggest tax reform in 70 years of independence, was launched at midnight of 30 June 2017.
10 July: 7 pilgrims killed, 16 injured during Amaranth Yatra in terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag.
11 July: Major landslide occurred in Arunachal Pradesh. 14 people died while many injured
12 July: 3 terrorist shot dead in Badgam
15 July: 3 terrorist of Jaish e Mohammad shot dead in Tral of Jammu & Kashmir by Indian militant .
16 July: 16 Amaranth devotees killed in an bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir.
17 July: Indian presidential elections were held.
July: Heavy rain due to Monsoon raised level of most of the rivers causing flood in many states. More than 200 died.
17 July: BJP led NDA declared Venkai naidu as their candidate for Vice – President election.
18 July: Congress protests against Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Indu Sarkar based on 1975 Emergency in India.
20 July: Ram Nath Kovind won the 2017 Indian presidential election with 65.65% votes against Meira Kumar, the presidential candidate of the opposition.
25 July: Ram Nath Kovind took oath as 14th President of India.
26 July: Nitish Kumar (JDU) resigns as Chief Minister of Bihar, breaking the coalition with RJD & Indian National Congress.
27 July: NDA (JDU + BJP) led government comes in Bihar. Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi took oath as chief minister and vice chief minister of Bihar respectively.
July: 2017 Gujarat flood resulting in more than 250 deaths.
July: 2017 West Bengal floods; 70 died.
1 August: Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Abu Dujana Shot dead by Indian Army In Jammu and Kashmir
4 August: Indian National Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s car attacked by a mob in Banaskatha in Gujarat
5 August: Venkaiah Naidu won the Indian vice-presidential election with 67.89% votes against Gopalkrishna Gandhi the opposition candidate.
6 August: Bangladeshi Terrorist arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police in Muzaffarnagar
7 August: Kerala High Court removed lifetime ban on cricketer S Sreesanth
9 August: Maratha Kranti Morcha starts in Mumbai for the demand for reservation for the Maratha Community in Maharashtra
11 August: Venkaiah Naidu took the oath as the 13th Vice President of India.
13 August: 46 died in a landslide in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.
15 August: Nation celebrated 71st Independence Day.
August: Nepal and India floods; more than 450 died.
19 August: Kalinga Utkal express from Puri to Haridwar derailed in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. 23 died, more than 100 injured.
22 August: Supreme Court bans instant triple talaq calling it unconstitutional. Instructed central government to pass law in parliament for triple talaq.
25 August: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh conviction in rape case leads to violence by Dera Sacha Sauda’s followers in Punjab, Haryana. 38 died, 300 injured. Army out, curfew clamped in Punjab, Punchkulla, Chandigarh.
28 August: CBI special court sentenced Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh 20 years jail in verdict of rape case.
Dipak Misra sworn in as 45th chief justice of India.
India China agree to end border stand off in Doklam as both nations withdrew their armies from the disputed region.
Election commission declared by-election result of four legislative seats of three states. AAP won Delhi’s Bawana, BJP won Goa’s Panaji and Valpoi, TDP won Nandyal in Andra Pradesh.
29 August: Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed near Asangoan in the outskirts of Mumbai; No casualties reported.
Flood in the city of Mumbai. The city’s lifeline came to standstill. Railway malfunctioned due to heavy rains. Mumbai-Pune Express highway closed.
30 August: 290 children have died at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur due to lack of oxygen.
31 August: A three-storey building collapsed in Mumbai, 32 died.
Switzerland president Doris Leuthard visited India for a bilateral talk.
ISRO launch of navigation satellite IRNSS 1H failed after heat shield does not detach.
1 September: Union Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey resigned ahead of the Cabinet reshuffle.
Cabinet expansion conducted in Rashtrapati Bhavan, 9 new ministers took the oath. Nirmala Sitaraman and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi got promoted to Cabinet Ministers.
Nirmala Sitharaman became defence minister of India.
5 September: Narendra Modi on visit of China for 9th BRICS Summit and Myanmar for a bilateral talk.
Lucknow Metro inaugurated.
Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist, shot dead in Bangalore.
7 September: A goods train derailed near Khandala in Maharashtra.
11–12 September: Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visited India for a bilateral talk, signed 10 agreement including defense.
13–14 September: Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe visited Ahmadabad for a bilateral talk, signed many agreements including Bullet Train project in India.
29 September: 22 killed, many injured when a stampede occurred on the Lower Parel and Prabhadevi stations in Mumbai
6 October: FIFA U-17 World Cup kickoff.
An Air Force chopper crashed near Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh during training sortie. 7 died.
10 October: BJP emerged as the largest party in the Gram Panchayat Elections in Maharashtra for the first time followed by Congress.
11 October: Australia cricket team bus attacked by mob in Guwahati after the T20I match played between India and Australia. Two Arrested.
16 October: 6 Corporaters in Mumbai joined Shivsena leaving Raj’s MNS.
1 November: Ashish Nehra retired from International Cricket.
Shreyas Iyer made his T20I debut against New Zealand at New Delhi
32 died in NTPC boiler explosion. More than 100 injured.
4 November: Mohammed Siraj made his T20I Debut against New Zealand at Rajkot
9 November: Legislative election will take place in Himachal Pradesh
18 November: Manushi Chhillar won the 6th Miss World crown for India in Sanya, China.
29 November: Inauguration of Hyderabad Metro.
1 December: Uttar Pradesh municipal corporation result declared by State election commission.
2 December: Cyclone Ockhi hits Tamil Nadu and Kerala causing many deaths.
9-14 December: polling for Gujarat legislative assembly election take place.
7 December: Earthquake shakes Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and the North India on a Richter Scale of 5.5.
Mani Shankar Aiyar removed from Congress.
10 December: Shreyas Iyer made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Dharamsala.
11 December: 5 soldiers missing as avalanche hits Gurez sector in Jammu & Kashmir.
13 December: Rohit Sharma scored third double century in ODIs against Sri Lanka.
Washington Sundar made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Mohali
18 December: The Bharatiya Janata Party wins majority of the seats in the recently concluded Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.