Here is a compilation of India’s most important events in 2016. Media India Group team wishes our readers a very happy New Year.
#RENEWABLES – The Adani Group unveiled ‘the world’s largest solar power plant’ in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu, with a capacity of 648 MW
#DEMONETISATION – India bans 500 and 1000 INR notes to fight against black money
#FDIREFORMS – India allowed 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in food retail, civil aviation and 74% in private security agency and pharmaceutical sectors.
#RIOOLYMPICS – 23-year-old Dipa Karmakar converted a whole nation into fans of gymnastics at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August – she didn’t win a medal but established herself as a name to remember.
#RIOOLYMPICS – Sakshi Malik with her bronze medal, became the first woman wrestler from India to win at the Olympics.
#GUINNESSWORLDRECORD – A team of 20 people from an Andhra Pradesh sweetshop cooked up the world’s largest ladoo, weighing in at 29,465 kgs.
#BOLLYWOOD – Priyanka Chopra ranked 8th on Forbes’s 2016 list of the world’s top 10 highest-paid TV actresses, earning an estimated $11 million in the 12 months ended in June.
#TELECOM – India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, introduced the Reliance Jio service with the world’s cheapest data rates and free voice calls, changing the game in the country’s telecom market.
#STREAMING – Netflix finally came to India in January, giving viewers a chance to (legally) watch everything
#INTERNET – India overtook the US in terms of internet users. At 227 million people, India’s internet user base is now the second largest in the world after China.
#ECONOMY – With a GDP growth of over 7%, India maintains its position as Asia’s fastest-growing major economy.
#SCIENCES – Bharat Biotech, became the first to file a patent for a vaccine against the ZIKA virus
#CLIMATECHANGE – On July 11, a group of volunteers in Uttar Pradesh planted 49.3 million tree saplings.
#ORGANIC – In January, Sikkim became India’s first organic state, producing crops such as maize, paddy and cardamom that are free from harmful pesticides and fertilizers.
#LEADER – Jayaram Jayalalitha, one of India’s most colourful and controversial politicians and former actress, has served as the chief minister of south India’s Tamil Nadu state. J Jayalalitha, died in December at the age of 68.
#TEMPLES – India’s Supreme Court finally ruled that temples can’t ban women or restrict their entry because of the stigma associated with menstruation.
#TAX – India’s lawmakers approved the country’s biggest tax reform since Independence, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that will replace at least 17 state and federal taxes and bring them under one unified tax structure.
#SANITATION – Google and India’s Ministry of Urban Development provides the locations and opening hours of over four thousand communal and public restrooms
#MOTHERTHERESA – In recognition of her work for the poor in India, Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint in September.
#SPACE – India’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched 20 satellites into orbit on a single rocket, the highest number it has ever sent at a single time.
#ACIDATTACK – Reshma Qureshi proved that acid attack survivors can be powerful advocates and walked the runway at New York Fashion Week for #endacidsale movement.