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Top 10 events of 2016 that India will remember

A lot has happened this year in India and in the world that has impacted our country and no, we won't be forgetting them anytime soon.

1

Demonitisation

Demonitisation

As an extreme measure to combat black money in India, on 8th November 2016 the Government of India announced demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes with effect from the same day’s midnight, making these notes invalid.

2

Surgical Strike Against Pakistan

Surgical Strike Against Pakistan

On 18th September this year, four militants attacked the Indian army at Uri in the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, and killed 19 soldiers with accordance to which, the Indian army conducted surgical strikes against militant launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistani-administered Azad Kashmir causing the relationship between both the countries to become more strained.

3

Pakistani Artists Banned From Working In India

Pakistani Artists Banned From Working In India

As a casualty after the Uri attack and the surgical strike, Pakistani artists were banned from India after surmounting pressure from political parties causing a huge rift among the people pro and against the decision sparking nation-wide debates. Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was caught in the cross-fire due to Pakistani artist Fawad Khan's appearance in the movie. Two Pakistani singers have also cancelled their Indian concerts after the same far-right party ordered Pakistani artists to leave the country within two days – or face being “pushed out”. Subsequently, Pakistan banned all Indian movies and shows from theatres and cable channels.

4

Bombay High Court Ruled That Women Should Be Granted Access To Inner Sanctorum Of Haji Ali Dargah

Bombay High Court Ruled That Women Should Be Granted Access To Inner Sanctorum Of Haji Ali Dargah

In a historic move, A bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and L. Nageswara Rao granted the trust’s request and disposed off its appeal against the August 26 Bombay High Court order asking it to give equal access to women.

5

Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani Launches Jio

Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani Launches Jio

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani on Thursday dedicated the much-anticipated Reliance Jio 4G services to the nation and called it an effort to fulfil the Digital India dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 4G VoLTE service, even in its beta phase has been generating a lot of user interest across the country and millions of people bought the Reliance Jio SIM for the free data during the trial period.

6

AIADMK Chief Jayalalitha passes away

AIADMK Chief Jayalalitha passes away

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa was laid to rest with full state honours on Tuesday at Marina Beach, Chennai. She was buried next to her mentor MG Ramachandaran. The AIADMK supremo passed away at 11.30 pm on Monday at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday. The government declared seven days of mourning, with education institutions closed for three days.

7

Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS, Android, and Apple Watch devices. was released to mixed reviews, with critics praising the game's concept and the incentive to be more active in the real world, while criticizing frequent technical issues apparent at launch. Despite such reviews, it quickly became a global phenomenon and was one of the most used and profitable mobile apps in 2016, having been downloaded more than 500 million times worldwide.

8

Coldplay Performed In India

Coldplay Performed In India

Taking everyone completely surprise, Coldplay announced their concert in India causing a lot of excitement among die-hard fans. Coldplay's performance in India was hyped for months before they came as a part of the Global Citizen Initiative. Artists like Amitabh Bachchan, A Rahman, Jay-Z and many others performed among other big wigs on the industry.

9

Donald Trump won the US Presidential elections

Donald Trump won the US Presidential elections

In the most dramatic U.S presidential election yet, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States. His presidency would directly impact India in many ways. On the topic of China, Trump has not backed down his rhetoric. India could benefit massively with a Trump presidency. After all, there are growing security concerns now that it's clear China and Pakistan are forging close ties. China provides more than 60 percent of Pakistan's armament.

10

India's Biggest Corporate, Tata Son Sacked Chairman Cyrus Mistry Causing India's Biggest Corporate Drama

India's Biggest Corporate, Tata Son Sacked Chairman Cyrus Mistry Causing India's Biggest Corporate Drama

Tata Sons, a conglomerate that is worth more than $100 billion and manufactures everything from salt to software, has not given any confirmation on the reason it chose to fire its Group Chairman. However, according to available sources, it seems as though the group didn’t find Mistry’s business model viable.