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Events in the year 2018 in the Republic of India

Elections

Following elections are scheduled to take place in various states of the country

  • Meghalaya Legislative Assembly election, 2018
  • Nagaland Legislative Assembly election, 2018
  • Mizoram Legislative Assembly election, 2018
  • Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, 2018
  • Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly election, 2018
  • Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election, 2018
  • Karnataka Legislative Assembly election, 2018
  • Telangana Legislative Assembly election, 2018

 

Events

January

January 1

Delhi was engulfed in the worst fog of the season, with visibility dropping to zero. Flight and train services are disrupted.

The state of Telangana starts providing round-the-clock uninterrupted free power supply to 2.3 million agricultural consumers, becoming the first state in the country to do so.

January 2

290,000 doctors across the country participate in a strike for 12 hours to protest against the National Medical Commission Bill, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India with National Medical Commission. The Strike was called off mid-way as the government agrees to send the bill to parliamentary standing committee.

One person was dead after clashes breakout between Dalits and Marathas in Maharashtra during the celebration of 1818 victory of British Indian troops over Baji Rao II at Koregaon Bhima village.  Schools and colleges in Mumbai are shut after the violence spreads to the city. Riot police are called in to control the violence. The flames of riots spread all over Maharashtra, people violating public property and stone pelting. Army, Police Force called out, Article 144 imposed in many regions of state.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley informs the Parliament that crypto-currencies like Bitcoin are not legal tender in the country, as they are not backed by the sovereign. The government has earlier cautioned people not to invest in crypto-currencies, terming them ponzi schemes.

January 5

Central Statistics Office estimates GDP Growth at 6.5% for the 2017-18 financial year, compared to 7.1% for the previous year. The estimates quote the effects of GST transition and agrarian distress for the slowest growth in four years and forecast growth to pick up in the next year.

January 6

4 policemen are killed in an IED-blast aimed at a patrol unit in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir.

A CBI court sentenced RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to three and half year jail term, convicting 7 others in the fodder scam case in Bihar.

11 people are killed in an avalanche in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.

January 8

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad states that the government was committed to freedom of the press, amid criticism of press censorship after UIDAI filed an FIR against a journalist of The Tribune for exposing illegal data access to Aadhaar database.

The annual three-day Flamingo festival starts in Sullurpeta near Pulicat Lake, Andhra Pradesh.

January 9

Supreme Court of India makes playing the National Anthem of India in movie halls not mandatory, reversing its earlier order after the Indian Central Government opposed the move and formed a committee to form guidelines about the issue.

January 12

Indian Space Research Organisation places 31 satellites in orbit through its launch vehicle Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle including a Cartosat-2 series satellite. The launch comes four months after the failure of a PSLV launch.

In an unprecedented move, four senior-most judges of Supreme Court of India express public displeasure over the functioning of the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and call for his impeachment.

January 21 – President suspended the membership of Vidhan Sabha of 20 MLAs of Delhi Government under the Office of Profit. 

January 26 - 10 heads of state of Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries are expected to be present at the 69th Republic Day functions in New Delhi.

June

June 20  Indian government report warns that 21 cities groundwater will run out by a year 2020.

 

August

August 10 – August 20 – Heavy rainfall causes the 2018 Kerala floods. It was the worst flood to hit the state in a century.

August 16 

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93. He was the first Indian prime minister who was not a member of the Indian National Congress party to have served a full five-year term in office.

August 7 –Muthuvel Karunanidhi (born Dakshinamurthy, 3 June 1924 – 7 August 2018) was an Indian writer and politician who served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for almost two decades over five terms between 1969 and 2011. He was a long-standing leader of the Dravidian movement and ten-time president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political party. Before entering politics he worked in the Tamil film industry as a screenwriter. He has also made contributions to Tamil literature, having written stories, plays, novels, and a multiple-volume memoir. He was popularly referred to as Kalaigar, meaning artist in Tamil.

October

10 October - At least five people died and 30 were injured when a passenger train derailed in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

 

Sports

January

Vidarbha beat Delhi by 9 wickets to win their maiden Ranji Trophy.

Hyderabad Hunters defeat Bengaluru Blasters 4-3 to claim their maiden Premier Badminton League title.

India national blind cricket team claimed the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup title by defeating Pakistan in the finals by 2 wickets.

Indian national cricket team won the ODI Series against South Africa in South Africa in first in History.

February

India national under-19 cricket team won the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in New Zealand beating Australia in the Final.

March

Indian national cricket team won the 2018 Nidahas Trophy beating Bangladesh in Final.

Chennaiyin FC became champions of Indian Super League for second time defeating Bengaluru FC in the final.

Minerva Punjab FC became champions of I-League.

May

Chennai Super Kings won the 2018 Indian Premier League beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Final.

June

Afghanistan national cricket team was scheduled to play its first International Test Match against India in Bengaluru.

July

Indian national cricket team won T20I series against England in England for the first time in History

November

2018 Men's Hockey World Cup was scheduled to be held from November 28 to December 16 at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

December

India vs Australia test series 2018 - Blue men are going to competite against the aggressive Australian, 4 test matches in the series starts this december.

In Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 Belgium won the tournament for the first time after defeating the Netherlands 3–2 in the final on a penalty shoot-out after a 0–0 draw. Defending champions Australia won the third place match by defeating England 8–1.

 

 

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