Highlights of 2018

Events in the year 2018 in the Republic of India

JANUARY
– In January of 2018, Delhi faced the worst fog of the season where the visibility dropped down to zero. Public and air transport were disrupted, and locals faced difficulty in their daily commute.
– Telangana became the first state in the country to provide the round-the-clock uninterrupted free power supply to more than 2 million agricultural consumers.
– Finance minister Arun Jaitley gave formal notice to the parliament that crypto-currencies like Bitcoin are not backed by the sovereign and are not legal tender.
– Indian National Blind Cricket Team won the 2018- Blind Cricket World Cup defeating Pakistan by 2 wickets.

AUGUST

– From 9 August 2018, severe floods affected the South Indian state of Kerala, due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season. It was the worst flood in Kerala in nearly a century. Over 483 people died, and 14 are missing. According to the Kerala government, one-sixth of the total population of Kerala had been directly affected by the floods and related incidents.
– 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. Mr Vajpayee, a three-time prime minister, had retired from public life after his health turned frail.
– In August, India’s first all-female commando team was formally inducted into the Delhi Police by Union Minister Rajnath Singh. The team made a mark in India’s history because they were the first ones to break the male hold on the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in the country.

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SEPTEMBER

– India won 69 medals at the Asian Games 2018 for best-ever medal haul at an Asiad. India’s final tally at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia read 69 medals – 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze to surpass the medal count from 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China and match the gold medal tally from the first-ever Asian Games in 1951.

– In a landmark judgement for the LGBT community, the Supreme Court lifted a colonial-era ban on the pride community, airing the rainbow flag across the country. This was considered as one of the landmark judgements in the Indian Justice system.

– Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor at an investment of $90bn aims to create seven smart cities. The smart cities will be evenly distributed along a dedicated freight corridor between the two large Indian cities Delhi and Mumbai. Once completed Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor is supposed to be developed as a Model Industrial Corridor of international standards. The project is expected to generate three million job opportunities in the manufacturing, processing and services sectors.

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NOVEMBER

– Taking a new step forward to maintain peace and harmony in the region, India and Pakistan are all set to open the Kartarpur border corridor between the two nations to provide access to Indian pilgrims to visit the historic shrine of Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib through the Kartarpur Corridor. The ground-breaking ceremony for the same was held in November 2018.