Highlights Of Year 2016

Before bidding farewell to year 2016, let us look at its important highlights!!

India at the 2016 Summer Olympics

India competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. The Indian Olympic Association fielded a team of 117 athletes, 63 men and 54 women, across 15 sports at the Games. India left Rio de Janeiro with only two medals, saving its pride from the humiliation of returning empty-handed for the first time since Barcelona 1992. These medals were awarded only to the female athletes for the first time in history, a silver to badminton player P. V. Sindhu in the women's singles, and a bronze to freestyle wrestler Sakshi Malik in the women's 58 kg.


Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, doing business as Jio, is a LTE mobile network operator in India. The services were first beta-launched to Jio's partners and employees on 27 December 2015 on the eve of 83rd birth anniversary of late Dhirubhai Ambani, founder of Reliance Industries, and later services were commercially launched on 5 September 2016. On December 24, 2015, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was appointed as Jio's brand ambassador. It is an Unmatched 4G network with the lowest data rates globally

Sikkim becomes India’s first organic state

Sikkim has become India’s first fully organic state by implementing organic practices on around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land. He said around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land was gradually converted to certified organic land by implementing organic practices and principles as per guidelines laid down in National Programme for Organic Production.

Temples Can’t Ban Women

India’s Supreme Court finally ruled that temples can’t ban women or restrict their entry.

United States presidential election, 2016

Donald John Trump is an American politician, businessman, television personality, and the President-elect of the United States. He is scheduled to take office as the 45th President on January 20, 2017.

Indian football club Bengaluru FC made history in October

The Indian football club Bengaluru FC made history in October by reaching the finals of the AFC Cup. It was the first time an Indian team had made it that far in the prestigious tournament.

Indian Women’s Hockey Beat China, Won Asian Champions trophy

In November, the Indian women’s hockey team beat China in the last minutes of the finals match to win the Asian Champions trophy.

world’s largest solar power plant

In September, the Adani Group unveiled the world’s largest solar power plant, located in Tamil Nadu. The project took eight months to complete and can produce 648 mw of power.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), had a great year

India’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), had a great year, with some 34 satellite launches. In September, ISRO launched 20 satellites into orbit on a single rocket, the highest number it has ever sent at a single time. ISRO also tested a prototype of a reusable space shuttle in May, which reduces the cost of space missions by a tenth.

Arundhati Roy, who won the Booker prize

Arundhati Roy, who won the Booker prize for The God of Small Things in 1997, announced that she would publish a new novel after twenty years. Titled The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the novel is expected to release in 2017.

Dangal made a blockbuster opening..

An Indian film about women wrestlers from Haryana, traditionally a patriarchal state, made a blockbuster opening this month with a collection of Rs100 crore over three days. It is an Indian biographical sports drama film directed by Nitesh Tiwari. It stars Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari. The former is India's first female wrestler to win at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where she won the gold medal (55 kg). Her sister Babita Kumari won the silver (51 kg). "Dangal" is the Hindi term for "a wrestling competition".

2016 Indian banknote demonetization

The demonetisation of ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes was a policy enacted by the Government of India on 8 November 2016, ceasing the usage of all ₹500 (US$7.40) and ₹1,000 (US$15) banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series as legal tender in India from 9 November 2016. The announcement was made by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in an unscheduled live televised address at 20:00 Indian Standard Time (IST) on 8 November. In the announcement, Modi declared that use of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series would be invalid after midnight of that day, and announced the issuance of new ₹500 and ₹2,000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi New Series in exchange for the old banknotes. However, the banknote denominations of ₹100, ₹50, ₹20, ₹10 and ₹5 of the Mahatma Gandhi Series and ₹2 and ₹1 remained legal tender and were unaffected by the policy.

Reshma Qureshi (acid attack suvivors) walked the runway

Nineteen-year-old Reshma Qureshi proved that acid attack survivors can be powerful advocates for social change. Qureshi walked the runway at New York Fashion Week this year, making a strong statement about beauty and style, as well as promoting the #EndAcidSale movement.

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