What good monsoon brought, demonetisation snatched away (2016 In Retrospect) (16:08)
Saurabh Katkurwar
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) A "normal" monsoon brought much-needed relief to farmers after two consecutive years of drought. However, the demonetisation drive during the harvest season has devastated them, with one expert estimating they would need a bailout package of a staggering Rs 3 lakh crore ($44 billion), slightly less than India's defence budget.

Indian diplomacy: Year of some highs, a few lows (2016 In Retrospective) (15:50)
By Aroonim Bhuyan
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) If signing of the trilateral agreement on developing the Chabahar port in Iran, the civil nuclear deal with Japan and the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (Lemoa) with the US marked the major highlights of Indian diplomacy in 2016, deteriorating relations with Pakistan and China stalling India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) are the negatives.

A year of safety lapses with introduction of new services in railways (2016 In Retrospect) (15:42)
By Anand Singh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) The Indian Railways -- one of the world's largest networks --had a difficult year in 2016 as it grappled with a string of accidents that cast a shadow on safety measures notwithstanding the government's bid to revamp the ageing national carrier.

Year of many firsts for Defence Ministry, but not sans controversies (2016 In Retrospect) (15:28)
By Anjali Ojha
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) In a year that saw surgical strikes, a new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) and strengthening relations with both Russia and the US, the Defence Ministry had many firsts, but also could not escape controversies, including those around the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and One Rank One Pension (OROP).

Cafes, culinary experiments and hashtags: Rulers of the gastronomical world (2016 In Retrospect) (With Images) (14:54)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Sipping a oreo chocolate shake accompanied by a thick chicken patty smashed between buns or experimenting with the flavours of Indian regional cuisine -- a culinary visit to any eat-out remained incomplete without the "foodporn" and "foodgasm" hashtags, making 2016 a tummy-blessed foodilicious year.

Revolutionary writing or romance, debutant authors glittered all the way (2016 in Retrospect) (14:50)
By Somrita Ghosh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Amidst literary geniuses like Taslima Nasreen, Amitava Ghosh, Devdutt Pattanaik and Ramachandra Guha, some debutant authors twinkled in the galaxy of Indian literature and books.

Final goodbye by some musicians, but undying music left behind (2016 in Retrospect) (13:02)
By Natalia Ningthoujam
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) "Britney Spears is dead by accident!" Fortunately, it was just a hoax and the "Toxic" star is still alive. But not all musicians were as "Lucky" as the star. If it was "Last Christmas" for George Michael, Prince made the rain gods pour "Purple rain" when they breathed their last this year.

Global headwinds slow down Indian IT industry's growth (2016 In Retrospect) (12:06)
By Fakir Balaji IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Dec 31 (IANS) Global headwinds such as macroeconomic factors, currency volatility and disruptive technologies impacted the resilient Indian IT industry in 2016, forcing Nasscom, its apex body, to lower the growth rate for fiscal 2016-17.

The year Sindhu came out of Saina's shadow (2016 in Retrospect) (11:38)
By Abhishek Purohit
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Indian badminton this year saw P.V. Sindhu coming out of the shadow of her illustrious Hyderabadi city rival Saina Nehwal, who was blighted by multiple injuries that marred the second half of her season.

Year when a disunited opposition tried, but could not strike (2016 In Retrospect) (11:10)
By Prashant Sood
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) The Narendra Modi government came under increasing attack by opposition parties through the year over a range of issues, including demonetisation, but larger opposition unity remained elusive due to the competing interests of political outfits opposed to the ruling BJP-led alliance.

A year of success, consolidation for BJP (2016 in Retrospect) (10:36)
By Prashant Sood & Brajendra Nath Singh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) consolidated its position as the premier national party of Indian politics in 2016, breaking new ground in some states. The coming year poses fresh challenges for the party due to assembly polls in five states and uncertainty over the impact of demonetisation at the grassroots.

Rates, rains, reforms buoy Indian equities (2016 In Retrospect) (19:46)
By Porisma P. Gogoi and Rohit Vaid IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 30 (IANS) Despite facing massive volatility and foreign fund outflows, the Indian equities markets managed to make gains during 2016 mainly on account of a fall in lending rates, further economic reforms, lower inflation and a healthy monsoon.

Mamata fights anti-demonetisation war for national prominence (2016 In Retrospect) (18:00)
By Anurag Dey IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) After storming to power in West Bengal for a second consecutive term, 2016 saw Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee striving for a bigger role in national politics as she emerged among the most vocal adversaries of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his moves, particularly demonetisation.

Surgical strike on black money or carpet-bombing of the poor? Next few months will tell (2016 In Retrospect) (17:32)
By Sarwar Kashani IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) "Failure", "chaotic", "immoral", "unsettling", "revolutionary", "brilliant". Opinions about the effects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's November 8 midnight bomb wrapped in nationalistic garb differ, depending on whom you are talking to.

Even my position is not secure in the Indian team: AIFF Player of the Year Jeje (IANS Interview) (13:04)
By Debayan Mukherjee IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Dec 30 (IANS) Ask anyone if Jeje Lalpekhlua can be dropped from the Indian football team on current form, and he will laugh in your face. But ask Jeje, the just-crowned All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year, and he will give you a different answer.

The most momentous year for RBI since Independence (2016 In Retrospect) (12:34)
By Biswajit Choudhury
Mumbai, Dec 30 (IANS) The year 2016 has been the most momentous since India's Independence for the Reserve Bank on account of a trinity of events -- Raghuram Rajan's exit from the governorship, the decision on interest rates for the first time by a Monetary Policy Committee and the demonetisation of high-value currency last month.

A year of drawing flak for Odisha government (2016 In Retrospect) (12:12)
By Chinmaya Dehury IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, Dec 30 (IANS) The SUM Hospital tragedy, poor healthcare, shoddy handling of the Mahanadi water-sharing dispute and the CBI inquiry into the multi-crore chit fund scam dogged the Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government in the outgoing year.

Year when judges' appointments, BCCI dominated Supreme Court (2016 In Retrospect) (11:52)
By Parmod Kumar IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) The year that is ticking down saw the Supreme Court guarding its turf against the Narendra Modi government's attempts to have its say in judicial appointments by sitting on the appointments recommended by the collegium, and reversing attempts to destabilise the Congress governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand.

In a year of quiet diplomacy, India projected soft power at UN, but setback on terrorism (2016 in Retrospect) (With Images) (11:36)
By Arul Louis
United Nations, Dec 30 (IANS) As Prime Minister Narendra Modi stayed away this year, India followed a strategy of quiet diplomacy while projecting its soft power at the world body, even as it suffered a setback in the fight against terrorism.

Bollywood: Formulas flopped, content was king (2016 in Retrospect) (13:58)
By Arundhuti Banerjee
Mumbai, Dec 29 (IANS) Star or no star, big screen or the computer screen -- it was film and digital content backed by good and compelling storylines that drew the audience's attention in 2016, when formulaic sequels and even some ambitious dramas failed to make it big.

After a high in 2015, a new low in India-Pakistan ties (2016 in Retrospect) (13:56)
By Aroonim Bhuyan IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) As 2015 drew to a close, there were fresh expectations on India-Pakistan ties with the two sides deciding to resume their comprehensive bilateral dialogue during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Islamabad and Prime Minister Narendra Modi making a surprise visit to Lahore on Christmas Day on his counterpart Nawaz Sharif's birthday and his granddaughter's wedding. That euphoria now seems a distant dream.

Adios! The best and brightest who departed this year (2016 in Retrospect) (With Images) (13:18)
By Vikas Datta
New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) Human beings are mortal and know it but still can't avoid grief over deaths, especially when the person concerned seemed likely to go on for ever, had discovered a solution to some mystery of the human condition or something beneficial, or otherwise ensconced themselves in our hearts. And 2016 had no lack of occasions to mourn.

Demonetisation, piracy result in average box office for Bollywood (2016 in Retrospect) (12:28)
By Uma Ramasubramanian and Sandeep Sharma
Mumbai, Dec 29 (IANS) Only eight out of the approximately 230 Hindi films released in 2016 surpassed the glorified Rs 100 crore ($14.5 million) club in India, giving the industry only an average tally of around Rs 2,700 crore, according to industry insiders.

High growth, maiden policy propel aviation sector (2016 In Retrospect) (12:12)
By Rohit Vaid
New Delhi/Mumbai, Dec 29 (IANS) A maiden integrated policy and over 20 per cent month-on-month traffic growth gave wings to the country's civil aviation sector in 2016.

The year cash-strapped Andhra moved to its new capital (2016 In Retrospect) (11:38)
By Mohammed Shafeeq IANS Photo Service
Vijayawada, Dec 29 (IANS) For the residual state of Andhra Pradesh it was an eventful year marked by numerous post-bifurcation challenges -- the biggest being the shifting of the administration from Hyderabad to Amaravti, the new state capital coming up near here.

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