Year the Railways grappled with accidents, took steps to improve efficiency, agility (2017 In Retrospect) (11:40)
By Anand SinghIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) It was a challenging year for Indian Railways as it had to deal with a spate of accidents amid efforts to improve speed, revenue, safety and efficiency.

Year when Didi gunned for Modi seeking to emerge as face of anti-BJP opposition (2017 in Retrospect) (11:32)
By Sirshendu Panth
Kolkata, Dec 31 (IANS) Keeping up a strong anti-BJP rhetoric, West Bengal's indefatigable 'Didi' gunned for Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the year, lacing her speeches and social media postings with sarcasm and choice words as her government clashed with the Centre on various issues.

Mandsaur firing brought out anger among farmers (2017 in Retrospect) (11:26)
By Saurabh KatkurwarIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Pavitra Singh of Punjab's Mansa is representative of farmers across the country who were infuriated as agriculture prices collapsed for the second consecutive year, but their sufferings remained unnoticed until the June police firing in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district that killed five farmers.

Fundamental right to privacy, invalidating triple talaq crowning verdicts of 2017 (2017 in Retrospect) (11:16)
By Parmod Kumar
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court stood out in 2017 for protecting and advancing the rights of citizens in more ways than one, but primarily by empowering them against any intrusion of their privacy by the State or the private sector as it elevated the right to privacy as a fundamental right.

E-commerce sector rides on Digital India, note ban (2017 in Retrospect) (18:20)
By Fakir Balaji
Bengaluru, Dec 30 (IANS) Adopting disruptive technology and riding on the Digital India bandwagon, the e-commerce sector has survived the slowdown in 2017 and benefited from the note ban, which spurred online transactions.

Reforms induce bull run in equity markets despite some volatility (2017 in Retrospect) (17:42)
By Porisma P. Gogoi and Rohit VaidIANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 30 (IANS) Economic reforms, coupled with political stability and prospects of higher future growth led market participants to bet "big and long" on the Indian equity markets during 2017.

Year when EC's integrity came under scanner not once, but twice (2017 in Retrospect) (13:18)
By Mohd Asim KhanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) A neutral Election Commission (EC) is to a democracy what a violin is to a symphony orchestra or a vertebra is to the backbone. The EC, in the words of a former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), is like a neutral umpire in a cricket match -- he officiates from beginning to end without participating in the game.

Year that saw oil, gas production switch to revenue-sharing mode (2017 in Retrospect) (13:06)
By Biswajit Choudhury
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) While the strategic petroleum sector, including oil and gas, continues to remain outside the new GST indirect tax regime that replaced a 70-year-old system, the industry did manage in 2017 to switch over to a new exploration regime that gives producers marketing and pricing freedom.

Opposition parties showed some unity, face formidable challenges (2017 in Retrospect) (12:22)
By Prashant Sood and Sidhartha DuttaIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) Opposition parties face a daunting task to check the BJP's rise and expansion under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the coming year presents them opportunities to do so in eight states that go to the polls. It will also test them for their ability to build up the momentum against the BJP in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha poll.

A watershed year for Indian badminton (2017 in Retrospect) (12:12)
By Gaurav SharmaIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) Indian badminton in 2017 continued to move northwards, dishing out one stunning performance after another, especially with the men's shuttlers earning respect on the global stage.

Surprises and shockers: 'Baahubali' sets Rs 500 cr bar for Bollywood (2017 in Retrospect) (11:36)
By Radhika Bhirani and Sandeep SharmaIANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 30 (IANS) The highest earning film in India this year -- "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" -- was neither an original Hindi movie nor featured an established star. That says a lot about the changing dynamics of Bollywood which, in 2017, saw a mixed bag of projects that drew audiences mainly with solid content, notwithstanding star power.

The year that ended BJP's 14-year exile in UP (2017 In Retrospect) (11:36)
By Mohit DubeyIANS Photo Service
Lucknow, Dec 30 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh was a parched land for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for 14 long years. Ever since the then Chief Minister Rajnath Singh lost the plot in the 2003 state assembly elections, the saffron party found itself on the sidelines of the country's politically most crucial state.

Tripura: Year that set the stage for a direct Left vs BJP battle (2017 in Retrospect) (13:34)
By Sujit ChakrabortyIANS Photo Service
Agartala, Dec 29 (IANS) In India's 65-year electoral history, the country's dominant Left party, the CPI-M, has never been in direct confrontation with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Political developments in Tripura this year have set the stage for their first face-to-face battle in the February 2018 assembly polls as the saffron outfit has emerged as the key opposition party in this Communist-ruled state.

Hollywood superheroes won the Indian box office game (2017 In Retrospect) (12:40)
By Sugandha RawalIANS Photo Service
Pune, Dec 29 (IANS) Be it Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Thor or Hulk, stories about superheroes battling supervillains in a fantasy world turned out to be the hit formula for Hollywood at the Indian box office this year.

Search for alien life got exciting new targets this year (2017 in Retrospect) (13:32)
By Gokul Bhagabati
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) One year passes in the blink of an eye in terms of the age of our universe, but 2017 has made significant contributions towards unravelling the deep mysteries hidden in its vast expanse, giving the search for alien life a big boost.

A year of mixed fortunes for Indian space sector (2017 In Retrospect) (12:12)
By Venkatachari JagannathanIANS Photo Service
Chennai, Dec 28 (IANS) The year 2017 could be said to be one of mixed fortunes for the Indian space agency as it launched the much-awaited four-tonne rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III (GSLV-Mk III); put into orbit 104 satellites in a single mission; sent up the South Asia Satellite; and also crossed the double century mark of launching foreign satellites.

Amidst border tension, India steps up to be net security provider, pushes defence manufacturing (2017 in Retrospect) (11:12)
By Anjali OjhaIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) Amidst tension on both the eastern and western borders, and continuing terror attacks, India in 2017 took a step toward playing the role of the "net security provider" in the region and also pushing domestic defence manufacturing in the country.

Literature: Honouring diverse experience, reviving old stories and sad adieus (2017 in Retrospect) (11:06)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) It was another glorious year for literature with its top prizes honouring the universality and diversity of human experience, a glittering abundance of compelling reads -- including one revisiting a half-century-old classic -- by established masters, emerging talent and gifted debutants, and a refreshing lack of controversy that convulsed other fields of culture, especially mass entertainment.

Remarkable year for new directorial talent in Bollywood (2017 in Retrospect) (15:14)
By Subhash K JhaIANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 27 (IANS) If during the year 2017, the scarcity of new acting talent was scary, the abundance of directorial talent instantly lifted the spirit and made sore expectations soar. Yes, there is hope for Bollywood.

Increasing automation, Infosys spat disrupted India's IT industry (2017 In Retrospect) (12:14)
By Fakir BalajiIANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Dec 27 (IANS) The resilient Indian IT industry, which has been going through challenging times on multiple fronts, faced disruption in 2017 from increasing automation and the boardroom spat in software major Infosys spilling into the public domain.

An abduction that took away sheen of Malayalam filmdom (2017 in retrospect) (12:12)
By Sanu GeorgeIANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 27 (IANS) The year 2017 is one that the Malayalam film industry would perhaps like to forget, given the unexpected and shocking after-effects of the abduction of a popular actress.

Tough year for Congress but Rahul's grit in Gujarat generates new hope (2017 in Retrospect) (15:36)
By Prashant SoodIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) It was a year when Rahul Gandhi finally stepped into the Congress President's shoes and ran a doughty campaign in Gujarat which unnerved the ruling BJP. It was also a year when Congress won its first major victory in a state -- Punjab -- and also faced several disappointments.

GST made 2017 most significant year for economy since Independence (2017 In Retrospect) (13:02)
By Biswajit ChoudhuryIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) The 70th year since Independence will go down in Indian history since the country switched over to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, realising, thereby, the vision of a unified market in a federal system that guided the nationalist bourgeoisie in joining Mahatma Gandhis struggle to liberate India from the British.

US-India ties: Modi-Trump chemistry apart, Washington bets big on New Delhi (2017 in Retrospect) (11:42)
By Aroonim BhuyanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Though the personal chemistry between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and new US President Donald Trump was the highlight of India-US ties in 2017, what has come as a huge boost to bilateral relations towards the end of the year is the key strategic geopolitical role for India in the new US security strategy.

Despite ‘Trump effect', global momentum on climate change gains (2017 in Retrospect) (11:24)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) The Trump administrations decision earlier this year to pull out of the historic 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, saying the Obama-era deal was an attempt to diminish the US economy and take jobs away, has not stopped incredible global momentum to curb global warming.

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