A frenzied mob in Paradip attacks an IAF helicopter carrying the Defence Minister Mr. George Fernandes and two of his ministerial colleagues.
H. K. Dua, Senior Journalist and former editor of The Indian Express, and The Hindustan Times is appointed the Press Adviser to the Prime Minister.
Mr. Soli Sorbajee is reappointed the Attorney General.
The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) NSCN (K) announces ceasefire.
The Delhi HC dismisses a plea against Ms.Sonia Gandhi seeking deletion of her name from the register of Indian citizenship.
Militants attack Army headquarters in Srinagar.
Dr. M. S. Swaminathan well-known agricultural scientist, is selected for the UNESCO Gandhi gold medal.
Mr. Harkishan Singh Surjeet donates property share to his party, CPI(M).
Pope John Paul II arrives in New Delhi to a warm welcome.
The CBI arrests the Bihar Road Construction Minister Mr.Illiyas Hussain and conducts raids in the bitumen scam case.
The Prime Minister's office will be the next target says the outfit Lashkar-i-Taiba after attacking the Badamibagh contonement in Srinagar.
An accused in the 1993 Bombay blasts is held in Nepal.
Red carpet welcome to Pope. He appreciates the religious freedom in India.
Later Pope visits Rajghat offering floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
BJP asks Mr. Kalyan Singh to step down, choses Ram Prakash Gupta as his successor.
Ignoring Ayodhya was a mistake says Mr. Kalyan Singh.
Prof. Romila Thapar, historian, is elected to the highest British academic honour.
Cyclone toll crosses 7,000. The Prime Minister appoints one-man task force for Orissa.
17 Pakistani soldiers are killed in fighting near LoC.
Mr. M. M. Rajendran will be the new Governor of Orissa.
A 50-member BJP Ministry led by Ram Prakash Gupta is sworn in Uttar Pradesh.
A woman commits `sati' in Satpura village in Mohaba district of Uttar Pradesh.
The All-Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) militants kill 17 in Tripura.
Notorious criminal Surendra alias Dolatpuri is shot dead in an encounter with the police at Khatavli, Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
The Bihar Governor, Mr. Suraj Bhan dismisses the Horticulture and Weights and Measurements Minister, Mr. Samrat Chaudhary in the Rabri Devi cabinet, for being `underaged'.
A petition is filed against Union Carbide in New York court.
10 are killed in the Chennai Central prison violence
41 more Ministers are inducted into the Ram Prakash Gupta Ministry in Uttar Pradesh taking the strength of the Ministry to 91.
23 escape from the Tura district jail in Meghalaya.
The ancestral home of J. Krishnamoorthy alias JK is to be preserved as a national monument.
Three Lashkar-i-Taiba militants including its Chief Commander are killed in a fierce encounter with Special Operations Group (SOG) in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Centre includes 126 more castes in OBC list.
Indira Gandhi Peace prize is presented to social worker of Bangladesh, Mr. Muhammed Yunus.
The Goa Chief Minister, Mr. Luizinho Faleiro is asked to prove majority in the Assembly.
The melody queen, Ms. Lata Mangeshkar, a senior journalist Mr. `Cho' Ramaswamy, an eminent jurist, Mr. Fali S. Nariman and a veteran RSS leader Mr. Nanaji Deshmukh are being nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
An Indian scientist, Mr. P.G.S. Mony is honoured by the French Government.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee expands cabinet as four more ministers join the ministry including Mr.Arun Shourie.
Mrs. V. S. Rama Devi and Mr. Vishnu Kant Shastri are the new Governors of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh.
The toll in Orissa's super cyclone rises to 9,800.
The BSF unearths a 160-yard tunnel near the barbed wire fencing on the Pakistani side.
Mr. Vinod Chandra Pandey takes over as the Governor of Bihar.
A 11-member Indian National Congress (INC) (Sardinha) Ministry is sworn in Goa.
The Gandhian and noted social worker Baba Amte is chosen for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 1999.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is appointed Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.
The `Rainbow warrior' the campaignship of the international environmental group, Green Peace, arrives in Mumbai.
Mr. Buddhadev Bhattacharya is the Deputy Chief Minister of West Bengal.
The BJP joins the Goa Ministry. Meanwhile the new Governor of Goa, Mr. Mohammad Fazal is sworn in.
A city court acquits the former Union Minister Mr. H.K.L. Bhagat in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.
The BJP suspends the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Kalyan Singh from the primary membership of the Party for defying Mr. Vajpayee.
The Special Relief Commissioner of Orissa, Mr. D. N. Padhi is suspended for alleged irregularities in the procurement of polythene sheets for the cyclone-hit families.
Two persons are killed and 16 others injured in a grenade attack on army camp in Srinagar.
Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob is sworn in Punjab Governor.
Senior Awami League leader, Mr. Mohammed Anwar Sheikh is killed and his wife and daughter-in-law are seriously injured in militants attack on his house in Kashmir.
Bid to blast the railway station in Andhra Pradesh by People's War Group (PWG) is foiled.
The Joint Struggle Committee of Financial Sector unions give a call for a nation-wide stir over the IRA Bill.
The Nagaland Chief Minister, Mr. S. C. Jamir escapes an attempt on his life.
The Finance Minister, introduces the FEMA Bill, rejects the Left's charge.
The Goa Chief Minister, Mr. Francisco Sardinha wins trust vote.
The former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi is named ``Woman of the Millennium'' in a BBC poll.
The SC quashes a pending inquiry initiated by the Election Commission against the former Union Finance Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh.
The Lok Sabha passes Insurance, FEMA and Money Laundering Bills.
In Tamil Nadu, former AIADMK Minister, Mr. Nagoor Meeran and his wife are sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment in `disproportionate wealth' case.
Orissa Chief Minister, Mr. Giridhar Gamang agrees to resign.
Mr. Uman J. Shah is sworn in West Bengal Governor.
India's Yukta Mookhey is crowned Miss World.
The Union Home Ministry ask Intelligence Bureau (IB) to conduct an inquiry against IB officials in ISRO spy case.
India and Russia sign a 10-year protocol.
The former Punjab Minister, Mr. Brij Bhupinder Singh alias Lalli, is arrested on charges of fraud and misappropriation of public funds.
Dr. Shankar K. Pal of the Indian statistical institute is selected for the G.D. Birla Award for 1999.
BJP expels the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Kalyan Singh.
The Mumbai HC dismisses the plea of the sacked Navy chief Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat challenging his dismissal.
The Prime Minister launches a Rs. 100- crore national venture fund for IT industry.
The expelled Kalyan Singh decides to form a new party.
Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and Mr. Jaipal Reddy are chosen outstanding parliamentarians for 1997 and 1998 respectively.
Mr. Gopalakrishna Gandhi, former High Commissioner to South Africa, is conferred the honorary doctorate by the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.
Dr. M. L. Madhu, poet and translator wins the Pushkin Gold Medal award.
Mr. Umod Chandra Pande is sworn in the Governor of West Bengal.
The Railways announces concessions for senior citizens, students upto Class-X and poor.
Dr. V. Kurien gets the Paulos Mar Gregorius Award 1999.
The Government lodges protest with the Pakistani Rangers following the discovery of a tunnel near the Indo-Pak border.
The Haryana Assembly is dissolved.
Militants attack two security camps in northern Kashmir.
The Madhya Pradesh Minister for Transport, MR. Likhiram Karve is hacked to death by naxalites.
India receives the last set of Bofors papers from Swiss authorities.
India agrees to a financial system stability assessment (FSSA) by the IMF.
The second phase of national AIDS programme is launched.
The expelled BJP leader Mr. Kalyan Singh floats a new party Rashtriya Kranti Party .
Bill to amend Copyright Act of 1957 is passed in the Rajya Sabha.
Trishul is test-fired successfully.
Four Pakistani troops are killed by Indian soldiers across the Poonch sector in Jammu.
The PWG blasts railway track in Bihar.
The noted historian Dr. Romila Thapar cautions historians on Somnath temple.
The Rashtra Chethna Yatra reaches Hyderabad.
The Government rejects the underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim's conditional offer to surrender.
The Delhi HC dismisses a plea from Mr. Rajendra Yadav challenging his retirement from the Prachar Bharati Board.
States agree on uniform ST.
The Gujarat Government asks the Hindu Jagran March to go-ahead with Shilanyas for a Ram temple at Halmodi in Surat district.
The PWG claims responsibility for the murder of Likhiram Karve, Madhya Pradesh Minister.
The Manisana Wage Board for Journalists and Non-Journalists of Newspapers presents tentative proposals to the Government.
Shilanyas for Ram temple in a Gujarat village is peaceful.
The Union Cabinet decides to repeal 18 Acts.
An Indian Airlines aircraft with 187 passengers on board is hijacked. The plane was going from Katmandu to New Delhi. It lands near Abu Dhabi after several hops.
Hijackers release 26 passengers from the flight, which has been flown to Kandahar, Afghanistan.