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Events 2004   Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Events in January 2004

Jan. 1 India and Pakistan resume air links snapped in Jan. 2002 following the attack on Parliament on Dec. 13, 2001. Full Story
Jan. 2 The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam gives his assent to the Anti-Defection Bill. Full Story
The Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex touches 6,000 mark. Full Story
Jan. 5 "Now the time has come to realise that peace is essential for an individual and a nation's prosperity, and also for the world to prosper," says the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, after presenting the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2003 to the former President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel. Full Story
Jan. 8 Mamata Banerjee becomes Coal and Mines Minister. Karia Munda gets Non-Conventional Energy Sources; Ramesh Bais becomes Minister of State for Environment and Forests and Vallabhabhai Kathiria is given charge of Health and Family Welfare in a Cabinet reshuffle. Full Story
Yogendra K. Modi takes over as FICCI president at the conclusion of the 76th annual session, in New Delhi. Saroj K. Poddar is elected vice-president. Full Story
The Congress and the DMK firm up poll alliance after 24 years of estrangement. Full Story
Jan. 9 The Centre allocates Rs.50,000 crores for a "second Green Revolution." Full Story
The Prime Minster, A. B. Vajpayee lifts ceiling on overseas investments by Indian corporates. "There never was a better time to be an Indian and never a better time to be in India," he says at the second Pravasi Bhartiya Divas conference, in New Delhi. Full Story
Jan. 11 The Bahrain Prime Minister, Shaikh Kalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa arrives in New Delhi for a historic four-day visit.
Jan. 12 The PMK quits the NDA Government at the Centre, following in the footsteps of the DMK and the MDMK. (The MDMK did so on Dec. 29 last). Full Story
Jan. 13 India, Bahrain sign an extradition treaty, in New Delhi. Full Story
Jan. 14 India resumes train services to Pakistan after two years. Full Story
The U.P. Government decides to abolish nine districts. Full Story
The Government raises FDI ceiling in the oil and banking sectors. Full Story
Jan. 16 Ghulam Rasool Dar, overall commander of the Hizb-ul Mujahideen's J & K operations, is shot dead by the Army at a house in Zainakot on the outskirts of Srinagar. Full Story
Jan. 17 The World Social Forum, the anti-globalisation meeting, begins in Mumbai. Full Story
Jan. 19 T. S. Krishnamurthy is named the new Chief Election Commissioner to succeed J. M. Lyngdoh. Full Story
The Supreme Court stays the execution of Shaukat Hussain Guru, an accused in the "December 13 Parliament attack case." Full Story
In a landmark event, the first block of "Samyukta," an indigenous, state-of-the art Integrated Electronic Warfare system is presented by the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to the Chief of the Army Staff, Gen. N. C. Vij, in Hyderabad. Full Story
Jan. 20 India signs a Rs. 7,000 crore defence deal with Russia for the purchase of the aircraft carrier, Admiral Gorshkov, in New Delhi. Set for induction in 2008, it will replace INS Viraat. Full Story
Jan. 21 The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam appoints the Union Home Secretary, N. Gopalaswami as Election Commissioner. Full Story
The Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee launches the Krishi television channel, in New Delhi. Full Story
Jan. 22 Dow Jones and The Times of India group announce an agreement on a joint venture to publish The Wall Street Journal for India. Full Story
The APHC and the Centre agree to find a "honourable and durable solution" to the Kashmir problem through talks after a meeting, the first such in 14 years since the outbreak of militancy in the J & K, in New Delhi. Full Story
Jan. 23 Fortynine persons are killed in a devastating fire at a wedding hall in Srirangam of Tiruchi district, Tamil Nadu. Full Story
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa is acquitted of all charges in the `SPIC disinvestment' case by a special court in Chennai. Full Story
The citizens have a fundamental right to hoist the National Flag on their premises throughout the year, rules the apex court. Full Story
Jan. 24 The Nationalist Congress splits and the Sharad Pawar-led NCP expels P. A. Sangma. Full Story
Jan. 25 The former CJI, M. N. Venkatachaliah, litterateur Amrita Pritam and astronomer Jayant Vishnu Narlikar are awarded Padma Vibhushan. Gulzar, M. V. Kamath, actor Soumitra Chatterjee are among 19 persons selected for Padma Bhushan. Cricketers Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and singer Hariharan among 74 Padma Shri awardees. Full Story
India and the Latin American bloc, Mercosaur, sign a preferential trade agreement, in New Delhi. Full Story
Jan. 28 The Government removes curbs on gold, silver imports and launches a gold card scheme for creditworthy exporters. Full Story
The Centre bans import of livestock for six months, keeping in view the spread of bird flu in the neighbouring countries. Full Story
The AIADMK and the BJP clinches alliance for the Lok Sabha polls. Full Story
Jan. 29 The Government imposes total ban on poultry imports in view of the bird flu outbreak in the neighbouring countries. Full Story
The Supreme Court awards death penalty to four of Veerappan gang for killing 22 people by blowing up a bus in Karnataka on April 19, 1993. Full Story
Jan. 30 Anil Baijal, is appointed the Union Home Secretary.
The interim Railway Budget for 2004-05, proposes a series of 18 non-stop express trains ("Sampark Kranti Express"), linking virtually all the States with New Delhi. A pilot project of e-ticketing on select Shatabdi Express trains planned. Full Story
Presidential pardon for British national, Peter Bleach, a key accused in the December 1995 Purulia arms drop case. Full Story
A woman police battalion is commissioned by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa. Full Story
The Postal Department launches "e-post" service. Full Story
Jan. 31 "We have to change South Asia's image and standing in the world. We must make the bold transition from mistrust to trust, from discord to concord, and from tension to peace," says the Prime Minister, A. B. Vajpayee at a convention on peace, in New Delhi. Full Story


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