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India History Timeline

2000s
  • (2000) One billionth citizen was born
  • (2000) U.S. President, Bill Clinton, visited India to improve ties
  • (2001) Earthquakes in Gujarat killed at least 30,000
  • (2001) Border clashes killed 16 Indian and three Bangladesh soldiers
  • (2001) First large orbital satellite was launched
  • (2001) Prime Minister Vajpayee met Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf over differences about Kashmir, meeting ended without any breakthrough
  • (2001) India fired on Pakistani military posts along Kashmir dividing line of control
  • (2001) Suicide squad attacked Parliament in New Delhi, several police were killed
  • (2001) India imposed sanctions against Pakistan to try to force action against the Kashmir militant groups blamed for Parliament attack, Pakistan retaliated with similar sanctions
  • (2001) India and Pakistan placed troops on common border due to fear of potential war
  • (2002) India test-fired nuclear capable ballistic missile off eastern coast
  • (2002) Over 1,000 people were killed in riots that broke out after 59 Hindu pilgrims died in train fire blamed on a Muslim mob
  • (2002) Pakistan fired three medium-range surface-to-surface missiles, which caused increased tensions between India and Pakistan
  • (2002) Abdul Kalam elected president
  • (2002) Two bomb blasts in Bombay killed at least 50
  • (2004) Congress Party won general elections, Manmohan Singh sworn in as prime minister
  • (2004) India began withdrawing troops from Kashmir
  • (2004) Undersea earthquake caused tidal waves, devastated communities in the south and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, thousands killed
  • (2005) Floods and landslides caused by monsoon rains killed more than 1,000 people
  • (2005) Bombs killed 62 people in New Delhi
  • (2005) Rural jobs plan launched to help lift 60 million families out of poverty
  • (2004) U.S. and India signed nuclear agreement, India would have access to civilian nuclear technology from U.S. in agreement for great scrutiny of nuclear program
  • (2006) 35 Hindus killed in Kashmir by suspected Islamic militants
  • (2006) Bomb attacks on rush-hour trains in Mumbai killed more than 180 people
  • (2006) U.S. approved controversial law which allowed India to buy U.S. nuclear reactors, fuel
  • (2007) 68 passengers killed by bomb blasts and fire on train traveling from New Delhi to Lahore, Pakistan
  • (2007) India launched its first commercial space rocket
  • (2007) Pratibha Patil became first woman elected president of India
  • (2008) U.S. and India signed nuclear deal
  • (2008) Gunmen killed more than 200, injured hundreds in attacks on main tourist and business areas of Mumbai
  • (2009) Russia agreed to supply uranium to India in $700 million deal
  • (2010) Bomb explosion in popular tourist restaurant in Maharashtra killed 16
  • (2011) Prime Minister Singh vowed to carry on in office in spite of debilitating scandals, including telecom deal estimated to cost the government $37 billion in lost revenue
  • (2011) Trial of 14 people, including a government minister, was held regarding selling of mobile phone licenses at reduced prices in exchange for bribes
  • (2011) Three bomb blasts in Mumbai during rush hour killed 21, injured hundreds
  • (2011) Hospital fire in Kilkata killed 88, six managers arrested for negligence
  • (2012) Prime Minister Singh made first official visit to Burma by an Indian prime minister since 1987
  • (2012) Pranab Mukherjee elected president
  • (2012) Six men raped woman on a bus in New Delhi causing her death, triggered massive protests
  • (2013) Pakistan and India accused each other of violating cease fire in Kashmir
  • (2013) 16 people killed, 117 injured in bomb explosions in Hyderabad
  • (2013) Four men were sentenced to death for rape and murder of woman on New Delhi bus
  • (2013) Indian Space Research Organization launched first interplanetary mission, the Mars Orbiter Mission
  • (2014) Indian soldier killed five fellow soldiers, then committed suicide in Kashmir
  • (2014) Lawmakers passed bill creating 29th state by dividing Andhra Pradesh in two
  • (2014) Maoist rebels killed 15 policemen, injured 25 in state of Chhattisgarh

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