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Events 2010   Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Events in January 2010

Jan. 1 Ninety-Five people are killed in a suicide attack during a volleyball match in Shah Hassan Khel in Lakki Marwat district in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province. Full Story
Danish police arrest a Somali for bid to attack Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard at his home in Arhaas, Denmark. Full Story
Jan. 2 Afghanistan’s Parliament rejects 17 of President Hamid Karzai’s 24 nominees for a new Cabinet. Full Story
Jan. 3 Peru’s Supreme Court upholds 25-year jail sentence for former President Alberto Fujimori for the death squad killing of 25 people during his 1990 to 2000 rule. Full Story
Nitin Garg, an Indian youth is stabbed to death in Melbourne, Australia. Full Story
Jan. 4 Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest tower at 818 Metres (2,684 Feet), is opened by Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid al Maktoum. Full Story
Jan. 5 Yemen launches a major offensive against the Al-Qaeda.
Jan. 6 India and Zambia sign pact in energy sector. Full Story
A U.S. Grand Jury indicts Nigerian youth Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab over a plot to blow up a plane with 290 aboard on Christmas Day as its approached Detroit, Michigan.
The Ady Gil, a hi-tech anti-whaling powerboat, sinks after being rammed by a Japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru No. 2 in waters off Antartica. Full Story
Jan. 7 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown survives ‘coup’ bid after two former Ministers demand a secret ballot on MPs’ allegiance to him. Full Story
Jan. 8 An Indian Jaspreet Singh is set on fire in Melbourne, Australia. Full Story
The Sri Lankan military frees 712 suspected LTTE cadre undergoing rehabilitation. Full Story
India, Malawi to finalise MoU on the development of the Southern African Nation’s mineral resources. Full Story
Jan. 9 India, Botswana sign agreements in the agriculture and education sectors. Full Story
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai submits a new list of Cabinet nominees, including three women.
Jan. 10 Rosarno in Southern Italy turns into the world’s only entirely white town following two days of bloody ethnic cleansing that began with the apparently motiveless shooting of two African workers. Full Story
Jan. 11 Editor and veteran Tamil journalist J.S.Tissainayagam sentenced to 20-years RI by the High Court of Colombo is granted bail pending appeal by the Appeal Courts. Full Story
Jan. 12 At least 1,00,000 people are killed after a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastates the Caribbean nation of Haifi. The capital Port-au-Prince bears the brunt. Full Story
The Presidential palace and Parliament building collapse. The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission, Tunisian Hedi Annabi among dead. The U.N. headquarters wrecked. Full Story
Massoud Ali – Mohammadi, an Iranian nuclear scientist is killed in a booby-trapped motorbike blast near his home in northern Tehran. Full Story
Jan. 14 The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud is feared killed in an air strike in North Wazikistan. Full Story
A federal Grand Jury in Chicago indicts Pakistan-American Jihadist David Coleman Headley and his Canadian accomplice Tahawwur Rana for their role in organising recce operations before the November 2008 Mumbai attack. Full Story
Jan. 15 Russia ratifies European Human Rights Convention. Full Story
Padma Cheling, is elected Governor of China’s Tibet Autonomous region. Full Story
The decomposed bodies of two businessmen from Tamil Nadu are found in two suitcases buried in a farmland in the Fiji capital Suva. Full Story
Jan. 16 The U.S. President Barack Obama pitches bank tax. Full Story
Hungry Haitians clamour for food, water. 20,000 bodies recovered so far. Full Story
Jan. 17 Ukrainians cast ballots in presidential poll. Full Story
James Cameron’s science fiction block buster Avatar fetches for him Best Drama and Best Director at the 67th annual Golden Globes Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Meryl Streep gets Best Actress award for Julie & Julia. Full Story
Martin Scorsese is presented the Cecil B.DeMill lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. Full Story
Billionaire Sebastian Pinera is elected Chile President after winning a run-off vote.
Jan. 18 Taliban gunmen launch an assault on Afghanistan capital Kabul with suicide bombers blowing themselves up at different locations. A fourteen-member Cabinet is sworn in amidst the violence. Full Story
Mehmet Ali Agca who shot at Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981 in St.Peter’s Square, Rome is freed after spending 29 years behind bars. Full Story
Vikfor Yanuskovich emerges frontrunner in Ukrainian Presidential Polls. To face Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko in February 7 run-off vote. Full Story
Jan. 19 British chocolate bar maker Cadbury is bought by U.S. giant Kraft Foods in a $19 billion deal ending more than 180 years of history. Full Story
In a major upset, Republican Scott Brown wins the Massachusetts Senate seat held by Edward Kennedy for nearly half a century defeating the state Attorney General Martha Coakley. Full Story
Eight persons are shot dead in Appomattox, Virginia by Christopher Speight. Full Story
Top Hamas Commander Mahmoud al-Mabouth is assassinated in his hotel room in Dubai by an 11-member hit team.
Huang Songyou, a vice-president of China’s Supreme Court is dismissed and jailed for life by a court in Hebei province, north of Beijing on corruption charges. Full Story
Jan. 21 China registers 8.7 per cent growth in 2009 and is set to overtake Japan as the World’s second largest economy. Full Story
The U.S. Supreme Court lifts a 63-year-old ban on corporate funds for U.S. federal elections. Ban on paid “issue ads” too goes. Full Story
Jan. 22 A telethon “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief”, a massive fundraiser is held in London and is expected to raise $ 2 billion. Full Story
U.S. astronaut Timothy “TJ” Creamer aboard the International Space Station becomes the first person to tweet live from space.
Jan. 23 At least 400 people are killed and 18,000 residents displaced in Muslim-Christian communal violence in Nigeria in the last few days. Full Story
Wismond Exantus (25) is pulled out alive from the rubble of a shop 11 days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti that has claimed more than 112,000 lives.
Jan. 25 Ninety people aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane are killed after it catches fire and crashes into sea shortly after takeoff from Beirut. Full Story
Ali Hasan al-Majid widely known as “Chemical Ali” is hanged in Iraq for the 1988 poison gas attacks which killed more than 5,000 Kurds. Thirty six persons are killed and 71 injured in three massive car bombings in Baghdad. Full Story
Jan. 26 Over 70 per cent of the 14 million plus. Sri Lankan voters cast ballots in presidential polls. Full Story
A 32-member a French MPs’ panel recommends barring Muslim women wearing full facial veils from using public transport.
Canada deports to India Parminder Singh Saini, the mastermind of the July 6, 1984 hijack of an Indian Airlines flight to Lahore, Pakistan. Full Story
Jan. 27 Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is re-elected for a second term. He trounces former Army Chief Retired General Sarath Fonseka by a huge margin. Full Story
The World Economic Forum’s 40th Anniversary opens in the glitzy Swiss ski resort of Davos, with the main focus on reform of the finance industry.
Bangladesh executes the five convicted killers of the nation’s founding President Sheikh Mujibur Rehman (on.August 15,1975) at Dhaka’s Central Prison. Full Story
The U.S. President Barack Obama says he will slash tax breaks to American firms that move jobs abroad at his first State of the Union Address. Full Story
Donor nations agree to bankroll a multi-million passed peace and reintegration fund for Afghanistan at a meet in London. Full Story
Jan. 28 A Court acquits former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin accused of a smear campaign against Nicolas Sarkozy before he got elected President. Full Story
Jan. 29 The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair defends invasion of Iraq and denies covert deal with the then U.S. President George W.Bush during a six-hour hearing before the Iraq Inquiry in London. Full Story
The Obama administration notifies U.S. Congress of its first arms sales worth $ 6.4 billion to Taiwan. Full Story
China unveils a new draft law on land acquisitions. Full Story
Jan. 31 A.R. Rahman wins two Grammy awards for his song ‘Jai Ho’ and outstanding soundtrack for the film Slumdog Millionaire at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angels. Full Story
Beyonce wins six trophies including best female pop vocal for Halo becoming the most decorated woman on a Grammy night. Taylor Swift bags four awards, including the Album of the year, for her best-selling fearless. Full Story
A major purge is carried out in the top echelons of the Sri Lankan Army. Major General Daya Ratnayake apponted Chief Staff of the Army. Full Story

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