2010 in pictures

2010 was the year Sachin Tendulkar scored a double... more

Families sit on the champs de Mars in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 14 January following the 7.0-magnitude quake on 12 January, which flattened much of the town. Haitian officials said more than 100,000 people may have died in the quake. AFP
1/18Families sit on the champs de Mars in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 14 January following the 7.0-magnitude quake on 12 January, which flattened much of the town. Haitian officials said more than 100,000 people may have died in the quake. AFP
The last journey of former West Bengal chief minister and the most senior Communist Party leader, Jyoti Basu, in Kolkata on 19 January. Basu died following a multi-organ failure. HT
2/18The last journey of former West Bengal chief minister and the most senior Communist Party leader, Jyoti Basu, in Kolkata on 19 January. Basu died following a multi-organ failure. HT
An explosion at German Bakery in Pune on 13 February kills 17 people, and injures at least 60. Reuters
3/18An explosion at German Bakery in Pune on 13 February kills 17 people, and injures at least 60. Reuters
Sachin Tendulkar celebrates a world record-breaking double century (200 runs) during the second one-day international (ODI) cricket match against South Africa at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior on 24 February. AFP
4/18Sachin Tendulkar celebrates a world record-breaking double century (200 runs) during the second one-day international (ODI) cricket match against South Africa at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior on 24 February. AFP
The wreckage of a military vehicle is seen next to a crater caused by an explosion during a Maoist rebel attack in Dantewada on 6 April. Maoist rebels killed 76 paramilitary police in the jungle ambush. AFP
5/18The wreckage of a military vehicle is seen next to a crater caused by an explosion during a Maoist rebel attack in Dantewada on 6 April. Maoist rebels killed 76 paramilitary police in the jungle ambush. AFP
Heavy smoke billows from the volcano in Eyjafjallajokull late on 16 April. The eruptions that began on 14 April and went on till 20 April, caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe. AFP
6/18Heavy smoke billows from the volcano in Eyjafjallajokull late on 16 April. The eruptions that began on 14 April and went on till 20 April, caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe. AFP
Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the only Pakistani terrorist caught alive during the 26 November 2008 attack on Mumbai, is sentenced to death by the Bombay high court on 6 May. Reuters
7/18Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the only Pakistani terrorist caught alive during the 26 November 2008 attack on Mumbai, is sentenced to death by the Bombay high court on 6 May. Reuters
Britain’s Prime Minister, Conservative party Leader David Cameron, addresses the media outside 10 Downing Street in central London on 11 May. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II appointed Cameron as prime minister after Gordon Brown’s resignation. AFP
8/18Britain’s Prime Minister, Conservative party Leader David Cameron, addresses the media outside 10 Downing Street in central London on 11 May. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II appointed Cameron as prime minister after Gordon Brown’s resignation. AFP
Remnants of an Air India Express plane from Dubai that overshot the table-top runway at the Mangalore airport on 22 May, killing 158 persons on board. HT
9/18Remnants of an Air India Express plane from Dubai that overshot the table-top runway at the Mangalore airport on 22 May, killing 158 persons on board. HT
An explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig kills 11 men and sends millions of gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for three months in what would become the worst oil spill—and arguably the worst environmental disaster—in US history. AFP
10/18An explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig kills 11 men and sends millions of gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for three months in what would become the worst oil spill—and arguably the worst environmental disaster—in US history. AFP
New Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard signs her commission as Prime Minister of Australia at Government House in Canberra on 24 June. Gillard became the country’s first female prime minister after ousting Kevin Rudd. AFP
11/18New Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard signs her commission as Prime Minister of Australia at Government House in Canberra on 24 June. Gillard became the country’s first female prime minister after ousting Kevin Rudd. AFP
The Union Carbide plant in Bhopal. A Bhopal court sentences eight people to two years each in jail over a gas plant leak that killed thousands of people in 1984.
12/18The Union Carbide plant in Bhopal. A Bhopal court sentences eight people to two years each in jail over a gas plant leak that killed thousands of people in 1984.
Commuters wade through a flooded street in Lahore on 12 July during the worst floods in Pakistan’s history. At least 1,500 people were killed and an estimated 20 million were left homeless. AFP
13/18Commuters wade through a flooded street in Lahore on 12 July during the worst floods in Pakistan’s history. At least 1,500 people were killed and an estimated 20 million were left homeless. AFP
Lawyers after the Ayodhya verdict. Sixty years on, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, on 30 September, pronounced judgement in the Ayodhya title suit saying Hindus and Muslims are joint title holders. Mint
14/18Lawyers after the Ayodhya verdict. Sixty years on, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, on 30 September, pronounced judgement in the Ayodhya title suit saying Hindus and Muslims are joint title holders. Mint
The 2010 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XIX Commonwealth Games, were held at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, in New Delhi, from 3 to 14 October. In picture: the opening ceremony. HT
15/18The 2010 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XIX Commonwealth Games, were held at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, in New Delhi, from 3 to 14 October. In picture: the opening ceremony. HT
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with US President Barack Obama after a joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on 8 November. AFP
16/18Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with US President Barack Obama after a joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on 8 November. AFP
The Aadarsh building in Cuff Parade, Mumbai. Politicians, bureaucrats and personnel in the armed forces are in the dock following revelations of the Adarsh Housing Society scam. HT
17/18The Aadarsh building in Cuff Parade, Mumbai. Politicians, bureaucrats and personnel in the armed forces are in the dock following revelations of the Adarsh Housing Society scam. HT
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi waves to supporters as she arrives in Yangon on 13 November after her release following almost 15 years in detention. AFP
18/18Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi waves to supporters as she arrives in Yangon on 13 November after her release following almost 15 years in detention. AFP
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