Despite volatility Indian equity market makes gains, amongst best performers (2018 in Retrospect - Series Concludes) (21:18)
By Rohit VaidIANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 31 (IANS) Despite heavy volatility, coupled with foreign fund outflows and a weak rupee, the Indian equities market emerged as one of the best performers globally in 2018, mainly on account of a rise in the pace of economic expansion, lower inflation and a normal monsoon.

Rupee slips on oil, trade war fears; Worst Asian performer (2018 in Retrospect) (19:40)
By Rohit VaidIANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 31 (IANS) A rise in global protectionist measures, along with high crude oil prices, knocked out the Indian rupee in 2018, relegating it as the worst performing Asian currency of the year.

#MeToo awakening in India (2018 in Retrospect) (13:52)
By Radhika BhiraniIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) It took a year since the #MeToo wave hit Hollywood for its tides to be felt in India across the showbiz, media, art, literature and political worlds. But it has led to, hopefully, a social awakening about gender dynanics and prevention of sexual harassment at the workplace.

The year when Modi's charisma appeared to wane (2018 In Retrospect) (13:44)
By Brajendra Nath SinghIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP face a tough challenge in the Lok Sabha elections in the coming summer in the wake of its defeat in the recent Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and mounting worries on the economic front.

Cricket's high & low: From MeToo to sandpaper scandal to triumph Down Under(2018 in Retrospect) (13:02)
By Tridib BaparnashIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) The gentleman's game hit a new low in 2018 when two of the world's finest batsmen -- Steve Smith and David Warner -- copped year-long bans from Cricket Australia for their involvement in the infamous 'sandpaper gate' scandal while in India, it was marred by "MeToo" allegations against the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri before he was re-instated after the charges found very few takers, even as the administrative mess continues.

After a year of reckoning, realty stares at turbulent recovery (2018 In Retrospect) (12:34)
By Vinod Behl
Though the fledgling real estate sector facing a slowdown due to the weak residential segment showed signs of recovery this year with affordable and mid-segment housing driving sales amidst largely stagnant prices, the liquidity crisis gripping NBFCs, a major source of funding for realty, put the brakes on recovery. And with the assembly polls and upcoming general elections further casting a pall of uncertainty over the liquidity situation in the New Year, real estate is headed for a turbulent turnaround.

Sharply fluctuating fuel prices defined oil and gas sector in 2018 (2018 in Retrospect) (11:46)
By Biswajit ChoudhuryIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) For the Indian oil and gas sector, the year was defined by what occured outside with crude oil prices rising steadily to cross $86 a barrel owing to oil producers starting output cuts from January, before a sharp correction in the third quarter brought it down to below $50 earlier this month.

US ends year in state of political, strategic, financial chaos (2018 in Retrospect) (11:04)
By Arul Louis
New York, Dec 30 (IANS) The rumbling controversies and divisive trends of 2018 erupted in a perfect storm of chaos at the year's end with parts of the US government paralysed by a showdown between President Donald Trump and the Democrats, while senior officials quit, foreign and strategic policies fell into disarray, and the stock markets tumbled.

Fresh policy, consolidation, 5G-glare in financially-stressed Indian telecom (2018 in Retrospect) (11:00)
By Rituraj BaruahIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) Amid continued financial distress, the Indian telecom sector witnessed major developments in 2018, including the introduction of the National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) and significant market consolidation.

After four years of sunny outlook, solar sector struggles to keep growth intact (2018 In Retrospect) (10:28)
Bappaditya ChatterjeeIANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Dec 30 (IANS) India's solar sector, one of the top three markets globally, witnessed a slowdown in growth of installations during the current year as it struggled, on the back of policy and execution challenges, to sustain the spectacular rise it had experienced in the last four years, experts said.

A year when justice was the buzz word for women (2018 in Retrospect) (Box to go with: Grappling with judges' 'rebellion', SC delivered on morality and gender justice) (15:30)
By Mamta AggarwalIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) The year proved to be a remarkable one for women from the legal point of view, that is. Apart from allowing women of all ages to enter Kerala's Sabrimala shrine, Justice Indu Malhotra became the first woman to be directly elevated to the Supreme Court from the bar.

Grappling with judges' 'rebellion', SC delivered on morality and gender justice (2018 In Retrospect) (13:30)
By Pramod KumarIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) The Supreme Court entered 2018 on a tumultuous note with four senior-most judges, on January 12, going public over its functioning and the allocation of cases, including certain cases being selectively allocated to select benches.

A watershed year for Indian women shuttlers (2018 in Restrospect) (12:20)
By Gaurav SharmaIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) Indian badminton continued to move northwards in 2018, especially the women's singles players -- P.V. Sindhu and veteran Saina Nehwal -- as they dished out one stunning performance after another.

Khan magic failed in year full of experimental content in Bollywood (2018 in Retrospect) (11:58)
By Radhika BhiraniIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) Content is king, not the Khans -- the year 2018 proved this with the success of fresh and high concept films like "Stree", "Badhaai Ho" and "AndhaDhun", embraced by the audience over the Khans-led "Race 3", "Thugs of Hindostan" and "Zero", which had set high expectations but fell flat at the box office.

Rahul earns his spurs, emerging as effective campaigner, strategist (2018 in Retrospect)

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By Prashant SoodIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) It was a year Congress President Rahul Gandhi came into his own as a campaigner and strategist, emerging as a powerful voice in the opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Deaths on tracks and shaky finances stalk railways despite some achievements (2018 In Retrospect) (16:08)
By Arun Kumar DasIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) Mowing down 61 people on the tracks on Dussehra, among a spate of accidents; rolling out the first indigenously-built Trainset and inauguration of the long-awaited Bogibeel railroad bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra river will permanently etch 2018 in the annals of the Indian Railways.

Traffic soared on low fares as airlines bled on high fuel prices (2018 in retrospect) (13:36)
By Rohit VaidIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) Even as strong headwinds -- soaring jet fuel prices and low yields -- induced financial turbulence, the country's civil aviation sector maintained robust traffic growth rate during 2018.

A great year for metal, but rock is not dead (2018 In Retrospect) (12:50)
By Anand Venkitachalam
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) The year bore witness to a plethora of new material from various metal artistes. As they -- old and new, the famous and the underground -- decided on innovations and new ideas, it energised a whole genre.

IBC: India Inc's sudden and gradual road to freedom (2018 In Retrospect) (11:34)
By Manish Gupta
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), which turned two this month, remains a work in progress despite creditors getting record recoveries and a rise of never-before opportunities to exit and buy businesses in India.

Rahul earns his spurs, emerging as effective campaigner, strategist (2018 in Retrospect) (11:00)
By Prashant SoodIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) It was a year Congress President Rahul Gandhi came into his own as a campaigner and strategist, emerging as a powerful voice in the opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Bucking skills' shortage, attrition, Indian IT industry goes digital (2018 in Retrospect) (12:34)
By Fakir Balaji
Bengaluru, Dec 27 (IANS) Embracing disruptive technologies to stay ahead of the curve, the buoyant Indian IT industry made digital business its growth driver in 2018, despite facing a shortage of skills and double-digit attrition.

Tech makes breakthrough in arts as visual gives way to experiential (2018 In Retrospect) (12:06)
By Siddhi JainIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) Technology was a game-changer in the arts landscape in 2018, pushing the limits of approach and aesthetics -- and even the creators -- while there was also a visible shift from just seeing art to experiencing it.

Privacy concerns amid data breaches rocked the tech boat (2018 in Retrospect) (11:38)
By Gokul Bhagabati
New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) The speed at which global technology giants changed the way people lead their lives -- the way they talk to each other or conduct businesses -- without being concerned about any roadblocks was remarkable. But all that changed in 2018.

Women come out shining in year that saw Bollywood's darkest side exposed (2018 in Retrospect) (14:56)
By Arundhuti BanerjeeIANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 26 (IANS) From showing a pregnant woman in her early 50s at centrestage in a mainstream film to pretty faces of Hindi cinema being cast as characters celebrating their sexual desire unabashedly -- 2018 offered some milestones for women empowerment in Hindi cinema.

Liquidity crunch, affordable housing mark Indian realty's revival year (2018 in Retrospect) (14:40)
By Rituraj Baruah
New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) The year turned out to be an eventful one for the Indian real estate marked by the improvement in sales and its return to stability after the double blow of GST and demonetisation.

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