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.
Jan. 2: Afghanistan’s Parliament rejects 17 of President Hamid Karzai’s 24 nominees for a new Cabinet.
Nitin Garg, an Indian youth is stabbed to death in Melbourne, Australia.
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.
Jan. 6: 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 it approached Detroit, Michigan.
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.
Jan. 12: At least 230,000 people are killed and 300,000 more injured after a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastates the Caribbean nation of Haiti. The capital Port-au-Prince bears the brunt. 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.
Jan. 14: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud is feared killed in an air strike in North Waziristan.
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.
Jan. 15: Russia ratifies European Human Rights Convention.
Jan. 16: The U.S. President Barack Obama pitches bank tax.
Jan. 17: Ukrainians cast ballots in presidential polls.
James Cameron’s science fiction blockbuster 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.
Martin Scorsese is presented the Cecil B.DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.
Billionaire Sebastian Pinera is elected Chile President after winning a run-off vote.
An Iraqi court sentences to death Ali Hassan al-Majid widely known as ‘ Chemical Ali’ for a 1988 gas attack that killed 5,000 people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Hamas Commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh is assassinated in his hotel room in Dubai by an 11-member hit team.
Jan. 21: 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.
Jan. 22: U.S. astronaut Timothy “TJ” Creamer aboard the International Space Station becomes the first person to tweet live from space.
Jan. 25: Ninety people aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane are killed after it catches fire and crashes into sea shortly after takeoff from Beirut.
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.
Jan. 26: Over 70 per cent of the 14 million plus Sri Lankan voters cast ballots in presidential polls.
Jan. 27: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is re-elected for a second term. Bangladesh executes the five convicted killers of the nation’s founding President Sheikh Mujibur Rehman (on August 15,1975) at Dhaka’s Central Prison.
Jan. 29: China unveils a new draft law on land acquisitions.
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 Angeles.
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.
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