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Top 10 Biggest Moments of 2011

Anna ends fast: Glued to their television sets, an entire nation waited in anticipation for anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare to end his fast. As the 74-year-old Gandhian - after going without food for 12 days - finally sipped on coconut water and honey offered by two little girls, Iqra and Simran, at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, it arguably marked one of the biggest moments of 2011. The event was one of collective rejoicing and relief as India had taken take a huge step forward towards a historic new anti-corruption law – after all, the Parliament had, in a moment of historic unity, unanimously accepted Anna's three key demands for inclusion in the Lokpal Bill.
Top 10 Biggest Moments of 2011
Anna ends fast: Glued to their television sets, an entire nation waited in anticipation for anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare to end his fast. As the 74-year-old Gandhian - after going without food for 12 days - finally sipped on coconut water and honey offered by two little girls, Iqra and Simran, at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, it arguably marked one of the biggest moments of 2011. The event was one of collective rejoicing and relief as India had taken take a huge step forward towards a historic new anti-corruption law – after all, the Parliament had, in a moment of historic unity, unanimously accepted Anna's three key demands for inclusion in the Lokpal Bill. Watch: Anna breaks his fast
Top 10 Biggest Moments of 2011
World Cup: It was a script, 28 years in the making. Skipper MS Dhoni and his team executed plans to perfection as 2011 began with a bang for Indian sports. The cricket team conquered the world and delighted a billion to lift the trophy of the biggest event in 50-over cricket. Watch: On the top of the world
Top 10 Biggest Moments of 2011
Osama killed: Sans a build-up, Osama bin Laden's death translated into probably the biggest breaking news of 2011. As the world watched in disbelief, the most-wanted terrorist on the planet had been hunted down and killed. What made it even bigger was the dramatic manner in which Operation Osama was carried out. US Special Forces in a secret, midnight raid swooped down on a safe house in the garrison city of Abbottabad in Pakistan where the dreaded Al Qaeda chief was hiding with his family. After around 40 minutes, it was game over as America had finally got its man who masterminded the deadliest attack on its soil. Watch: Geronimo EKIA: They got him!
Top 10 Biggest Moments of 2011
Gaddafi killed: There was no mercy at the end for this merciless dictator. Colonel Moammar Gaddafi was pulled out alive from the drain under a motorway where he had been hiding with a small group of bodyguards after fleeing from his hometown, Sirte, in Libya which fell to the rebel forces fighting to put an end his oppressive regime. As Gaddafi's bloodied body was paraded through the streets to lustily-cheering crowds, it marked a new chapter in the history of a nation that had been in the iron grip of the leader for 42-long-years. Watch: Death of a dictator
Top 10 Biggest Moments of 2011
Jasmine Revolution: Deriving its name from the country's national flower, the revolution in Tunisia, that began with protests over rising food prices, finally culminated in the end of the dictatorial regime of President Zine El Abidine Ali in January, 2011 courtesy a massive civil resistance campaign. But what followed was an unprecedented spill-over effect, as a wave of protests swept through the Arab world. Millions, longing for democracy, thronged the streets demanding a change in regime. As popular sentiment was fuelled further through social networking, the uprisings, better known as the Arab Spring, brought down dictator after dictator.
Top 10 Biggest Moments of 2011
Japan quake and tsunami: The aftershocks are still being felt as Japan comes to terms with the deadly earthquake that jolted it on March 11 last year. The temblor, measuring a massive 8.9 on the Richter scale - the most powerful to have hit the island nation in recorded history - unleashed a tsunami that engulfed and swept away entire towns. As around 20,000 people perished, the nation was also left to grapple with a nuclear disaster following a radioactive leakage that began at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant which suffered damage due to the twin catastrophes. Watch: Special report on Japan's landscape of loss
Top 10 Biggest Moments of 2011
Sikkim quake: Nearly 80 people were killed and nearly 350 injured after an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale shook Sikkim in September. Strong tremors were also felt in parts of North and East India and parts of Bangladesh and Nepal, causing widespread panic. The epicentre of the quake was just 64 kilometre North-West of Gangtok. Watch: The road to recovery
Top 10 Biggest Moments of 2011
Mumbai blasts: The ghost of serial blasts came back to haunt Mumbai as the city was bloodied by terror yet again in 2011. 27 were killed and over 131 injured after explosions rocked India's financial capital on July 13 within minutes of each other. The bombs - strategically placed and timed for maximum impact - ripped through Opera House and Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai and Dadar West in Central Mumbai during the evening rush hour. The blasts exposed, once again, glaring chinks in India's security armour. And even as the city's famed resilience was hailed following the attacks, angry Mumbaikars questioned, “How many more?” Watch: Mumbai's black Wednesday
Top 10 Biggest Moments of 2011
Mamata overturns Left rule: After ruling the roost in West Bengal for 34-long-years, the Reds were finally routed, replaced by the colour green. Mamata Banerjee led the Trinamool Congress to a stupendous victory in the assembly elections in May, 2011, thus bringing the curtains down on the Left's marathon stint at the Writers' Buildings. The win was historic alright, but what made it more eventful was the manner in which Didi, as Ms Banerjee is popularly known, annihilated the Left Front.
Top 10 Biggest Moments of 2011
Royal wedding: An elegant, tiara-bedecked Kate Middleton swept down the aisle to marry Prince William at Westminster Abbey as fans packed the streets of London, hoping to snatch a glimpse of a historic Royal Wedding expected to revitalize the British monarchy. William and Kate received their first wedding present from the Queen: the titles Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Watch: Kate Middleton and Prince William, the royal couple

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