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You Are Probably Dumb If You Don't Know These 35 Incredible Things Happened In 2017 

A wise man once said, a year has 365 days and every day is a new opportunity. So, how was 2017 for you? "You don't know what happened to me."   "We lost so many big celebrities this year."  "My shares dropped this year."   But was it actually bad? Nonsense, it wasn't.  If I talk about the whole country, I believe 2017 was an incredible year with numerous achievements and feel-good news. Yes! I know people passed away, terrorism and crisis prevailed but believe you me, there was plenty of good stuff that happened this year. So how about we give you a little flashback into the year that was. So, I'm calling it, 2017 was a great year and here are 35 reasons why.

#1 Nuclear-capable missile tested successfully 

Agni-IV, a nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile was launched from Kalam Island off Odisha coast.

#2 ‘Vampire’ star caught

'Vampire' star, the smaller star, also called a 'blue straggler' that feeds off its companion star by sucking out its mass and energy, causing its eventual death was caught in the act by Indian space observatory ASTROSAT. 

#3 104 satellites launched at once

ISRO launched PSLV-C37 rocket which placed a record 104 satellites from seven countries into the orbit. 

#4 Indian Navy's oldest serving aircraft carrier decommissioned 

INS Viraat is the last British-built ship and the oldest aircraft carrier in service in the world. This Indian Navy's oldest serving aircraft carrier was decommissioned after 30 years of its service.

#5 Government  announced regional aviation routes

Over 45 not attended and under-served airports will be connected under the scheme - UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) that will make flying more affordable. 

#6 Second highest-grossing Indian movie of all time

SS Rajamouli's second installment of the epic series Bahubali: The Conclusion collected Rs 1,706.5 core and became the second highest-grossing Indian movie of all time. 

#7 India and Pakistan got into a collaboration

India collaborated with Pakistan as full members of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

#8 Dangal's gross collection was Rs 2000 crore 

Aamir Khan's Dangal became the first Indian film to earn a gross collection of over Rs 2000 crore rupees in all languages worldwide.

#9 GST was launched in India

Goods and Services Tax (GST) was launched in India on midnight of 30 June 2017. This reform is India's biggest tax reform after 70 years of independence. 

#10 Dalit leader became India's President 

Dalit leader, Ram Nath Kovind, became India's 14th President. 

#11 Cricketer was freed from lifetime ban

In 2013, cricketer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth was banned from playing cricket by the BCCI, for his involvement in spot-fixing in the 2013 IPL season. But this year, Kerala High Court removed the lifetime ban imposed on him. 

#12 Triple talaq was banned

On 22nd August, Supreme Court banned the instant triple talaq by calling it illegal. 

#13 India wins 2017 SAFF U15 Championships

India beat Nepal by 2-1 in final of 2017 South Asian Football Federation under-15 championship.

#14 Gurmeet Ram Rahim convicted

Self-styled spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted to 20 years in jail for the rape of two women followers in 2002. 

#15 India got it's 45th Chief Justice

Dipak Misra became the 45th Chief Justice of India.

#16 India's MOM completes three years in orbit 

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) also called as Mangalyaan completes three years in space. 

#17 India and China agree to end border standoff

India coincided along with China to pull back its troops and end a months-long face-off for a disputed Himalayan region. 

#18 Doris Leuthard visited India

Switzerland president Doris Leuthard came on a three-day stay to India and embraced thorough talks with PM Narendra Modi, regarding the entire area of their bilateral relationship.

#19 India got its first woman Defence Minister

Nirmala Sitharaman became India’s first full-time woman Defence Minister with a promotion in PM Modi's cabinet. 

#20 Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Ahmedabad 

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid visited Ahmedabad for a bilateral talk. He signed agreements including bullet train project in India.

#21 Supreme Court declared sex with minor wife is rape

Section 375, Exception 2 reads, "Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape."

#22 Kidambi Srikanth wins third Super Series title

Kidambi Srikanth secured his third Super Series Premier title with a straight-game victory over Korean veteran Lee Hyun II in a final of the USD 750,000 Denmark Open. 

#23 Karnataka’s first woman police chief

Neelmani N. Raju is Karnataka’s first woman Director General and Inspector General of Police.

#24 India won gold medal at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships

Heena Sidhu clinched a gold medal in the women's 10m Air Pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships, Brisbane. 

#25 Ashish Nehra retired from International Cricket.

Veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra retired from competitive cricket on November 1.

#26 India wins Asia Cup hockey

India beat first-time finalists Malaysia 2-1 in a thrilling finale to win the 2017 Asia Cup Hockey tournament held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  

#27 Indian women's hockey team won the Asia Cup 2017

Indian women's hockey team defeated China 5-4 in shoot-out to win its second Asia Cup title at Kakamigahara in Japan 

#28 Paytm Payments Bank formally launched 

CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma launched the Paytm Payments Bank formally.

#29 India overtook United Kingdom's economy

India overtook United Kingdom's economy for the first time in over 100 years. Thus, it is said that India will become world's sixth strongest economy by 2020.

#30 Indian diva received Miss World after 17 years

India's Manushi Chhillar won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. The victory came 17 years after Priyanka Chopra received the title in the year 2000. 

#31 First Indian in over two decades to win at the World Weightlifting Championship

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu became the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA. 

#32 Chinese Foreign Minister visited New Delhi

Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Minister, attended the foreign ministerial meeting of Russia, India and China (RIC) in New Delhi. 

#33 Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma got married

Indian captain Virat Kohli and actor Anushka Sharma finally tied the knot in Italy's Tuscany. 

#34 Rohit Sharma scored his third double century

Rohit Sharma scored a third double century in ODIs against Sri Lanka.

#35 The decrease in pictorial health warnings on tobacco products

The Karnataka High Court has struck down the 2014 amendment rules that mandated pictorial health warnings to cover 85 percent of tobacco product packaging space. It is now reduced to 40 percent pictorial health warning rule. That's all, folks. I hope you liked the story.If you have an interesting story to share, do write to me at guneet@wittyfeed.com