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Top news searches of 2012

Based on searches made on Google, the most searched for news pieces in 2012 range from sensex to calamities to Pranab Mukherjee.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2012 15:08 IST

Based on searches made on Google, the following are the top 10 news realted pieces searched for:

Lives revolve around money. But obviously, sensex was the most hit upon search on the internet. How much money lost, gained, invested.. all found in a click!

File photo of the Bombay Stock Exchange building. (PTI Photo)


Vilasrao Deshmukh, union minister and former home minister died at the age of 67 years. He offered his resignation, which was accepted by his party, following the controversy of him having taken his son Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Gopal Verma to the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai after its 2008 terrorist attack. He founded the Manjra Charitable Trust which runs a number of colleges in Latur & Mumbai.

File photo of Vilasrao Deshmukh. (PTI Photo)

Hurricane Sandy devastated portions of the Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States in October 2012. Many died, many were left homeless, homes were flooded and burnt, many were getting by without electricity- Hurricane Sandy caused major damage.

Consequently, musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York held a concert on 12-12-12 to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope.

This photo provided by 6abc Action News shows the Inlet section of Atlantic City, NJ, as Hurricane Sandy makes it approach.(AP Photo)


Anna Hazare, who earned respect for his contribution in building Ralegan Siddhi, a village and Maharashtra, has had his share of presence amongst people in conversations over meals, during walks and has been an incredibly talked about figure this year. He dominated every national news channel and indirectly encouraged Poonam Pandey to adopt rather extreme steps for publicity. His Lokpal Bill created a major buzz in the country that could easily be seen as having instigated a revolution.

File photo: Social activist Anna Hazare addresses a students' Sammelan (congregation) in Varanasi.


Aseem Trivedi, a cartoonist who rose to fame owing to his controversial cartoons. He asserted Hazare's anti-corruption ideology in his cartoons that led him straight to jail. However, it wasn't all for nothing, he bagged himself a spot in the reality show Bigg Boss 6.

File photo of Aseem Trivedi. (PTI Photo)


Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress and Rajya Sabha MP was in news as much as his party for all the wrong reasons. #AbhishekManuSinghvi was the top trending topic at the time when the 'CD' with rather explicit (read dirty) content about him took the social media by storm. The buzz was whether the Congress spokesperson had consensual sex with the lady lawyer or did he have sex in return of any 'favour'. Needless to say he went on to claim that the CD had morphed images of him.

File photo of Abhishek Manu Singhvi. (PTI Photo)

Kingfisher airlines has been the most consistently searched about theme. People have fowwlowed its ups and downs very closely. They have been in news for their debts, stocks, susension of flying licenses, shut down of operations and what not. The chairman of UB group that has 50% stake in Kingfisher Red, Vijay Mallya and his family are equally 'hit' on the internet.

File photo of Kingfisher Airlines' flights. (PTI Photo)

When there was an earthquake in Chennai earlier in April this year, people caught its news on the internet. It has been one of the most widely searched for news article in 2012.

Indian fishermen untie their fishing nets near thick foam overflowing at a beach coast in Chennai. (AP Photo)


Pranab Mukherjee became our president in July this year. And internet saw a lot of hits on his name as everybody wanted to quench their curiousity about our president's profile.

Pranab Mukherjee, in a traditional horse driven carriage, waves to the media as he arrives at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi. (AP Photo)

When our very own superstar Rajesh Khanna died, there was public outcry on social media. People paid their respects to him on Twitter and Facebook and couldn't get enough of him. The internet was jammed with people wanting to know why and how the legendary actor died.

File photo of Rajesh Khanna.

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