Yahoo has announced the 2018 Year in Review (YIR) for India. YIR chronicles the top choices of Internet users in India, spotlighting the newsmakers, stories, and topics that went viral and were trending online during the year. It is based on users’ search habits and a selection of what they read, recommended and shared most on Yahoo.

This year’s list of top 10 newsmakers featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who once again came in at No. 1. Former Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, wrote his way into the list with landmark verdicts on Triple Talaq and Article 377, and others. M.J. Akbar, who resigned as Minister of State for External Affairs after allegations of sexual harassment, also features on this list.

The excitement surrounding Bollywood’s biggest wedding ensured actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh were ‘couple’ newsmakers. At under two years, Taimur Ali Khan was the youngest entrant to this list. Also joining this list was actress Priya Prakash Varrier, whose wink in the Malayalam film Oru Adaar Love almost broke the Internet!=yahoo cricket appThe Karnataka elections, one of the most important events on this year’s political calendar was the Most Searched for Term in 2018. A HuffPost India investigation into the hacking of the Aadhaar software came in at No. 2 on this list, sparking a nation-wide debate and trending online. Scam-riddled Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi also bagged spots on the list of Most Searched for Terms in 2018.

Urjit Patel came in at the top of 2018’s Finance Newsmakers, holding his own against the government. India’s richest man and Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani — whose wealth reportedly increased by Rs 300 crore per day in 2018 — came in a cool second on this list. Brother Anil Ambani, Reliance Group Chairman, also features on the list for the Rafale Deal Controversy.

Users bid farewell to Bollywood actress Sridevi with an outpouring of grief and love online, making her one of the Most Searched for Female Celebrities in 2018. They also rooted for Sonali Bendre, who shared her fight against cancer online with #switchonthesunshine, putting her on the list. Sunny Leone stayed strong as the Most Searched Female Celebrity yet again, with Priya Prakash Varrier coming in close to the top.

There was plenty of fake news swirling online in 2018. Did Modi really touch Owaisi’s feet? (photoshopped!), Modi hires personal make-up artist for Rs 15 lakh a month (an old photo from when Madame Tussaud’s took PM Modi’s measurements) and Rahul Gandhi holds woman’s hand on stage (taken before a large group lifted hands in solidarity at a Jan andolan rally.) These rounded off the top 3 of the 10 Fake News Stories of the Year that went viral.

Top Newsmakers of 2018

  • Narendra Modi
  • Rahul Gandhi
  • Dipak Misra
  • Vijay Mallya
  • Nirav Modi
  • MJ Akbar
  • MS Dhoni
  • Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh
  • Priya Prakash Varrier
  • Taimur Ali Khan

Top 10 Most Searched for Terms in 2018

  • Karnataka Elections
  • 2018 Budget
  • Aadhaar hacked
  • Kerala Floods
  • Bharat Bandh
  • Nipah Virus
  • Vijay Mallya
  • Nirav Modi
  • Mumbai rains
  • Anil Ambani

op Finance Newsmakers of 2018

  • Urjit Patel
  • Mukesh Ambani
  • Indra Nooyi
  • Abhijit Bose
  • Anil Ambani
  • Vijay Mallya
  • Nirav Modi
  • Mehul Choksi
  • Chanda Kocchar
  • Usha Ananthasubramanian

Most Searched for Celebrity – Female

  • Sunny Leone
  • Sridevi
  • Priya Prakash Varrier
  • Priyanka Chopra
  • Sapna Choudhary
  • Sonali Bendre
  • Katrina Kaif
  • Deepika Padukone
  • Radhika Apte
  • Sonam Kapoor

Most Searched for Celebrity – Male

  • Salman Khan
  • Nick Jonas
  • Kamal Haasan
  • Irrfan Khan
  • Amitabh Bachchan
  • Kapil Sharma
  • Guru Randhawa
  • Justin Bieber
  • Akshay Kumar
  • Alok Nath

Future Stars of Cricket

  • Shimron Hetmyer, 21 (West Indies)
  • Mohammad Abbas, 28 (Pakistan)
  • Sam Curran, 20 (England)
  • Prithvi Shaw, 19 (India)
  • Rishabh Pant, 23 (India)
  • Imam-ul-Haq, 22 (Pakistan)
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 17 (Afghanistan)
  • Lungi Ngidi, 22 (South Africa)

Top 10 India’s heartthrobs of 2018

  • Ranveer-Deepika
  • Janhvi Kapoor
  • Virat Kohli
  • Priyanka-Nick
  • Taimur Ali Khan
  • Priya Prakash Varrier
  • ‘Govinda’ uncle
  • Sara Ali Khan
  • Hima Das
  • Divya Spandana (Ramya)

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