Major South Asian Events of 1979
- Janata Party splits.
- Charan Singh Elected Prime Minister.
- The police under directions of Jyoti Basu, Chief Minister of CPM led govt of West Bengal, surrounds and opens fire on unarmed refugee settlement of Morichjhapi island in Sunderbans, West Bengal, India. Hundreds killed but govt officially accepted 36 deaths.
- Persis Khambatta is thrust into international fame for her role in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"
- Vizianagaram district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
- Former President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
- Swaroop Sampat is awarded the title "Miss India", in the Femina Miss India Pageant.
- Mother Theresa wins Nobel Peace Prize
- India test launches its first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV).
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