Major South Asian Events of 1985
- Air India Flight 182 was blown up by Sikh nationalists. It was on its second leg on its Toronto-Montreal-London-Delhi-Bombay (Mumbai) flight when it exploded off the coast of Ireland. Everyone on board dies.
- The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act is passed by Parliament.
- The Special Protection Group is created.
- Indira Gandhi National Open University was established by an Act of Indian Parliament.
- Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) was passed by parliament.
- Texas Instruments, a Multinational corporation, starts its India operations in Bangalore and helps create infrastructure to export software via satellite communications from India for the first time.
- Pakistani bowler Wasim Akram takes 10 wickets in his second Test cricket match, but New Zealand still wins.
- The Hindustani vocalist Bhimsen Joshi is awarded Padma Bhushan
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