Yet another year full of bolt from the blue is inching towards its last part. 2016, a year with 366 days in total will be remembered for lot many episodes across the sphere. Before we adieu 2016, let’s recap the year so far for the important happenings all over.
Year 2016 kicked-off its despondent voyage with an abhorrent terrorist attack at Pathankot Air Force Station. The incident took place on the 2nd day of January 2016 where 4-6 terrorists were killed after performing almost 17 long hours of combing operation. This attack led to a major cleft between Indo-Pak relations, and the incident received global condemnation.
One more unique instance that grabbed the attention all over was Delhi government’s new proposed ‘odd-even’ rule. The scheme was executed on 1st January on trial basis for 15 days. As per this scheme the vehicles with odd and even numbers were allowed to run on alternate days.
From the context of financial viability of India, honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an innovative action plan called “Start-up India” in the month of January. The prime objective behind this campaign was to promote bank finance for supporting the entrepreneurship and start-up ventures.
Going global, the month of January will be remembered for the presidential elections in Taiwan as well, where Tsai Ing-wen became the first woman president of Taiwan beating her challenger Eric Chu. Though, she has resumed her office from the month of May.
The month of February belongs to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which grabbed the headlines all over for wrong reasons. On February 9th, DSU (Democratic Students Union) called for a cultural meet of a protest against the comments pointing Afzal Guru, who was involvement in the Parliament attack in 2001. There was a group of students who were uttering anti-India slogans portraying Afzal Guru as a true martyr. During this controversial instance, the head of student body Kanhaiya Kumar was also arrested on account of criminal conspiracy.
From international prospect of news bulletin, in the month of February, North Korea launched a long-range rocket into space. The news has gained global attention as the rocket was launched breaching several UN treaties, which was later criticised across the globe.
The month of love showered some natural calamities as well. One such instance is Taiwan’s 6.4 magnitude earthquake that took lives of more than 100 people, and over 500 people were reported injured as an outcome of this earthquake.
The month of colour was full of multiplicity across the globe. March was a remarkable month from the context of sports. On March 3rd, the world cricket lost a great cricket star Martin Crowe, who has captained New Zealand cricket team on several occasions. Moving ahead, on 6th March team India pocketed the Asia Cup title for the sixth time in Dhaka defeating the host country Bangladesh. The cricket talk continued till the end of March 26th when Australian all rounder Shane Watson declared his retirement from international cricket in Mohali. During his 14 years long career, Watson has been a key contributor towards many victories for his side.
Giving all glorifying tales a jolt, on March 27th more than 60 people were killed in a suicide blast in Lahore, Pakistan. The blast took place in a public park. As per reports, around 280 people were injured during this massive explosion.
On the other hand, same day in India, 63rd National Film Awards was announced wherein; legendry Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and talented actress Kangana Ranaut bagged best actor and actress award for their movies Piku and Tanu Weds Manu Returns respectively. And Telugu film Baahubali was awarded as the best film.
At the end of the month (31st March), in Kolkata around 18 people were killed due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover.
The month of April brought good news for India in the field of Nuclear Security. On the very first day of the month, PM Narendra Modi visited USA to attend Nuclear Security Summit.
April was a month of celebration in the history of West Indies cricket. On 3rd April, team West Indies bagged their second T20 world title in Kolkata thrashing England. On the same day and in the same city, West Indies women cricket team also lifted their maiden ICC Women’s World T20 trophy defeating Australia.
Apart from cricketing glory, April will be remembered for the State Assembly Election in India. On 4th April, the first phase of voting held in West Bengal and Assam.
Giving a beam of hope, on April 5, Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar declared the state as ‘dry state’ by banning any kind of sale of alcohol.
Nature continued to shower its devastating side in Japan after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. On 16th April, a massive tremor took more than 30 lives leaving around 1500 people injured.
In the month of May, PM Narendra Modi launched a beneficial ‘Ujjwala Yojana’ scheme for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. This useful scheme was brought into practice on 1st May with an objective to cater 5 crore free cooking gas connections to the BPL families in coming three years. This initiative undoubtedly brought a great sign of relief to the people who come under this level.
This month was quite notable for South Korean writer Han Kang who was crowned as the ‘Man Booker International Prize’ for his great narrative ‘The Vegetarian’. This momentous incident took place on 17th May.
The month of May was probably one of the happening months in Assam where, BJP alliance came with flying colour winning 87 seats out of the 126 seats in the assembly election. This captivating tale on 19th May gained overwhelming attention across India. The election news ruled the bulletin chart in India till the end of this month. May 23rd and 24th were red-letter day for Jayalalithaa and Sarbananda Sonowal who took oath as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Assam respectively.
On May 19, in some other part of the globe an Egypt Air Flight 804 collided with 60 plus passengers on its way to Cairo from Paris. Moving ahead into international news, on 27th May, US president Obama became the first sitting president to meet the survivors in Hiroshima.
And here we reach to the mid of 2016. From sports to politics, June will be remembered as a blend of many tales. In this month we lost the boxing legend Muhammad Ali. On June 4, the heavy weight champ died at the age of 74.
On the same day, at other part of the globe in Afghanistan, Indian PM Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani launched an ‘Afghan-India Friendship Dam’.
Getting back to sports, Novak Djokovic lifted the French Open Men’s trophy on June 5 defeating his challenger Andy Murray. June will also be remembered as the retirement news of Argentina soccer star Lionel Messi.
One of the most important news that captioned many news papers on 24th June worldwide was when the British citizens decided to vote out the European Union after a historic referendum.
The month reached towards its end with a tale of terrorist attack in Istanbul Airport. On June 28, around 230 people were injured and over 40 people died as a consequence of this horrendous attack.
The very first day of July stunned the civilian of Bangladesh after an attack on a cafe in Dhaka. As per report, more than 20 people were killed including numbers of hostages and two policemen. Different officials from Italy, Japan and the US has criticised this fierce incident.
On the other hand in India, the month of July carried news of development for Modi government. On 5th July, nation’s Prime Minister prolonged his council of ministers by including 19 new state ministers.
Well, from the perspective of sports the month of July was undoubtedly quite cheering. On July 10, Andy Murray and Serena Williams won the Wimbledon men’s and women’s single title respectively. Same day on the other hand, this was a great day of celebration for Portugal football team after winning the 2016 European Championship defeating France.
Apart from tennis and soccer, the month was equally remarkable in the field of cricket. On July 14, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq became the oldest cricketer in the world after scoring a century at the age of 42 years. Later this month on 22nd July, heartthrob cricketer Virat Kohli became the first Indian skipper to score a double century against West Indies.
July 14 was a day of disastrous for France when a large truck ploughed through a Bastille Day crowd. This was one of the most significant holidays for the people of France, which turned to disaster after this heart-rending incident.
The news of anguish continued when an Indian Air Force was missing on July 22 after it took off for Port Blair from Chennai.
Keeping aside the tale of all angst, the 17th day of July brought some news of bliss when Bihar’s ancient Nalanda University was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The very first day of August carried a remarkable moment for the people of Tripura when the maiden train service brought into practice between Delhi and Agartala. Fulfilling the long-term dream, on 1st August railway minister flagged off the ‘Tripura Sundari Express’ between these two cities.
Probably the month of August belongs to Olympics. On August 5, the most popular sport event on the earth Rio Olympics kicked-off its journey. This event allowed the global spectators to witness some world class sportsperson from Indian soil. Players like gymnast Dipa Karmakar, wrestler Sakshi Malik (won bronze medal on 18th August) and shuttler P.V. Sindhu (won silver medal on 19th August) gifted us some glorious moments to remember for long.
The month of August was equally a remarkable month in Manipur when Irom Chanu Sharmila decided to end her 16 years long hunger strike on 9th August. Further, she also decided to contest the Manipur Assembly elections as an autonomous contender.
Moving ahead, August 10 was a proud moment for Indian citizen when 1,000 MW unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) was dedicated to the service of the nation by PM Narendra Modi. On this month, India has also celebrated its 70th Independence Day on 15th August.
The month also had something for China to cheer about. On August 16, the first quantum satellite on the earth was launched by China. The name of the satellite is Quantum Experiments at Space Scaler (QUESS).
From the context of news broadcast, the month of September had lot many stories to cover all over. On the 5th day of September, Urjit Patel took over the charge as RBI Governor succeeding Raghuram Rajan. This particular date will be remembered for one more pioneering step in the arena of Indian telecommunication and network. On 5th September 2016, Reliance Jio service was officially launched.
On September 8, the biggest river island on earth Majuli was declared as the first island district in India. On the same day, INSAT-3DR was launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from Sriharikota.
Kashmir terror continued in the month of September when 17 soldiers were killed on 18th September at an army base near Line of Control. As per report, the attack took place in the province of J&K’s Uri where four terrorists were also killed in counter.
September 25 was a red-letter day for Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who became the second fastest bowler to reach the magic figure of 200 test wickets just on his 37th test match appearance.
Keeping aside the success tale of cricket, the month of September was also quite significant for Tamil Nadu. On 28th September 2016, the largest solar power on the earth was opened in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu. From the prospect of global story, this was another milestone that took India to a new feat.
The topic of the month was probably waiting till the end when the surprising “surgical strikes” took place in Line of Control. This news grabbed the attention of numerous audiences all over. This astonishing confrontation took place on 29th September, which left the nation in unexpected thunderstruck.
Apart from lot many happenings across India, the month of September was also in notice for other prominent global issues. On September 6, Ali Bongo Ondimba was elected yet again as the president of Gabon, in Africa.
The leading web portal and internet service provider Yahoo dragged various news headlines over the hacking issue that took place in 2014. On 22nd September, Yahoo! inveterate the fact that almost half billion accounts were hacked including all the important information like names, passwords, email and addresses.
One more international incident that put the people of Washington State in grief when five people were shot brutally at Cascade Mall in Burlington on 23rd September.
Apart from tragic tale, September was a phenomenal month for the US citizen. The reason being, on September 26, the first presidential debate took place between two Democratic and Republican contestants Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump respectively.
The tenth calendar month of 2016 was comparatively hushed. Still two major incidents that grabbed the attention of global audience in this month include; offensive strategy by Iraqi government and removal of Tata Group’s Chairman.
Let’s have a glimpse of few other key incidents of the month.
Over 20 pilgrims were reported killed in a stampede on October 15th. The incident took place at the outer edge of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh where they gathered for religious purpose.
The month of October will also be remembered for a glorifying world Kabaddi title. On October 22nd, India lifted the Kabaddi World Cup defeating Iran in their final encounter match.
The talk of the month gained worldwide attention when Indian conglomerate Tata Group fired its Chairman Cyrus Mistry on 24th October. Consequently, Ratan Tata took over the charge of Chairman for four months.
Let’s have a look into some of the incidents across the globe.
Well, it is quite unfortunate when nature shows its astringent side on a place or its people. One such incident that took more than 470 lives in Caribbean country was hurricane Matthew. The natural disaster took place on 7th October in Haiti island.
Ethiopia was one more news puller in 2016. On October 9, a critical 6 months emergency was declared for the country Ethiopia by the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
The month of October was quite controversial for the Iraqi government when the government enacted an offensive plan of action to hold a possession over the city of Mosul. With this distasteful strategy on 17th October, Iraqi government faced mixed reactions from various parts of the sphere.
Pakistan became the buzz of terror stories yet again when an attack took place on the Balochistan police training college. On 24th October, more than 60 cadets were killed as an outcome of this horrifying attack.
Towards the end of the month, Venezuela grabbed the attention of global viewers because of an anti-government protest move. On 26th October, round about thousands protesters gathered in the streets of Caracas remonstrating their president Nicolas Maduro for his despotism.
You can refer November as the month of ‘demonetisation’, which is probably going to be the bone of contention in many years ahead. Walking off the track, on 8th November Prime Minister Narendra Modi flabbergasted the nation with his unexpected proclamation of abolishing all Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes. His sudden pronouncement was meant for drawing a full stop on black money and ongoing corruption in the country. This astounding initiative of ‘demonetisation’ gained optimum degree of reactions from various parts of the globe. The pronouncement of ‘demonetisation’ reached a new feat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tokyo to sign a civil nuclear agreement on 11th November immediately after his scandalous decision.
Moving ahead towards the end of the month (November 20), more than 100 people died after the Indore-Patna Express train derail near Kanpur. As per report, the numbers of people injured as a result of this mishap were around 200.
Likewise India, the month of November topped the buzz for many international happenings as well. On the very first day of November, Iraqi forces entered Mosul for the first time in two years. Mosul is known to be the city limit of Iraqi.
The most captivating story in the history of America was written on the 9th day of November when Republican Party contestant Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the US. Many intellectuals across the sphere found the triumph of Donald Trump quite similar to the revolutionary step of ‘demonetisation’ in India. The reason being, both Modi and Trump are best known for their belligerent approach against corruption.
On 24th November, Iraq came into the limelight yet again for wrong reasons. A fatal attack by ISIS suicide bomber took lives of many pilgrims in southern Iraq.
The story of distress continued till the end of November. The demise of Cuba’s communist and iconic leader Fidel Castro (November 25) was one amongst the prime November tales in 2016.
One more tragic incident took place at the end of November i.e. on 29th when Brazilian club football team died in a plane accident near the Colombian city of Medellin.
December the month of winter and celebration couldn’t give us a pleasing start. At the very begging phase of the month (December 5th) the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa mourned the entire nation. Fondly called “Amma”, Jayalalithaa was pronounced dead after cardiac arrest at the age of 68 in Apollo Hospital.
On the other hand, impact of demonetisation continued to jeopardise the usual lifestyle of many lives. Considering the ongoing hue and cry over the matter, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 8th December proclaimed a tax break scheme on using plastic cards prioritising cashless transaction.
After the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the people of Tamil Nadu faced yet another tempest that came in the form of Cyclone Vardah. On December 12, many people were evacuated to relief camp after the mighty strike of Vardah.
From cricketing point of view, the month of December was satisfying for team India. They not only pocketed the test series against England, but also retained their number one test cricket ranking. On December 12, Virat Kohli crossed a new milestone of becoming the first Indian skipper to score three double hundreds in test cricket. Adding a new feather to the fame of Indian cricket, Karun Nair became the second Indian batsman to touch the triple century mark after Virender Sehwag. This glorifying story was written on December 19 when Nair smashed an unbeaten 303 against England.
The month of December had something for Indian soccer as well. On December 18, Atletico de Kolkata lifted their 3rd Indian Super League title after defeating Kerala Blasters in the penalty shootout.
Going global, two recent incidents that grabbed a good crowd all over are; Andrei Karlov and George Michael.
On 20th December, the Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov was assassinated in Turkey by a gunman. Few days later on December 26, the death of world famed Pop superstar George Michael has stunned his followers across the globe. The British singer George was only 53 years when he died.
December-end brought a surprising episode of Game of Thrones in Indian politics. Sudden drive out of Akhilesh Yadav from Samajwadi Party has bewildered many political experts across the country. On 30th December, Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled his son Akhilesh Yadav from the party for six long years, which gave Samajwadi Party (SP) a new name called ‘Split Party’. This unanticipated political move will certainly caption much discussion even on the New Year eve.
This is what the year so far. Every year we come across numerous incidents across the globe. Some of these become eternal. This post was an attempt to recap the year highlighting some of the key incidents of 2016.
Before I sign-off on behalf of Exciting India, splendid New Year wishes for you all. Let’s begin this year in high spirits and make it thriving in all aspects so that in 2017 we can have a gratifying look back.