The MOST SIGNIFICANT NEWS COVERED IN THE YEAR 2016
By MEHER ONISA : 30-Dec-2016
Quiet like any other year, the year 2016 had elapsed fast like the jetliner that had streamed ahead with its propelling speed. It was a year stocked with smashes, shocks, scandals, suspense, ecstasy and even grief. Many of the mightiest breaking news across the globe had broadened their wings to reach beyond the geographical boundaries while the other ones had decayed in a matter of an epoch.
Let’s recapitulate the major events that had got booked into the historical global bulletin:
1. JAMMU BANDH:
Many organisations including the Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), Jammu Province People's Forum (JPPF) and Sri Ram Sena had called for Jammu Bandh on April 7. Violent protest had been conducted along with the Lathi-charge on the students. Mr Katoch appealed to residents in Jammu to stand in support of the outstation students studying in NIT Srinagar. JKNPP leader Harsh Dev Singh appealed all to unite and support the Jammu Bandh.
2. GLOSSARY OF INDIA IN RIO OLYMPICS 2016:
Last August, Dipa Karmakar the 23-year-old had missed out on a historic medal in the women's vault by a whisker. She created history for India by securing fourth place and becoming the country's most successful gymnast. Dipa was dropped to the 4th position after Simone Biles gold-winning attempt had vitalized. The judges awarded Dipa 7.000 points for difficulty and 8.266 for execution and the second attempt total of 15.266 saw her finish with an average of 15.066.
The men's hockey team that had qualified for the Olympics hockey event after 36 years, were ousted from the competition by Belgium after a lacklustre 3-1 defeat, despite having a one-goal lead at the start.
The game saw the stamina of Belgium who pressed higher from the push-back, peppering Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. Belgium scripted history after progressing to the semi-finals of the Olympics after 96 years.
India's strongest chance to a podium finish at Rio Olympics had dashed when mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna lost in straight sets to Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in the play-off for the mixed doubles bronze medal.
SANIA NEHWAL: India's hope for winning the medal weakened with the shock defeat of London 2012 bronze-medallist Saina. The fifth seed lost 18-21, 19-21 to world number 61 Marija Ulitina of Ukraine. The 26-year-old medal contender had failed to her success in the series.
SRIKANTH KIDAMBI: India celebrated Kidambi who had however made his place in representing his country in the pre-quarters despite of stern tiff from his contender.
PV SINDHU: The World number 10 and the two-time World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu faced sharp challenge from Canadian Michelle Li. The world number 20 won the first game 21-19 but Sindhu showed tremendous fighting spirit to take the game to the next level.
The former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar, 25, had crashed with a 0-3 loss to Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan in the men's light welterweight (64kg) category. He fought bravely against one of the top title contenders but fell to the impressive Uzbek with the judges awarding the three rounds 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 to Gaibnazarov.
Shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh had failed to qualify for the final round of the men's 50 metre Rifle event. Chain secured 23rd position among 44 competitors, with a combined score of 1169 including 52 inner 10s at the shooting centre. Narang managed only 33rd spot, with an overall score of 1162, including 50 inner 10s.
The India's SSP Chawrasia endured a horrendous final round of seven-over 78 to drop 28 places to finish tied 50th. Chawrasia suffered two double bogeys and four bogeys against his compatriot Anirban Lahiri.
If OP Jaisha had finished in the 89th position, Kavita Raut had ended at 120th place. Jaisha clocked a timing of 2:47:19 hours, while Kavita clocked 2:59:29. The event was dominated by Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya who clocked 2:24:04 to win the gold medal, followed by Bahrain's Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa who clocked 2:24:13 who clinched the silver.
3. BRAD PIT ANGELINA DIVORCE:
US Today confirmed that the Hollywood starlet Angelina Jolie had filed for a divorce from Brad Pitt. The couple who were living together since 2004 had married in 2014. According to court documents, the date of separation is listed as Sept. 15.
Jolie, 41, and Pitt, 52, have six children together Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Vivienne, 8, Shiloh, 10 and Knox, 8. The star mother has petitioned for physical custody of all children.
4. 2016 SURGICAL STRIKE:
On 29 September 2016, a military confrontation was crackled down between India and Pakistan. India claimed that it had conducted "surgical strikes" against militant launch pads across the LOC in Pakistan occupied Kashmir POK inflicting significant casualties.
Pakistan however had denied the claim stating that Indian troops had not crossed the LOC but had only skirmished with Pakistani troops at the border, resulting in the deaths of two Pakistani soldiers with wounding of nine others.
5. DONALD JOHN TRUMP BECOMES THE 45TH US PRESIDENT:
The 45th US President-Elect, Donald John Trump, 70, marked a mega win of the Presidency after tearing his strongest contender Hillary Clinton in the ugliest US election on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Wisconsin was a prime state that had made Trump reach beyond the Election Math & Magic Number of 270 out of 538 Electoral College for winning White House.
The “Trump Triumph” consequently crushed the US stock more than 4 percent. His trade policies are said to be destructive for the world economy.
The anti-Trump mutiny remonstration and protests had sparked across many pockets of the province. The interstate was blocked due to igneous demonstration with the burning of the national flag.
The Trump Tower was bitten by the anti-Trump agitators. The Facebook pages went viral with high-voltage protest showing: “TRUMP Not My President”.
6. DEMONETISATION OF THE INDIAN CURRENCY:
The announcement was made by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in a live televised address at 20:00 Indian Standard Time (IST) on 8 November. In the announcement, Modi declared that use of all ?500 and ?1,000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series would be invalid after midnight of that day. He has announced the issuance of new ?500 and ?2,000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi New Series in exchange for the old banknotes.
PM Modi empathised with the people under demonetisation. He claimed that the note ban was an effort to curb and counterfeit corruption, smuggling, funding of terrorism and black money in the country. Demonetisation has encouraged the nationals to go cashless move ahead towards digital Indian economy.
7. POST DEMONETISATION DILEMMA AND ATM QUEUES:
With the fallout of the India’s high value currency ban, more than 3oo people mostly veterans had died while standing in the long snaking queues for up to 16 hours to reach in order to make it to the bank window counters to carry out their transactions of withdrawals, and fund conversions.
Many had lost their lives due to hospitals, pharmacy shops, and ambulances who had refused to offer services in exchange of old notes.
8. PV SINDHU WINS MAIDEN SUPER SERIES TITLE IN CHINA OPEN:
Sindhu, the Crème of Our Nation had become the first Indian woman to be named as the Olympic Silver Medallist after demonstrating her stellar performance at China Open while defeating Sun Yu in Haixia Olympic Sports. After a tough shuttle, the badminton ace was able to taste the joy of the Super Series Title Toast on 20TH November.
Sindhu’s Game Graph Sequel had been commendable. With winning silver at Rio, she became the world’s number 11 sports sizzler. PM Modi congratulated Sindhu for winning her first super series title at China Open. Earlier, Saina Nehwal had won China Open in 2014.
9. NATIONAL ANTHAM PLAY OFF IN CINEMA HALLS:
On November 30, the SC along with the Bench of Justices has directed all the cinema halls in the country to mandatorily play the National Anthem at the beginning of the film and the audience should stand up to pay their respect. Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy the senior advocates have passed their judicial directives to the common man to bring about the constitutional patriotism among the nation. However, the apex court cautioned commercialization of The National Anthem and Flag. The printing of the flag or anthem on any undesirable objects or items of utility will be strictly prohibited and penalized.
10. FIDEL CASTRO, THE HARD CORE DICTATOR DIES AT 90:
Fidel Castro, the late visionary had died on Black Friday on November 25, 2016 a day after Thanksgiving.
Thousands of Cubans had commemorated the departed leader while chanting "Long live Fidel, "You Will Always Be There with Us".
Castro was born in August 13, 1926 in Cuba. On the name of socialism he had oppressed Cubans while messing up the economy. Under his regime, people suffered immense shortage of amenities like food and soap.
Barack Hussein Obama was the first sitting U.S. President to visit Cuban island. He had made the historic by making a secret handshake with Castro in March 2016.
11. OBITUARY JAYALALITHAA DIES AT 68:
The Iron Lady of India was an iconic actress, politico, philanthropist and a passionate person who had served 5 terms as the CM of Tamil Nadu. She was admitted to Apollo hospital Chennai on September 22 with complaints of fever and dehydration. The critically ill Jaya had succumbed to a cardiac arrest and was put over the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and life support systems. The 68-year-old breathed her last at 11.30pm on 5 December 2016.
The death of the Amma paused the pulse of the nation. Many of her fans had died of the shock of the news of Jayalalithaa’s demise.
Jaya faced biggest controversies pertaining to her disproportionate asset cases for which she was even imprisoned.
Amma was the sole owner of her legacy and wealth including Poes Garden (Veda Nilayam). Her bank accounts were abounding with heavy balance and had inherited assets in the form of silver and gold. Apart from Chennai, she had commercial acreage in Hyderabad.
Deepak Jayakumar and Deepa Jayakumar, the nephew and niece to Jayalalithaa forms the heir presumptive who may claim their rights over the principal opulence of the departed aunt.