The year gone by .. 2014

Its almost mid December so i guess its safe to look back at the year gone by.. here are the top 14 news that gathered headlines all over the world , In no particular or chronological order..here we go..

1. E.Bola
The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa begins, infecting over 18,000 people and killing at least 6,000 people. The most severely affected countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have very weak health systems, having only recently emerged from long periods of conflict and instability are still struggling to overcome this unfortunate incident. With a lot of bravehearts – doctors and nurses alike- giving up their lives treating and finding cure for this disease.

2. PSY Youtube
The video which was uploaded in July, 2012 has over 2.15 billion views and has broken the counter limitations set by Youtube, so Google had to build a new one only so that could fit in the ever-growing viewers. A post by Youtube on its Google+ profile which read
“We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY. “Gangnam Style” has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)”!

3.Euthanasia
Euthanasia method of painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma was the most debated topic in countries worldwide for the past few years.Belgium took its stand on this and became the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill patients of any age.

4.IPhone 6
The launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus iPhone 6 series. It includes a number of changes over its predecessor, including models with larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, a faster processor, upgraded cameras, improved LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for a near-field communications-based mobile payments offering.Pre-orders of the iPhone 6 series exceeded 4 million within its first 24 hours of availability—an Apple record. More than 10 million iPhone 6 series devices were sold in the first three days, another Apple record.

5.Mangalyaan
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan (“Mars-craft”, from Sanskrit), is a spacecraft orbiting Mars since 24 September 2014. It was launched on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is India’s first interplanetary mission[15] and ISRO has become the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency. It is also the first nation to reach Mars orbit on its first attempt.

6.MH370, MH17
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, disappears over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 people on board. The aircraft is presumed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean and killed all the passengers onboard. The cause of this is still unclear.
In an unrelated incident another malaysian flight MH17 The plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.All 298 people on board, died when the plane came down,allegedly shot down by pro-Russian rebles.

7.Anniversary
The World Trade Center opened for business. More than 13 years after the original towers were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. It took skyscraper took eight years to build and is now the tallest building in the US.
It was the 25th anniversary of the fall of berlin wall on november 9, 1989. And on this special occasion was decked up with an installation of lights along the lines where the wall once stood. Some people remembered the historic event by posting pictures of themselves with small rocks which were a part of the wall.
Its been 30 years since the release of the highly toxic Methy isocyanate gas took place in Bhopal,India. Considered the world’s worst industry mishap, killing thousands leaving thousands more a victim of chromosomal aberrations, cancer,Failure to grow, intellectual impairment,Impairment of memory, finer motor skills, etc.

8.Nigeria
An estimated 276 girls and women are abducted and held hostage from a school in Nigeria.
Boko Haram militants kill approximately 300 people in a night attack on Gamboru Ngala.
Terrorists in Nigeria detonate bombs at Jos, killing 118 people.

9.ISIS
A militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) begins an offensive through northern Iraq, aiming to capture the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad and overthrow the government led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Later they posted beheading videos on social media of American journalists and aid workers forcing them to state the US government is responsible for their deaths.

10.FIFA
This was the reason of me having a lot of sleepless nights. The much awaited 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil,with all th drama, twists and nail biting moments was won by Germany.

11.Nokia no more
For many of us it’s a name synonymous with mobile phones, but Microsoft is now officially axing the Nokia brand in favour of its own Lumia range of Windows smartphones.They’ll be called just “Microsoft Lumia”.The rebranding will begin in France, according to The Verge, and then move around the world from there.

12.HongKong unrest.
On October 21st senior officials in Hong Kong held talks live on television with protesters clad in T-shirts displaying the slogan “Freedom now”. The encounter was the first between the two sides since pro-democracy unrest broke out in Hong Kong nearly a month ago, and the first of its kind anywhere in China. The protest are still active and there is no clue about its end.

13.Nobel peace prize
This year the nobel peace prize was awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai, from Indian and Pakistani nationa l respectively. Ironically both these nations are in a state of war with each other. Malala also happens to be the youngest recipient of this award.
Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights advocate and an activist against child labour. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries
Pakistani activist for female education. She is known for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.

14.Sports
Sachin Tendulkar retired just after his 200th test match, giving a farewell speech on the same field. He also has released his autobiography “Playing it may way”, this year.
Serena Williams created history by winning 18 grand slam singles titles, the likes of which were held my Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.
Phillip Joel Hughes during a match Hughes was struck in the neck by a bouncer, from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott. Hughes was wearing a helmet, but the ball struck an unprotected area just below his left ear. He collapsed before being taken to hospital where he was operated and later died. Such deaths in cricket are rare and unfortunate.

I am not so good with dates so this will remind me of what happened when. I am also going to do a “Year gone by 2014” on myself.. just to keep in memory what went past me this year and appreciating it.  And that’s that.  Mention any other events that you wished were posted here.