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The year that was 2015- An Overview

December 31, 2015
 

new year 2016

 

 

Like many previous years 2015 is bidding farewell to us leaving bundle of memories in its golden chest. Well, all of us would agree on the note that this year managed its best to make it to the headlines. Thus it was really a newsmaker!

The last 12 months comprised of all highs lows, ups and downs particularly in every walk of life. Every happening marked a difference in lives of many.

Revising all of them, here is a quick review of the well- spent 2015.

 

Chronology of International Events

Society & People:

7th Januray- Two armed brothers opened fire into the office of a French magazine “Charlie Hebdo” killing sum of 11 people.

charli hebdo 1

 

2nd May- Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were blessed with a baby girl whom they named Princess Charlotte.

 

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, with their children, Prince George (2nd R) and Princess Charlotte, who was christened at Sandringham, are seen in this handout photo released on July 9, 2015. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Mario Testino/Art Partner/Handout via Reuters  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY     ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO COMMERCIAL OR BOOK SALES. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES.FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT. FOR USE IN PERPETUITY IN THE UK AND REALM NATIONS. USE AFTER 10/10/2015 MUST BE CLEARED BY ART PARTNER. THIS PHOTOGRAPH MUST NOT BE DIGITALLY ENHANCED, MANIPULATED OR MODIFIED AND MUST BE USED SUBSTANTIALLY UNCROPPED.

 

22nd May- Same-sex marriage ill was passed and accepted in majority parts of European countries.

 

gay marriage bill

12th August- Shooting in Boston and Cambridge claimed lives of many.

Boston shooting 1

 

13th November- Friday the 13th became real unlucky for them when gunmen and suicide bombers entered a concert hall, stadium and restaurant leaving hundreds dead.

 

boston shooting 1

 

3rd December-Britain carried its first ever airstrike in Syrian oilfields located in the eastern Syrian desert.

British air strike

 

Disasters:

11th September- A crawler crane toppled over onto the Masjid ul Haram, The Grand Masjid in Mecca. As much as 111 people were martyred and 394 injured in the incident.

Crane crash 1

 

24th September- Another casualty took place days after Mecca crane crash. During the Hajj ritual at Mina a crowd collapse caused the death of at least 2,236 pilgrims.

 

mina 1

 

Sports:

14th February- The 11th edition of Cricket World Cup was held which continued till March 29th. The event was jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia.

world cup 11th

 

18th September- The 8th edition of Rugby World Cup was hosted by England. The tournament took place in thirteen venues while twenty teams competed with each other.

Rugby pic 1

 

 

Technology:

26th February- The US Federal Communications Commission voted to regulate broadband internet service as a public utility.

internet pic

 

9th September- iPhone6s launched which surged the majority sales globally while iPadPro was next in the pipeline.

iphone 6s pic

 

ipad pro pic

 

 

April- Smart Watches ruled the tech world in this month. Motorola watch  took the lead while Apple was in the following.

apple watch pic

 

 

 

Drastic changes took place not only on International platform but there are some notable events that happened in our country too.

Let’s take a sneak- peak here.

 

Chronology Of National Events

Social Talks:

26th October- Deaf and mute girl Geeta returns home after spending thirteen years of solitude.

Geeta-2

 

30th October- PTI Chairman Imran Khan got separated from his 2nd wife Reham Khan.

imran reham pic

 

2nd December- Four militants involved in deadly Peshawar attack were sent to the gallows.

To go with story 'Pakistan-France-unrest-attacks'  In this photograph taken on November 16, 2015, a Pakistani boy carries a picture of his brother who was killed during an attack by Taliban militants at an army public school on December 16, 2014, during a gathering in the school hall in Peshawar.  The survivors of Pakistan's deadliest ever terror massacre have expressed solidarity with the victims of the Paris attacks, describing those responsible as "animals" who had "nothing to do with Islam".    AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED

 

Politics:

12th October- Hindu extremists of Shiv Sena disturbed Khursheed Kasuri’s  planned book launch by dousing black ink over the organizer.

kasuri pic

 

4th December- Pakistan drafted petition for return of the Kohinoor Diamond from Britain.

kohinoor pic

 

2nd December- Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Mansoor  severely injured and later died in a shootout in Pakistan.

Taliban pic

 

Calamities:

20th June- Weather took a nasty turn when extreme heatwave hit Karachi and other parts of the country taking lives of thousands.

heat wave pic

 

26th October- A  7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan shaking major northern parts particularly northern areas. The death toll increased upto 200 and above across Pakistan.

Pkaistan earthquake pic

 

 

Sports:

21st September- A professional T20 Cricket league of Pakistan named Pakistan Super League PSL was officially launched.

PSL pic

 

19th October- Cricket talk fiasco was created by Hindu extremists when they attacked Indian cricket board.

Cricket board pic

 

12th November-Umar Akmal controversy sparked when he was recovered from brothel house.

umar akmal pic

 

 

Economy:

3rd December- Government threw the bomb of Rs. 40 billion additional tax measures.

Tax bomb

 

31st October- Petrol prices hiked by Rs. 2.5 liter.

petrol price

 

Famed Social Media Debates:

  • Within the span of last twelve months social media platforms have gained grip as majority feels free in speaking their heart out about every single thing whether good or bad. One of such occasion was when singer cum actress Komal Rizvi clicked a selfie with the philanthropy Edhi when he was bed- ridden due to ill health. The selfie trend got really hard on the lady when people took social media to storm terming it “Worst Selfie Ever”. After all rage what became the reason of a good laugh for public were the memes made on Komal’s controversial selfie.

Rizvi selfie pic

After all the rage, what became the reason of a good laugh for public were the memes made on Komal’s controversial selfie.

rizvi memes

 

 

  • More recently, Pakistanis fumed over an advert of an Urdu newspaper which featured Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri on the front page in an objectionable pose. We got to see ample outburst of people on Twitter condemning the absurdity of management. Obviously, Nargis lying straight became pure distraction for readers as the eyeballs never agreed to focus on the headlines! Hahaha

 

nargis pic

 

  • Singer cum actor cum designer Junaid Jamshed have been in limelight throughout the year. Previously it was his blasphemous statement then his picture with Hadiqa Kiyani (hand in hand) produced the ultimate stir on social media.

Junaid Jamshed pic

 

  • During Ramazan we came across an outstanding commercial made by Shan Masala which spreaded on social platforms  with its moving Concept and pulling heart strings of people dwelling away from their families.

shan 1

But the memes added handful in taking the popularity of this ad to the next level.

 

memes shan

 

 

  • As soon as Imran Khan separated many maidens found it a neat chance to send their proposals and Qandeel Baloch was one of them. Her search for the best suitor spreaded like wild fire on social media.

qandeel imran

 

Entertainment & Movies:

2015 had been a lucky year for Pakistani film industry as we have seen a visible surge in the genre which had come to halt immediately after 2003. The popular flick which provided us bunch of good laughter kicks while some were a serious dose of thoughtfulness, action, thrill and entertainment.

Some of the popular ones go here:

Karachi se Lahore 

karachi se lahore

 

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani

JPNA

 

Manto 

Manto pic

 

Moor

Moor pic

 

Bin Roye

bin roye

 

 

In a nutshell, these were few glimpses of 2015. Whereas the year has waved us farewell with certain bitter-sweet memories and it’s time to welcome a new year concealing all new happenings and things that have never occured.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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