Tuesday, 29 December 2015

12 positive events that made 2015 a year to remember

- Naba Raj Chetri.

12) Justin Trudeau wins Canadian Elections.
What is seen as a major victory in the world political circle, Justin Trudeau led Liberal Party of Canada came to power. It was seen as a good news by climate change activist as his predecessor Stephen Harper was seen as a climate skeptic. Besides Mr. Trudeau’s cabinet was also appreciated world over for its dynamic and gender balanced nature. The open arm welcome of Syrian refugees was seen as a move of Canada once again leading the world towards the ideal of tolerance.
11) Saudi women vote and win
In a historic ballot, 20 women were voted into local governments. It was for the first time that women were allowed to vote in the conservative Middle East nation. The election did gather a lot of eyeballs from across the world.
10) Same sex marriage legalized in Republic Of Ireland
What was seen as a major victory to the free thinkers across the world and LGBT community in particular, Ireland legalized same sex marriage by a referendum in a victory with 62% in favour of it.
9) Bidhya Devi Bhandari elected Nepal’s first female president
The deputy leader of Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist Leninist “Bidhya Devi Bhandari” was elected to the post of President Of Nepal . The election of Bidhya Bhandari who had for long campaigned for womens right was seen as a milestone in the young,new democratic Nepal.
8) Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announces donation of 99% of their facebook share to charity
Following the birth of their daughter Maxx, Zuckerberg announced the donation of 99% of his facebook share to charity . This news grabbed much appreciation in the global platform, and comparison with well-known philanthropist like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, who have donated in billions. The lack of donations from the elite of Indian Society was also a topic of discussion
7) Scientist capture light as both particle and wave
Since the time of Einstien, light was believed to have both particle and light nature, it was for the first time capture as a snapshot using electrons to image light at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne). The achievement was hailed by Scientific Community worldwide.

6) Negotiations on Iran Nuclear programme produces a deal
A preliminary framework was reached between Islamic Republic of Iran and group of world powers P5+1(5 permanent members of Security Council + Germany + EU). According to the framework, Iran would redesign, convert and reduce its nuclear abilities and accept additional protocols, to lift all nuclear related economic sanctions imposed upon it.

5) Africa went a year without polio
A major milestone in global health that has left health experts silently celebrating, no polio cases were detected for over a year in Africa. The last detected case was in Somalia in August 2014. The absence marks a step for the continent to be declared polio free.

4) NASA reveals high resolution image of Pluto
NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft has sent back the first few of a series of high resolution images taken during its July flyby and this series of images forms the best close-ups of Pluto mankind has ever seen. A video made from this images show amazing details of a world 3 billion miles away.  

3) Space X launches a rocket that returned to Earth and landed upright

For the first time in aerospace history, a rocket took off vertically from its Launchpad and landed upright after piercing space not far from where its journey began. The task was completed by Falcon9 rocket of the private American Company SpaceX, whose CEO is the world renowned Elon Musk. This news was even shared by Mark Zuckerberg.
2) The world observes the first “International Yoga Day”
 On the suggestion of Indian PM Narendra Modi 21st June, which is the longest day in Northern Hemisphere was chosen to be marked as International Yoga Day. India’s Permanent Representative “Ashok Mukherjee” introduced the draft and 177 member states adopted it without a vote. It was observed by nations across the globe, with the event in Rajpath led by the Indian PM himself entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.

1) COP21- the gamechanger and International Solar Alliance
Perhaps the most important event for decades to come, the fate of the world was decided at Paris. It was the 21st session of the Conference of Parties(COP). Here 195 participating countries agreed by consensus to the final global pact, the Paris Agreement, where it was agreed to reduce global warming and keep global warming less than 2degree Celsius that of preindustrial times. The developed nations are to pay the developing nation 100 billion dollar to achieve the target.
In a significant move hailed globally, Indian PM Narendra Modi along with his France counterpart Francois Hollande launched a solar alliance of 120 countries with its headquarters in India.