Meliorating the Ties, Pride of Pakistan , Simply the Geniuses, 63 Not out FOREVER!, Whither Democracy?, Opening New Vistas, The King Reigns Supreme, Our Darkest Hour, Capital Punishment Redux, Back To Square One?
Meliorating the Ties
Nov 19: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif went on an official visit to the US. During the visit, he was conferred on US Legion of Merit Medal for brave leadership, sagacity, vision, efforts for peace and stability in the region.
Pride of Pakistan
Nov 21: Raniya Hosain, a 15-year-old Pakistani student, was declared winner in the Commonwealth Essay Competition. Her essay about Pakistanâ€™s contribution to the Commonwealth outsmarted 10,000 entries from more than 500 schools in 44 Commonwealth nations.
Simply the Geniuses
Nov 23: While the scientists around the globe are in search of efficient enzymes that can simplify the process of starch hydrolysis for glucose and maltose production, four scientists from the University of the Punjab discovered a novel thermo-acidophilic enzyme.
63 Not out FOREVER!
Nov 27: Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died from an injury to his head, two days after being struck by a bouncer during a domestic first class match.
Dec 2: Chan Kin-man, Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Chu Yiu-ming, the original founders of Hong Kongâ€™s prodemocracy Occupy Movement announced they would â€œsurrenderâ€ by turning themselves in to police and urged protesters on the streets to retreat.
Opening New Vistas
Dec 3: A 900-kilometre railway linking Central Asia to the trade routes of the Persian Gulf through Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Iran was launched.
The route permits train service from Kazakhstanâ€™s city of Uzen through Turkmenistan to Iranâ€™s Gorgan.
The King Reigns Supreme
Dec 14: Amir Khan won a 12-round bout over former champion Devon Alexander in a welterweight matchup.
Our Darkest Hour
Dec 16: In the deadliest terror attack in the Pakistanâ€™s history, 131 schoolchildren and 10 other people were killed when heavily armed militants stormed Army Public School in Peshawar. The prime minister announced a three-day national mourning to express solidarity with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the barbaric attack.
Capital Punishment Redux
Dec 17: At the Multi-Party Conference in Peshawar, convened in the aftermath of the savage Taliban attack on the Army Public School, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a moratorium on executions in the country, allowing capital punishment for those sentenced to death in terrorism cases.
Back To Square One?
Dec 24: Pakistanâ€™s political leadership agreed to set up special military courts to try hardened terrorists. The courts, which will be operative for two years, will require a constitutional amendment before they could start functioning.