POWER OF THE DRAGON, EXPLORING NEW VISTAS, THE GRITTY DUO, BREAKING THE SILENCE, A STATE OF THINGS TO COME , HARDLY AN OASIS, THE FORMIDABLE CHALLENGE , THE POPPY BLOOM REDUX, KNOWING THE UNKNOWN , TALENT MEETS POWER
1. POWER OF THE DRAGON
On Oct 17, the United Kingdom became the first foreign country to issue offshore renminbi bonds, with a smoothly executed offering that reflected the Chinese currency’s growing global appeal and London’s efforts to become the world’s trading hub.
2. EXPLORING NEW VISTAS
On Oct 21, Pakistan and Russia held the second Round of Bilateral Strategic Dialogue whereby both countries agreed to take concrete steps for injecting substance in the bilateral relationship.
3. THE GRITTY DUO
On Oct 30, Younis Khan became the first batsman in 90 years to hit three hundreds in consecutive innings against Australia while on Nov 02, the skipper Misbah-ul-Haq broke the Test record for the fastest fifty and equalled that of the quickest century.
4. BREAKING THE SILENCE
On Oct 30, Sweden officially recognised the state of Palestine, less than a month after country’s new prime minister, Stefan LÃ¶fven, announced in his inaugural address to parliament that his country would become the first EU member in western Europe to recognise a Palestinian state.
5. A STATE OF THINGS TO COME
The US President, Barack Obama, unveiled executive action that will make millions of undocumented migrants eligible to live and work in the US. The reforms will also shield from deportation almost five million people currently living in the country illegally.
6. HARDLY AN OASIS
On Nov 08, China announced to contribute $40 billion to set up a Silk Road infrastructure fund to boost connectivity across Asia. It is the latest Chinese project to spread the largesse of its own economic growth.
7. THE FORMIDABLE CHALLENGE
On Nov 08, the Balochistan government sent a report to the federal government and law-enforcement agencies about â€œgrowing footprint in Pakistanâ€ of the Islamic State (IS) group, also referred to as ‘Daesh’.
8. THE POPPY BLOOM REDUX
On Nov 12, a United Nations report revealed that opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2014 with 224,000 hectares (553,500 acres) of land under cultivation. The production increased by seven per cent over last year.
9. KNOWING THE UNKNOWN
On Nov 12, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander made history by successfully making it to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta, reached its destination after a journey of 6.4 billion km that took 10 years, five months and four days.
10. TALENT MEETS POWER
On Nov 13, Rohit Sharma created history by smashing the highest individual ODI score with a breathtaking knock of 264 as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 153 runs in the fourth cricket ODI.