THE JOURNEY STARTS WITH A BANG!, THINGS FALL APART, DEMOCRACY: Ã€ LA AFGHANISTAN, HAPLESSLY YOURS, MY LORD!, NOBEL FOR THE NOBLE, A CRIPPLING DISHONOUR, SYMBOLIC YET SIGNIFICANT, ROUTED OR VINDICATED?, OUR NATIONAL SHAME, THE SOCIAL MEDIA REVOLUTION
On Sep 22, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s initial public offering now ranks the world’s biggest in history at $25 billion, after the e-commerce giant and some of its shareholders sold additional shares.
THINGS FALL APART
On Sep 23, the US and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time, killing scores of Islamic State (IS) fighters and opening a new front against militants by joining Syria’s three-year-old civil war.
DEMOCRACY: Ã€ LA AFGHANISTAN
On Sep 29, Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to head a power-sharing government. Mr Abdullah Abdullah took over as country’s CEO.
HAPLESSLY YOURS, MY LORD!
On Sep 30, Afghanistan and the US signed a bilateral security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year 2014, fulfilling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.
NOBEL FOR THE NOBLE
On Oct 10, education activist Malala Yousufzai and Indian campaigner against child trafficking and labour Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Malala, aged 17, is now the youngest Nobel Prize winner.
A CRIPPLING DISHONOUR
On Oct 12, the World Health Organisation (WHO) held Pakistan responsible for nearly 80 per cent of polio cases reported globally. Earlier on Oct 3, Pakistan broke its own 13-year-old record of polio cases with this year’s count to 202.
SYMBOLIC YET SIGNIFICANT
On Oct 13, Britain’s Parliament voted 274-12 to give diplomatic recognition to Palestine. The symbolic non-binding vote is an indication of the British government’s shift since the recent conflict in Gaza.
ROUTED OR VINDICATED?
On Oct 16, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, who deserted PTI during sit-in, lost election to Amir Dogar, an independent candidate who had the support of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, in NA-149.
Mr Dogar bagged 52,321 votes against Mr Hashmi’s 38,393.
OUR NATIONAL SHAME
On Oct 19, in an extremely shameful incident, the head office of the country’s leading charity organisation headed by renowned and widely respected philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi was robbed. The robbers took away about Rs30 million worth of gold and cash.
THE SOCIAL MEDIA REVOLUTION
On October 21, senior officials in Hong Kong held talks live on television with protesters clad in T-shirts displaying the slogan â€œFreedom Nowâ€. The encounter was the first between the two sides since pro-democracy unrest broke out in Hong Kong nearly a month ago.