A Promising Start
July 24: The world’s first malaria vaccine got a green light from European drugs regulators. The shot, called RTS,S or Mosquirix and developed by British drug-maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, would be the first licensed human vaccine against a parasitic disease.
Vagaries of Justice
July 30: India executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon for conspiring in the country’s deadliest attack, a series of blasts that killed hundreds in Mumbai in 1993. Memon was hanged on his 53rd birthday after India’s president and Supreme Court rejected his appeals for clemency.
Celebrating the Special Talent!
Aug 02: Pakistan’s Special Olympics contingent finished their campaign with an impressive tally of 34 medals — 13 gold, 11 silver, 10 bronze — in eight disciplines as the Summer Special Olympics World Games 2015 ended in Los Angeles, USA. The cyclists were the most impressive of the lot, winning 11 medals in total.
Military Justice: Intra vires the Constitution
Aug 05: By a majority of 11 to 06, the Supreme Court of Pakistan affixed the seal of approval to the setting up of special courts manned by military officers to try hardened militants. However the Court kept with itself the power to review the punishments awarded.
Our National Shame
Aug 08: The largest-ever child abuse scandal in Pakistan’s history emerged in village Hussain Khanwala in District Kasur of the Punjab province after the discovery of 400 videos recording more than 280 children being forced to have sex. Most of the victims were under 14.
The End in Africa?
Aug 12: Africa marked one year since the last case of recorded polio, with the United Nations celebrating a key step towards eradicating the disease. However, health officials must wait two more years before declaring the continent free from the highly infectious, crippling virus.
The Brave Never Die
Aug 16: Punjab Home Minister Col (R) Shuja Khanzada was assassinated in his hometown Shadi Khan village. Twelve other people died in the attack at Mr Khanzada’s office in District Attock, about 80km (50 miles) from Islamabad. A banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) accepted the responsibility of the attack.
Aug 22: In a major blow to the ruling party PML-N, election tribunal-member Kazim Ali Malik ordered re-polling in Lahore’s NA-122 and PP-147 constituencies, won by National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Mian Mohsin Latif of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in general elections 2013, respectively.
Old Habits Die Hard
Aug 22: High-level talks between India and Pakistan, scheduled to be held in New Delhi on August 23, were cancelled by India at the eleventh hour amid mutual recriminations. Pakistan said that it could not accept India’s “preconditions” for the talks, while India denied that it was not to blame.
Aug 25: After creating much hullabaloo around the world due to devaluation of Yuan, China made another move when the People’s Bank of China cut its main interest rate by 0.25 percentage points to 4.6% in an effort to calm stock markets after two days of turmoil.