World’s Top Ten


1. A Big Deal

Jan 25: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama on Sunday ended the six-year-old deadlock over operationalising the landmark civil nuclear deal signed in 2008.

2. Hard Times Ahead

Jan 26: Radical left leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister. The 40-year-old Alexis broke with tradition and took a secular oath rather than the Greek Orthodox religious ceremony.

3. The Safe Hands

Jan 29: Kumar Sangakkara broke the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in One-day Internationals.

4. Symbol of Palestinian Anger

Feb 04: A 14-year-old schoolgirl, Malak al-Khatib, who had been jailed for trying to attack Israeli soldiers, emerged as a symbol of Palestinian anger over the arrests of children in the occupied territories.

5. Descending into Chaos

Feb 06: Yemen’s Huthi rebels announced that they had taken over control of the country and set up a group to replace the parliament.

6. Kejriwal Brooms Modi

Feb 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP collapsed on its face taking a pathetic tally of three seats out of 70 that make up the Delhi assembly. The three were the only ones that Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) could not win.

7. The Treasure Trove

Feb 11: Major reserves of iron ore as well as copper, silver and gold were discovered Rajoia near Chiniot.

8. Peace A La Russia

Feb 12: A new peace roadmap aimed at ending the 10-month war between Ukraine and pro-Moscow rebels was agreed in Belarus, but Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that “big hurdles” remained.

9. Another First for Pakistan

Feb 26: Dr Maleeha Lodhi, assumed charge as Pakistan’s first female Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She vowed to “protect and defend” her country’s vital interests at the world body.

10. A Fairytale Win

Feb 26: Afghanistan, playing in their first cricket World Cup, beat Scotland by one wicket to notch their first win of the tournament. The feat is astonishing for a war-ravaged nation that only took up the sport 15 years ago.

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