“Didn’t the year just fly by?” We’re headed towards 2015 at, what feels like, supersonic speed with barely enough time to wrap our heads around everything that happened this year. So before we start counting down and assuring ourselves that we’ll stick out that gym membership, here’s a quick look back. These are 25 news stories that we couldn’t get enough of in 2014. The good, the bad and the ugly – it’s all on our list of what made news this year.
A special mention for the wonderful Twitter community that aptly summed up #2014In5Words
Shall we rewind, then?
UBER RAPE – Yet another rape in the capital. A deranged Uber taxi driver proved to us that Delhi remains unsafe for women.
PESHAWAR MASSACRE – The tragedy in Peshawar broke our hearts. 132 children were shot dead by the Taliban and the entire world was left grief-stricken.
#2014In5Words “the smallest coffins are heaviest”— Meenakshi Menon (@MeenMenon) December 20, 2014
ROHTAK SISTERS – The flip-flop tale of the Rohtak sisters. Many videos later, we’re still not sure what happened here.
R.I.P. HUGHES – #PutOutYourBats for Philip Hughes, as we mourn the untimely demise of this 25-year old Australian cricketer.
PEACE FOR INDIA – Pakistan’s braveheart Malala Yousafzai and India’s children’s rights crusader Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize together this year. Apart from being what seems like a hint for both countries to maintain peaceful relations, did you know that Satyarthi is the first Indian-born to receive the Peace Prize?
SWACHH BHARAT – The nation was gripped by ‘Swachh Bharat’ fever. Launched on Gandhi Jayanti, the Abhiyaan is a country-wide campaign to clean up.
CYCLONE HUDHUD – When the cyclone struck this year, the city of Visakhapatnam was hit the worst. A 100 lives were lost and this tropical cyclone brought with itself immense destruction.
But life still goes on. #2014In5Words— Madhur Verma (@DCP_North_Delhi) December 21, 2014
KASHMIR FLOODS – Tragedy hit Kashmir, this year, as the region was inundated by disastrous floods. On September 24, it was estimated that around 277 people in India and 280 in Pakistan had lost their lives, due to the floods.
MANGALYAAN – A historic moment, India’s Mars Orbiter Mangalyaan (MOM) successfully entered the red planet’s orbit in its first attempt. Fun fact? Mangalyaan was built in a mere 15 months and for, only, Rs. 450 crore, a significant achievement.
ISIS BEHEADING – The first of five Western captives to be beheaded by ISIS, journalist James Foley was executed on August 19. A chilling video of the beheading was, subsequently, released by the outfit.
IROM SHARMILA – Freed from judicial custody after charges of attempt to commit suicide were dropped, in Imphal, Sharmila was re-arrested two days later on fresh charges. She has been on a hunger strike for 14 years to protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
#2014In5Words Still Pretending Nothing Is Wrong— Peter Coffin (@petercoffin) December 23, 2014
ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE – Were you nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? If so, you helped raise a staggering $100 million to support the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease.
GAZA CONFLICT – July saw the beginning of a 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas, who rule the Gaza strip. This fierce, ruthless war left more than 2,200 dead, the vast majority of them being Gazans.
FIFA WORLD CUP, ’14 – Football fans, world over, united to celebrate the beginning of the FIFA World Cup, 2014. Held in Brazil, the tournament concluded with Germany winning its fourth title, defeating Argentina 1-0 in the final.
CHENNAI BUILDING COLLAPSE – An under-construction building collapsed in Moulivakkam near Porur, Chennai. The collapse led to the death of more than 60 people.
#2014In5Words Disaster written all over it.— Manoj_Shanmugam (@Manoj_Shanmugam) December 19, 2014
ELECTIONS – Narendra Modi was sworn in as India’s Prime Minister. Let the ‘acche din’ begin.
BADAUN CASE – The bodies of two sisters were discovered, hanging from a tree, in Badaun, UP. Rape, murder or suicide – the evidence was always insufficient and the circumstances always murky. Now, the CBI has filed a closure report concluding that the cousins committed suicide.
#2014In5Words : Children lost faith in adults.— Anthony Permal (@anthonypermal) December 20, 2014
THIRD GENDER – In a major step forward, the Supreme Court of India recognised transgenders as a separate, third gender. Are we on our way to building a more tolerant, accommodating society?
#2014In5Words “Gay marriage”? Soon, just “marriage.”— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) December 20, 2014
BRING BACK OUR GIRLS – The Boko Haram’s reign of terror continued as 200 school-girls were abducted from their boarding schools in northeastern Nigeria.
#2014In5Words Humanity Has Lost The Plot— Crotchety & Quavery (@TheBroaditorium) December 20, 2014
MH 370 – The mystery of missing flight MH 370 continues. How did a 63 metre long aircraft vanish without a trace? Then there is MH 17. Cue the conspiracy theories.
#2014In5Words Seriously…where is that plane?!?!— Kevin Froleiks (@KevinFroleiks) December 21, 2014
SUBRATA ROY – Arrested on February 28, Sahara chief Subrata Roy was sent to Tihar jail, following an investor scam of massive proportions. Following his appearance in Supreme Court on March 4, a man threw black ink on Roy’s face accusing him of ‘theft’.
Well that was a waste #2014In5Words— Envy Da Tropic (@envydatropic) December 20, 2014
EBOLA – 2014 has also been the year of the ‘Zombie Virus’. In what is the most widespread epidemic of Ebola, the WHO reports a total of 19,374 suspected cases and 7,533 deaths.
#2014In5Words I did not get Ebola— Anthony Swanson (@c0deine_fiend) December 22, 2014
SATYA NADELLA – Indian-origin Satya Nadella was appointed Microsoft CEO, this year. He succeeded Steve Ballmer and his annual salary is a whopping $84 million.
RAHUL GANDHI, FRANKLY SPEAKING – Everyone watched Rahul Gandhi vs. Arnab Goswami on Times Now. All we really got from that was women empowerment, women empowerment and women empowerment.
Let’s pretend this never happened. #2014In5Words— Michele Catalano (@inthefade) December 19, 2014
WEST BENGAL RAPE – In a rude wake up call about the severity of crimes against women, a 20-year-old was gang-raped by 13 men in Birbhum district, West Bengal. ‘Punished’ for having a relationship with a man from a different community, she was violated on the orders of a kangaroo court.
well uh actually it’s rape #2014In5Words— Tube Enthusiast (@boofbiddy) December 23, 2014
It’s been an action-packed year, and a lot has happened in 2014. What was the year’s biggest story, according to you? Write in.