As we ring in the New Year with hope and grand expectations and try to put the nightmare of 2020 behind, we look ahead to give you a lowdown of the top five stories that are likely to grab the headlines in 2021.
Here is the NewsMobile Ready Reckoner for 2021:
The novel coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying dance of death across the world has been the biggest talking point in 2020. While a more virulent and contagious mutant strain of the virus has now made its presence felt in different countries, the focus this year will be on vaccination against COVID-19.
While vaccinations have begun in some countries, the wait for the vaccine continues in India. All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Dr Randeep Guleria says the vaccine roll out should begin soon.
As per the global COVID-19 tracker, 10.3 million people have been infected globally as on December 31 till the time of filing this report.
Come January 20 and world politics will undergo a sea change as Joe Biden will take over as the next President of the United States of America along with Kamala Harris as the Vice President.
While Biden-Harris have already spelt out their priority in terms of fighting COVID-19 and ramp us testing in the United States, what their foreign policy vis a vis other countries would be will be keenly watched. For one, Biden has already said the US would rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.
Will Biden administration continue to tighten the noose around China, how will the US see the developments in the South and East China Sea and the Indo-Pacific, how would Indo-US bilateral relations pan out, would be closely watched.
BATTLE FOR STATES
Buoyed by the NDA’s performance in the Bihar elections, the BJP is going full throttle on the electioneering front with an eye on key states – West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam.
Will the saffron juggernaut be able to dethrone Mamata Banerjee from her citadel, will the BJP be able to make a mark in Tamil Nadu, will the Opposition be able to put up a fight in Assam and will BJP’s homework to unseat Pinarayi Vijayan pay off in Kerala are big questions.
This promises to be the biggest sporting extravaganza this year. Originally scheduled for 2020, the Summer Olympics or Tokyo Olympics, was postponed to 2021. The highly anticipated world event will begin on July 23 and run till August 8.
The Games will feature a record 33 sports, 339 medal events and 42 venues. Actual competition will start two days before the Opening Ceremony on 21 July with softball in Fukushima in sync with the Olympics Games’ theme of recovery.
All athletes already qualified and quota places already assigned for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will remain unchanged. This is a result of the fact that these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, in agreement with Japan, will remain the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.
ICC T20 WORLD CUP CRICKET
International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the next T20 World Cup will be held in India as per original plans. The 16-team tournament is scheduled for October-November.
Apart from Test playing nations Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies, the tournament will also feature its newest qualified member Papua New Guinea besides Namibia, Netherlands, Oman and Scotland.