As the last week of 2021 has kicked in, only the last few days of this year remain. In another few days, 2022 will begin. It is time to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022. It is also time to hit the rewind button and take a look at major events and happenings of 2021.
As Team NewsMobile bids adieu to 2021, we welcome 2022 with a wish to be nice.
On Global Stage
The year began on a stormy note when a shocked world witnessed US capitol riots after the defeat of Donald Trump in the American Presidential elections. However, Joe Biden took oath of office on January 20, becoming the 46th President of the U.S. in a low-key ceremony in view of the raging Covid pandemic.
Closer home, in February in India’s neighbourhood Myanmar witnessed a powerful military seizing control of the country, throwing out Aug San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy which had scored a landslide victory in polls and holding it invalid.
In February global campaign COVAX was also launched to share Covid-19 vaccines globally.
The month of May witnessed Israel-Hamas clashes
On June 13, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was voted out of office.
Between July 23 and August 8, the world witnessed the Tokyo Olympic games which were originally scheduled to be held in 2020. It was the first time in history that the Olympic games had to be delayed due to the pandemic.
On August 15, Kabul fell to the Taliban as the US and its allies withdrew their troops from the war-torn Afghanistan after two decades.
On October 30, G20 Summit was held in Rome and Glasgow hosted the COP 26. Both the events were attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In December, Miss Universe title was bagged by India’s 21 year old Harnaaz Sandhu. She brought home the title after a gap of 21 years.
In March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited neighbouring Bangladesh to attend the 50th anniversary celebrations of its liberation.
April-May witnessed a sweeping deadly second wave of Covid-19 that unleashed misery, sufferings and deaths in India and other countries.
In May, Mamata Banerjee retained power in West Bengal elections as her party Trinamool Congress registered an impressive victory. The BJP put up a tough challenge to the TMC and managed to pick up a good number of seats in the Legislative Assembly for the first time.
In July, Pegasus spyware made its presence felt as uproar in Parliament witnessed an almost total washout of the Monsoon Session.
On September 21, dramatic political events unfolded in Punjab with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of the Congress resigning and being replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi, a Dalit leader from the same party. Punjab goes to polls in early 2022.
On October 3, Lakhimpur Kheri violence against farmers where a vehicle rammed into their gathering rocked not only U.P. but also the Centre.
India registered completion of 100 crore vaccinations against Covid-19 on October 21.
November 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces his government’s decision to repeal the three contentious farm laws.
On December 8 India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other armed forces personnel were killed in a tragic helicopter crash near Wellington in Tamil Nadu.
December 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi threw open the Kashi Vishwanath corridor in the holy city of Varanasi which is also his Parliamentary constituency.
December: And Omicron, the latest variant of Covid-19, arrives. Many countries impose curbs, travel restrictions. Omicron continues its spread.
Entertainment and Sports
January: Virat-Anushka become parents to a lovely baby girl.
February: Kareena Kapoor Khan becomes mother again to a baby boy.
July 7: Legendary actor Dilip Kumar passes away in Mumbai.
July: Actress Shilpa Shetty’s businessman husband Raj Kundra arrested for alleged pornography distribution.
August: Neeraj Chopra creates history by winning India’s first Gold medal in Javelin in Tokyo Olympics. P V Sindhu wins bronze in Badminton and Men’s Hockey team bags Bronze medal after 41 years.
November: Bollywood actors Rajkumar and Patralekha tie the knot.
December: Vicky Kaushal-Katrina Kaif, yet another Bollywood star duo, get married.