2015 was filled with people who took offence without the topic being offensive. This is why, it has been one of the most intolerant years of the history. But there were a few happenings around the globe that did ask for offence as they were just cruel and disrupted the common human rights. And the other things that made the world go mad were some disastrous natural calamities, for which, we could have prepared but we didn’t. Let’s have a look at these things before we simply forget 2015.
1. Charlie Hebdo Shooting (7 January, 2015)
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It was a nice day in Paris when two so-called terrorists entered the premises of the office of the weekly magaizine, Charlie Hebdo and started a spree of mass murdering by shooting without aiming inside the office. Their main aim was to kill a few editors and authors that were highlighted in the “Wanted” list of these terrorists because of the polemic views that were presented in this weekly magazine against Prophet Mohammed. 12 were killed and 11 seriously injured in these attacks. A twitter trend with #jesuischarlie that is Je Suis Charlie, French for “I am Charlie” went viral and people protested against these attacks that solemnly hindered the Right to Speech.
2. Peshawar Mosque Attack (13 February, 2015)
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It is commonly stated that Taliban, the terrorist group, comprises of Islamic people trying to protect the teachings of their holy book, Quran. But what was much more ironic in this scenario was these so-called protectors of their religion attacked people of the same religion who were praying in Shia mosque of Peshawar and killed at least 20 of these innocents. These militants were dressed in the form of security personnel and tried to attack the nearby military base when they ended up exploding their suicide bombers in the mosque.
3. Nepal Earthquake (April – June, 2015)
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In a series of earthquakes that had epicenters in various regions of Nepal, about 10,000 people got killed and more than 25,000 seriously injured. The beginning earthquakes were of the magnitude of as much as 8.1, and the aftershocks of 5.7 magnitude added to the misery. Nepal, Bangladesh, India and China were the affected countries but the maximum disruption happened in the country of Nepal. Relief camps were organized by Nepalese and Indian authorities to lead the people of the small country out of misery.
4. The Greek Depression (announced on June 30, 2015)
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Greece, which was one of the most economically developed nations of the world, is now in a debt that it can’t repay. It all started back in 2009 when it was reported that the Greek government misreported the deficits and government debt levels, due to which, all the development it did in the high-time of 2000-2007 started going in vain, when eventually in 2015, it became the first developed country to be unable to repay International Monetary Fund’s loan. The country was in a debt of €323 billion at the time of announcement.
5. Volkswagen Emission Scandal (September 18, 2015)
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Though this scandal is nothing related to a natural calamity or a terrorist’s attack, but it has also been a dark memory of 2015. Volkswagen, which has been known to manufacture the “People’s Car” from a historical time, and has been one of the top car manufacturers throughout the world, went into a state of depression when a notice was issued against the company for violating the Clean Air Act. It has been evident that many car models of this company has been the cause of pollution due to the large emission of greenhouse gases through their exhaust. Despite the lost trust of customers, the company called in more than 11 million cars that were causing this problem.
6. Paris Attacks (13 November, 2015)
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Terrorists were thinking of turning the astrologically bad 13th, the Friday into a reality that the world won’t ever forget. In the evening of the day, terrorists from ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) attacked various regions throughout Paris, claiming it to be a retaliation of the French airstrikes on the ISIL quarters. The attacks killed about 130 innocent people injuring another 400. This was taken as a serious offence, to which, the French authorities started attacking the ISIL camps in the name of Operation Chammal. The response of the authorities within two days of being attacked was commended all over the world and it has been stated that France is not afraid of anything.
7. Chennai Floods (8 November – 14 December, 2015)
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The rains hit hard on the peninsular country of India when Southern region of the country witnessed continuous spells of rain. The situation got so worse-off that Chennai and nearby regions stood stranded from the rest of the country. Connectivity was demolished and the residents of the flooded region had to survive on the relief material. To astonishment, the people throughout the nation, who never united on anything, for the first time after independence, came forward to help the residents. Relief aids and funds were provided along with cellular companies freeing up their services to regain connectivity. Nevertheless, about 400 people died, 18 lakh displaced and there was a loss of about $15 billion.