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10 events in 2016 that could define the world order

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By Harshmeet Singh

2015 was a year of political turbulence at the international level. With multiple terror attacks, civil wars, international negotiations, and a migrant crisis, the year 2015 had no dearth of activity in the international scene.

And if the past couple of months are anything to go by, it would be surprising if 2016 doesn’t take the same path of hectic international diplomacy. To give you a heads up, NewsGram brings forth the 10 most awaited events of 2016 that could define the world order.

January 1: Deadline for the peace talks between Syrian Government and opposition

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The second half of 2015 was mostly filled with news related to Syria. After the loss of thousands of lives in the war zone at the hands of the foreign forces, the two sides have agreed to call a truce, or so it seems.

January 9: Sri Lanka’s parliament to take form of a constituent assembly

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena

On the day when President Maithripala Sirisena will kick off his second year in the office, the country’s parliament will be converted into a constituent assembly to frame a new constitution that will replace the 1978 constitution. There is a growing demand within the country to rewrite the constitution to seek a solution to the ethnic issue persisting in the country.

February 1: US Presidential primaries and caucuses commence

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With the US presidential debates getting unprecedented International coverage due to the presence of billionaire Donald Trump, this year’s presidential elections will be a keenly followed event. The primaries and caucuses will decide the candidates who will eventually run for the President.

February 26: Parliamentary elections in Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo Credit: observer.com
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo Credit: observer.com

Iran’s nuclear deal with the P5+1 seems to have brought a new confidence in the country, which is seeking to play an active role in the regional politics. This makes the 2 simultaneous elections in Iran all the more interesting. The country will witness elections for the national parliament (Majlis) where the elected members serve a four-year term and for the Assembly of Experts, where members get an eight-year term.

April/May: West Bengal goes to polls

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Picture Courtesy:-defence.pk

The current term of the Mamata Banerjee government ends on 20th May 2016. After the unexpected loss in Bihar, the BJP will look to come back to the winning ways and shoot up its strength in the upper house of the Parliament to avoid any future disruptions.

June 1: World’s longest and deepest traffic channel opens

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The Gotthard Base Tunnel, with a route length of about 57 km, will open on June 1. It is the first flat low-level route which passes through the Alps Mountains. 2016 will also see China start the construction of an undersea tunnel which will be more than double the length of the Gotthard Base Tunnel and connect the Chinese cities of Dalian and Yantai.

July 4: NASA’s Juno to arrive on Jupiter

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If all goes to plan, NASA’s spacecraft Juno will complete its five-year journey and land on Jupiter on July 4. Juno is expected to provide critical information about Jupiter, such as its gravitational field, magnetic field, mass distribution, winds circulation, etc.

August 5: The Rio Olympics starts

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Over 10,500 athletes representing 206 national Olympics will compete for the honors to be called the best in the world. This year’s Olympics will also feature sports like golf and rugby seven. The closing ceremony is scheduled for 21 August.

November 8: US Presidential and Congressional elections begin

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The elections for the next ‘most powerful man in the world’ will take place this year.

December 31: Foreign forces to withdraw from Afghanistan

 

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A long and punishing war in Afghanistan will come to an end with the ending of 2016. The last Australian, British and American troops are expected to withdraw from Afghanistan on the last day of the year.

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Wake Up and Roll Up your Sleeves Before Bengal Becomes Another Kashmir

Do not let the majority to be slaughtered thus at the altar of complacency, discrimination, pseudo-secularism, and insane politics

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Do not let the majority to be slaughtered thus at the altar of complacency, discrimination, pseudo-secularism, and insane politics.

By Salil Gewali

It’s highly condemnable that some goons in Kolkata have also destroyed the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, the pride of Bengal. He was a great scholar and a social reformer who worked for the overall welfare of society and always upheld human values. The vandals, who usually harbor evil thoughts, cannot tolerate and nor can they respect the virtues of a person. All right-thinking citizens should vehemently condemn such act of hooliganism.

Yes, it’s worrisome to note how one political party is blaming the other. If there is smoke from the fire, it is certainly due to “damp” wood. Who are those damp woods that are contaminating the social environment in Bengal is not very hard to guess! Of course, it was unarguably a premeditated act considering there were a good number of youths already inside the campus in the evening when the college was on “vacation”. The two gates, which other times remain closed, were open that day. Who can “overpower” the authorities of the institution to open the gate when the state is ruled by an ill-tempered and maverick Chief Minister?

No denying, in Mamata’s Bengal such destructive elements have increased by leaps and bounds and thriving on the extra facilities and cares. Open intimidation and vandalism by special citizens have long been a cause of serious concerns for the natives. But no noises of intolerance by any prominent forces from any quarters. The usual party rivalry and vindictiveness has turned into the brutal enmity and bloodshed in the present Bengal. The hands of the state’s police hands literally tied. They cannot arrest Didi’s swarms of non-dressed infantries. How many innocent people have been shot dead or injured by TMC cadre in past three years is unaccounted — the latest being Joydeb Barman, a BJP leader from Cooch Bihar, who was shot dead allegedly by TMC workers with an AK-47 rifle a few days back. Hardly any print media carried this news, nor any TV channels called for the newsroom discussion to condemn the bloody murder. Again, about two weeks back one political activist – Priyanka Sharma was detained for over six days and harassed by police when she re-posted a morphed meme of Mamata Banerjee. It seems state police forces are only on their toe to support the evil to breed and suppress the voices against the anarchy in the state.

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Open intimidation and vandalism by special citizens have long been a cause of serious concerns for the natives.

There is another bombshell relating to Mamata’s special people. Very recently they made a public announcement from the mike warning people from Hindu community to leave the place or bite the bullet. As per the number of WhatsApp clippings that are going around the situation is very seriously ominous. The video footage of crying and weeping crowds of Hindu Bengali, Bihari from Diamond Harbour areas are exceedingly heart-wrenching to see. But this dangerous development was not brought out by any media.  Frankly speaking, people in certain pockets of the state have already experienced a Kashmir type (1989) situation. They have been leaving in frenzied panic their homes to safety as their residential units have been torn apart or burned down. No one has come to the rescue of the aggrieved Hindus.

Again, how does one define a state in which the Hindu temples are deliberately desecrated and idols smashed to pieces? There is a case that even BEEF was thrown into the sacred temple in Alampur by a particular community.

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Here what is too shocking is that no media ever raise the alarm bell, nor they scream that democracy is in danger, no intellectual write columns to condemn such kind of instances and highlight the real plight of the natives. Really speaking, what has happened today in West Bengal could happen in Odisha and Bihar tomorrow. Is cancer in “one square millimeter skin-area” not enough to kill a man with a huge structure in a due course of time? One strike of a match-stick is enough to reduce a huge number of building structures to ash. The utter passivity and unconcerned attitude of the majority is only proving detrimental. How long should the majority be the victim of the “intellectual of hypocrisy” — one of the fundamental causes of the scourge? Hindus are undermined, they are oppressed, they are suppressed, they are tortured and they are kicked out of their own native place. Enough is enough.  Rise up from your slumber. Do not let the majority to be slaughtered thus at the altar of complacency, discrimination, pseudo-secularism, and insane politics.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali