The year 2020 has been a roller-coaster ride of various events. There were many instances which broke our heart and people were dejected with things happening around them, yet we all are here entering 2021 along with all the courage and strength we've gained from the difficulties that arose. However, it is true that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
Here is the list of few major events which took place in 2020:
Australia faced a devastating bushfire in late 2019, and things swiftly got worse before rains helped contain many of the worst fires in February 2020. At least 33 people have been killed – including four firefighters – and more than 11 million hectares (110,000 sq km or 27.2 million acres) of the bush, forest, and parks across Australia have burned.
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In the worst-hit state, New South Wales (NSW), the fire has affected more than five million hectares, destroying more than 2,000 houses and forcing thousands to seek shelter elsewhere. Fires had raged near the Australian capital Canberra for weeks – at one stage shutting the city's airport as flames approached the perimeter.
On the eve of February 23, riots broke out in Northeast Delhi between Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and pro-CAA protestors. The protests on CAA took a communal turn and led to the death of over 53 people over the course of the next 10 days. More than 200 were left injured. Shops and houses were burnt down and even places of worship were attacked. This happened when the US President then, Donald Trump had visited India.
In areas like Bhajanpura, thousands of people attacked petrol pumps, carried petrol bombs, sticks and weapons. Violence was reported from Babarpur, Maujpur, Jaffrabad, Kardampuri, Gokalpuri, Seelampur, and Shiv Puri. Section 144, imposed in riot-hit areas, had little effect. A man named Shahrukh, opened fire at the police with a gun, before being arrested days later from UP's Shamli district.
Over 10,000 emergency calls were made to the police control room during the week.
As of March 6, as many as 53 people had been reported to have died in communal violence.
The COVID-19 created a global pandemic caused by the coronavirus. The first case of COVID-19 in India, which originated from China, was reported on 30 January 2020. India is the second-highest in the world after the United States, with more than 9 million reported cases of COVID-19 infection and more than 100,000 deaths. The per-day cases peaked mid-September in India with over 90,000 cases reported per day and have since come down to below 40,000 in December.
On March 22, the central government insisted nationwide curfew. Later, on March 24, PM Narendra Modi announced a 21 days nationwide lockdown to avoid the spread of the virus. Further, the lockdowns were extended and made stern as per the requirement. Everything including movie theatres, shopping malls, clubs, bars, restaurant dine-in, etc were closed. Public gatherings were not allowed. However, by the time we had unlock-down taking necessary precautions and safety measures.
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George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died on May 25 after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white police officer's knee. The encounter, captured on video, incited large protests against police brutality and systemic racism.
The explosive footage, recorded by a bystander and shared widely on social media, led to community outrage, and F.B.I. civil rights investigation, and the firing and arrest of the officer, Derek Chauvin. It also ended up as a social media campaign with the usage of #blacklivesmatter against racial discrimination.
Floyd's triggered violent unrest in Minneapolis, leading to a state of peacetime emergency being declared in Minnesota state. Protests have also taken place in other parts of the US, including in California, New York, Ohio, and Colorado.
The incident once again brought to the fore concerns over the law enforcement's bias against the African American minority, with Floyd's death being cited as the most recent incident of racially-driven police brutality.
Protests have taken place in the US, including in California, New York, Ohio, and Colorado. Pixabay
On 14 June 2020, the Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead hanging from the ceiling fan at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai. The cause of death was ruled to have been suicide. The official postmortem reports concluded that he died of asphyxia due to hanging.
Suicide turned to murder, to pre-meditated politicized slaughter, to connections to drug cartels, taking in its long tail some of the mightiest of the film industry. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) joined the probe that had been handed over to the CBI amidst much fanfare. The anti-drugs agency has since taken Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty among many others into custody.
Images of a stunned Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor entering the NCB portal over 'maal' charges and leaving minus their lifeline cellphones held television audiences captive for several days.
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On the evening of 4 August 2020, a fire at a hangar containing ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut saw a team of firefighters dispatched to the scene. This resulted in a gigantic explosion, causing devastation for miles around.
The blast destroyed the immediate dockside area, creating a crater approximately 140m (460ft) wide, which flooded with seawater. More than 200 people were killed, including at the port and further afield.
Lebanon's Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, blamed the detonation on 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that he said had been stored unsafely at a warehouse in the port.
In the presidential elections of the United States of the year 2020, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was elected the 46th president of the United States on November 7th, 2020. The presidential electors gave Biden a solid majority of 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232. The Electoral College decisively confirmed Joe Biden on December 14th, 2020 as the nation's next president, ratifying his November victory in an authoritative state-by-state repudiation of President Donald Trump's refusal to concede he had lost.
The 2020 Indian farmers' protest is an ongoing protest against the three farm acts which were passed by the Parliament of India in September 2020. The acts have been described as "anti-farmer laws" by many farmer unions.
Soon after the acts were introduced, unions began holding local protests, mostly in Punjab. After two months of protests, farmer unions—notably from Punjab, Rajasthan, and Haryana—began a movement named 'Dilli Chalo', in which tens of thousands of farmer unions marched towards the nation's capital.
The government offered some amendments to the laws, but the farmers' unions are asking to repeal the laws by protesting for the past 2 months.