News is one of the most important things in an individual’s life. Regardless of what you do for a living, chances are that you engage with news at some point daily. With 2022 coming to an end, let’s glance at the most trending news of the year.
India’s Desire for Peace Born out of Strength
The Indian army chief, Naravane, instituted additional safeguards to prevent further attempts at military brinkmanship. The army stands firm in countering any attempt to change the status quo along the country’s border. The armies of two countries, India and China, stand as locked in a military standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 5, 2020, after the eruption of the violent crash in the Pangong lake area. The military of both countries entered into 14 rounds of talks to resolve the standoff. The military teams strengthened institutional mechanisms and safeguards to prevent terrorism along the borders and the hinterland.
IT Companies Shuttered Russia’s Operations During The Ukraine Invasion
Russia, on February 24, shocked the world when it attacked its neighboring country Ukraine. It sparked a war that continued for more than half a year. Undoubtedly, the invasion spurred a way of denunciations, economic sanctions, and other actions, primarily from the US, Canada, and other European countries.
In the wake of the invasion, most IT vendors instituted sales bans on Russia and halted product shipments to the country. HP, Microsoft, and IBM-owned Red Hat. In the following months, with the dragging of the war, more vendors, including HPE and Cisco Systems, announced to close their offices in Russia and cease operations in Russia.
Bengaluru Techie Unable to find his luggage hacks Indigo website
While a mismatch of luggage is common in airports, a techie did something unnatural to locate his luggage. Nandan Kumar, the Bengaluru-based software developer, put his skills to the best use to find his lost luggage after hacking the airline’s website. The passenger, the entire incident, was telling about the loopholes in their website.
While returning to Bengaluru from Patna via Indigo airlines, his luggage got exchanged with another passenger, which Kumar terms as an “honest mistake.” Later Nandan’s efforts yielded results, resulting in both passengers exchanging their luggage.
The Junta Court, Myanmar, States Aung San Suu Kyi Five Years Of Imprisonment.
The court in military-controlled Myanmar awards Aung San Suu Kyi a five-year imprisonment after discovering her corruption. The court held the former leader responsible for 18 offenses in the country, which ranged from election fraud to violating the Official Secrets Act. The various charges opposed to her carry maximum sentences that might lead Aung San Suu Kyi to spend the rest of her life in detention
Later, the court accused her of accepting 11.4 kg (402 oz) of gold bars and cash payments worth US $600,000 from Phao Mein Thein, Yangon’s Chief Minister. Myanmar’s kangaroo and junta courts decided to put her away, which is equivalent to a life sentence. No one knows where the courts held Aung San Suu Kyi and remained hidden from the public since the onset of the coup and trials in a closed court.
KKR Stayed Alive Despite Bumrah’s Magic
Although Jasprit Bumrah returned his best T20 figures, KKR defeated Mumbai Indians by 52 runs. KKR, guided by Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana, to 165 for 9. The bowlers defended by howling the opposition for 113. Ventakeh gave KKR a brisk start as they reached 64/1 in the first six overs after he was put for bat first. Bumrah picked up just five wickets in the previous 10 matches, stuck twice, and followed that with a triple-wicket maiden in the third over.
Hybrid Work/ Work-from-Home Will Continue
After passing almost seven months, HP completed its blockbuster $3.3 billion acquisition of Poly, a provider of videoconferencing equipment, cameras, headset, and other audio peripherals. With the combination of Poly’s product line with HP’s portfolio of desktops, laptops, printers, and accessories, HP decided to continue hybrid work models and work-from-home employees.
Most people assumed that work-from-home would be temporary. However, the pandemic lasted longer than expected; surprisingly, most workers preferred working from home. Although workplaces opened nationwide, most businesses and organizations adopted a hybrid work model where employees split their time between home and physical offices.
The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Resigned
Boris Johnson, the UK’s Prime Minister, resigned on July 07, 2022, Thursday, paving the way for the selection of a new Prime Minister. The PM resigned after 48 hours of immense pressure to step down. The party saw more resignations as Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resigned from their finance minister and health secretary posts, respectively. The resignation resulted from a dispute over the PM’s decision to appoint Chris Pincher as deputy chief of the conservative party.
Pincher resigned and experienced a suspension as MP of the Conservative Party. Later PM Johnson apologized for appointing Chris as the deputy chief. Lastly, Johnson bowed down to the political pressure over his future and announced to step down.
The Death of Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 08, 2022, due to old age at Balmoral Castle, the royal residence in the Scottish highlands where she spent her summer vacations. The Queen’s local time of death for the 96-year-old monarch was 3:10 pm. The news spread immediately and was soon revealed by her children and grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, who rushed to her bedside
Her son, King Charles, mourned her death, stating it was a “moment of great sadness” for the family. He continued to state that the entire world would deeply feel her loss. People gather and wait at Buckingham Palace for updates on the Queen’s condition and cries hearing her death.
Stalled Black Sea Grain Initiative Concerns UN Chief
António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, expressed deep concern at Russia’s decision to suspend its involvement in the Black Sea Grain Initiative. It was a deal set up to reintroduce the export of vital food and fertilizer from Ukraine worldwide. It contributed to vertiginous rises in the price of staple food worldwide.
Combined with the increased cost of energy, developing countries experienced a push to debt default. More people found themselves on the brink of famine. However, the initiative was to run out during mid-November with an option to extend it if all the parties, including Ukraine and Russia, agreed.