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A look back at the year 2014

  • Narendra Modi, Ebola, Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg
    Photo: PTI

    January: Aam Aadmi Party convenor and the then Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, sleeps on the road in New Delhi during his sit-in protest to demand a control over the Delhi Police.

  • Narendra Modi, Ebola, Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg
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    March 22: Crew members of a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion during a search operation for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which had mysteriously disappeared two weeks earlier with 239 people on board.

  • Narendra Modi, Ebola, Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg
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    May 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) with President Pranab Mukherjee, after being administered the oath of office and secrecy, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

  • Narendra Modi, Ebola, Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg
    Photo: Sanjay K Sharma

    May 16: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi address a press conference in New Delhi, after the party was reduced to 44 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

  • Narendra Modi, Ebola, Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg
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    June 12: Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy (right) at a news conference to announce the appointment of Vishal Sikka as the company’s CEO, at Infosys’ Bengaluru headquarters.

  • Narendra Modi, Ebola, Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg
    Photo: Reuters

    June 30: Militant Islamist fighters hold the flag of Islamic State (IS) while taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province. The year 2014 saw the rise of Islamic State, the Sunni militant group that has seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.

  • Narendra Modi, Ebola, Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg
    Photo: Reuters

    July 8: A Brazil fan reacts while watching the FIFA World Cup semi-final against Germany, in Brasilia. Brazil lost the match 1-7 to bow out of the tournament. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the finals to take the title.

  • Narendra Modi, Ebola, Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg
    Photo: Dalip Kumar

    Aug 23: Maruti Suzuki Chairman R C Bhargava (left) and MD & CEO Kenichi Ayukawa after a meeting of the company’s board. The board had decided Maruti would seek minority shareholders’ approval for developing manufacturing facilities in Gujarat through a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese parent Suzuki.

  • Narendra Modi, Ebola, Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg
    Photo: PTI

    September: An aerial view of partially submerged houses in flooded fields on the outskirts of Srinagar. Jammu & Kashmir witnessed its worst flood in more than a century that left at least 280 people dead.

  • Narendra Modi, Ebola, Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg
    Photo: Reuters

    September: A piece of wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. The flight had crashed on July 17 after being shot down with 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: PTI

    September: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and wife Peng Liyuan during their visit to the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad. During Xi’s visit, China committed itself to investing $20 billion in India over five years.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: Reuters

    Sept: Amazon Inc founder & CEO Jeff Bezos poses on a supply truck at the premises of a shopping mall in Bengaluru. Days before Bezos’ India visit, Amazon committed itself to investing $2 billion in India, though without giving a timeline.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: Bloomberg

    September: Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The company raised a record $21.8 billion in a historic initial public offering .

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: Reuters

    Sept: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering of the Indian diaspora at New York’s Madison Square Garden, during his visit to the US.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: Saggere Radhakrishna

    September: J Jayalalithaa, the then Tamil Nadu CM, before appearing in a Bengaluru special court. She was convicted in an 18-year-old disproportionate-asset case and sentenced to four years in jail. Additionally, a penalty of ~100 crore was imposed on her. The conviction and sentencing implied she ceased to be a member of the Tamil Nadu Assembly and was barred from contesting elections for the next 10 years.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: Sanjay K Sharma

    September: Satya Nadella in New Delhi during his first visit to India after being appointed Microsoft CEO. India-born Nadella, 46, became the third chief of the world’s largest IT?firm in its 37 years of existence.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: PTI

    October: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) with PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The two talked about a variety of issues — from ‘Swachh Bharat’ to use of technology to connect villages.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: Reuters

    November: A pro-democracy protester shouts slogans as bailiffs remove barricades on a street occupied by protesters as part of their ‘Occupy Central’ civil disobedience movement in Hong Kong.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: Reuters

    December: A man is carried away to be tested for Ebola after collapsing on a street in Liberia’s capital city.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: PTI

    December: Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai (left) and India’s Kailash Satyarthi before receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, in Oslo.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS

    December: Uber taxi drivers protest in New Delhi. With Delhi banning online taxi services after a driver of US-based taxi aggregator Uber was accused of raping a passenger, there was an uncertainty around global investments in Uber’s Indian rivals.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: Reuters

    December: Infosys employee Viswakanth Ankireddy (right)and other hostages run for safety after police personnel storm Sydney’s Lindt Cocolat Café to end a 16-hour siege. The gunman and two hostages were killed during the operation.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: PTI

    December: A man stands beside a boy injured in Taliban militants’ attack on his school in Peshawar. Gunmen killed at least 150 students and wounded scores others in the worst attack that hit the country in more than a year.

  • Narendra Modi, Floods, Xi Jinping, IS
    Photo: Twitter

    Family members of passengers on the AirAsia flight.

  • Narendra Modi, Gopinath Munde, Accident, BJP
    Photo: PTI

    June 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying his last respect to the mortal remains of Union minister Gopinath Munde at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. Munde died in a road accident.

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