1. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Insecure over Ukraine’s growing closeness to NATO members, Russia on February 24 launched what it called a “special military operation”. 

2. Sri Lanka’s scorching economic crisis.

The Sri Lankan economic crisis started mostly as a fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Economic conditions started growing difficult for Sri Lankans everyday. 

3. Xi Jinping’s record third term in power

Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 23 cemented his place in history as the nation’s most influential leader since Mao Zedong after being re-elected

4. Iran uprising against hijab mandate

Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran saw in 2022 perhaps the most vociferous challenge to their rule since coming to power in 1979.

5. UK gets its first Indian-origin PM

Liz Truss was named the new Conservative leader after a fierce leadership battle in which Indian-origin MP Rishi Sunak came in second,who finally took over as PM. 

6. Elon Musk takes over Twitter

After a legal battle, billionaire Elon Musk finally bought Twitter for $44 billion in October. Elon took control of Twitter on October 28 after firing its top executives.

7. Climate Change Intensifies

Forty years ago, when scientists first warned of a possible climate catastrophe, it was a problem for the future. 2022 showed that that perilous future has arrived. 

8. World population crosses 8 billion

The world population touched 8 billion on November 15, with India being the largest contributor to the milestone by adding 177 million to the final score.

9. Brazil shifts to the Left with national election

The most crucial of Left victories in 2022 was that of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil on October 30, ending far-right leader J Bolsonaro’s term.

10. Queen Elizabeth II, passes away

Millions mourned when Queen Elizabeth II, died on September 8. She became Queen on the death of her father King George VI on February 6 1952, reigned for 70 years.