Voting to identify the 'Manorama News Newsmaker of the year 2018' has begun. There are 10 personalities on the first list from whom four will reach the second round based on voting. The newsmaker will be selected after a month-long voting process. The first list was prepared by the Manorama News editorial board. The list includes athlete Jinson Johnson, actress Keerthi Suresh, ISRO former scientist Nambi Narayanan, chess grandmaster Nihal Sarin, actress Priya Prakash Warrier, Health minister K K Shylaja, Shashi Tharoor MP, BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai, Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) and fishermen who carried out rescue missions during the flood.
He won India's first 1500m gold for men at the Asian Games in 50 years. He also earned the silver medal in 800m. Two long-standing national records were also broken by Jinson this year. At the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, he surpassed Bahadur Prasad’s 23-year-old record in 1500 m. In June, Jinson smashed the 800 m national record at the interstate athletic championship hosted by Guwahati. It was the longest-standing record in India.
The actress won fans all over the country with a single film, 'Mahanadi'. She was praised for enacting the role of yesteryear actress Savithri on the silver screen. Keerthi is considered to be the most talented actress in south India over the past four years. She now stars alongside top actors Dhanush, Surya, Vijay, Vikram and Vishal.
S Nambi Narayanan
He fought for justice for two decades. The Supreme Court ordered a compensation for the ISRO former scientist on September 14. An enquiry was also launched against police officers who had 'trapped' Nambi Narayanan. The state government handed over the compensation to Nambi Narayanan soon after.
This ninth standard student secured the Grandmaster title in chess last August during the master’s tournament at Abu Dhabi. He even earned a draw against Viswanathan Anand at the rapid chess tournament held in Kolkata recently.
Priya Prakash Warrier
She attracted the world’s attention thanks to her wink in a 30-second visual in the film 'Oru Adaar Love'. In no time Priya's popularity soared on social media.
K K Shylaja
She led the effort to contain the dreaded Nipah virus that claimed several lives in north Kerala. Work to introduce the Clinical Establishment Act aimed at ensuring quality in the health sector was another achievement. However, Shylaja was criticized over the Kannur-Karuna medical college ordinance.
Author of 'Why I am a Hindu' and 'The paradoxical prime minister' published this year. He was always in the news with his books, talks and tweets. His statements, Hindu Pakistan, Chaiwala and scorpion on the Sivalinga created big controversies. By using extra-long English words, he earned more admirers.
However, he was served with a charge sheet over the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.
P S Sreedharan Pillai
In 2018, P S Sreedharan Pillai took over as BJP's Kerala president. He is the prime opponent of the government over the issue of women’s entry at Sabarimala temple. His remarks on the Sabarimala row as heard in a leaked video had created a stir.
Led the protest launched against the decision of AMMA (Association of Malayalam Movie Artists) to allow actor Dileep, accused in the 2017 actress attack case, to rejoin the organisation. After launching a scathing attack on AMMA, four members resigned from the organization. They announced publicly that the new leadership of AMMA too had failed them.
The fishermen rescued over 65,000 people during the August floods. Showing exemplary courage and comradeship, the fisherfolk are termed Kerala's own rescue army.