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What hogged the headlines in May

May 01

Child trafficking survivor Rani Hong named 'Vanitha Woman of the Year'

Rani, who has dedicated her life to the crusade against human trafficking, slavery and child labour for the past 19 years, has served as a special adviser to the United Nations.

May 02

Amazon offers to buy 60 per cent stake in Flipkart: report Inc made a formal offer to buy a 60 per cent stake in Indian online retailer Flipkart. Amazon also offered Flipkart a breakup fee of $2 billion. Amazon's was on par with Walmart Inc's bid for the Indian e-commerce company.

May 03

Two drug pushers raped, killed Latvian tourist; arrested

Umesh and Udayan were arrested after the DNA matched with the samples from the crime spot.

SSLC exam results declared, pass percentage 97.84

As per the result announced by Kerala education minister C Raveendranath,1,665 schools came up with cent percent results.

May 04

Neeraj shatters own national record in Doha Diamond League

Neeraj Chopra

Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 87.43m en route finishing fourth in a star-studded field in the season-opening Diamond League series meeting in Doha.

May 05

On peace path, Koreas realign their time zones to unison

North Korea moved its clock forward 30 minutes, aligning its time zone with South Korea, a move aimed at promoting the two countries' reconciliation. The change came a week after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he wanted to unify the time zones to promote inter-Korean reconciliation and unity.

May 09

Walmart buys Flipkart in world's largest ever ecommerce deal

American retail giant Walmart wrapped up the acquisition of Indian shopping site Flipkart in the world's largest ever ecommerce deal so far. Walmart Inc has agreed to pay $16 billion for a roughly 77 per cent stake in Indian online shopping site Flipkart, the US retailer's biggest foreign investment ever as it battles rival Inc in one of the world's biggest emerging markets.

May 11

PM Modi, Oli flag off Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service

Prime minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya - the two sacred cities for Hindus. Tthe bus service is part of the Ramayan Circuit to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India.

May 12

72.13 per cent voter turnout in Karnataka Assembly elections, highest since 1952 assembly polls

The 72.13 per cent voter turnout in the Karnataka Assembly elections has broken all records and is the highest since the 1952 state polls

May 13

Abu Dhabi oil giant to pick up stake in Ratnagiri refinery project

After Saudi Aramco, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) will sign an agreement today at UAE to pick up stake in the proposed $44 billion refinery-cum-petrochemical project at Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.

Israeli forces kill dozens in Gaza as US Embassy opens in Jerusalem

Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border when the high-profile opening of the US embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the Trump administration raised tension to boiling point after weeks of demonstrations.

May 14

Sabarimala tantri Kandararu Maheshwararu dies

Kandararu Maheshwararu

The chief priest of the famed Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala had been suffering from age-related ailments for the past two years.

Renowned physicist ECG Sudarshan, 86, dies

The outstanding scientist made path-breaking discoveries in a career spanning five decades. His achievements were mostly in the realm of quantum optics.

May 15

Assembly poll results: High drama in Karnataka

In a dramatic twist, the Congress offered support to JD(S) to form the government after the BJP, which was emerging as the single largest party, appeared to be falling short of majority.

May 16

Koreas hold high-level talks

North and South Koreas hheld high-level talks to discuss ways to enforce the Panmunjom Declaration at the Peace House inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two countries.

Missing MLAs, horsetrading charges: Karnataka potboiler spins on

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad cried foul and alleged the BJP was trying to split its newly elected MLAs, but asserted it would fail in the endeavour.

WhatsApp rolls out new group chat features

Messaging service WhatsApp rolled out new group-chat features, including more control for administrators as well as regular group members.

May 17

Yeddyurappa sworn in Karnataka chief minister


Yeddyurappa was administered the oath alone, hours after the Supreme Court refused to stay his swearing-in.

To prevent BJP 'poaching,' Cong to take its MLAs to Alappuzha?

With the BJP trying to shore up its numbers ahead of the trust vote, Congress-JD(S) combine is pulling the strings to keep its MLAs together.

Citing Karnataka model, Cong, RJD to stake claim in Goa, Manipur, Bihar

In a ripple effect stemming from developments in Karnataka, the Congress in Goa and Manipur and the RJD in Bihar, which is the single largest party in the respective states said they will approach the state governors and stake claim for government formation.

Indian women enter Asian Champions Trophy hockey final

The defending champions edged out Malaysia 3-2 to register their third win on the trot.

May 18

Haspel to be first woman CIA director
The US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday to be director of the CIA, ending a bruising confirmation fight centered on her ties to the spy agency's past use of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques. Haspel, who will be the first woman to lead the CIA, is a 33-year veteran at the agency currently serving as its acting director.

May 19

Yeddy not ready for floor test, quits

Yeddyurappa made the announcement at the end of an emotionally charged speech in the Vidhana Soudha, minutes ahead of the crucial trust vote.

Harry and Meghan become duke and duchess of Sussex

Harry weds Meghan

US actress Meghan Markle became a duchess when she married Prince Harry after queen Elizabeth bestowed the title of duke of Sussex on her grandson hours before their glittering wedding. Harry and Meghan were pronounced husband and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a union that brought a measure of modern Hollywood glamour into the 1,000-year-old monarchy.

Malaysia suspends death penalty on 4 Keralites, fresh probe ordered

The Malaysian Supreme Court sentenced them on January 17 this year.

May 20

South Korea edge Indian women to clinch Asian Champions Trophy

India failed to defend their crown at the fifth Women's Asian Champions Trophy after losing 0-1 to hosts South Korea in the summit clash a Donghae City (Korea).

May 21

Nipah takes 3 of family, more under observation; govt sounds alert

The presence of the virus was detected in the blood samples of two siblings who succumbed earlier and their aunt, while several others are under observation.

Nipah virus scare: Kerala put on high alert

Kozhikode Medical College

After Nipah virus (NiV) claimed four lives in Kozhikode district, both the state and the central governments have taken comprehensive measures to contain the outbreak of the rare virus.

South Korean president Moon in US

Three weeks before an unprecedented US-North Korea summit is supposed to take place, President Donald Trump will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday as U.S. officials try to figure out whether Pyongyang is serious about negotiating a deal on denuclearisation.

May 22

Sterlite protest in Tuticorin: 11 die in police action


At least 11 people have been confirmed dead after the police opened fired on protestors in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.Violence erupted at demonstration held to mark the 100th day of protests demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper Industries.

May 23

Nipah kills 10, panic spreads to more districts in Kerala

Ten people have so far lost their lives to the Nipah virus in the northern districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram. For any queries, call toll free number 1056. After the Nipah scare, the Kerala government asked travellers to avoid visiting four northern districts - Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur.

Kumaraswamy takes oath as Karnataka chief minister


A JD(S)-Congress coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy sworned in in Karnataka at a ceremony attended by several opposition leaders and chief ministers.

May 25

India seeks Australia's help to combat Nipah virus

In the wake of Nipah virus cases in Kerala, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has written to the Queensland government in Australia asking it to provide an antibody developed there to test if it can "neutralise" the virus in humans.

Kumaraswamy wins trust vote amid BJP walkout

Kumaraswamy, who was sworn in at a grand assembly of leaders of non-BJP parties, won the test easily with the strength of the JD(S)-Congress-BSP coalition in the House.

Justice Kemal Pasha's comments expose rot in judiciary

The retired judge has come out with more revelations about the discontent against proceedings at the Kerala High Court.

Trump pardons first black heavyweight champ Jack Johnson

Johnson, who held the heavyweight boxing title from 1908 to 1915, was convicted by an all-white jury in 1913 of taking a woman across state lines for 'immoral purposes.'

May 26

Kerala procures 50 doses of monoclonal antibody to combat Nipah

The drug M 102.4 was developed by Australia as part of its intensive programmes to control epidemics caused by Nipah and Hendra viruses. This drug is considered the most effective remedy against Nipah.

May 27

PM inaugurates Eastern Peripheral Expressway

Prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP) Expressway, also known as Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The 135-km expressway is India's first smart and green highway and is built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore.

Former Kerala CM Chandy appointed AICC general secretary

Chandy, who replaces senior leader Digvijaya Singh, will be given the charge of Andhra Pradesh.

UCL final: Bale sinks Liverpool as Real Madrid emerge champions

UCL Final: Real Madrid vs Liverpool

Real became the first side since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win the UEFA Champions League three years in a row.

May 28

Man abducted by gang over 'love marriage' found dead in Kollam

Human Rights Commission said it was suspected to be a case of honour killing and ordered the state police chief to submit a report in three weeks if there was any negligence from the side of the police.

Democracy over rain gods in Chengannur as voters turn up in large numbers

The enthusiasm of the voters to participate in the election was visible as women and elderly people made their way to the polling booths amid continuous drizzle.

CSK's Dad's Army have the last laugh

IPL Final: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

It was a memorable return to the IPL for M S Dhoni and Co. as they emerged champions for the third time after a gap of seven years.

May 29

Kummanam Rajasekharan sworn in Mizoram governor

President Ram Nath Kovind had appointed former Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan as the governor of Mizoram as the tenure of the present incumbent Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma (retd) ended on May 28.

Kerala girl Sreelakshmi tops CBSE class 10 exams

Four students scored 499 out of 500. Sreelakshmi G of Bhavan's Varuna Vidyalaya, Thrikkakara, Kochi is among the top four.

May 30

Kerala takes the lead, makes symbolic fuel cost cut

The Kerala government announced a Re 1 per litre reduction in the price of petrol and diesel, becoming the first state to make such a policy intervention in the spiralling petroluem price crisis that gripped the country after a 19-day hiatus before the polling for the Karnataka elections.

May 31

Chengannur bypoll: LDF's Saji Cherian wins

Saji Cherian

The ruling LDF on Thursday retained the Chengannur assembly by a thumping margin of over 20,000 votes. The ruling front was able to make strong gains in the UDF and BJP bastions.Saji Cherian of CPM-led LDF won by margin of 20,956 votes.

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