What hogged headlines in September

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September 1

6 Keralites among 7 killed in TN bus accident

The Thiruvalla-bound bus from Bengaluru collided with another bus on the National Highway at Mamangam in Salem district.

September 04

KSRTC slams brakes on double duty

The new shift plan, which will come into effect from September 9, was devised after reports of an increasing number of accidents involving fatigued drivers.

September 05

Former Gujarat cop Sanjiv Bhatt detained in 22-year-old case

The former top cop was held in a case where an advocate was allegedly falsely implicated in a drug case.

One month's pay of govt staff to be deducted for flood relief

Those who don't want to contribute to flood relief will have to give their objection in writing, said Finance Minister Thomas Isaac.

September 06

Gay sex is legal in India, rules Supreme Court

The Supreme Court strikes down IPC Section 377, the draconian law that criminalised homosexual acts between consenting adults. The Centre said that the other aspects of the penal provision dealing with minors and animals should be allowed to remain in the statute book.

September 08

Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams in US Open final

Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam title after she registered an emphatic 6-2, 6-4 win over Serena Williams in the finals of the US Open.

September 10

Djokovic beats del Potro to clinch third US Open

Novak Djokovic is now just three Grand Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer.

September 11

40 killed as bus falls into valley in Telangana

Around 60 people were travelling in the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation bus when it skidded off a ghat road near a village, about 200 km from Hyderabad.

Kerala govt gives nod for no-frills Kalolsavam

Kerala Chief Minister has given an in-principle approval for conducting Kalolsavam, stating that students should not miss out on grace marks.

1 mn evacuated as Hurricane Florence hits the Carolinas

The Category-4 storm was the most powerful to menace the US southeast coast in nearly three decades.

September 13

Cong MP claims to be witness to Mallya-Jaitley meet; Rahul asks FM to quit

Senior Congress leader P L Punia said on March 1, 2016, when he was in the Central Hall of Parliament, he had seen Jaitley and Mallya talking 'discretely'.

September 14

SC orders Rs 50 lakh compensation for Nambi Narayanan in ISRO spy case

The apex court also ordered a probe into the role of Kerala police officers in the sensational case.

SpaceX to send tourist around Moon

The company will be using its Big Falcon Rocket, a massive launch vehicle that is being designed to carry people people into deep space.

September 16

Momota, Marin claim Japan Open titles

With this win, Kento Momota became the first Japanese player to win the men's singles crown.

September 17

Noted Malayalam actor Captain Raju dies

The 68-year-old breathed his last at his residence in Kochi.

Japanese billionaire to orbit Moon on SpaceX spaceship

SpaceX, Elon Musk's space transportation company, recently named its first private passenger as Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo.

September 18

Keralite Anna Malhotra, India's first woman IAS official, dies

The Ernakulam native had cleared the civil services exam with high marks in 1950 and joined the civil services in 1951.

September 19

Cabinet clears ordinance to make triple talaq an offence

The 'Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill' was cleared by the Lok Sabha and is pending in the Rajya Sabha where the government lacks numbers.

September 20

First commercial aircraft arrives at Kannur airport for test landing

The Air India Express' 189-seater Boeing 738 descended into the runway in a smooth landing after six rounds of flying low, testing landing conditions.

September 21

Rape-accused priest Franco Mulakkal arrested

The probe team made the arrest after a marathon round of grilling over three days at a special hi-tech facility at Thrippunithura.

Pinarayi seeks Rs150 cr from US Malayalis to rebuild flood-hit state

The Kerala chief minister, in the US for treatment, said that the state welcomes the NRIs to start business concerns in the state.

Terrorists kidnap and kill 3 J&K cops

The reports about the murders come nearly three weeks after terrorists had abducted and released relatives of policemen from various places in south Kashmir.

Sailor Abhilash Tomy injured during Golden Globe Race

Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy, representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR) on an indigenously built sailing vessel 'Thuriya', had suffered a back injury after his yacht was hit by a vicious storm with 14-metrehigh waves mid-way in the southern Indian Ocean

September 22

India calls off talks with Pakistan after J&K cops killing

India called off talks with Pakistan, less than 24 hours after it was confirmed that Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be meeting her counterpart on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

However, MEA called off the talks citing the recent abduction and killing of three J&K policemen and the recent release of postal stamps glorifying slain Kashmir militant commander Burhan Wani as the reasons.

September 23

PM launches world's largest healthcare programme

The scheme will provide a cover of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers.

September 24

Injured sailor Abhilash Tomy rescued on fourth day

Tomy was sailing his boat as part of the Golden Globe Race (GGR) - a solo sailboat race around the world - when his boat was damaged in the storm about 1,900 nautical miles from Perth, Australia.

September 25

Violinist Balabhaskar injured, daughter killed in car accident

The accident occurred as the car they were traveling in rammed a tree.

Modric, Marta win Best FIFA player 2018 awards

Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then played a major role in Croatia's run to the World Cup final where they were beaten by France.

September 26

SC upholds Aadhaar but asks govt not to curtail rights

A five-member bench also upheld the passage of the Aadhaar Bill as a Money Bill by the Lok Sabha.

September 27

Adultery law unconstitutional, says SC

'Husband is not the master of the wife,' said CJI Dipak Misra reading out the verdict on the petition challenging the validity of Section 497 (Adultery) of the Indian Penal Code.

Ayodhya mosque question: SC not to refer matter to larger bench

The apex court observed in a 1994 verdict that a mosque was not integral to Islam.

PM Modi, French President Macron get UN's highest environmental honour

Modi and Macron are among the six of the world's most outstanding environmental changemakers recognised with the Champions of the Earth Award.

Google Search turns 20

Google, that came into existence 20 years ago from a garage, today has seven products that are used by more than a billion people every month. The exact date of the company's founding is up for debate - even for those who are in the business of providing answers.

September 28

SC opens Sabarimala doors for women

The apex court had on October 13 last year referred the issue to a constitution bench.

India clinch Asia Cup in last-ball finish

A severely hamstrung Kedar Jadhav ran the most defining single of his short international career as India beat Bangladesh by three wickets to win their seventh Asia Cup title in a pulsating last-ball finish.

Massive damage in Indonesia after quake-tsunami

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday morning, causing a 1.5-metre (five feet) high tsunami. It is the most devastating earthquake to hit Indonesia since 2004.

September 29

Nobel Literature Prize in limbo post assault row

In tatters after a #MeToo scandal, the Swedish Academy has postponed this year's Nobel Literature Prize, leaving an empty page for 2018 as it attempts to reform the venerable institution. Created in 1786 by King Gustav III and modelled on its French elder, the Swedish Academy has selected the winner of the prestigious literary distinction since it was first awarded in 1901.

September 30

Nearly 832 dead as toll in Indonesia quake-tsunami rises

The new toll announced by the national disaster agency was almost double the previous figure. Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla said the final number of dead could be in the "thousands."

Musk to step down as chairman, pay fines and stay CEO of Tesla

Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk have agreed to pay a total of $40 million and make a series of concessions to settle a government lawsuit alleging Musk duped investors with misleading statements about a proposed buyout of the company.

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