What hogged headlines in October

What hogged headlines in October
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October 1

Two win Medicine Nobel for research on cancer cure

James Allison and Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discoveries leading to breakthroughs in cancer therapy

October 2

Violinist Balabhaskar fades into eternity

Renowned violinist Bala Bhaskar, who was critically injured in a road accident last month, died in hospital on October 2.

Noted Malayalam film director Thampy Kannanthanam dies

Thampy, best known for the cult film 'Rajavinte Makan' (1986), had been undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kochi for liver- and kidney-related diseases.

Three share Nobel Physics for breakthrough in laser research

Arthur Ashkin of Bell Laboratories in the United States won half of the prize for inventing 'optical tweezers' while Frenchman Gerard Mourou, who also has US citizenship, and Canada's Donna Strickland shared the other half for work on high-intensity lasers.

October 3

Justice Gogoi sworn in 46th Chief Justice of India

Ranjan Gogoi is the first judge from the northeast to attain the highest office of the Supreme Court.

October 4

Chanda Kochhar quits as MD of ICICI Bank

The bank board has decided to appoint Sandeep Bakhshi as managing director and chief executive officer.

October 5

Mukwege, Murad share Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to end sexual violence

Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State in Iraq, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

October 6

EC announces poll dates for 5 states, results on Dec 11

Only Chhattisgarh will have a two-phase election on November 12 and 20.

Cheruthoni shutter reopened as authorities play safe

Heavy downpour has forced the state authorities to open 12 dams in the state including the Malampuzha dam.

October 7

Brett Kavanaugh sworn in US Supreme Court judge

The swearing in of Kavanaugh brought to end weeks of bitterly fought battle between the ruling Republican and the opposition Democratic parties.

October 8

Nobel prize in Economics awarded to Paul M Romer and William D Nordhaus

Romer worked on endogenous growth theory and Nordhaus worked on climate economics.

October 11

Cyclone Titli leaves eight dead in Andhra Pradesh

The cyclone threw life out of gear as heavy to very heavy rains started lashing the two districts since late October 10 night.

Indian woman raises #MeToo charge against Arjuna Ranatunga

The former Indian flight attendant accused the legendary batsman of sexually harassing her at a hotel in Mumbai.

October 12

Rs 35 lakh robbed from ATMs in Kochi, Thrissur

Kochi City Police Commissioner M P Dinesh said the same gang is suspected in both crimes because of the similarities of the heist.

October 13

WCC comes down heavily on AMMA, Mohanlal

The press meet had its share of #MeToo campaign when young actress Archana Padmini revealed that she had to face some harrowing experiences on the sets of Mammootty-starrer 'Pullikkaran Staraa'.

October 15

M J Akbar moves court against scribe

Union minister M J Akbar Monday filed a private criminal defamation complaint against journalist Priya Ramani who recently levelled charges of sexual misconduct against him as the #MeToo campaign raged in India.

Bishop Mulakkal gets bail, nuns fear for life

The Kerala High Court on Monday granted a conditional bail to bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of sexually assaulting a nun several times. The court has asked him to surrender his passport and not to enter Kerala except for appearing before the probe officer once in two weeks on Saturdays.

Prime accused in Chekannur Moulavi case acquitted

The Kerala High Court on Monday acquitted the prime accused in the sensational Chekannur Moulavi case. The CBI court had awarded double life term to first accused PV Hamza.

October 17

Amid protests over women's entry, Sabarimala temple opens

The Lord Ayyappa temple opened on Wednesday evening even as the police clashed with protesters.

Sabarimala showdown: 6 Yuva Morcha men held at Nilakkal for violating Section 144

IST Pathanamthitta collector PB Nooha said that Section 144 would be imposed at Sannidhanam, Pamba, Nillakkal and Ilavunkal on Thursday.

Union minister MJ Akbar quits over #MeToo allegations

The 67-year-old journalist-turned-politician's sudden announcement to quit came a day ahead of hearing of a criminal defamation complaint filed by him against Priya Ramani, a journalist who has accused him of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago.

October 19

Protests see 3 women abandon their bid to reach Sabarimala Sannidhanam

A mob chanting Ayyapa mantras had created a human shield, keeping children in front, at Nadapanthal to stop the women.

AMMA accepts Dileep's resignation, says Mohanlal

Mohanlal made it clear that the association won't invite the resigned actresses back but they can apply afresh for membership.

October 21

4 women forced to abandon Sabarimala visit

Kerala has been witnessing massive protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the temple.

Police walk a tight rope at Sabarimala as rumours, protests mar peace

The police face a tough challenge in enforcing prohibitory orders at the Sannidhanam.

October 22

Kerala priest who backed nun in bishop rape case found dead

The priest, Fr Kuriakose Kattuthara's brother said he suspected foul play in the incident and demanded a probe into it.

China's Xi opens world's longest sea bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau

China opened the world's longest sea-crossing bridge and tunnel on Tuesday, linking the financial centre of Hong Kong, the gambling hub of Macau and western reaches of the Pearl River Delta at the heart of southern China's economic boom.

October 23

Special CBI Director Asthana moves HC to quash FIR

Asthana has sought the HC's direction that no coercive action be taken against him.

Paytm boss' woman secretary held for blackmailing

Two Paytm employees, including a woman, were among three people arrested for allegedly trying to extort Rs 20 crore from the e-wallet giant's founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

October 24

CBI chief Alok Verma sent on leave; M Nageshwar Rao appointed interim director

After taking over, Rao overhauled the team probing allegations of corruption against Asthana, bringing in completely new faces.

In push towards cleaner fuels, SC bans sale of BS IV vehicles from 2020

The Bharat Stage emission standards are standards instituted by the government to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles.

Kohli fastest to reach 10,000-run club

The Indian captain achieved the landmark in his 205th innings, bettering the record of Sachin Tendulkar (259 innings).

October 25

Sabarimala violence: Kerala Police launch massive manhunt

All of the suspects belonged to either the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or other Hindutva outfits.

US mail bombs targets Obama, Hillary, De Niro, Biden

Former US vice president Joe Biden and Hollywood star Robert De Niro were the latest targets of suspicious packages and pipe bombs. At least two pipe bombs including one addressed to Biden in Delaware has been recovered. Another bomb was addressed to De Niro in New York.

Setback for Dhinakaran: Madras HC upholds disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs

The MLAs were disqualified on September 18, 2017, under the anti-defection law after they met the governor and expressed loss of confidence in CM Palaniswami.

Amit Shah to fly into Kannur before PM Modi officially inaugurates airport

Modi's arrival is not yet confirmed, but authorities have cleared a special aircraft carrying Shah for landing in Kannur on Oct 27.

October 26

Maoist links: No bail for three activists

District and Sessions Judge K D Vadane rejected the bail applications of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira.

Rahul courts arrest after Cong protest near CBI headquarters

Congress is also seeking an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 'destroying' the image of the premier investigating agency.

October 27

Sandeepanandagiri's ashramam attacked

The ashram of the, who has been favouring the entry of women of child-bearing age to the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, was attacked by an unidentified gang.

Chanting Ayyappa mantra, Shah says won't allow CPM to gamble with Hindu faith

The BJP president condemned the arrest of over 2,000 devotees, including RSS and Sangh Parivar activists, across the state agitating against the entry of women of child-bearing age into the temple.

October 29

Wreckage of Indonesian flight spotted in Java Sea

The aircraft with 189 people on board crashed into the sea and sank soon after taking off from capital Jakarta.

No need for non-consent letter from employees defying salary challenge: SC

The Kerala High Court had barred the state government from collecting letters of unwillingness from employees who did not wish to participate in the 'salary challenge'.

SC revokes admission to 4 medical colleges in Kerala

The admissions to Al-Azhar College in Thodupuzha, DM Medical College in Wayanad, PK Das Medical college in Palakkad andd SR Medical College in Varkala have been cancelled.

India's first engine-less train unveiled

Train 18, the country's first engine-less train which is being regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express, was unveiled on October 29. Driven by a self-propulsion module sans a separate locomotive, the train, capable of running at a speed of up to 160 kmph, comes with technical features for enhanced quick acceleration.

October 30

Malegaon blast: Purohit, Sadhvi and 5 others slapped with UAPA

Judge Vinod Padalkar, presiding over the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, framed charges against the accused.

Trump may end birthright citizenship for babies of immigrants

It was unclear what specific action his order would pursue, and Trump gave no other details.

October 31

PM Modi unveils world's tallest statue

The 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was dedicated to the nation on his birth anniversary at Kevadiya in Gujarat.

Anupam Kher resigns as FTII chairman

In his resignation letter, he cited commitments to an international TV show for which he has to be stationed in the US.

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