What hogged headlines in November

What hogged headlines in November

November 01

Massive fire guts plastic factory in T'puram

The losses have been initially pegged at Rs 500 crore.

Water tanker hits aircraft at Kolkata airport, over 100 passengers stranded

Initial inspection suggests that the water tanker had technical issues, the brake wasn't functioning properly, the AAI official said.

Human skeleton found at Vatican's Rome embassy

The Vatican said in a statement that the bone fragments were discovered during restructuring work on an annex to the Holy See's imposing embassy compound near Rome's famous Villa Borghese museum.

M Mukundan wins Ezhuthachan award

The 76-year-old writer, fondly called by his readers as 'Mayyazhiyude Kathakaaran' (the story-teller of Mayyazhi), has published 12 novels and 10 collections of short stories.

November 02

US-based journalist alleges MJ Akbar had raped her

The latest allegation of rape was levelled against him by the chief business editor of a Washington-based American media organisation.

Simone Biles makes history at gymnastics Worlds

Despite falls on the vault and balance beam, the American still finished with 57.491 points to add to the titles she won in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

November 03

Lalu's son Tej Pratap files for divorce after 6 months of marriage

Tej Pratap, a sitting RJD MLA and a former Bihar minister, had tied the knot with Aishwarya Rai on May 12.

November 05

Sabarimala temple opens amid tight security

The temple was opened for the 'Sree Chithira Atta Thirunal' puja, marking the birthday of the last king of the princely state of Travancore.

November 06

Congress-JD(S) wins 4 out of 5 bypoll seats, shock defeat for BJP in Bellari

The Karnataka byelection results came as a major setback for the BJP ahead of the 2019 elections.

November 07

Kevin was a victim of honour killing, says court

The charge-sheet says that Kevin, a Dalit Christian from Kottayam, was kidnapped and murdered by a gang led by Sanu Chacko, brother of Kevin's fiancee Neenu Chacko, on May 27.

A first in US polls: 2 Muslim women, gay governor elected

Ilhan Omar, who won in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, and Rashida Tlaib, from Michigan's 13th Congressional District, became the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

November 09

HC stays order disqualifying Azhikode MLA KM Shaji

The two-week stay was granted to give Shaji the time to file appeal.

November 10

Pregnant woman killed for objecting to smoking in train

The deceased and her family were on their way to Bihar for taking part in chhath puja festivities.

Malayalam actor Lakshmi Krishnamurthy passes away

A native of Kozhikode, she was part of several popular as well as art house films.

November 11

Mining baron Janardhana Reddy arrested in ponzi scam

The Central Crime Branch charged Reddy with shielding a man and his son, accused in the Rs 954-crore Ponzi scheme.

November 12

Centre hands over crucial Rafale papers to petitioners

The document was supplied to the petitioners as per the apex court's October 31 order.

SC declines early hearing of pleas in Ayodhya case

Solicitor General and a senior advocate appearing for the UP government had sought early listing of the appeals in the case after referring to their long pendency.

November 13

Neyyatinkara murder accused DySP Harikumar kills himself at home

Suspended DySP B Harikumar, who had been on the run for the past nine days after pushing Sanalkumar, an electrician, to death, has been found hanging in his two-storeyed house at Veyloor near Kallambalam.

November 14

Wait till Jan 22: SC declines to stay Sabarimala verdict again

The matter was mentioned by lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara, who has filed the review on behalf of the National Ayyappa Devotees (Women's) Association.

Deepika weds Ranveer

The six year-long love story culminated in a wedding when actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh tied the knot in Italy.

November 15

Mahindra launches Jawa to take on Royal Enfield

The bike-maker has released three models after creating a lot of build up to the launch, dubbed Motovember.

November 16

Sabarimala opens for pilgrimage

The Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala opened for the two month long Manada-Makaravilakku season amid protest against the September 28 Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of women of child-bearing age to the temple.

16 die as Cyclone Gaja wreaks havoc in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

During the cyclone's landfall, rains lashed Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, and Thanjavur, uprooting trees in several regions, the details of which is expected later in the day.

November 17

Keralite Thomas Kurian to head Google Cloud

Google had in February announced that its cloud division was generating more than $1 billion in quarterly revenue.

Advertising guru, actor Alyque Padamsee, 90, no more

Padamsee is best remembered for his role of Mohammed Ali Jinnah in Richard Attenborough's multi-Oscar award-winner 'Gandhi'.

Oscar-winning scriptwriter William Goldman, 87, dies

Goldman's daughter, Jenny, said her father died early Friday in New York due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.

Defenition of kilogram changed

Scientists decided to redefine a kilogram in terms of a tiny but unchanging value called the 'Planck constant.'

November 18

Pune police arrest Varavara Rao again

The arrest was made after his extended house arrest came to an end.

November 19

TDB submits plea in SC, seeks more time to implement Sabarimala order

The announcement on the TDB's move came amid mounting tension against the backdrop of the stand-off over entry of women in the 10-50 age group.

November 20

Arms Act case: Bihar ex-min Manju Verma surrenders

The Arms Act case was lodged in the course of investigations in the Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal.

Sushma Swaraj not to contest 2019 polls

The 66-year-old Sushma Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant in 2016, said she had conveyed her decision to the party.

November 23

K Krishnankutty replaces Mathew T Thomas as JD(S) minister in Kerala

JD(S) secretary general Kunwar Danish Ali said the decision has been taken as part of the earlier pact that Mathew T Thomas will quit as minister after serving a two-and-a-half-year term.

November 24

Mary Kom first woman boxer to win 6 gold medals

India's MC Mary Kom won a historic sixth gold in the World Championships on Saturday, the mother-of-three doing, without breaking a sweat, what no other woman boxer has done or known before

At least 22 feared killed as bus falls into canal in Karnataka's Mandya

The incident took place around noon near Kanakanamaradi of Pandavapura taluk and most of the victims were schoolchildren.

November 26

Shoranur MLA P K Sasi suspended from CPM for six months

The probe commission recommended that action can be initiated against Sasi for misbehaving with the complainant over phone.

No homework for classes I and II: HRD ministry to schools

HRD ministry instructs all the states and union territories to formulate guidelines to regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bags in accordance with the government of India instructions.

Novak Djokovic retains No. 1 spot in ATP rankings

Djokovic is followed by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

November 27

NASA's InSight touches down on Mars

InSight was the eighth spacecraft to have landed successfully on Mars, all of them operated by NASA.

SC lets Shaji continue as MLA

The SC while allowing Shaji to continue as an MLA, said that he can neither take part in voting in the assembly nor enjoy the benefits of a legislator.

November 28

Kartarpur corridor foundation stone laid from Pak end

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone for the historic Kartarpur Corridor linking two revered gurdwaras on both sides of the border here and used the ceremony to reach out to India favouring steps to improve strained ties between the two countries.

India declines Pak invite for SAARC summit

India had pulled out of the 19th SAARC summit that was to be held in Islamabad after the deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri.

Lijo Jose Pelliserry, Chemban Vinod win Silver Peacock awards at IFFI

Lijo Jose Pellisery won the Best Director award while Chemban Vinod won for Best Actor – Male for the Malayalam film 'Ee Ma Yau'.

November 29

Health department issues Nipah alert in Kerala

The transmission of the virus is usually reported around December and lasts till June.

PSLV-C43 successfully injects India's HysIS and 30 foreign satellites

This is the 44th flight of PSLV and 13th one in the 'Core Alone' mode, sans the solid strap-on motors.

Justice Kurian Joseph retires

Justice Kurian Joseph was one of the four senior judges to have conducted an unprecedented January 12 presser mounting a virtual revolt against the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

November 30

Angry farmers march on parliament to denounce their plight

Tens of thousands of Indian farmers and rural workers marched to the parliament in the capital, New Delhi, in a protest against soaring operating costs and plunging produce prices that have brought misery to many.