What hogged headlines in December

What hogged headlines in December
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December 2

Kerala BJP chief censured at party meet over Sabarimala agitation

Sreedharan Pillai was flayed for terming the Sabarimala stir as 'BJP agenda,' which was seen as having prompted devotees to keep away.

Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title

American Deontay Wilder won after a split-decision draw with Britain's Tyson Fury at Staples Center in Los Angeles, leaving both fighters talking up a rematch.

December 3

Nashik farmer gets Rs 1,064 for 750 kg onion; sends money to PM

Sanjay Sathe was among the handful of `progressive farmers' selected by the Union agriculture ministry for an interaction with then US president Barack Obama when he visited India in 2010.

December 4

Shobha Surendran tenders apology in court, withdraws plea against cops at Sabarimala

The HC also slapped her with a fine of Rs 25,000 for 'wasting the court's time'.

SC nod for IT assessment of Rahul, Sonia in National Herald case

The apex court, however, restrained the I-T department from implementing its order on proceeding against both.

December 5

16-year-old girl raped, filmed, threatened: kin among 8 held in Kannur

The accused tried to extort money from her brother by threatening to publicise the visuals if he didn't pay up.

Large plane lands at Calicut airport after three years

Following safety concerns, wide-body aircraft operations were suspended since May 2015.

In a first, baby born via womb transplant from dead donor

The case involved connecting veins from the donor uterus with the recipient's veins, as well as linking arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals.

December 8

Kerala police forms special cell to fight cybercrimes against children

Malappuram district police chief Prateesh Kumar is heading the Counter Child Sexual Exploitation team.

December 9

After grand opening, Kerala's 4th int'l airport is now up and running

It has arrangements to facilitate the landing of big aircraft like Boeing-777.

December 10

Union minister Upendra Kushwaha quits BJP-led NDA

The Bihar leader has been upset with the BJP after it asserted that the RLSP would not be given more than two seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

1,004 flights a day in Mumbai airport! Ambani wedding rush behind record

The feat was achieved in the wake of the pre-wedding bash of Isha Ambani, daughter of industrialist and India's richest person Mukesh Ambani, in Udaipur in Rajasthan.

December 11

Assembly polls: Cong on revival path, BJP on back foot

The Rahul Gandhi-led party became the focal point of attention and trends showed it could possibly steal a march over rival BJP in the Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

NASA finds evidence of water on asteroid Bennu

While Bennu itself is too small to have ever hosted liquid water, the finding indicates that liquid water was present at some time on Bennu's parent body, a much larger asteroid.

December 13

Man who self-immolated at BJP's protest venue dies

The BJP called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal following the death of Venugopalan Nair, the man who lit himself up and ran into the makeshift protest venue in front of the Secretariat where BJP leader C K Padmanabhan has been on an indefinite strike.

Keralite Rajesh Subramaniam appointed CEO of FedEx Express

Under his leadership, FedEx retains an enviable position as one of Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies.

Ee Ma Yau wins big at 23rd IFFK

Iranian film 'The Dark Room' (Otagh-e-Tarik), directed by Rouhollah Hejazi, won the Suvarna Chakoram (Golden Crow Pheasant) award at the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). Malayalam filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery was adjudged the best director of the film festival. His film 'Ee.Ma. Yau' won him the coveted Rajata Chakoram (Silver Crow Pheasant) Award with a cash prize of Rs 4 lakh.

December 14

SC signals smooth flight for Rafale

The Centre has defended the multi-billion deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets and opposed public disclosure of the pricing details.

December 15

Writer Santhosh Echikkanam arrested over 'casteist' remarks

Though the writer had approached the Kerala High Court for anticipatory bail, the court directed that the he could present himself before the investigating officer.

Gangsters open fire at Kochi salon of actor Leena

The gang fled the scene soon after the crime but left a note indicating their connection with a Mumbai gangster.

December 16

Bhupesh Baghel is Chhattisgarh CM

Baghel has been the president of Chhattisgarh Congress since October 2014.

BWF World Tour Finals: Sindhu scripts historic triumph

The 23-year-old downed Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-17 to become the first Indian to win the prestigious season-ending event.

December 17

Congress' Sajjan Kumar gets life term in 1984 riots case

The Delhi High Court bench convicted him for criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity and acts against communal harmony.

Mass dismissal of empanelled conductors from KSRTC

Transport Minister A K Saseendran said that services in Malabar region would be adversely affected by the decision.

Catriona Elisa Gray of Philippines crowned Miss Universe 2018

In the final question round, Gray was asked about the most important lesson she has learnt in life and how would she apply it in her time as Miss Universe.

December 18

Jose Mourinho quits Manchester United after poor start to season

A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season.

December 19

Kerala traders to keep their shops open during hartals

The Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce also decided to keep theatres open on hartal days.

High Court throws out Dileep's plea for CBI probe

The court also did not accept Dileep's argument that he was 'trapped' in the case solely on the basis of the statement made by first accused Pulsar Suni.

December 21

Veteran actor Antony Kochi passes away

Antony, known for his roles in the movies Maheshinte Prathikaram and Guppy, breathed his last at the Lakeshore Hospital.

December 22

One more tribal baby dies in Attappady, this year's death toll at 15

Reports said the mother did not receive adequate medical attention.

December 23

Manithi women abandon Sabarimala trip, promise to return

Dramatic events unfolded at Pamba, the base camp of Sabarimala, as hundreds of devotees chased away a group of 11 women who tried to visit the hill shrine with police protection.

Tsunami from erupting Krakatau kills at least 222 in Indonesia

Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate to higher ground.

December 25

Bogibeel - India's longest rail-road bridge opened

The bridge reduces travel time from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh to four hours and will cut out the detour of over 170 km via Tinsukia.

December 26

Kerala Congress (B), Loktantrik Janata Dal inducted into LDF

The decision in this regard was unanimously taken at an LDF meet in the Kerala capital.

December 30

India win Melbourne Test, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy

India take a 2-1 lead in the series going into the fourth and final Test in Sydney starting on January 3.

Prohibitory orders at Sabarimala extended till Jan 5

The temple reopened at 5 pm Sunday for the 'Makaravillaku' festival, which falls on January 14.

Rescuers re-enter flooded Meghalaya mine

The Odisha Fire and Emergency Services would press their 10 high-powered pumps to dewater the flooded mine.

December 31

Sajjan Kumar surrenders before Delhi court

The 73-year-old former Congress leader was sentenced to life for the 'remainder of his natural life' by the Delhi High Court on December 17.

Cyclone Usman leaves 68 dead in Philippines

The tropical depression destroyed infrastructure and displaced more than 40,000 people nationwide.

India's Smriti Mandhana named ICC women's cricketer of the year

The left-handed opener scored 669 runs in 12 ODIs along with 622 runs in 25 T20 Internationals in 2018.

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