What hogged headlines in January

What hogged headlines in January

January 1

Kerala Women's Wall upholds renaissance values

The women formed the wall from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram.

Prakash Raj to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls

The actor has been vocal about his views on the current BJP-led government at the Centre.

Veteran Bollywood actor Kader Khan dies at 81

Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna's 'Daag' and has featured in over 300 films.

January 2

Protests in Kerala after two young women enter Sabarimala

After two women in the 40s entered the Lord Ayyappa Temple early on January 2, tantri shut the hill shrine.

January 3

Women's entry in Sabarimala: violence and vandalism on hartal day

The 12-hour long hartal, called by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organisation of various pro-Hindutva groups, and the Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP), hit normal life in the initial hours.

Karma Samiti worker died due to head injuries: autopsy report

Chandran Unnithan of Karimpala was protesting along with Sabarimala Karma Samiti workers at Pandalam when CPM followers allegedly pelted stones at the march.

January 4

Rafale deal: Rahul seeks probe against PM for corruption

The Congress chief cited a media report on Swedish Telecom major Ericsson filing a contempt plea in the Supreme Court against Reliance Communications chief Anil Ambani.

January 5

Pune toddler's rocket captures ISRO chairman Dr Sivan's heart

As part of her playschool activities, Khrisha had recently learnt about the solar system, rockets, comets and astronauts.

PM lauds amputee for scaling highest Antarctic mountain

Arunima, who is the first woman amputee to scale Mt Everest, had tagged Modi while tweeting about her latest success.

January 7

Cabinet approves 10 per cent quota for economically weak upper castes

The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes, taking the total reservation to 60 per cent.

Arctic cyclone makes Kottayam, Punalur shiver

Day and night temperatures in various parts of the state seem to be mimicking desert-like conditions and are drifting apart like never before this January.

BJP calls for President's rule in Kerala over political violence

Several incidents of violence were reported after the entry of two women of child-bearing age into Sabarimala temple.

India claim first Test series triumph in Australia after Sydney draw

The draw looked assured after India scored 622 for seven declared in their first innings.

Relief for Kerala as central panel allows flood cess

The panel gave nod to levy 1 per cent calamity cess by Kerala for two years to secure funds for rehabilitation work.

January 8

Alert in Wayanad as 'monkey fever' reported in Karnataka

Last time the virus wreaked havoc in Wayanad was four years ago in 2015 when 102 cases were reported and 11 had died.

Setback for Centre, SC reinstates Alok Verma as CBI director

The top court reinstated Verma from taking any major policy decision till the Central Vigilance Commission inquiry into corruption charges against him is over.

January 9

Congress, other parties protest as govt moves quota bill in Rajya Sabha

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel accused the opposition of seeking to stall the passage of the bill that has been brought for the welfare of the poor.

January 10

Will not allow homosexuality in Army: Bipin Rawat

A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court last September unanimously decriminalised a part of Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex.

GST exemption limit doubled to give relief to small businesses

The move would give relief to micro, small and medium enterprises.

January 11

Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim convicted for murder of journalist

Gurmeet is currently serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak's Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers.

Pandya, Rahul suspended pending inquiry over sexist remarks

The cricketers, who have been in the eye of a storm following their sexist remarks on 'Koffee with Karan', returned from Australia where they were to compete in an ODI series.

January 12

BSP and SP to fight LS polls together, pact announced

Addressing a press conference jointly with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati said the alliance has the capacity to stop the BJP from coming to power again.

Young Malayali major killed in IED blast along LoC

The blast happened as the Indian soldiers were patrolling the borderline in Laam belt of Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.

First Hindu in US Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, to run for President

More than 12 Democratic leaders including Indian-origin Senator from California Kamala Harris are expected to announce their White House run to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

Banker-turned-politician Meera Sanyal passes away

Sanyal had joined the Aam Aadmi Party after quitting her job as the country chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, and contested the Lok Sabha election in 2014.

January 13

Dreaded militant Zeenat-ul-Islam killed in Kulgam encounter

Zeenat, considered as an Improvised explosive device (IED) expert, was earlier associated with another militant group Hizbul Mujahideen.

January 14

Human trafficking to Australia likely from Kochi coast

A boat owned by a Tamilian seems to have taken them on the journey to Australia, which takes 27 days.

SC notice to Centre on move to pry into computers

According to a recent notification, 10 central agencies are empowered under the Information Technology Act for computer interception and analysis.

January 15

Two MLAs call off support to Congress-JD(S) govt in Karnataka

Dismissing any threat to the Congress-JDS dispensation in the state, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said his government was stable and he was 'totally relaxed'.

Breaking barriers, men-only Agasthyarkoodam opens for women trekkers

Agastyarkoodam, located in the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, opened for the annual trekking for the first time after the Kerala High Court ruled last November that no gender-based restrictions would be imposed on trekkers.

January 17

Malayalam music director S Balakrishnan dies

He had been undergoing treatment for cancer.

January 18

Trump escalates US govt shutdown, blocks Nancy Pelosi trip

The move is seen as a retaliation for her suggestion that he delay the annual State of the Union address.

Dhoni stars as India clinch maiden bilateral ODI series win in Australia

Dhoni scored three consecutive fifties in the three-match series which was vital to India's triumph.

January 19

At Mamata's mega rally in Kolkata, calls to oust PM Modi resonates

Convened by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who is aiming to project herself as the face of the opposition, the rally is being attended by the who's who of Indian politics.

Kerala to have 17 cyclone shelters by March next year

The foundation work for the shelter at Mararikkulam in Alappuzha district has already started.

Nuns fear bishop Franco may sabotage case, seek Pinarayi's help to cancel transfer order

The nuns shot off the letter days after they received the transfer order from the Missionaries of Jesus.

January 20

Thrissur Vimala College students win Yuva Mastermind season 9 | Complete winners list

The prizes were announced at a ceremony in Kochi in which ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan was the chief guest.

January 22

India to bring chip-based e-passports, hassle-free visas

Work is on to simplify the process of issuing visas to Person of Indian Origin and Overseas Citizen of India cards.

11 dead as ships with Indian crew catch fire in Kerch Strait

Twelve persons have so far been rescued from the sea. Nine sailors are still listed as missing.

Kohli sweeps ICC awards; named captain of Test, ODI Teams of the Year

Rishabh Pant was named the International Cricket Council's Emerging Player of the Year in the world body's annual awards.

January 23

Ahead of 2019 polls, Congress plays the Priyanka Gandhi trump card

Playing his trump card, Congress President Rahul Gandhi pushed his sister Priyanka Gandhi into taking the plunge into active politics by appointing her as the party General Secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, where the SP-BSP alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls has pushed the Congress to the corner.

January 24

CBI books Chanda Kochhar, husband, and Videocon MD in ICICI Bank loan case

It is alleged that Videocon promoter Venugopal Dhoot allegedly invested crores of Rupees in Nupower months after the Videocon group got Rs 3,250 crore as loan from the ICICI Bank in 2012.

January 25

RSS man arrested for assaulting filmmaker Priyanandanan over Sabarimala remarks

Sarovar, a native of Vallachira in Thrissur was arrested from Kodungallur and taken to the Cherppu police station.

Bharat Ratna for Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhupen Hazarika

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and singer Bhupen Hazarika were  conferred the country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna. 

Nambi Narayanan, Mohanlal awarded Padma Bhushan

Industry veteran A M Naik of L&T group, President of Djibouti Ismail Guelleh, who extended support for rescusing Indians from war hit Yemen, folk singer Teejan Bai and Marathi theatre legend B M Purandare were chosen for the second highest civilan honour Padma Vibhushan on the 70th Republic Day.

January 26

Kerala woman DCP raids CPM office, gets transferred in no time

The action was initiated as per the directions of the Chief Minister?s Office, it was learnt.

January 27

Modi slams Kerala govt over Sabarimala row, second time in a month

He had opened the much-awaited Kollam bypass on National Highway-66 here on January 15.

Djokovic demolishes Nadal for record seventh Australian Open title

The peerless Serb broke Nadal five times while conceding only a single break point to clinch his 15th Grand Slam title.

Saina Nehwal claims Indonesia Masters after Marin pulls out with injury

Saina was trailing 4-10 in the opening game when Marin decided to withdraw from the contest.

January 29

SC nod sought to return surplus Ayodhya land to original owners

Earlier, the apex court had ordered that the status quo be maintained with regard to the acquired 67 acre of land around the disputed site.

Former defence minister George Fernandes, 88, passes away

Fernandes, became famous as a giant killer when he defeated Congress veteran S K Patil in the latter's bastion in Mumbai in the 1967 Lok Sabha election.

January 31

Kerala Budget 2019: Welfare schemes galore, Isaac targets revenue generation

Prices of most of the electronic equipment, construction items, automobiles and beauty products will increase. Going out to cinema, which is already costly, will turn out to be costlier. The finance minister also slapped 1% flood cess on items under 12%, 18%, 28% GST slabs.