What hogged headlines in March

What hogged headlines in March
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March 1

IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman arrives in India

The Wing Commander was captured by Pakistan Army after his fighter jet crashed in an air duel with a Pakistani F-16.

Kargil hero Air Marshal Nambiar to head the Western Air Command

The Keralite takes over the command of the crucial jurisdiction at a time when India and Pakistan are on a face-off over air strikes across the LoC.

March 3

ICC turns down BCCI's request to snap ties with countries which harbour terror

In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, the BCCI had urged the world body and its member nations to sever ties with countries from which 'terrorism emanates'.

March 4

Debt relief for Kerala farmers for loans taken till end of August floods

The one-year moratorium on farmers' loans announced in the wake of the August floods has been extended till December 31, 2019.

Congress rules out alliance with AAP in Delhi

The announcement by Sheila Dikshit came following a meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi

World wrestling body asks all national federations to suspend dealing with India

The move comes after India denied visas to Pakistani shooters for the ISSF World Cup.

March 6

Balakot madrassa still intact, only pine trees hit, reveals Reuters with satellite images

The images produced by Planet Labs Inc, a San Francisco-based private satellite operator, show at least six buildings on the madrassa site on March 4, six days after the airstrike.

Stolen Rafale documents submitted by petitioners, govt tells SC

The petition alleged that the Centre suppressed crucial facts when the apex court decided to dismiss the batch of PILs against the Rafale deal in December.

March 7

Maoist attack on Kerala resort close to highway sends shock waves

Sources said that after the firing at the resort, a few Maoists from the group escaped to the forest.

March 9

CPM announces Kerala LS candidates: P Jayarajan in Kannur, Anwar in Ponnani

Four MLAs and six MPs will contest the polls.

PK Kunhalikutty, ET Mohammed Basheer are IUML Lok Sabha candidates

The candidates were announced by IUML state president Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal.

Nirav Modi spotted in London, MEA says extradition request 'still pending'

The revelation comes a day after Modi's 30,000 sq ft seaside mansion at Kihim beach in Maharashtra was demolished by authorities using explosives.

March 10

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes, killing 157

Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometres southeast of the capital Addis Ababa.

March 11

Candidates not to speak a word on Ayyappa, must reveal criminal past: EC

Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena would discuss the Sabarimala issue with political parties on March 12.

March 12

Kerala shocker! Spurned lover sets girl ablaze in broad daylight

The radiology student, who is a native of Ayiroor, has been hospitalised with nearly 85 per cent burns.

Protests over Russian clampdown on internet use

Russia has in recent years attempted to curb internet freedom by blocking access to certain websites and messaging services.

March 13

Mamata's list of surprises: Women, glamour, axe to 10, weak candidates against CPM bigwigs

While the list does boast of names that can turn heads, will the stars shine during the white heat of election battle?

Former Vatican treasurer gets six years' jail for abuse

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in jail for abusing two choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s.

Airlines keep calm and carry on after Boeing jet groundings

Airlines are managing to keep to schedule availing other jets after Boeing 737s were grounded. Some might even be grateful for the pause given their economic woes.

March 14

Congress leader Tom Vadakkan joins BJP

Vadakkan who was serving as the spokesperson for the party in Delhi left for BJP in protest against the party's stance on Pulwama.

China defies global stance against terror, vetoes sanctions on JeM chief

Defying global opposition to terrorism, China has vetoed sanctions against Masood Azhar, the chief of terrorist organization JeM.

March 15

SC sets aside life ban on Sreesanth

Supreme Court lifts the life ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

49 dead in New Zealand mosque attack, 4 taken into custody

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the country's worst ever mass shooting a terrorist attack, said it's "one of the darkest days".

Kerala woman killed in New Zealand terror attack

Ancia Alibava was among the fifty killed in a terror attack on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand on 15th March.

France freezes assets of JeM chief Masood Azhar

France impose financial sanctions on JeM chief Masood Azhar; asserts it has always been by India's side in fight against terrorism.

March 17

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar no more

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar died at his private residence in Panaji. A four-term chief minister and former defence minister, Parrikar had been battling pancreatic cancer since February last year.

Ex-SC judge Justice P C Ghose to be India's 1st Lokpal

However, there was no official announcement of his appointment by the government.

KT Irfan becomes first Indian athlete to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

The Keralite clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification standard of 1 hour 21 minutes.

March 18

Malappuram boy succumbs to West Nile fever

The West Nile virus was first isolated from a 37-year-old woman at Omogo in the West Nile District of Uganda.

March 19

Pramod Sawant takes oath as new Goa CM

The two-time MLA from Sankhalim in North Goa, Sawant, who was Speaker of the state Assembly, is a dedicated RSS worker.

Deadlock over, Congress picks K Muraleedharan for Vadakara

Muraleedharan, son of former chief minister K Karunakaran, is currently the chairman of KPCC campaign committee.

Congress, CPM part ways, give BJP, TMC edge in Bengal

The CPI(M)-Congress seat-sharing talks failed after the latter accused the Left of insulting it by unilaterally announcing 25 candidates in the state.

Rescue debt-struck Jet Airways, Govt urges PSU banks

Saddled with more than 1 billion dollars of debt, Jet is struggling to stay aloft.

March 20

Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi arrested in London

The Interpol had issued a red corner notice against Nirav Modi in July, 2018, on the request of the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Goa CM Pramod Sawant wins trust vote

The Congress is the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs.

CBI conducts polygraph test on Kalabhavan Mani's friends

Mani was found dead on March 6, 2016. The CBI took over the case after his relatives alleged foul play.

Google launches game-streaming service, STADIA

With STADIA, playing games will be as easy as watching YouTube videos.

March 21

Jet Airways is on 'verge of collapse', says pilots' union

Sporadic salary payouts and deepening financial woes have compelled Jet Airways' pilots to threaten strike seeking urgent resolutions.

March 22

Yeddy diaries reveal top BJP leaders took Rs 1,800 crore in bribes

The Income tax department is in possession of copies of diary entries by Yeddyurappa which notes that he paid Rs 1,800 crore to the BJP's national leaders.

Modi slams Sam Pitroda, accuses opposition of 'insulting' armed forces

The PM attacked Pitroda for reportedly saying that post the Mumbai terror attacks, India could have responded with air strikes, but 'according to me that's not how you deal with world.'

Close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind arrested in Delhi

Sajjad Khan, a resident of Pulwama and close aide to Muddasir, was arrested near the Lajpat Rai market in New Delhi.

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP, likely to contest LS polls

Gambhir is expected to be fielded by BJP in the Lok Sabha polls from one of the seats in Delhi.

March 23

Senior Congress leaders hints at Rahul Gandhi's candidtaure from Wayanad

Former Kerala chief minister and senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy informed that Rahul has expressed his willingness to contest from south India.

BJP announces K Surendran as Pathanamthitta candidate

BJP night announced its first list of 184 candidates, including 13 from Kerala, leaving out only the Pathanamthitta constituency.

March 25

Rahul's final assault on poverty: Rs 72,000/year for poorest

Describing it as a 'final assault on poverty', Rahul Gandhi told reporters in New Delhi that the scheme would benefit 25 crore people.

Founder Naresh Goyal exits Jet Airways board amid salvage bid

The 25-year-old airline which once controlled a sixth of India's domestic aviation market has been grappling with a financial crunch recently.

Chinooks fly into IAF fleet boosting heavy-lift ops at border areas

Air Force Station Chandigarh will be the base for the IAF Chinooks and these heavy lift choppers will be now part of the No 126 Helicopter Flight also known as the Featherweights.

March 26

In an unusual bid, MPs take over Brexit process from Theresa May

Thirty Conservative lawmakers defied the government whip to vote in favour of the amendment.

Conor McGregor announces shock retirement from MMA

The Irishman has never been far from controversy throughout his turbulent career.

March 27

India tests anti-satellite missile successfully, Modi hails historic space breakthrough

The PM says anti-satellite weapon A-SAT successfully targeted a live satellite on a low-earth orbit.

March 28

Rahul not in Wayanad? Chandy says it's just a request from Kerala unit

Oommen Chandy, who is the AICC general secretary, had earlier said the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee had requested Gandhi to contest from Wayanad apart from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

No terror camps in 22 locations shared by India: Pakistan

Pakistan claimed that there are no links to nail 54 people detained in connection with the Pulwama terror attack.

March 29

India points at 'serial offender' Pak as UN adopts resolution against terror funding

India welcomed the adoption of the resolution, describing it a "milestone" in global efforts to set up a normative framework to criminalise terrorist financing.

UK PM May plans watered-down Brexit vote to delay departure

British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled on Thursday for a way to secure a new delay to Brexit in the face of parliamentary deadlock.

March 30

Summer heat: 109 sunburn incidents in Kerala

Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has advised utmost caution since temperatures could rise 3 degree above normal.

Nirav Modi denied bail, to stay in London jail till April

Rejecting Modi's bail plea after hearing both defence and prosecution, Judge Arbuthnot said his attempt to try and seek citizenship of Vanuatu, a remote island country located in the South Pacific Ocean, shows he was trying to move away from India at an important time.

March 31

Rahul Gandhi to contest from Wayanad

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will contest from the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala, Congress Working Committee member A K Antony confirmed on Sunday.

Countdown begins for defence satellite Emisat launch

Along with the Emisat, the rocket will carry 28 third-party satellites and also demonstrate its new technologies like three different orbits.

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