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February 1

Union Budget 2019

Finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the last full budget before the general elections, announcing a slew of measures for the agriculture and rural sectors, a new health insurance scheme for the poor and some relief in income tax for the salaried class and senior citizens.

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February 2

Kerala Budget 2018

Finance minister T M Thomas Isaac presented a women-friendly, coastal-focused Budget for Kerala.

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February 3

ICC U 19 Cricket World Cup

India

India lifted a record fourth U-19 World Cup trophy after an eight-wicket rout of Australia in the final, underlining their dominant run in the tournament and giving Rahul Dravid the biggest success of his coaching career.

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February 4

Indian golfer Shubhankar wins Maybank Championship in Malaysia for his second European Tour title.

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February 7

Falcon Heavy

The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, roared into space in its debut test flight, in another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket company. The 23-story-tall jumbo rocket, carrying a cherry red Tesla Roadster automobile into space as a mock payload, thundered off its launchpad in billowing clouds of steam and rocket exhaust at 3:45 p.m (2045 GMT) at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

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February 9

The 2018 Winter Olympics, commonly known as the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, commences in South Korea at the Gangneung Olympic Village.

Indra Nooyi

PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board as the governing body's first independent female director.

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Acting chief justice of the Kerala High Court Antony Dominic was sworn in as the chief justice of Kerala.

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February 12

Dr N C Asthana appointed the new chief of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) replacing Loknath Behera.

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Gevora, the world's tallest hotel, opens in Dubai

Gevora, the world's tallest hotel, opens in Dubai. The gleaming gold 75-storey hotel stands 356 meters, or nearly a quarter of a mile, tall.

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February 14

State-run Punjab National Bank reports fraudulent transactions worth $1.77 billion at a single branch in Mumbai, in by far the biggest fraud ever detected by an Indian bank.

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February 15

Ex-student kills 17 in shooting spree at Florida school. The 19-year-old gunman returned to a Florida high school where he had once been expelled for disciplinary reasons and opened fire with an assault-style rifle, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others before he was arrested.

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Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa's president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress.

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February 17

Justin Trudeau

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau arrived in India on Saturday for a week-long visit, during which he will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on wide-ranging issues, including defense and counter-terror cooperation.

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At 36, Roger Federer added yet another record to his vast collection when he guaranteed becoming the oldest ATP world No 1 by beating Dutchman Robin Haase to reach the semifinals in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament at Rotterdam.

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February 18

Commercial plane crashes in southern Iran killing 66 people. The plane crashed in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom, the news agency ISNA quoted emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi as saying.

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Nearly 300 prisoners appear for literacy exam in Kerala. In an effort to eliminate illiteracy in jails in the state, the Kerala Literacy Mission had started 'Jail Jyothi' program in December 2016 to impart basic skills of reading and writing to the inmates.

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February 19

Aishwarya, a visually-challenged student of Azim Premji University, wins the Blog It Onmanorama contest, with Hari Shree, a student of Sahrdaya College of Engineering and Technology, Kodakara and Ashitha Meenu of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal becomes the first and second runner-ups.

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Arun J Sanyal and Parthik Naidu

Arun J Sanyal and Parthik Naidu, two Indian-American researchers have been selected for Virginia's top science award for their contribution and deep commitment towards the betterment of human health globally. They are among six people selected by Virginia governor Ralph Northam for the 2018 Outstanding STEM Awards.

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February 20

Indian skipper Virat Kohli achieved a rare feat when he crossed the 900-point mark concurrently in Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in the latest International Cricket Council rankings. Kohli's purple patch with the bat saw him become only the second batsman after South Africa's AB de Villiers to attain the 900-point mark concurrently in both forms of the game.

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February 23

A tribal youth, accused of theft, was beaten to death by people at Kadukumanna in Attappadi. The deceased was identified as Madhu, 35, a resident of Kadukumanna tribal hamlet.

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SBI to issue electoral bonds from March 1. Acting on its 2017 announcement, the government has authorized the State Bank of India (SBI) to issue and encash the first electoral bonds in the country.

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The Trump administration has announced a new policy that makes very tough the procedure of issuing H-1B visas to those to be employed at one or more third-party worksites, a move that will hugely impact Indian IT companies and their employees.

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February 24

Sridevi

Nation mourns as veteran actress Sridevi, 54, died of accidental drowning in bathtub after losing consciousness at her hotel room in Dubai, where she had gone to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding.

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February 26

Jordanian King Abdullah II arrives in India for a three-day visit. During the visit, India and Jordan are expected to ink a number of agreements to expand cooperation in several key sectors including health care, IT and will look to firm a framework pact for defense and security cooperation.

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February 27

Saudi Arabia's King Salman reshuffled some of the kingdom's top military officers and several deputy ministers. Several new deputies in economic and security-related ministries as well as a handful of new city mayors were appointed, including Tamadur bint Youssef al-Ramah as deputy labor minister, a rare senior post for a woman in the deeply conservative kingdom.

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February 28

The moon will get its first mobile phone network in 2019, enabling high-definition streaming from the lunar landscape back to earth, part of a project to back the first privately funded moon mission by Vodafone Germany, network equipment maker Nokia and carmaker Audi.

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