What hogged headlines in February

What hogged headlines in February

February 1

Union budget 2019 | Bonanza for income tax payers, farmers in pre-poll budget

Gratuity limit increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 30 lakh. No tax will be deducted on interest earned on bank and post office deposits of up to Rs 40,000 annually, up from Rs 10,000 currently.

Two pilots killed as Mirage-2000 crashes soon after take-off at HAL Airport

The HAL, in a statement, said the incident occurred at 10.30 am during a sortie.

February 3

7 dead as Seemanchal Express derails in Bihar

Of the 29 people injured in the accident, two have suffered grievous injuries, while 27 have received 'simple injuries', the GRP said.

Wellington ODI: India edge Kiwis, wrap up series 4-1

Chasing 253, the Kiwis were bowled out for 217 in 44.1 overs.

February 4

Kerala govt bans deadly weed killer

Among the products that will go out of sale in the state is the herbicide RoundUp, which was produced by the American agrochemical giant Monsanto.

February 5

It's CBI versus state in Madhya Pradesh also!

The conflict arose after the appointment of Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IPS officer, as the agency's new director.

SC directs Kolkata top cop to cooperate with CBI

The apex court said City Commissioner Rajeev Kumar should appear for questioning at Shillong in Meghalaya.

UK orders Vijay Mallya's extradition, he has two weeks to appeal

It is a major blow to the liquor baron and boosts India's efforts to bring back the fugitive businessman.

February 6

SC reserves judgment in Sabarimala review petitions

There are around 65 pleas seeking review of the judgment filed following the violent protests in favour and against the September 28 verdict.

Linkage of PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory for filing IT return: SC

A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer said the top court has already decided the matter and upheld the section 139AA of the Income Tax Act.

Dakshayani, Asia's oldest captive elephant, dead

Dakshayani was much sought after in temple processions and was a constant presence at the 'Arattu' procession of the Padmanabhaswamy temple until three years ago.

February 7

At least 10 Naxals killed in Chhattisgarh encounter

Several Maoists have also been injured in a fierce gun-battle in the forests of Bijapur district in tribal Bastar region of the state.

RBI cuts repo rate by 25 bps, changes stance to neutral

In the first policy review under Governor Shaktikanta Das, the six-member Monetary Policy Committee voted 4:2 in favour of the rate cut.

February 8

US considers withdrawal of zero tariffs for India

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly called out India for its high tariffs.

K'taka Cong to intiate action against rebel MLAs; CM alleges bid to topple govt

Siddaramaiah said he would meet Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar and urge him to take action against Ramesh Jarkiholi, Umesh Jadhav, Mahesh Kumathali and B Nagendra.

February 10

Devikulam sub-collector Renu Raj to take on political detractors in court

The revenue team led by a tehsildar had gone to the old Munnar area to stop the construction of a women's industrial center by the Muthirappuzhayar River.

Kamal Nath trains guns on BJP over multi-crore farm loan scam

Agricultural credit societies were committing a serious scam where money was withdrawn from the accounts of farmers without their knowledge for the past 15 years.

First batch of Chinooks for IAF arrives

Air Force Station Chandigarh will be the base for the IAF Chinooks.

Unable to fly out, conjoined twins die in Yemen without treatment

Doctors treating two-week-old boys said they could not survive within Yemen's war-ravaged health system and needed to be taken abroad.

February 12

3 of a Keralite family among 17 killed in Delhi hotel blaze

At least 35 others were rescued from the five-storey building.

Legendary England goalkeeper Gordon Banks passes away

He will be best remembered for the diving stop he made to deny Brazil's Pele at the 1970 World Cup, which later became known as the 'save of the century'.

February 13

Young woman's body, wrapped in bedsheets, found floating in Periyar

The body was in a decomposed condition and the cops suspect that the woman could have been murdered a few days ago.

NDA deal for Rafale jets a tad cheaper than UPA's: CAG report

The report does not disclose the actual price of the 36 Rafale fighter jets contracted by the NDA government.

Case against former Imam for sexually assaulting 15-year-old girl in Thiruvananthapuram

Shafeeq Al Qasimi had reportedly lured the 15-year-old girl to an isolated forest area and sexually assaulted her last week.

February 14

18 CRPF men killed in J&K terror attack, JeM claims responsibility

The incident happened on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora and casualities are likely to go up.

February 15

Pulwama suicide bomber's video refers to Pathankot, Parliament attacks

In the two-minute video, Adil Ahmed Dar alias Waqas commando, is seen holding an AK 47 rifle and sitting in front of a stash of weapons.

Proud of Vasanthakumar’s martyrdom, says Keralite jawan's family

Vasanthakumar was killed when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into a Central Reserve Police Force bus in Kashmir on February 14.

Modi flags off India's fastest train despite Pulwama attack

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said going ahead with the inauguration of the Vande Bharat Express was a befitting reply to the terrorists who perpetrated the attacks.

February 16

Rapist Fr Robin convicted, sent to jail for 20 years in Kottiyoor case

The other six accused have been acquitted.

Vande Bharat Express breaks down a day before first commercial run

Breakdown happened less than a day after Vande Bharat Express was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

February 17

Rajinikanth says won't contest Lok Sabha polls

He said his target is Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.

Post Pulwama attack, security of 5 separatist leaders withdrawn in Kashmir

However, there is no mention of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani in the order.

Two Youth Congress workers hacked to death in Kasaragod

Two YC workers, Kripesh and Sarathlal, were hacked to death allegedly by CPI(M) supporters near Periya in Kerala's Kasaragod district.

February 18

Stray incidents of violence during Youth Congress hartal in Kerala

Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala lashed out at the ruling CPM and expressed his strong protest against the double murder.

Cops recover parts of weapons used to kill 2 YC workers

Police sources confirmed that both the youths were hacked multiple times.

Army Major, top JeM commander among 7 killed in Pulwama encounter

The gun battle comes less than a week after 40 CRPF troopers lost their lives following the attack that was carried out by a JeM suicide bomber.

India accuses Pak of misusing ICJ as Kulbhushan Jadhav case hearing begins

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.

February 19

CPM expels workers involved in YC men's murder

The twin murders had damaged the image of the party when the Lok Sabha elections are round the corner.

One pilot killed, 2 eject as two IAF jets crash in Bengaluru ahead of Aero India

Reports claims that the incident took place during a practice session for Aero India 2019.

February 20

Major fire breaks out at footwear godown in Kochi

Four Fire and Rescue units have reached the spot and are trying to bring the fire under control.

Plane Carnival takes off paying tributes to Surya Kiran pilot

Aero India organisers are claiming that a series of first-time events are waiting in the wings to be unfolded in the next five days.

Trump urges India-Pak to 'get along' after 'horrible' Pulwama attack

The suicide attack has led to escalation of tension between India and Pakistan and Trump told reporters at the Oval Office of White House that it would be 'wonderful' if the two South Asia neighbours get along.

February 22

CBI issues lookout notices against Chanda Kochhar, husband

A lookout circular is mostly used at immigration checks at international borders such as airports to check if a traveller is wanted by the police.

Kerala HC hardens stand on hartals: Dean Kuriakose to face 189 cases, Senkumar 990

The High Court suo motu filed a case on the latest hartal called by the Youth Congress to protest the murder of two of its workers in Kasaragod earlier this week.

February 23

Several injured as hanging bridge snaps at Vagamon

TV reports said that the number of tourists on the bridge exceeded the permissible limit, causing the accident.

Sindhu pulls 5g during 31-min flight on Tejas

Amidst cheering crowd and a battery of media, the badminton star wearing the green overall, took off at 12:10pm in PV 5, one of the Tejas trainers, from Air Force Station, Yelahanka.

300 vehicles gutted after fire at Aero India show parking lot

A blanket of thick black smoke engulfed the area causing panic among locals and those visiting Aero India on its fourth day.

Will respect the government decision: Kohli on WC clash against Pakistan

There has been calls to boycott the June 16 World Cup face-off against Pakistan at Old Trafford in the aftermath of the dastardly attack on CRPF personnel in Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Smoke envelops parts of Kochi after fire at Brahmapuram waste plant

Air quality has been affected at Kadavanthra, Vyttila, Maradu and Ambalamugal with several residents complaining of eye and throat irritations.

February 24

PM Modi rolls out Kisan scheme, over 1 crore farmers get Rs 2,000 each

The prime minister said the scheme has been made foolproof so that no one can take away the right of the farmers.

Young Malayalam director Nayana Suryan found dead

Nayana started her career through late filmmaker Lenin Rajendran's 2011 flick 'Makaramanju'.

Five confirmed cases of H1N1 in Kasaragod school

H1N1 has been on the rise in all south Indian states last year.

February 25

Adani Group outbids KSIDC, GMR in race to run Thiruvananthapuram airport

The Adani Group will be in a vantage position in south India if the company is invited to operate the airport.

Oscars | 'Green Book' is Best Picture, Rami Malek & Olivia Colman win top acting honours

The Oscars, which are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry, is given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

February 26

Indian fighters destroy Jaish terror camp on Pak soil

Pakistan, however, claimed the Indian aircraft jettisoned their payloads 'in haste' near Balakot, which lies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, before returning to India.

Laser-guided bombs struck terror camps, operation over in 20 min

The Mirage 2000 was chosen to carry out the mission because of its capability in the precision strike role.

After air strikes, PM Modi says country in safe hands

I vow that I will not let the country bow down, the Indian Prime Minister said.

February 27

Pak fighter jet shot down; IAF loses MiG 21

Pakistani fighter jets violated Indian air space in Nowshera sector of Jammu & Kashmir's Rajouri district but were pushed back by Indian aircraft.

5 killed as IAF chopper crashes in Kashmir

The jet broke into two and caught fire immediately, the officials said, adding one body was seen near the crash site.

Kerala State Film Awards

Jayasurya and Soubin Shahir shared the best actor award while Nimisha Sajayan bagged the best actress award.

February 28

Indian pilot Abhinandan to be freed as 'peace gesture': Pak PM Imran Khan

The pilot bailed out and landed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir after his MiG 21 was brought down during a fierce aerial engagement on Wednesday with Pakistan Air Force fighters on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.