Kejriwal-led AAP won Delhi Assembly polls
Exactly an year after he had resigned as Delhi Chief Minister of Delhi, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal took oath as the CM again on February 14 at the historic Ramlila Maidan in the national capital.
Kejriwal-led AAP won 67 seats out in 70-member Assembly. The BJP tasted humiliating defeat in the polls and managed to win only three seats with around 32 percent vote share. Most of the Congress candidates lost their deposits in the polls. The party gained around 8 percent vote share in the polls.

Govind Pansare murder case: CPI leader-cum-author of the best selling Marathi language biography of Shivaji, Govind Pansare was a well known for his books on social wrongs. Govind Pansare and his wife were allegedly shot down by two unidentified people on a motorcycle. Govind Pansare succumbed to his injuries on 20th February.

Union Budget 2015-16: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 28, 2015 presented Union Budget 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha. This was the first full year Budget of the NDA government and the second budget of Arun Jaitley as Finance Minister.

Highlights of the Union Budget 2015-16

• Gross tax receipts of Rs 14.49 lakh crore
• Non-planned expenditure was  Rs 13, 12200 crore
• Defence allocation for fiscal 2015-16 was Rs 246727 crore
• 100 percent tax deduction for contribution to Swachh Bharat Fund
• Service tax hiked by 14 percent
• Rs 34699 crore allocated for MNREGA, which is highest ever allocation to the programmes
• Yoga was included in the ambit of charitable purposes under the Income Tax Act
• Custom duty on 22 items will be reduced
• People will have to quote their PAN for all purchases above Rs 1 lakh
• AIIMS to be set up in five states namely Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Assam
• National skill development mission to be launched
• By 2022, there is plan to produce 175000 MW renewable energy
• Visa on arrival extended to 150 countries
•  Rs 1000 crore more allocated to Nirbhaya fund
• Transport allowance increased to Rs 1600 per month
• GARR will be deferred by 2 years


Outbreak of Swine Flu in India

The outbreak of Swine flu due to spread of H1N1 virus in February 2015 took a huge toll of lives in the country. The states of Gujarat and Rajasthan were the worst affected. By 20th March, the Health Ministry reported 33,761 swine flu cases and 1895 people had died of it. In Rajasthan, 6559 cases of Swine flu were registered and 415 people died. Whereas, in Gujarat 6495 cases were registered which took lives of around 428 people.

Although Delhi and Tamil Nadu reported a large number of cases, the death toll was lower due to better awareness and developed health care sector. Delhi government had also fixed the price of Swine flu tests at Rs 4500 and labs were asked to charge less from people. On the other hand, Maharashtra governement announced it would bear the cost incured on the treatment.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

The 11th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup was played from February 14 to March 29. The event was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Fourteen teams participated in the tournament which was won by Australia. The final match was played at Melbourne Cricket Ground between the co-hosts Australia and New Zealand. Defending champions India managed to reach the semifinals, which it lost to the Australia. The Australian side defeated Kiwis by seven wickets to advance to their fifth World Cup win. Australia's Mitchell Starc was named the Player of the Series.

Cabinet Committee on Security approves the construction of six nuclear submarines
On 18 February, Cabinet Commission on Security (CCS) took decision to strengthen country's most advance warship by building a formidable blue-water Navy for the future. In the month of February, Modi government has cleared the indigenous construction of seven stealth frigates and six nuclear-powered submarines at a cost of around Rs 1 lakh crore.

To bolster the naval power in the Indian Ocean region, the CCS has taken a decision that the next six submarines would be nuclear-powered. This contract was inked with MDL and GRSE in the month of February with an initial payment of Rs 4,000 crore. Indian Navy has been focusing on developing indigenous platforms, systems, sensors, weapons and nuclear-powered submarines which are much deadlier than the diesel-electric submarines as they do not need to surface after every few days to get oxygen to recharge their batteries.

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