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International Events 2010 – February Current Affairs

Feb. 1: The U.S. President Barack Obama unveils a $ 3.83 trillion budget.
At least 46 persons one killed and over 122 injured as a woman suicide bomber detonates an explosives belt while walking among a group of pilgrims on their way to Karbala in Iraq.

Feb. 3: Twentythree persons are killed and 147 injured as a blast rips through a crowd of Shia pilgrims on the outskirts of Karbala, Iraq.

Feb. 5: A landmark deal is clinched by Northern Ireland’s major political parties, the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein paving the way for grant of full autonomy to the province envisaged in the 1998 Good Friday agreement.

Feb. 7: Ukrainians cast ballots in the bitterly fought presidential run off.
Laura Chinchilla is elected the first woman President of Costa Rica by a landslide.

Feb. 8: Sri Lanka’s former Army Chief and Opposition presidential candidate General (Retired) Sarath Fonseka detained for committing “militant offences”.
Viktor Yanukovych wins Ukraine presidential polls narrowly beating Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Feb. 9: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa dissolves Parliament.

Feb. 11: Flamboyant British fashion designer Alexandar McQueen is found dead at his home in Central London.
Iran, a “nuclear state”, says the President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a mammoth rally in Tehran.

Feb. 12: Podila Gopi Kumar an Indian-American professor and two others are killed after Amy Bishop, a neurobiologist opens fire at a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.

Feb. 14: Viktor Yanukovych is officially declared winner in the Ukrainian presidential polls.

Feb. 19: Roman Polanski wins the best director award (Silver Bear) at the 60th Berlin Film Festival for his political thriller, The Ghost writer. The Golden Bear is bagged by a Turkish family drama Bal (Honey) by director Semih Kaplanoglu.

Feb. 20: Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq war movie The Hurt Locker sweeps the BAFTAs picking up six gongs out of eight she was nominated for.

Feb. 23: Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of Jundallah, a high-profile anti-Iran militant group is arrested after authorities force his plane to land at the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

Feb. 24: Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at The Sea World USA Marine Park, Orlando is drowned by a 12,000 pound killer whale Tilikum during the Shamu Whale Show.

Feb. 25: Victor Yanukovych is sworn in Ukraine’s President.

Feb. 26: Six Indians and 10 others are killed in coordinated suicide attacks by the Taliban at two hotels in the Afghanistan capital Kabul. Tabla player Nawab Khan part of an ICCR troupe and Major Jotin Laishram, a gifted doctor among dead.

Feb. 27: Seven hundred people are killed as an earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale rocks. Chile setting off a tsunami.

Feb. 28: The tsunami triggered by the Chile earthquake hits Japan’s main islands and the shores of Russia. India and Saudi Arabia sign an Extradition Treaty and the Agreement for the Transfer of Sentenced Persons in Riyadh after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

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