February 1

Former Test umpire Dara Dotiwalla dies at 85
Dotiwalla officiated in six Test matches and eight ODIs between 1982 and 1988.
Born on October 30, 1933, Dotiwalla is best remembered for officiating the Tied Test between India and Australia in Madras (now Chennai) in September 1986, along with Vikram Raju.
Dotiwalla made his Test debut as an umpire on January 30, 1982 when he officiated the Test match between India and England in Kanpur.

February 2

Former Planning Commission Member and Ex-IIMC Director Hiten Bhaya Passed Away
Hiten Bhaya, the former Planning Commission member and ex-director of IIMC passed away on February 1, 2019.
Bhaya was 98 years old.
He was a member of the Planning Commission in the Rajiv Gandhi government.
He had also served as director of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and chairman of Hindustan Steel.

February 4

TVS Group's K. Mahesh, Chairman of Sundaram Brake Linings dead
K. Mahesh (75), Chairman of Sundaram Brake Linings Ltd, a part of the $8.5 billion TVS Group passed away.
He was the grandson of the automobile group's Founder TV Sundaram Iyengar and the younger brother of TVS & Sons' Chairman Suresh Krishna.
Mahesh headed the group's brake linings project since beginning. Initially it was a joint venture with Abex Corporation, a US company. The US Company exited the project later.
Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashzoub gunned down in Karbala
In Iraq, a renowned novelist Alaa Mashzoub was gunned down by unknown assailants in the city of Karbala.
Mashzoub has 20 published books and has written extensively about Karbala's history and culture.
He has also written about Iraq's once-thriving Jewish minority. In recent times, Iraq has seen a number of political assassinations, particularly of outspoken activists.

February 5

Veteran Marathi actor Ramesh Bhatkar passes away
Bhatkar was known for his roles in the TV series "Commander" and "Hello Inspector" and worked for more than 30 years as an actor in mainstream Hindi and Marathi films such as "Aai Pahije", "Kucch To Hai" and "Bhavesh Joshi Superhero".
His most recent movie was ''The Accidental Prime Minister''.

February 6

Senior Congress Leader Harihar Karan Passes Away At 72
Former MLA and senior Congress leader Harihar Karan passed away at a age of 72 due to Septicemia disease in Bhubaneswar.
He was elected as a six-time MLA from Daspalla constituency in Nayagarh district, Karan was elected for the first time in 1974.
He was also the Health and Family Welfare minister in the Odisha government in 1980.
Harihar Karan was also the chairperson of the disciplinary committee of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) in 2013.

Noted Freedom Fighter And Ex-Odisha Lawmaker Priyanath Dey Dies
Priyanath Dey had joined freedom movement in 1942 and was jailed several times.
He was elected to Odisha Legislative Assembly from Jagatsinghpur seat in 1961.
Odisha governor Prof Ganeshi Lal and chief minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the death of Dey. They expressed deep sympathy for the bereaved family.
Lok Sabha MP Bhartuhari Mahatab and All Odisha Freedom Fighters Samity youth wing, secretary, Birupakshya Tripathy also condoled Dey's death.

Odisha MP Ladu Kishore Swain passes away
Odisha MP Ladu Kishore Swain passed away at Apollo Hospital in Bhubaneswar, due to Kidney aliments.
He was 71 years old.
Swain was also elected as an MLA from Kabisuryanagar Assembly constituency in 2004.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled his death and conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
The State Assembly mourned the demise of Swain and paid homage by observing a minute’s silence.

February 8

John Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress, dies
John Dingell, the longest-serving congressman in US history, has passed away
He was first elected in 1955, serving in the House of Representatives for the next 59 years.
He retired in 2015. Mr. Dingell served through the terms of 11 US presidents.

'Oldest known elephant in captivity' dies at 88 in India
Given the title GajaMuthassi or elephant granny, Dakshayanitook part in temple rituals and processions at the ChengalloorMahadeva Temple in the southern state of Kerala.
Keepers started feeding her pineapples and carrots in recent years after she began to have trouble moving around.

February 9

Albert Finney: British actor dies aged 82
Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney has died aged 82 after a short illness. He was a five-time Oscar nominee who began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company before making his mark in film.
His big film break came as "angry young man" Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.
He went on to star in Tom Jones, as Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall.

February 10

Popular Bollywood actor and '90s villain Mahesh Anand passes away
Mahesh Anand, who was known for his roles as a villain in the Bollywood films in the '80s and the '90s, passed away at the age of 57.
The actor was reportedly found dead at hishome in Versova.
Anand’s last film was Govinda’s Rangeela Raja, which released in January, 2019.

February 11

Hanif Syed, Sentenced To Death In 2003 Mumbai Blasts, Dies At Hospital
According to a prison officer, Mohammad Hanif Syed, one of the three convicts sentenced to death in the 2003 Mumbai twin bomb blasts and currently lodged in the Nagpur Central Jail, died at a hospital.
Syed, his wife Fehmida and third conspirator Ashrat Ansari were convicted by a POTA (Prevention Of Terrorism Act) court in 2009 over the blasts that left over 50 dead.
Syed was shifted to the Nagpur Central Jail from Yerwada jail in 2012, after the Bombay High Court upheld his death sentence.

February 13

England World Cup-winner Gordon Banks dies aged 81
Banks made 73 international appearances and lifted the 1966 World Cup in England's 4-2 win over West Germany.
He played just under 300 times for Leicester City before moving to Stoke in 1967, where he made 194 appearances in six years at the club.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers to have played the game, Banks will probably 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 14

Manfred Eigen, 1967 Nobel chemistry laureate, dies at 91
Manfred Eigen, who shared the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1967 for his work on extremely fast chemical reactions, has died.
Eigen in 1953 introduced high-frequency sound waves as a way of bringing about rapid chemical reactions and processes, whose speed could be calculated based on the sound waves' energy.

Telugu film director Vijaya Bapineedu passes away
Prominent Telugu film director-producer Vijaya Bapineedu, who gave several hits to mega star Chiranjeevi, passed away.
Bapineedu hails from West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. He made films with Chiranjeevi, Sobhan Babu, Krishna and other leading heroes of yesteryear.
His movie 'Gang Leader' starring Chiranjeevi was a blockbuster. It was successfully remade in Hindi as 'Aajka Goondaraj' with Chiranjeevi in the lead.

February 15

Former Afghan interim President Mojaddedi dead
Mr. Mojaddedi served just two months as interim President under a power-sharing deal struck by mujahideen leaders.
These factions later turned on each other. But he continued to play a prominent role in Afghan politics, particularly after the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
In 2003, he served as chairman of the Loya Jirga - or Grand Assembly - that approved the Constitution for a post-Taliban era.

Ex-Goa deputy Chief Minister passed away
The mortal remains of Francis D’Souza, former deputy chief minister and BJP MLA, were laid to rest with full State honours at St. Jerome’s Church at Mapusa.
D’Souza’s body was draped in the Tricolour and accorded a guard of honour.
He was elected as MLA for five terms from Mapusa constituency.
Politicians from across party lines and people from a cross-section of society attended the funeral.

February 16

WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales passed away
He hailed from Puerto Rico and died after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He had a career lasting more than 30 years and was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.
He was the first Latino WWE world heavyweight champion.

February 17

Bruno Ganz: Swiss actor famous for playing Hitler in Downfall dies aged 77
Tributes are being paid to Swiss actor Bruno Ganz who has died from cancer at his home in Zurich.
Ganz is best-known for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Oscar-nominated Downfall, the kindly grandfather in Swiss family movie Heidi and the angel Damiel in Wim Wenders’ 1987 film Wings of Desire.
Ganz' death has overshadowed the climax of this year's Berlin International Film Festival.
Eminent writer, former Goa deputy speaker Vishnu Wagh passes away at 53
Eminent writer and former Deputy Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly, Vishnu Wagh, suffered a heart attack while touring in Cape Town, South Africa.
He has written over 20 plays in Marathi, 3 Sangeet Nataks, 18 Konkani plays and 16 one-act plays and directed over 50 plays in Konkani and Marathi.
Some of his critically-acclaimed plays include "Tuka Abhang Abhang", "Suvari", "Teen Poishancho Tiatro", "Dharmashree", and"Pedru Poddlo Baient".
He was a part of Goa Legislative Assembly from St Andre constituency between 2012 and 2017 and the Chairman of the state-run Goa Kala Academy.

February 18

Bestselling British author Andrea Levy passes away
Author of books like Small Island and The Long Song, Andrea Levy died from cancer.
The novel “Small Island” was conferred with Orange prize for fiction, Whitbread book of the year, Commonwealth writer’s prize, etc.
According, to be the first black British author to achieve both critical and mainstream commercial success.

February 19

Climate scientist Wallace Smith Broecker passes away in New York
Wallace Smith Broker, popular as ‘Grandfather of Climate Science’ passed away at New York. He popularised the term ‘global warming’.
Broecker was also first to recognize what he called the Ocean Conveyor Belt, a global system of ocean currents circulating water and nutrients.
He also stated that the release of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere has an effect on the ocean currents.

February 20

Noted Hindi Writer Namvar Singh Passed Away
Noted Hindi writer Namvar Singh passed away in New Delhi. Singh was the first chairman of JNU's Centre of Indian Languages.
Born on 28th July, 1926 in a village in Varanasi.
He had authored over a dozen books including 'Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman', 'Chhayavad' and 'Dusri Parampara Ki Khoj'.
He received Sahitya Academy Award for literary criticism in 1971 for 'Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman'.
W.E.B. Griffin, prolific military novelist passed away
American military veteran and novelist, William E. Butterworth III, better known as W.E.B. Griffin (his pen name), passed away.
He joined the army at the age of 17 and has served in the Korean War.
He wrote more than 200 books under the pen name W.E.B. Griffin and various other names and sold millions of copies.

February 21

Veteran Film Producer Raj Kumar Barjatya Passed away
The Chairman of Rajshri Productions and father of director “Sooraj Barjatya” is known for producing several Bollywood films like 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun', 'Vivah', 'Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon' and 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo', among others.
Raj Kumar is survived by his wife Sudha and son Sooraj.

February 22

Bengali Singer Pratik Choudhury Passes Away at Age of 55
Bengali singer Pratik Choudhary passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal due to Cardiac arrest.
He’s popular for songs like Sakhi Tumi Kar (1980), Ek Je Aachhe Kanya (2001) and Patalghar (2003) and has performed with famous singers in various concerts.
Choudhury, a graduate from Calcutta University, began his music career in 1994 by singing jingles. He also sung in numerous TV serials, Bengali movies.
Veteran Telugu director Kodi Ramakrishna, who made several hits like 'Arundhati passed away
He directed more than 100 films over a period of 30 years.
He originally hails from Palakollu in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Pawan Kalyan and a number of other Telugu film personalities expressed grief on the death and paid tributes to him, recalling his brilliance as a director.

February 23

AIADMK MP S Rajendran dies in car accident
AIADMK MP S. Rajendran has died in a Road Accident, when his car hit an under-construction road median in Tamil Nadu’s Tindivanam at Villpuram district.
The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MP was travelling from Jakkampettai to Tindivanam.
Rajendran was elected from Villupuram to the Lok Sabha in 2014.
He has served as a member of the Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

February 28

Nepal Tourism Minister Dead In Helicopter Crash
According to the The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Nepalese Tourism Minister Rabindra Prasad Adhikari and seven others have been killed in a helicopter crash, which took place in Nepal’s Tehrathum district.
The crash came to light after local residents in Pathibara area informed the police about a huge flame at the site, moments after the chopper went missing.