Here's your guide to navigate 2019

The Jaipur Literature Festival
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The Jaipur Literature Festival

“It’s too crowded” / “There are too many Chetan Bhagat fans” / “I bet these people have never read a book!” they complain. Yet, come January 24, people with even a passing interest in literature (and many who don’t) will descend on the lawns of the Diggi Palace Hotel for JLF. The crowds are getting bigger with each edition and this year might be no exception, with top draws including novelists Ben Okri and Alexander McCall Smith, feminist writers Germaine Greer and Mary Beard and Nobel Prize winner Venki Ramakrishnan.

(In pic: Crowd at Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace)

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Ardh Kumbh Mela
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Ardh Kumbh Mela

120 million people. An estimate of Rs 4,200 crore. And a newly renamed venue. The Yogi Adityanathled Uttar Pradesh government has conveyed that it will not hold back to make this edition of Ardh Kumbh — held every six years — in Prayagraj the grandest. Starting on January 15, the mela will go on till March 4 at the confluence of three rivers. It has been reported that the Centre is planning to invite representatives from 192 countries.

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Interim Budget
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Interim Budget

The interim Union Budget for 2019-20 will be presented on February 1. But with only a few months left before the NDA government's term ends, a vote-on-account or approval for critical government spending may be taken and a full Budget will be presented only after a new government is elected. All eyes will be on finance minister Arun Jaitley as he presents his sixth and the Modi government’s last budget before the country heads for Lok Sabha elections.

(In pic: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with MoS Finance ministers Shiv Pratap Shukla, P Radhakrishnan and others in New Delhi on Feb.1,2018)

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The Oscars
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The Oscars

Will it be a controversial edition this time? The tone seems to have been set, with the first host Kevin Hart forced to step down after old homophobic tweets were dug out. But with viewership dipping and last year’s edition being the least watched to date (albeit with 26.5 million viewers), controversy might just be what Hollywood’s biggest awards night needs, to rack up those eyeballs on February 25.

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​Cricket World Cup
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​Cricket World Cup

It’s going to be a month-and-a-half of cricket fever as the ICC World Cup 2019 takes off in England and Wales. Ten teams will be vying to wrest the trophy from Australia, the champions in 2015. The finals will be in Lord’s on July 14. So make sure you book your tickets early!

(Pic credit: www.icc-cricket.com)

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Fringe Festival
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Fringe Festival

Most than half the year is over. A good time to pack your bags and head to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, to soak in some great music, theatre and poetry and the European summer. For close to a month -- from August 2 to 26 — the Scottish city will transform into “the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom”. The 2017 edition, for instance, saw 53,232 performances across 300 venues.

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​UN Climate Change Summit
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​UN Climate Change Summit

Global leaders will gather in New York for a United Nations climate summit to review the commitments to cut emissions and limit global warming in the 2015 Paris Agreement. They will also look at the common rulebook put into practice by 192 countries at COP24 at Katowice in 2018. The UN Secretary-General has asked leaders to make bold announcements and promise actions to strengthen climate resilience.

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African Games
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African Games

It’s the 12th edition of the African Games, often referred to as the African Olympics and recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Athletes from over 50 African nations compete for medals in 20 individual and team sports. This time, the Games will be held in Casablanca in Morocco.

(In pic: The 2015 Games took place in Republic of Congo’s capital city Brazzaville ©Brazzaville 2015)

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