Current Affairs, News & Facts of 23 Feb 2015

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  • 'Ranchi Rays' crowned 'Hockey India League 2015' champion. - read more cat
  • DRI makes the biggest seizure of Mephedrone, a stimulant drug of the amphetamine class, in Indian history. 
    • The drug, captured by 'Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)' is worth almost Rs 30 crore in the world market.
    • This is also one of the biggest seizures of a psychotropic substance in recent times.
    • The drug goes around in the market with its street name 'Meow Meow' - taken from its chemical name 4-methylmethcathinone, or M-CAT.
  • Dilip Shanghvi overtakes Mukesh Ambani as the richest Indian in terms of market value. 
    • The Sun Pharma's founder and MD, is worth about Rs 1.46 lakh crore thanks to his 63 per cent stake in three group companies - Sun Pharma, Sun Pharma Advanced Research and Ranbaxy Laboratories.
    • Mukesh Ambani, on the other hand, holds a total of 45 per cent stake in RIL and Reliance Industrial Infrastructure, accounting for a wealth of Rs 1.32 lakh crore as per BSE.
    • The turnaround is majorly due to the rising stock value of Sun Pharma companies in the market.
  • Death toll rises to 385 in Saudi Arabia due to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) Virus
    • The Virus belongs to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses which include both the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.
  • Exercise GARUDA SHAKTI-III, the 3rd edition of joint exercises between armies of India and Indonesia, concludes at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Vairengte, Mizoram
    • The scope included sharing experience in counter terrorism and conduct of joint counter insurgency training at platoon level aimed at neutralizing of terrorist threat.
    • The exercise aim to bolster bilateral military relations between the armies of the two nations.
  • Somdev Devvarman clinches $100,000 ATP Challenger Delhi Open title beating Yuki Bhambri in the final. 
    • The doubles crown went to the pair of Egor Gerasimov and Alexander Kudryavtsev who beat Riccardo Ghedin and Toshihide Matsui in the final.
  • Centre rolls out Web-Portal to deliver e-certificates to the pass-outs from various NCVT courses including ITI pass-outs. 
    • The system is designed as a self-service digital platform to deliver various services to current and prospective trainees of the vocational training system, apprenticeship trainees, employers/establishments, ITIs and other institutions, as well as States/UTs.
    • The portal "" is part of the Digital India Initiative and seek to improve the governance of vocational training across the field institutions of DGE&T by providing high degree of transparency, better analytics for decision making, and improved access to citizen services.

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