Current Affairs, News & Facts of 23 Mar 2015

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  • Iconic statesman 'Lee Kuan Yew' - the architect of modern Singapore - breathes his last at 91. 
    • He is credited with transforming the tiny island into one of the wealthiest and least corrupt countries in Asia; often called - 'a First World oasis in a Third World region'.
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  • Sri Lankan War-Hero Sarath Fonseka is conferred on the highest military rank of Field Marshal by the President Maithripala Sirisena
    • Political differences with previous president Rajapaksa has landed him in jail over alleged charges of treason.
    • The new government has finally restored his pride and position clearing him of all charges.
    • Fonseka had led the Sri Lankan army to victory over the LTTE in 2009.
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  • Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza lift women's doubles title at BNP Paribas Open. 
    • They beat the pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina by 6-3, 6-4 in the final to grab their first title together.
    • Hingis has won 11 Grand Slams in the team discipline (nine in women's and two in mixed) while Sania has claimed 3 Grand Slams (all in mixed) so far.
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  • International Day of Forests is observed on March 21, 2015 with the theme 'Forests and Climate Change'. 
    • The theme highlights forest-based solutions to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to ensure sustainable development.
    • 31 percent of global land area is covered by forests providing life to almost 80 percent of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.
    • Around 1.6 billion people, including 2000 indigenous cultures, depend on forests for their livelihood.
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  • Jammu & Kashmir to soon have a massive network of seismic stations
    • The station will be equipped with accelerometers and GPS instruments giving the quake-prone region some control to limit the damage.
    • Kashmir Valley is few of the most vulnerable (seismic zone 5) regions to earthquake in India alongwith entire North-East.
    • Though, the region had not experienced a major earthquake (of more than magnitude of 8 on the Richter scale) for the past 400 years; the possibility of one can't be denied.
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  • Novak Djokovic clinches men's singles crown at Indian Wells Open 2015; his 4th so far 
    • The Serbian icon humbled Swiss great Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
    • Its been the 50th tour-level title for Djokovic making him the 12th player in the Open Era to win 50 titles.
    • Female singles winner: Simona Halep of Romania
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