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Major News and Events of 23 February 2016

What Happened on 23 February 2016


Karan Singh Grover officially divorced now

Bengali beauty Bipasha Basu’s alleged boyfriend Karan Singh Grover who was married to Jennifer Winget has now officially been divorced. Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu are rumored to have a love affair and might get engaged in the upcoming months. His divorce formalities are out on the way and it is predicted that the two love birds would announce their wedding any time from now.

India wins power deal in Bangladesh

State-run Indian firm BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.) is all set to cease a major power deal of building a $ 1.6 billion power plant in Bangladesh. India has defeated China as its competitor in the most recent commercial tussle between the region’s two massive powers. After many long years of negotiations, BHEL will be signing a contract to build a 1,320-megawatt (MW) thermal power station in Khulna in southern Bangladesh on 28 February 2016.

Hyderabad to get water ATMs soon

According to a proposal which was suggested by Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewage Board (HMWS&SB) managing director B Janardhan Reddy, chilled portable water will be sold through kiosks in Hyderabad. This kiosk would be modeled on the lines of cash-dispensing automated teller machines (ATMs) of banks. As per the water board chief, the officials would be working out installation of water ATMs wherein pedestrians can receive one litre of chilled water at a cost of Re 1.

Skoda Superb hits India showrooms today

Skoda is all set to launch its most anticipated car, the new generation Superb today in India. The 2016 Skoda Superb is equipped with a new design and a range of cosmetic updates. Having made its debut in Prague, the Skoda Superb is gearing up to make its first official appearance into the Indian market. The new Supers comes with a price tag between 22 lakh and 28 lakh(ex-showroom Delhi).

SpiceJet announces pre-summer sale from today

India’s budget carrier SpiceJet has announced a three-day sale on all domestic flights. The discounted tickets are available at a base fare of Rs. 599 which is applicable on tickets booked from 23 February to 25 February. This SpiceJet Pre-Summer Sale is available for travel between 1 March and 13 April with the tickets being refundable barring taxes.

Shatabdi trains to have semi-high speed coaches

The Rail Budget 2016-17 includes a gradual replacement of bogies of Shatabdi Express with the ones that are used in semi-high speed trains. Additionally, there will be state-of-the-art furnishing of coaches along with Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging of linens. Retrofitting of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches is also slated to feature in the Rail Budget 2016-17.

India becomes #1 weapons importer in the world

Accounting for an impressive 14% of global imports, India has topped the list of largest weapons importing countries in the world. After India, China and Pakistan rank second and fourth with their imports accounting for 4.7% and 3.3% respectively, of the global figure during 2011-15. Russia was indeed the top supplier to India during the five-year period accounting for 70% of the country’s imports.

Mumbai's Harbour Line resumes operation

Mumbai-based commuters taking the Harbour Line would have a smoother journey with the mega block, which was effective for the past seventy two hours for repairs and capacity augmentation on the line, has now ended. The trains have started operating normally and the platform no.2 on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) has been enlarged with removal of the stabling lines.

BSE Sensex skids by over 100 points

Today, the BSE Sensex fell over 100 points with Nifty hovering around the level of 7,200 during the morning deals. FMCG, power, banking, IT and capital goods indices have quoted 0.2-0.7 per cent lower with the Nifty-50 basket of stocks having thirty six stocks falling and fourteen stocks advancing. In Nifty, NTPC was the top loser with stocks falling over two per cent to close at Rs. 123.20.