Current Affairs August 2015


·       Haryana Government inaugurated Sakhi, one stop center for women in distress

.       Raghav Chandra took charge as the Chairman of NHAI

·       Manish Sisodia got additional charge of Law Ministry of Delhi

·       Manipur Legislative Assembly passes ‘Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015’

·       PM Modi released digitally restored recordings of epic ‘Ramcharitmanas’

·       Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba won women’s marathon at World Athletics Championships

·       Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as Union Home secretary

·       USITC extended anti-dumping duty on Indian preserved mushrooms for 5 years

·       U Mumba won Pro Kabaddi League 2015

·       Fifteenth IAAF World Championships in Athletics concluded in Beijing

·       Eminent Kannada writer Dr. MM Kalburgi shot dead in Dharwad

·       SC stayed Rajasthan HC judgment banning Santhara ritual of Jainism

·       Indian women hockey team qualified for Olympics after 36 years

·       National Sports Day celebrated on 29 August

·       Anil won gold medal in Cadet Wrestling World Championships

·       Renowned neurologist and author Oliver Wolf Sacks died

·       Union Government launched SAHAJ scheme for online release of new LPG connections

·       Rajiv Mangla appointed as CTO of Snapdeal

·       Tripura decided to implement National Food Security Act

·       Union Government launched E-Payment Module for Deposit of Compensatory Levies into CAMPA Funds

·       Festival Thiru Onam celebrated in Kerala

·       Kandakatla Manohar appointed as Director of NIMS

·       Manipur government handed over 336.93 acres land for National Sports University

·       Call To Action Summit 2015 on ending preventable child and maternal deaths held in New Delhi

·       Law Commission of India submitted report on Early Childhood Development and Legal Entitlements

·       Air India won Guru Tegh Bahadur Hockey title after 7 years

·       Union Government announced names of 98 smart cities

·       Usain Bolt won 200 meter title at 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing

·       Reliance Communications Ltd tied up with Jasper to offer Internet of Things services in India

·       NITI Aayog launched second version of India Energy Security Scenarios 2047

·       AB de Villiers broke Sourav Ganguly’s record of fastest 8000 ODI runs

·       Wealth-X released the list of Top 20 Wealthiest People Under 35

·       Union Cabinet approved signing of agreement between India and Afghanistan

·       US designated Aziz Haqqani as global terrorist

·       Tennis Player Novak Djokovic appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF

·       GSLV-D6 successfully launched GSAT-6 communication satellite

·       Serbia, Kosovo agreed to implement 2013 Brussels Agreement

·       Union Cabinet approved amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes

·       Rajendra Singh conferred with 2015 Stockholm Water Prize

·       Three Indians named Fellows of American Society for Metals for 2015

·       Union Cabinet approved Amendments to the Arbitration and Conciliation Bill, 2015

·       Dilip Vengsarkar elected as president of ACSSI, India’s premier cricket Statisticians association

·       Union Cabinet approved Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Civil and Commercial matters with Oman

·       Kolkata Port adjudged as the best ‘Major Port of 2014-15’

·       Girish Sahni assumed charge as Director General of CSIR

·       Ananth Padmanabhan appointed as CEO of HarperCollins India

·       Study titled the Future of Forests: Emissions from Tropical Deforestation, 2016-2050 released

·       SAI launched School Sports Promotion Foundation

·       PayU India tied-up with redBus to attract customers to use its wallet PayU Money

·       Rajasthan Government and FCEL inked agreement to launch Annapurna Bhandar Yojana

·       India, Seychelles signed five Agreements/MoUs to improve bilateral relations

·       RGI released Census 2011 on Population by Religious Communities

·       BRIDGE programme of Australia extended to include Navodaya Schools

·       Rajasthan Government approved Arogya Rajasthan campaign

·       Second Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit held in Jaipur

·       Indian Army inaugurated Jaisalmer War Museum and Laungewala War Memorial

·       AP Government, Tata Trust signed MoU to develop villages of Vijayawada parliamentary constituency

·       Union Government launched ‘Sehat’ to provide healthcare facilities in rural areas

·       Veteran journalist Pranab Kumar Borah passed away

·       India, Nepal signed of MoU for construction of Petroleum Products Pipeline

·       eBird India Taxonomists reclassified Indian bird species

·       105-year-old Urdu copy of Ramcharitmanas written by Shiv Brat Lal found

·       NITI Aayog decided to set up expert group to draft Model Land Leasing Law

·       India, Australia signed MoU on cooperation in fields of education, training and research

·       Justice ML Tahaliyani sworn-in as Lokayukta of Maharashtra

·       Syrian woman Journalist Zaina Erhaim awarded with Peter Mackler Award 2015

·       Indian-American Vince Chhabria appointed as a full-time federal judge by Obama

·       Scientists identified THSD7A gene as primarily responsible for obesity in Indians

·       Union Government released Postal stamp on Ashoka

·       Amol Palekar appointed as Chairman of India’s Oscar jury

·       Jains held nationwide protests against ban on Santhara by Rajasthan High Court

·       Two Guatemala ministers resigned amidst allegations of import bribery scandal

·       Raipur to host 2015 FIH Hockey World League Final

·       DJB commissioned 1st ever Hydro-power plant at Chilla

·       Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara retired from International Cricket

·       Usain Bolt won 100 meter title at 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing

·       Roger Federer won Cincinnati Masters Men’s Singles tennis title for record seventh time

·       Serena Williams won Cincinnati Masters Women’s Singles title for second time

·       Bandhan Financial Services started operations as Scheduled Commercial Bank

·       Golfer Aditi Ashok became first Indian to win the Ladies British Amateur Golf championship

·       England won 2015 Ashes Test series 3-2

·       Infosys launched three new services Aikido

·       Puducherry CM N Rangasamy launched Free Laptop Scheme

·       Eminent Sanskrit Scholar and Indologist NR Varhadpande passed away

·       Noted academician Amitabh Mattoo appointed as Advisor to J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

·       Uber Cabs tied-up with Bharti Airtel to set up WiFi hotspots in each of its cabs

·       Union Government Issued Norms for Selection of CEOs and MDs of Smaller PSU Banks

·       Book titled Mrs Funnybones authored by Twinkle Khanna released

·       Himachal Pradesh Government launched RISHTA project

·       NASA spacecraft LADEE found presence of neon gas in Moon’s atmosphere

·       Historian Babasaheb Purandare bestowed with Maharashtra Bhushan Award 2015

·       Making India Awesome authored by Chetan Bhagat released

·       Union Government launched web portal Vidya Lakshmi for Students Seeking Educational Loans

·       Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

·       Union Cabinet approved signing of MoU between India and Australia on education and research

·       ASA and Exchange of Information with respect to Taxes between India, Seychelles approved

·       Greek PM Alexis Tsipras resigned and called for snap polls

·       Ashwani Lohani appointed as CMD of Air India Limited

·       Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Value Added Tax (Amendment) Regulation 2015 promulgation approved

·       Lahore High Court banned film ‘Phantom’ from release in Pakistan

·       R Gandhi panel recommended conversion of UCBs into Regular Banks

·       Bangladesh became first country to receive funds from UN for Solar Home Systems

·       Kerala Government inaugurated a 12 MW solar power project at Cochin International Airport

·       YouTube tied-up with Whistling Woods International to set up YouTube Space

·       Prasar Bharti, Digital Television Russia inked MoU

·       Uttar Pradesh Minister Chitranjan Swarup passed away

·        World Humanitarian Day observed with theme Inspiring the World’s Humanity on 20th August.

·       Haryana, Maryland agreed to cooperate in biotechnology, life sciences

·       Debut Novelist Zia Haider Rahman won the James Tait Black Award 2015

·       RBI granted ‘in-principle’ approval to 11 Payment Banks applicants

·       Olympic champion Sebastian Coe elected as President of IAAF

·       Malayalam actor Paravoor Bharathan died

·       Aditi Chauhan became India’s first woman to play in English league football

·       Himachal to make Sanskrit mandatory in government schools

·       Kishor Piraji Kharat appointed as MD and CEO of IDBI Bank

·       The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity authored by Tarun Khanna released by Akhilesh yadav

·       Karnal Singh assigned additional charge of Director of Enforcement Directorate

·       UNP led UNFGG coalition won the Sri Lanka Parliamentary Elections 2015

·       India’s First Lady Suvra Mukherjee passed away

·       Bangladesh lifted South Asian Football Federation U-16 title

·       Telangana Government launched Grama Jyothi Scheme across the state

·       ICICI Bank launched locker facility named Smart Vault

·       Birla Corporation acquired two Indian units of Lafarge Group for 5000 crore rupees

·       Union Government advanced Budget 2016-17 preparations by over 2 months

·       Kerala Government signed MoU with Adani Group for development of Vizhinjam Port

·       Delhi government announced City Taxi Scheme

·       Ajit Kumar Seth appointed as Chairman of Public Enterprises Selection Board

·       Andy Murray won Rogers Cup Masters tournament

·       India, Bangladesh signed MoU to tackle the menace of fake Indian currency notes

·         Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta 2015 given to Sania Mirza, Tennis Player.

·       Abhishek Verma clinched gold for India at Archery World Cup

·       Union Government appointed two private sector professionals to head BoB, Canara Bank

·       Odisha Government approved Fisheries Policy, 2015

·       Housing.com acquired Bengaluru-based HomeBuy360

·       President Pranab Mukherjee approved 67 Gallantry Awards

·       PM Narendra Modi launched a new campaign Start-up India, Stand up India

·       Mustansir Barma won 2015 Gujar Mal Modi award for innovative science and technology

·         World Badminton Championship: Saina became 1st Indian shuttler to win silver medal. She lost the women’s singles summit clash to Spain’s Carolina Marin 16-21, 19-21 in Jakarta.

·       2015 United States-India Cyber Dialogue held in Washington, DC

·       Indian Men’s Hockey team won European series against Spain 2-1

·       Om Prakash Munjal, founder of Hero Cycle Limited, passed away

·       RBI notified Interest Subvention Scheme 2015-16 of Union Government for banks

·       Pahal Scheme acknowledged by Guinness Book of World Records as largest cash transfer program

·       Assam passed Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2015

·       Maharashtra’s Dahi Handi granted with the Adventure Sport status

·       OP Rawat appointed as Election Commissioner of India

·       China, Pakistan signed deals worth 1.6 billion US dollars to implement CPEC

·       Researchers discovered evidence of an ancient lake on Mars

·       Sanjay Jalona appointed as MD and CEO of L&T Infotech

·       Libyan PM Abdullah al-Thani resigned hours after peace talks restarted

·       Acharya Dev Vrat sworn-in as Governor of Himachal Pradesh

·       Jayant Patel appointed as acting Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court

·       Union Government approved 300 crore package to save standing kharif crops from weak monsoon

·       Union Cabinet approved MoU between India, Nepal for construction of petroleum pipeline

·       Sudhakar Shetty elected as President of Gymnastics Federation of India

·       Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced marketing of Bio Fuel Blended HSD

·       India & World Bank signed agreement of US$ 308.40 Million for NCRMP-II

·       Delhi government constituted panel to probe CNG fitness scam

·       President Pranab Mukherjee presented Saraswati Sammaan to Dr. M Veerappa Moily

·       Veteran Marathi stage actor Bhalchandra Pendharkar died

·       Kochi became first Indian city to join World Tourism Cities Federation Council

·       On 11th August International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples observed

·       Xiaomi Corp tied up with Foxconn to set up facility in Andhra Pradesh under Make in India initiative

·       Union Ministry for Minority Affairs launched Nai Manzil Scheme in Patna

·       Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched new train services in Northeast

·       Google launched its parent company Alphabet Inc

·       World Bio-Fuel Day observed globally on 10 August

·       Telecom Ministry launched mobile app named Disha to promote digital literacy in Bihar

·       Rajasthan High Court banned Santhara ritual in Jain Community

·       Amitabh Bachchan accepted the proposal to be Maharashtra’s tiger ambassador

·       Hockey India suspended Gurbaj Singh for 9 months

·       Union Government launched School Nursery Yojana to bring students closer to nature

·       Raghavendra Gadagkar awarded with Germany’s Cross of Order of the Merit

·       Ram Nath Kovind appointed as Governor of Bihar

·       Param Tyag Chakra Initiative launched to honour families of martyrs

·       Union Government & Delhi Government agreed to prepare blueprint to Clean & Rejuvenate Yamuna River

·       Freedom fighter Kayyara Kinhanna Rai passed away

·       Michael Clarke announced retirement from International Cricket

·       Suraksha Bandhan drive launched to facilitate enrolment under Social Security Schemes

·       Ajeet Kumar Saroj, Varanasi jail inmate awarded with IGNOU gold medal

·       Foxconn decided to invest 5 billion US dollar in Maharashtra over next five years

·       Goa Tourism Minister Parulekar conferred with PATWA 2015 award

·       Accenture appointed Rekha Menon as Chairperson of India’s operation

·       Frances Oldham Kelsey, the anti-thalidomide Canadian doctor, died

·       BCCI announced Ad-Hoc Committee for Cricket Administration in Bihar and Uttarakhand

·       Tripura Legislative Assembly passed a resolution against death penalty

·       India decided to boycott 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference to be held in Islamabad

·       Hollywood Actor George Cole passed away

·        PM Narendra Modi inaugurated first National Handloom Day on 7th August

·       RBI relaxed Branch Authorisation Policy to allow banks to merge or close branches in urban areas

·       70th Hiroshima Day observed on 7th August to commemorate dropping of Atomic bomb on Hiroshima

·       Indian-American Atul Keshap appointed as the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives

·       SBI Life Insurance launched Smart Humsafar Plan

·       48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

·       Southern states to set up Inter-State Coordination Council to resolve forest-related issues

·       India and Myanmar inked agreement to set up CESDT in Myanmar

·       Amitava Ghosh appointed as Vice President-engineering of Snapdeal

·       Delhi Government reconstituted Urdu Academy

·       Fashion designer Arnold Scaasi passed away

·       Lok Sabha passed Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2015

·       World War-II hero Colonel Harwant Singh passed away

·       Bharti Airtel launched 4G services in 296 towns across India

·       NASA signed 490 million US dollars contract with Russia for International Space Station travel

·       Zhanna Nemtsova awarded with Poland’s Solidarity Prize 2015

·       Haryana’s CM Manohar Lal launched ‘Thari Pension Thare Pass’ scheme

·       FICCI, ILO signed MoU to establish National Coordination Centre for SCORE Training Services

·       Multi Application Solar Telescope operationalised at Udaipur Solar Observatory

·       Murugappa Group signed agreement with Organo Corp to form Joint Venture

·       India, Mozambique signed MoU to boost ties in Renewable Energy Sector

·       Union Cabinet approved direct release of wages into bank accounts of MNREGA workers

·       Bihar legislative Assembly passed the Bihar Public Grievance Redressal Bill, 2015

·       Two films Masaan & Jaanisaar made tax free in UP

·       Mathematician Amalendu Krishna won 2015 Ramanujan Prize

·       Uttar Pradesh government decided to rename UPTU as APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University

·       Maharashtra government increased the retirement age of medical officers from 58 to 60

·       Delhi Government decided to have tram network in Old Delhi

·       Jharkhand empowered ACB to arrest Ministers & civil servants in bribery cases without permission

·       British singer Cilla Black passed away

·       Haryana Government to honour victims of Emergency 1975 with Tamra Patra

·       Roland S Folger appointed as CEO and MD of Mercedes-Benz India

·       Rural Development Minister launched ‘SAMANVAY’ for Gram Panchayats

·       Iqbal Ahmed Ansari appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court

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