Current Affairs, August 2015
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• India's GDP growth slows to 7 per cent in the June quarter which is
slower than provisional growth of 7.5 per cent in the previous quarter.
• The Union Government proposed a Rs 100 crore spiritual tourism circuit for Kerala.
• US President Barack Obama rename the "Mt McKinley" mountain in Alaska as "Denali". It is the highest mountain in North America.
• The BCCI and Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced that all future bilateral cricket series between the two countries will be titled as 'The Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series'.
• National Sports Day is observer today in India.
• The President of India Pranab Mukherjee conferred the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, Arjuna awards and Dronacharya awards to the nominated sportsperson.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi pay tribute to the soldiers who fought the
1965 India-Pakistan war on its 50th anniversary.
• New Delhi's Aurangzeb Road rename as APJ Abdul Kalam Road.
• South Africa's captain AB de Villiers became the fastest to score 8,000 ODI runs in 182 innings, surpassing former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.
• The Union Government announced the names of 98 towns and cities chosen
for its Smart Cities project.
• The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched military communications satellite GSAT-6 in space using GSLV.
• Usain Bolt wins fourth straight 200 metres world title in Beijing.
• BJP emerging as the single largest party in the Bengaluru municipal
corporation polls with 100 out of 197 seats.
• The government today released the results of its 2011 religious census according to which Hindus in the population has slipped below 80 per cent for the first time.
• The BSE Sensex down by 1,625 points, a nearly 6 per cent which is
highest fall since 2009.
• Kolkata based Micro Financial Institution (MFI) Bandhan Financial Services, started operations as a Scheduled Commercial Bank.
• Serena Williams and Roger Federer wins the Cincinnati Masters Women's and Men’s Singles tennis title respectively.
• Pakistan called off the Indo-Pak National Security Advisor-level talks
after disagreement in meeting agenda.
• England wins the 5 match Ashes Series by 3-2 against Australia.
• Usain Bolt wins world 100 meters title in 9.79 secs at the world athletics championships in Beijing.
• Australian Captain Michael Clarke and Sri Lanka Batsman Kumar Sangakkara retire from Test Cricket.
• Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for
• Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has resigned from his post.
• Ashwani Lohani appointed as the chairman and managing director of national carrier Air India.
• The three-judge bench of Justices AR Dave, Kurian Joseph and Adarsh
Kumar Goel of Supreme Court asked the Ansal brothers, convicts in Uphaar
fire tragedy in Delhi to pay a fine of Rs 60 crore to Delhi Government.
• The annual Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Index has named Melbourne as the world's most liveable city for the 5th consecutive year.
• Suvra Mukherjee wife of President Pranab Mukherjee, passed away following a cardiac arrest in New Delhi.
• 10 pilgrims were killed and 15 others were injured in a landslide in
Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh.
• Sri Lanka's ruling party United National Party (UNP) has won the general election of the nation.
• Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched State Bank of India's mobile wallet app known as SBI Buddy. The app will be available to all customers irrespective of the bank the customer is banking with or the card the customer is using.
• At least 27 people killed when a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded
outside a shrine in Bangkok.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 50,000 Indians at Dubai stadium.
• The UAE decided to allot land for building a first temple in Abu Dhabi.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in UAE on 2 day visit.
• Saina Nehwal defeated by Carolina Marin 16-21, 19-21 in the final of World Championship.
• India celebrates 69th Independence Day.
• Saina Nehwal becomes the first Indian to reach the final of World Badminton Championship.
• A total of 824 central and state forces police personnel were awarded
gallantry and other service medals on the eve of Independence Day. These
include Presidents Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG) to the three Punjab
police officials who fought against terrorists from Pakistan in Gurdaspur.
Also eight gallantry awards given to commandos of the Indian army's 21
Parachute Regiment who participated in a cross border raid in Myanmar.
• Ajinkya Rahane creates a record of most catching by a fielder in Test cricket. He took 8 catches in the ongoing test match against Sri Lanka.
• The founder of Hero Cycle Om Prakash Munjal passed away in Ludhiana at the age of 87.
• 1977 batch IAS officer Om Prakash Rawat appointed as the new Election
Commissioner of India.
• The National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan will meet on 23rd August in New Delhi.
• Maharashtra Government had declared traditional 'Dahi-handi'
celebrations in Janmashthami as an adventure sport.
• Sania Mirza became the only the second tennis player to be recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Other 17 sportsperson were recommended for this year's Arjuna awards.
• Indian born Sundar Pichai appointed as the CEO of Google.
• Indian Government filed a suit against Maggi noodles, to pay 640 crores in damages for alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements.
• Supreme Court ruled that Aadhar card is not mandatory for availing government schemes.
• Kochi became the first Indian city to be a member of World Tourism Cities Federation Council (WTCF).
• President of India Pranab Mukherjee presented the 24th Saraswati Sammaan for the year 2014 to Congress MP Dr. M Veerappa Moily.
• At least 11 people died and 20 were injured in a stampede near a temple
in Deoghar town, Jharkhand.
• Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran has been given three days to surrender to the CBI by the Madras High Court after his bail is rejected.
• The President of India has appointed Ram Nath Kovind as the Governor of
Bihar and Acharya Dev Vrat as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh.
• At least 50 people were killed when militants attacked a police academy and a US special forces base in Kabul.
• India will boycott the Commonwealth Speakers' conference to be held in
Islamabad in protest against Pakistan's decision not to invite the Speaker
of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.
• Now onwards, no police verification will be required for reissue of passports.
• The Tripura Assembly has passed a resolution to end death penalty in the state.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first National Handloom Day at the Centenary Hall of Madras University, Tamil Nadu.
• On terrorist from Pakistani captured alive after an encounter in Jammu
and Kashmir's Udhampur district in which at least two BSF jawans were killed
and 11 others injured.
• At least 29 passengers killed and 25 others injured when coaches of two trains, Janata Express and Kamayani Express derailed over a railway bridge in Harda district in Madhya Pradesh.
• The Indian Government has signed a peace accord with the NSCN-IM to
bring peace in Nagaland.
• Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has suspended 25 of the 44 Congress MPs for five days for causing "grave disorder" in Parliament.
• The NDA Government has decided to withdraw all the changes it had proposed to the Land Acquisition Act passed by the UPA government in 2013.
• Mumbai Cricket Association lifted five-year ban on Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan from entering the Wankhede Stadium.
• 20 people died in landslide caused by heavy rain in Chandel district of
• Sports Ministry recommended name of Sania Mirza for this year Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
• Indian-origin food scientist Harjinder Singh has been conferred with the "International Dairy Foods Association Award" for his contribution in improving the quality, safety and processing efficiency of dairy food.
• Chinese capital Beijing has been chosen to host 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.