Current Affairs – August 2016

CURRENT AFFAIRS – August 2016

banking_Current Affairs - August 2016

1st August -7th August, 2016

  1. The Make in India conference will be held in Bhubaneswar
  • The “Make in India” conference will be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha in December 2016.
  • The conference would be organized by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to attract investment in the state as well as in the country

2. Rani Nair has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)

  • Rani Singh Nair, a 1979-batch IRS officer of the income-tax cadre, has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)
  • She succeeded Atulesh Jindal and will be in office till October 31, 2016. Earlier, she was a member of legislation and computerization department in the CBDT

3. Lewis Hamilton has won the 2016 Formula One German Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton, a British Formula One Mercedes racing driver, has won the 2016 German Grand Prix title of Formula One
  • It is his 6th title of the 2016 season after Monaco Grand Prix, Canadian Grand Prix, Austrian Grand Prix, British Grand Prix and Hungarian Grand Prix

4. Luke Aikins became the first person in the world to jump and land without parachute, is belonged to United States

  • Skydiver Luke Aikins from United States has become the first person in the world to jump without a parachute and landed safely in a net in Simi Valley, southern California
  • He achieved this feat after successfully free falling from aeroplane from height of 25,000 feet (mid-tropospheric altitude) in 2-minutes into the 100x100ft net without a parachute or wingsuit

5. Kerala will launch its Anti Corruption Index to measure the graphs of corruption in all spheres of society

  • The Kerala Anti-corruption Index (KAI), the first of its kind in India, will be launched by the Kerala government under its “zero tolerance to corruption” policy
  • The initiative will have a set of proxy indicators to measure the graphs of corruption in all spheres of society
  • The programme will be implemented by the Kerala Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau The purpose of the index is to develop a durable and sustainable mechanism to check corruption, which is possible only by sensitizing and empowering general public

6. Patna Pirates kabaddi team won the 2016 STAR Sports-Pro Kabaddi League

  • The Patna Pirates has won the 4th edition of STAR Sports-Pro Kabaddi League by defeating Jaipur Pink Panthers by 37-29 score at Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad, Telangana
  • With this win, Patna Pirates has become first Kabaddi team to won the title twice and the only at champions to have defended their title

7. NTPC commissions NP Kunta power project

  • NTPC Ltd has commissioned a 50 MW (1X50 MW) capacity solar photovoltaic power project of NP Kunta Ultra Mega Solar Power Project Stage-I at Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh
  • With this, the installed capacity of NP Kunta Ultra Mega Solar Power Project Stage-I coming up Anantapur has touched 250 MW and that of NTPC Group now stands at 47,228 MWl

8. Indian Railways has recently tied up with MobiKwik to ensure food delivery in train coaches with e-cash payments

  • The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has recently tied up with MobiKwik, the Gurgaon-based mobile wallet company, to enable railway passengers to make e-cash payments on the IRCTC’s e-catering app “Food on Track”
  • The app allows passengers to book and get food from their preferred restaurants, delivered right at their train coaches
  • Apart from this, MobiKwik is also powering payments for IRCTC Connect Android App, which allows users to book railway tickets instantly
  • MobiKwik is a mobile wallet and online payment system where a user can store money to make mobile and DTH recharge, pay utility bills and shop using wallet with over 50,000 merchants

9. Syed Nayeemuddin has been conferred with the 2016 Mohun Bagan Ratna (jewel)

  • Syed Nayeemuddin, the former India football team captain, has been conferred with the Mohun Bagan FC’s prestigious Mohun Bagan Ratna (jewel) for 2016
  • With this, he became the 16th recipient of the prestigious award, which is bestowed upon a person for making a seminal contribution to the success of the club
  • Nayeemuddin is the only athlete to win the Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award for his contribution to football both as a player and coach

10. Bhaskar Khulbe appointed as the new Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  • Bhaskar Khulbe, a 1983 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, has been appointed as the new Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Previously, he was the additional secretary in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)

11. Novak Djokovic won the 2016 Rogers club title in the men’s single category

  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia has won the 2016 ATP Toronto Masters, also known as the Rogers club title in the men’s single category, in Toronto by defeating Kei Nishikori by 6-3, 7-5 in the final to clinch his 66th career title and 4th Canadian title
  • With this, he became the first player to clinch 30 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles

12. Parliament passes Indian Medical Council (Amendment Bill), 2016

  • The Parliament has passed Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to conduct of uniform entrance examination for admission to all medical educational institutions
  • The bill seeks to replace the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 and its provisions will come into force retrospectively from May 24, 2016
  • It will be applicable for admission at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level
  • This provision will be applicable to state government seats in government and private medical institutions

13. Resolution for the renaming of Madras High Court passed

  • The Tamil Nadu Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution that the Madras High Court be renamed as Tamil Nadu High Court and not as High Court of Chennai as proposed by the Centre
  • The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad with an aim to modify the names of the High Court’s (HCs) of Bombay, Calcutta, and Madras
  • The High Courts of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras will be known as the High Courts of Mumbai, Kolkata and Tamil Nadu respectively

14. Simona Halep wins Rogers Cup women’s single

  • The 24-year old Romania’s Simona Halep has won the Rogers Cup women’s singles title after beating American Madison Keys 7-6, 6-3 in the final Montreal
  • This is her 14th WTA title. But overall this is her third title of the year. Simona has also won the titles in Bucharest and Madrid earlier this season

15. N Chandra honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2016 Goa State Film Festival

  • N Chandra, the bollywood film-maker, will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 8th edition of Goa State Film Festival 2016, which is scheduled to be held on August 5-8, 2016
  • Chandra is known for his films such as Ankush, Pratighaat, Tezaab and Narasimha

16. China has been hit by severe tropical Typhoon Nida

  • The severe tropical typhoon Nida, also called Tropical Storm Carina in Philippines, has recently hit the China’s Guangdong Province
  • The gale-force wind with up to 150 km/hr has caused heavy rain followed the tropical typhoon
  • This is the strongest typhoon to hit the Pearl River Delta since 1983
  • It was caused by a tropical depression that had developed about 1,020 km to the east-southeast of Manila, Philippines
  • The cyclonic system was located within a favorable environment for development of cyclone with low vertical wind shear and very warm sea surface temperatures

17. Pushpa Kamal Dahal is the newly elected Prime Minister of Nepal

  • Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, is the newly elected Prime Minister of Nepal
  • He is the chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre)

18. Rajasthan has become the first Indian state to approve sewage and waste water policy

  • Rajasthan has become the first Indian state to approve sewage and waste water policy
  • As per the policy, all district headquarters, heritage cities and cities in the state which have more than one lakh population will be included
  • In it, treated waste water will be used in irrigation and agricultural work. The requirement of next 30 years will be covered in this policy
  • It will be compulsory for every house in the state to connect with sewage system in those cities which have 100% sewage system in next 5 years

19. Anant Maheshwari appointed as the new President of Microsoft India

  • Technocrat Anant Maheshwari has been appointed as the new President of Microsoft India, a subsidiary of US based software giant Microsoft Inc
  • He will succeed Bhaskar Pramanik in March 2017
  • Maheshwari will be responsible for Microsoft’s entire product, service and support offerings across India

20. The World Economic Forum (WEF) India Economic Summit will be hosted in New Delhi

  • The World Economic Forum (WEF) India Economic Summit will be held in New Delhi on October 6-7, 2016
  • The theme of the summit is “Fostering an Inclusive India through Digital Transformation” and it will be attended by over 500 business and political leaders

Sources:  PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

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21. India’s first underground museum will be opened in New Delhi

  • India’s first underground museum will be opened at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on October 2, 2016
  • The museum showcases a collection of relics associated with each of the past presidents of India along with a range of vestiges reflecting upon the history of India’s freedom struggle
  • Approx Rs. 80 crores were spent in creating this museum, which took almost two years to complete

22. The world’s tallest girder rail bridge will come up in Manipur

  • Indian Railways will build India’s longest tunnel and world’s tallest girder rail bridge on the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge railway line in Manipur
  • The 111-km long line already has 37 tunnels on it
  • The new tunnel will be 11.55 km long, more than the famous Pir Panjal tunnel on the Banihal-Qazigund line
  • The rail bridge with height of 141m will surpass the existing tallest bridge in Europe which has a height of 139m

23. Vivek Teja won the 2016 World Martial Arts championship (WMAC)

  • Cherupalli Vivek Teja, an International Martial artist from India, has won the World Martial Arts Championships (WMAC) in Sydney, Australia and became the World Karate Champion (All Styles)
  • He defeated Australian taekwondo Matthew Rose in the final to clinch the title

24. Youssef Chahed is the newly appointed Prime Minister of Tunisia

  • Youssef Chahed, the former local and regional affairs minister, has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Tunisia by the Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi
  • He succeeded Habib Essid, who lost vote of no-confidence in the parliament because of his handling of economic reforms and security
  • Chahed nomination is likely to be approved by a Parliamentary vote, as required. If Chahed wins the backing of parliament, he will be the Tunisia’s youngest premier since it won independence from France in 1956
  • He would also be Tunisia’s 7th Prime Minister in less than 6 years since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

25. Sachet portal has been launched by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to curb illegal money pooling by firms

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently launched “Sachet” portal to curb illegal and unauthorized pooling of funds by unscrupulous firms
  • The portal “sachet.rbi.org.in” will help public to obtain information about entities allowed to collect deposits
  • The portal will facilitate filing, tracking of complaints, besides providing information about whether any particular entity is registered with any regulator or is permitted to accept deposits

26. Sudhanshu Mani appointed as new GM for ICF

  • Sudhanshu Mani has been appointed as General Manager, Integral Coach Factory
  • Prior to this, he was Chief Mechanical Engineer, Rail Wheel Factory, Yelahanka Bengaluru Mani belongs to 1979 batch of Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME)
  • He has over 36 years of experience in Indian Railways and worked in areas like workshop management, railway operations, project management, planning, and R&D. In his earlier capacities, he had worked as Advisor (Minister), Berlin, at Embassy of India, Germany, Divisional Railway Manager, South Western Railway, etc

27. International Olympic Committee (IOC) included Five sports for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has added 5 sports viz. baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing to the sports programme for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • With this, the 2020 Tokyo Games will feature 33 sports and about 11,000 athletes, compared to the usual number of 28 sports and 10,500 athletes

28. Nita Ambani become the first Indian woman to join the International Olympic Committee

  • Nita Ambani, founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation and owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team franchise, has been elected as an individual member of International Olympic Committee
  • With this, she became the first Indian woman to join the prestigious body which governs Olympic sports in the world
  • Nita is the only current active individual member of the IOC from India and will serve the world body till the age of 70

29. India’s first tiger cell will set up in Dehradun

  • India’s first tiger cell will set up at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) campus in Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and WII
  • The cell will house a database of tigers as well as DNA and stripes samples of the big cats from over 50 tiger reserves and will aid conservation efforts by preventing poaching and providing an update on tiger numbers

30. Tarun Ramadorai committee has been constituted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to study on household finance in India

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted Dr. Tarun Ramadorai committee to study various facets of household finance in India and benchmark India’s position against both the peer countries and advanced countries
  • The committee will also study the reasons behind the deviation of financial allocations of Indian households like the large household allocation to gold
  • It will evaluate the design of new systems and the redesign of existing systems of incentives and regulations to encourage and enable better participation by Indian households in formal financial markets

31. The National Handloom Day is celebrated on August 7th 2016

  • The National Handloom Day is celebrated in India on August 7 to mark a 1905 movement that boycotted British products in favour of the revival of domestic ones

32. Takehiko Nakao is the newly elected President of Asian Development Bank (ADB)

  • Takehiko Nakao has been re-elected for a 2nd term as the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is beginning from November 2016
  • With this, he will remain head of the ADB till 2021
  • Nakao was first elected to the role in 2013 to serve the remaining three and a half years of the term of his predecessor, Haruhiko Kuroda

33. Vijay Rupani is the newly appointed chief minister of Gujarat

  • Vijay Rupani is the newly appointed chief minister of Gujarat
  • Prior to this, he was the State BJP President of Gujarat

34. China has successfully launched its first mobile telecom satellite “Tiantong-01”

  • China has successfully launched the first mobile telecom satellite “Tiantong-01” into orbit from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre with the help of Long March-3B carrier rocket
  • It will establish a mobile network with ground facilities, providing services for China, the Middle East, Africa and other areas

35. World peace and Environment is the theme of the 2016 Rio Olympics

  • The theme of the 2016 Rio Olympics is “World peace and Environment”
  • It is the 31st edition of Summer Olympic Games, which has recently started at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 and will be continue till August 21, 2016
  • The motto of the Rio 2016 is “A new world” and the official mascot is Vinicius
  • In it, 207 countries and the refugee teams are taking part

36. IBM and Apple open first global development hub in India

  • IBM in partnership with Apple has launched a new global development hub at Manyata Tech Park, Bengaluru
  • The hub mainly aims to help the clients in India complete digital mobility process platform
  • IBM is also planning to launch satellite centres in many other countries including China, Romania, and Brazil

37. KK Khurana, New head for BHEL Corporate R&D

  • KK Khurana, General Manager in-charge, has taken over as Head of BHEL Corporate R&D with effect from August 4, 2016
  • Prior to the elevation as GM I/C of Corporate R&D, he was involved in Project Engineering Management (PEM), Technical service among other areas in the company
  • He has wide experience in thermal power plant projects

38. Modi Launches PMO App At MyGov Anniversary Event

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the new PMO app at a function organised by MyGov in New Delhi. The app would correspond to the website of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)
  • The app is developed by a team of young engineering students from Delhi who has won the contest to develop the app
  • The new app will allow mobile users to connect with the website of the Prime Minister’s Office

39. South India’s first Doppler weather radar inaugurated

  • ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar has inaugurated a ‘C Band Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar’ at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the first Doppler weather radar in Cherrapunji which was built by the ISRO and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) in May
  • This Doppler weather radar can provide advance information about storms, cyclones, and other severe weather conditions
  • The data from this radar would be available to India Meteorological Department (IMD) to supplement its weather predictions and also to researchers and user agencies

40. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated India’s International Footwear Fair

  • A three day long India’s International Footwear Fair (IIFF) has been launched by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on August 5th in New Delhi
  • This year around 263 companies from India and abroad are participating in the event

Sources:  PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

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8th August -14th August, 2016

  1. The International Meeting on Counter Terrorism will be held in Indonesia
  • The International Meeting on Counter Terrorism will be held at Bali, Indonesia on August 10, 2016
  • This is first of its kind meeting, which aims to strengthen the international cooperation network in addressing the growing threat of cross-border movement of terrorism from the aspects of actor, information and also financing
  • The theme of the multilateral meeting is “Countering Cross-Border movement of Terrorism”
  • From India, the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju will attend the meeting

2. The 2017 Swachh Suvekshan has been launched by Minister of Urban Development

  • The Union Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu has recently launched Swachh Suvekshan-2017 project in New Delhi to assess and rank 500 cities based on levels of sanitation and efforts made by respective urban local bodies
  • It also aims to capture progress towards achieving Open Defecation Free status
  • Therefore, to promote people’s participation , the ministry has launched Swachhata Helpline ‘1969’ and Swachhata App
  • With this, citizens can seek information about the ways of participating in the cleanliness mission and can also enquire about the status of their applications for construction of toilets
  • Apart from this, ministry has also launched ‘Asli Tarakki’ campaign to highlight the need for construction of toilets and using them

3. As per the recently released RBI’s 3rd bi-monthly monetary policy review for FY 2016-17, the current repo rate is 6.5 %

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept policy rates unchanged in the recently released 3rd bi-monthly monetary policy review for FY 2016-17
  • The repo rate at which RBI lends to the system has been retained at 6.5 %, while the reverse repo rate which is paid to banks has been maintained at 6 %
  • The RBI has also kept the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) and Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) unchanged at 4.0 % and 21.25 %
  • The Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate have been kept at 7%

4. International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9th 2016

  • The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed every year on August 9 to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population
  • The 2016 theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Education” is devoted to the right to education of indigenous people as a critical education gap exists between indigenous peoples and the general population

5.“Quit India 2-from Swaraaj to Suraaj” initiative has been launched by Maharashtra

  • The Maharashtra Government has recently launched “Quit India 2-from Swaraaj to Suraaj” initiative at the historic August Kranti Maidan (or Gowalia Tank ) in Mumbai to mark the Platinum Jubilee celebration of the 1942 Quit India Movement
  • The initiative would emphasize on freedom from illiteracy, farmer suicide, wastage of water, addiction among youth and corruption
  • The August Kranti Maidan is the same park where Mahatma Gandhi launched the movement of disobedience on August 8, 1942 and gave the clarion call of ‘Do or Die’ for independence from Britishers

6. NTPC become the first-ever Indian quasi-sovereign to issue a Masala bond on London Stock Exchange (LSE)

  • The National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), an Indian public sector company, has recently listed the world’s first Indian green Masala bond on the London Stock Exchange (LSE)
  • With this, NTPC has become the first-ever Indian quasi-sovereign to issue a Masala bond on LSE
  • The bond is Climate Bonds Initiative certified and will be listed on London Stock Exchange’s green bonds segment
  • NTPC will invest the proceeds of the green Masala bond in the renewable energy market as it seeks to add more wind and solar power projects to its portfolio to support the Indian government’s ambition to generate 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022

7. M. S. Subbulakshmi will be honoured at the United Nations on India’s 70th Independence Day

  • M. S. Subbulakshmi, legendary Indian carnatic vocalist, will be honoured at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on India’s 70th Independence Day (August 15, 2016) To pay homage to Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary, Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman will perform at UNGA in New York, United States
  • With this, Rahman will become only the 2nd Indian artist after Subbulakshmi to perform at the UN after she was invited for a performance 50 years ago
  • The concert will be organized by the Indian mission in coordination with Chennai-based Sankara Nethralaya, a not-for-profit eye institution, at the UNGA

8. Tomorrow’s India Global Summit will be held in South Korea

  • The 5-day event “Tomorrow’s India Global Summit” will be held in Seoul, South Korea. It is an initiative of the Global Social India Foundation to provide a platform to offer expansion and investment opportunities for Indian start-up community, MSMEs and corporate businesses
  • It also helps students and educationists to learn, adapt and discover the global education system
  • The agenda for the summit includes panel discussions, sector specific company presentations, case study by various global conglomerates and networking dinners for the business delegates

9. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has recently signed pact with IIT to develop technology to construct maintenance free highways in India

  • The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with IIT-Kharagpur for research project to develop technology to construct long lasting maintenance free highways in India
  • IIT-Kharagpur will develop ‘Paneled Cement Concrete Pavements’ for highways. The duration of the research project is 3 years

10. “Gaofen-3” an earth observation satellite has been successfully launched by China

  • China has successfully launched “Gaofen-3” an earth observation satellite into orbit by the Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province
  • The Gaofen-3 is China’s first low-orbit remote sensing satellite and is capable of capturing high-resolution images accurate down to about 1m
  • It will be used for disaster warning, weather forecasting, water resource assessments and the protection of maritime rights
  • The satellite has a lifespan of 8 years and will operate as an all-weather 24-hour observation platform

11. Mihir Shah committee was formed to restructure the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB)

  • The Mihir Shah committee, which was formed to restructure the water agencies, is recently in news because of its recommendations to set up new National Water Commission (NWC) As per the recommendations, NWC will be an autonomous body and will have a countrywide base and mandate and greater human-power
  • The committee has also warned against the perils of interlinking of rivers and dependence on large dam projects
  • Beside this, the committee has also suggested that there is no need to restructure water agencies viz. Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB)
  • The committee was set up by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, which has submitted its report in July 2016

12. Syndicate Bank launches new products

  • Arun Shrivastava, MD & CEO of Syndicate Bank has launched new products to ease customer transactions
  • The  first products launched by the bank was the fund transfer based on ‘Aadhaar Number through NUUP’, using an ordinary mobile phone without internet connection
  • While the other one was ‘Fund Transfer through IMPS’ at any branch for instantaneous credit to any bank account

13. Gymnast Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian to qualify for Vault Finals

  • Dipa Karmakar, the Indian Gymnast, created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to enter the Olympic final at the Rio Olympic Centre
  • The 22-year-old qualified for the final round in the Individual vault final of artistic gymnastics after finishing eighth on the standings
  • Competing in the third sub-division, Dipa had an average score of 51.665. She scored 14.850 by performing her much-vaunted ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly on the vault, 11.666 on the uneven bars, 12.866 in balance beam and 12.033 in floor exercises
  • While American Simone Biles, the three-time world all-round champion topped the charts with a score of 16.050

14. Irom Sharmila ends 16-year-long fast

  • Human rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila (44) today has ended her 16-year-long fast against Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 and was granted bail by an Imphal court on Rs.10,000 personal bond
  • However, She will be examined in court again on August 23
  • Irom had earlier announced that she will contest 2017 Manipur Assembly election

15. Abhijeet Gupta retains Commonwealth Chess championship crown

  • Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta has added another feather to his cap by retaining the Commonwealth Chess championship crown. As the title was also won earlier by him in 2015
  • This is the 20th Commonwealth Chess championship and was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Besides, International Master Tania Sachdev also finished with a gold medal. Although in this edition all the medals were won by the Indians players in the senior category Grand Masters S L Narayanan and Deep Chakkravarthy got the silver and bronze medals respectively in the open section

16. Maneka Gandhi kicks off a campaign to mark 11 August as Daughters’ Day

  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched a social media campaign to mark the Daughters Day to be celebrated on 11th August 2016 by tweeting a picture with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter
  • The entire coming week will be celebrated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development as Daughters Week, as part of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme to check female foeticide, improve sex ratio and educate girls across the country
  • Through social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter etc, users from across the country will post photographs online with their Daughters,Daughters-in-law and Granddaughters using the hashtag #BBBPDaughtersWeek
  • This opportunity is being used by the Ministry to engage citizens to celebrate the young women and girls in their lives and spread the message of valuing the girl child

17. Dinesh Kumar Khara appointed as MD of State Bank of India

  • The Department of Personnel and Training of State Bank of India (SBI) has announced the appointment of Mr. Dinesh Kumar Khara as its Managing Director (MD)
  • His appointment has been done by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) for a period of three years, extendable by two years after the review of his performance
  • Presently he is working as MD and Chief Executive Officer of SBI Funds Management Pvt Ltd

18. The International Biodiesel day is observed on August 10th

  • The International Biodiesel Day is observed every year on August 10 to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels.

19. The Independence Day Film Festival (IDFF) has been launched by Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi

  • To mark the 70th Independence Day, the Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has launched the Independence Day Film Festival (IDFF) at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi on August 12, which will be continued till August 18, 2016
  • In it, the motivational and inspiring films will be screened such as Gandhi, Shaheed, Upkar, Ayirathi Thollayirathi Irupathi Onnu, Haqueeqat, Border, Lagaan, Chak De India, Mary Kom and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, I Am Kalam, etc
  • The purpose of the festival is to know about the freedom movement of India among Indian citizens, mainly younger generation

20. International Youth Day (IYD) is observed on August 12th

  • The International Youth Day (IYD) is observed every year on August 12 to focus on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production
  • The 2016 theme is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”

Sources:  PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

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21. Assam has become the first Indian state to ratify GST Constitution Amendment Bill

  • Assam has become the first Indian state to ratify the GST Constitution Amendment Bill, which is recently passed by the Parliament of India
  • The 122nd Constitutional amendment bill needs to be ratified by 50% of the Indian states before it can be sent for Presidential assent
  • The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is India’s most important indirect tax reform since Independence
  • Under it, a single rate of GST will replace various taxes to ensure seamless transfer of goods and services

22. Phelps become the 3rd to win Gold in the same event at 4 Olympics

  • Michael Phelps won the gold medal in the 200m individual medley to become only the third athlete to win an individual Gold in the same event at four Olympics
  • This was Phelps 22nd Olympic Gold and 4th consecutive in 200m individual medley starting 2004
  • Long jumper- Carl Lewis and discus thrower- Al Oerter are the others to have achieved the feat

23. Apple rehires Flipboard Co-Founder for Health Software Role

  • Apple Inc has rehired Flipboard Co-founder Evan Doll to work on health-related software after he quit Apple to found the digital news magazine app Flipboard
  • Doll had worked as a software engineer at Apple from about 2003 to 2009 and had helped develop the first iPhone operating system
  • Doll left Flipboard in October 2015 along with other executives of the startup

24. India’s first touch-and-feel garden for visually impaired has been set up in kerala

  • India’s first touch-and-feel garden for visually impaired has been inaugurated by the Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan on the Calicut University campus in Thenjipalam, Kerala
  • The garden with nearly 6 dozen aromatic plants will provide the visually impaired a unique opportunity of learning
  • They can study the plants not only by touching, feeling, smelling and tasting them, but also through audio inputs to get complete information about them

25. Dipika Pallikal has won the 2016 PSA Australian Open

  • Dipika Pallikal, India’s top squash player, has won the PSA Australian Open by defeating Mayar Hany of Egypt in final by 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 in Melbourne, Australia
  • It is her first title of 2016

26. The World Elephant Day is observed on August 12th

  • The World Elephant Day is observed every year on August 12 to create awareness of the urgent plight of African and Asian elephants
  • And to share knowledge and positive solutions for the better care and management of captive and wild elephants

27. Syndicate Bank launches Project Ananya aimed at digital banking

  • India’s major commercial banks of India, Syndicate Bank has launched a program called “Project Ananya” that focuses on improved customer service and offering the latest in digital banking services
  • Project Ananya over the next 2 years will upgrade the products, services and digital channels of the Bank to cater to the fast changing customer needs including those of the younger generation, who are more tech-savvy and prefer to do banking online
  • The project is also focused on improving business through enhanced sales and service focus as well as improving the HR policies and practices of the Bank
  • The bank plans to transform 10 % of its branches to the new format in the next 6-12 months

28. No Rail Budget from next fiscal

  • The 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate Rail Budget is set to come to an end from the next fiscal, with the Finance Ministry accepting Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s proposal to merge it with the General Budget
  • Finance Ministry has now constituted a five-member committee comprising senior officials of the Ministry and the national transporter to work out the modalities for the merger
  • The committee has been asked to submit its report by August 31

29. E-verifying without net banking

  • After Punjab National Bank and United Bank of India, more banks are likely to soon start a facility wherein an account holder can verify his income tax return on e-filing site even without having netbanking
  • Electronic Verification Code (EVC) can be generated by pre-validating the bank account on the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department
  • CBDT said EVC can be generated by pre-validating a Demat Account on the e-filing portal. NSDL and CDSL have launched this facility which will facilitate the account holders to e-verify their return

30. Fifth Generation signs pact with Anna University

  • Fifth Generation Technologies, a multi-national research and innovation company with specialisation in building “real time intelligence” solutions and products to the manufacturing industry, has entered into an agreement with Anna University, Chennai, for conducting research to arrive at a useful prediction of the remaining life of critical equipment that are working in high temperature environments
  • The company proposes to invite one of its clients who are global industry leaders and original equipment manufacturers of such critical equipment to participate in this research

31. USA wins 1,000th Olympic gold medal

  • Simone Manuel anchored the U.S. women’s 4×100 metres medley relay team to the 1,000th gold medal in her country’s summer Olympic history, and the second of her career
  • Australia won the silver, with Cate Campbell touching out just 0.01 ahead of bronze medallists Denmark

32. Nasscom launches operations of its startup warehouse in Visakhapatnam

  • The apex IT industry body in the country, National Association of Software and Services (Nasscom) has launched operations of its startup warehouse at Sunrise Startup Village at Rushikonda in Visakhapatnam, AP
  • This is the first Nasscom Startup Warehouse in AP and ninth under its 10,000 startup initiative by 2020, which was kick-started from Bengaluru in 2013
  • The warehouse would provide affordable co-working space with incubation for six months In this regards, Nasscom has selected five teams to join the incubation programme at their Visakhapatnam facility

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15th August -21th August, 2016

  1. India’s first-ever bio-CNG plant for public vehicles has been inaugurated in Maharashtra
  • India’s first-ever bio-CNG plant for public vehicles has been inaugurated in Pune, Maharashtra
  • The plant will be commissioned by city-based Primove Engineering Private Limited and will use agricultural residue to generate CNG which can be used in automobiles as fuel
  • It was jointly inaugurated by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
  • The bio-fuel will help in reducing the import of diesel up to 50 % and thus the huge amount of Foreign Exchange will be saved

2. Andy Murray has won gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics men’s singles tennis tournament

  • Andy Murray, a British professional tennis player, has won the gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympic men’s singles tennis tournament by defeating Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro in final by 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
  • With this, Murray successfully retained his title as Olympic champion and became the first in the history of the sport to win the prize back to back

3. Havildar Hangpan Dada has been posthumously honoured with the Ashok Chakra on the 2016 Independence Day

  • Havildar Hangpan Dada has been posthumously honoured with the Ashok Chakra, India’s highest award for gallantry during peace time, on the eve of 70th Independence Day 2016 by President Pranab Mukherjee
  • He belonged to the Assam Regiment/35th Battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles
  • Dada had shown exemplary courage, devotion and gallantry beyond the call of duty during an encounter with a group of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and died in Kupwara on May 27, 2016 after killing 3 terrorists
  • In all, 82 Gallantry Awards have been awarded this year to armed forces personnel and members of paramilitary forces
  • They include one Ashok Chakra, 14 Shaurya Chakras, 63 Sena Medals (Gallantry), two Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry) and two Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry)

4. The world’s first hack-proof quantum communication satellite will be launched by China

  • The world’s first hack-proof quantum communication satellite will be launched by China, which boasts of hack-proof ultra high security features to prevent wiretapping and intercepts
  • The quantum key technology boasts ultra-high security as a photon can be neither separated nor duplicated, so it is impossible to wiretap or intercept the information transmitting through it

5. Edgar Lungu is the newly elected President of Zambia

  • Edgar Lungu, the leader of the Patriotic Front (PF), has been re-elected as the new President of Zambia
  • He won the election by 50.35 % of the vote against 47.67 % for Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND)

6. South Indian Bank, SBI Card to launch co-branded credit card

  • Kochi Based leading private sector Lender South Indian Bank, leading private sector bank, and SBI Card, one of India’s leading Credit Card issuers, announced the launch of co-branded credit cards for the customers of South Indian Bank
  • Through this alliance South Indian Bank and SBI Card will launch two variants of credit card on VISA platform, namely South Indian Bank Platinum SBI Card and South Indian Bank SimplySAVE SBI Card

7. Microsoft acquires gaming startup Beam

  • Microsoft has acquired Beam, an interactive live streaming startup that lets viewers watch and play along with game streamers in real time and did not disclose financial terms of the deal
  • Beam, launched in January this year, has 24 employees.
  • The move will support Microsoft’s growth strategy around Xbox Live, one of the world’s most popular social gaming platform

8. Odia becomes Official Language in Odisha from today

  • Odia language will be used as the official language in all government offices in Odisha from today onwards
  • According to the amendment of the Orissa Official Language Act 1954, all government letters, files will be carried in Odia language
  • Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has prepared a panel to ensure mandatory use of the Odia as the State language in all Government offices across the state

9. Singapore ranked 6th in Global Innovation Index

  • India climbed 15 spots, from 81 last year, to 66 in the Global Innovation Index (GII) and maintained the top spot in the Central and South Asia regions, according to the rankings released by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America and Finland have been placed ahead of Singapore as the top 5 in the index, while Ireland, Denmark, Netherlands and Germany follow, including in the top 10 most innovative economies

10. Usain Bolt wins gold in men’s 100 meters in Rio Olympics

  • Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has won gold in the 100-metre final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • With this win, Bolt became the first man to win the event 3 times at consecutive Olympic Games
  • Bolt won the race in 9.81 seconds, followed by USA’s Justin Gatlin at 9.89 seconds and Canada’s Andre De Grasse at a personal-best 9.91 seconds
  • De Grasse is also the first Canadian male athlete to win a medal in Rio

11. P Shanmugam, Indian scientist has bestowed with the 2016 Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam award

  • P Shanmugam, the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI)’s Principal Scientist, has bagged the 2016 Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award for meritorious services in the Higher Education Department of Tamil Nadu at Fort St George in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • It is awarded by the Government of Tamil Nadu, which consists of a certificate, Rs. 5 lakh cheque and 8 gram gold medal

12. A.R. Rahman has been honoured with the 2016 Tamil Ratna Award

  • A.R. Rahman, the Oscar-winning music maestro, has been honoured by the New York-based Tamil Sangam with its Tamil Ratna Award
  • Rahman was bestowed with the award after his concert at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to honour M.S. Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary
  • The concert was sponsored by the India’s UN Mission and Sankara Nethralaya, a Chennai-based charity organization

13. Four states to get new Governors

  • Banwarilal Purohit has replaced Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya as the Governor of Assam
  • V.P. Singh Badnore has been appointed as Governor of Punjab
  • Jagdish Mukhi has been appointed as Governor of Andaman and Nicobar
  • Former Union Minister Najma Heptulla has been appointed Governor of Manipur

14. Telangana gets highest gallantry medals in country

  • Telangana State has received the highest number of gallantry medals for police personnel in the country on the eve of Independence Day
  • It was the only State unit to secure the President’s police medal for gallantry (PPMG)
  • The other units to receive the award this year were Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and the Intelligence Bureau (IB)

15. 10000-Year-Old Camping Site discovered in Ladakh

  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has discovered an ancient camping site dating 8500 BC in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), indicating humans were camping in the area 10,500 years ago
  • This site was unearthed at 14,000 feet above the sea level on the way from Saser La to Ladakh

16. Sakshi Malik has won India’s first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics

  • Freestyle wrestler Sakshi Malik has won India’s first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games by clinching the bronze in the 58kg category
  • With this victory, she created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal

17. Tarang mobile app has been launched by Union Government to monitor execution of the under construction power transmission projects

  • The Union Power Ministry has recently launched Transmission App for Real Time Monitoring and Growth (TARANG) mobile app to monitor execution of the under construction power transmission projects in New Delhi
  • The mobile app is a powerful monitoring tool that tracks upcoming transmission projects and monitor the progress of Interstate and Intrastate transmission systems in India Apart from this, the Union Power Ministry has launched “e-Trans” & “DEEP” e-bidding web portals a portal for electronic bidding and e-reverse auction of tariff-based electricity transmission projects to increase transparency in transmission sector
  • The portal is launched to mark a shift from present manual auction process to electronic mode for determining the lowest bidder for the projects

18. India hosting the 2016 World Trauma Congress (WTC)

  • India is hosting the 3rd edition of World Trauma Congress (WTC), which is recently inaugurated by Union Health Minister J P Nadda at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on August 18, 2016
  • The main purpose of the WTC is to exchange ideas, experiences and lessons learned about the role of internationally accepted systems and protocols in the field of trauma care, mass casualty incidents and disasters

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19. The world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge will open to China

  • The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge will open to visitors at Zhangjiajie in Hunan province, China
  • The 430 m long, 6 m wide bridge, concreted with 99 panes of three-layer transparent glasses and connects two mountain cliffs of Avatar Mountain and stands 300m above ground
  • A maximum of 8,000 visitors are allowed to cross the bridge every day and a reservation must be made one day prior to visiting
  • The bridge has set 10 world records for its design and construction

20. UP announces Rani Laxmi Bai award for Sakshi Malik

  • The UP govt will honour wrestler Sakshi Malik with the coveted Rani Laxmi Bai award
  • The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 3.11 lakh
  • The 23-year-old won the bronze in the 58-kg category wrestling

21. SBI approves merger with associates

  • State Bank of India (SBI) has approved share swap ratio to merge 5 associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with itself.
  • In the swap ratio an acquiring company will offer its own shares in exchange for the target company’s shares during a merger or acquisition.

As per the approved merger ratios for each of the banks, the scheme provides for allotment of:

  • SBI will give 28 of its shares for every 10 shares held of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur
  • It will give 22 of its shares for every 10 shares held of State Bank of Mysore
  • The lender will give 22 of its own shares for every 10 shares held of State Bank of Travancore
  • SBI will give 4,42,31,510 shares with face value of Re. 1 for every 100 crore equity shares of Bhartiya Mahila Bank

22. 7 Indian companies among top 200 carbon clean firms

  • Seven Indian companies have made it to a carbon-clean list of 200 largest companies worldwide ranked by their total clean-energy revenues
  • The list is topped by Japan’s Toyota Motor
  • Indian companies are: 1. Suzlon Energy at 68 rank for its wind farms. 2. Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd at 106 for its wind electric generators and solar cells. 3. Tata Chemicals at 114 for chemicals for biodiesel, solar energy, and fuel cells. 4. Thermax Ltd is at 139. 5. Exide Indus at 153 for electric storage batteries. 6. IDFC Ltd is at 155 for its green infrastructure financing. 7. Havells India at 166 for energy meters

23. Carolina Marin won women’s badminton singles gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics

  • Carolina Marin, a badminton player from Spain, has won women’s badminton singles gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics by defeating P V Sindhu in final by 19-21, 21-12 and 21-15
  • P V Sindhu has created history by becoming first Indian female shuttler to grab Olympic silver in Women’s Singles Badminton in 2016 Olympics
  • With this, Sindhu has also became the 2nd Indian female shuttler to win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal’s Bronze medal at 2012 London Olympics

24. The 2016 Youth Voters’ Festival will be held in Nagaland

  • The 2016 Youth Voters’ Festival will be held in Nagaland from September 5 to 9, 2016
  • The 5-day festival will be held under the directives of the Election Commission of India (ECI)
  • The purpose of the festival is to increase the electoral participation through voter registration and turnout to increase the qualitative participation in terms of ethical and informed voting and to provide a continuous electoral and democracy education to the people

25. World Humanitarian Day is observed every year on August 19th

  • The World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed every year on August 19 to recognize the aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and mobilizes people to advocate for humanitarian action
  • The 2016 theme is “One Humanity” to stress on the worth of shared human experiences that bind people together across divides and create a common responsibility to demand action for the most vulnerable at risk of being left behind
  • Beside this, the 2016 WHD digital campaign “The World You’d Rather” has also launched to bring into light the very real scenarios faced by people in crisis

26. “iMobile Smart Keys” mobile app has been launched by ICICI Bank

  • The ICICI Bank has recently launched Asia’s first payment service “iMobile Smart Keys” using a smartphone keyboard , to make mobile payments easier
  • With this, ‘iMobile’ users will be able to make quick and secure payments on any mobile application including chat, messenger, email, games or search browser without having to exit their current application in their smartphone
  • By using ‘iMobile Smart Keys’, customers can transfer money to their registered beneficiaries, pay their utility bills as well as recharge their mobile numbers, which are classified as ‘Favourites’ in their iMobile app

27. Urjit Patel has been appointed as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

  • Urjit Patel, the well-known economist and banker, has been appointed as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
  • He will succeed Dr. Raghuram Rajan on September 4, 2016. Currently, he is the deputy Governor of RBI

28. Kamal Haasan has been chosen for the coveted French honour of Chevalier Award from India

  • Kamal Haasan, the well-known film actor, has been chosen for the coveted French honour of Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Lettres (or The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) The Order is part of France’s premier award
  • He will be the 2nd Tamil actor after thespian Sivaji Ganesan to be honoured with the French award

29. India ranking 3rd in the technology-driven start-ups, as per the latest report by Assocham

  • As per the latest report by Assocham in association with Thought Arbitrage Research Institute, India is home to 3rd largest number of technology-driven start-ups in the world
  • The top two positions are acquired by US and UK
  • The study has also revealed that Bengaluru is host to the largest share of technology startups in India, followed by Delhi NCR and Mumbai
  • The study recommended that synergizing ‘Startup India’ with ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives has the potential to expand the domestic ecosystem for new entrepreneurs

30. The World Mosquito Day is observed on August 20th

  • The World Mosquito Day is observed every year on August 20 to raise awareness about the causes of malaria and how it can be prevented and also to fundraise for research into the cure of malaria
  • The day also marks the historic discovery by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross in 1897 that female Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans and that laid foundations for scientists across the world to better understand the deadly role of mosquitoes in disease transmission and come up with effective innovative interventions

31. PM Modi’s monogrammed suit enters Guinness Records as ‘most expensive suit sold’

  • The monogrammed suit worn by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his meeting with American President Barack Obama last year, which created huge controversy, entered Guinness Book of World Records as ‘the most expensive suit sold’
  • The suit was sold at an auction for Rs 4.31 crore

32. Usain Bolt wins 200m to complete hat-trick

  • Jamaica’s sprinter Usain Bolt has won the 200 metres final to add to his 100m title at the Rio Olympics 2016
  • Bolt eased to victory in the 200m final in 19.78 seconds
  • He had also won the 200 metres race in 2008 Bejing and London 2012
  • This was his ninth gold medal
  • The legendary runner announced that he will retire from the sport next year

33. Andhra Pradesh police launches pilot project on DNA profiling

  • Andhra Pradesh Police has launched DNA Index System (DIS), the first-of-its-kind initiative that allows generation of DNA profiles from live samples like saliva and blood stains
  • The system uses the latest DNA technology tool called RapidHIT developed by IntegenX of USA
  • The DIS allows generation of DNA profiles using buccal swabs, blood stains, saliva and other live samples in less than two hours

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22nd August -31st August, 2016

  1. Maharashtra has become the first Indian state to draft its own internal security act
  • Maharashtra has become the first Indian state to draft its own internal security act “2016 Maharashtra Protection of Internal Security Act (MPISA)”
  • The draft act has defined internal security as a situation posing threat to state within its borders, either caused or provoked, prompted, or proxy by a hostile foreign power, perpetrated even by such groups that use a failed, failing or weak hostile foreign power, causing insurgency, terrorism or any other subversive act targeting innocent citizens, causing animosity between groups, violence, destroy, or attempt to destroy public and private establishments

2. VP Singh Badnore has been sworn-in as the new Governor of Punjab

  • VP Singh Badnore has been sworn-in as the new Governor of Punjab and also as the Administrator of Chandigarh
  • He was administered the oath of office by Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice SJ Vazifdar at Punjab Raj Bhawan, Chandigarh
  • He succeeded Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is also the Governor of Haryana and was holding additional charge of Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh since January 2015

3. The 2016 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna has been conferred for four athletes

  • The 2016 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna will be conferred on 4 athletes viz. Olympic medallists P.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai
  • This is for the first time the India’s highest sporting award has been conferred on 4 athletes
  • The awards will be distributed by President Pranab Mukherjee on August 29,2016

4. Indian Railways has partnered with Google to showcase its heritage digitally

  • Indian Railways has partnered with Google for digitizing and showcasing its heritage on digital platforms
  • Beside this, Google will also help Indian Railways to create a digital repository for universal online access free of cost
  • Regarding to this, an agreement will be signed between National Rail Museum and Google Cultural Institute (GCI)
  • The GCI is a non-profit organization that partners with cultural organisations to bring world’s cultural heritage online
  • Currently, Google is working with the railways in providing free Wi-Fi service at 100 stations

5. Mobikwik launches partial payment for bus tickets booking

  • The new entrant in the bus booking industry MobiKwik today announced its industry first initiatives to capture the lead position in the industry by end of 2016
  • The company has announced partial payment for ticket reservation and cash pick up for bus tickets booking, further simplifying the user’s journey
  • The overall bus booking segment is valued at Rs. 20,000 crore in India and online transactions contribute nearly 15 percent to this segment

6. India has recently signed pact with Germany on vocational training

  • India has recently signed pact with Germany on vocational training, which aims to foster conditions to create and improve workplace-based vocational training in India’s industrial clusters
  • As per the pact, German technical assistance will be used to increase industry institute partnerships between Indian and German organizations, build capacity of local training institutions and foster industry linkages which will help adapt elements of the German dual system into the Indian context

7. S R Nathan, who passed away recently, was the former President of  Singapore

  • The former Singaporean President S R Nathan (92) has recently passed away in Singapore
  • He was the 6th and longest-serving President of Singapore and was in office for two terms from 1999 to 2011

8. World’s largest indoor theme park will open in  Dubai

  • The world’s largest indoor theme park will open in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to lure back some of the tourists and residents who often flee abroad during the scorching desert summer

9. The first Asian Science and Technology (S&T) Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has been held in Thailand

  • The first Asian Science and Technology (S&T) Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was held at Bangkok in Thailand on August 23-24, 2016
  • The purpose of the conference was to discuss the key issues, challenges, needs and opportunities in application of science in policy making and share good practices from the region
  • From India, Union Minister of Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, a UN designated DRR Champion for the Asia Region, addressed the conference

10. India is ranked 7th among the wealthiest country in the world

  • The New World Wealth, India is ranked 7th among the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of private wealth held by individuals
  • The New World Wealth is a research consultancy that tracks the global wealth sector
  • The value of total individual wealth in India – which includes property, cash, equities and business interests – is pegged at $3,492 billion in 2015
  • The Top 5 Counties are: 1. US 2. China 3. Japan 4.  UK 5. Germany

11. Delhi To Get All-New Aerospace Museum

  • Delhi will soon have a sprawling new Aerospace Museum close to the international airport focused mainly on Nation’s rich aviation history
  • New Aerospace Museum is not only meant to preserve the glorious tradition of the IAF but also to create awareness in general public about India’s rich Aerospace heritage
  • After the approval, the new museum would be ready for the tourists within 3-5 years

12. 2 Indian-American women named White House fellows

  • Two Indian-American women have been selected for the prestigious White House Fellow programme that offers first hand experience of working at the highest levels of the US federal government
  • Astrophysicist Anjali Tripathi from California and physician Tina R Shah from Chicago are among the 16 White House Fellows appointed from across the nation for the year 2016-17

13. G. Satheesh Reddy has won the first IEI-IEEE Award for Engineering Excellence-2015

  • Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister and DRDO’s DG (Missiles & Strategic Systems), has won the first IEI-IEEE Award for Engineering Excellence-2015 in recognition of his significant national contributions towards missiles and aerospace technologies

14. Sakshi Malik will be brand ambassador of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign

  • Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has announced that Sakshi Malik, India’s bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics, will be the brand ambassador of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign in the state
  • The programme aims to empower the girl child and reduce rates of female foeticide in districts with low child sex ratio

15. South India’s first Children Court was inaugurated in Hyderabad

  • After Goa and Delhi, Telangana has become the third state to inaugurate south India’s first Children’s Court was inaugurated in Hyderabad
  • This court is a child-friendly court and sixth in the country with features like separate waiting rooms for children and a video camera trial for the accused, mandated under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act-2012

16. Cristiano Ronaldo has been bestowed with the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for 2016

  • Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team, has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for the year 2016
  • This is 2nd time he has won this award after 2014. In 2015, he had scored 35 goals for Real Madrid and 16 goals in Champions League competition
  • He scored 3 goals for Portugal national team at Euro 2016

17. “Operation Euphrates Shield” has been launched by Turkey in Syria to end Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) rule

  • Turkey has recently launched a major military operation “Euphrates Shield” against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to liberate the strategic Syrian city of Jarablus on the border with Turkey
  • The Euphrates Shield operation is considered to be the first Turkish ground intervention in Syria since the Syrian crisis started in 2011

18. India’s rank 77th on the 2016 World Risk Index

  • India has been ranked 77th out of 171 countries on the World Risk Index 2016
  • Pakistan at 72nd, Bangladesh at 5th and the list is topped by Island state of Vanuatu
  • The index is part of the World Risk Report 2016, which is recently released by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Bundnis Entwicklung Hilft in cooperation with the University of Stuttgart in Germany
  • The index assessed the risk of disaster in 171 countries through the combined analysis of natural hazards and societal vulnerabilities

19. The world’s first self-driving taxi service has been launched in Singapore

  • The world’s first self-driving taxi service has been launched by Singapore-based nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup
  • The company has started this service with small 6 cars. During the trial, the cars – modified Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electrics – have a driver in front who is prepared to take back the wheel and a researcher in back who watches the car’s computers
  • Each car is fitted with six sets of Lidar – a detection system that uses lasers to operate like radar – including one that constantly spins on the roof
  • There are also two cameras on the dashboard to scan for obstacles and detect changes in traffic lights

20. Pakistan will host the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit 2016

  • The 19th edition of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit 2016 will be held in Islamabad Pakistan on November 9 and 10
  • The leaders of SAARC member states and 9 observers countries will attend the summit
  • To successfully hold the summit, a SAARC Summit Cell has recently constituted by the Pakistan government
  • The SAARC Summit Cell will closely work with all stakeholders and concerned authorities in Pakistan and is headed by Ambassador Amjad Sial, who is a senior diplomat and Pakistan’s nominee for the next SAARC Secretary General

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21. RBI asks banks to provide loans to women SHGs in rural areas at 7%

  • RBI has asked banks to provide loans to women self-help groups in rural areas at 7% per annum, as per the government’s revised guidelines for the current financial year
  • The Reserve Bank said in a notification that all women self-help groups (SHGs) will be eligible for interest subvention on credit up to three lakh rupees at 7% per annum under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission in 250 districts

22. Rail passengers to get insurance cover worth Rs 10 lacs at a premium of only 92 paise

  • A travel insurance cover of up to Rs10 lakh can be availed while booking a train ticket online by paying less than one rupee from 31 August
  • A person booking a train ticket through the IRCTC website will be able opt for travel insurance cover for a premium of 92 paise only from 31 August
  • Indian Railways subsidiary IRCTC has assigned the task to three private firms are Shriram General Insurance, ICICI Lombard General Insurance and Royal Sundaram General Insurance

23. “DiGiSENSE platform” has been launched by Mahindra & Mahindra to enable fleet owners to track their vehicles

  • Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) has launched a new digital technology platform “DiGi SENSE 1.0” to enable fleet owners to track their Mahindra vehicles in real time basis
  • The new digital platform will be able to empower owners, fleet operators, drivers, dealers and service teams to access vital information about their vehicles, trucks, tractors or construction equipment on a real-time basis from the driver’s seat and afar
  • The new platform will enable customers to digitally build knowledge about the performance and location of their vehicles
  • With this, Mahindra has become the first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in India to integrate its product line-up onto a cloud-based technology platform

24. Nico Rosberg has won the 2016 Belgian Formula One Grand Prix

  • Nico Rosberg, a German Formula One Mercedes driver, has won the 2016 Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium

25. The National Sports Day is celebrated on August 29th in India

  • The National Sports Day is celebrated on August 29 in India
  • This day marks the birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand, the hockey player who won gold medals for India in the years 1928,1932 and 1936

26. India’s first textile university will set up in Gujarat

  • India’s first textile university will set-up at Surat, Gujarat to create a complete eco system for the textile industry in Gujarat and India
  • The objective of the university is to provide all kind of support including technology, research and development (R&D), skilled manpower, etc
  • The state government will fund about Rs 800-900 crore for the university, which is expected to get operational in the next one and a half years

27. ISRO tests Scramjet Rocket engine

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today successfully test-fired its Scramjet Rocket Engine
  • It will use oxygen from the atmosphere thereby reducing launch cost, from the spaceport of Sriharikota

28. India captain MS Dhoni sets world record in USA

  • India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has set a world record, he captained India in a record 325th game (most by a player in history), across all three formats, to break Australian skipper Ricky Ponting’s mark
  • Dhoni was leading India in 71st T20I
  • He has already captained the side in 60 Tests and 194 ODIs

29. “KBL-SMARTz” UPI-based mobile app has been launched by Karnataka Bank

  • The Karnataka Bank has recently launched “KBL-SMARTz”, a mobile application (app) built on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
  • The UPI is a new initiative from NPCI in the digital payments ecosystem
  • The interface is designed to enable customers across UPI member banks to pay and collect money from their smartphones without entering any bank account information

30. The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Nuclear test is observed on August 29th

  • The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed every year on August 29 to raise public awareness and education about the effects of global nuclear weapon tests
  • The day aims to end nuclear testing and to promote peace and security

31. India’s GDP growth forecast for FY 17 is 7.6%, as per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s latest annual report 2015-16

  • As per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s annual report 2015-16, India’s GDP growth forecast for FY 17 is 7.6 %
  • The report highlights that the passage of Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill will mark a new era in co-operative fiscal federalism and a growing political consensus for economic reforms

32. P V Sindhu become the brand ambassador of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)

  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), India’s largest paramilitary force, has appointed Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador and will bestow the honorary rank of Commandant on the ace badminton player
  • Sindhu will be honoured and presented the rank badges and camouflage combat fatigues of the CRPF at a ceremonial event
  • This is a symbolic representation, with no salary or fee being given to the sports star. A Commandant rank in the CRPF is equivalent to the position of a Superintendent of Police (SP) and such an officer commands a battalion of about 1,000 personnel, when posted in field operations

33. Gujarat has become the first Indian state to distribute 2 crore LED bulbs under UJALA scheme

  • Gujarat has become the first Indian state to distribute 2 crore LED bulbs under the Centre’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme
  • The state has reached this milestone in just 96 days and over 42 lakh households have already benefited from the scheme
  • Alongside the savings, the state has also gained from daily CO2 emission reduction of 5,000 tonnes

34. The Union Government has recently approved PRS scheme for foreign investors

  • The Union Government has recently approved the scheme for grant of Permanent Residency Status (PRS) to foreign investors to encourage foreign investment in India and facilitate Make in India Programme
  • As per the scheme, the PRS will be granted for a period of 10 years with multiple entry This can be reviewed for another 10 years if the PRS holder has not come to adverse notice The scheme will be applicable only to foreign investors fulfilling the prescribed eligibility conditions, his/her spouse and dependents
  • In order to avail this scheme, the foreign investor will have to invest at least Rs. 10 crore in over 18 months or Rs.25 crore in 36 months, apart from generating employment for a minimum of 20 resident Indians every financial year

35. India and US Sign Logistic Exchange Pact Boosting Defence Ties

  • India and the US have signed an important agreement that will make the two nations logistical allies and enable both the militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies

36. India jumps 19 places in Logistics Performance Index: World Bank

  • India jumped 19 places in the Logistics Performance Index to rank 35th in this year’s list
  • The World Bank has recently released a Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2016 report titled ‘Connecting to Complete 2016
  • The logistics’ list was topped by Germany

37. Ten Sports sold to Sony Pictures for Rs 2,600 crore

  • Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and ZEE have entered into definitive agreements to acquire TEN Sports Network and its subsidiaries for $385 million
  • The acquisition will add five sports channels, TEN 1, TEN 1 HD, TEN 2, TEN 3, TEN Golf HD to SPN’s existing portfolio of channels

38. 100-year-old athlete from India, wins Gold Medal at Masters Games

  • India’s 100-year-old athlete, Man Kaur has won Gold medal at the American Masters Games in the 100-meter dash
  • She took a minute-and-a-half to cross the finish line in Vancouver
  • Kaur from Chandigarh was the only female competitor in her age category at the competition for older athletes

39. Jharkhand becomes first state to implement PFMS

  • Jharkhand is the first state in the country to have implemented Public Fund Management System (PFMS)
  • Development Commissioner Amit Khare said Union Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa appreciated the implementation of Jharkhand’s public fund management system

40. Anuradha Rao is MD, CEO of SBI Mutual Fund

  • SBI Mutual Fund has appointed Anuradha Rao as its Managing Director and Chief Executive
  • Prior to this, Rao was Deputy Managing Director at SBI handling New Business Portfolio

Sources:  PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

Compiled by: SuperProfs Acads Team

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