Current Affairs of August 2009 for all types of Competitive Exams Read top news headlines and latest major events happened in India and World in the month of August 2009. The information given will help you to prepare for exams like: IAS, PCS, UPSC, Railways, SSC, Banking and all other competitive exams.
Current Affairs of 01 August 2009
- The country’s largest two-wheeler maker Hero Honda Motors Ltd reported a jump of 30.39 per cent in its sales at 3,66,808 units in July compared to the sales in the same month last year.
- The landscape of Income Tax returns filing has been witnessing a slow and steady change with e-filing of returns picking up momentum, especially among the youth, owing to factors like familiarty, ease-of-use, security and speed.
- In a rebuff to PDP which targeted Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over the 2006 sex scandal, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Saturday that the investigation into the case has been completed and the lists circulated by the party in J-K Assembly were uncorroborated “pieces”.
- Sri Lanka beat Pak by 6 wickets
- To ensure that the benefits of reservation reach all the deprived communities who have to compete with the “better off” within themselves, the grandson of Dr BR Ambedkar and former MP Prakash Ambedkar has decided to launch a unique campaign to advocate rationing of quota.
Current Affairs of 02 August 2009
- Taking a big leap in its technological quest, IIT Kanpur has developed a nano-satellite which is expected to provide real-time data on drought, flood, vegetation and forestation. The satellite, designed and developed by a group of students of the institute, will be handed over to ISRO, which is expected to launch it by the end of the year.
- French virologists said they had found a new subtype of the AIDS virus that appears to have jumped the species barrier to humans from gorillas.
- Strongly backing its players, the BCCI on Sunday rejected a controversial WADA anti-doping clause which makes it mandatory for cricketers to be available for out of competition testing, a decision which puts the Indian Board on collision course with the ICC.
- Pakistan’s Parliament should decide the fate of former President Pervez Musharraf following the Supreme Court’s verdict that the emergency imposed by him in 2007 was unconstitutional and illegal, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.
- Former Iranian president and key supporter of Iranian opposition movement, Mohammad Khatami, denounced on Sunday the trial of around 100 people accused of rioting after the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Current Affairs of 03 August 2009
- Engineering firm Larsen & Toubro said it has bagged two orders worth Rs 5,300 crore (USD 1.18 billion) from state-run Oil & Natural Gas Corporation for offshore hydrocarbon projects.
- The H1N1 virus or swine flu claimed its first life in India when a 14-year-old girl died of multiple organ failure today at the Jehangir Hospital in Pune. She was a Class IX student of St Anne’s Girls High School in the city.
- Scientists create ‘gas gauge’ to avoid pregnancy loss.
- Tiger Woods cruised to his easiest victory of the year, getting away with an awful round to open the Buick Open and an average one to hold off a weak field.
- Search planes hunted Monday for an aircraft carrying 16 people that is believed to have crashed in eastern Indonesia.
Current Affairs of 04 August 2009
- A local court found an ex-TDP MLA and six others guilty of detaining a passenger train in Guntur district and sentenced them to six months imprisonment.
- Premium men footwear and fashion lifestyle brand Red Tape is planning to invest Rs 100 crore by the end of next year as a part of its plan to treble the number of its exclusive outlets in the country.
- Legal tangles might have caused some delay but more than half of the construction work at the Commonwealth Games Village is over and the facility would be ready in March next year, the Sports Ministry said on Tuesday.
- The All India Football Federation is planning to approach cash-rich Indian Cricket Board for financial assistance for its national team’s 2011 Asian Cup preparations.
- An 86-year-old woman has been arrested in Chicago for the 61st time after she was caught stealing items worth about USD 250, including anti-wrinkle cream and batteries, from a retail shop.
Current Affairs of 05 August 2009
- Robert Pattinson has been named the sexiest man in the world in a new poll.
Infosys Technologies, India’s No. 2 outsourcer, is pursuing deals worth $1 billion in this quarter and has 12-15 deals in the pipeline, its chief executive and managing director said on Wednesday.
- Cricket is all set to touch a new high as the Europe’s longest glacier in Alps will soon host an exhibition match between two all-star teams from India and England at an altitude of 11,330 feet, surrounded by snow clad peaks.
- Al-Qaeda second-in-command, Aymaan al Zawahiri, has accused US President Barack Obama of continuing to spill the blood of Muslims, and said Israel is a “crime” that must be wiped out.
- Former US president Bill Clinton, left Pyongyang on Wednesday after securing the release of two female American journalists, who were arrested by North Korean officials, some five months ago.
Current Affairs of 06 August 2009
- India expressed its interest in having civil nuclear cooperation with Australia amid indications that the two countries are likely to sign an energy agreement in November under which Australia may supply uranium for joint venture power plants.
- Accusing Union Ministers belonging to Trinamool Congress of “instigating” violence while visiting sensitive areas in West Bengal like Lalgarh, the CPM asked the Centre and the Congress to clarify their stand on the issue.
- In findings that may further strain Congress-BSP relationship in Uttar Pradesh, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has detected serious lapses and irregularities in the implementation of the NREGA scheme in the state.
- Agreements between former President Bill Clinton’s foundation and two drug companies will lower prices on medications for patients with drug-resistant HIV in the developing world.
- Australia will mount three high- profile visits, including by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, to India this year as part of Canberra’s efforts to reinforce ties with New Delhi in the backdrop of a series of attacks on Indian students Down Under.
Current Affairs of 07 August 2009
- Jammu and Kashmir’s ruling National Conference party on Friday said it had never opted for state’s accession with either India or Pakistan and asked Islamabad to apologise for claiming Kashmir on communal ground.
- Two suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants, who were arrested in New Delhi on Thursday night, had undergone training in terror camps in Pakistan and had been told to carry out strikes in the national capital, police sources said on Friday.
- The World Health Organization has announced that the first vaccines for swine flu pandemic are likely to be ready for use by September this year.
- Strongly backing the Obama Administration’s endeavour to deepen bilateral relationship with India, a powerful Republican Senator said Indo-US strategic ties would bring stability not only in the region but also across the world.
- The US Air Force on Friday launches a new Global Strike Command responsible for nuclear forces after two major mishaps raised doubts about the supervision of the country’s atomic weapons.
Current Affairs of 08 August 2009
- The Government said oil and gas explorers are bound by the production sharing contract (PSC) which gives it the right to approve a gas price formula and decide on utilisation of the fuel.
- Atleast 38 people are feared buried in a landslide resulting from a cloudburst in Nachni area near Munshiyari in Pithoragatrh district of Uttarakhand.
- Samajwadi Party, which supports the UPA from outside, blamed its “faulty” policies for uncontrolled inflation and targeted the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh over the prevailing drought situation in the state.
- Search engine Google on Saturday admitted its “mistake” of wrong depiction of certain areas of Arunachal Pradesh as parts of China and said its maps would be rectified shortly.
- Teenager Umar Akmal smashed an unbeaten 102 off 72 balls and skipper Younus Khan made 89 as Pakistan piled up 321-5 in the fourth one-dayer against Sri Lanka here on Friday.
Current Affairs of 09 August 2009
- Taking a strong exception to Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s statement, that Reeda Sheikh was responsible for the entry of swine flu in India, members of her family on Sunday demanded his resignation.
- The Municipal Corporation byelections to Ward number 10 witnessed a low voter turnout on Saturday. After a record-breaking voter percentage during the Lok Sabha elections, only 41.09 per cent votes were polled today.
- Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has challenged the Taliban to prove that their top leaders Baitullah Mehsud and Hakimullah Mehsud are still alive.
- Typhoon Morakot churned toward China forcing the evacuation of nearly 1 million people Sunday, a day after lashing Taiwan with torrential rains that caused the worst flooding on the island in 50 years.
- At least 38 people are feared buried in a landslide resulting from a cloudburst in Nachni area near Munshiyari in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Unofficial sources are putting the toll at more than 50.
Current Affairs of 10 August 2009
- Domestic passenger car sales recorded 30.91 per cent increase at 1,15,067 units in July from 87,901 units in the same month last year.
- Late King of Pop Michael Jackson had reportedly offered 800,000 dollars to a doctor in a desperate bid to feed his prescription drugs addiction, in the run up to his 50-date concert tour.
- Aggrieved by the alleged hacking of her daughter’s password for the GUJCET online admission process, which led to her daughter’s selection for an Amreli-based civil engineering college, a Bharuch-based woman has moved the Gujarat High Court to secure the girl’s admission at any college of her choice, now.
- West Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach, who plays with Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab, has been charged with assaulting police while allegedly trying to escape custody after a traffic accident.
- An estimated 400 Taiwanese are unaccounted for after a mudslide spawned by Typhoon Morakot struck their isolated mountain village, a police official said on Monday, and a newspaper quoted a resident as saying as many as 600 were buried.
Current Affairs of 11 August 2009
- The Indian rupee depreciated by 22 paise to 48.02 against the US dollar in early trade on expectations of more capital outflows and dollar demand from importers.
- Less than 24 hours after Jammu Kashmir’s Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma told the State Legislative Assembly that there has been no case of swine flu detected in the state, the Jammu Kashmir reported its first case of swine flu on Monday late evening.
- Four new venues and a third place playoff match will be introduced in the third Indian Premier League which will get underway in Hyderabad on March 12, 2010 with a game between IPL II winners Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders.
- Chinese diplomats are entitled to object to Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer’s public appearances in Australia, but must do so politely, Australia’s government said Tuesday.
- Flooding in Taiwan triggered by Typhoon Morakot has killed 38 people and another 62 are missing, rescuers said on Tuesday.
Current Affairs of 12 August 2009
- The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India has achieved the feat of rolling out the 1,00,000th of its flagship export model, A-Star.
- In a crucial testimony, the FBI on Wednesday told a special court trying the Mumbai terror attack case that Global Positioning System (GPS) devices used by terrorists had indicated that they had come from Karachi.
- Mumbai’s Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) K L Prasad has been appointed State Intelligence Department (SID) chief, the Home Department said.
- All 13 people aboard a chartered plane heading to a tourist region of Papua New Guinea were killed when the plane crashed while approaching the rugged terrain during foul weather, Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday.
- China has formally arrested four employees of Australian mining giant Rio Tinto on charges of trade secrets infrigment and bribery, a downgrade from more serious claims of espionage.
Current Affairs of 13 August 2009
- Reminding the government of its duty to provide special care to reserved category students in higher educational institutions, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered IIT-Delhi to reconsider the expulsion of SC/ST students on account of poor performance.
- Google Earth’s got some competition now — from the Indian Space Research Organisation which today unveiled its beta version of Bhuvan (meaning earth in Sanskrit).
- Seven more people died of swine flu taking the death toll in Malaysia due to the deadly H1N1 virus to 51, a health official said on Thursday.
- Carla Bruni is planning to have her first child with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2011 to boost her husband’s chances of clinching a second term the following year, a news report has claimed.
- Major departments in British universities such as physics, engineering and computing could collapse without students from non-European Union countries such as India.
Current Affairs of 14 August 2009
- The IMF Board of Governors have approved a general allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) equivalent to USD 250 billion to provide liquidity to global economic system by supplementing its member countries’ foreign exchange reserves.
- In yet another evidence of Pakistan link to the 26/11 terror attacks, a witness on Friday told the special court in Mumbai that five mobile phones used by terrorists in the dastardly act were manufactured by Nokia Inc in China and shipped to Pakistan in June 2008.
- After Congress President Sonia Gandhi, it is now time for son Rahul to reach out to the dalits in Uttar Pradesh and galvanise the party to take on the Mayawati government.
- US committed to strong ties with India: Clinton I-Day message.
- With an aim to save Mohali from water scarcity in the coming days, municipal councillor Kuljeet Singh Bedi filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday.
Current Affairs of 15 August 2009
- The Defence Research and Development Organisation will launch an Automotive Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) test facility at the Vehicle Research and Development Establishment Ahmednagar on Sunday.
- Congress president Sonia Gandhi is set to revamp the All-India Congress Committee next week, inducting some new general secretaries while relieving some ministers of their organisational responsibility.
- Roger Federer beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 7-6 at the Montreal Masters on Thursday, ensuring the world’s top eight players will compete in the quarter-finals of an ATP event for the first time.
- Suno Hind ke rehne walon suno suno… As strains of this commanding song filled the air at Epicentre, Gurgaon, on Friday, the familiar words sounded unusually powerful. Composed by the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) after the Bengal famine in 1942, it still evoked strong feelings.
- With the assembly elections scheduled in October, the state government has decided to create a 4 tier network of Self-Help Groups in rural areas and provide them marketing facilities and finance to raise their income.
Current Affairs of 16 August 2009
- The US Embassy says an American man imprisoned for sneaking into the home of Myanmar’s democracy leader has been flown out of the country.
- President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Pakistan praised the country’s “very significant” progress in taking back key areas from Taliban militants and said the US would provide more weapons for the fight as well as badly needed economic aid.
- Taiwan leaders, already under fire over the response to a typhoon that likely killed hundreds, have accepted foreign aid after earlier refusing the offers, officials said on Saturday, as the President apologised.
- After two-and-a-half years, Odeon has thrown open its gates once again. Big Cinemas, a division of the Reliance-owned Adlabs Group, had taken the property on lease from the original owners — the Sahni family.
- The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is constituting an Air Traffic Experts Committee to look into the various economic, social and political factors that affect air traffic.
Current Affairs of 17 August 2009
- Former ‘Spice Girl’ Victoria Beckham’s waif-like figure and British accent is worrying the producers of ‘American Idol’ who think that her ‘Posh’ image might not go down well with the viewers.
- Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, India’s top IT services firm by sales, is seeing an increase in corporate technology spending in Asia Pacific in the current quarter on signs of economic revival, an official said on Monday.
- Recuperating from a second surgery on his injured eye, Indian hockey goalkeeper Baljit Singh will meet his surgeon for a check-up on Monday at the Alabama hospital where he was operated. Baljit, who was successfully operated upon on Tuesday last week, said he was feeling better but his eye remains bandaged.
- The police have arrested two minor boys for stabbing a youth over a minor brawl.
The deadline to convert petrol and diesel-run autorickshaws into LPG-run ones is fast approaching, but the city has only two LPG filling stations for the 3,500 registered autos in the city.
Current Affairs of 18 August 2009
- A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talked about the “credible” information about possible strikes by Pakistan-based terror groups, India said on Tuesday that it was not intended to “impugn the actions of Government of Pakistan.
- Pakistan on Tuesday said it cannot take “lightly” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks about terror groups based in this country planning fresh attacks on India and is awaiting New Delhi’s response to its request for sharing information in this regard.
- Taking into account the business traveller’s need for comfort, convenience and flexibility, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts has introduced the special ‘Oberoi Business Travel Plus’ package at the Oberoi hotels in Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata.
- American singer Miley Cyrus has decided to air a feud with her ex-boyfriend Justin Gaston on the Internet, and blast him on her Twitter.com page. The feud is said to have started after Gaston posted a note on his web blog.
- The video testimony of an American witness in the 26/11 trial was deferred on Monday as he was vacationing in Canada and not carrying the documents he needed to answer the prosecution’s questions. The proceedings were adjourned till Tuesday.
Current Affairs of 19 August 2009
- Pop princess Britney Spears and socialite Paris Hilton may never get to meet US President Barack Obama and the Queen of England, but their dogs are going to compete against the latter’s pets in a contest.
- Hewlett-Packard Co reported slightly better-than-expected third-quarter results on Tuesday, helped by strong server sales, but the company expressed caution about business demand, and shares fell 2 per cent in extended trading.
- Faced with a players’ revolt, the Delhi Ranji team started its preparatory camp for the upcoming domestic season without seven players but officials insisted that unrest against the DDCA was not the reason for their absence.
- The Faridabad police lodged an FIR against RPS Associates on Monday on charges of cheating and breach of trust after the residents’ welfare associations of Green Valley (on Surajkund Road) lodged a complaint.
- Godhra Local Crime Branch arrested a 45-year-old woman from the town on Tuesday for possessing a fake passport. According to the police, the accused had two passports with which she had travelled to Pakistan twice.
Current Affairs of 20 August 2009
- Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, Chanda Kochhar, CEO of ICICI Bank India and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Chairman, Biocon India are the only Indians in Forbes annual list of the 100 most powerful women.
- Brushing aside criticism that it acted in haste, the BJP today said Jaswant Singh had committed grave indiscipline and went against the party’s core ideology in his views in Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Sardar Patel meriting summary expulsion, a charge strongly denied by the former Union minister.
- More overseas tax havens could turn into traps for tax cheats as the US-Swiss settlement over UBS AG invigorates an international campaign to flush out hideaways for illicit or undisclosed money.
- After actor and film maker Aamir Khan refused the offer to be brand ambassador for its anti-child labour campaign, Maharashtra Government has approached superstar Shah Rukh Khan, a senior minister said.
- Eighteen of Gujarat’s 26 districts have more fluoride concentration in their groundwater reserves than the permissible limit, leaving those who use groundwater prone to tooth decay and weak bones, says the latest State of Environment Report 2009.
Current Affairs of 21 August 2009
- Microsoft India recently announced the commencement of road show covering 16 cities to mark the launch of Windows 7, which is scheduled in October. From August to September 2009, Microsoft expects to reach out to over 1,800 partners across several cities including Pune, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Lucknow, Ranchi and the five metros.
- HDFC Standard Life, one of India’s leading private life insurance companies has selected SAP as its technology partner to enhance its customer centricity and set new benchmarks in service standards.
- Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, on Friday indirectly hinted that former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje could be removed from the party on grounds of indiscipline.
- Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa (decree) against Muslim quacks saying medical practice without proper qualification is ‘haram’ in the Shariat law.
- Six months after his death in the bloody BDR mutiny, Subedar Major Nurul Islam has emerged as a national hero in Bangladesh.
Current Affairs of 22 August 2009
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is not intervening or mediating in the Ambani brothers’ gas dispute, though he believes that the two top industrialists should patch up in national interest, an official in Prime Minister’s Office said.
- Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has directed the district Collectors to submit a preliminary report in 24 hours on suicides by farmers.
- A defence lawyer representing Mumbai-based TV actress Urvashi Dhanorkar has denied that her client is guilty of child abuse.
- India and Nepal reached a new trade treaty and an agreement to control unauthorised trade, particularly from a third country, aimed at widening the bilateral economic engagement.
- Barack Obama will make his first official visit to China as US president in mid-November, Jon Huntsman, the new US ambassador to China.
Current Affairs of 23 August 2009
- Unidentified assailants shot dead a top Central Excise officer in Varanasi’s Karaundi area in the evening.
- Even though bankruptcy-hit US auto giant has been reiterating that its Indian business will remain unaffected, the company will miss its 2010 deadline for achieving 10 per cent share in the car market.
- Notwithstanding the box office failure of her debut film ‘Luck’, Shruti Haasan has co-directed a music video for her father’s Tamil film ‘Unnaipol Oruvan’.
- The death toll from Typhoon Morakot was raised to at least 650 on Sunday after the worst weather disaster to hit Taiwan in half a century.
- In a startling disclosure, the detained LTTE chief Kumaran Pathmanathan has told investigators that the rebels had tried to acquire nuclear weapons and know-how to be used against the Sri Lankan army.
Current Affairs of 24 August 2009
- Transformers’ beauty Megan Fox is set to show off her funny side by turning host for the popular show ‘Saturday Night Live’.
- Maoists on Monday blew up a railway track in Latehar, about an hour after the Rajdhani Express crossed the stretch, and bombed a mobile tower in neighbouring Palamu district during a 48-hour bandh called by them in five states, including Jharkhand.
- Tottenham Hotspur maintained their perfect start to the season when they came from behind to win 2-1 at West Ham United and stay top of the Premier League on Sunday.
- A U.S. official charged with enforcing U.N. sanctions on North Korea sought South Korea’s continued support during talks on Monday even as Pyongyang makes conciliatory moves after months of military grandstanding.
- Iran will continue to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, apparently confirming Tehran had given inspectors access to a reactor under construction after barring visits for a year.
Current Affairs of 25 August 2009
- Amid opposition from school teachers, the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has finally come up with a textbook on lifestyle education (read sex education) for students.
- Union Law and Justice Minister M Veerappa Moily on Monday said he would introduce a Bill in the next session of Parliament in line with the UPA government’s commitment to usher in judicial reforms and introduce transparency in the judiciary in the country.
- Anil Ambani group questioned Mukesh Ambani-led RIL’s explanation on over three-fold jump in costs to USD 8.83 billion for developing gas fields, and asked the government to expedite the CAG audit and appoint an international expert to revalidate the expenses.
- A suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist was arrested from the New Delhi on Tuesday and explosives recovered from him, police said.
- A Palestinian Health Ministry official says an Israeli air strike on a smuggling tunnel between the Gaza Strip and Egypt has killed three Palestinians and wounded seven.
Current Affairs of 26 August 2009
- Teachers of Savitribai Phule School— a Chembur-based government aided school—have threatened self-immolation in front of the Mantralaya.
- The Supreme Court has dismissed the income tax department’s plea that Escorts Asset Management Ltd had furnished inaccurate particulars of its income for 2002-03 and thus evaded tax.
- Interpol issuing Red Corner Notice against Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, India on Wednesday said the development vindicates its stand on his involvement in Mumbai terror attacks and that Pakistan should act on the basis of evidence collected “painstakingly”.
- A defiant Leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday chaired a meeting of Rajasthan BJP MLAs who mounted pressure on the central leadership threatening to boycott the assembly session from tomorrow if suspension of three of their colleagues was not revoked.
- US Senator Edward Kennedy, a towering figure in the Democratic Party who took the helm of one of America’s most fabled political families after two older brothers were assassinated, died at age 77.
Current Affairs of 27 August 2009
- The Maharashtra state Director General of Police remained present before the Bombay High Court on Wednesday and sought 15 days more for the investigation to trace the child and the absconding father. DGP S S Virk also apologised for not filing investigation report as per court orders earlier.
- Even as the J-K High Court is yet to make up its mind regarding handing over the Shopian double murder case to the CBI, the investigating agency has conveyed its reluctance to the state government.
- New Zealand struggled to 159 for five on the second day of the second and final test on Thursday, trailing Sri Lanka by 257 runs after Thilan Samaraweera’s century had put the hosts in command. Ross Taylor was providing lone resistance for the Kiwis at the close, having compiled 70 not out from 118 balls.
- Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday praised leading Iraqi Shiite politician Abdel Aziz al-Hakim as the symbol of the struggle against Saddam Hussein’s regime as Iranians mourned his death.
- Noting that the recent success of Pakistan military against the Taliban and al-Qaeda has been encouraging, a top US army general has said that the enemy in Pakistan has been far from defeated.
Current Affairs of 28 August 2009
- Reserve Bank Governor D Subbarao said the ongoing global crisis has resulted in a massive breakdown of trust in the financial system and that the study of economics could lose its value base.
- Most people who died due to swine flu in the country reported to hospitals with very severe cough and breathlessness. This was revealed in a study of the first 33 out of the total 78 deaths in the country. Meanwhile, swine flu has claimed three more lives, taking the countrywide toll to 88.
- Britney Spears has reportedly decided to take a little time off from her alleged relationship with Jason Trawick.
- In its first season, the Indian Premier League (IPL) contributed less than Rs 15 crore to the coffers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
- The family of one of the youngest prisoners ever held at Guantanamo plans to sue the US government to compensate him for mistreatment and an adolescence lost to nearly seven years in a cell, his lawyers said on Thursday.
Current Affairs of 29 August 2009
- Apparently not wanting to wade into problems of BJP, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that what was happening in that party was not good and felt the controversies over Kandahar and Pokhran-II were needless.
- The Dalit families from Dhada village in Deesa, who have been camping outside the local mamlatdar’s office for weeks, have refused to return home even after Banaskantha District Collector R J Patel assured them of taking care of their concerns.
- As 10,000 people streamed into its territory for refuge, China on Saturday told Myanmar to ensure stability along the border and protect people of Chinese origin living on its soil.
- Naxalites in Jharkhand gunned down a woman and three students living as tenants at her house in a village near Ranchi on Friday.
- While struggling national carrier Air India is likely to get relief from the government on Saturday, it will be with riders.
Current Affairs of 30 August 2009
- Giancarlo Fisichella gave Force India an astonishing first pole position on Saturday while Formula One championship leader Jenson Button qualified 14th for the Belgian Grand Prix.
- Sri Lanka clinched second spot behind South Africa in the official rankings as they swept aside New Zealand by 96 runs in the final cricket Test on Sunday to sweep the series 2-0. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed five wickets as the Kiwis, set an improbable victory target of 494 runs, were bowled out for 397 in their second innings just before tea on the fifth day.
- Japan’s Prime Minister Taro Aso conceded defeat in elections as media exit polls indicated the Opposition had won by a landslide, sending the conservatives out of power after 54 years of nearly unbroken rule amid widespread economic anxiety and desire for change.
- Grappling with infighting, the BJP on Saturday could not mount an effective attack against the UPA government as it completed 100 days in office.
- Pakistan on Saturday accused India of “shying away” from peace talks even though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had acknowledged that dialogue is the only way forward for the two countries.
Current Affairs of 31 August 2009
- India will begin in December its first round of consultations with the Swiss Government on tracing black money stashed by Indians in banks in that country, but there is no guarantee of prosecution of offenders on the basis of information secured from them.
- The Centre on Monday asked the states to cooperate in implementation of the Right To Education Act as a whopping Rs 1.5 lakh crore would be required for it in the next five years.
- Hollywood star Sandra Bullock insists that the best way to get a date is to secretly stalk the man you like.
- Pakistan cricket batting advisor and former captain Javed Miandad has asked pitch curators to prepare a green and pacy surface at the Gaddafi Stadium to prepare batsmen for the bouncy South African wickets.
- Japan’s next leader, Yukio Hatoyama, fresh from a historic election win, faced the task on Monday of forming a government to tackle challenges such as reviving the economy and steering a new course with close ally Washington.