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Current Affairs of 01 August 2010
- Former Union minister and Ambala City MLA Vinod Sharma reviewed the flood damage reports prepared by different departments at a meeting convened at his Model Town residence in Ambala City on Saturday.
- The wife of senior Uttar Pradesh BJP leader Hukum Singh was found dead at their Muzaffarnagar residence on Saturday morning. Police believe that 70-year-old Rewati Singh was strangled.
Current Affairs of 02 August 2010
- Soon after revising deposit rates by up to 75 basis points, ICICI Bank has said the lending rates are expected to go up after September, even as some leading public sector banks have already increased rates for their existing customers.
- The DRDO is working on a number of electronics and computer science (ECS) related projects for the armed forces and the paramilitary.
- Iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is all set to add another milestone in his illustrious career by becoming the most-capped Test cricketer when he plays in the third and final match of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
- The aircraft carrying British Prime Minister David Cameron on his maiden visit to India was caught in the mid-air drama as the computer software installed at IGI airport’s new terminal froze for 30 minutes, promoting a disaster scenario.
Current Affairs of 03 August 2010
- SBI Mutual Fund, one of India’s largest fund houses, has witnessed an increase of over Rs 4,785-crore in its average assets in July.
- BJP Parliamentary Party met on Tuesday to discuss the strategy for debating the price rise issue in the two Houses and expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
- A group of Left MPs has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to send a delegation of Parliamentarians to assess the situation in violence-hit Jammu and Kashmir.
- Organising Committee Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 Chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Tuesday set up a three-member panel to probe the money scam trail to the United Kingdom.
Current Affairs of 04 August 2010
- A total of 255 terrorists had made attempts to infiltrate from across the border with Pakistan till June this year, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
- Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday apologised to the Lok Sabha for losing his temper when a TDP member made some remarks while protesting the construction of Babhli barrage.
- England are the favourites to win this year’s Ashes as Ricky Ponting’s men have lost their aura of invincibility, feels former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
- The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday sought to further tighten curbs against Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its support for terror groups by naming Iranian-controlled companies and forbidding dealing with them.
Current Affairs of 05 August 2010
- There are 793 Indians in Pakistani jails, out of which 582 are fishermen.
- A court on Thursday issued notice to Delhi Police on a plea of disgraced diplomat Madhuri Gupta, accused of passing sensitive information to Pakistani intelligence, seeking certain documents including emails she allegedly exchanged with her handlers.
- Indian-American Raj Goyle has won a primary from Kansas State to bag Democratic party’s nomination for the November Congressional elections, becoming the latest candidate from the community to join the race for the House of Representatives.
- Forty US billionaires pledged to give away at least half of their wealth to philanthropic purpose in response to a campaign by Microsoft chief Bill Gates and legendary investor Warren Buffet.
Current Affairs of 06 August 2010
- The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will announce a draw for 15,000 houses sometime in September. DDA vice-chairperson Ashok Kumar Nigam said on Thursday that the houses are in areas like Jasola, Narela, Vasant Kunj and Dwarka.
- Opposition Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh are fuming after the ruling BJP’s in-house monthly magazine Deep Kamal published a controversial cover-page cartoon with striking resemblance to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, portraying her as a daayan or a witch.
- The US has announced USD 25 million aid for the flood relief work in Pakistan, taking the total humanitarian fund to the inundation ravaged nation to USD 35 million.
Current Affairs of 07 August 2010
- For the first time in weeks, curfew was relaxed on Saturday in several pockets of uptown Srinagar city.
- Six Indian Air Force aircraft carrying relief material, rescue workers and doctors landed in Leh on Saturday to provide succour to the people of the region affected by cloudburst and flash floods.
- The Amarnath yatra was on Saturday suspended from Jammu due to heavy rains en route the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.
- Olympian bronze medallist grappler Sushil Kumar on Saturday said that Indians are eyeing a rich medal haul in wrestling in the Commonwealth Games later this year.
- The US in conjunction with the United Nations has designated al-Qaeda-linked HuJI as a foreign terrorist organisation and slapped sanctions on its commander Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri.
Current Affairs of 08 August 2010
- In its first demonstration of “affirmative action”, 55 of Corporate India’s top 1,000 companies have decided to make “caste disclosures” of their workforce in their annual reports next financial year.
- A clash between PUSU and SOPU supporters on the premises of the Sector-10 DAV College left a BA-III of the college and SOPU supporter Gursher Singh injured on Saturday evening.
- A prominent pro-talk ULFA leader on Sunday voiced concern at the recent acts of violence in Assam and called for exercising restraint to take forward the peace process.
- Local Bahujan Samaj Party leader Babu Singh has been murdered allegedly by his former bodyguards in his house in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra district, police said on Sunday.
Current Affairs of 09 August 2010
- State-run BHEL said it has bagged a contract worth Rs 2,525 crore from Abhijeet Infra for setting up a 1,080 MW thermal power plant (4×270 MW) in Jharkhand.
- Biscuit maker Britannia on Monday posted a 30.6 per cent decline in net profit at Rs 32.83 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.
- Telecom Minister A Raja on Monday dismissed allegations of corruption in allotment of 2G spectrum in 2008 saying the government followed the policies of previous NDA regime and the recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
- Somdev Devvarman’s stay in the top-100 lasted just one week as the Indian suffered a huge loss of 15 positions to find himself at 111th spot in the latest ATP rankings, issued today.
- HSBC Global Technology came away with a crucial victory over Starent-Marvell in the 8th Inter Information Technology Football Championship Trophy played at the Range Hills Ground on Saturday and Sunday.
Current Affairs of 10 August 2010
- In order to tap huge STD call market in India, estimated at 1.5 billion minutes per month, cellular operator, Tata Indicom announced its new offer for its prepaid subscribers, in the region.
- Government has set up a special control room in the Ministry of External Affairs to streamline the collation and dissemination of information on foreigners affected in the recent flash floods in Leh.
- The core team of Soch Lo, a feature film by Sartaj Singh Punnu to be released on August 27, has 27 graduates from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) who have contributed in areas like acting, editing, music, sound and cinematography.
- Acting on a tip-off, Malaysian authorities have arrested two Indians at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport with nine kilogrammes of party drug taped to their bodies.
Current Affairs of 11 August 2010
- India may decide to temporarily shut down BlackBerry Messenger and email services if Research In Motion does not address security concerns in a meeting to be held between the government and operators on Thursday, government officials said.
- The Mayawati government will spend as much as Rs 491 crore more on parks and memorials to Dalit icons being constructed in the state capital during the current fiscal 2010-11.
- Whatever Mark Hurd did that cost him his job as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest technology company, it wasn’t enough to cost him a payday that could top $40 million.
- In a major setback to suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, the Indian Cricket Board on Wednesday rejected his demand for the recusal of Chirayu Amin and Arun Jaitley from the disciplinary panel investigating the charges of financial irregularities against him.
- Indian-American Satveer Chaudhary, who in 1996 became the first Asian-American lawmaker in the Minnesota House of Representatives, has lost in the primary for the State Senate Seat, which he has represented for a decade.
Current Affairs of 12 August 2010
- Age did not deter this 67-year-old American, who worked as a teacher in India for a couple of years, from undertaking a 3,831 miles bicycle tour criss-crossing the US to raise funds to the tune of USD 14,500 for the education of children in India’s rural areas.
- US President Barack Obama has greeted the people of the Muslim world on the occasion of beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
- State-run behemoth National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) today said it would begin the construction of its 3-million-tonne integrated steel plant worth Rs 14,000 crore at Nagarnar in Chhattisgarh by November.
Current Affairs of 13 August 2010
- Tata Steel on Thursday reported a robust growth in consolidated net profit at Rs 1,825.26 crore for the quarter to June driven by strong demand from sectors like automobile and constructions.
- Widening its probe into alleged financial irregularities in the Commonwealth Games, the Enforcement Directorate is looking at the source and gateways through which payment was made for the Queens Baton Relay in London last October.
- British energy major BP Plc will pay a record fine of USD 50.6 million to the US authorities to settle claims related to an explosion at its Texas plant in 2005.
- An Indian-American professor at the University of Texas, Austin, has won the prestigious Dirac Medal for his contribution to the understanding of theoretical physics, becoming the first Indian origin to grab the honour.
Current Affairs of 14 August 2010
- A new study has found that use of estrogen alone did not increase lung cancer mortality in postmenopausal women.
- Chelsea signed Brazilian international midfielder Ramires on Friday but their pursuit of his compatriot Neymar is not going quite as smoothly.
- As crores continue to splash around in the Commonwealth Games – this way or that – it has now come to light that several players of the national shooting squad that participated in the recently-concluded World Shooting Championship paid for the Munich trip from their own pockets.
- Security has been beefed up across Assam in the run up to Independence Day on Sunday with five militant groups including the banned United Libration Front of Asom (ULA) calling for a boycott of the celebrations.
Current Affairs of 15 August 2010
- Mauled by a depleted New Zealand in the opening game, injury-ravaged and battle-weary India will have to raise their game significantly against Sri Lanka in the second match to stay afloat in the one-day cricket tri-series here on Monday.
- China on Sunday observed a national day of mourning for the more than 1,200 people killed in last week’s massive landslides in northwest Gansu province as heavy rains continued to batter the country.
- Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday announced government jobs for 50,000 youths over the next few months. “Nobody,” Omar said, “can be so stone-hearted as not to be touched by what has happened, and no eye can be without tears over the loss of lives”.
- China will observe a national day of mourning on Sunday in memory of those killed in the last week’s massive floods in northwest Gansu province, even as the toll in the calamity rose to 1,239 while 505 are still missing.
Current Affairs of 16 August 2010
- The Company Law Board has thrown a spanner in the plans of IL&FS-promoted Maytas Infra Ltd to allot 20 per cent preferential rights shares to Saudi BinLadin group.
- A top US General has said Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, is probably hiding in the remote mountainous regions of Pakistan, even though no one knows where he actually is.
- A top leader of the Communist Party of China has called for undertaking reforms in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries by appointing monks and nuns who are “politically reliable”, hinting at an apparent purge in the clergy.
- The Centre has declared the Leh disaster a “calamity of severe nature”, paving the way for MPs to contribute Rs 50 lakh from MPLAD fund for relief to the affected people.
Current Affairs of 17 August 2010
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who arrived at flood-ravaged Leh on Tuesday morning on a day’s stock-taking mission with his Cabinet colleagues, announced a relief package of Rs 125 crore from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the victims of the Leh cloudburst that left 179 dead and nearly 400 injured.
- State-run refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp is looking at buying fuel retail assets of Royal Dutch Shell in Africa, the Indian company’s chairman said on Tuesday.
- Bollywood star Salman Khan, who played mentor to several newcomers like Katrina Kaif and Zarine Khan always felt that his Dabangg co-star Sonakshi was wired to become an actress.
Current Affairs of 18 August 2010
- Oil dipped in Asian trade on Wednesday as investors locked in profits from a price rally overnight and on continued concerns over the global economic rebound.
- M S University Syndicate members have objected to the university’s proposal to hand over 25,000 sq- ft land to the state-run Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited on rent, to construct a sub-station.
- Two pilots and an Army officer were killed when a Cheetah helicopter crashed in a jungle of Dzukou Valley in Nagaland on Wednesday.
- Australian mining giant BHP Billiton today made a hostile takeover offer of USD 40 billion for the world’s largest fertiliser producer Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc, a day after the Canadian major rejected the bid.
- The Indian cricket board today stuck to it stand of steering clear of the no-ball controversy but asked the Sri Lankan Board to take action against its players if they are found guilty of violating ICC rules during a tri-series match against India at Dambulla on Monday.
Current Affairs of 19 August 2010
- A day after the tripartite talks involving the state government, the Centre and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha took place in Delhi, a nine-member team of the All India Gorkha League of Darjeeling.
- The Anti Corruption Bureau of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI-ACB) arrested Rajendra Rajaram Pawar (36), the former CEO of Dehu Road Cantonment Board, on Tuesday late evening for allegedly possessing disproportionate assets worth Rs 14.5 lakh.
- The Civil Aviation Ministry today sought the intervention of the PMO to make the Environment Ministry see reason over the need for a second airport in Mumbai.
- With its key ally DMK mounting pressure on the Centre to monitor the progress in rehabilitation of internally-displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka, New Delhi will soon send a senior official to the island nation to assess the situation on the ground.
- In a reconciliation deal with Vedanta Resources which acquired majority stake in Cairn India, state-run ONGC is likely to ask for being the operator of the prolific Rajasthan fields, despite being a minority stakeholder in the venture with Cairn.
Current Affairs of 20 August 2010
- Britain’s government says it has warned Libya that any celebration of Friday’s anniversary of the release from jail of the Lockerbie bomber would be deeply offensive to the families of the mainly U.S. victims of the attack.
- Britain’s leading Indian and South Asian rights groups have written a joint letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to intervene to stop “atrocities” against Kashmiri civilians by security forces.
- President Pratibha Patil has underlined the need for promoting the study of mathematics among the younger generation as it inculcates the habit of rational thought in it and promotes, what the first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, called “scientific temper.”
- Girl child belonging to Below Poverty Line families in Karnataka would be offered free education and medical treatment till the age of 18 under a government scheme, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa announced on Friday.
- Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank on Friday visited the site of tragedy in Bageshwar district where 18 children were buried alive on Tuesday as the roof of their school collapsed due to a landslide triggered by heavy rains.
Current Affairs of 21 August 2010
- A bill to provide voting rights to Indians living abroad was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday, with the government saying it would enable non-resident Indians (NRIs) to participate in their home country’s democratic process, which was their “legitimate” wish.
- Sri Lanka and India on Friday exchanged notes to establish Indian Consulate-General offices in Jaffna and Hambantota.
- The much-awaited 726.6 MW gas – based thermal power project at Palatana in Tripura’s South District would be operational by March 2012, ONGC Chairman R S Sharma said on Saturday.
- The State Human Rights Commission has ordered the Chennai Police Commissioner to depute an officer not below the rank of a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) to enquire into a matter relating to city cinema theatres not permitting audience to bring their own drinking water and eatables inside.
Current Affairs of 22 August 2010
- The United Kingdom-based Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is exploring options for collaboration with Indian institutions for research in applied and pure sciences.
- Innovation will be the buzzword at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University’s graVITas ‘10 to be held from September 17 to 19.
- The Madras High Court has held that the allotment of a room to an unrecognised trade union on the premises of a cooperative bank here is an unfair labour practice, prohibited under the Industrial Disputes Act.
- Highlighting the plight of ex-servicemen, especially wives of deceased personnel, several hundreds former soldiers and officers on Sunday collected medals and submitted a memorandum to the President seeking ‘One Rank, One Pension (OROP)’.
- ANHAD, a voluntary organisation working against communal forces, has expressed shock over the use of a photograph of its month-old demonstration against “excessive” use of force by the security forces in Kashmir, in advertisements issued by the BJP, which observed ‘Save Kashmir Day’ on Saturday.
Current Affairs of 23 August 2010
- Chandra Shekhar Verma at 51 may be among the youngest helmsman of as big a PSU as Steel Authority India Ltd (SAIL), which was recently accorded the Maharatna status.
- The official broadcaster for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Doordarshan, is understood to have cut its advertising revenue target by half to Rs 100 crore from the 12-day long event due to poor response from advertisers.
- Two Spanish aid workers kidnapped almost nine months ago by an al—Qaeda affiliate have been set free and were en route on Monday to the capital of neighbouring Burkina Faso, a Spanish official and a diplomatic source said.
- The West Bengal government has allocated Rs. 400 crore for 2010-11 for construction of new dwelling units and renovation of the existing ones for all homeless slum-dwellers and those who were not beneficiaries of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
Current Affairs of 24 August 2010
- A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck off western Mexican coastal state of Jalisco Monday night, said the National Seismology Service (SSN).
- The government is actively considering the changes in language suggested by the Bharatiya Janata Party in the controversial Clause 17 (b) of the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill 2010, official sources said.
- China warned travellers over travel to the Philippines and demanded answers on Tuesday over how eight Hong Kong tourists were killed in a hostage stand—off in Manila following a day of botched negotiations.
- The chief of police in the Philippine capital on Tuesday admitted shortcomings in the handling of a hostage-taking incident that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.
Current Affairs of 25 August 2010
- Scientists have reported results of a new clinical trial confirming that just two 8-ounce glasses of ordinary water, taken before meals, enables people to shed pounds.
- Baffled by the world’s longest traffic jam, the Chinese government has mobilised hundreds of policemen to clear the 100 km long stretch of the Beijing— Tibet highway, riddled with vehicles for 10 days, with the pile up almost reaching the outskirts of the capital.
- The Obama administration on Tuesday confirmed that a major bilateral initiative for shale gas exploration in India was set to make important advances over the coming months.
- The Gujarat High Court on Monday sought clarifications from the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team whether it was inclined to take up the probe into the alleged fake encounter killings of Ishrat Jahan and three others.
Current Affairs of 26 August 2010
- China has assured India that its nuclear cooperation with Pakistan is for peaceful purposes, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna today said in the Rajya Sabha.
- The working group on wages, constituted under the auspices of the Central Employment Guarantee Council (CEGC) that governs the functioning of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), in a report, has expressed concern over what it described as a crisis of the wage policy.
- Agreeing that terrorism continued to be the threat undermining peace and stability in the region, India and Afghanistan on Wednesday reiterated their stand to work jointly to combat and defeat it.
- A glamorous Russian ballet dancer who doubled up as a Nazi spy was responsible for one of the worst defeats for the Allied forces in the Second World War, causing a political upheaval in Britain, according to classified intelligence files released by M15 on Thursday.
Current Affairs of 27 August 2010
- A glamorous Russian ballet dancer who doubled up as a Nazi spy was responsible for one of the worst defeats for the Allied forces in the Second World War, causing a political upheaval in Britain, according to classified intelligence files released by M15 on Thursday.
- The Supreme Court on Friday favoured creation of a nodal agency to oversee implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), in view of the allegation that benefits of the scheme were not reaching the intended beneficiaries.
- The Supreme Court on Friday restrained the Gujarat government from handing over the investigation into the Ishrat Jahan encounter case to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by the former director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, R. K. Raghavan, probing the post-Godhra riots cases.
Current Affairs of 28 August 2010
- The Government of India is evaluating a statement by the Chinese Ministry of Defence denying that military exchanges with India were suspended. “We will see what that means. For now, defence exchanges have been put on hold from our side.
- In a bid to remove the flaws in the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010, 10 Opposition members of the Rajya Sabha on Friday gave notice for an amendment motion on the Bill to refer it to a Select Committee of the House.
- The intersection of the domestic environment for national development and the state of health of our neighbourhood relationships has never been as sharply defined as it is today, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said here on Friday.
- Taliban militants attacked two bases of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in eastern Afghanistan in predawn raids on Saturday.
Current Affairs of 29 August 2010
- Three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, a constable of the Chhattisgarh police and a Special Police Officer were killed in an ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, 250 km from Raipur, on Sunday morning.
- The Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) is yet to reconcile the government’s assurance of a monthly provision of 25 kg of foodgrains for every family with its desire to enhance it to 35 kg.
- The close link between diabetes and poverty is triggering the rapid advancement of the disease in low and middle income populations of the world, Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General, Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organisation (WHO), Geneva, said on Sunday.
- A forthcoming U.N. report on 10 years of extraordinary violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo bluntly challenges the conventional history of events there after the 1994 Rwandan genocide, charging that invading troops from Rwanda and their rebel allies killed tens of thousands of members of the Hutu ethnic group, including many civilians.
- Pakistan cricket has once again rocked by fixing scandal with team management in England confirming that some players were under investigation by Scotland Yard for having taken bribes for spot-fixing in the ongoing Lords Test.
Current Affairs of 30 August 2010
- The match-fixing scandal that has rocked Pakistan cricket grew in proportion on Monday with reports emerging of more games being rigged prompting a shocked cricketing fraternity to demand life bans on guilty players.
- U.S. Airways is investigating why flames were seen coming from the engine of an airplane as it landed at Reagan National Airport outside Washington.
- CPI(M) supported by BJP and other opposition parties on Monday slammed the UPA in Rajya Sabha over Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s remark that he found “nothing wrong” in Mamata Banerjee’s statement on the killing of Maoist leader Azad.
- A Left Democratic Front (LDF) sub-committee which met at Munnar on Monday decided to recommend notification of 17,066 acres of land in Munnar as forest land.
Current Affairs of 31 August 2010
- CPI(M) today asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir Government to immediately initiate the process of dialogue to find a solution to the Kashmir issue, saying delay will only aggravate the situation.
- Taking suo motu cognisance of reports that the Srinagar airport would remain closed for a fortnight due to renovation and repairs, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday intervened to ensure uninterrupted air connectivity to Kashmir Valley from other parts of the country.
- The U.S. has decided to release a postage stamp in the honour of India’s Nobel prize winner Mother Teresa on September 5, the U.S. Postal Service has announced.
- Author J.K. Rowling has given 10 million pounds ($15.4 million) to set up a centre to research multiple sclerosis, the disease that killed her mother.