Current Affairs of August 2013 for all types of Competitive Exams Read top news headlines and latest major events happened in India and World in the month of August 2013. 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 2013:
- Science stream gets 232 surplus applications, vacancies for Arts, Commerce.
- Central Railway plans to build 700 metre-long moving walkway to link LTT & Kurla stations.
- AIFF & partner set to announce IPL-style football league.
- IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal suspended for a demolition that never was.
- 210 more MBBS seats in Bihar
Current Affairs of 02 August 2013:
- Deepa Sannidhi bags two south remakes in Sandalwood.
- Nashik district receives highest rainfall in six years.
- Online government dues and recovery service launched.
- First-ever film fest on northeast begins in Shillong.
- University of Pune approves new course in fashion technology.
Current Affairs of 03 August 2013:
- Chargesheet filed against former Ranchi mayor
- Investiture ceremony at Jawaharlal Nehru school
- Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology convocation on August 31
- Rs 39 lakh ATM heist in northeast Delhi
- Maharashtra to issue ordinance to ban dance bars, R R Patil says
Current Affairs of 04 August 2013:
- 6 MLAs to be inducted in cabinet today
- Jet Airways offers 7 lakh tickets at low prices for a week
- Ahmedabad Urban development Authority promises 5k houses in two years
- CRPF seeks 100% ST battalion from Maoist-hit districts to wean away youth from rebels
- 600 villages flooded in Khammam
Current Affairs of 05 August 2013:
- American teenager Missy Franklin became the first woman to win six golds at a single world champion ships when she helped the United States to victory in the 4×100 metres medley relay on Sunday.
- South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 22 runs in the second Twenty20 international in wind-swept Hambantota on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
- Indian chess player Parimarjan Negi continued his brilliant form and clinched the Politiken Cup 2013 after emerging with a fine score of nine out of a maximum possible 10 points, here on Sunday.
- China has banned sales of milk products of New Zealand dairy company Fonterra linked to a botulism alert. The move comes in the midst of rising popularity of foreign baby food brands as many Chinese shun local dairy products tainted by milk scandals.
Current Affairs of 06 August 2013:
- Researchers claim to have discovered the elusive impact crater of the meteor that triggered the biggest extinction ever, around 252.3 million years ago.
- K Prem Kumar of Tamil Nadu soared to 8.09 metres to set a new national record in men’s long jump in the Inter-Railway athletics meet at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi on Monday.
- Dr. Ashok Kumar Amrohi has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam. The 1981-batch-Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
- Jalaj Srivastava, a 1984 batch IAS officer, today took oath of office as chairman of New Delhi Municipal Council along with four other nominated members.
Current Affairs of 07 August 2013:
- Sameer Suneja,the newly named global CEO of Perfetti Van Melle, joins the elite club of Indian born managers taking on leadership roles on a global level.
- Raghuram Govind Rajan, chief economic advisor in the finance ministry, will be the next governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the government announced Tuesday.
- HDFC Bank has become the first major lender in the country to increase its lending rate in the wake of Reserve Bank of India’s measures to tighten liquidity. The bank has increased its base rate to 9.8% from 9.6% with effect from August 3.
- The Uttar Pradesh government waded into another controversy over the Durga Sakthi Nagpal case on Tuesday when police hurriedly arrested a dalit writer in Rampur for a Facebook post criticizing the administration.
Current Affairs of 08 August 2013:
- Three judges in Shanghai will be expelled from the Chinese Communist Party and another put on probation, authorities said on Wednesday, days after accusations that they used prostitutes emerged online.
- A suicide bomber targeted the funeral of a slain police officer in Quetta city of southwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing 18 people, including a Deputy Inspector General of Police.
- Iran has constructed a rocket-launching site that could be used for testing ballistic missiles, a report from a military intelligence publication said on Thursday.
- Tata Motors net profit fell 23% to Rs 1,726 crore in the three months ended June 30 from Rs 2,245 crore a year earlier, Tata Motors said in a filing to the BSE.
- The rupee hit an all time closing low on Wednesday, ending the day at 61.30 down 49 paise from its previous close of 60.81. The local unit weakened upon expectations that the US Federal Reserve would gradually withdraw its stimulus funds from the money market.
Current Affairs of 09 August 2013:
- The much-awaited Companies Bill aimed at protecting the interest of employees and small investors and introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, amid much din was passed on Thursday. The Lok Sabha had passed the Companies Bill in 2012.
- Highly controversial Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University Dr. Adesh Pal has submitted his resignation. Pal met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi before announcing his resignation.
- Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for Rani Rampal, who has been adjudged ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the recent junior women hockey World Cup in Germany.
Current Affairs of 10 August 2013:
- Karen Black, the actress best known for her roles in film classics such as “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces” and “Nashville,” died Thursday after losing her fight with cancer.
- Top seed PV Sindhu entered the semifinals of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold at Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. She defeated Indonesia’s seventh seed Hera Desi 21-17 21-17 in the quarterfinals.
- The Himalaya Mall, among the five biggest malls in Ahmedabad, on Friday announced a fee of Rs 20 from visitors from the minority community, to be returned to them only if they bought anything from the mall.
Current Affairs of 11 August 2013:
- Captain Aaron Finch’s 119 went in vain as South Africa A beat Australia A by 19 runs in a round-robin match of the tri-series here on Saturday.
- At least 30 people were feared dead after a heap of coal collapsed on them at Kulda-Vasundhara open cast coal mines of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. about 150 km from here, on Saturday.
- Delhi Metro recorded its highest footfall so far when over 25 lakh people traveled on the Metro on August 8. This surpassed the earlier record set on July 29,when a total of 24,25,897 people traveled by the Metro.
- The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has suspended five engineers from the building department in connection with the Micromax bribery case. The CBI had arrested an engineer along with two Micromax officials a few days ago.
- YSR Congress leaders YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and his mother Vijayamma on Saturday resigned from their legislative posts in solidarity with people who’ve hit the streets fighting for a united Andhra Pradesh.
Current Affairs of 12 August 2013:
- India’s young paddler Soumyajit Ghosh rallied back from a 0-2 deficit to win his first ever U-21 boys ITTF World Tour crown in the Brazil Open on Saturday.
- Serena Williams crushed Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-0 in the final of the women’s Rogers Cup on Sunday to capture her 54th WTA singles title.
- Subramanian Swamy on Sunday announced the merger of his Janata Party with BJP ahead of the 2014 general elections. The announcement was made by Swamy in the presence of BJP president Rajnath Singh.
- India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, as part of a user trial for the Defence forces.
- Scientists in the UK have developed a death test that can tell people how many years they have left to live. The test has been patented by Aneta Stefanovska and Peter McClintock from Lancaster University.
Current Affairs of 13 August 2013:
- SpiceJet on Monday became the first airline in India to offer passengers the option of paying extra to get a chance to secure empty seats next to theirs. Called Empty Seat Option or ESo, the cost of ESo on SpiceJet starts from Rs 250.
- The government on Monday unveiled a multi pronged strategy to increase inflow of dollars and check outflows. The measures include a planned increase in import duty on red-hot items like gold and silver.
- Ex-Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley has resigned from the Parliament, becoming the first person in the country to quit the legislative body.
- Animesh Chauhan has taken charge as Executive Director of Central Bank of India, with effect from 5th August 2013.
- Stuart Broad took six wickets in 45 balls as England beat Australia by 74 runs in the fourth cricket Test to clinch its third straight Ashes series victory.
Current Affairs of 14 August 2013:
- The IT Index on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) hit a 52-week high of 7659.77 on Tuesday buoyed by the rupee depreciation and pick-up in demand for IT services.
- Ace shooter Ronjan Sodhi is set to be bestowed with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sporting honour in the country. A recipient of the Arjuna award, Sodhi has won two silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games.
- China on Tuesday banned holding extravagant official galas and warned that those who violate the directive will be punished.
- Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson became the first woman to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy formally took command on Monday, ushering in a new era for the 59-year-old military school in Colorado.
- Alexander Soldatenkov, a top Russian rocket designer who worked on the mission that made Yury Gagarin the first man in space, has died at 86, the space industry plant where he worked said.
Current Affairs of 15 August 2013:
- Dilip Singh Judeo, 64, BJP leader and MP from Bilaspur parliamentary constituency in Chhattisgarh died on Wednesday after prolonged illness at a hospital in Gurgaon.
- IIM-B alumni Arvind Gujral has been appointed the CEO of east Delhi discom BYPL. Sources said that the outgoing CEO, Ramesh Narayanan, was removed under political pressure after east Delhi saw the highest number of breakdowns this summer.
- Indian cricketer Virat Kohli has been given the Arjuna Award, by the Government of India in recognition of his contribution to sport. The BCCI had nominated Kohli’s name to the Sports Ministry in April this year.
- India ‘A’ clinched the cricket tri-series title with a comfortable 50-run victory over Australia ‘A’ in a low-scoring final, relying on a clinical display by their bowlers.
Current Affairs of 16 August 2013:
- Ibrahim Boubacar Keita became Mali’s president-elect after his rival conceded defeat in the August 11 run-off. The successful vote means that billions of dollars of pledged international aid should soon be on their way to help rebuild the country.
- Gold imports by India, the world’s largest buyer, more than doubled in the second quarter of 2013 after a slump in prices in April spurred demand for bars and coins, according to the World Gold Council.
- Scientists have found that bacteria in the drinking water may play a key role to keep it clean, a finding that can reduce the need for high dosage chemical treatments.
Current Affairs of 17 August 2013:
- Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, on the occasion of Independence Day, announced to increase the retirement age of state government employees from 60 to 62 years.
- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed outgoing Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to head the Atomic Energy Organisation on Friday, state media said, replacing a hardliner with a pragmatist to take charge of Tehran’s nuclear programme.
- Senior IPS officer Dilip Trivedi has been appointed as the new chief of the country’s largest paramilitary force CRPF. Trivedi, a 1978-batch officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is presently serving as the Special Director General of the BSF at its headquarters here.
- Desh Prem Azad, a former coach of legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, died after a brief illness at a hospital in nearby Mohali, his family said. Azad, who remained Kapil’s coach in the early 1970’s, was 75.
Current Affairs of 18 August 2013:
- Pakistan will release 367 Indian prisoners next week to send a positive message to its neighbour amid high tension due to firing on the LoC.
- Russia’s Svetlana Shkolina won the gold medal in the women’s high jump on Saturday. The Russian jumped a personal best of 2.03 metres.
- Bihar BJP has become the first party state unit in urging the central leadership to formally name Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi the party’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections.
- Nearly 1,800 Indians want to settle down on the Red Planet permanently and several of them are from Bangalore, according to Aashima Dogra, spokesperson of the Netherlands-based Mars One, which is planning a one-way human mission to Mars in 2022.
- The National Cricket Academy (NCA) has been a hotbed of discontent for some time now and with the Indian cricket board (BCCI) not finding time to sort out the differences with its staff at the academy, long-serving chief coach Bharathi Arun has submitted his resignation.
Current Affairs of 19 August 2013:
- Serena Williams staged comebacks in both sets to defeat China’s Li Na 7-5, 7-5 and reach the final at the Cincinnati WTA tournament for the first time.
- Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the line first win gold in the Men’s 4×100 metres final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium.
- Months after the Delhi Metro started operating eight-coach trains on the Jahangirpuri-HUDA City Centre corridor, commuters travelling on the Dwarka Sector 21-Noida/Vaishali line, too, can travel in comfort.
- Zimbabwe fast bowler Kyle Jarvis announced his retirement from international cricket on Sunday. Jarvis has withdrawn from the squad for this month’s series against Pakistan to.
Current Affairs of 20 August 2013:
- Teen sensation Kush Kumar made the whole country proud as he won India’s first gold medal at the second Asian Youth Games after defeating Malaysia’s Mohammad Syafiq Mohd Kamal in the men’s singles squash competition, here in Nanjing, China.
- Rafael Nadal won the Cincinnati Masters for the first time on Sunday, his ninth title of 2013 lifting him to number two in the world and cementing his status as a US Open favorite.
- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerbergs account was hacked by a security researcher Khalil Shreateh after the social network ignored his warnings that a glitch in the site allowed anyone to post on a strangers wall.
- Actor Sanjay Dutt has applied for a leave of furlough for the first time since his final incarceration. A source said that Dutt applied for a 14-day furlough under the jail manual rules that govern leave granted to a convict.
Current Affairs of 21 August 2013:
- Dengue cases have risen alarmingly across the country this year, with data showing an 80% rise in the disease till July 31 as compared to the same period last year. India has recorded 15,983 dengue cases so far in 2013 as compared to 8,899 cases in the corresponding months last year.
- Astronomers have discovered a hot Earth-size planet so close to its star that a year on that exoplanet lasts just 8.5 hours, making it one of the fastest alien planets ever seen.
- American author Elmore Leonard, whose ear for gritty, realistic dialogue helped bring dozens of hard-bitten crooks, cops and cowboys to life in nearly 50 novels, died on Tuesday several weeks after a stroke. He was 87.
- New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has been suspended for six months for failing a doping test for banned stimulants he claimed he took in a supplement to help him lose weight, the country’s sports tribunal said on Tuesday.
Current Affairs of 22 August 2013:
- Retail onion prices have again shot up to Rs 70-80 a kg and cooperative major Nafed on Wednesday floated tenders inviting traders to import the must have veggie from Pakistan, Iran, China and Egypt.
- India has tightened restrictions on the amount of money companies and individuals can send out of the country, trying to curb a sharp decline in the rupee. Since May, the Indian currency has declined about 16 per cent against the U.S. dollar.
- Wasim Akram on Wednesday announced that he had married his Australian girlfriend, Shaniera Thompson. I married Shaniera in Lahore last week in a simple ceremony and this is the start of a new life for me, my wife and for my kids.
Current Affairs of 23 August 2013:
- Telecom operators would be fined Rs 5,000 for each complaint of unsolicited commercial communication originating from their networks, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said on Thursday.
- Delhi Metro today launched a smartphone mobile application which will give information useful for its commuters. The application works with internet or GPRS and provides information with GPS availability for passengers.
- Ashwani Kumar, who resigned as Union law minister for interfering with the CBI’s coalgate investigations, has been appointed as the prime minister’s special envoy with Cabinet rank.
- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Africa’s oldest leader at 89, was sworn in on Thursday for a new five-year term in the face of criticism from opponents and the West that his re-election in a July vote was not credible.
Current Affairs of 24 August 2013:
- India has by passed Japan to become the world’s third largest Internet user after China and the United States, and its users are significantly younger than those of other emerging economies, global digital measurement and analytics firm com Score has said in a report.
- Samir Karnik, the producer of Yamla Pagla Deewana starring Dharmendra and his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol, was arrested on Friday for service tax evasion of Rs 1.18 crore.
- Powerful car bombs exploded Friday outside two Sunni mosques in a Lebanese city riven by strife over the war in neighbouring Syria, killing 42 people and wounding hundreds.
Current Affairs of 25 August 2013:
- Subdivisional officer (SDO) of Ranchi has imposed Section 144 of IPC on Singpur village in Dhurwa from 4am to 10pm on Sunday after lakhs of Sarna religion followers have threatened to bring down the controversial statue of Virgin Mary in a tribal avatar at a Roman catholic church in the hamlet.
- The Supreme Court stayed a move by the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to fill vacant general category seats in MBBS courses in Delhi and the other six AIIMS that became operational this year in Bhopal, Patna, Jodhpur, Rishikesh, Raipur and Bhubaneswar with reserved category candidates.
- Noted industrialist and founder of Kalyani Group of Companies, Neelkanth A Kalyani, died at his residence here late on Saturday night. He was 87.
- Justice RC Gandhi, a retired judge of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, will head the one-man Commission of Inquiry to probe the incidents of violence and arson that had rocked Kishtwar on August 9.
Current Affairs of 26 August 2013:
- India’s biggest oil explorer, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), has agreed a deal to buy a 10% stake in an offshore gas field in Mozambique. It will pay Anadarko Petroleum, a US firm, $2.6bn (£1.7bn) for the stake.
- Scientists have discovered the world’s oldest globe of the New World, dating back to the early 1500s and it is carved onto ostrich eggs. The previously-unknown globe, which is about the size of a grapefruit, was made from the lower halves of two ostrich eggs, and dates from the very early 1500s.
- At least 178 people have been killed and more than 1.5 million affected due to floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains across Pakistan.
Current Affairs of 27 August 2013:
- Former prime minister Boiko Borisov became the oldest footballer to appear for a Bulgarian professional club on Sunday when the 54-year-old played in his team Vitosha Bistritsa’s goalless draw against Rakovski in a domestic second division match.
- BHEL has been conferred the ‘ICAI National Award for Excellence in Cost Management 2012’. BHEL has been awarded the recognition for the eighth successive year, having earlier won the awards uninterruptedly from 2005 onwards.
- The Versova police booked actor Om Puri for allegedly assaulting his wife at his residence in Andheri (west) on August 22. The case was registered after the actor’s wife Nandita approached the police to press charges against him.
- The Rajya Sabha today passed a bill to amend marriage laws which seeks to provide for irretrievable breakdown of marriage as a ground for divorce, subject to certain safeguards to the wife and affected children.
Current Affairs of 28 August 2013:
- Scientists have developed a novel patch with tiny, biodegradable needles that can penetrate the skin and accurately diagnose tuberculosis.
- Zimbabwe recorded their first win over Pakistan for 15 years as they cruised to a seven-wicket victory in the opening one-day international at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
- Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken proponent of girls’ education who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year, has been awarded a top Dutch children’s honor for her activism.
- Former media advisor to the prime minister and information commissioner Deepak Sandhu has been appointed the chief information commissioner. He will succeed Satyananda Mishra.
Current Affairs of 29 August 2013:
- India’s first dedicated military satellite GSAT-7 or Rukmini,which will be launched by Arianespace from French Guiana on Friday, will provide the navy with an almost 2,000 nautical-mile footprint over the Indian Ocean region (IOR).
- The Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate who gave IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal a clean chit was shifted out late Tuesday evening. The action comes exactly a month after Nagpal had been unceremoniously suspended by the Uttar Pradesh government, ostensibly for ordering the demolition of a mosque wall.
- Bharti Airtel on Wednesday appointed Christian de Faria as the new CEO for African operations while Manoj Kohli, MD and CEO (international), will relocate to India. The appointment will be effective January 1, 2014.
- Ashok Vemuri, director and head of Americas and global head of manufacturing and engineering services has resigned. Mr Vemuri, who was with Infosys for over 15 years, was the highest paid Indian executive.
Current Affairs of 30 August 2013:
- Australia opener Aaron Finch smashed the highest score in a Twenty 20 international on Thursday when he reached 156 in his team’s 248 for six in the first of two matches against England.
- Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for 2012/13 ahead of the usual contenders Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
- Dempo SC midfielder Clifford Rayes Miranda today received Dilip Sardesai Award for sports excellence for the year 2013-14.
- N R Narayana Murthy has stepped down as chairman of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) after taking charge as executive chairman of Infosys.
- Saudi Arabia has passed landmark legislation aimed at protecting women, children and domestic workers against domestic abuse, in a move aimed at reducing hidden violence against women in the kingdom.
Current Affairs of 31 August 2013:
- India’s first military satellite GSAT-7 or ” Rukmini”, which will boost the Navy’s blue-water combat capabilities with a 2,000-nautical mile footprint over the crucial Indian Ocean Region (IOR), was successfully launched from Kourou Island in French Guiana in the early hours on Friday.
- China’s Li Na became the first player to reach the round of 16 at this year’s U.S. Open when she defeated Britain’s Laura Robson 6-2 7-5 on Friday. Li, seeded fifth after reaching the Australian Open final earlier this season, needed 81 minutes to avenge her third round loss to Robson at Flushing Meadows last year.
- Central Bank of India was conferred 10th National Awards for Excellence in Cost Management 2012 under Public Service Sector (Large). The award was received by B.Mondal, Chief General Manager of the bank.
- Seamus Heaney, one of the world’s best known poets and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize for literature, has died aged 74 after a short illness.