August 2016 Current Affairs

Current Affairs of August 2016 for all types of Competitive Exams Read top news headlines and latest major events happened in India and World in the month of August 2016. The information given will help you to prepare for exams like: IAS, PCS, UPSC, Railways, SSCBanking & all other competitive exams.

  • The Tamil Nadu Assembly on 1 August 2016 unanimously passed a resolution to rename the Madras High Court as the Tamil Nadu High Court. The resolution on the matter was moved by Chief Minister J Jayalalitha as most of the High Courts established after the formation of new states based on linguistic lines have been named after the states only.
  • American researchers have developed a mechanism to convert greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbon monoxide (CO) that can be recycled into usable fuel. The mechanism is based on the photosynthesis process that trees uses to convert CO2 into sugars.
  • Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi on 3 August 2016 named Youssef Chahed as the Prime Minister of the country. Chahed’s appointment came after parliament ousted Habib Essid in a vote of no-confidence because of his handling of economic reforms and security.
  • Noted sports promoter and founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani was elected as an individual member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 4 August 2016. She was elected by IOC members at the 129th Session of the world body in Rio de Janeiro.
  •  Grandmaster and former world junior championAbhijeet Gupta has added another feather to his cap by retaining the Commonwealth Chess championship crown in Colombo, Sri Lanka, while International Master Tania Sachdev also finished with a gold medal.
  • China on 6 August 2016 successfully launched its first satellite for mobile telecommunication, Tiantong-01. Tiantong-01 satellite was launched from southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center, with the Long March-3B carrier rocket. More geostationary satellites will be sent into orbit for the system.
  • Vijay Rupani, the newly elected leader of Gujarat BJP, was sworn in as the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat on 7 August 2016. Rupani, who succeeds Anandiben Patel, was the senior most cabinet minister in Anandiben Government. Apart from Rupani, Nitin Patel was also sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
  • The Lok Sabha on 8 August 2016 passed The Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014. The bill was passed by two-third majority, with 443 members voting in its favour and none against in the final vote.
    Kalikho Pul, who briefly served as Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, died on 9 August 2016 in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. He was 47.
  • The Lok Sabha on 10 August 2016 passed the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The Bill seeks to amend the Income Tax Act, 1961 and the Customs Tariff Act, 1975. The Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha on the same day was passed by voice vote after a short debate.
  • Hanif Mohammad, the original ‘Little Master,’ passed away on 11 August 2016 in Karachi, Pakistan. He was 81. Hanif was diagnosed with the cancer in 2013, for which he received treatment in London.
  • The International Youth Day was celebrated across the world on 12 August 2016. The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is – The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • India’s top squash player Dipika Pallikal on 13 August 2016 won the Australian Open Squash women’s singles title in Melbourne. To win the title, the top seed Dipika defeated eighth seed Mayar Hany of Egypt 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 in the 40-minute final.
  • Usain Bolt on 14 August 2016 clinched gold in the 100-metre final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With this win, Bolt became the first man to win the event three 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.
  • Noted music composer A.R. Rahman on 15 August 2016 was honoured with the Tamil Ratna Award.The award was presented by New York based Tamil Sangam. Rahman was bestowed with the honour after his concert at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) chamber.
  • China on 16 August 2016 launched the world’s first quantum satellite named Quantum Experiments at Space Scaler (QUESS) satellite. The satellite was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the remote northwestern province of Gansu.
  • Former Union Minister Najma Heptullah was on 17 August 2016 appointed as the Governor of Manipur. With this, Heptullah will be the 18th Governor of the state. Heptullah had resigned from the Union Ministry on 12 July 12 2016 as she completed 75 years of age.
  • Badminton player P V Sindhu on 18 August 2016 won historic silver medal in women’s singles badminton event at Rio Olympics. Sindhu became the first Indian woman to clinch a silver medal in Olympics. She also became the fourth Indian to win a silver at the Olympics after shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004, Athens) and Vijay Kumar (2012, London) and wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012, London).
  • Jamaican sprinter on 19 August 2016 won gold in 4x100m relay final at the Rio Olympics. He combined with Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade to finish in 37.27 seconds. With this, Bolt obtained three sprinting gold medals in three consecutive Olympics, and finished his Olympic career with a 100% win record in finals.
  • Union Government on 20 August 2016 appointed Dr. Urjit R Patel as the 24th governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He will be having tenure of three years with effect from 4 September 2016.
  • N. Ramachandran, President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), on 21 August 2016 was awarded the Olympic Order for his outstanding services to the Olympic movement. The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, formally presented the award to Ramachandran.
  • V P Singh Badnore on 22 August 2016 took oath as the new Governor of Punjab. He was also sworn in as the Administrator of Chandigarh Administration. Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice S J Vazifdar administered the oath of office and secrecy to Badnore at Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.
  • Forbes on 23 August 2016 released the list of The World’s Highest-Paid Actresses 2016. Jennifer Lawrence topped the Forbes magazine list for the second straight year with earnings of 46 million US dollars. Indian actress Deepika Padukone is the only newcomer to the World’s Highest-Paid Actresses list and the only Indian star to make the cut.
  • Sakshi Malik, the woman wrestler who won the bronze medal at 2016 Rio Olympics in the 58 kg category, was named as Haryana’s brand ambassador for Beti Bachao, Beti Padao campaign. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal made this announcement on 24 August 2016 at Bahadurgarh where he awarded Malik with 2.5 crore rupees and Commendation Certificate.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo on 25 August 2016 won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for 2015-16. He won the award for the second time in three years. Ronaldo scored 35 goals for Real Madrid in La Liga and 16 goals in Champions League competition in 2015. He scored three goals for Portugal at Euro 2016.
  • Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi on 26 August 2016 launched Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses, POCSO e-box, in New Delhi. POCSO e-box is a platform where a child victim of sexual abuse can report such cases online. It is initiative of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, for direct online reporting of child sexual abuse.
  • United States President Barack Obama on 27 August 2016 expanded Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine reserve.
  • Indian Tennis Player Saina Mirza and Monica Niculescu won Doubles title at the Connecticut Open in New Haven, the US on 28 August 2016 . In the final clash, the Indo-Romanian team defeated the Ukrainian-Taiwanese pair of Kateryna Bondarenko and Chuang Chia-Jung, 7-5, 6-4.
  • Eminent author Padma Sachdev was awarded the prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2015 for her autobiography ‘Chitt-Chete’ written in Dogri language. She was felicitated by Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung in New Delhi on 29 August 2016.
  • India’s 100-year-old athlete, Man Kaur, on 30 August 2016 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.
  • Michel Temer, Brazil’s former Vice President, was on 31 August 2016 sworn in as the President of Brazil. Temer is expected to stay in power until the next scheduled election in late 2018. His appointment came following the removal of Dilma Rousseff from the office through the Senators’ voting.
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