August 2009 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs August 2009: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of August 2009 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the oath as the next President of Iran during an official swearing-in ceremony held in the Iranian Parliament (Majlis). 
  • Pakistani Taliban announced Hakimullah Mehsud as their new chief, days after reports claimed that he was killed in a duel with a rival claimant.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Prominent Indian social activist Deep Joshi, who has done pioneering work for 'development of rural communities', was named along with five others for the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2009, considered as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
  • Major Mohit Sharma and Major D Sreeram Kumar have been awarded the country's highest peace time gallantry award Ashok Chakra.
  • Four officers of Special Cell involved in Batla House encounter were among 30 personnel of Delhi Police who have been awarded police medals on the occasion of Independence Day for meritorious services.
  • Indian sanitation expert and founder of Sulabh sanitation movement in India, Bindeshwar Pathak has been awarded the prestigious 2009 Stockholm Water prize. The award akin to a Nobel Prize on environmental issues was presented to him on Thursday night by Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.
Top Books Current Affairs
  • A book on the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah titled, - 'Jinnah: India - Partition - Independence' penned by senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh, was released in New Delhi .
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • Maoist chief Prachanda has alleged that India and the United States had planned to launch an anti-China campaign, even a possible attack on the Communist giant, using Nepalese territory.

Top Economics Current Affairs
  • India leads in the annual reported number of traffic deaths worldwide, shows a Global status report on road safety survey by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is a first-of-its-kind global survey on deaths on roads.
Top Education Current Affairs
  • It has been over a week since 26 women from the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh embarked on a degree programme in a newly started college.But for Piyush C Agrawal who donated half of the $500,000 that the college project cost, the struggle to start the community college looks like a minor odyssey.
Top Geography Current Affairs
  • An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck the remote Qinghai Province in northwest China at 9:52 am local time on Friday, the China Earthquake Administration said, but no casualties have been reported, the Chinese Xinhua news ageny has reported.
Top India Current Affairs
  • After installing audio-guide system for tourists in Qutub Minar, the Archaeological Survey of India has now decided to extend the facility to all ticketed monuments in the national capital in view of the Commonwealth Games next year.
  • The Supreme Court has held 4 doctors including three senior doctors and the Advanced Medical Research Institute in Kolkata guilty for causing death of US-based psychologist, Anuradha Saha. 
  • The forgotten and ignored Pingali Venkaiah, the man who prepared the proto type of India's national flag, 88 years ago finally got some recognition with India's postal department coming out with a commemorative stamp.
Top ISRO Current Affairs
  • Indian Space Research Organisation is all set to launch Oceansat-2, an exclusive satellite to track marine life and identify potential fishing zones in September.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation has declared that Chandrayaan-1, India's first moon mission is over.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • Sixteen persons arrested in connection with the killing of an Orrisa State Armed Police constable and setting fire to a police station in state's Kandhamal district during communal riots last year, were acquitted by a local court in Phulbani due to lack of evidence.
  • Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani made an unannounced visit to the restive Swat valley where troops are engaged in flushing out Taliban militants.
  • Centre agreed to repeal the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha fighting for a separate Gorkhaland state.
  • In the wake of China blocking United Nations Security Council's sanctions against Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, India has provided detailed information to it about his involvement in terror activities, and hopes Beijing would support the move.
  • United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has exuded confidence that despite differences over way to tackle climate change, India and the US can devise a successful plan on the issue.
  • Justice D V Shylendra Kumar, a Karnataka high court judge, who disclosed his assets to the registrar general of the high court released an online statement on Thursday saying he chose to do so after he was not allowed to display it on the court's website.
  • Initiating a fresh probe angle in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the CBI is now preparing a questionnaire for LTTE financier Kumaran Padmanathan on the basis of decade-old findings of MDMA, which has been investigating the conspiracy behind the former Prime Minister's killing.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • United States Senator Ted Kennedy has died after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour last year. The 'liberal lion of the state' was 77.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Pakistan believes Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who has a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head, was probably killed with his wife and bodyguards in a missile attack two days ago.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Parliament passed a landmark education bill that gives children, including the disabled, the fundamental right to free and compulsory education.The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill seeks to provide education to children aged between 6 to 14 years.
  • The three and half year old Achuthanandan cabinet is on the verge of expansion with three ministers getting into the ministry after taking the oath of office.The three ministers are Ramachandran Kadanapally from Congress(S), Jose Thettayil from Janata Dal-Secular and P J Joseph of Kerala Congress (Joseph).
  • Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani's close aide, Sudheendra Kulkarni announced that he was quitting the party because of ideological differences with it.
Top Report Current Affairs
  • The controversial statue of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar was unveiled in Bengaluru by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa amidst high police presence.
Top Science Current Affairs
  • Unfazed by the abrupt end to India's maiden unmanned moon odyssey Chandrayaan-I, the Indian Space Research Organisation said it planned to launch the country's mission to Mars some time between 2013 and 2015.
Top World Current Affairs
  • Eighteen-year-old Stefania Fernandez was crowned Miss Universe 2009 by the incumbent crown holder, her compatriot Dayana Mendoza, on Sunday night.
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