August 2010 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs August 2010: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of August 2010 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
  • Union Environment Minister of India Jairam Ramesh was selected on 9 August 2010 as one of the 21 members of the high-level panel on global sustainability set up by United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon. The panel was set up with the objective to formulating a new vision for sustainable growth and prosperity, along with the mechanisms for achieving it. 
  • Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra on 10 August 2010 was appointed as UNICEF National Ambassador for promoting child rights and adolescence. Before her actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore had supported UNICEF's work in India and abroad.
  • Naina Lal Kidwai was appointed by the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd to its board of directors. Kidwai has been the Country Head of HSBC in India.
  • K Arvind Rao, a 1977 batch Indian Police Services officer, is the new director general of Andhra Pradesh police. He succeeded R R Girish Kumar, who retired on Tuesday. The Andhra Pradesh government issued the orders appointing Rao as the new DGP on Tuesday.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • The Bharatiya Jnanpith removed the V-C of Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, Vibhuti Narain Rai from the selection panel of Jnanpith awardees for making derogatory remarks against women writers.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • MSC Chitra collided with another vessel MV Khalijia III in the Arabian sea off the coast of Mumbai and spilled oil into the sea on 7 August 2010. 400 tonnes of oil is expected to have leaked into the water and spread over a radius of 5 km. 
  • National Aluminium Company Ltd (Nalco) decided to commission its second 120 MW power unit in Angul in August 2010. The Angul project is part of Nalco's phase-II expansion in Orissa. The first unit (of 120 MW capacity) had become operational in October 2009. Nalco had achieved the highest-ever metal production of 4.31 lakh tonnes in 2009-10 against the previous best of 3.61 lakh tonnes in 2008-09.
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • Kenya adopted a new constitution when its President Mwai Kibaki signed the new constitution of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya. 
  • India and Switzerland signed the protocol amending the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement at New Delhi. Therevised Double Taxation Agreement will help the Indian government to get information on illegal money stored by Indians in Swiss banks.

Top Economics Current Affairs
  • The constitutional amendments bill for the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) was redrafted by the Indian government who suggested that the states would also be given a veto power along with the Centre in the proposed GST.
Top Inauguration Current Affairs
  • TUV Rheinland a provider of technical, safety and certification services, inaugurated its first photovoltaic laboratory in Bangalore. The lab was established with an investment of euro 2 million (Rs.12.20 crore).
Top Incident Current Affairs
  • At least 15 people were killed and 25 others injured when a minibus in which they were travelling overturned and fell into a pond at Dewanhat in Coochbehar district on Sunday.
Top India Current Affairs
  • Patriotic fervour gripped Indians across the world as they enthusiastically celebrated the country's 64th Independence Day by unfurling the tricolour and organising a series of cultural events and festivities.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a Rs 125 crore relief packaged for the Leh cloudburst victims and said all the houses destroyed by the natural calamity will be reconstructed within the next two-and-a-half months.
  • India is now the largest exporter of petroleum products in Asia, overtaking South Korea. According to the data collected by oil and metal information provider Platts and released on 26 August 2010, India exports at present 1 million barrels of petroleum products a day, getting ahead of South Korea which exports 0.9 million barrels a day.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • The Supreme Court has directed Central Bureau of Investigation and Bihar police to forthwith arrest former Rashtriya Janata Dal Member of Parliament Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav who is undergoing life imprisonment for the murder of a Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Ajit Sarkar 12 years back.
  • The death toll from the worst landslides in decades in a Tibetan-majority region in China's northwest rose sharply to 1,117 while 627 people were still missing, as rescuers scrambled hard to sift through thick layers of mud and rocks to find possible survivors.
  • India welcomed Pakistan's decision to accept its $5 million aid offer for flood relief in the country and said it was willing to provide more assistance. Pakistan's decision to accept the aid came nearly a week after the offer was made by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi last Friday.
  • Cresp is the first generic darbepoetin alfa drug in the world used for the treatment of anaemia cuased by chronic kidney disease and anaemia caused by chemotherapy.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • K.M. Mathew, Chief Editor of the mass-circulation Malayalam newspaper Malayala Manorama expired.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests rejected the Vedanta’s proposal to mine bauxite in Niyamgiri hills of Orissa.
  • Supreme Court ruled that a divorce granted by the Panchayat according to the local customs of a particular community would not be recognised by any court of law. A  Supreme Court division bench of justices P Sathasivam and BS Chauhan ruled that a divorce mandatorily needs a judicial decree from a court of law, in order to be legalised.
Top Resignation Current Affairs
  • Atul Sobti declared his decision to resign from the post of CEO and Managing Director of Ranbaxy Laboratories on 12 August 2010.
  • Myanmar's reclusive and ailing dictator Than Shwe has resigned from his military post, paving the way for him to become the president after this year's general elections. Shwe, the despot who has brutally ruled Southeast Asia's poorest country as commander-in-chief of the armed forces since 1992, on Friday handed control of the army to his adjutant general.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • 50th edition of National athletics championships started in Patiala on 5 August 2010. Patiala hosted the inter-state championship for the first time in the 44 years history. An entry list of 708 athletes was announced by the organising committee chairman Ajaib Singh Kaleka. 
  • West Bengal defeated Punjab to win the 64th National football championship for the Santosh Trophy at the Salt Lake Stadium on 8 August 2010. Bengal defeated Punjab 2-1 and Denson Devadas scored both the goals for Bengal while Punjab's goal was scored by Balwant Singh.
Top World Current Affairs
  • A landmark international treaty to ban cluster munitions took effect. The treaty requires those who signed it to stop the use, production and transfer of the deadly weapons. The Convention on Cluster Munitions entered into force after more than 30 countries ratified the 2008 treaty signed by 107 nations.
  • US President Barack Obama signed into law a border security Bill on 13 August 2010. The objective of the border security bill(law) is to strengthen the security along with the US- Mexico border. It will help US restraining the illegal immigrants entering into US from Mexico and also at the same time controlling criminal gangs operating near the US- Mexico border area.
  • China exceeded Japan to become the second largest economy in the world. The Japanese Cabinet Office on 16 August 2010 released the data which estimated Japans’ nominal GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for the second quarter at 1.288 trillion US dollars less than China’s 1.337 trillion US dollars.
  • Four nations, Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed on a pact against terrorism and narcotics at the second one-day quadripartite (Four-nation) summit which took place at Sochi in Russia.
  • Concerned over the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan, United States President Barack Obama has ordered establishment of a new office in the State Department to help the troubled countries 'resist' extremists and contribute to efforts to 'enhance civilian control and stable government' in Islamabad.
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