August 2014 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs August 2014: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of August 2014 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
  • K. Sankaranarayanan, the governor of Maharashtra has now been appointed as the Mizoram governor up to the end of his term. In the meanwhile, till any regular arrangements, Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli will look after the related matters in Maharashtra. Sankaranarayanan replaced Kamla Beniwal who was sacked Aug 7 for misusing the governor's office.
  • R N Ravi has been appointed as the new chief of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) by the government. He was a former special director of the Intelligence Bureau. Ravi will be given a rank of secretary to the central government and the position of JIC Chairman has been given to him for three years. Ramesh Chand Tayal has also been appointed as the special director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
  • Senior BJP leader from Telangana, Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao is a new governor of Maharashtra. His sworn in ceremony took place at a function at the Raj Bhavan. Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah administered the oath of office and secrecy. The charge was given by Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli who from the past one week was managing additional charge of Maharashtra.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Major Mukund Varadarajan has been awarded the Ashoka Chakra, the Peace Time Gallantry award for killing three terrorists while heading an anti-terrorist search operation in Qazipathri village in J&K before he shot dead. Major Varadarajan displayed extreme courage, leadership skill and swiftness during the operation.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • According to a report by the research firm Counterpoint Research, Micromax has become the largest handset vendor in India in the period of April-June. It has captured the market share of 16.6 per cent in this quarter while the Korean major, Samsung has 14.4 per cent ? share. The list is followed by Nokia and Karbonn who had 10.9 per cent ? and 9.5 per cent ? share respectively.
  • The low-cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet has reached the second position in the aviation market in the month of July. The market share of the aviation company is 20.9 per cent, while the combined share for the Jet Airways-JetLife is 19.6 per cent in the month of July. The share of the number one airlines IndiGo marginally declined to 30.7 per centin July which was 31.6 per cent in June
Top Economics Current Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is planning to launch the plastic currency notes next year. It will introduce these notes on a pilot basis and will improve the security features so as to avoid the situations of counterfeit. As per reports RBI, is also seeking other alternatives which can be used to improve the quality of the bank notes. RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said that tender for 1 billion notes have been released.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is planning to launch the plastic currency notes next year. It will introduce these notes on a pilot basis and will improve the security features so as to avoid the situations of counterfeit. As per reports RBI, is also seeking other alternatives which can be used to improve the quality of the bank notes. RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said that tender for 1 billion notes have been released.


Top Entertainment Current Affairs
  • Actress Rani Mukherjee’s recent release “Mardaani’ earned Rs 15 crore in the opening weekend despite having an A-certificate. As per reports, in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, the movie has been made tax free.
Top Inauguration Current Affairs
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the first skill development centre of India in Udaipur. The centre has been established under the Livelihood Skill Project. While inaugurating the centre, Raje said that her government is also working to generate more employment opportunities in the state. She urged people to fight against communalism, casteism and regionalism which are the major hurdles on the way of development.
Top India Current Affairs
  • The Andhra Pradesh government proposes to develop 14 ports and three international airports. Under the plan, construction of Kakinada, Krishnapatnam, Gangavaram and Kakinada SEZ ports is already going on smoothly and the government has asked for a report on the development of the remaining 10 ports.
  • To improve its crime-fighting competence Delhi Police along with West Bengal, Jharkhand and Maharashtra is ready to join the Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS). CCTNS is a cyber highway of criminal records data.
  • About 40 trawlers carrying 640 fishermen are reported to be missing from Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district in the Bay of Bengal. The official from the Fishermen Association have said that each trawler is carrying 16 fishermen which went missing since late night’s storm. Jaykrishna Halder, secretary of the Association said that the contact broke down between the trawlers and the communication unit of the association after the storm.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Veteran actress-director of Marathi cinema Smita Talwalkar, has died of cancer last night in Mumbai. She was a winner of two National Film Awards for films Kalat Nakalat and Tithe Mee as producer. She was also one of the directors of major chain of health clubs in India, Talwalkars. She was a producer of six movies and 25 television soaps and ran an acting school,Asmita Chitra Academy.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been signed as an ambassador by the Interpol for its ‘Turn Back Crime’ campaign which is meant to promote awareness among people on how they can play an important role in preventing crime. As per reports, Shah Rukh Khan has joined Chinese actor Jackie Chan in the list of ambassador for this campaign.
  • Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi announced that soon 2014 Commonwealth Games women's double trap shooting silver medallist Shreyasi Singh will be honoured by the state government. She will also receive Rs 11 lakh. The government was being criticized regularly for not honouring her.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • The newly appointed BJP President Amit Shah is likely to announce a new team of office bearers soon. According to the party sources, the team under Shah will be disclosed ahead of assembly elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir. It is speculated that the team will have many young faces including women
  • According to reports, the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), headed vy Kuldeep Bishnoi?, is likely to come to an end in the forthcoming assembly polls in Haryana.
  • The Samajwadi Party has sought a ban on Yogi Adityanath from the Election Commission (EC). As per reports, the party has demanded that Adityanath should be banned from campaigning for the bypolls for 11 Assembly and one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, due to his remarks on “love jihad”.
Top Resignation Current Affairs
  • P. Balaji, Nokia’s India head has resigned and according to sources, many other employees may follow. His resignation has come amidst the new Microsoft set up. Microsoft bought the global devices business of Nokia in April.
Top Scheme Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Jan Dhan Yojana scheme which aims to remove the financial ‘untouchability’ that the poor people of the country have been suffering since Independence. Modi said that people who open their bank accounts before 26 January 2015 will be given an extra life insurance cover of Rs 30,000 and Rs 1 lakh accident insurance.
Top Social Current Affairs
  • Google India will launch an exhaustive mentorship? programme in Bengaluru from November 3 to 7.  Called the ‘Google Launchpad', it is a pre-incubation programme made to help the startups ? achieve rapid progress in a very short time ?in the aress of user interface, product strategy & technology, marketing, business development and presentation skills.?? Sunil Rao, the country head for the organisation, said that their aim is to launch this programme every quarter and after a year once in every month.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • The list of the sportspersons to be awarded with the Arjuna Award this year will be decided by former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev. He will be heading the selection committee for the Arjuna Awards, while hockey skipper Ajitpal Singh will be selecting the Dronacharya awards. According to reports, the government has already issued notification to the concerned persons. The awards will be declared on 29 August which is also the National Sports Day.
  • India’s open and women’s chess teams won against Qatar and the Netherlands respectively. Teams won the seventh round of the World Chess Olympiad being held in Norway. The 19th seeded Indian open team saw the winning of two games and drawing of two games against Qatar.
  • The women’s recurve team managed to bag the gold medal in the stage 4 of World Cup, while the men’s recurve team had to settle for silver medal. In the women’s final match, India beat Mexico with 6-0. Deepika Kumari was the star performer who was also the gold medalist of 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. In the men’s final, India lost to Mexico with 3-5. This is Mexico’s second lifetime stage team gold in the World Cup.
  • This will be for the first time in the last two decades that no sportsperson will be honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2014. A panel that was to decide the names of the players for different awards has only decided 15 names for the Arjuna Awards. Cricketer R Ashwin, shuttler V Diju, golfer Anirban Lahiri, shooter Heena Sidhu and athlete Tintu Luka are few of the names selected for Arjuna Awards.
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is annoyed after India skipper MS Dhoni gave a statement that ‘Fletcher is still the boss’ and will also lead the team during the next World Cup to be held next year. As per a press statement by a BCCI official, only BCCI can decide about the coach and not Dhoni. He also added that the committee of BCCI will decide about the captain and the coach for the Indian cricket team for the World Cup.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • Applying and getting police clearance certificate (PCC) for Delhiites has become much easier with the launch of a Delhi Police web application by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday. People who need PCC for emigration and employment will be benefitted because of this quick online process.
  • The railways will be launching a next generation e-ticketing system today which will make the process of ticket booking easier and faster. The new system will be launched by Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda by clicking the new IRCTC ticketing website. He will also launch the IT initiatives such as e-demand and e-division modules in the railway sector.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned indigenously built warship 'INS Kolkata' into the Indian Navy in Mumbai on Saturday. It is the largest warship that has been entirely built by India. PM Modi described INS Kolkata as a symbol of India's self-reliance in defence as it clearly proves the technical capability of India.
  • Under the Wi-Fi project of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the classy Khan Market of the capital city has been turned into a free Wi-Fi zone. To access the free internet service in the area, one requires to get his/her mobile number registered and submit one’s email ID. A one-time password (OTP) will be given to the users to connect to the Wi-Fi service.
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