August 2015 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs August 2015: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of August 2015 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
  • Sundar Pichai, 43-year-old,  Indian-born has been named as the new CEO of Google. The company has undergone a corporate restructuring and formed an umbrella company, Alphabet. Company founders Larry page and Sergey Brin will be the CEO of Alphabet. Pichai will take the charge of Google (which will be dubbed as Google Minus).
  • Arun Singhal, a 1987-batch IAS officer, has been appointed the chief electoral officer of Uttar Pradesh, officials said. His name was cleared by the Election Commission and communicated to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan this week. The post had been lying vacant since April after Umesh Sinha was posted as the deputy election commissioner in New Delhi.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • ADAMA India, the Indian subsidiary of ADAMA Agricultural Solutions, a world leader in crop-protection solutions, has opened a new formulation lab here, a statement said.The newly established formulation lab is the fourth lab in the company's research and development portfolio. ADAMA India's current 10,000 sq. ft. R&D facility in Hyderabad is spread across two blocks and has three labs.
Top Economics Current Affairs
  • Anticipating tougher competition after RBI granted payments banking licences to 11 entities, State Bank of India (SBI) has said it will increase the number of its Customer Service Points (CSP) to assert its position in the rural unbanked segment.'We are seeing a lot of competition,' SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said at a FICCI Banking Conclave.
  • RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has raised hopes of India Inc as he hinted on another round of rate cut this year by saying India’s apex bank is still under “accommodative mode”. However, he also added that the final decision of any rate cut will be undertaken only after inflation data and other macroeconomic economic factors.
Top Inauguration Current Affairs
  • Haryana government has launched all-women police stations in all 21 districts of the state. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the first all-women police station at Mansa Devi complex in Haryana's Panchkula town, adjoining Chandigarh. 'The all women police stations are a gift for women of Haryana on the eve of the festival of Raksha Bandhan,' Khattar said.

Top India Current Affairs
  • India witnessed a modern day 'Salt Satyagraha' as a Bhavnagar based Indian public sector laboratory succeeded in winning patent battle against the multinational behemoth Hindustan Unilever (HUL) on the process of producing iodised salt.
Top ISRO Current Affairs
  • Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) commercial arm, Antrix Corporation, has entered into an agreement to launch 9 American nano/micro satellites and put them into orbit by 2016-end. Reports say that micro satellites weigh between 10 kgs to 100 kgs and nano satellites weigh anywhere from 1 kg to 10 kgs. An ISRO official said that an Astrosat satellite is all set to be launched in September with the help of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket.
  • A.S.Kiran Kumar, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has said that ISRO will launch a US NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite in the year 2021 by using GSLV-Mk II rocket, as part of the on-going cooperation between NASA and ISRO.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his 2-day visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and regarded the gulf region as a vital part of India’s Middle East policy, in terms of security interests (especially counter-terrorism), energy, and economy. PM Modi stressed on seeing UAE as the leading trade partner of India
  • While announcing multiple initiatives for enhanced cooperation with strategically located 14 countries in the Pacific region during Summit of Forum for India-Pacific Island Conference (FIPIC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced setting up of a space station in any of these fourteen countries along with developing disaster management capacities.
  • The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has commissioned the first hydroelectric plant here to produce 20,000 kwh electricity per year, an official statement said. The plant has been set up at DJB's Sewage Treatment Plant in Chilla in east Delhi. This is the first plant in Delhi to generate power through hydraulic turbines propelled by treated effluent from the STP, the statement said. The generated electricity will be utilised at the sewage plant itself.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • President Pranab Mukherjee's wife Suvra Mukherjee has died at the age of 74. 'It is informed with deep sorrow that First Lady Suvra Mukherjee passed away this morning (August 18, 2015). She left for her heavenly abode at 10.51 a.m.,' said a statement.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • The parliament logjam took an ugly turn when Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 25 Congress MPs for five days for 'willfully obstructing the business of the house'. The Congress MPs, including Gaurav Gogoi, Sushmita Dev, Ranjeet Ranjan, K.C. Venugopal and Deepinder Singh Hooda, were 'named' under rule 374(A).
  • India will achieve a 10 percent growth rate by 2017, BJP president Amit Shah said. Speaking at a chamber of commerce event here, Shah urged the Congress to support the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in the Rajya Sabha. Shah said this on the last day of parliament's monsoon session.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation, on the occasion of 69th Independence Day, from Red Ford. In his speech, PM Modi highlighted the need of ending corruption (which is eating the nation like “termite”), tackle the issue of black money, boost entrepreneurship through 'Start-up India, Stand up India' campaign, government’s acceptance of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme in principle (on which discussions are going on), Swachh Bharat campaign’s success, etc.
Top Science Current Affairs
  • A global satellite for earth observation and disaster risk reduction -- GlobalSat for DRR -- proposed under the UN framework is to be dedicated to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as a tribute to the vision of the celebrated rocket scientist and former Indian president who died 27 July. This has been stated by Milind Pimprikar, Chairman of CANEUS (CANada-EUrope-US-ASia) Organization on Space Technologies for Societal Applications headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
  • India will launch communication satellite GSat-6 on August 27, the space agency said.The satellite will be launched with the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) heavier rocket geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV).According to ISRO, the GSLV rocket carrying the GSat-6 communication satellite weighing over 2,100 kg will blast off at 4.52 p.m. on August 27.
Top Social Current Affairs
  • Instant messaging platform Hike Messenger has said that it was integrating Hoppr and Tiny Mogul Games (TMG) under its brand. Tiny Mogul Games amassed five million downloads including hit games like Shiva: The Time Bender. According to the company, users can now expect Hike to bring high quality gaming to the platform, with the aim of building Hike into a service that goes beyond simple messaging.
  • Social networking giant Facebook has said it was introducing a new standalone app called Moments which would enable users to share photos privately.'Syncing photos with the Moments app is a private way to give photos to friends and get the photos you want.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • 14-year old autistic Indian golfer Ranveer Singh Saini achieved a historic feat as he won the first ever gold by any Indian in the Special Olympics World Games. Ranveer won gold in the GF Golf-Level 2 Alternate Shot Team Play event. He achieved the top slot by playing in a world tournament, participated by 21 countries.
  • Rajat Chauhan won silver during World Archery Championships. It is a historic win as he is the first Indian archer to win a silver medal, in compound individual event, in the world championship, held in Copenhagen. Rajat Chauhan lost to Denmark’s Stephan Hansen by 147-143.
  • India men's hockey team outclassed France 4-1 in the second match of the Europe Tour at the Wattignies Sports Centre. Gurjinder Singh scored twice, Amir and Rupinder Pal Singh found the target once each for India, while Baumgarten pulled one back for the hosts. After winning the series 2-0, India will now travel to Spain and play their next match on 10 August at Sant Cugat del Valles.?
  • India once again proved to be a juggernaut in the Asian Youth Chess Championships that ended in Suwon, South Korea. The Indians pocketed five gold medals, five silver medals and five bronze medals, while second placed Iran bagged six medals. In the segment of Girls Under-16 category, Aakanksha Hagawane claimed the prized yellow metal while Chandreyee Hazra had to settle for the silver. Harshita Guddanti won a bronze medal.
  • P.V. Sindhu and the duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered quarterfinal defeats in their respective categories to miss out on World Badminton Championship medals.Double World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu was looking to make a hat-trick after clinching the metal in the last two editions of the prestigious tournament. But a three-game loss in an hour and 22 minutes to South Korean eighth seed Sung Ji Hyun dashed any hopes of Sindhu winning a women's singles medal for the third consecutive year.
  • India will host the 2018 edition of the Theatre Olympics, an official announced on 24 August 2015. 'India has been given the right to host the 2018 edition,' said National School of Drama (NSD) director Waman Kendre during the inauguration of a five-day festival of northeastern plays, 'Poorvotta Rashtriya Rang Manch'. NSD chairman Ratan Thiyam returned to India on Sunday after attending a meeting in the Netherlands where the decision was taken.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • Internet technology companyWay2online announced that it has launched Way2News, a free app that brings short summarized nuggets of news in local languages. Anticipating a huge demand for news consumption in local languages, Way2News is foraying into the large untapped segment of news readers who want to consume news in their native languages, the company said in a statement.
  • Domestic e-commerce platform Snapdeal has launched visual-algorithm based micro site with the aim of enriching shopping experience online. 'The search methodology of is very detailed and customised to a consumer's preference to help them discover a product of choice with ease while saving time and effort,' the company said.
  • Railway minister Suresh Prabhu, in an event in Kolkata, launched a smartphone based security application for Eastern Railways’ women suburban commuters. The app is named R-Mitra (Railway Mobile Instant Tracking Response and Assistance). General Manager of Eastern Railway, R K Gupta, said that this app has been designed as per the available technology implemented in Secunderabad and Mumbai
Top World Current Affairs
  • An Indian dance troupe, emerged victorious at the World of Dance competition in Los Angeles beating 34 competitors from 14 countries. Indian classical dance moves on fast-paced western music became a hit here when the Desihoppers group of dancers from different parts of India took to the stage.
  • Swiss and other European banks have asked Indian customers to avail the ongoing one-time compliance window granted by the tax department for disclosure of foreign assets. The call has been made in the wake of the final month's deadline to declare and pay tax on assets abroad.
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