August, 2015

Current Events August 2015

• Puducherry Science Centre, Planetarium renamed as Abdul Kalam On 68th Independence Day, CM N. Rangasamy.
• NASA’s engine for next-generation rocket RS-25 engine successfully tested at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
• ISRO successfully launched India’s communication satellite GSAT-6 first 2,000-kg-plus satellite using the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) D6 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

Current Events August 2015 – Sports

• Novak Djokovic – tennis player appointed as the a new goodwill ambassador for the UN Fund for Children.
• Joshna Chinappa (10th WSA title) defeated Line Hansen won the Women’s Squash Title in the US 15,000 dollars Victorian Open Women’s Squash Association (WSA) event in Melbourne, Australia.
• India won 173 medals (47 gold, 54 silver and 72 bronze in 14 disciplines)at the special Olympic world Summer games 2015 in Los Angeles.
• The Indian football team continued to be at 156th in the latest FIFA rankings, as world champions Germany dropped to number three, Argentina still holding on to the number one spot.
• Australia captain Michael Clarke retired from International cricket.
• Saina, Srikanth upbeat as India chase medals at World Championship for the first time.
• England wins Ashes 2015 against Australia at Trent Bridge.
• India’s Prakash Nanjappa (52nd rank) who is 39 years old has earned a quota place for the 2016 Rio Olympics after getting eighth position in the finals of 50-metre men’s pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan.
• Kabaddi is going to be big in Poland by 2016 said by Polishkabbadi player Michael Spiczko.
• India’s Pankaj Advani won his 9th world title by winning the IBSF 6 Reds World Championship snooker crown in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt by defeating Kacper Filipiak of Poland.
• England cricket team won 2015 Ashes Test series against Australia in the fifth and final match at The Kia Oval.
• AB de Villiers broke Sourav Ganguly’s record of fastest 8000 ODI runs during the third ODI against New Zealand in Durban on 26 Aug, 2015.
• Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has received the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for the second time.
• Indian women’s hockey team qualifies to the Olympics after 36 years courtesy England making it to the final of the ongoing Euro Hockey Championships in London.
• 15th IAAF World Championships in Athletics was held between 22 August and 30 August 2015 at the Bird’s Nest Stadium at Beijing’s in China-Kenya (1st – 16 medals), Jamaica (2nd -12 medals) and SA (3rd -18 medals).

Current Events August 2015 – BANK

• SBI Life Insurance has launched a new product, “SBI Life – Smart Humsafar” that provides a wide range of multiple benefits of savings and insurance cover for husband and wife under a single policy.
• GOI and World Bank signed a financing agreement for World Bank (IDA) for additional financial assistance of USD 308.40 million for National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Projects I & II (NCRMP-I &II).
• Axis Bank launched First Multi-Currency Contactless Card service in India, in association with VISA the payments gateway company in the country.
• Indradhanush (rainbow) mission, a 7-pronged plan to revamp functioning of public sector banks (PSBs) was launched by GOI Finance minister Arun Jaitley- infuse ` 20,088 crore into 13 PSU bank 7 Agenda: 1 Appointments, 2. Bank Board Bureau, 3. Capitalization, 4. De-stressing, 5. Empowerment, 6. Framework of Accountability and 7. Governance Reforms.
• RBI suspended licence of 7 Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) under RBI Act, 1934. Religare Finance, Artisans Micro Finance, Eden Trade & Commerce, RCS Parivar Finance, Nott Investments, Dewra Stocks & Securities and Swetasree Finance.
• Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley launched State Bank of India’s mobile wallet-State Bank ‘Buddy’ in collaboration with Accenture and Master Card.
• RBI granted ‘in-principle’ approval to 11 applicants to start a payments bank issued on November 27, 2014 – 1. Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited. 2. Airtel M Commerce Services Limited. 3. Cholamandalam Distribution Services Limited. 4. Department of Posts. 5. Fino PayTech Limited. 6. National Securities Depository Limited. 7. Reliance Industries Limited. 8. Shri Dilip Shantilal Shanghvi. 9. Shri Vijay Shekhar Sharma. 10. Tech Mahindra Limited. 11. Vodafone m-pesa Limited.
• Centre declared that the second and fourth Saturday of every month would be a holiday for banks, with effect from September 1, 2015.
• Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated the Bandhan Bank in Kolkata’s Science City Auditorium on -first private bank in 11 years.

Current Events August 2015 – Political

• Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis announced that the govt. will build an 800-km-long expressway connecting Mumbai with Nagpur by September 2019- travel time reduces from 14 hours to 10 hours- ` 30,000 crore.
• Union Cabinet approved New Consumer Protection Bill, 2015 replacing 29 years old Consumer Protection Bill- model followed in U.S and European countries.
Features: Central Consumer Protection Authority(CCPA),Stringent penalty, Product liability, Speedy disposal of court cases, Right to inquire, Power to order to withdraw false, Promises, Cancel license, Establishment of circuit bench.
• Dial 138 for medical emergency on train launched by Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways.
• UP govt. decided to rename UPTU as APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University -Akhilesh Yadav CM of UP.
• Haryana Govt. launched “Thari Pension, Thare Pass” project-Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
• Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister launched 3 web portals – Soil Health Card portal, Fertilizer Quality Control System portal ( and Participatory Guarantee System India portal (
• PM Narendra Modi, inaugurated the first National Handloom Day at the Centenary Hall of Madras University in Chennai on August 7, 2015.
• Mysuru of Karnataka topped in Swachh Bharat ranking and 3 more cities from Karnataka namely Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru are in the top 10.
• Government launches Suraksha Bandhan drive in Mission Mode, companies to facilitate enrollment under social security schemes Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, PMSBY, and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, PMJJBY.
• HP Government launches RISHTA (Rajiv Gandhi Illuminating Scheme for Hill Town Advancement (RISHTA) project, which is an efficient smart LED based street lighting projectby Virbhadra Singh, State Chief Minister of Shimla.
• Union Minister for Minority Affairs Dr.Najma Heptulla Launched Online Application Management System (OAMS) for “Nai Roshni”for Leadership Development of Minority Women since 2012-13.
• Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched a mobile-based application system R-Mitra (Railway Mobile Instant Tracking Response and Assistance) to ensure women’s safety – helpline number 56161.
• Govt. release ` 125 coin to mark Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary.
• Government orders inclusion of 13 central laws within purview of Land Acquisition includes: 1. Railways Act, 1989. 2. Electricity Act, 2003. 3. Atomic Energy Act 1962. 4. Indian Tramways Act 1886. 5. Land Acquisition (Mines) Act 1885. 6. National Highways Act 1956. 7. Damodar Valley Corporation Act 1948. 8. Petroleum and Minerals Pipelines Act 1962. 9. Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act 1978. 10. Coal Bearing Areas Acquisition and Development Act 1957. 11. Requisition-ing and Acquisition of Immovable Property Act, 1948. 12. Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958. 13. Resettle-ment of Displaced persons (Land Acquisition) Act, 1948.
• PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate a three-day international Hindi conference in Bhopal on September 10.
• Andhra Pradesh govt. has initiated steps to develop 10 new ports in the state – Bhavanapadu Port, Narsapur Port, Ramayapatnam Port, Machilipatnam Port, Kakinada SEZ Port (captive), Meghavaram Port (captive), Nakkapalli Port (captive), Nizampatnam and Vodarevu and Dugarajapatnam Port by CM N Chandrababu Naidu.
• Union Cabinet approves MoU between India, Nepal for construction of petroleum pipeline ,from Raxaul in India to Amlekhgunj in Nepal – ` 200 crore.
• Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, visited the United Arab Emirates from 16-17 August 2015 after 34 years-India, UAE released Joint Statement to take bilateral relations to a higher level.
• PM Narendra Modi,Govt. approved signing and ratification of the agreement between India and Seychelles for exchange of information with respect to taxes, to check Black Money Generation.
• Kerala has set policy framework to make it first ‘digitally literate’ state in India, State Minister for Industries and IT P K Kunhalikutty.

Current Events August 2015 – Education

• Igniting minds: Kalam’s books fly off the shelves-Wings Of Fire has been the No. 1 best seller on, and it has replaced Amish Tripathi’s latest book, Scion Of Ikshvaku.
• Actor-turned-writer Twinkle Khanna, wife of Akshay Kumar launched her first book Mrs Funnybones.
• Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari releases the book ‘Modern Thought Leaders- Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lectures (1997-2014)’- edited by Shri Anil Shastri.
• Army book named “1965, Turning the Tide: How India Won the War” written by defence analyst Nitin Gokhale.
• Arun Jaitley Releases Book “Globalisation, Democratization and Distributive Justice” Authored by Professor Mool Chand Sharma.
• Army Commander Western Command released the book and is published by Penguin Books India, on 1965 Indo Pak War. The book, “1965 : Stories from the Second Indo-Pak War” by Rachna Bisht Rawat.

Current Events August 2015 – India

• Delhi Govt launches country’s first witness Protection Scheme in New Delhi- Jessica lal and Nitesh katara murder cases, Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) as the competent authority for implementation of the scheme.
• Government revises scheme for Development of Particularly Vulnerable 75 Tribal Groups – with effect from April 1st 2015- Conservation-cum-Develop-ment (CCD) Plan prepared by concerned state governments.
• India’s first Harbour Defence System “The Integrated Underwater Harbour Defense And Surveillance System (IUHDSS)” commissioned in Kochi, on July 31, 2015 by Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba.
• Govt to develop 15,000 km of NH at ` 1.9 lakh cr, world’s second-largest road network at 4.80 million kms – Pon Radhakrishnan, Minister of Road Transport and Highways.
• National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) signed the MoU with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for establishing a Centre for Excellence in Disaster Research and Resilience Building at the JNU.
• BHEL commissioned 500 MW unit of Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station-Stage-V of NTPC. located in Vindhyanagar in Singrauli district of MP. Equipments for the project were manufactured at BHEL’s Trichy, Ranipet, Haridwar, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Bhopal plants.
• Ministry of New and Renewable Energy approved a proposed master plan to develop 50 solar cities out of proposed 60 solar cities.8th cities are to be developed as ‘Model Solar Cities’-Nagpur, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar and Mysore.
• Gujarat become the first state in the country to launch ‘Agro-Solar policy’ under which farmers will be motivated to tap energy from sun.
• NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya in New Delhi launched the second version of the India Energy Security Scenarios 2047 calculator (IESS 2047) an open source Web-based tool.
• New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) decided to rename Delhi’s famous Aurangzeb Road as APJ Abdul Kalam Road.
• India celebrated 50thanniversary of 1965 war with Pakistan on 28th India won the war under the leadership of PM Lal Bahadur Shastri – “victory carnival”, planned for 20 September on Rajpath.
• India declared maternal and neonatal tetanus free by WHO.
• In West Bengal, 12 rivers are identified for national waterways, include the Allahabad-Haldia stretch of the Ganga Bhagirathi Hooghly river, Ajoy river(96 km), Bakreswar Mayurakshi river(110 km) Damodar river(135 km), DVC canal, (130 km) Dwarekeswar river(113 km) Ichamati river (634 km) Jalangi river(131 km) Rupnarayan river(72 km), Subarnarekha river (314 km) and Sunderban Waterways (201 km).
• Housing ministry identified 305 cities and towns across 9 states to start building houses for the poor in urban areas under the ‘Housing for All by 2022’ – 2 crore homes(Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna) – Madhya Pradesh (74), Odisha (42), Rajasthan (40), Chhattisgarh (36), Gujarat (30), Telangana (34), Jammu & Kashmir (19) and Kerala (15) and Jharkhand (15).
• 2015 US – India Cyber Dialogue was held on 11 and 12 August 2015 at the US Department of State in Washington, DC led by the U.S. Cybersecurity Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President Michael Daniel and by India’s Deputy National Security Advisor Arvind Gupta.
• Indian actor Anupam Kher appointed as the advocate for the United Nations’ Campaign “He For She” by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri.

Current Events August 2015 – Awards

• Sania gets Khel ratna, 17 others get Arjuna Awards.They are
1. P R Sreejesh (Hockey)
2. Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics)
3. Jitu Rai (Shooting)
4. Sandeep Kumar (Archery)
5. Mandeep Jangra (Boxing)
6. Babita (Wrestling)
7. Bajrang (Wrestling)
8. Rohit Sharma (Cricket)
9. K Srikanth (Badminton)
10. Swarn Singh Virk (Rowing)
11. Satish Sivalingam (Weightlifting)
12. Yumnam Santhoi Devi (Wushu)
13. Sharath Gaekwad (Para-sailing)
14. M R Poovamma (Athletics)
15. Manjeet Chhillar (Kabaddi)
16. Abhilasha Mhatre (Kabaddi)
17. Anup Kumar Yama (Rollerskating).
• Dronacharya Award 2015:
1. Naval Singh – Athletics Para-sports coach, 2. Harbans Singh- Athletics coach. 3.Anoop Singh– Wrestling coach. 4. Swatantar Raj Singh- Boxing coach. 5. Nihar Ameen- Swimming coach.
• Dhyan Chand Award 2015:
1. Romeo James – Hockey, 2. Shiv Prakash Mishra – Tennis, 3. P.P Nair– Volleyball.
• Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2015: 1. Directorate General of Military Training (DGMT), 2. Coal India Limited (CIL). 3. Haryana State Police. 4. Sports Coaching Foundation (SCF).

Current Events August 2015 – World

• GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) become the India’s first airport to get approval for implementation of the end-to-end e-boarding for domestic passengers.
• World’s1st fully solar-powered airport inaugurated by Kerala CM Oommen Chandy – 12 MWp (megawatt peak) solar power plant near the cargo complex at the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL).
• Turkmenistan’s company TurkmenGaz will lead the (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) TAPI consortium for the construction of 1800 km long pipeline carrying gas from the former Soviet state Turkmenistan to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
• China, Pakistan sign deals to beef up CPEC (China Pakistan Eocnomic Corridor) project, worth of $46 billion, connecting Xinjiang with Pakistan’s Gwadar Port through PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), and 20 agreements worth $1.6 billion (10.35 billion yuan) at the CPEC Forum held at Karamay city in Xinjiang province bordering PoK.
• United States has launched the largest NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) airborne drills in Europe since the end of the Cold War, named “Swift Response 15”, to enhance security and stability in the region.
• Pakistan and Russia signed deal on the sale of four Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ in Rawalpindi,finalised during Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif’s visit to Russia – first major defence deal.
• Countries in Asia, Europe, Africa the Americas and Oceana including Russia will join with China for a military parade in Beijing next month commemorating the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II.
• 750 Mega Watts(MW) the world’s largest solar power station will be built in Rewa district’s Gudh area 1,500 hectares at Bandwar in Gudh tehsil of Rewa in MP.
• India and Nepal signed an MoU for the construction of 41-km Raxaul-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline. signed between Nepal’s Minister for Commerce and Supplies Sunil Bahadur Thapa and Indian Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.
• India, Egypt agree to step up bilateral cooperation to fight terrorism notably the dreaded terrorist outfit ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in an efficient manner.
• Vassiliki Thanou sworn in as first female Prime Minister of Greece.
• Pakistan will become 3rd largest nuclear stockpile in the world, behind only the US and Russia in less than 10 years.
• First time Women in Saudi Arabia participate as voters in Election 2015.
• BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) business forum for the first time will be held at the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre in Dubai on September 9, 2015.
• India imposed Anti-dumping duty on potassium carbonate imports from Taiwan, South Korea based on the
recommendations of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping Duty (DGAD).
• Trade Deficit widens to $12.8 billion as exports drop by Ministry of commerce and industry.
• Ranil Wickremesinghe has sworn-in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for fourth time.
• Murugappa’s Group will form a Joint Venture(JV) with Japan-based Organo Group for providing water treatment services in the industrial sector.
• Kochi become first Indian city to join World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Council.
• Queen Elizabeth is all set to become Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in history.
• China successfully test fired the power system of a Long March-5 carrier which is stated to be the largest space launch vehicle, used in the Chang’e-5 lunar mission around 2017.
• China is building the world’s biggest radio telescope-Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), cost of 1.2 billion Yuan and diameter of 500 meters.

Current Events August 2015 – Tamilnadu

• Tamil Nadu Government to construct ‘manimandapam’ for Sivaji Ganesan.
• Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa awarded the first APJ Abdul Kalam award to ISRO scientist N. Valarmathi, Programme Director, Microwave Remote Sening Programme, ISRO Satellite Centre (Bangalore).
• Tamil Nadu leads in organ donation in the country with organs of 683 persons being harvested and donated to over 3,000 beneficiaries.