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INTERNATIONALChina Decided To Ban All Coal Use In BeijingBy 2020
Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau on 4 August announced theplans to ban coal use in Beijing and five other districts by the end of 2020.The purpose of the ban is to fight increasing levels of air pollution inChina’s major cities.Russia Bans U.S.,European Union Food andAgricultural Imports
Russian President Vladimir Putin on 6 August signed a decree that bans importsof agricultural products from all countries that have imposed sanctions onRussia over the crisis in Ukraine. Major sanctions were made by the US andEuropean Union (EU). Ban on the food imports, should continue for up to oneyear.Haider al-Abadi Named As New Iraqi PrimeMinister
Iraqi President Mohammed Fuad Masum named Haider al-Abadi as the new IraqiPrime Minister on 11 August 2014. Before being nominated for the post of IraqiPrime Minister, Haider al-Abadi was deputy parliament speaker.Ukrainian President Dissolved Parliament
Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko on 25 August dissolved parliament. A snapelection to the Ukraine will be held on 26 October 2014.The date of theelection was announced by President Petro Poroshenko.
INDIA & WORLDIndia and Nepal Signed 3 Agreements
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 August met Nepal Prime Minister SushilKoirala in Kathmandhu, the captital of Nepal. Later, three agreementswere signed between India and Nepal, in the presence of the two PrimeMinisters. Under the first agreement, India will provide a grant assistanceworth NRs 69 million to supply iodated salt to curb goitre and other diseasesrelated with iodine deficiency. The second agreement was regarding theamendment of Articles 17 and 18 of the Pancheswor Multiple Project. The thirdagreement is about cooperation between Nepal Television and Doordarshan, thestate-owned television stations of both the countries.India Ranked 5th Amongst Top 10 Wind PowerProducers
The “Renewables 2014 Global Status Report” released on 18 August. According tothe report, India ranked fifth amongst top ten wind power producers inthe world by adding 1,700 MW capacity in 2013. With 16,100 MW wind powerproduced in 2013, China was ranked World’ top wind power producing country.India and Czech Republic Signed MoU OnTechnical Cooperation In Railways
India and Czech Republic on 19 August 2014 signed a memorandum of understanding(MoU) on technical cooperation in railway sector. This MoU was signed betweenthe Union Ministry of Railways and Czech Railways (Ceske Drahy) of the CzechRepublic and Association of Czech Railway Industry (ACRI) of the CzechRepublic.Indo-Nepal Joint Military Training ExerciseConcluded
The militaries of India and Nepal was jointly conducted a Combined TrainingExercise, known as Surya Kiran-VII, from 18 – 31 August 2014 near Pithoragarhdistrict in Uttarakhand.
NATIONALUnion Cabinet Approves Amendments To JuvenileJustice Act
The Union Cabinet on 6 August approved the Juvenile Justice (Care andProtection of Children) Bill, 2014 to amend the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act,2000. The bill will place minors above the age of 16, accused of heinous crimeslike rape and murder, in the adults’ category.PM Narendra Modi Announced Pradhan MantriKrishi Seenchayi Yojana
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19 August announced the Pradhan Mantri KrishiSeenchayi Yojana to meet the irrigation needs of all farmers across thecountry. Sum of 1000 crore rupees has been allocated for implementation of thescheme.Union Cabinet Approved Rs 1 lakh crore ‘Digital India Project ‘
The Union Cabinet has approved the Digital India project on 20 August. Theproject, which has a total overlay of Rs 1 lakh crore, aims to ensure thatgovernment services are available to citizens electronically and help peoplegain benefits from the latest information and communication technology.PM Narendra Modi Launched ‘ Pradhan Mantri JanDhan Yojana ‘
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28 August launched ‘ Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojana (PMJDY) ‘ in New Delhi. The scheme intends to accomplish the objectiveof housing for all by providing basic banking accounts with a debit card withinbuilt accident insurance. The government aims to open as many as 1 crore bankaccounts on the first day itself.
STATESUttarkhand Govt Constituted Committee OnIndustries Using Silica Dust
A high level committee has been constituted by the Uttarakhand government on 8August with a view to conduct a detailed survey of the industries using silicadust in the state. The panel would conduct its study and submit its reportwithin 2 months. The health examination of those working in industries usingsilica dust would be carried out to find out if they are suffering fromsilicosis or other respiratory diseases caused due to coming in contact ofsilicia dust.Delhi Police Launched Whatsapp Helpline ToCurb Corruption
Delhi Police on 10 August launched Whatsapp helpline to curb corruption. Underthe facility, a person can just call and register the complaint and also send arecorded audio or video clips if any policeman harasses or a person demandsbribe.Tamilnadu Chief Minister Announced ‘ Amma BabyCare Kit ‘ Scheme
Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on 12 August announced ambitiouswelfare scheme called ‘Amma Baby Care Kit’. It is aimed at new born infants.This scheme only applies to the infants born in government hospitals.Uttarakhand Govt Launched Food Security Scheme
The Uttarakhand government on 16 August introduced a food security scheme onthe pattern of the National Food Security Act. This was decided at the Cabinetmeeting. The scheme will cater to the Below Poverty Line and Above Poverty Linefamilies across the State.Kerala Cabinet Ratified New Liquor Policy
Kerala state cabinet cabinet on 27 August 2014 ratified the new liquor policy.The policy was contemplated to shut down bars attached to hotels below thefive-star category .It was a part of governments plan to reduce availability ofliquor.
CONFERENCES47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting Held InNay Pyi Taw
The 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) was held on 8 August 2014 in NayPyi Taw, Myanmar under the theme “Moving forward in Unity to a Peaceful andProsperous Community”. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)Foreign Ministers issued a joint statement urging the issues of KoreaPeninsular and Ukraine including seven points that concerned the internationalaffairs and South China Dispute. ASEAN comprises ten member countries — Brunei,Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailandand Vietnam.
AWARDS & HONOURSJaitley, Karan Singh, Sharad Yadav Conferredwith ‘Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards ‘
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley ( for 2010), Congress leader Karan Singh (2011)and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav (2012) are conferred with ‘OutstandingParliamentarian Awards’ by the President Pranab Mukherjee on 12 August in NewDelhi. The awards were given for their invaluable contribution in discharge oftheir parliamentary duties.Indian-origin Professor Manjul Bhargava Won‘Nobel Prize of Maths ‘
Two Indian-origin professors have won global prizes in the field of mathematicswith one of them being awarded the Fields Medal, known as the “Nobel Prize ofmathematics”. Manjul Bhargava won the Fields Medal while Subhash Khot won theRolf Nevanlinna Prize, awarded by the International Mathematical Union (IMU),at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 held in Seoul on 13August.Army Major Mukund Varadarajan Honoured withAshok Chakra
India’s highest peacetime gallantry award ‘Ashoka Chakra’ has been awardedposthumously to Major Mukund Varadarajan of 44th Battalion of the RastriyaRifles (22 Rajput). 55 gallantry awards (peacetime) were announced on the eveof 68th Independence Day on 14 August 2014. There have been one Ashoka Chakra,12 Shaurya Chakras, 39 Sena Medal, one Nao Sena Medal and two Vayu Sena Medalthis year.Pakistani Journalist Asma Shirazi Won 2014Peter Mackler Award
Asma Shirazi, Pakistan’s first female war correspondent and host of popular TVtalk shows, was named 2014 Winner of Peter Mackler Award for Courageous andEthical Journalism on 22 August. Shirazi is the second woman to win the awardsince its creation in 2008, after Honduran radio news editor Karla Rivas won in2011.
SPORTS & GAMESIndia Finishes Fifth At 20th CommonwealthGames
India finishes 5th with64 medals (15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze) at the 20th Commonwealth Games(CWG) 2014. India’s total medal tally was thus 64, which is far less than the19th Commonwealth Games of 2010 at New Delhi, where India won a total of 101medals. England topped the medal table for the first time in 28 years with 58golds, 59 silvers and 57 bronzes. Australia was on second position, Canada onthird and Scotland was on 4th position. The 2014 Commonwealth Games (officiallythe XX Commonwealth Games) were held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3August 2014. Its the 3rd time that Scotland is hosting this event; the previoustwo being in Edinburgh (1970 & 1986). The 21st Commonwealth Games will beheld in Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia between 4 to 15 April 2018. Katie Ledecky Sets World Record In 1,500-MeterFreestyle
Katie Ledecky, an American distance swimmer on 23 August created a World Recordin Women’s 1500 Meter Freestyle at the 2014 Pan Pac Championships on the GoldCoast, Australia. To create the new record Ledecky swam the distance in 15minutes 28.36 seconds. She crushed her own previous 1500-metre freestyle recordof swimming the distance in 15 minutes 34.23 seconds at an untaqpered meet inThe Woodlands, Texas in June 2014. Ledecky won her fifth gold medal at the GoldCoast meet after defeating Lauren Boyle of New Zealand by more than 27 seconds.Jammu and Kashmir To Host Football FederationCup In August 2015
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced on 18 August that Jammu andKashmir will host Football Federation Cup in August 2015.Himachal To Host First Paragliding World CupIn India
India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh has been selected as venue to hostParagliding World Cup 2015. This will be the first para-gliding World Cup to behosted in India. The tournament will be organized under the auspices ofPara-gliding World Cup Association, France.The World Cup will be hosted inKangra district of Himachal Pradesh from 24 October 2015 and will see around150 top ranked pilots of the world besides 500 free flying pilots asparticipants.
ECONOMYRBI Third Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement2014-15
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its third Bi-monthly Monetary Policy statement2014-15 announced on 5 August, has kept the Short-term lending (repo) rateunchanged at 8%. The Reverse Repo rate has also been left unchanged at 7% andthe Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) is also the same at 4%. The only major change isin Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) which has been slashed by 50 basis points(bps) to 22% from previous 22.50%.Estimates GDP growth at 5.5% for currentfiscal(2014-15).Union Cabinet Approves FDI in Defence andRailways
The Union Cabinet on 6 August allowed foreign investment in the Railways forthe first time and raised limit for such investment in the defence sector,steps intended to raise funds for expansion of the Railways and encouragedomestic manufacture of arms. Under this proposal the government is to increasethe FDI limit in the defence industry to 49% from 26% and from nil to 100% inrailway infrastructure of the country.RBI issued Draft Guidelines For ‘AnytimeAnywhere’ BBPS
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 7 August issued draft guidelines for theimplementation of Bharat Bill Payment System (BPPS), an anytime anywhere billpayment system.The draft mentions the requirements and the basic framework ofoperating the BBPS, and stipulates the eligibility criteria, standards forsettlement model and customer grievance redressal, roles and responsibilitiesand scope for entities seeking to be part of BBPS.Mukesh Ambani Is India’s Richest Man
The wealth research firm Wealth-X of India’s richest individuals latest studyreport released on 13 August. According to the report, the top five Indianbillionaires led by Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani collectivelycontrol $85.5 billion (about Rs 5,23,897 crore) in personal wealth, accountingfor nearly half of the country’s total billionaire wealth. Mukesh Ambaniremains the richest man in the country with an estimated net worth of $24.4billion (about Rs 1,49,474 crore).
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGYChina Successfully Launched Remote SensingSatellite
China on 9 August successfully launched the “Yaogan XX” a remote-sensingsatellite to carry out scientific experiments and provide early alerts naturaldisasters. The Yaogan XX satellite blasted off on the back of a Long March 4Ccarrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the country’snorthwestern Gobi desert. The launch marked the 190th mission for the nation’slong march rocket family.IBM Develops A New Chip That Functions Like ABrain
IBM researchers have announced on 9 August the development of a new computerchip that is inspired by the brain, mimicking the way that the mind canrecognize patterns utilizing a web of interconnected transistors to simulateneural networks. The chip or processor is named TrueNorth, and it contains morethan 5.4 billion transistors, yet requires no more power to function than ahearing aid (just 70 milliwatts of power versus the minimum of 35 watts requiredby current Intel processors, with have 1.4 billion transistors).PM Narendra Modi Dedicates ‘ INS Kolkata ‘ ToThe Nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16 August dedicated India’s indigenouslydesigned warship ‘ INS Kolkata ‘ to the nation. With this, INS Kolkata wascommissioned in Indian Navy at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The6800-tonne Kolkata class warship has been constructed by the Mazagon Docks Ltd,Mumbai and designed by the Navy’s Design Bureau.NASA’s Scientists Developed ‘SMAP’ SatelliteTo Combat Drought
NASA scientists, including one of Indian-origin, developed Soil Moisture ActivePassive (SMAP) satellite that can predict the severity of droughts worldwideand help farmers maximize the crop yield.The mission is scheduled to launch inNovember 2014 and will collect the local data of agricultural and watermanagers that are needed worldwide.
PERSONS IN NEWSA) APPOINTMENTSK V Chowdary is new CBDT chairman
Senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer K V Chowdary (full name – KosarajuVeeraiah Chowdary) has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Central Boardof Direct Taxes (CBDT), the top policy making body of the Income Taxdepartment. K.V. Chowdary, a 1978-batch officer, on 1 August took charge of hisoffice. He will have tenure of three months.He succeed R K Tewari. He retiredon 31 July 2014.President Appointed New Governors of FourStates
President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on 26 August appointed new Governors offour states, namely Maharashtra, Goa , Karnataka and Rajasthan.
TheGovernors names are:-
1) KalyanSingh – Rajasthan Governor
2) VajubhaiRudabhai Vala – Karnataka Governor
3) Ch.Vidyasagar Rao – Maharashtra Governor
4) MridulaSinha – Goa GovernorB)RESIGNSMaharashtra Governor K SankaranarayananResigned
Maharashtra governor K Sankaranarayanan resigned from his office on 24August.He tendered his resignation in the backdrop of being transferred toMizoram. He refused to take charge of his new assignment.C)DEATHSLegendary Cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharma Died
Legendary cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharma, popularly known as Pran, who createdthe comic book character like Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu, died on 5 August inGurgaon at the age of 75. He was 75. He was born on 15 August 1938 in Kasurnear Lahore (now Pakistan). He created the character ‘Dabbu’ for aDelhi-based newspaper ‘Milap’.D)VISITORSIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi VisitedNepal
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Nepal on 3-4 August 2014. Duringthe visit, Narendra Modi met Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala in Kathmandhu,the captital of Nepal. The two leaders discussed various issues includingNepal’s peace process and constitution-drafting process as well as economicissues. After the talks, Modi and Koirala witnessed the signing of threeagreements.E)MISCELLANEOUSEdward Snowden Granted Three-year ResidencePermit In Russia
Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has received a residencepermit in Russia on 7 August 2014, which is valid for three years. Earlier in2013, Snowden was granted a one-year temporary asylum, which ended on 1 August2014.
PLACES IN NEWSTwo Ancient Mayan Cities Found In MexicoJungle
In the month of August 2014 Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan citiesLagunita and Tamchen hidden in the jungle of south-eastern Mexico. Theydiscovered the two cities of Lagunita and Tamchen on the Yucatan peninsula byexamining aerial photographs of the region.
ABBREVIATIONSASEAN—— Association of South East Asian NationsIFTU——- International Federation of Trade UnionsWFI——– Wrestling Federation of IndiaCERSAI— – Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security
BOOKS IN NEWS‘ One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography ‘Released
An autobiography of the former External Affairs Minister and veteran CongressParty leader Natwar Singh was released on 1 August. The book titled “One Lifeis Not Enough” is penned by Kunwar Natwar Singh.This book has been in news andcontroversy since past few days because it discloses much information aboutSonia Gandhi, the President of the Congress Party.
COMMITTEESHari Gautam Committee To Review The Status OfUGC
A four-member Committee under the chairmanship of former UGC chairman HariGautam has been constituted by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development(HRD) on 3 August with a view to review the present status of UniversitiesGrants Commission’s (UGC). The committee will suggest ways to restructure andreorganise the panel to attain better performance in order to meet desiredobjectives.
IMPORTANT DAYS AND DATESWorld Humanitarian Day Observed Across TheWorld
World Humanitarian Day was observed across the world on 19 August 2014. The dayis observed to recognise humanitarian personnel and those who have lost theirlives working for humanitarian causes. The theme for the year 2014 is The WorldNeeds More Humanitarian Heroes.World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity tocelebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. Theevents of the day included wreath-laying ceremony at UN Headquarters in NewYork to honour aid workers killed in the line of duty. The day was designatedby the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. The bombingkilled 22 people, including UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. The Day isobserved annually on 19 August.August 29 Is Celebrated As The ‘NationalSports Day’
August 29 is celebrated as the National Sports Day in dedication to the greathockey player Dhyan Chand.This day is celebrated by organizing friendly matchesbetween different Indian hockey teams at the Dhyan Chand National stadium inNew Delhi.The National Stadium was constructed in the respect and honor ofDhyan Chand. Major Dhyan Chand was India’s greatest hockey player. He hasscored over 1000 goals between 1926 and 1948. He helped India win 3 OlympicGold medals including the first in 1928 (Amsterdum Olympic games) and then in1932 ( Los Angeles Olympic games) and 1936 (Berlin Olympic games).
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