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September 01, 2015

Highlights of August 2015 Current Affairs (One-Liners)

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Friends, here we are giving you the Major highlights of August 2015. These one-liners cover all important International, National, Banking, Technology and Sports affairs of August month. We will try to provide the pdf version soon, but we advise you to write these on your own so that you wont forget them again. All the Best :)

Highlights of August 2015

  • 10th World Hindi Conference (WHC) will be held from 10th to 12th September 2015.
  • A global satellite for earth observation and disaster risk reduction — GlobalSat for DRR — proposed under the UN framework is to be renamed as UN Kalam GlobalSat in the memory of to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who died on July 27th.
  • Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar clinched the women’s vault bronze medal at the 6th Senior ART Gymnastics Asian Championships in Hiroshima.
  • Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regains the No. 1 spot in World Badminton Rankings.
  • After 36 years, the ‎Indian Women Hockey‬ Team Makes History by getting into 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • Archer Abhishek Verma clinches Gold medal in Archery World Cup.
  • As a consumer friendly initiative, the Petroleum Ministry launched a scheme SAHAJ for online release of new LPG connections for the consumers.
  • Asia’s biggest telescope MAST was inaugurated at Udaipur Solar Observatory in Rajasthan.
  • Bangladesh wins Under-16 SAFF Championship for the first time.
  • China has successfully tested the power system of a Long March-5 carrier, stated to be the largest space launch vehicle that will be used in the Chang'e-5 lunar mission around 2017.
  • China reduces interest rates by 0.25 percent to calm stock markets and boost growth.
  • Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has launched a Mobile App named flyDel to serve the passengers by providing real-time flight information and access to all passengers’ facilities available at the airport in Delhi.
  • Google has unveiled a surprise restructuring, creating a new parent company called Alphabet Inc.
  • Government identifies 305 cities and towns across nine states for implementation of Housing for All Scheme with total investment of over two Lakh crore rupees.
  • Gujarat becomes the first state in the country to launch ‘Agro-Solar Policy’ to encourage the farmers to tap the solar energy.
  • Gujarat has announced a ban on the use of plastic in the state.
  • ICICI Bank has announced a new home loan proposition, ‘ICICI Bank Saral-Rural Housing Loan’, with a special interest rate.
  • India gets its first private bank in 11 years with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurating "Bandhan Bank" as a full-fledged scheduled commercial bank.
  • India retains its top spot as the world’s largest exporter of beef, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and has extended its lead over the next highest exporter, Brazil.  
  • India successfully places its latest communication satellite GSAT-6 in the orbit.
  • India’s third largest private sector lender, Axis Bank has launched the first Contactless Debit, Credit and Multi-Currency Forex Card in association with VISA the payments gateway company in the country.
  • Indian  squash player Joshna Chinappa wins Victorian Open Squash title in Melbourne.
  • Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was on a two-day visit to Egypt.
  • Indian Golfer Aditi Ashok made history by becoming the first Indian to win  the Ladies British Amateur stroke play golf championship at the Moortown Golf Club, Leeds (UK).
  • Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri has created history after he finished tied Fifth at the PGA Championships.
  • India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a mobile wallet app, SBI Buddy, in collaboration with Accenture and MasterCard.
  • Iran unveiled Fateh-313, a short-range solid fuel Surface-to-Surface ballistic missile.
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was on a visit to India.
  • Japan has restarted its controversial nuclear power program after a shutdown triggered by the 2011 Fukushima crisis, as the government pushes to return to a cheaper energy source despite widespread public opposition.
  • Kerala government declared the state as Complete Digital State.
  • Kerala's First IIT Started Functioning at Palakkad
  • Micro-blogging platform Twitter has announced that it has increased the Direct Message (DM) limit to 10,000 characters from the existing 140, enabling the users to send longer private messages to friends.
  • Modi announced a "Special Package" of Rs 1,25,000 crore for Bihar.
  • Mysore (Karnataka) has topped the Swachh Bharat rankings among 476 cities in the country with three more places from Karnataka figuring in the top 10.
  • Nepal has started issuing passports to sexual minorities, adding a third-gender category in the passports.
  • NITI Aayog launched the second version of the India Energy Security Scenarios 2047 calculator (IESS 2047), an open source web based tool.
  • Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was on a three-day visit to Khatmandu (Nepal).
  • Pakistan has banned the Islamic State militant group that has overrun vast stretches of Iraq and Syria after repeatedly denying the dreaded outfit's presence within its territory.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Two-Day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • Punjabi University of Patiala has clinched the prestigious sports award Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) trophy for year 2014.  
  • Ranveer Singh Saini created history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
  • Republic of the Seychelles President James Alix Michel was on three-day visit to India.
  • Saina Nehwal has signed a two-year deal with leading sports management group, IOS Sports & Entertainment.
  • Scottish professional tennis player Andy Murray has won Rogers Cup Masters Tournament 2015 by beating Novak Djokovic.
  • Singapore commemorates 50 years since it became an independent state.
  • South Sudan‬ becomes ‎Olympic‬ movement's 206th member
  • Sri Lankan cricketer Kumara Sangakkara bids farewell to International cricket.
  • Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer beat world number one Novak Djokovic to win his seventh Cincinnati Masters title.
  • The ‘nendran’ banana variety, ‘Chengalikodan’, has been accorded the Geographical Indication (GI) status.
  • The Assam Assembly has unanimously passed the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2015 making any offence under the Act as non-bailable, cognizable and non-compoundable to eliminate the superstition from society.
  • The Centre has declared Second and Fourth Saturdays of a month as holidays for the bank employees.
  • The Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) has became the first airport in the country to be fully powered by solar power.
  • The Employment Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) marked its stock market debut through Exchange Traded Funds of SBI Mutual Fund.
  • The Haryana Government has inaugurated Women Police Stations in all the 21 districts on the eve of Rakshabandhan.
  • The Indian women's recurve archery team of Deepika Kumari, Laxmirani Majhi and Rimil Buriuly won Silver in World Archery Championship.
  • The Rajasthan High Court has banned Jain ritual of 'Santhara' making it punishable under section 306 and 309 IPC (Abetment of Suicide).
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed banks to extend repayment period of farm loan upto 5 years in case 50% crop is damaged due to natural calamities like drought and flood.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed the banks to shift, merge or close all their branches except rural branches and sole semi-urban branches at their own discretion.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) names country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) and biggest private lender ICICIBank as Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs).
  • The Second Summit of FIPIC (Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation) began in Jaipur.
  • The Taj Mahal has made it to the top five of a prestigious new list of the World's Best tourist attractions.
  • The tallest mountain in North America, Mount McKinley (20,000 feet ), is to be renamed as Denali.
  • The Union Cabinet extended the deadline for the 7th Commission to submit its recommendations by four months.
  • To provide healthcare facilities in rural areas, the government launched "Sehat", a telemedicine initiative in collaboration with Apollo Hospitals.
Update : Download Current Affairs Quick Review of August 2015 from here
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