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August 25, 2013

August 25th 2013 - Current Affairs Updates


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International Affairs
  • US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameroon, after a telephonic conversation, said the significant use of chemical weapons against civilians by Syria's Assad regime would merit a "serious response" from the international community.
National Affairs
  • Concerned over environmental impact of stainless steel pickling industries, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has restrained such units from carrying out any manufacturing activity in the city without consent of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).
  •  In the wake of the recent incident of 28 devotees being run over by a train in Khagaria district, the East Central Railway (ECR) has decided to launch an awareness drive to dissuade people from walking on the tracks.
  • Haryana government has launched a 'Fortnight on Eye Donation' to intensify educational and motivational efforts which would encourage people in the state to come forward as donors.
  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has distributed portfolios to the three newly inducted ministers after making a minor re-shuffle of departments in his ministry.
    • Chandrasekhar Dubey (Rural development, Panchayati Raj, Labour, Employment and Training).
    • Manan Malik (Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Disaster Management).
    • Yogendra Sao (Agriculture and Housing)
  • In a milestone in Indian studies, the English edition of 'Encyclopedia of Hinduism', a product of 25 years of relentless academic efforts by nearly 1000 scholars, will be unveiled on tomorrow (Monday, 26th August 2013).
  • Bihar paid tribute to its former Chief Minister B.P. Mandal on his 95th birth anniversary.

Awards and Honors
  • S P Yadav, who has played an active role in curbing illegal wildlife trade, has been conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Conservation Award, 2009.

  • Former Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court B A Khan has been elected President of India chapter of SAARC Law

  • Odisha's Eminent Indian classical singer and music director, the noted vocalist of Jayadeva's 'Gita Govind', Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi (80)  died of cardiac arrest today.
  • Maldives Foreign Minister, Dr Abdul Samad Abdullah, passes away after brief illness. He is 67 years old.

Science and Technology
  • Four school students of Delhi and Gurgaon have discovered two asteroids which will soon be listed in world's official minor body catalogue maintained by International Astronomical Union (Paris).
  • NASA is making final preparations to launch a small car-sized robotic Moon probe next month in an attempt to answer prevailing questions about the lunar atmosphere.

  • Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has lifted the women's doubles trophy at the WTA Open along with her new partner Jie Zheng at New Haven. It was her 3rd title of season & 17th overall title.
  • The Indian Olympic Association to hold General Body Meeting to amend its constitution as directed by OC under blueprint prepared for India’s return to Olympic fold.
  • The Indian under-23 team today lifted the ACC Emerging Trophy tournament after thrashing arch-rivals Pakistan by nine wickets in the final. (opener Lokesh Rahul - 93).
  • India managed to retain their third spot among T20 teams while Virat Kohli has held on to his sixth spot in the ICC rankings for Twenty20 batsmen issued in Dubai today.


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