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04 Historic peace accord signed to resolve 60-yr Naga conflict
Aug India > Nagaland

The era of insurgency in Nagaland comes to an end as India signed a historic peace accord with the rebel
NSCN(IM) on Monday that promises a return to normalcy in the state, while making it easier for India to
integrate eastwards towards Asia. The signing of the agreement was witnessed by PM Narendra Modi, home
minister Rajnath Singh, chairman of NSCN (IM), the largest of the Naga insurgent groups and national security
advisor Ajit Doval.

04 25 Congress MPs suspended for five days for disrupting Parliament, Sonia
says black day
Aug Politics and Government > Parliament
25 Congress MPs have been suspended from the Parliament for five days on the grounds of persistently,
willfully obstructing the House. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took the stern action under Rule 374(A) following
which the suspended MPs will not be allowed to attend five sittings of the House. Sonia Gandhi expressed
anger over the Speaker's decision and asked the Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge to lodge protest.

05 Non-bailable arrest warrant issued against former IPL head Lalit Modi
Aug India > Crime

Former IPL head Lalit Modi has been handed over a non-bailable arrest warrant(NBW) by a special court for
Prevention of Money Laundering Act in connection with a case of money laundering following a plea by the
Enforcement Directorate(ED). Modi hadn't responded to summons sent to him by the ED which led to ED
moving special court seeking NBW. The warrant will be sent to the Ministry of External Affairs which in turn
will be sending it to the United Kingdom. Lalit Modi left the country shortly after the ED began its probe
against him in 2009.

05 FSSAI-approved laboratory finds Maggi safe

Aug India > Nestle
Nestle's Maggi noodles has been found to be in compliance with the country's food safety standards, according
to a test conducted by FSSAI-approved laboratory of Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI).
The findings come after Goa FDA had sent the Maggi noodles samples to Mysore-based CFTRI for retesting of
the safety of instant noodles after FSSAI expressed apprehensions on state FDA's initial report, which had
found lead within permissible limits

07 Cyber attacks on India mostly from Pakistan, China: Government

Aug Politics and Government > Cyber Crime

A report informed Parliament that the computer networks of Indian organizations were being attacked by
hackers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and the US. Minister for Communications and Information
Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that a rise in the incidents of cyber attacks in the past years with increase
in the proliferation of IT and related services was seen. Identifying the source of such attacks is a difficult task
as the attackers use techniques that hide their identity.


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07 Global satellite to be named after Abdul Kalam

Aug Science and Technology > Satellites
The UN-led GlobalSat for DDR is to be renamed as UN Kalam GlobalSat after A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as a tribute
to the vision of the celebrated rocket scientist and former Indian president who died July 27. The renaming is
expected to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and space explorers. The GlobalSat satellite will
be used for earth observation and disaster risk reduction with no barriers to entry for participating nations.

12 Sundar Pichai new head of slimmed down Google, Larry to head Alphabet
Aug Corporate> Google
World Google recently announced that it would subsume within its new parent company Alphabet and appoint

Chennai-born Sundar Pichai as the CEO of the slimmed down Google. As Larry Page the former CEO of Google
leaves to head Alphabet, an expansive mother corporation called Alphabet that will take care of a growing
portfolio. Alphabet will operate as the parent company for a number of smaller companies, including Google,
which will continue to focus on Internet products. Android, YouTube, search and ads will remain part of Google

14 Pahal Scheme acknowledged by Guinness Book of World Records as largest

Aug cash transfer program
World > Guinness Book of World Records
The Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged the Union Government's ambitious Pratyaksha
Hastaantarit Laabh (PAHAL) scheme as the worlds largest cash transfer program (households) by the Guinness
Book of World Records. The scheme was formally launched as Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme for LPG subsidy
in 2013 in 291 districts under the aegis of Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Later in 2014, it was
named as PAHAL and extended nationwide on 1 January 2015.

17 Anirban Lahiri finishes tied fifth at PGA Championship

Aug Sports > Golf

In a first, an Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri finished at a creditable fifth position in the PGA Championship - the
last Major event of the year. The tournament was won by Australian Jason Day and Lahiri finished tied fifth
with Brooks Koepka of US after carding a four-day score of 13-under. A fifth-place finish is the best result by
any Indian at the Majors.

18 UAE onboard with India against terrorism

Aug Other > UAE

World Narendra Modis visit to UAE has borne fruit as UAE took a decisive step of joining hands with India against

terrorism, stepping away from its traditional close relationship with Paksitan. Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed
bin Zayed AI Nahyan has agreed to cooperate against, radicalism and organized crime. Both the countries have
agreed to "control, regulate and share information on flow of funds that could have a bearing on radicalization
activities and cooperate in interdicting illegal flows and take action against concerned individuals and


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19 Pakistan invites Kashmiri separatists for talks with Sartaj Aziz

> J&K
Aug India
Over a dozen of Kashmiri separatist leaders have been invited for a dinner with Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz in

World New Delhi. India was supposed to hold talks between the foreign secretaries of the two nations on August 23.
This was was agreed between PM Sharif and his counterpart Narendra Modi in Ufa, Russia, last month. India.
Aziz is set to travel to India on August 23 for talks with his counterpart Ajit Daval. Pakistans consultation with
the separatists is a deliberate attempt to irritate India according to a government source.

20 Greek PM Tsipras resigns, paves way for new elections

Aug World > Greece

After losing support from the members of his own Syriza party, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced
his resignation making way for snap elections hoping to return to power with a strong hold. The rebels in his
leftist Syriza party had opposed his backing of the demands of international creditors for yet more austerity
and economic reform in exchange for a new $96 billion bailout. Meanwhile, 25 members of the left wing of
Syriza have announced they are breaking away to form a separate party called Popular Unity.

24 PM Narendra Modi government to revive National Council for Tribal

Aug Welfare
World Politics and Government > NCTW
The National Council for Tribal Welfare, an advisory and planning body, which was set up by the then
Congress-led UPA government will be revived by the now Narendra Modi-led NDA government. The council
will be headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will work towards a better planning and monitoring of
tribal welfare schemes. The members of the council will be the all Schedule V and Schedule VI states that have
sizeable tribal populations.

24 IS demolish Palmyra's historic Baalshamin temple

> Terrorism
Aug World
The temple of Baalshamin which was situated in Palmyra, a Unesco World Heritage site was blown up by the
World Islamic State militants. With the belief that shrines or statues implying the existence of another deity are

sacrilege and idolatry, the Islamic State group has been destroying several ancient sites in Iraq for a while now.

26 Patel row disrupts Gujarat, Hardik Patel calls for 'Gujarat Bandh'
Aug India > Guajrat

World An overnight violence erupted in Gujrat as protesters rampaged through the city by attacking the security

personnel and burning government and private vehicles. 5,000 paramilitary personnel were rushed to Gujarat
to control the agitation. The protestors were the supporters of 22-year-old Hardik Patel, who was briefly
detained over his hunger strike to demand OBC reservation for the Patel community. The Patel community of
Gujarat has been agitating for around a month to fulfil their demands of reservation under the Other Backward
Class (OBC) status. Hardik has called for a state-wide bandh on Wednesday.


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28 Pakistani terrorist caught in Kashmir, weeks after Naved was nabbed

Aug India > Terrorism

In a major success, the Indian army captured a Pakistani terrorist after killing his four associates in a two-day
operation in Kashmir, about weeks after terrorist Naved from Pakistan was caught alive in Udhampur.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/srinagar/Pak-terrorist-caught-in-Kashmir-weeks-after-Navedwas-nabbed/articleshow/48708639.cms

28 In 10 years, Pakistan will have largest N-stockpile after US and Russia

Aug India > N-stockpile

In less than 10 years, Pakistan will have the third largest nuclear stockpile in the world, behind only the US and
Russia, two prominent US think tanks said in a report.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/In-10-years-Pakistan-will-have-largest-N-stockpile-after-USand-Russia-Report/articleshow/48703876.cms

29 Rs 22,000 crore mobilised under Jan Dhan Yojana: Government

Aug Politics and Government > Jan Dhan Yojana

The Government has said that Rs 22,000 crore has been deposited in over 17.5 crore bank accounts within a
year of the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, the largest financial inclusion scheme in the world.

30 Sania conferred Khel Ratna; shooter Jitu Rai, gymnast Dipa Karmakar among
Aug Arjuna Awardees
Sports > Awards
Tennis star Sania Mirza received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country's highest sporting honour on
Saturday, while 12 others, including ace shooter Jitu Rai, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and hockey goalkeeper P.R.
Sreejesh were conferred with the Arjuna award.
Source: http://www.firstpost.com/sports/sania-conferred-khel-ratna-shooter-jitu-rai-gymnast-dipa-karmakaramong-arjuna-awardees-2413412.html


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25 Names for Dronacharya Award approved by Sports Ministry
Aug Sports
The Sport Ministry approved the recipients of the prestigious Dronacharya Award on the basis of the

World recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny. Wrestling coach Anoop Singh and Paralympics
coach Naval Singh were among the five names officially approved. Anoop Singh is a three-time national
champion and international wrestler who has trained some of the country's finest wrestlers. The awards will
be handed out on August 29th by the President of India.

Banking and Insurance

17 SBI to launch m-wallet SBI buddy
Aug M-Wallet

In a bid to enter the rapidly growing mobile wallet business, State Bank of India is planning to launch its mwallet 'SBI Buddy' as a competition to ICICI Bank's Pocket, HDFC Bank's PayZapp and Paytm. SBI has tied up
with several merchants for end-to-end solution who will be connected with the Buddy, providing its users
access to thousands of merchants including travel, hotel, entertainment and fashion space.

20 11 applicants including RIL, Aditya Birla Nuvo & Airtel get RBI's 'in-principle'
Aug approval for payment banks
Eleven applicants who had sought licenses for setting up payments banks that will provide essential facilities
aimed at covering the segment of population that has no access to financial services, have received in
principle' approval from Reserve Bank of India. They will be able to offer only basic services. They can accept
up to Rs 1, 00,000 as deposits per account, issue ATM and debit cards and offer payments and remittance
services. The risk is less because they cannot extend loans and have to invest 75 per cent of their deposits in
government securities. Among the applicants are Reliance Industries, India Post, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and
Paytm. According to RBI, applicants were assessed on financial soundness along with their ability to reach
customers with technology.

04 Foxconn, Alibaba, Softbank invest $500 million in Snapdeal
Aug E-commerce
India's popular online marketplace Snapdeal has raised $500 million after receiving funds from Taiwan's
Foxconn and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. While both the companies have invested about $200 million
each, Softbank the largest shareholder in Snapdeal is infusing additional $100 million. It is learnt that the
latest round of funding has come at a valuation of $5-6 billion. Flipkart is looking at a valuation of $15 billion.


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10 Xiaomi ties up with Foxconn for first India plant

Aug Make in India

Keen on gaining a larger foothold in the booming handset business in India, Xiomi has announced the launch of
a mobile phone manufacturing unit in Andhra Pradesh which will be built in partnership with Taiwans
Foxconn. The second local manufacturing unit of Xiomi outside of China has started assembly of a new handset
Redmi 2 Prime. This has given a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India programme.

18 MobiKwik, StoreKing tie-up to bring cashless payment to rural areas

Aug M-commerce

World Now rural areas can also enjoy the benefit of e-commerce as m-commerce firm MobiKwik partners with

StoreKing to reach out to the small towns and villages in southern states of the country with its cashless and
cardless payment facility. According to MobiKwik, this partnership aims to introduce the e-commerce model to
the rural users enabling them to to make payments via the MobiKwik mobile wallet. The retail stores in such
areas will be responsible for helping the users with the operation of the MobiKwik app. Both the companies,
MobiKwik and StoreKing will also provide free Wi-Fi connections at these stores.

19 Foxconn and Alibaba buy into Snapdeal at nearly $5bn value

Aug E-commerce

World In a recent round of funding, Alibaba, Foxconn invested a whopping $500 mn in Snapdeal. According to

reports, the funding round ended with investments from investors valuating Snapdeal at $5 billion at sobering
Indian e-commerce valuations. SoftBank, BlackRock and Temasek are among the existing investors who also
participated in the latest round. Meanwhile, one of the existing investors of Snapdeal, eBay confirmed it was
paring its stake in Snapdeal raking in a good return on investment, while retaining the remaining shares for
future upside in valuations.

11 China rattles market with Yuan devaluation
Aug China

World China rocks the global markets with the biggest devaluation of Yuan in 20 years, a move taken to boost

flagging economy. The abrupt cut in yuan's value resulted in fall of stock markets and prices of commodities.
The move is a sign that the countrys leaders are increasingly concerned about the economy, which has lost
competitiveness as the yuan had become expensive in relation to other currencies such as the yen and the
euro which weakened against the US dollar.

20 India to participate in EXPO-2017 to be held in Kazakhstan

Aug EXPO-2017

World India has announced its participation in at the major international exposition EXPO-2017 to be held in Central

Asia's biggest country Kazakhstan. Rapil Zhoshybayev, Commissioner of the International specialized exhibition
EXPO-2017 and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan had visited India to promote the main
ideas and themes of EXPO-2017 in in the country. His visit played a crucial role in the India's decision to
participate in the event. The two countries also discussed the prospects of bilateral cooperation in the fields of
political cooperation, trade and tourism.
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10 Freedom fighters to get a hike in pension: Rajnath
Aug Pension For Freedom Fighters

On the occasion of 73rd anniversary of Quit India movement, Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced a hike
of 218 per cent in DA in 2014-15 for freedom fighters. The hike in pension is applicable to former Andaman
political prisoners, freedom fighters/spouses and unmarried/unemployed daughters. Presently, the number of
freedom fighters, widows and eligible dependents add up to 35,900.

11 PM Narendra Modi may announce a universal health cover scheme on

Aug Independence Day
An announcement by PM Narendra Modi regarding a universal health insurance plan which will cover all
members of a family under a single sum insured is expected on this Independence Day. While the last
Independence Day had Modi announce a massive financial inclusion drive Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
(PMJDY), this year the focus has been shifted on health polic and the new universal policy will not have any
subsidy element but the policy has to be sold by insurers at highly subsidised premium rates.

13 176 flood forecasting stations to be built across India

Aug Weather

In order to keep the water levels or inflow in major rivers and tributaries in check, the Central Water
Commission (CWC) has set up 176 flood forecasting stations across the country, said Water Resources Minister
Uma Bharti . These stations give out flood forecasts every year whenever the water level exceeds the
predefined criteria. The Minister said the meteorological inputs based on remote sensing technology received
from India Meteorological Department are used in rainfall-runoff modeling.

18 Centre directs states to speed up on adoption process

Aug Government

World The state governments have been instructed by the Women and child development ministry to quicken the

adoption cases and achieve a target of 20,000 adoptions by next year.The ministry has issued guidelines
regarding the same and given a deadline to the states to strictly comply with them. These guidelines have been
drawn with support from the JJ Act. Strict actions will be taken against those who adopt illegally through
hospitals and unauthorized agencies.

24 DRDO ties up with Ramdev to market herbal products


Yoga guru Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurveda Limited will now be able to widen its reach of herbal products across
the country and abroad, following a deal with India's premier defence research organisation DRDO. The two
parties have entered into the agreement for transfer of Seabuckthorn technology based products developed
by Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), a laboratory which develops technologies for fresh
food cultivation, poultry, goat and dairy farming and green house cultivation which are disseminated to the
local farmers. DRDO is looking forward to commercialize these technologies for the benefit of the local

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24 DRDO ties up with Ramdev to market herbal products


World Yoga guru Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurveda Limited will now be able to widen its reach of herbal products across
the country and abroad, following a deal with India's premier defence research organisation DRDO. The two
parties have entered into the agreement for transfer of Seabuckthorn technology based products developed
by Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), a laboratory which develops technologies for fresh
food cultivation, poultry, goat and dairy farming and green house cultivation which are disseminated to the
local farmers. DRDO is looking forward to commercialize these technologies for the benefit of the local

25 Government to infuse Rs 5,393 Cr in SBI


World State Bank of India has decided to issue equity shares on a preferential basis to the government for capital

infusion of Rs 5,393 crore. An approval to increase the issued capital by raising additional equity share capital
up to Rs 5,393 crore was sought from the government by the bank. Earlier this month, the government had
decided to to infuse a total of Rs 20,088 crore in 13 public sector banks.

27 India, Seychelles sign agreement to curb tax evasion

Aug Economy

As it seeks to bring back black money stashed abroad, India signed an information exchange agreement with
Seychelles, preferred by many for routing of funds to dodge taxes.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Seychelles-sign-agreement-to-curb-taxevasion/articleshow/48689590.cms

27 India to get first fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant in TN for Rs 9,600 crore
Aug Fuel reprocessing plant
The foundation for India's first fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant to be built at a cost of Rs 9,600 crore is
expected to be laid in two months' time at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, a top official has said.

Source: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-08-27/news/65928756_1_pfbr-breeder-reactorkalpakkam

05 Two trains derail in Madhya Pradesh, 29 killed
Aug Indian
In a tragic incident, several coaches of two trains got derailed over a railway bridge and plunged into the
swollen Machak river. The trains, namely Janata Express and Kamayani Express, derailed between Khirkiya and
Harda in Madhya Pradesh, resulting in the death of 29 passengers. The Railway Ministry has ordered an inquiry
into the twin train derailments and compensation for the families of the victims. The real cause behind the
incident is not known till now, although officials are pointing to the flash floods as a probable cause.

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15 Chief Minister Oommen Chandy declares Kerala a complete Digital State

Aug Kerala

World On the eve of Independence Day, Keralas Chief Minister Oommen Chandy declared Kerala a complete Digital

State and announced a new youth programme in the memory of former President APJ Abdul Kalam. Chandy
said that the state has achieved 100 per cent mobile density, 75 per cent e-literacy, highest digital banking rate
and broadband connection up to panchayat level. The new programme announced, will enable the youth
translate their innovative ideas into successful business ventures.

Politics and Government

04 Noble prize winner Kailash Satyarthi to launch global campaign against child
Aug labour
Nobel Peace Prize winner and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi has announced the launch of his ambitious
campaign against child labour. He has called upon the young people to join him in this campaign and become
the voice for voiceless. According to him, people of India should feel their responsibility towards the most
vulnerable and exploited children who are forced into prostitution and worst forms of labour.

05 Karnataka government launches campaign to stop farmer suicides

Aug Campaign

In a desperate attempt to end the spate of farmer suicides, the Karnataka government has launched a fullfledged information campaign regarding the same. From using social networking sites for spreading heartening
messages against suicides to commissioners of all districts reaching out to farmers in multiple ways, the
Congress government is leaving no stone unturned to achieve its purpose.

09 Government plans 'Suraksha Bandhan' drive

Aug Social Security

A 'Suraksha Bandhan' drive that would encourage people to gift 'social security' plans has been planned by the
Government against the backdrop of the forthcoming festival 'Raksha Bandhan'. The new drive is aimed at
taking forward the government's objective of creating a universal social security system in the country,
targeted especially at the poor and the under-privileged. The enrollment drive will be launched by banks and
insurance companies during August-September.

11 Nestle India asked to recall Maggi noodles

Aug Nestle India

World The Government has ordered Nestle India to recall Maggi Noodles after finding exceeding amount of lead

content in the samples of Nestle's Maggi noodles. According to Health Minister JP Nadda, the test results from
different states confirmed presence of lead beyond permissible limit. The FSSAI had also advised the
Commissioners of Food Safety of all the states and UTs to draw and test the samples of Noodles and allied
products of other brands as well. Following this, the government has slapped Nestle India with a Rs 640 crore
damage suit for misleading the consumers with advertisements that claimed that the noodle was a healthy

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18 Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa accepts election defeat

Aug Sri Lanka

World As the final results of the elections came out, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat
in the parliamentary elections, putting an end to his attempts of returning to power. The election has been
won by Sri Lankas ruling United National Party(UNP). Rajapaksa led Sril Lanka for a decade before he was
dramatically ousted as President by Mr. Sirisena. Following this, Rajapaksa had confidently vowed to come to
power again after the election.

18 PM Modi announces Rs 1.25 lakh package for Bihar prior to election

Aug Bihar

Months before the Bihar election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 1.25 lakh crore package for
the poor state in a bid to prove that he would deliver what was promised. The package speaks of creating
employments and stopping migration along with development of infrastructures. The move comes as a master
stroke from the NDA as it aims to counter its rivals caste-based campaign.

17 Narendra Modi becomes first Indian Prime Minister to visit UAE in 34 years
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited UAE in order to strengthen ties between the two nations, becoming the
first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country in 34 years. On Day 1, Modi visited an iconic mosque in Abu
Dhabi along with UAE culture minister Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and minister of state for foreign
affairs Dr Anwar Gargash and later interacted with 28,000 Indian migrant workers at a residential camp that is
home to some. On day 2, he visited a cricket stadium in Dubai which was packed with 50,000 Indian diaspora
waiting for his speech which covered a range of topics from terrorism, the new-look India, the warm
welcome that he received in the UAE and initiatives launched by his government for Indian expatriates. On the
eve of Modi's visit, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government decided to allot land for building a Hindu
temple in Abu Dhabi.

20 Greek PM Tsipras resigns, paves way for new elections

Aug Greece
World After losing support from the members of his own Syriza party, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced
his resignation making way for snap elections hoping to return to power with a strong hold. The rebels in his
leftist Syriza party had opposed his backing of the demands of international creditors for yet more austerity
and economic reform in exchange for a new $96 billion bailout. Meanwhile, 25 members of the left wing of
Syriza have announced they are breaking away to form a separate party called Popular Unity.

31 Centre releases Rs 2,000 crore for Employees' Pension Scheme

Aug Employees' Pension Scheme

The central government has released Rs. 2,000 crore to the Employees' Pension Scheme as its contribution for
the year 2015-16.

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Science and Technology

04 Isro to launch US satellite in space for the first time

The US has become the 20th country to sign up for a commercial satellite launch by India's ISRO which has so
far launched 45 satellites for 19 nations. For the first time the US would be taking the help of an Indian vehicle,
the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, to put one of its satellite in orbit. Having successfully launched a Mars
mission, India is planning a mission to Venus and is looking for a launch pad.

05 Multi-Application Solar Telescope inaugurated At Udaipur

India's biggest solar telescope was inaugurated at Udaipur Solar Observatory (USO), which is one of the six
GONG (Global Oscillations Network Group) sites in the world. The multi-application solar telescope possesses
the ability of providing 3-D images of solar activities like solar blast and solar flares. It will also help in vital
studies about other planetary movements. Funded by the Department of Space, the project will be under the
supervision of the Physical Research Laboratory of Ahmedabad.

25 Facebook launches 'Donate Now' button for non-profits

Aug Facebook

World Now pages of non-profit organizations and linked advertisements will have a 'Donate' button, following its

launch by Facebook recently. Whenever the users click the Donate Now button on a non-profits page they
are first alerted that the organization is Not endorsed by or affiliated with Facebook and then are redirected
to the non-profits external site where they can complete the donation. This move is an effort for the
company to further themselves from donations being given to potentially unpopular non-profit causes.

11 Sania Mirza to be conferred Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
Aug Awards

Sania Mirza made a mark as an outstanding tennis player in the world when she was ranked as world number
one in women's doubles. She has been selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and becomes the
second tennis player to receive this award. Meanwhile, star cricketer Rohit Sharma and ace shooter Jitu Rai
were among the 17 sportspersons who were picked for this year's Arjuna awards.

11 Pankaj Advani bags World 6-Red Snooker Championship

Aug Snooker
World Pankaj Advani clinched his 13th world title after winning the World 6-Red Snooker Championship in a
convincing manner. Advani beat his Chinese opponent Yan Bingtao 6-2. In the final frame, Bingtao took a
healthy 28-5 lead before missing what was going to be his final shot of the tournament as Advani cleared the
table with finesse.


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21 Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara retires after 15 years

Aug Cricket

Sri Lanka's ace cricketer, Kumar Sangakkara retired after 15 years of his career in cricket and played his last test
against Inida in Colombo. Sangakkara has cemented his name as the fifth highest run-getter in Test history,
finished his Test career with 12,400 runs from 134 Tests at an average of 57.40. He scored 38 centuries,
including a best of 319 against Bangladesh in Chittagong last year. Sangakkara was welcomed by a guard of
honour formed by rival Indian team to applaud the veteran cricketer as he walked out to bat on the day of his
last match. The whole stadium reverberated with applause when the 37-year-old left-hander and the fifthhighest run-getter in Test history came out of the dressing room.

24 Serena Williams wins Cincinnati title in final US Open

Aug Tennis

Serena Willians gained her fifth title of 2015 when she won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Williams beat Romanian third seed Simona Halep to finish her last US Open tune-up in style. Halep, who also
lost the Toronto final last week, will take over second spot from Maria Sharapova in the world rankings.
Williams will be bidding for history at the US Open as she attempts to complete a rare calendar-year Grand
Slam in singles.

26 Tennis Player Novak Djokovic appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF

Aug Tennis
Novak Djokovic, the worlds top ranked tennis player, was on 26 August 2015 appointed as the Goodwill
Ambassador of the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), after having served as the UNICEFs Serbia

Source: http://www.jagranjosh.com/current-affairs/tennis-player-novak-djokovic-appointed-as-goodwillambassador-of-unicef-1440660933-1

06 Wing part washed up on beach belongs to missing MH370, confirmed
Aug MH370
World After analysis of the paint colour and maintenance-record of the piece of wing found on the shore of an Indian
Ocean island, Malaysia has confirmed that it belongs to the missing flight MH370 which vanished without a
trace last year. Following this, the Malaysian government has asked for the support of neighbouring Mauritius
and Madagascar to help widen the search area. The airline described the find as "a major breakthrough" as it
will help in solving the mystry of the disappearance of the flight.

06 Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Aug Hiroshima

Japan marked 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing at the end of World War 2. One minute's
silence was observed at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park in the presence of Prime minister Shinzo Abe and
foreign delegates. The bomb had killed around 140,000 people and others died from the radiation exposure.
Opinion still remains divided over whether the twin attacks on Japan were justified.

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07 Egypt inaugurates Suez Canal expansion

Aug Suez Canal

World Suez Canal which has been a significant source of income for Egypt will head for an expansion and will have

seventy-two kilometres of new waterways. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi led an opening ceremony at
which the Suez Canal expansion was inaugrated. The project will be completed in an year and cost over $8
billion and is expected to bring in more revenue and traffic. However, many have raised doubts regarding the
best use of nation's resources at a time when there are arguably more pressing needs surrounding the country.

18 22 killed in apparent attack on Bangkok shrine

Aug Terrorism

A popular Hindu shrine was attacked by a bomb in central Bangkok that killed at least 22 people and wounded
about 120. The casualties included tourists from China and Philippines. The mastermind behind the attack is
still unknown. Immediately after the attacks, the security was tightened throughout the city. The police have
released the picture of a suspect behinf the attacks.

18 Egypt passes a controversial counter-terrorism law

Aug Egypt

A tough counter terrorism law that allegedly bans the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and
association has been passed by the Egypt government. At a time when militants are launching deadly attacks,
the government feels that implementation of such a law is necessary. The law imposes hefty fines for
journalists if their accounts of terrorism-related cases contradict the official version. The rights groups have
criticized this move by Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as it will restrict the exercise of fundamental

26 Kosovo and Serbia sign 'landmark' agreements

Aug Europe

World In a series of agreements signed between Kosovo and Serbia, Serbs in northern Kosovo will enjoy greater rights
through one of the deals, while Kosovo gains its own international dialling code in another. The agreements
were called landmark achievements by EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, who mediated them.
Both sides look forward to joining EU which will apparently become easier after these agreements.

26 US, Mexico launch first rail link in more than a century

Aug International Railways

World A first rail-link is set to be built connecting the US and Mexico and and is the first new rail link in over a

century. According to the US Commerce Department, the West Rail Bypass International Bridge will connect
Brownsville with Matamoros, its neighboring city across the border, and will carry freight between the two
countries. Before the new bridge opened, there were eight rail crossings between the United States and


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31 ISIS destroys Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, U.N. reports

Aug Bel Temple, Syria

The temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, which is one of the most culturally significant pieces of architecture in the
world and is more than 2000 years old has been destroyed by the militant group Islamic State.
Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/31/middleeast/palmyra-temple-damaged/index.html


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