Current Affairs : 27 Aug 2013 to 15 Aug 2013 - Summary

Current Affairs 27 Aug 2013 Aug 2013

  • Rajya Sabha passes Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 amending the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 and the Special Marriages Act, 1954.

    The bill aims to amend marriage laws to provide for "irretrievable breakdown of marriage as a ground for divorce" as well as granting women the right to a share in husband's property.

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  • August 29 is observed as National Sports Day in commemoration of Indian hockey wizard Dhyan Chand birth anniversary.

    - President gives National sports Awards ie Khel Ratna, Arjuna award, Dronacharya  and Dhyanchand award,on this day.

    - commemorated to spread awareness about importance of sports and to encourage spirit and culture of sports in India.

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  • Government of India has set production targets for crops including foodgrains for the year 2013-14 at 259 million tonnes.
    The crop-wise production targets -: Rice 105 mt ; Wheat 92.50 mt; Pulses 19.00mt; Coarse Cereals 42.50mt
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  • Department of Commerce constitutes "Task Force on Currency Swap Arrangements/Agreements"  to explore the possibility of using local currency for trade with major trading partners; pros and cons of it and its posssible role in addressing the issue of rising trade deficit and consequent current account deficit.

    - Additional Secretary, Trade Policy Division, Department of Commerce will chair it

    - Will have representation from RBI, EXIM bank, FICCI,CII ,SBI and other stakeholders

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  • Indian Sania Mirza and her new doubles partner Chinese Jie Zheng wins women's doubles trophy at the WTA New Haven Open (Connecticut, US)

    This is her 3rd title of the season (previous 2 were won with American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands) and 17th overall

    They defeated pair of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Katarina Srebotnik 6-3 6-4 in the finals

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  • Rape is a non-compoundable offence; Compromise between Rapist and victim can't impact ruling: Supreme Court  
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  • Railway's High Power Committee (Running & Safety), headed by D.P.Tripathi, has submitted its Final report.  

    constituted by the Ministry of Railways to look into pending demands of Labour Federation regarding working hours of Running Staff (Guards and Drivers) and review of Safety Categories staff over Indian Railways.

    Other members were -  V.K.Manglik, Amar Nath and M. S. Khan.

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  • Indian Railways now running 1400 coaches fitted with Bio-Toilets- containing anaeroboc bacteria that turns human waste in to water and gas. - read more cat
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Current Affairs 26 Aug 2013 Aug 2013

  • Four more countries- Yemen, Tanzania, Egypt, and El -Salvador, recognises Kosovo as independent Republic/ Country.

    It broke away from Serbia in 2008 and self proclaimed independence.

    Countries like Russia and Serbia are opposing its status as Indpendent Republic.

    Though still not a official UN member country, it is now recognised as a Country by 101 UN member states (not  by India) and some non UN members also (eg Taiwan).

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  • Indian Women Archery recurve team - Laishram Bombayla Devi, Rimil Buriuly, Deepika Kumari, wins successive Gold Medal at World Cup Archery Stage 4. - read more cat
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  • DRDO has developed Robotic Soldier ‘Daksha’- a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which is an automated mobile platform for multi-purpose payloads. - read more cat
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  • Railways mulling setting Nuclear Power Plant in association with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., to meet its power requirement.

    Its Peak power requirement at present is 4000 MW.

    Preliminary discussions with NPCIL for exploring the possibility of setting up of 1400 MW plant in Joint Venture with them,held.

    At present Railway is setting up a thermal power plant of 1000 MW capacity in Joint Venture (JV) with NTPC (presently under construction at Nabinagar, Bihar; first unit of 250 MW likely to be commissioned by 2014).

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  • India Under- 23 cricket team defeats Pakistan to win Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging trophy Tournament in Singapore.

    Suryakumar Yadav was the captain of the team.

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  • President inaugurates a new advanced crude oil research centre at CSIR- Indian Institute of Petroleum, Mohkampur, Dehradun.
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Current Affairs 22 Aug 2013 Aug 2013

  • Government moves to replace collegium system of appointing judges to high court and supreme court with "Judicial Appointment Commission".
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  • As per new government draft bill "convicted legislators can contest elections and retain membership during pendency of their appeals, but prohibited from voting and drawing salary".
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  • Phone connections of banks, insurance firms and realty players will be disconnected on unwanted calls and messages. Penalty of Rs 5,000 per complaint on a telecom firm if its network is used by unregistered telemarketers for the same: TRAI
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  • Zimbabwe swears in Robert Mugabe as president, extends his reign of 33 years by 5 more.  

    He has served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987, and as the president since 1987.

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  • Nishi Vasudeva to succeed Subir Roychoudhury as HPCL Chairman & Managing Director; becomes the first Indian woman to head an oil company
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Current Affairs 21 Aug 2013 Aug 2013

  • "Chemical attacks kill hundreds in Syrian capital Damascus" alleges Syrian opposition. UNSC calls emergency meeting.
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  • Government announces establishment of NIRDESH- National Institute for Research and Development in Defence Shipbuilding. Aims to indegenise the defence shipbuilding industry. - read more cat
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  • Bradley Manning, who leaked classified information to Wikileaks, sentenced to 35 years imprisonment by a military court.
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  • Nishi Vasudeva has been shortlisted as the next Chairman of the Public Sector Oil Marketing Company Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd.; she will be the first ever woman to head a state oil company. - read more cat
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  • Maharashtra put anti-superstition law into effect by ordinance a day after Narendra Dabholkar murder.  

    The bill of this 'law' (first such in the country) took 18 years and 29 redrafting to finally come into effect.

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  • Court releases former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak from jail; may be put under house arrest under emergency law.    

    The court ordered his release as he had served the maximum amount of pre-trial detention permitted in the case.

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Current Affairs 20 Aug 2013 Aug 2013

Current Affairs 18 Aug 2013 Aug 2013

  • Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha to declare stretch of Barak River (Lakhipur-Bhanga Stretch of 121 km) as 6th National Waterway - read more cat
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  • Central African Republic swears in Michel Djotodia as president. Djotodia, a rebel leader had assumed power in a coup in March this year. - read more cat
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  • Government constitutes a High Level Committee (HLC) under the Chairmanship of Prof. Virginius Xaxa to study present socioeconomic, health and educational status of Scheduled Tribes. - read more cat
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  • World Athletics Championship: Usain Bolt wins three gold (100m, 200m and 4X100m relay) medal to equal legendary sprinter Carl Lewis overall tally of 8 gold at the World Athletics Championships.

    Russia tops medal tally (7 gold, 4 silver, 6 bronze) ahead of US (6 gold, 14 silver, 5 bronze) and Jamaica ( 6 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) respectively.

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  • The Election Commission is to introduce the VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail system) system (first time in India) in Nagaland Assembly By-election.
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  • Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima, southwest Japan erupts; spews ash and lava.
    • Its an active volcano and eruptions are common 
    • Japan is on the Pacific Ring of Fire and has frequent seismic activity
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  • Ratan Thiyam appointed as the Chairperson of the National School of Drama Society.
    • appointed by President of India for a period of four years
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Current Affairs 16 Aug 2013 Aug 2013

Current Affairs 15 Aug 2013 Aug 2013

  • Wimbledon champion "Marion Bartoli" retires from tennis just six weeks after winning Wimbledon women's singles 2013.
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  • Iran detains Indian tanker "MT Desh Shanti" on count of oil spill.
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  • Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project gets approval to run its first reactor at 50% capacity from August-end.

    Its supposed to generate over 400 MW electricity at the beginning which may reach to full capacity of 1000MW by end of November.

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  • Egypt's bloodbath: At least 635 pro-Morsi protesters killed in army crackdown; World condemns, Muslim Brotherhood calls for 'day of anger'.
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  • Ahmedabad airport, "Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport" (SVPIA), ranks first in terms of customer satisfaction amongst the 11 AAI airports : Airport Council International    

    Guwahati, Lucknow and Srinagar Airports follow it in this ranking respectively.

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