CURRENT AFFAIRS BRIEFLY
§ The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus started functioning from a temporary campus at which place recently?
Valayar, Palakkad (Kerala)
§ The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signed first rollback unilateral advance pricing agreement (APA) on August 3, 2015 with a US firm for how many days?
§ Who has notified that Social Security Agreement (SSA) signed with Canada in 2013 has come into force with effect from August 1, 2015?
Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)
§ Who launched the second version of the India Energy Security Scenarios 2047 calculator (IESS 2047), an open source Web-based tool which can be used to explore different energy scenarios?
§ The Union Minister for Information Technology and Telecom, Ravi Shankar Prasad launched an unique telemedicine initiative for health care in India. What is that?
§ Whose decadal population as per religion in India grew by 24.6% between 2001 and 2011?
§ The Andhra Pradesh government entered into an agreement with which trust for community empowerment and improvement of overall living standards of people in 246 villages in the Vijayawada Lok Sabha constituency?
Tata Trusts on August 24, 2015
§ Which State has launched Rajiv Gandhi Illuminating Scheme for Hill Town Advancement (RISHTA) an efficient smart street lighting project recently?
§ Which High Court stayed implementation of Compulsory Voting in local polls recently?
Gujarat High Court
§ The Union government approved signing and ratification of the agreement between India and which Island country for exchange of information with resoect to taxes to check black money generation?
§ Egypt’s government has inaugurated an $ 8 billion expansion of the Suez canal on August 6, 2015. The project, dubbed as the New Suez Canal, was started in August, 2014 for the expansion of which Bypass?
§ A ceremony is observed to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing in Nagasaki, Southern Japanese city. What was the name of the atomic bomb that was dropped from a US Boeing B-29 Super fortress bomber named the Enola Gay on Nagasaki?
§ Which radical militants of Sunni seized key towns in Central Syria after heavy clashes with country’s military forces?
Islamic State Group
§ India formally gifted which Indian Coast Guard Vessel to the Sri Lanka Navy at a ceremony held at the port of Colombo on August 28, 2015 according to naval customs and traditions?
§ Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of Commerce and Supplies of Nepal Sunil Bahadur Thapa signed an MoU recently on which cooperation?
Petroleum Product Pipeline
§ Which British was elected as new International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) President at the 50th IAAF Congress?
§ Which party has emerged as largest group by winning 106 seats in a 225 member Sri Lankan parliamentary election 2015?
United National Front
§ The Financing Agreement for World Bank (IIDA) assistance of $ 104.00 million and $ 308.40 million for Additional Financing under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project – I & II (NCRMP – I & II) was signed between whom?
Government of India and World Bank
§ The report ‘World Population Prospects : The 2015 Revision’, released by the United Nations revealed that which country is expected to surpass China by 2022 to become the world’s most populous nation?
§ Rafael of Israel and India’s which group are forming a manufacturing Joint Venture (JV) to produce Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) in India?
§ Which country received $ 336 million from the USA for its ongoing role in combating a Taliban insurgency in neighbouring Afghanistan?
§ Which Bank has signed $ 300 million loan pact with the government of India to support the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM)?
Asian Development Bank
§ A Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) was signed between which government and Google to launch the Google Loon broadband floating towers ECONOMYNEXT project in Sri Lanka?
ECONOMY & BANKING
§ Which advertising agency has bagged the Tourism Ministry’s Incredible India advertising campaign for the period of three years, recently?
§ Google has unveiled a surprise restructuring on August 10, 2015 by creating a new parent company. What is its name?
§ The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has amended income tax rule to provide reporting of information with regards to financial assets and accounts to comply with which pact?
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)
§ As per the data released by the US Department of Agriculture, which country retains its top spot as the world’s largest exporter of beef and has extended its lead over the next highest exporter, Brazil?
§ Which board has launched a raft of measures on August 2, 2015 to support farmers by offering various subsidies and sensitise them on the need to enhance the quality of spices through post-harvest improvement techniques, as a part of boosting spices production in India?
§ Which cycles picked up majority stake in UK-based Avocet Sports in its first overseas acquisition and marked entry into high-end bicycle market in Europe?
§ Which Hyderabad-based renewable energy company has agreed to sell its India assets to Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), recently?
§ Who allowed banks in India to tie-up with more than one insurer i.e., 9, from life, non-life and standalone health insurance segments?
§ Which scheme has been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest cash transfer programme (households)?
SCIENCE & TECH
§ India successfully launched its latest communication satellite GSAT-6 on August 27, 2015 by the indigenously built Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)- D6 from which station?
Satish Dhawan Space Centre (Sriharikota)
§ A team of chemists at George Washington University, United States have developed recently a technology to economically convert atmospheric CO2 directly into highly valued carbon nanofibres for which use?
Industrial and Consumer Products
§ Which State government announced that 15 gharials, the last surviving species of the family-Gavialidae will be released in the Beas belt near HarikePatan as part of its plan to make it a habitat of the species?
§ Which country recently, declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)?
§ China launched two new satellites into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in South-Western Sichuan province on July 25, 2015 as it develops its domestic navigation system. What is the name of that system?
Beidou or Compass
§ Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and State governments of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra collaborated for artificial breeding of which bird?
The Great Indian Bustard
§ Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully test-fired Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III on ground CE-20 at the ISRO Propulsion Complex at which place?
Mahendragiri (Tamil Nadu)
§ Who on August 2, 2015 fully recognised the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), ultimate frisbee’s governing body, during its 128th session in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)?
International Olympic Committee (IOC)
§ Which Indian women’s recurve archery team had claimed silver as they defeated in the World Championship final by Russia held in Copenhagen (Denmark)?
Team of DeepikaKumari, LamiraniMajhi and RimilBuriuly
§ Who has won world both 100 and 200 m title by outstripped his rival Justin Gatlin of US who won silver medal in the World Athletics Championships held in Beijing (China)?
§ Which team won the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hockey title by defeating defending champions Army XI?
§ Who won the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix of Formula One (F1)?
§ Which Young Indian golfer has won the junior world golf title on July 22, 2015 held in Las Vegas?
§ Which senior IPS officer has been given the charge the Chief of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) by the government?
§ Global technology and consultancy giant Accenture appointed whom as Chairman of its India operations, recently?
§ Who has been awarded with the PATWA an affiliate of United Nations WTO i.e., Safari India South Asia Travel Award for the year 2015 under the category of Best Tourism Minister?
DilipParulekar (Minister, Goa Tourism)
§ Who has sworn-in as the Head of a caretaker government of Greece, recently?
§ Which former India captain has been elected recently as the President of the Association of Indian Statisticians and Scorers of India at its Annual General Meeting (AGM)?
§ Which Syrian-based journalist has been named for the recipient of the 2015 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism?
§ Which Greek Prime Minister resigned with a hope to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece’s creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in?
§ In order to minimise the systemic risk at Reserve Bank of India panel has recommended about the conversion of Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs), which have a revenue of more than Rs. 20000 crores into regular banks. Who headed that panel?
§ Which Malayalam actor known for his comedic roles and last seen on-screen in ‘Changathikoottam’ in 2009 has died recently?
§ Which eminent Historian writer of Maharashtra has been conferred with Maharashtra Bhushan Award 2015 in literature category?
§ Which Bangladesh novelist has been awarded with Britain’s oldest literary prize, the James Tait Black award, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival?
Zia Haider Rahman
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