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India won UNESCO's Award of Excellence 2015 for conserving Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple

Published on: 02-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The Award of Excellence for the conservation of Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple at Thrissur in Kerala recognizes the remarkable conservation effort undertaken at the sacred site.

AK Jha appointed as Interim CMD of NTPC

Published on: 02-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

A K Jha succeeded Arup Roy Choudhury, who retired on 1 September 2015.

Dinesh Kumar Likhi took charge as CMD of Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited

Published on: 02-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Prior to this appointment, he was Director (Production & Marketing) of MIDHANI itself.

The Duels of the Himalayan Eagle authored by Air Marshal Bharat Kumar released

Published on: 02-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The author, who was a young fighter pilot, during the 1965-war has tried to club official records, squadron diaries and veteran accounts in the book.

Palmyra's Temple of Bel destroyed by ISIS militants: UN

Published on: 01-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The Temple of Bel’s construction started in 32 BC and ended in the second century AD. Later, it served as both, Church and Mosque.

Tejinder Pal Singh named as Australian of the Day by Commonwealth Bank

Published on: 01-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

He dedicated the last Sunday of every month to feed the poor and homeless in northern Darwin after his night shift as a cabbie.

Master of horror cinema Wes Craven died

Published on: 01-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Craven was best known for directing the Nightmare on Elm Street film and Scream franchises.

L C Goyal appointed as CMD of India Trade Promotion Organisation

Published on: 01-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

ITPO is the nodal agency of the Union Government under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce and Industry for promoting country's external trade.

Raghav Chandra took charge as the Chairman of NHAI

Published on: 01-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

Chandra succeeded Road Transport and Highways Secretary Vijay Chhibber.

Ratan P Watal took charge as Union Finance Secretary

Published on: 01-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Prior to the present elevation, he was the secretary of the Department of Expenditure of the Finance Ministry since 2013.

Manish Sisodia got additional charge of Law Ministry of Delhi

Published on: 01-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

He succeeds Kapil Mishra, who was handling Law Ministry portfolio ever since Jitendra Singh Tomar was arrested in a fake degree case in June 2015.

PM Modi released digitally restored recordings of epic ‘Ramcharitmanas’

Published on: 31-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

Digital recordings of the epic is a part of AIR’s attempt to go digital in a big way so that the public broadcaster can reach audiences globally.

Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as Union Home secretary

Published on: 31-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

At the time of appointment, Mehrishi was holding the post Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, Finance Ministry.

Eminent Kannada writer Dr. MM Kalburgi shot dead in Dharwad

Published on: 31-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The 77 year old Kannada epigraphist and renowned scholar of vachana literature, Kalburgi was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award (2006) for Marga, a collection of his research articles.

National Sports Day celebrated on 29 August

Published on: 31-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

On this occasion, President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Sports and Adventure Awards in New Delhi.

Renowned neurologist and author Oliver Wolf Sacks died

Published on: 31-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Compared to his career as a practitioner of neurology and an academician he was better known as the author of best-selling books on the grey matter like Migraine, Awakenings, The Mind’s eye, etc.

Festival Thiru Onam celebrated in Kerala

Published on: 28-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Thiru Onam (Thiruvonam), celebrated by Keralites without any boundaries of caste or religion, marks birthday of Sri Padmanabham the presiding deity of Thiruvananthapuram.

Kandakatla Manohar appointed as Director of NIMS

Published on: 28-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Manohar is a native of Penchikalapeta of Warangal district and is working as the Superintendent of the MGM Hospital in Warangal.

Call To Action Summit 2015 on ending preventable child and maternal deaths held in New Delhi

Published on: 28-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The summit was a prelude to the United Nations Summit for the adoption of post-2015 development agenda that will be held in September 2015 in New York.

US designated Aziz Haqqani as global terrorist

Published on: 27-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

He was declared as a global terrorist for being involved in planning and carrying out attacks against Afghan government targets.

Tennis Player Novak Djokovic appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF

Published on: 27-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

He also signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the World Bank and the Novak Djokovic Foundation to promote early childhood development.

Rajendra Singh conferred with 2015 Stockholm Water Prize

Published on: 27-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Patron of the Stockholm Water Prize presented the prize at a Royal Award Ceremony during World Water Week in Swedish Capital Stockholm.

Three Indians named Fellows of American Society for Metals for 2015

Published on: 27-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The fellows were selected for their contributions in the field of materials science and engineering.

Kolkata Port adjudged as the best 'Major Port of 2014-15'

Published on: 27-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock System under Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) together handled 16.834 million tonnes (MT) of traffic during April to June 2015, which stands against 13.698 MT handled during the corresponding period 2014.

Girish Sahni assumed charge as Director General of CSIR

Published on: 26-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

Additionally, Sahni will also serve as Secretary, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Union Ministry of Science & Technology.

BRIDGE programme of Australia extended to include Navodaya Schools

Published on: 26-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The Australia-India BRIDGE school partnerships project, which is currently confined to private schools, will connect Australian and Indian schools and focus on building teacher capability.

Fortune released maiden Change the World List

Published on: 26-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

It listed out the companies that have made significant progress in addressing major social problems as a part of their core business strategy.

Indian Army inaugurated Jaisalmer War Museum and Laungewala War Memorial

Published on: 26-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

To commemorate Battle of Laungewala, a War Memorial was constructed and inaugurated at the very site where the Pakistani offensive was blunted.

Veteran journalist Pranab Kumar Borah passed away

Published on: 25-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Borah was associated with the prominent Assamese daily newspapers like Dainik Janambhumi, The Sentinel Group, Doordarshan and Bishmoi.

105-year-old Urdu copy of Ramcharitmanas written by Shiv Brat Lal found

Published on: 25-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The copy carries a prologue of 20 pages and has four hand-drawn photographs, in which one photograph not only carries the pictures of Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman but also of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

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