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Madhukar Gupta Committee on border protection submits report to MHA

Published on: 30-AUG-2016
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The committee was formed to suggest ways to strengthen the border protection along the border with Pakistan and address the issue of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing along Indo-Pakistan border.

Padma Sachdev gets Saraswati Samman for year 2015

Published on: 30-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Sachdev, who is the first women poet in Dogri language, has been a recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award in 1971 for her poetry book 'Meri Kavita Mere Geet’.

National Sports Day celebrated on 29 August

Published on: 30-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The National Sports Day in India is celebrated to mark the birthday of Dhyan Chand, the hockey player who won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936.

International Day Against Nuclear Tests observed globally

Published on: 29-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Day was first celebrated in 2010 and since then, the day has been observed by coordinating various activities throughout the world such as symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions and others.

Union Finance Ministry constitutes High-level Committee to suggest steps to promote card payments

Published on: 29-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The 11-member committee will be headed by former Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal. The committee will have representatives from the RBI, UIDAI, the tax department and various industry bodies in the payments space.

G Satheesh Reddy conferred first IEI-IEEE Award

Published on: 26-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The award was presented by the Institution of Engineers (India) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Asia Pacific region. The award is in recognition of Reddy’s significant national contributions towards missiles and aerospace technologies.

Abhinav Bindra to Head NRAI Review Committee on Rio Debacle

Published on: 26-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The committee will examine the causes behind shooting not securing any medals at the Rio Olympics and recommend concrete steps to ensure that this is not repeated in future Olympics.

Former Governor Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai passes away

Published on: 25-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

He served as Governor of several States for a record period of 17 years- in Bihar (twice from 1979 to 1985 and 1993 to 1998), West Bengal (1998 to 1999) and Haryana (2004 to 2009).

Singapore’s longest serving president Sellapan Ramanathan died

Published on: 24-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

S R Nathan was of Indian-origin and the sixth and longest-serving President of Singapore. For his contribution towards strengthening bilateral relations with India, he was conferred with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2012 by the Indian Government.

 

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition observed globally

Published on: 24-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The aim of the day is to pay tribute to the people who, on 22 to 23 August 1791, revolted against the system of slavery and started the Haitian Revolution.

The Ocean of Churn: How the Indian Ocean Shaped Human History authored by Sanjeev Sanyal

Published on: 23-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

In the book, Sanyal narrates a fascinating tale about the earliest human migrations out of Africa and the great cities of Angkor and Vijayanagar, medieval Arab empires and Chinese treasure fleets, the rivalries of European colonial powers and a new dawn.

Jagdish Mukhi sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Published on: 23-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

He was administered the oath of office and oath of secrecy by Justice Girish Chandra Gupta, acting chief justice of Calcutta High Court.

Legendary journalist George E. Curry passes away

Published on: 23-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Curry mainly reported on racism, poverty and national politics for newspapers. He most recently wrote a syndicated column that ran in more than 200 black-owned newspapers.

National Sports Awards 2016 announced

Published on: 23-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The awardees will receive their awards from President Pranab Mukherjee at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 29 August 2016, which is celebrated as the National Sports Day.

Hindi author Sunita Jain conferred with Vyas Samman award 2015

Published on: 22-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

She received the award by West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi. Jain, through her poetry, portrays the fine emotions between poet Tulsidas and his wife Ratnavalli in Kshama.

Noted Odia actor Gobind Tej passes away

Published on: 22-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

He started his acting career with the movie Kedar Gouri in 1954 and as a director, he directed first movie in 1979 titled Ramayana.

Former international umpire Subrata Banerjee dies

Published on: 22-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

He made his international debut in November 1983 in an ODI between India and West Indies in Baroda. His last international appearance came in May 1998 in a match between India and Kenya in Gwalior.

Kamal Haasan chosen for France’s Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Lettres

Published on: 22-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres is an Order of France, established on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture. Its purpose is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.

BRICS women parliamentarians’ forum passes Jaipur Declaration

Published on: 22-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The Declaration mentions the need to address climate change and protection of ecological system and forest as well as food security, expeditious parliamentary approval of SDG related legislation and adequate budgetary resources.

Urjit R Patel appointed as 24th Governor of Reserve Bank of India

Published on: 22-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Dr. Urjit Patel will succeed the present RBI Governor Dr. Raghuram Rajan, the former International Monetary Fund chief economist.

IOA Chief N Ramachandran bestowed with the Olympic Order award

Published on: 22-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The Olympic Order is the highest award of the Olympic Movement which is awarded in recognition of efforts worthy of merit in the cause of sport.

9th edition of Global Innovation Index 2016 released

Published on: 20-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

India has ranked 66th in the 2016 Global Innovation Index. In this edition, India has jumped up by 15 spots from 81st position in 2015 GII.

World Humanitarian Day observed with theme One Humanity

Published on: 20-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The day is dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma to be conferred with Sangeet Martand Ustad Chand Khan Lifetime Achievement Award

Published on: 20-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

In 1967, Pandit Shiv kumar Sharma teamed up with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and Brij Bhushan Kabra to produce a concept album, Call of the Valley, which turned out to be one of the greatest hits in Indian Classical Music.

Najma Heptullah appointed as Governor of Manipur

Published on: 17-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Heptullah will be the 18th Governor of the state. Before her appointment, V Shamuganathan, the Governor of Meghalaya, was looking after the state of Manipur since September 2015.

CLRI scientist P Shanmugam awarded with APJ Abdul Kalam award

Published on: 17-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

He was awarded for his meritorious services in the Higher Education Department of Tamil Nadu. The award consists of a certificate, 5 lakh rupees cheque and a 8 gram gold medal.

Shashi Shekhar Committee on World Culture Festival of AOL submitted report to NGT

Published on: 17-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The 5-member committee was formed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in the wake of allegations that the festival caused extensive damage to the biodiversity and aquatic life of Yamuna in March 2016.

A R Rahman honoured with Tamil Ratna Award

Published on: 17-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The previous recipients of Tamil Ratna Award include Tamil movie director Bharathi Raja, Bharatha Natyam exponent Kamala Lakshman and Srinivasa Varadhan, the winner of the Abel Prize for mathematics.

Former FIFA President Joao Havelange passes away

Published on: 17-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The tenure of Joao Havelange as President of FIFAwas the second longest in its history, behind only that of Jules Rimet.

Prominent Malayalam script writer TA Rasaq passes away

Published on: 17-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

He won state film awards for best stories in 2002 and 2004 for the films Ayirathil Oruvan and Perumazhakkalam respectively. Rappakal, Bus Conductor , Vesham Nadodi, Gazal, Thalolam, Sneham Saphalayam, etc are other writings by Rasaq.

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