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MoUD and Amar Chitra Katha signs MoU to publish and distribute comic book on Swachh Bharat Mission

Aug 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The book would comprise a series of inspirational stories from the mission, cleanliness rankings of cities, the public figures and ambassadors, environmental impact.

Gujarat becomes first state to distribute 2 crore LED Bulbs under UJALA

Aug 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The distribution of 2 crore LED bulbs has led to an annual energy savings of 259 crore kWh, which is equivalent to lighting up 5 lakh Indian homes for an entire year. Besides, Gujarat has also benefitted from daily CO2 emission reduction of 5000 tonnes.

Mukesh Mehta appointed as President of India Bullion and Jewellers Association

Aug 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Mehta replaces Mohit Kamboj, who resigned in the last Annual General Meeting of IBJA held on 24 August 2016.

Aishwaryaa R Dhanush appointed as UN Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in India

Aug 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

With this, Aishwaryaa joins the esteemed list of Farhan Akhtar, Sania Mirza, Emma Watson, Nicole Kidman and Anne Hathaway, who have teamed up with UN Women to work for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Union Cabinet approved grant of Permanent Residency Status to Foreign Investors

Aug 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The Union Cabinet on 31 August 2016 approved the scheme for grant of Permanent Residency Status (PRS) to foreign investors subject to the relevant conditions as specified in the FDI Policy notified by the Government from time to time.

CRPF decides to appoint P V Sindhu as Commandant and brand ambassador

Aug 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

The force has moved a formal proposal in this regard to the Union Home Ministry. After getting required sanctions, Sindhu will be honoured and presented the rank badges and camouflage combat fatigues of the CRPF at a ceremonial event.

Union Cabinet approves dissolution of Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited

Aug 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The Union Cabinet on 31 August 2016 approved the proposal for dissolution of Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited (CIWTC).

West Bengal to be renamed as Bangal in Hindi and Bengal in English

Aug 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

In 2011, the State Government had sent a proposal to the Union Government for renaming West Bengal as Paschim Bango. However, the proposal never received a green signal.

Man Kaur, 100-year-old athlete from India, wins Gold Medal at Masters Games

Aug 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Kaur from Chandigarh, the only female competitor in her age category at the competition for older athletes, took a minute-and-a-half to cross the finish line in Vancouver.

Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics bronze medal upgraded to silver

Aug 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The medal was upgraded after second-place finisher late Besik Kudukhov of Russia was stripped off his medal for failing a dope test.

PM Modi launches first phase of SAUNI project in Jamnagar, Gujarat

Aug 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The 12000 crore rupees project will fill up nearly 115 dams of Saurashtra region which faces shortage of water for irrigation and drinking purposes.

Nico Rosberg wins 2016 Belgian Grand Prix

Aug 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

It was Rosberg’s first ever win at Spa and sixth of the 2016 season. This win has narrowed the gap between Hamilton and him to nine points in the championship standings.

Madhukar Gupta Committee on border protection submits report to MHA

Aug 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

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

Aug 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 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’.

India, US signed LEMOA

Aug 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The agreement does not allow each nation to set up bases on the other, but to use bases and equipment only for operating together when they choose to.

India, Myanmar signed four agreements to boost bilateral cooperation

Aug 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Myanmar that is located south of Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India acts as a bridge that connects India with South East Asia.

National Sports Day celebrated on 29 August

Aug 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 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.

Mukesh Mehta appointed as President of India Bullion and Jewellers Association

Aug 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Mehta succeeds Mohit Kamboj, who resigned in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IBJA on 24 August 2016.

International Day Against Nuclear Tests observed globally

Aug 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 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.

UNU-EHS releases World Risk Report 2016: India ranked 77th in World Disaster Risk Index

Aug 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The World Risk Index is an integral part of the report as it ranks 171 countries according to the risk of becoming a victim of a disaster as a result of natural hazards such as floods, cyclones, or earthquakes.

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

Aug 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 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.

Maharashtra Government unveiled Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway project

Aug 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The project to be implemented by Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation will create state-of-the art road connectivity within a period of three years and give a fillip to investment.

US President Obama expands world's largest protected marine area off Hawaii

Aug 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Now, the existing Marine National Monument will expand by 442781 square miles, bringing the total protected area of the expanded monument to 582578 square miles.

 

Unified Payments Interface introduced by banks

Aug 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

UPI, a product of NPCI, will help move India towards a cashless economy and will allow account holders across banks to send and receive money from their smartphones using virtual payments address without entering bank account details.

Sania Mirza, Monica Niculescu won Connecticut Open doubles title

Aug 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

In the final clash, the Indo-Romanian team defeated the Ukrainian-Taiwanese pair of Kateryna Bondarenko and Chuang Chia-Jung, 7-5, 6-4. It was Mirza's 39th title of her illustrious career and seventh in 2016.

ISRO successfully test-fires Scramjet Rocket Engine

Aug 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

With this, India has joined the select league of four space faring nations that have demonstrated flight testing of Scramjet engines.

Philippine government, communist rebels sign ceasefire deal

Aug 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Norwegian government, which is facilitating the talks, said both sides agreed to implement unilateral ceasefires which are unlimited in time.

Bombay High Court allows entry of women inside Haji Ali Dargah

Aug 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The court said that the ban on entry of women inside Haji Ali Dargah violates their fundamental right to practice any religion.

PM announces Task Force to prepare action Plan for next three Olympics Games

Aug 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The Task Force will prepare overall strategy for sports facility, training, selection procedure and other related matters.

Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan announced retirement from International Cricket

Aug 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Regarded as one of the most innovative batsmen of the modern game, Dilshan invented the scoop, which has come to be known as a dilscoop, in which a batsman hits the ball behind the keeper.

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