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Festival Thiru Onam celebrated in Kerala

Published on: 28-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 2 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: 3 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: 4 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: 17 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: 9 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: 3 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: 3 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: 17 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: 5 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: 5 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: 5 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: 6 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: 3 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.

Syrian woman Journalist Zaina Erhaim awarded with Peter Mackler Award 2015

Published on: 25-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

She will be presented with this award at a ceremony to be held at the National Press Club in Washington in October 2015.

Indian-American Vince Chhabria appointed as a full-time federal judge by Obama

Published on: 25-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Along with Chhabria, Obama also elevated 10 other people as the full-time judge in the third largest US state California.

Union Government released Postal stamp on Ashoka

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

Ashoka, born to the Mauryan emperor Bindusara and a relatively lower ranked wife of his, Dharma, was the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya, founder of Mauryan dynasty.

Amol Palekar appointed as Chairman of India's Oscar jury

Published on: 25-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

He will head the 17-member jury from 17 September to 24 September 2015 that will select the country's official entry in the best foreign film category of the 88th Academy Awards.

Jains held nationwide protests against ban on Santhara by Rajasthan High Court

Published on: 25-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

It is a religious practice of facing death voluntarily at the end of one's life.

Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison Aircraft crashed in Kashmir, pilot ejected safely

Published on: 24-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The pilot managed to eject safely from the aircraft. A Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the accident.

Palmyra's temple of Baalshamin destroyed by ISIS militants

Published on: 24-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

As per the reports, the militant group placed a large quantity of explosives in the temple of Baalshamin and then blew it up. The explosion caused much damage to the temple.

Eminent Sanskrit Scholar and Indologist NR Varhadpande passed away

Published on: 22-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

Varhadpande was famously known for his book titled Aryan Invasion: A Myth that exposes fallacy of Aryan invasion.

Noted academician Amitabh Mattoo appointed as Advisor to J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

Published on: 22-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Born in Srinagar, Mattoo has been the Chief Executive Officer and inaugural Director of the Australia India Institute and Professor of International Relations at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Book titled Mrs Funnybones authored by Twinkle Khanna released

Published on: 21-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

Mrs. Funnybones is about how a modern woman looks at India and how India looks back at her.

Historian Babasaheb Purandare bestowed with Maharashtra Bhushan Award 2015

Published on: 21-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

He was bestowed this award in literature category by Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at a function held at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai.

Making India Awesome authored by Chetan Bhagat released

Published on: 21-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 29 people agreed

The second non-fiction book by Chetan Bhagat provides inspired solutions to the country's most intractable problems.

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Published on: 21-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

Wickremesinghe had served the country as its Prime Minister of the country on three occasions. He held the post from 1993-94, 2002-2004 and since January 2015.

Ashwani Lohani appointed as CMD of Air India Limited

Published on: 21-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

He succeeded senior IAS officer Rohit Nandan whose tenure ended on 21 August 2015. He will have a tenure of three years.

Lahore High Court banned film ‘Phantom’ from release in Pakistan

Published on: 21-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Earlier, films like 'Agent Vinod' and 'Ek Tha Tiger' were also banned from being screened in cinema halls in the country although they are freely available on CDs and DVDs in Pakistan.

Uttar Pradesh Minister Chitranjan Swarup passed away

Published on: 20-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

He was a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Uttar Pradesh state assembly from Muzaffarnagar constituency.

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