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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 8 August to 13 August 2016

Aug 13, 2016 20:00 IST

The recap of the week covers important current affairs of the week like GST Bill, Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, Gaofen-3 satellite and 70 Saal Azaadi Yaad Karo Kurbani programme among others.

•    The annual World Bio-Fuel Day was celebrated on – 12 August 2016

•    The 2016 International Youth Day was celebrated on 12 August with the theme - The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production

•    This State Government decided to implement 33 percent reservation for women in urban local bodies – Nagaland

•    This State Government made Aadhar mandatory for procurement of paddy from farmers – Odisha

•    The legendary Pakistani cricketer, often dubbed as Little Master, who passed away recently is - Hanif Mohammad

•    The swimmer who became the first swimmer to win four consecutive gold medals in same event is - Michael Phelps

•    Sriram Rajamani is appointed as the Managing Director of Microsoft India Research Lab, which is located in - Bengaluru

•    The first state to ratify The Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014 is - Assam

•    The Chinese player who won gold medal in Table Tennis at Rio Olympics and also became the fifth male player to complete the Grand Slam is – Ma Long

•    Theme of the International Meeting on Counter Terrorism held in Bali, Indonesia was - Countering Cross Border Movement of Terrorism

•    The Authority that has decided to create a Special Purpose Vehicle SPV for operation and maintenance of its green projects including those related to parks, nature reserves and eco-friendly corridors - Delhi Development Authority

•    Sri Lanka's parliament approved the establishment of office of missing persons (OMP) to investigate incidents of people reported missing during and soon after - the war against LTTE

•    The country’s Anti-monopoly watchdog ruled that Google would have to pay a 6.8 million dollar fine, for pre-installing applications on mobile devices running its Android operating system – Russia

•    The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) on 11 August 2016 approved construction of over 37013 houses for the urban poor with an investment of 1491 crore rupees in - Karnataka and Haryana

•    Consortium of the government entities that made the proposal of R&D project for development of Advanced Ultra Super Critical (AUSC) Technology for Thermal Power Plants are- BHEL, NTPC and IGCAR

•    The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that was passed by Rajya Sabha increases the availability of the maternity benefit by how many weeks from the date of expected delivery – Eight

•    The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that was passed by Rajya Sabha wants to amend the Maternity Benefit Act of the year – 1961

•    Unit 1 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was recently dedicated to nation. The reactors of the plant are built jointly by - Russia’s Atomstroyexport company and India’s Nuclear Power Corporation of India

•    Kazakhstan’s swimmer who won men's 200m breaststroke swimming event at the Rio Olympics is - Dmitriy Balandin

•    Indian music composer will honour legendary carnatic vocalist M. S. Subbulakshmi at the United Nations on 15 August 2016 at the United Nations General Assembly is - A.R. Rahman

•    Kazhakstan’s weightlifter who won gold medal of the men's 77kg weightlifting class at the Rio Olympic Games is - Azerbaijan

•    Satellite launched by China in August 2016 for the protection of its maritime rights is - Gaofen-3

•    Lok Sabha in August 2016 passed which Bill to reduce litigation in cases of disputes arising over compensation to workers- The Employee’s Compensation (Amendment) Bill, 2016

•    NITI Aayog in August 2016 signed agreement to set up web portal on energy data with- United States (US) Energy Information Administration (EIA)

•    The estimated cost of the R&D project for development of Advanced Ultra Super Critical (AUSC) Technology for Thermal Power Plants that was approved by CCEA is - 1554 crore rupees

•    The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in Lok Sabha seeks to amend the Income Tax Act of the year - 1961

•    The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in Lok Sabha seeks to amend the Customs Tariff Act of the year - 1975

•    He will head the Rhino Horn Verification Committee that was constituted by Assam Government to verify the genuineness of the rhino horns stored in various treasuries of the state since three decades - Mohan Chandra Malakar

•    Union Cabinet approved the amendments made to the Maternity Benefits Act which aims to raise maternity leave for women from 12 weeks to - 26 weeks

•    The 'Early Childhood Care and Education' policy notified by Union Government aims to achieve holistic development of children below - Six years of age

•    The port city that is threatened by the Wildfires in southern France that forced to evacuation - Marseille

•    The 109th martyrdom day of a freedom fighter was observed in different parts of West Bengal today with solemnity - Khudiram Bose

•    The Iron Lady of Manipur, who ended her 16-year-long hunger strike outside the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal, Manipur is - Irom Chanu Sharmila

•    The legendary Carnatic vocalist who will be honoured at the United Nations on India’s 70th Independence Day by A.R. Rahman is - M. S. Subbulakshmi

•    Dinesh Kumar Khara has been appointed as the Managing Director of - State Bank of India

•    The American swimmer who recently won his/her 21st Olympic gold Medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is - Michael Phelps

•    Pawan Munjal has been reappointed as the CMD and CEO of - Hero MotoCorp

•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched 70 Saal Azaadi Yaad Karo Kurbani programme at - Alirajpur, Madhya Pradesh

•    The initiative under which Odisha Crime Branch traced 1051 missing and destitute children - Operation Muskan-2

•    The country with which Russia has agreed to restore bilateral relations and end the economic sanctions is – Turkey   

•    She became the first Brazilian to win a Gold medal at 2016 Rio Olympics - Judoka Rafaela Silva

•    He won the gold medal of Judo in 73kg category at 2016 Rio Olympics - Shohei Ono, Japan

•    High Court of the state issued directions to the Election Commission that teacher should not be deployed for poll duty during examinations - Uttar Pradesh

•    The state that decided to increase tax rates on diesel by one percent and petrol by 1.5 percent  is – Bihar

•    United Nation member states have reached on an agreement ahead of the first-ever summit on addressing the large movements of refugees and migrants to be held in September 2016 in - New York

•    Parliament of the country has passed legislation that will prohibit police from providing information to the media without government permission - Egypt

•    The country that discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China's runways and military installations across the vital trade route is – Vietnam

•    Person appointed as the Managing Director of Max Hypermarkets India in August 2016 - Rajeev Krishnan

•    Yesteryear Tamil actress who passed away in August 2016 and was part of Hindi films like Pistolwali (1972), Rani Aur Jaani (1973) - Jyothilakshmi

•    Veteran film producer, script and screenplay writer who passed away in August 2016 and wrote dialogues for Sivaji starrer Avanthan Manithan- Panchu Arunachalam

•    Person who assumed the charge as the Chairman of Central Silk Board, Union Ministry of Textiles in August 2016- K M Hanumantharayappa

•    The country that won the gold in first-ever Olympic Women's Rugby Sevens Championship is - Australia

•    The Wildlife Institute of India announced that it will house India’s first repository on tigers under its new Tiger Cell, which is funded by - National Tiger Conservation Authority

•    The American swimmer who set a new world record to win gold in the women's 400 metres freestyle at the Rio Olympics is - Katie Ledecky

•    Indian researchers have found that endosulfan causes DNA damages in animals. Endosulfan is - Organochlorine pesticide

•    The former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh who was found dead at the Chief Minister’s official residence is - Kalikho Pul

•    The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, 2014 is also known as - Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill

•    Former RBI Deputy Governor Anand Sinha was appointed to the Board of- IDFC Bank

•    Person appointed as the Transport Commissioner of Delhi - Sandeep Kumar

•    Renowned Yoga Guru who passed away in recently was responsible for founding Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram- TKV Desikacha

•    The Mental Health Care Bill, 2013 that was passed by Rajya Sabha seeks to repeal the Mental Health Act of the year - 1987

•    The state that accorded in-principle approval to the implementation of Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojna that aims at providing education loans to poor meritorious students who want to pursue higher studies at a nominal 1 percent interest is - Odisha

•    Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi launched a social media campaign in New Delhi to mark the Daughters Day to be celebrated on – 11 August 2016

•    The state that organsied various initiatives to mark the Platinum Jubilee Celebration of the 1942 Quit India Movement is – Maharashtra

•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Yaad Karo Kurbani celebrations at Alirajpur in Madhya Pradesh, the birthplace of freedom fighter - Chandra Shekhar Azad

•    The Indian Gymnast who created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to enter the Olympic final at the Rio Olympic Centre is - Dipa Karmakar

•    Australian surfing champion best known as Midget for his slight size who died on 7 August 2016 at the age of 71 is - Bernard Farrelly

•    The Odisha government’s special assistance scheme for elderly weavers that was launched to mark the National Handlooms Day is -‘Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana’

•    He was chosen for the 2016 Nag Bhushan Award that is conferred by Nagpur-based Non-Governmental Organization Nag Bhushan Foundation - Devendra Fadanvis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra

•    Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Guptaon who added another feather to his cap by retaining the Commonwealth Chess championship crown in Colombo, Sri Lanka is - Abhijeet Gupta

•    The tropical storm that triggered landslides in Mexico killing at least 38 people - Earl

•    He was sworn-in as the 19th Chief Minister of Gujarat - Vijay Rupani

•    He was sworn-in as the deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat - Nitin Patel

•    Famous musician who died in August 2016 and gave the Album titled Beached- Ricci Martin

•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August 2016 launched Mission Bhagiratha in- Telangana

•    App launched by Union Government in August 2016 to enable citizens associate more and more with Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas- Swachhata App

•    Person appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CSS Corp in August 2016- Manish Tandon

•    Eminent Assamese litterateur who passed away in August 2016 and won Sahitya Akademi award for his most popular work Edhani Mahir Hanhi in 2001- Mahim Bora

•    The state that launched an online service for consumers to apply for low-tension service connections is - Tamil Nadu

•    Voters of the country that approved a new draft constitution, giving extra powers to the military - Thailand

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