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Current Affairs - August 2015

TNPSC Current Affairs August 2015
  • Important Days
    • August 1 to 7 - World Breastfeeding Week
    • August 5 - Putlibai Day [Putlibai was the mother of Mahatma Gandhi]
    • August 7 - National Handloom Day[PM Modi Declared 7th August as the National Handloom day ]
    • August 10 - World Bio fuel Day
    • August 29 - National Sports Day [Birth Day of Dyan Chand, former Indian hockey Player]
  • Important Persons in News
    • K. Bhavaneeswari - First Chief Security officer of Chennai Metro Rail.
    • Sundar Pichai - appointed as the new CEO of Google.
    • Amitabh Bachan - became the Tiger Ambassador of Maharashtra.
    • Ashwani Lohani - appointed as the new chairman of Air India
    • Parveen Sultana - Bangladeshi actress who had undergone a surgery for removing tumor in a hospital in chennai.
    • Sachin Tendulkar - Green Army Chief [Maharashtra]
    • Sofia Asraf - Indian Rapper famous for her 'Kodaikanal Won't ' Video.
    • H N Girisha - Paralympian who challenged the selection of Sania Mirza for the Rajiv Ghandhi Khel ratna award (2015) in Karnataka High Court.
    • Hardik Patel - who led the agitation demanding reservation for patels in Gujarat.
    • Cho Ramasamy - editor of 'Thuglaq', a tamil Magazine.
    • Gangadhara Tilak Katnam - also called as 'Road doctor' was a former Indian Government employee who has got the world wide attention for his social work in filling the pot holes in the roads. 
    • Sasi Perumal - Social activist who died during the anti-liquor protest.
    • Kayyara Kinhanna Rai - Kannada poet and freedom fighter who died recently.
    • Khaled al Asaad - an archaeologist who was beheaded by the IS militants.
  • Gandhi Nagar 4th avenue to B Ramachanra Adityanar Salai
    • The Gandhi Nagar 4th Avenue Road in Adyar was renamed as B Ramachanra Adityanar Salai.
    • He was the former editor ot Malai Murasu.
  • Awards
    • Poet Sella Ganapathy won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar Award for this year from Sahitya Academy.
    • Zaina Erhaim of Syria won the Peter Mackler Award 2015 for courageous journalism.
  • Sports Awards
    • Rajiv Ghandhi Khel Ratna Award 2015 - 
      • Sania Mirza
    • Arjuna Awards 2015 (For Members)
      • Rohit Sharma (Cricket)
      • Bajrang (Wrestling)
      • P R Sreejish (Hockey)
      • Naib Subedar Sandeep Kumar (Archery)
      • M R Poovamma (Athletics)
      • Kidambi Srikanth Nammalwar (Badminton)
      • Mandeep Jangra (Boxing) 
      • Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastic) 
      • Sreejesh P R ( Hockey) 
      • Manjeet Chhillar ( Kabaddi) 
      • Abhilasha Shashikant Mhatre (Kabaddi) 
      • Sawarn Singh (Rowing) 
      • Anup Kumar Yama (Roller Skating) 
      • Jitu Rai (Shooting) 
      • S Sathish Kumar (Weightlifting) 
      • Babita Kumari (Wrestling) 
      • Yumnam Sanathoi Devi (Wushu) 
      • Sharath M Gayakwad (Para-Swimming)

  • Doordarshan Chennai celebrated its 40th anniversary of inauguration (started in 15th August 1975).
  • Dahihandi
    • It is a sport in which human pyramids are formed and they try to break the pot hanging above.
    • Recently Maharashtra government announced Dahihandi as an adventure sport.
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
    • It is the world's third largest mosques which is located in Abu dhabi(UAE).
  • The grand old baobab Tree
    • The grand old baobab tree which is the heritage tree of Vijayapura(Karnataka) fell down after getting damaged of infections. 
    • It is more than 600 years old.
  • Important books in News:
    • Mrs Funnybones - written by Twinkle Khanna (Bollywood actress)
  • 182
    • The toll free number service started by Indian Railway for Security related issues.
  • Yakshagana - Folk dance of Karnataka
  • Tree of Life
    • An Artificial tree in Apollo hospital, which bears the name of the organ donors.
  • WIFI at the Mamallapuram Shore Temple
    • BSNL recently installed its wifi hotspot service at the Mamallapuram Shore Temple.
  • Asphyxiation
    • It means severe deficient supply of required oxygen to the body for normal breathing.
  • India - Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement
    • India transferred 111 Indian enclaves to Bangladesh.
    • Bangladesh transferred 51 Bangladeshi enclaves to India.
  • GI Status for Chengalikodan, a variety of nendran banana
    • The Geographical indication status was given to the 'Chengalikodan', a variety of banana.
    • It is mostly found in the Thrissur and Thalappilly region of Kerala.
  • Highest number of UAPA Cases
    • The highest number of cases under the UAPA act has been filed in the state of Manipur in 2014.
  • Mann Ki Baat
    • Indian radio program hosted by the PM Narendra Modi to address the people.
    • It was started on 3rd October, 2014.
  • The Cheraman Juma Masjid
    • It is the first Mosque built in India in 629 AD.
    • It is in Kodungallur in the Trissur District of Kerala.
  • Tamil Nadu  government has announced that the Birthday of APJ Abdul Kalam that is October 15th will be observed as Youth Awakening day.
  • Important Appointments
    • Ram Nath Kovind - appointed as the new governor of Bihar
    • Acharya Dev Vrat - appointed as the new governor of Himachal Pradesh.
    • K Ramanujam - appointed as the State Chief Information Commissioner of Tamil Nadu.
  • The Practice of Santhara, Banned by the Rajasthan high Court.
    • Santhara is a kind of practice followed by Jains, which involves a voluntary fasting till death.
  • China Devalues its Currency
    • China devalued its currency Yuan (renminbi) by 1.9%.
  • Assocham report
    • Tamil Nadu tops with 15.2% of India's manufacturing sector jobs in the year 2012-13.
    • Next to Tamil nadu is Maharastra(13.8%) and Gujarat(10.5%).
  • U.K Sinha - Chairman of SEBI.
  • T. S Vijayan - Chairman of IRDAI
  • Hindustan Shipyard Limited - is in Visakhapatnam

Science and Technology
  • GSAT 6
    • On 27th August 2015, GSAT 6 (Satellite) was launched by GSLV-D6 launch Vechicle from Sriharikota.
    • It has a 6 metre diameter antenna, which is the largest antenna that the ISRO has ever made.
    • This GSAT 6 communication satellite is used for the country's Stategic purpose.
  • 1 Billion Facebook Logins
    • Recently the facebook, social network website made a record with 1 billion users logged on to their site in a single day.
  • Coringa Wildlife Santuary
    • It is in Andhra Pradesh.
    • It is the second largest mangrove forest in India after Sundarban. 
  • Swach Bharat Rankings
    • It was published by the Ministry of Urban Development.
    • Mysuru bagged the first rank followed by Trichy(Second Rank), Navi Mumbai (Third).
    • Damoh in Madhya Pradesh was last in the list.
  • Mudumalai Tiger Reserve:
    • It is in Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu.
    • Mudumalai Tiger Reserve was announced as a wildlife in 1972.
    • In 2007, it was declared as a Tiger Reserve. 
  • Kawal Tiger Reserve:
    • It is in Telangana.
    • It was declared as a Tiger reserve in 2012.
  • Green Army Chief: Sachin Tendulkar
    • Green Army is an initiative of Maharashtra Government, involving school children for promoting environment conservation.
    • Sachin Tendulkar was named the chief of the Green Army.

  • National Emergency Declared in Myanmar
    • Myanmar's President declared national emergency after the devastating floods affected over 1 lakh people.
  • FIPIC 2015 
    • India to host the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation in August.
  • Indian Government removed Iran from the list of restricted visa nations.
    • Now the 3 categories like Employment, Conference and Students and research visa policies are liberalised.
    • Iran is no longer in the PRC prior referral category now.
  • Ranil Wickremesinghe
    • Became the Prime Minister of Srilanka for the Fourth time.
    • He Belongs to the United National Party.
  • Two US Journalists Shot Dead
    • Reporter Alison Parker and Cameraman Adam Ward was shot dead during a live Program.
    • The gunman was identified as Vester Lee Flanagan.
  • 50 Migrants were found dead in a truck on a highway in Austria.

  • World Badminton Champianship
    • World Badminton Champianship 2015 was held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
    • Carolina Marin (Spain) defeated Saina Nehwal (India) in the final.
  • Micheal Clarke
    • Australian Cricket Player who retired from test matches recently.


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