Current Affairs August 2015
For the very purpose of getting you ready for the challenge that is Current Affairs In India, we are covering the 2015 August current affairs including politics current affair, current affair news, science current affairs, general knowledge current affair, current government affair and international current affairs. Only studying India's current affairs or political current affairs is not sufficient as you have to cover international events and current affairs along with the Indian current affairs, as well as those in the field of science and sports.
- Windows 10- the much awaited new operating system which was launched by Microsoft together in 190 countries. For the first time in Microsoft's history, Windows 10 is a free upgrade to users on Windows 7 and Windows 8- a sign of Microsoft bucking to the modern trend, started by both Apple and Google, of giving operating systems away for free.
- Tethys- the moon of the planet Saturn on whose surface NASA’s spacecraft Cassini has spotted unexplained arc-shaped, reddish streaks.
- Aurora- it is a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude regions. Astronomers recently discovered the first of this outside our solar system, around a brown dwarf star around 18 light years away from Earth, which is up to 10,000 times more powerful than any previously seen.
- Rocky Fire- the name of the wildfire which recently raged through the northern California destroying many homes and displacing many residents.
- SDG- stands for Sustainable Development Goals of UN that entail 17 goals and 169 targets applicable from January 1, 2016 which will replace the Millennium Development Goals 2015. These goals are to be met by 2030 by 192 countries and $2.5 trillion is needed to implement SDG.
- 6th August-this day marked the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb. It was 1945 on this day American b-29 bomber dropped a bomb, dubbed ‘Little Boy’ on Hiroshima which instantly killed more than 80,000 people.
- Pyongyang time- the new time zone announced by North Korea which will be 30 minutes behind those of South Korea and Japan. The change is to go into effect on August 15, 2015, the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II, which liberated a then-unified Korea from decades of Japanese colonial rule.
- 9th August- this day marked the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb, ‘Fat Man’ on Japan’s Nagasaki which killed more than 74,000 people.
- 51 Eridani- the name of the new planet found recently by researchers. It is a methane shrouded planet 100 light years away that resembles a young Jupiter and holds water. It is only 20 million years old-a mere infant by astronomy standards. It is the first planet detected by the Gemini Planet Imager, which was designed to discover and analyse faint young planets orbiting bright, nearby stars.
- Erawan shrine- the Hindu shrine dedicated to Hindu God Brahma located in central Bangkok which was recently rocked by blasts which killed many people.
- Reboot the Suit- the name of online crowdfunding campaign to restore the spacesuit that astronaut Neil Armstrong wore when he became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969. This is the first time the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum and research complex has turned to crowdfunding to help cover the cost of preserving its most valuable artefacts from the ravages of time.
- 24th August 2015- the date on which Facebook passed an important milestone-for the first time ever one billion people used Facebook in a single day,the highest ever on a single day according to its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
- Grumpy Cat- she will become the first feline to be honored with an animatronic wax statute at the Madame Tussauds museum in San Francisco.3, 00,000 is the number of followers she has on Twitter.
- UPTU- stands for Uttar Pradesh technical University which was recently renamed as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University after late President.
- Komen- the cyclone which created a depression over parts of Bangladesh and killed many people in the eastern states of India.
- 7.25%- the Repo rate which was kept unchanged by Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan in the recent announced monetary policy review. It is the rate at which banks borrow from RBI.
- 4%- the CRR rate which was kept unchanged by Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan in the recent announced monetary policy review. It stands for Cash Reserve
- Ratio- proportion of the amount of deposits banks park with RBI.
- BrahMos- the new series of this missile has been renamed BrahMos-II(K)-the K in its stands as tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam who fired India’s missile and nuclear programme. The hypersonic missile which will travel at a speed of 8,575 kmph is being developed by the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace.
- Biswa Bangla- the name of the state-of-the-art outlet of West Bengal which houses products made by thousands of weavers and artisans depicting culture of the state.
- Indradhanush- the name of the seven point agenda announced recently to improve the PSU banks. They are- Appointments, Bank Board Bureau, Capitalisation, De-Stressing, Empowerment, Performance and Reforms.
- Taj Mahal- the first historical monument to start an official handle on the micro-blogging site. The launch was done on 15th August 2015.
- Buddy- the name of the mobile valet of State bank of India which was recently launched by Union Finance Minister, ArunJaitley in Mumbai.
- SMILE- stands for Sidbi Make in India Loan for Enterprises which was recently launched by Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley in Mumbai. The Rs.10,000 crore SMILE is intended to take forward the government’s ‘Make In India’ campaign and help MSEs to meet the required debt-equity ratio as well as pursuing opportunities for growth of SMEs.
- Rs 1,00,000 – the maximum deposit that a payments bank can accept from an individual as per the new norms announced by Reserve Bank of India for payment banks. The central bank recently gave 11 entities licences to start payments banks. These banks will primarily provide remittance services. Though they can accept deposits from an individual, they cannot offer loans.
- Ai-Ki-Do- the name of recently announced three enhanced service offerings in design thinking, platforms and knowledge based IT. The idea has been taken from the Japanese martial arts- Aikido.
- Aurangzeb Road- the road located in Lutyen’s Delhi which is going to be renamed as the APJ Kalam Road in honour of the former President who passed away last month.
- Rafael Nadal- the Spaniard tennis player who defeated Italian Fabio Fognini to win the Hamburg Open tennis title which was his 67th career title.
- Rajat Chauhan- he became the first Indian to win an individual medal at the World Shooting Championship when he bagged the silver medal in the men's compound round.
- Shah Rukh Khan- the actor from whom the Mumbai Crocket Association (MCA) recently revoked its ban of entering the Wankhede stadium.
- Deepaki Kumari- she led Indian women’s recurve archery team to a silver medal at the World Championships held recently at Copenhagen.
- Katie Ledecky- the US swimmer who recently broke her own 1,500 freestyle records in the world swimming championship at Kazan, Russia.
- 60- the shortest first innings score in Test history which was scored by Australia recently in the fourth Test match against England at Nottingham.
- Stuart Broad- the England fast bowler who recently achieved the fastest ever five wicket haul in just 19 balls when he took 8 wickets in the first innings against Australia during the fourth Test match at Nottingham.
- England- they won their fourth consecutive Ashes series at home, the longest such sequence for them since 1896-97, as they crushed Australia by an innings and 78 runs in the fourth Test.
- Gabala- the place in Azerbaijan which recently hosted the shooting World Cup 2015.
- R.Ashwin- the Indian spinner who with bowling figures of 6/46 against Sri Lankan the 1st Test match at Galle became the best Indian spinner while bowling in first innings of an away test, surpassing the 6/94 by Chandrashekhar against NZ at Auckland in 1976.
- SainaNehwal- the India’s shuttler who won the silver at the World Badminton Championship at Jakarta, Indonesia. She was defeated in the finals by Spanish top seed Carolina Marin. She also became the first Indian to reach the final of World Championship.
- Galle- the venue of the first Test match where Sri Lanka defeated India by 63 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series.
- Andy Murray- he defeated Novak Djokovic to clinch the Montreal Masters tennis title recently.
- Sebastian Coe- he defeated Sergey Bukka by 115 votes to 92 to be elected as President of IAAF-the world apex body of athletics.
- Usain Bolt- he retained the 100m World Championship title besting his closest rival Justin Gatlin by one-hundredth of a second at Beijing recently.
- Anirban Lahiri- the Indian golfer who recently notched India’s best ever result in golf at a major championship by finishing fifth at the PGA championship at Wisconsin. He overshadowed the previous best-ever finish by an Indian-Jeev Milkha Singh who had taken joint ninth spot at the PGA Championship in 2008.
- Aditi Chauhan- she recently became the first player from the national women’s football team to play competitive football when she played her first game for West Ham Ladies in a FA Women's Premier League in England.
- Ajinkya Rahane- the Indian cricketer who created a world record of taking catches in a Test match when he took eight catches in the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle.
- Lokesh Rahul- India's test cricket opener, who scored his second century in the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Colombo recently.
- India -they beat Sri Lanka by 278 runs to win the second Test and level the three- match series between the countries in Colombo recently. The victory was first under ViratKohli which came after five Tests.
- U Mumba- they won the Pro Kabaddi League Championships 2015 defeating Bengaluru Bulls in the finals.
- SaniaMirza- the ace tennis player of India who was recently honoured with country's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna from President Pranab Mukherjee. She became only the second tennis player after Leander Paes to be awarded the country’s highest sporting honour.
- CheteshwarPujara- the Indian batsman who scored century in the third Test match against Sri Lanka at Colombo. He also became only the fourth Indian batsman to carry his bat through a completed Test innings when he scored 145 not out in that match.
- Hockey-the game in which women’s team qualified for the next year’s Olympic at Rio de Janerio- entry to Olympic after 36 year long wait.
- Kumar Sangakkara - the Sri Lankan cricketer who announced his retirement recently. He has to his credit 12,400 Test runs and 14,234 ODI runs.
- AB de Villers- the South African batsman who recently achieved the distinction of reaching 8000 run mark in ODI in the fastest time. He achieved this feat in 190 matches. The previous record was held by India’s Saurav Ganguly who has achieved this in 208 matches.
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