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Important Current Affairs PDF of August 2014

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Most Important Current Events of August 2014

National News

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  • The National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014, and 121st Constitution Amendment Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha.
  • Jammu and Kashmir witnessed the worst floods in six decades. More than 160 are feared killed.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared this flood as a ‘National Calamity’.
  • The Andhra Pradesh govt. has decided to have Vijayawada as the adhoc State Capital until infrastructure and other projects for new capital are ready.
  • Seeking to scrap the collegiums system of appointing Supreme Court and High Court judges, the Lok Sabha has passed the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014 to regulate the procedure.
  • The Rajya Sabha has approved the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill 2014.
  • RBI has reduced free transactions of savings-bank account holders at the other bank ATMs from five to three a month in six metros- Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi and Bengaluru.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissions the largest indigenously built warship of India, INS Kolkata, into the Indian Navy in Mumbai.
  • Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister has expressed India’s concern on rising fanaticism in the Arab world while speaking at the First India-League of Arab States Media Symposium in New Delhi.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan DHan Yojana (PMJDY) with a recod opening of 1.5 crore bank accounts on the day one. The scheme envisages financial inclusion of all Indians.
  • Indigenously built stealth anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kamorta has been commissioned into the Navy Eastern Fleet.
  • Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Kalyan Singh, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, C Vidyasagar Rao and Mridula Sinha as the Governors of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa respectively.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj leaves for a three-day visit to Vietnam where she will participate in the third Roundtable on ASEAN-India network of Think-Tanks (AINTT) in Hanoi.
  • Foundation stone of world’s first Natural World Heritage Centre was laid at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun.
  •  Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched the biggest ever anti-TB drug resistance survey in the country.
  • Nalanda University in Bihar’s Rajgir district has become functional. The ancient university was destroyed by a medieval ruler 800 years ago. Students from 35 countries have applied to study at the university.
  • India has signed a civil nuclear energy cooperation agreement with Australia in New Delhi.
  • Former Attorney General of India, G.E. Vahanvati, the first muslim to become the top law officer of the country, has been passed away at the age of 65 in Mumbai.
  • The former Chief Justice of India, P. Sathasivam, has been sworn as the Governor of Kerala.

International News

  • Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki has finally resigned from the post under heavy pressure from allies.
  • Haider al-Abadi has been has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Iraq.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Ebola a global health emergency.
  • The Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the an outright victory  in the presidential election.
  • Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has taken over as the Prime Minister of Thailand after he has received endorsement from King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
  • A major explosion at the Bardanbunga volcano propels Iceland to raise alert over the nation’s largest volcanic system, banning all the air traffic in the area.
  • Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has created an Islamic caliphate in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza.
  • Pak Army chief has been appointed as the ‘mediator’ and ‘guarantor’ by Prime Minister Nawaj Sharif for bringing ongoing crisis between the government and protesters to an end.
  • European Union (EU) leaders choose Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as the new president of their council and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the bloc’s new foreign policy chief.
  • China’s Parliament slams door on full Hong Kong democracy by saying that it will control nomination of candidates for landmarks 2017 polls.
  • The two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit 2014 has been begun in Wales, UK.

Sports Updates

  • Sania Mirza has clinched her third Grand Slam mixed double title, winning the US Open crown with Bruno Soares of Brazil.
  • Indian women cricket team has created history by recording back-to-back Test wins in England after the team, under the captaincy of Mithali Raj.
  • India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has been ranked No. 1 Test all-rounder in the latest ICC Test team ranking.
  • Sania Mirza of India and Cara Black of Zimbabwe pair has been ranked No. 3 in the WTA team rating.
  • Jo Pavey of Britain, 40 years old and mother of two , has become the oldest woman runner to claim a Gold at the European championship in Zurich, winning the 10,000m.
  • The BCCI has appointed former Test all-rounder Ravi Shastri the Director of Cricket in the India team for the five-match ODI series against England.
  • Seven-time national championship Poulomi Ghatak has won the women’s singles at 44th All India inter-institutional table tennis championship held in New Delhi.
  • P.V. Sindhu has become the 1st Indian to win two World Championship medals by defeating All-England champ Shixian Wang to enter the semifinals of Badminton World Championships in Denmark.
  • India has suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their second and the final under-23 friendly match at the Football Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • The All India Tennis Association (AITA)  has exempted Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza from representing India in the Asian Games being held in Incheon, Korea.
  • India Army’s Lt. Colonel Sudhakar Jayant won the Gold medal for the 3rd time at the IWF World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Prize and Award Winners

  • Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee has conferred the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award on Arun Jately , Dr. Karan Singh ands Sharad Pawar.
  • The renowned author Salman Rushdie has received Denmark’s prestigious award, Hans Christian Anderson Literature Award,
  • Delhi-based wrestling academy, Guru Hanuman Akhara has been chosen for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar (RKPP) 2014.
  • Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee honours top sportspersons and coaches at the 2014 National Sports Awards function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • Esplanade House & Shri Sakhargad Nivasini Devi Temple Complex bag the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards from India.
  • Court, an Indian movie written and directed by Indian writer Chaitanya Tamhane, has won the Lion of the Future- Luigi De Laurentiis award for a Debut Feature at the 71st Venice Film Festival.

Science and Technology 

  •  Scientists have built the world’s first transformer robot, inspired by the ancient Japanese paper-folding art of origami.
  • Researchers in Japan have developed world’s fastest camera that can record 4.4 trillion frames in a single second.

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