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Current Affairs from August 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013
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1 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs
1) Who was chosen as the 12th President of Pakistan, elections for which were held on 30 July 2013? – Mamnoon Hussain (PML-N supported Hussain received 432 electoral votes while his rival Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed of Pakistani Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) received 77 electoral votes. Mamnoon Hussain is a former Governor of Sindh. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) boycotted this election. Hussain will replace Asif Ali Zardari, who had earlier decided not to seek a second term in office) 2) Who was chosen for the 21st Rajiv Gandhi National Sadabhavna Award for year 2013, which is given for contribution towards promotion of communal harmony and peace? – Ustad Amjad Ali Khan , the Sarod maestro (The award will be presented on 20 August 2013, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. This award has been given since 1992 by the Indian National Congress (INC) in memory of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi) 3) What is the name given to a newly announced scheme under which a free mobile handset will be provided to one member of every rural household who has completed 100 days of work under MGNREGA? – Bharat Mobile Scheme (Under this scheme the handset will be provided preferably to a woman member of family. A brief of this proposed scheme was made by the union govt. on 30 July 2013. The provided handset will be non-transferable as it will later also be used in customized transfer of benefits under the direct transfer scheme of the central govt.) 4) US Senate on 29 July 2013 approved the choice of James Comey as the next Director of FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation). Comey will take whose place, who has been at this post since 2001? – Robert Mueller (President Barack Obama had nominated Comey for this post in June 2013. Comey will have a tenure of 10 years) 5) Which private bank became first commercial bank to announce a hike in deposit rates in view of RBI’s move to tighten liquidity in the market? – YES Bank (YES Bank on 31 July 2013 hiked deposit rates by 0.25% to 0.50%. The bank also hiked the base rate by 0.25% to 10.75%. This hike came into effect on 1 August 2013) 6) Commissioner of Delhi Police Neeraj Kumar retired on 31 July 2013. Who will take charge from him as the new Commissioner on 1 August 2013? – B.S. Bassi 7) The 2014 Formula One Indian Grand Prix was dropped and the motorsport extravaganza will now come back to country in March 2015. This follows the decision taken by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, which was conveyed on 29 July 2013. What was the reason given for this skipping of Indian Grand Prix, which came as a huge dampner for Formula One enthusiasts in India? – For undertaking a change in racing calendar (Formula One is in the process of undertaking a few changes in the annual Formula One calendar. A few new Grand Prix like Austrian Grand Prix are planned to be included in 2014)
2 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs
1) King of which Middle-East princely state recently issued new decrees, giving authorities more powers to strip citizenship and block suspected funding channels in attempts to quell escalating anti-government violence? – Bahrain (Bahrain News Agency on 1 August 2013 reported issuance of decrees by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. These steps taken by the King seek to battle a nearly 30-month uprising by majority Shiites demanding a greater political voice in the strategic Sunni-ruled nation) 2) On 31 July 2013 the National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) announced suspension of trading and merger of settlement cycles of all one-day forward contracts, except the e-series contracts. This announcement led to huge decline in shares of Financial Technologies (India) Ltd (FTIL) and Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX) on 1 August 2013 as FTIL is promoter of NSEL and MCX is also a part of FTIL. In association with which major agriculture cooperative company, FTIL had promoted NSEL? – National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) (On 16 July 2013 NSEL was asked by the central government not to launch contracts of new commodities until the government finalizes a new regulatory framework) 3) Who took over as the new Foreign Secretary of India on 1 August 2013? – Sujatha Singh (She replaced Ranjan Mathai who retired on 31 July 2013. Sujatha Singh is the third woman Foreign Secretary after Chokila Iyer and Nirupama Rao. She is daughter of former IB Director and UP Governor TV Rajeshwar) 4) The largest right-wing party of Bangladesh was on 1 August 2013 banned from contesting future polls by a Dhaka court. The registration of this party was cancelled in a landmark ruling, leaving the once-most powerful fundamentalist party with an uncertain future. What is the name of this party? – Jamaat-e-Islami (This ruling came while the court heard a writ petition filed by 25 people who alleged that Jamaat-e-Islami was a religion-based political party and it did not believe in independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh. This party has been blamed for a plethora for crimes committed during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan) 5) What is the name of a free group insurance scheme launched in Delhi on 31 July 2013 covering nearly 3 lakh drivers of public transport vehicles run on CNG in Delhi and three NCR towns against death and permanent disability? – IGL Suraksha Yojana (This scheme will be administered by Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) and will cover all drivers against death or permanent disability arising out of accidents caused while driving bus, taxis, auto rickshaws and RTVs that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). A sum of Rs 1.5 lakh will be paid to the nominee of the driver in case of death. Three NCR towns covered under this scheme are Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad apart from Delhi) 6) The Union Govt. on 1 August 2013 cancelled Kailash Manasarovar yatra in view of disruption of roads, bridges and tracks along the route due to the floods that had hit Uttarakhand. How many batches of pilgrims were scheduled to take this annual yatra? – Eighteen (The govt. had earlier cancelled the visit of batches 2 to 10 due to inclement weather and large scale disruptions. Only batches 1, 11, 12, 13, and 14 were able to take the yatra, which covers a glimpse of holy Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva and a visit to the sacred Manasarovar lake in Tibet, China) 7) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), on 1 August 2013, approved the proposal for sale of 10% government stake in Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). This stake sale is likely to fetch around Rs. 3,840 crore to the exchequer at the current market price. What is Union Govt.’s disinvestment target through the stake sale of public sector undertakings in the ‘urrent financial year (2013-14)? – Rs. 40,000 crore
Power replaces Susan Rice who is now the National Security Adviser) 7) What is the name of the former world champion shot putter from Belarus who was stripped of his 4 World Championship medals by International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) for doping? – Andrei Mikhnevich (Mikhnevich. What are the major norms which were relaxed? – Multi-brand retailers like Walmart are now required to source 30% of their products from the small and medium enterprises of India only at the time of starting the business Now state governments will have the right to grant permission to open a multi-brand retail store in cities of their states (Earlier 53 urban centers with a minimum population of 1 million were made eligible for opening-up of multi-brand retail stores) Now the norm of 50% investment in the back-end infrastructure for the retailers will be applicable. patent for which was revoked by the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) of India? – Tykerb (However. following which there were hi-decibel protests and submissions to the Ministry. What was the main reason for revoking this suspension within a month? – Doctors said that this drug was best suited for Indian patients (The suspension had caught doctors. IAAF removed Mikhnevich’s silver medals from the 2006 and 2010 world indoor championships as well as his bronze medals from the 2007 and 2011 outdoor World Championships) . was banned for life by the Belarus Athletics Federation in June after testing positive in retests of his doping sample from the 2005 world championships in Helsinki. representatives of Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati. officials engaged in the clean-up exercise at Kedarnath and senior ministers) 5) United States expressed its disappointment over Russia’s decision to give temporary asylum to Edward Snowden. Tykerb is the salt form of Lapatinib compound that is sold in India.Current Affairs 3 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) Union Govt. This ruling was delivered on 27 July 2013 by Justice Prabha Sridevan. the ex-CIA contractor who had leaked National Security Agency’s secret telephone and Internet surveillance programme. where he finished sixth. the Board upheld the patent for Lapatinib compound. only during the first tranche of investments (within three years) of up to 100 million dollars 2) Union Health Ministry on 1 August 2013 revoked its earlier suspension on a drug named Pioglitazone used to treat diabetes. What is the duration of the temporary asylum offered to Snowden by Russia? – 1 year 6) Who will be the new US ambassador to the United Nations (UN). citing innovative merit. relaxed the norms for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the multi-brand retail on 1 August 2013 with a view to attract more investments and transparency in the sector. Chairperson of the Chennai Bench of the patent appeals agency which functions under the Commerce Ministry) 4) Which date was announced on 2 August 2013 for resumption of regular prayers at Kedarnath shrine. who was world champion in 2003. But the ban has been revoked with several riders – including a box warning in bold red letters to caution patients) 3) What is the name of a breast cancer drug of the British drug major GlaxoSmithKline Pharma. which is the active ingredient in Tykerb. patients and drug companies by surprise. Pioglitazone was banned as researches have confirmed that its usage could lead to cancer of the urinary bladder. which have been suspended since the June calamity in Uttarakhand? – 11 September 2013 (This date was finalized at a meeting held by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna with the Rawal (head priest) of the Himalayan shrine. after the appointment was confirmed by the United States Senate on 1 August 2013? – Samantha Power (The Senate confirmed her nomination by 87-10 votes.
All telecom companies will have to migrate to the new licensing regime upon expiry of their current permits 3) Who was awarded 22nd Saraswati Samman of K. Fertilizer and Chemical Limited (Travancore) and Hindustan Photo Films Limited 2) Union Govt. Andrew Yule. Portuguese invaders kept their control over this colony from 1779 to 1954.Current Affairs 4 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) Union Govt.K. on 2 August 2013 unveiled the long awaited Unified License norms for the telecom sector. and will be renewable for another ten years Telecom companies will have to pay a license fee of eight per cent of annual revenues from telecom services. It allows companies to offer intra and inter-circle roaming. Birla Foundation on 2 August 2013? – Sugathakumari. What is the name assigned of this fund? – Special National Investment Fund (SNIF). on 2 August 2013 gave its approval for setting up of a fund to help six PSUs. citation and a statue of Goddess Saraswati) 4) Which union territory of the country celebrated its 60th Liberation Day on 2 August 2013? – Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Dadra and Nagar Haveli were liberated from the clutches of the Portuguese during August 1954. Later it was merged into the Indian union in 1961. the merchant banking arm of the bank) 6) Who took over as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Central Bank of India recently? – Rajeev Rishi (Rishi was Executive Director of Indian Bank till now and his tenure will be for 5 years) . ITI. Saraswati Samman was instituted in 1991 and carries a cash prize of Rs. but bars operations from acquiring subscribers in areas where they don’t own a license The licenses acquired under this new norm will be valid for 20 years. This union territory is surrounded by Maharashtra and Gujarat) 5) Who was appointed as the first woman Managing Director (MD) of State Bank of India (SBI) on 3 August 2013? – Arundhati Bhattacharya (Prior to this she was the managing director of SBI Capital. They can also provide Internet TV services. 10 lakh. Telecom companies would be allowed to offer mobile and fixed-line services using any technology. What are the main features of this new norm? The new norm provides for delinking of spectrum from operational permits and allows companies to offer services using any technology. Six sick PSUs which will be covered under this proposed fund are – HMT. to make them compliant with the 10% minimum public holding norm of market regulator SEBI. the Malayalam poetess (She was given this prestigious award for her collection of poems in Malayalam entitled Manalezhuthu (which means the writings on the sand) published in 2006. Scooters India Limited.
patent for which was partly revoked in India recently? – Herceptin (Roche officials recently disclosed that the Kolkata Patent Office had lifted divisional patents for Herceptin on 17 July 2013 on the grounds that they had not been properly submitted. including 20 aircraft and helicopters) 4) China is establishing a 4. This airport is being built at a cost of 1. What was special about his swearing-in ceremony? – It was the first time since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that foreign dignitaries attended the swearing-in ceremony of an Iranian president (This underscores Rouhani’s stated commitment to improving the country’s foreign ties.5 billion Yuan ($ 245 million)) 5) Leading military analyst Air Commodore (Retd. riding on striker Rani’s dazzling show. which officials said is aimed at boosting tourism in Garze. home to the famous monastery town of Kangding.500 troops and more than 250 units of military hardware. which will become the world’s highest civilian airport when put into operation later this year. India defeated which team on 4 August 2013 to win the bronze medal? – England (India defeated England by 3-2 in the penalties.411-metre-high airport in the Tibetan area of its southwestern Sichuan province. Jasjit Singh was also the longest continuously serving director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)) 6) What is the name of a breast cancer drug of Roche Holding AG. He mentored many mentored several generations of writers and military commentators and penned scores of books considered essential reading by defence think tanks.) Jasjit Singh passed away on 4 August 2013. What is the name of this airport? – Daocheng Yading airport (The airport.700 km east of Moscow and included 1. What was the name given to this drill? – “Peace Mission 2013” (This joint military drill was held in the Chebarkul military training area 1. What is the name of an institute founded by Jasjit Singh primarily associated with analysing air power studies of countries? – Centre for Air Power Studies – CAPS (CAPS was founded by him in 2001. He had scored a landslide victory held in the presidential elections held on 14 June 2013) 3) Russia and China flagged off their regular anti-terrorist war games in Russia’s Urals region from 3 August 2013. 18-year-old Rani scored India’s only goal in the regulation time and then found the net twice in the penalty shoot-out to script India’s memorable victory. This joint military drill was seen by many defence experts as preparations for a local military conflict in Central Asia. He replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. will surpass the 4. This World Cup was won by the Netherlands who defeated Argentina in a penalty shoot-out by 4-2 in the finals) 2) Hasan Rouhani took oath as the new President of Iran on 4 August 2013.Current Affairs 5 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) Indian girls created history by winning country’s first ever bronze medal in the junior women hockey World Cup in the seventh edition of the cup held in Germany.334-metre Bangda airport. This decision is the latest in the a series of rulings on intellectual property and pricing in India that have frustrated attempts by Western drug-makers to sell their medicines in India’s fast growing drugs market) .
Manama. on 5 August 2013 shelved the plans for disinvestment of its stake in BHEL due to BHEL’s low share price. 1. the meal or the rice bran oil cake is used as cattle feed. the brown layer on rice grain. Jeddah. after the company’s June quarter net profit almost halved to Rs 465. The survey conducted in the 66th round of the national sample survey. 70 lakh in the first such case) 5) How many embassies and consulates of the United States were closed till 10 August 2013 due to threat of a major al-Qaida attack? – 19 (These embassies are mainly situated in the Mideast and Africa and include Abu Dhabi. decreased capital expenditure and less demand for power-sector equipment. Djibouti. Spending by Christian households was marginally lower than Sikh households whereas that by Hindu households was about 27% less than that by Christian households. Rice bran. declining 19. on 5 August 2013 reduced the customs duty on imports of rice bran and rice bran oil cake to nil with effect from 1 October 2013. which were released by the ICC on 4 August 2013? – Ravindra Jadeja (Jadeja’s career-best rating of 733 has him tied for the pinnacle spot with West Indies spinner Sunil Narine. The demand for rice bran oil is on the rise as it is considered healthy and an affordable cooking medium) 3) Union Govt. Kigali. What was the proposed target of selling govt. Doha. What was the last time that Pakistan had sent an entry for this category? – 1963 (Pakistan has sent only two films to the Academy Awards since the foreign language category was created in 1956 – ‘Jago Hua Savera’ in 1959 and ‘Ghunghat’ in 1963. Muscat. Sanaa.64 per cent to Rs 120. Dhahran. It was lowest for Muslim households and the MPCE for this community stood at Rs. Kumble had claimed the No.1 position back in 1996 in these rankings) 7) Govt.957 households and 4. Antanarivo.43 crore on account of lower sales) 4) The first arrest for default in paying which tax was made recently after union Finance Minister P. was third from the top.Current Affairs 6 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) Households belonging to which community are the largest spenders on average as disclosed in the data from the National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO’s) 8th quinquennial survey on employment during the 12 months up to June 2010? – Sikh (The monthly per capita household consumer expenditure (MPCE) of Sikh households was Rs. of Pakistan has decided to submit an entry for the foreign language film category of the Oscars awards after many decades. 980. Cairo. Chidambaram made applicable provisions of CrPC (criminal procedure code) to arrest such offenders? – Service Tax (A courier company owner was arrested for allegedly evading service tax of about Rs. Riyadh.05. Khartoum. Bujumbura. there have been no imports of rice bran into the country as it was unviable due to higher customs duty of 15%.00. policy against Oscar participation in Pakistan but the issue seems to have been a low priority one mainly because of political turmoil) . Kuwait.252 urban blocks covering 1.402 villages and 5.59 lakh persons) 2) The union govt. Tripoli. recording spending that was marginally lower than that by Christian households but sharply higher than Muslim and Hindu households. The ‘Others’ category. So far. After extracting the oil. Dubai. which includes Jain and Zoroastrian households. was spread over 7. Amman.659. and Port Louis) 6) Who became the first Indian bowler since Anil Kumble to top the ICC ODI Bowlers Rankings. What was the import duty on this commodity till now? – 15% (Rice bran oil is extracted from rice bran through the solvent extraction method. There is no stated govt. stake in BHEL? – 5% (The BHEL scrip hit a one-year low on the BSE on 5 August 2013. has 10-25 per cent oil content.
founder of Amazon. (in Bihar) and Bharat Yantra Nigam Ltd. (in UP)) 4) What is the name of the Gujarat village which came into limelight after discovery of prominent artifacts including gold-beads dating to the Harappan era? – Khirsara (Pots containing goldbeads were discovered from the trenches of this village during January 2011. (in Bihar). He has formerly worked as the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund. for the botanical remains collected from Khirsara’s trenches indicated that these remains falls in the range of 2565 to 2235 BC. who is at present the Chief Economic Advisor to the Govt. of India (Rajan will succeed the current RBI Governor Duvvuri Subbarao whose 5-year term ends on 4 September 2013. Later carbon dating at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany. in which those meat strands were used which were grown from the stem cells extracted from a living cow? – Maastricht University. particularly in rural areas. (in UP). Sepoy Vijay Kumar Roy and Sepoy Raghunandan Prasad) belonged to the Bihar Regiment while one (Sepoy Pundlik Mane) belonged to 14 Maratha Light Infantry) 3) Union Govt. (in Bihar). Lucknow.Current Affairs 7 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) Who will be the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). of the Netherlands . Lance Naik Sambhu Singh. Indian Oil Technologies Ltd. on 6 August 2013 disclosed that six Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) have been closed in the country in the last 5 years. Brushware Ltd. is not involved in this deal) 6) Telecommunication major Vodafone has recently launched a unique money transfer and payment service “M-Pesa” in Bihar and Jharkhand where banking network and financial penetration is inadequate. as announced by the Finance Ministry on 6 August 2013? – Raghuram Rajan. Rajan has been a gold medalist at IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad and he will be the 23rd Governor of India’s central bank) 2) Five Indian soldiers posted at an Indian post along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir were killed in an attack by Pakistani troops early on 6 August 2013.com Inc. Which six CPSEs are these? – Bihar Drugs & Organic Chemicals Ltd. Which bank is the banking partner of Vodafone in this service? – ICICI Bank (“M-Pesa” service was launched last year and provides a fast. Pyrites Phosphastes& Chemicals Ltd. (in Delhi). This incident took place in which sector? – Poonch Sector (The incident took place when the 21 Bihar Regiment was in the process of handing over charge of its area of Sarla post at the Chakkan Da Bagh area to 14 Maratha Light Infantry and came hours after a BSF jawan was injured in firing from across Indo-Pak border in Samba district of J&K. simple and secure way to transfer money and make payments) 7) Which university on 5 August 2013 came-out with the first lab-grown beef burger of the world.com (The deal was announced on 5 August 2013. National Instruments Ltd. 4 jawans killed in this ambush (Naik Prem Nath Singh. Khirsara is a town 85-km from Bhuj and the excavations done here have now revealed that it was a major industrial hub of the Harappan era) 5) Who has recently agreed to purchase ‘The Washington Post’ and other newspapers for $250 million? – Jeff Bezos. Bezos is buying the paper as an individual and his company Amazon.
on 7 August 2013 introduced the muchanticipated National Food Security Bill. Gujarat has been without a Lokayukta since – 2003 (Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal had appointed Mehta as state’s Lokayukta on 25 August 2011 after by-passing the Modi government.V. This bill promises to give right to the country’s 80 crore people to get 5 kg of food grains every month at Rs. The milk collected at this bank will be given free of charge to newborn babies whose mothers were either ill or not lactating. This bank was funded by the National Health Renewal Mission – NHRM) 7) In a rare diplomatic snub. which is touted as the first such bank in the public sector was opened on 7 August 2013. Reports indicated that Aviva is in the process of exiting it’s over 10-year old Indian life insurance joint venture with diversified FMCG player Dabur to become the third global insurance major to quit India. This newly established breast milk bank is situated in which city? – Kolkata (This bank was opened at Kolkata’s premier state-run SSKM hospital by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. This was followed by a legal battle which lasted almost two years as state government sought to overturn his appointment and contested it till it was rejected in the Supreme Court) 4) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 7 August 2013 disclosed that it had imposed a penalty of Rs. which would be given more teeth to ensure that National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) settles the Rs 5. citing state government’s long and expensive legal battle against his appointment as one of the reasons.A.555 on the State Bank of India (SBI) on 12 July 2013 for violation of currency chest norms. as announced by the Union Govt. 5. On 6 August 2013. who is accused of leaking highly secretive details about National Security Agency surveillance programmes) . on 7 August 2013? – Forward Markets Commission – FMC (NSEL is facing the problem of settlement after it suspended trade in oneday forward contracts on 31 July 2013 following the government direction. US President Barack Obama cancelled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. NSEL stopped trading in e-series contracts in gold in anticipation of the notification to this effect) 3) Retired High Court Judge R. who have already made their exit from Indian life insurance sector? – Netherlands-based ING and US-based insurer New York Life (ING sold its 25% stake in ING Vysya Life Insurance Company to Exide Industries while New York Life sold its similar stake in Max New York Life to Japan’s Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company) 6) A modern and sophisticated breast milk bank.62. Which are the two other insurance majors. Which currency chest of SBI was found deficient in following these norms? – Secunderabad Branch of SBI in Andhra Pradesh (The penalty was levied in connection with deficiencies and lapses in the operation and maintenance of the currency chest at the Secunderabad branch of SBI) 5) It was reported in some recent media reports that UK-based financial services major Aviva Plc.600-crore dues to investors. Mehta. who was appointed as Gujarat Lokayukta in 2011. is planning to exit from the Indian insurance sector. Where was this meeting proposed? – Moscow (The move is retribution for Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden. Who moved this bill in the Lok Sabha? – Union Food Minister K. 1-3 per kg) 2) Which body is the regulator of commodity derivatives markets in India. 2013. which was proposed to be held in September 2013. which proposes to give the country’s three-fourth population the right to highly-subsidised food. Thomas (Thomas introduced the fresh Bill after withdrawing an earlier one along with the ordinance which was promulgated on 5 July 2013. has recently refused to assume office.Current Affairs 8 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) Union Govt.
which will be India’s first women’s bank. The three have been bagged by Reliance Power — Sasan (Madhya Pradesh). Krishnapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and Tilaiya (Jharkhand). 2012. on 7 August 2013 allowed import of steel for major industrial projects without quality certification. which proposes stricter enforcement of laws to protect wildlife? – Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill. three new applications targeted at helping the government agencies to deliver citizen services in a more effective and faster manner.000 crore (This announcement was made in a notification made by Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). This UMPP was proposed to be established at which place of Chhattisgarh? – Sarguja (The proposed UMPP had a production capacity of 4. 1972) . which was established in 1989 3) Union Govt. Which solution provider is this? – SAP (These three new applications have been conceived. TracOHealth and The ‘Milk Co-operative’ Experience.000-crore ultra mega power project (UMPP) in Chhattisgarh as the coal blocks for the proposed project fall under dense forest area and could rake-up the environment issue. has so far allotted four such projects. both state and central. 1. Which was world’s first women’s bank? – Pakistan’s First Women Bank (FWB). which reached Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.0. with 470 sections as against the current 658 sections) 2) Union Cabinet on 8 August 2013 gave approval to Bharatiya Mahila Bank. What is the prescribed investment limit for the projects to get this exemption? – Not less than Rs. TracOHealth aims to help maintain health-related information for a lifetime of every child across India.000 crore.0 offers real-time information for crime incidents happening across states to all the law enforcement agencies. 2013 (This bill seeks to further amend the Wild Life (Protection) Act. which replaced the 57 year old legislation with radical changes. the nodal agency for the UMPPs in the country. What is the name of the old bill which was replaced by this legislation? – Companies Act. 1. 1956 (The new Companies Bill was passed after a wait of almost two decades and it seeks more transparency in corporate functioning in India. While SAP Rakshak 2. Tata Power has already commissioned country’s first imported coal-based ultra mega power project won through international competitive bidding) 6) What is the name of the spacecraft which will undertake NASA’s next mission to Mars in November 2013? – MAVEN – Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN is a Lockheed Martin built C-17 cargo plane. The bill is also a lot less bulky than the existing 1956 Act.Current Affairs 9 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) Indian Parliament on 8 August 2013 passed the Companies Bill. Power Finance Corp. The objective behind this exemption is to give a push to the infrastructure sector of the country.000 MW. designed and developed by SAP Labs India. petroleum. defence. The Milk Co-operative Experience app offers dairy cooperatives gain real-time visibility on the procurement to plan its production and distribution) 5) Union Power Ministry is believed to have shelved the plan to set up the Rs 20. Colorado recently) 7) What is the name of a bill introduced in the Rajya Sabha on 5 August 2013 by Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan. manufacturing products involving high end technologies. this bank would provide dedicated financial services to women in general and women self-help groups (SHGs). With an initial capital of Rs. chemical and petro-chemicals and fertiliser sectors. The easing import norms came amidst domestic steel manufacturers demanding government to hike duty on imports to prevent steel dumping in the country) 4) A leading enterprise solutions provider on 7 August 2013 announced launch of Rakshak 2. The exemption will be available for projects in the field of infrastructure. nuclear reactors.
009 crore in 2008-09) 2) An inter-ministerial committee constituted to suggest steps to contain the rising current account deficit (CAD) has suggested higher taxes for non-essential imports with a view to curbing inward shipments and containing the current account deficit CAD. However. China. which is the highest amount to be transferred by the RBI to the government. Denmark) 4) The Union Cabinet on 8 August 2013 approved the proposal for establishing a new media wing that will address the communication and dissemination requirements of the government on social media. 33. Trade gap in the first quarter of the current financial year stood at over $ 50 billion) 3) On 9 August 2013 who became the first Indian badminton player since Prakash Padukone to reach singles semi-finals of World Championships? – P. The RBI transferred Rs 15. How much amount was transferred as surplus profit to the govt.719 crore as surplus profit. gave Rs 45.5 crore? – Bureau of New and Concurrent Media (The proposal for establishment of this new wing was drawn on the basis of the experience of its pilot program on the social media platforms such as Youtube. Rs 18.V. Facebook and Twitter) 5) The proposal for export of how much additional amount of wheat was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 8 August 2013? – 2 million tonnes (This decision was taken in view of huge amount of accumulating stock of wheat in country’s warehouses. Prakash Padukone had won an individual bronze for India in the World Championships held in Copenhagen. except year 2007.Current Affairs 10 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently transferred its surplus profit to the government for the year ended June 2013. The additional wheat would be traded through public sector trading firms) . The overflowing stocks in Food Corporation of India (FCI) godowns have also put pressure on storage availability. out of this.308 crore was accounted by the money generated by its stake sale in State Bank of India. In 1983.759 crore in 2009-10 and Rs 25. What is the proposed name of this new wing which will be established at a cost of Rs. In 2007. Who is the Chairman of this committee? – Rajat Bhargava. These suggestions form part of the recommendations made by the committee set up by Finance Minister P Chidambaram.009 crore in 2010-11. 22.010 crore that the RBI transferred in the previous year. Sindhu (She defeated 8th seed Wang Shixian of China by 21-18. 21-17 in straight sets to ensure at least a bronze medal for her at the ongoing Badminton World Championships at Guangzhou.? – Rs. The Committee has also suggested a list of nonessential items the import of which could be compressed. Rs 34. which is approximately 40 million tonnes.010 crore (This is more than a 100% jump over Rs 16. Joint Secretary (Budget Division) – This committee has suggested higher taxes on those non-essential items which do not add to inflationary pressures. with a view to bridge the trade gap.
The South Korea-US Combined Forces Command (CFC) will conduct this joint military exercise from 19 August to 30 August 2013.? – Bangalore. Which indigenous nuclear submarine is this? – INS Arihant (This development is seen as a major step towards India completing its nuclear triad. Which day of the week was chosen for proposed weekly sale of govt. Mumbai. The submarine will will eventually be fitted with K-15 underwater fired missiles. New Zealand. France and Russia) 4) Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 8 August 2013 announced its decision to sell govt. The visa-on-arrival scheme has contributed to an increase in the number of tourists from these countries and the government was in the final stages of consultations on allowing the facility to citizens of another 10 countries. Philippines.Current Affairs 11 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) India on 10 August 2013 achieved a major milestone in nuclear capability by activating the atomic reactor on-board an indigenous nuclear submarine and achieving nuclear criticality. Myanmar and Indonesia) are eligible to get this facility. has allotted an SEZ (Special Economic Zone) to TCS. Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram (The visa-onarrival facility was earlier available only for the four metro cities (Delhi. Luxembourg. Singapore. including Germany. Kolkata and Chennai).000 crore is available for sale) 5) Which former US President was one among the 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the year 2013. bonds on a week day with an objective of controlling the volatility in the foreign exchange market. Finland.K.. Nuclear triad is the ability to fire nuclear-tipped missiles from land. What is the name given to this joint exercise? – ‘Ulchi Freedom Guardian’ (This exercise will largely be a computer-simulated exercise. for which the Madhya Pradesh Govt. 2013 announced setting up of a software development centre in Madhya Pradesh. Laos. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award instituted by former President John F Kennedy and is the highest civilian award in the United States) 6) On 10 August 2013 South Korea and the United States announced holding of a joint-military exercise later this month. But this exercise has drawn sharp criticism from North Korea. At present visitors from 11 countries (Japan. Brazil is also working on naval nuclear propulsion) 3) With effect from 15 August 2013. which has described it as an all-out war rehearsal) 7) India’s largest IT exporter Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on 10 August. Russia.S.. baseball player Ernie Banks and former Senator Richard Lugar. The nuclear submarine will help India achieve the capability of going into high seas without the need to surface the vessel for long durations. the U. thus paving the way for its operational deployment by the Indian Navy. Cambodia. France and China (Apart from India. air and sea. Which are the four cities which have been extended this facility recently by the Union Govt. eight cities in India will have visa-on-arrival facility for tourists visiting India. INS Arihant has been undergoing trials at Indian Navy’s key submarine base in Vishakhapatnam and would be launched for sea trials soon since the nuclear reactor has gone critical. 22. In which city will this development centre come up? – Indore . Vietnam. bonds? – Monday (It was notified that government bonds worth Rs. Hyderabad. which can hit targets 700 km away) 2) Which five countries presently possess nuclear-powered submarines? – The U. with troops remaining in their normal bases. which were announced on 8 August 2013? – Bill Clinton (Other prominent winners of this prestigious award for the year included talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
and may stem the disease before symptoms show. as claimed by them on 8 August. The property will now be auctioned after a temporary lease-extension was given to it after 2011) 4) 61st edition of the famous Nehru Boat Race was held on 9 August 2013 in Kerala. This was fifth World Championship title for Lin Dan. the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Naval Medical Research Center. US researchers have developed a vaccine that provides 100% protection from Malaria. 2013. Sindhu in the semi-finals by 21-10. 1 and Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China by 22-20. The race was first held in honour of India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.Current Affairs 12 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) For the first time. Wei could not complete the match and was stretchered off the court in the third game. The first results of this vaccine marks the first time that any vaccine trial has shown 100% success in protecting subjects from the mosquito-borne tropical disease. 21-13. 18-21.V. Gujar Mal Modi Award for Science and Technology was instituted in 1988 by the Gujar Mal Modi Foundation in memory of industrialist Gujar Mal Modi. constructed by NDMC. This annual event is held at which lake of the state? – Punnamada Lake. more extensive field testing will be required to establish the facts claimed by researchers) 2) During August 2013 Maharashtra became the first state of the country to disburse employees’ salary through Aadhaar-linked bank accounts. for the last 35 years will be auctioned soon? – Hotel Taj Mansingh (This swank hotel situated on Mansingh Road. Employees of which department of Maharashtra Govt. who visited the state at that part of time 5) Who was conferred the Gujar Mal Modi Award for Science and Technology for year 2013 on 9 August. which sickens more than 200 million a year and killed about 660. will soon issue salary of all its departments through this mode as it helps in speedy processing and transfer to correct person) 3) Which famous hotel owned by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and operated by the Indian Hotels Company Ltd. Which US biotech firm has been developing this vaccine? – Sanaria Inc. 20-17 in the final held on 11 August. Though the results were very promising. was given to Indian Hotels Company Ltd on lease for 33 years.000 in 2010. (The vaccine being tested was produced by Maryland-based company Sanaria Inc. in Alleppey (Alappuzha) – This boat race has been held annually since 1952. 21-14 in the final held on 11 August. The state govt. 2013. The new vaccine. 2013? – Vinod Prakash Sharma (He was given this award for his contribution in the field of basic and applied research of Malaria and Vector Biology. were disbursed their salaries through Aadhaar mode? – Information Technology (IT) Department (Employees of state’s IT Department were disbursed the salary for the month of July 2013 through Aadhaar-linked bank accounts. Intanon became the first Thai to win the world championship and first non-Chinese woman since Denmark’s Camilla Martin of Denmark who lifted the title in 1999. who has a superstar image in the badminton world at present) 7) Who won the men’s singles title at the World Badminton Championships held at Guangzhou? – Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand (She defeated World No. dubbed PfSPZ. When the lease came to an end in 2011 and NDMC was about to renew the lease. 2013. Ratchanok Intanon had defeated India’s P. the founder of the Modi Group) 6) Who won the men’s singles title at the World Badminton Championships held at Guangzhou? – Lin Dan of China (He defeated his arch rival Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia by 16-21. 21-13 to move to the finals) . and tested by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. the Urban Development Ministry intervened and asked it to auction the property. attacks the first stage of malaria called “preerythrocytic”.
thus making an entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size and capability. Meters and it costed SAIL almost Rs.85 sec while Jamaica’s Nesta Carter (9. 2013 successfully test-fired nuclear weapons capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile. 2013 launched its first indigenous aircraft carrier. Prithvi-II for its full range from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. who on 12 August.752 crore in the last year for the same quarter. which he founded. 2013 to keep political parties out of the ambit of the RTI Act and negate a Central Information Commission (CIC) order to this effect under the RTI Act. The launch of INS Vikrant marks the end of the first phase of its construction and it will then be re-docked for outfitting and construction of superstructure) 2) Zafar Futehally.600 crore. the UK.241 crore against Rs.5 million tonnes to its capacity) 7) What is the name of the Jammu & Kashmir Minister of State for Home Sajad. Other countries capable of designing and building an equivalent size ship are the US. serving as a link between conservationists and corporates.K. was a vital publication and served to document observations at a time when there was no digital documentation and there were few scientific studies on wildlife in the country. 2013 submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah pending judicial inquiry into Kishtwar communal violence? – Sajad Kitchloo (His resignation was demanded by political parties so as an impartial inquiry can be carried out on his alleged role in the riots in Kishtwar) 8) A bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 12 August. What is the full range of this missile? – 350 km 4) Olympics 100 m champion Usain Bolt on 11 August. 2013 reclaimed his sprint gold medal at the World Athletics Championships when he won the gold medal at the ongoing IAAF World Athletics Championships at Moscow.95) claimed bronze. 2013 commissioned the largest blast furnace in India named ‘Durga’. thus recording a 14% dip. when he was ousted due to false starts) 5) State Bank of India’s (SBI’s) net profits for the quarter ended 30 June. Odisha (With commissioning of this blast furnace the hot metal capacity of SAIL has reached 4. Odisha. What was the main reason for this fall in profits as disclosed by the bank? – Huge increase in bad loans (SBI’s bad loans increased by Rs 9.891 crore as of 30 June. 3.Current Affairs 13 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) India on 12 August. 3.500 tonne carrier at Kochi shipyard about four-and-a-half years after its keel was laid by the minister. 1. 2013. This aircraft carrier has been named after India’s first aircraft carrier which has been de-commissioned from the service in 1997. 2013) 6) The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) on 10 August. Antony’s wife Elizabeth launched the 37. This bill seeks to insert an explanation in which Section of the RTI Act? – . He lost the world champion title at World Athletics Championships held on South Korea in 2011. He was 93) 3) India on 12 August.702 crore to Rs 60.060 cu. Mig29K.77 seconds (Silver medal was claimed by Justin Gatlin of the US who clocked 9. ‘The Newsletter for Birdwatchers’. who passed away on 11 August. At which unit of SAIL is this furnace installed? – Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP). Russia and France. 2013 stood at Rs. What is the name of this aircraft carrier? – INS Vikrant (Defence Minister A. was a distinguished authority on which field? – Ornithology (study of birds) and Conservationist (Futehally spearheaded the early years of the conservation movement in India. This huge furnace has a volume of 4. The indigenously-developed missile was picked up randomly from the production lot and launched by the personnel of the Strategic Force Command (SFC) from ITR’s Launch ComplexIII as part of routine user training.5 million tonnes per annum with this furnace adding 2. What was the time clocked by him? – 9. Light Combat Aircraft and Kamov 31 could fly from the carrier.
namely. CPI(M). and BSP are public authorities under Section 2(h) of the RTI Act. While deciding that the said political parties are public authorities. seeks to insert the explanation that that any association or body of individuals registered or recognised as political party under the Representation of the People Act. 2013. The Central Information Commission (CIC) in its decision dated 3 June. BJP. NCP. 1951 will not be considered a public authority.Section 2 (h) – Govt. AICC/INC. CPI. had held that the political parties. the CIC had relied mainly on the grounds that there is substantial (indirect) financing of political parties by the Central Government and they perform public duty) .
Manavjit Sandhu (2006-07). which was put into sea-trials last year? â€“ Liaoning (It is a refurbished and upgraded version of the Soviet carrier the Varyag) . withstanding temperatures ranging from freezing to 50 degrees Celsius as well as sand storms. Anjali Bhagwat (2002-03). Chinaâ€™s Communist Party-run tabloid theÂ Global Times on 13 August.Current Affairs 14 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) On 13 August. Lt Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rahore (2004-05). 2013 in the Lok Sabha to provide more powers to capital market regulator the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and to replace a related ordinance. Other six shooters to have conferred with this award are – Abhinav Bindra (200102). This bill seeks to amend which three acts? – The Securities and Exchange Board of India Act. the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act. the highest honour for a sportsperson in India. He is the 7th shooter to receive this prestigious award. This CFL has been established at which High Court of India? â€“ Tripura High Court at Agartala (This CFL would send an automatic SMS alert to both lawyers and the litigant about the fate of the court case. 2013. Once passed in Parliament. Sodhi is associated with which discipline of shooting? â€“ Double Trap Shooting (He won two silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games. seek phone call records to check insider trading and carry out search and seizure operations) 3) Which Indian steel company was recently given an order to manufacture 60. 1956 and the Depositories Act. What is the name of Chinaâ€™s first indigenous carrier. flash flooding and shifting dunes) 4) Indiaâ€™s first Cyber Forensic Laboratory (CFL) was inaugurated on 11 August. 2013 said in its editorial that China should now speed up construction of its domestic aircraft carriers. 1996 (An Ordinance had been promulgated in July this year amending the securities law that would provide more powers to the SEBI. Gagan Narang (2010-11) and Vijay Kumar (2011-12)) 2) Union Govt.000 tonnes of high-quality rails for a new high-speed line linking the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia? â€“ Tata Steel (The new railway line will allow millions of pilgrims to cross the 444 kilometers between the two cities at speeds of 320 kmh. on 12 August. An SMS alert would be sent through this CFL to all concerned parties if any lawyer or the petitioner remains absent on the day of trial. he became the first Indian shooter to successfully defend a World Cup title. 1992. The establishment of CFL is seen as a major step towards decentralization of legal services in India) 5) A day after the launch of Indiaâ€™s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. 2013 tabled the Securities Laws (Amendment) Bill. The line will cross the Arabian desert. 2013 Shooter Ronjan Sodhi was chosen for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. In 2011. the amendments will give more powers to SEBI to crack down on ponzi schemes.
2013 on the latest developments in Egypt following the government’s deadly crackdown on supporters of Morsi) 7) The Finance Ministry on 14 August. INS Sindhurakshak. These measures were announced in a bid to check the drain on foreign exchange reserves in the country) 6) Egypt’s interim Deputy President Mohamed Elbaradei on 14 August. 2013. 3. 2013 in which 18 personnel.727 crore AgustaWestland deal. 4. Security Council held an emergency briefing on 15 August. INS Sindhurakshak was India’s mainstay kilo-class submarine and was the most modern submarine of the Indian Navy. The U. claimed that 278 persons died in this violence. Govt.000 to – $75. (In addition to this govt. In addition to this RBI imposed a restriction on Indians from making an investment in a property abroad. with an objective of increasing the availability of onion in the domestic market? – Rs.871. 2013 resigned from his post opposing a move taken by country’s interim government. Imposition of emergency in Egypt was also opposed by the United States. imposed a state of emergency from 14 August. also announced measures to make import of onion easier. NAFED will also try to import onion at cheap rates in an effort to reduce prices in the domestic market) 5) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 14 August. including three officers.000 (This means Indian citizens would not be able to take out more than $75. The CAG also noted that the benchmark cost of Rs. may have been killed.5 crore for the 12 VVIP choppers was “unreasonably high” as compared to the Rs. The incident has come at a time when the Navy is faced with a depleting submarine fleet) 2) In its report tabled in Parliament on 13 August.966 crore quoted by AgustaWestland.00. the Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) slammed the Defence Ministry and Indian Air Force for several instances of deviation from rules in the procurement of VVIP choppers in the Rs.N. 39/kg. Which move of the govt. 2013 cut down the amount of foreign exchange an Indian may use to invest or spend abroad from the current annual limit of $2.000 in a year by way of travel or investment. This accident took place at which place? – Naval Dockyard at Colaba in Mumbai (The submarine had returned after a major upgrade programme in Russia 3-4 months ago and was capable of carrying a potent weapons package including the anti-ship ‘Club’ missiles. What is the present investment limit of LIC in companies? – 20% (LIC’s investment norm at present is . This judgement was passed by a Supreme Court bench in relation to which hydro project situated in Uttarakhand? – Alaknanda Hydro Power Project (In its judgement a bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra ordered the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for establishing the expert body in order to study the environmental degradation taking place by the power projects in the state) 4) What minimum export price of onion was announced on 14 August. 2013 announced that public sector insurance company LIC can increase its investments in companies up to 25% under special circumstances.Current Affairs 15-16 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) In a huge setback to the Indian Navy. 2013 directed the Union Government of India and the Government of Uttarakhand to not grant any environmental clearances to the hydro-electric projects in Uttarakhand. 3. AgustaWestland is collaboration between which two companies to manufacture helicopters? – UK and Italy (Westland Helicopters of the UK and Augusta of Italy merged in 2000 to form AugustaWestland) 3) The Supreme Court of India on 13 August. was he opposing? – Imposition of Emergency in the country (Egypt’s interim govt. 2013 by the union govt. a conventional submarine exploded after a fire on board and sank early on 14 August. INS Sindhurakshak was not on active duty at the time of the accident. 2013 due to increasing violence between supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his opponents.
LIC for long has been perceived as the last resort for the govt. Of the 500 universities ranked. Which institute is this? – Indian Institute of Science (IIS). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. American universities captured 17 positions of the top 20 slots. though the Centre denies it) 8) Recently which company became the most valuable company of the Aditya Birla group by overtaking cement company UltraTech? – Idea Cellular (During July 2013 Idea’s market capitalisation increased to Rs. Who headed this panel? – Dr. to meet its disinvestment target. Idea Cellular. the Birlas paid a hefty ransom of 4400 crore to buy out the Tata stake) 9) The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently given its approval to students to pursue two degree programmes simultaneously. After initial hustle. has made rapid progress. University of California.6. It started as an alliance with the Tata group. This approval was given based on recommendations of an expert panel constituted on this issue. 50820 crore. Berkeley.settled at 20% but in special circumstances it can now go up to 25%. Bangalore (Harvard University has been described as the world’s best university with a score of 100. Furqan Qamar. before the Tatas deciding to use CDMA technology. with two going to the British universities and one being occupied by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich. 52916 crore while UltraTech’s was calculated at Rs. As many as 17 Chinese universities were included as well) . followed by Stanford University with a score of 72. European universities occupied 200 slots — but only three made the top 20. Vice Chancellor. American universities captured a total of 182 slots. Central University of Hyderabad 10) In the recently released Academic Ranking of 500 World Universities (ARWU) for 2013 only one Indian institute features in the list. which was known earlier as Birla AT&T. and University of Cambridge have scored around 71 points.
like Aadhaar. What is this proposed ceiling? – 200 (This has been done following several state universities having a large number of colleges affiliated to a single university. interpreted this as a signal that days of cheap dollar were coming to an end soon and this it thus had its impact on the downfall 3) What is the name assigned to a dazzling multi-media series for displaying achievements during last nine years of the UPA government. He is associated with which company? – Tata Steel Limited. 2013 displayed the fact that employment in the US has recovered more than what was earlier expected. What was this latest data from the US.4% in BOB) 6) The Rashtriya Uchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) has proposed to put a ceiling on the number of colleges to be affiliated to any university. The terms and conditions of this committee are almost identical to those of the Sachar Committee. Under this important achievements of the UPA govt. 40. Guwahati. currently. which also impacted this historic downfall? – Economic data from the US released on 15 August. For example Osmania University has 901 colleges affiliated to it while 811 colleges are attached to Pune University. Markets in Asia. Shram Bhushan carries a cash prize of Rs. will lead to setting up and upgradation of new colleges and universities. which has been asked to submit its report within nine months. on 14 August. 62. which examined the socio-economic status of Muslims) 2) 16 August. including India. Jamshedpur (Shram Ratna is the highest honour in India given to workers employed in any private or public enterprise or departmental undertaking employing 500 or more workers. has recently set up a high-level seven-member committee to investigate the socio-economic status of tribals. when implemented. second phase of which was unveiled during August 2013 by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting? – “Glimpses of the India Story” (With an eye on the general elections scheduled to be held next year.03 per dollar.000 and Rs. These events were seen as investors’ response to fears of a return to a capital-control regime and latest data coming from the US. Who has been appointed as the Chairman of this committee? – Virginius Xaxa (Xaxa is the newest member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) and is the Deputy Director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences.000 respectively) 5) Which public sector bank recently sought Rs 1. Right to Information (RTI) and upcoming Food Security legislation have been highlighted) 4) Subrata Kumar was nominated for the Prime Minister’s Shram Ratna Award for year 2012 as announced by the union govt. 20 with Shram Veer or Shram Veerangana and 41 with the Shram Shri or Shram Devi awards. The one lakh crore-worth Rashtriya Uchattar Shiksha Abhiyan.800-crore capital infusion from the Centre through allotment of preferential shares? – Bank of Baroda (BoB) – Union govt.Current Affairs 17 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) Union Govt. A cash award of Rs. The scheme will also facilitate increased number of students from secondary to higher education) . The average number of affiliated colleges per university is 300. 2013 marked a new low for the present Indian economic scenario with the rupee dropping to a lifetime low of Rs. This has negatively affected the academic quality of the university. 2013 on the eve of the Independence Day. In addition to this 8 employees of different departments were conferred with the Shram Bhushan Award. 60. BSE’s Sensex plunging by over 4% in a single day and gold prices surging to a two-year high. the UPA government has unveiled a series of audio-visual clips as a part of its multimedia campaign to highlight its achievements and showcase the impact of its policies in the last nine years. Direct Benefits Transfer. 2 lakh and a citation is given under Shram Ratna. 1 lakh while Shram Veer or Shram Veerangana and Shram Shri or Shram Devi carry a cash prize of Rs. has a stake of 55.
7) Indian telecom subscriber base crossed 90-crore mark in May this year after almost two years. Chetan Sharma and Harbhajan Singh. Since then the base has been shrinking steadily) 8) A Dronacharya Award winner and the coach of former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev passed away on 16 August. 2011 (It had later touched 96.005 crore. according to latest TRAI data. When the telecom subscriber base had first crossed the 90-crore mark? – In September. What was the name of this famous cricket coach? – Desh Prem Azad . Apart from Kapil Dev. Ashok Malhotra. 2013 at Mohali. 2012.55 crore mark in June. It registered a marginal growth and the base grew by 0. he helped shaping the careers of cricketers such as Yograj Singh.34% to reach 90.
a Hindu dominated area nearby) 3) An avian flu emergency was declared in the capital of which neighbouring country of India on 17 August. etc.881. 2013 poll at Noksen Assembly constituency in Nagaland. except for some brief periods including once in 2012. pulling down the total valuation of all listed companies to $ 985 billion. The first case of the avian flu in Nepal was reported in January 2009. Iceland. India had first entered the trillion-dollar club in June 2007. which was released recently. and the 15. The VVPT will enable electors to see a printout of their ballot displaying the name. 2013 after fresh cases emerged from different areas of the capital? – Nepal (Avian flu emergency was declared in Kathmandu valley after numerous cases of the H5N1 strain were reported since last one month. amid the global slowdown. Now how many stock markets of the world remain in the trillion-dollar league? – 13 (US. – 15. Hong Kong. Which state is this? – Nagaland (Election Commission of India decided to use VVPAT enabled EVMs in the 4 September. 2013. but moved out in September 2008. No human deaths due to the virus have been reported in the country so far) 4) For the first time a pilot-project for use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be undertaken during an upcoming assembly by-election to be held in an Indian state. In case there is a dispute about the voting and a petition is filed. Japan.000th (The 15. It again got back into the elite league in May 2009 and had largely remained there since then. the votes can be tallied electronically and physically with the ballot slips that fall into the compartment) 5) What is the name of a proposed commission that will look into removing ambiguity and establishing a stable and non-adversarial tax administration in the country and establishment of which was approved by the union govt. a Christian dominated area.22 crore as stocks witnessed huge decline in their values. Sweden. France. China.branch.001st branch of the bank at Kalayarkovil. The main objective of TARC will be to review the application of tax policies and tax laws in India in the context of best global practices and recommend measures to strengthen the capacity of the tax system in India) 6) “Faster: 100 ways to improve your digital life” is the name of 15th book written by a Stanford educated 28-year old ethical hacker.73. Imposition of emergency meant that trading of birds was completely banned and culling ordered in the areas declared emergency zones. Australia. Market capitalisation of all the listed companies in Indian stock market stood at Rs 60.000th Branch of the SBI was inaugurated by Union Finance Minister P. South Korea. TARC will be a seven member commission including a Chairman. However the voter cannot take the printout home. Spain and South Africa have also moved out of this club after enjoying a trillion-dollar status in the past. while at least three others – Brazil. Norway. Germany. election symbol and serial number of the chosen candidate. has approved setting up of TARC on 13 August. Chidambaram at Tamil Nadu’s Sooranam. Nordic region (Finland.) and Brazil. Switzerland. Canada. South Korea and Nordic region markets – are maintaining this level with small margins) 2) State Bank of India (SBI) on 17 August. recently? – Tax Administration Reform Commission – TARC (Union Govt. 2013 achieved another milestone by opening its …………….Current Affairs 18 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) The Indian stock market moved out of the trillion-dollar league on 16 August. Denmark. Markets like Russia. UK. What is the name of this author? – Ankit Fadia (Fadia’s last 14 books are centered around cyber security) . 2013 as stock prices crashed.
Which train was involved in this accident? – Saharsa – Patna Rajya Rani Express (Most of the killed were devotees coming from or going to the Katyayani Temple nearby and were standing on the track when this superfast train passed through the station at high speed. the GSLV-D5 mission that was to place in orbit an advanced communication satellite from Sriharikota. 176. 2013. as stated in this data? – Andhra Pradesh (With 65. It is followed by Maharashtra with 62.942 and Madhya Pradesh with 27. This ban on duty-free import of flat screen televisions comes to effect from – 26 August. ICDWQ will be established at a total cost of Rs. Only 1. Bala Venkatesh Varma (Varma is a . on 19 August. Dhamara Ghat railway station had no over-bridge for passengers to cross the tracks) 5) Recently the Union Cabinet gave its approval for establishment of the International Centre for Drinking Water Quality (ICDWQ). 2013 more than 40 crore 29 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been issued till 31st July. Which satellite was being attempted to be placed by this aborted launch vehicle? – GSAT-14 (This was the third straight time that ISRO was caught up in a cryogenic launch mess-up. which comprise 12 nautical miles from Indian coast. 2013 banned duty-free import of flat screen television (LCD/LED/Plasma) by air travellers in a bid to prop up rupee. 2013 aborted the launch of its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV). Kolkata.390 Aadhaar numbers issued till 31st July Andhra Pradesh is the leading state as far as issue of Aadhaar numbers is concerned.773.64 crore and the expenditure will be met from funds provided to the ministry of drinking water and sanitation under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme) 6) What is the name of the proposed nodal agency for offshore wind projects in the country that will soon be constituted under the aegis of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy? – National Offshore Wind Energy Authority – NOWA (NOWA will carry out resource assessment and surveys in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of the country and simultaneously enter into contract with project developers for development of offshore wind energy project in the territorial water. ISRO’s previous two GSLV missions in April and December 2010 had also ended in failure) 3) Union Govt. Diamond Harbour Road. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has reiterated that the target of 60 crore Aadhaar enrolments will be achieved by 2014) 2) The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 19 August. 63 mark and closed at an all-time low of Rs.13 per dollar. It will be the single window agency and will coordinate with concerned Ministries/Departments for necessary clearances) 7) Who recently took over as the new Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the UN Conference on Disarmament at Geneva? – D. Till now Air travellers were allowed to bring a flat screen television for personal use without paying any duty) 4) 37 people were crushed to death at Dhamara Ghat railway station in Bihar’s Khagaria district by a superfast express train on 19 August. Which state is leading in issuing Aadhaar numbers. 2013 (This would mean air travellers bringing in TV as part of their baggage from 26 August would have to pay customs duty. On this day rupee went below the Rs. This proposed centre will be established at – Kolkata (The centre will be established on 8.848 Aadhaar numbers were issued in Arunachal Pradesh by 31st July.697. 2013 in the country.Current Affairs 20 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) According to the latest data released by the Planning Commission on 17 August. This was done following the detection of a fuel leakage barely an hour from lift-off.941. 63.72 acres of land at Joka. ICDWQ will be set up to undertake research on problems pertaining to water quality including arsenic and fluoride contamination.394 Aadhaar numbers.
2013? – Ratan Thiyam (Thiyam is a well-known theatre personality from Manipur and his appointment has been done for a period of 4 years. which is the first mammalian carnivore species to be newly identified in the Americas in 35 years. pronounced oh-lin-GHEE-toe (The discovery of Olinguito is seen as a rare one.1988-batch officer of the India Foreign Service (IFS)) 8) Scientists at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington on 15 August. Amal Allana. He takes over from theatre director. It was found in the dense forests of Ecuador and Colombia in the Northern Andes and it belongs to the raccoon family) 9) Who was appointed as the new Chairperson of the National School of Drama (NSD) Society on 19 August. who demitted office as NSD Chairperson in June this year after serving two consecutive terms) . What name has been given to this newly discovered mammal? – Olinguito. 2013 announced the discovery of a new species of mammal.
has been recommended to be appointed as the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court) 3) For the first time an Uttarakhand High Court judge has been made the Chief Justice of a High Court of the country. which became the first Islamic financial services company to be launched in India.C. which is organized by it every two years. 2013 recommended Justice N. acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court. as recommended by the Supreme Court collegiums recently? – Justice N. What is the name of this exercise? – RIMPAC – Rim of the Pacific Exercise (Allied military forces of the Pacific Rim are invited by the US in this exercise. a decision was taken by the IAF to land the C130J-30 aircraft which is capable of lifting upto 20 tonnes of load. Banumathi. a Sharia-compliant nonbanking financial company (NBFC). This aircraft took off from Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad and made a perfect landing at this airport. an airstrip located at 16614 feet (5065 meters) in the Aksai Chin area (This base was built during the Indo-China conflict in 1962 and came into prominence when Packet aircraft of the IAF operated from DBO between 1962 and 1965. Abdul Kalam. Musharraf’s formal trial could begin any time. Ramana and Justice Rajesh Kumar Agrawal (The Supreme Court collegium on 19 August. Ramana. 2013 a C130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) landed at the highest airstrip in the world situated in India. It was the first time that any of the four generals who have ruled Pakistan have been indicted.P. to be appointed as the new Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court while the acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Rajesh Kumar Agrawal be made its Chief Justice. 2007. started its operations in which Indian state recently? – Kerala (The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had given its approval to CFSL to launch banking operations based on the concept of Islamic banking in Kerala. The senior-most judge of the High Court. Who is this judge? – Justice P. he could face a maximum sentence of death or life imprisonment) 5) The US for the first time invited the Chinese Navy to join its largest multilateral naval exercise. 2013 indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on charges of conspiracy to murder former Prime Minister and late opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.V. Considering the very limited load carrying capability of AN 32 and helicopters. has been formed by a group of Gulf-based NRI businessmen led by P Muhamed Ali and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) has a 11% stake in it) 7) “My Journey: Transforming Dreams into Actions”. If convicted. In which year was Bhutto assassinated? – In 2007 (She was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack during December. This landing at DBO qualifies for the world record for the highest landing by an aircraft of this class) 2) Who will be the new Chief Justices of the Delhi and Madras High Courts respectively. is a new book written by – A. Justice R. Pant (Pant is the senior-most judge of the Uttarakhand High Court and is being elevated as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court as announced by the Supreme Court collegiums) 4) An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on 20 August. which was published recently by Rupa. 2013 and agreed to expand military exchanges and exercises as part of efforts to build more stable bilateral ties) 6) Cheraman Financial Services Limited (CFSL). which is a biennial exercise held in June and July and is the largest international maritime warfare exercise.Current Affairs 21 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) On 20 August. the former President (This book is filled with stories of innumerable challenges in Kalam’s years as the scientific adviser when India .J. Which airport is this? – Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO).V. CFSL. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan met at Washington on 19 August.
his retirement and dedication to teaching thereafter and his years as President) 8) The new Petronet LNG terminal near Kochi in Kerala received its first cargo vessel carrying liquified gas on 20 August. Besides the Kochi plant. which it plans to expand to 15 million by 2016. 2013. It is also constructing a facility in Andhra Pradesh) .conducted its second nuclear test. This new LNG terminal. is all set to commence operations soon. which has been built at a cost of Rs 4. Petronet operates a 10 million tonnes per annum terminal at Dahej in Gujarat. this LNG terminal. with an annual capacity of five million tonnes. is situated at – Puthuvype (With this first shipment.200 crore.
Both these actions were in violations of section 45-S of RBI Act. 2013 in Pune. who was sacked on 20 August. even as the consideration of the Bill was scuttled in Parliament by the Opposition. Venugopal. Dabholkar had been fighting for the passage of a legislation that would make certain exploitative and superstitious practices illegal) 5) What is the name of a bill. to stop allowing the use of its premises / branches to accept deposits from public by their associate unincorporated bodies. became a non-deposit taking NBFC in March. 2013 by NSEL Board? – Anjani Sinha (He was sacked along-with six other top executives. (MFCL) and Manappuram Finance Ltd. This bill seeks to provide full operational and financial autonomy to regulate all issues concerning civil aviation to the Civil Aviation Authority of India. 2013 became the first to launch the food security scheme for its citizens? – Delhi (UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi launched the scheme in Delhi by giving away food security ration cards to beneficiaries along with a 5-kg packet of rice. The Manappuram Agro Farms (MAGRO). 2011. a sole proprietary concern of Shri V. 2013? – Haryana and Uttarakhand (UPA’s ambitious Food Security Scheme was launched in these three Congress-ruled states. Delhi was the first State to clear the scheme) 2) The Food Security Scheme was launched in which other two states apart from capital Delhi on 20 August. The NSEL had to shut down its operation early this month following the government direction in the wake of violation of certain rules) . Nandakumar (Executive Chairman of MAFIL) was accepting fresh deposits from the public. 2013 to replace the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with a new regulator for India’s aviation sector? – The Civil Aviation Authority of India Bill. which is the proposed new regulator for the sector) 6) What was the name of the MD and CEO of crisis-ridden National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL). (MAFIL) – (Muthoot Estate Investment (MEI).P. MAFIL.Current Affairs 22 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) Which state on 20 August. which is a violation of the provisions of section 45-S of the RBI Act. Narendra Dabholkar was shot down on 20 August. 1934. 2013 (This bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Civil Aviation K. which was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 20 August. However. which cornered the government on the issue of missing files related to the coal block allocation) 3) The Reserve Bank of India had directed two Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs).C. He was founder of which organisation which was engaged in spreading the movement against anti-superstition in Maharashtra? – Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (For the last decade. was collecting public deposits through the branches of MFCL located in Kerala. 1934) 4) Leading anti-superstition activist Dr. its maturing deposits were being renewed with MAGRO. which was earlier a deposit taking (Category ‘A’) company. Which two NBFCs are these? – Muthoot Fincorp Ltd.
country’s main opposition party. 2013 Maruti Suzuki India launched a new car. 2013.Current Affairs 23 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) On 21 August. What is the name of his political party? – Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) – He was sworn in as President despite doubts regarding the legitimacy of his election win. which was visited by the hospital ship twice) 7) 89-year old Robert Mugabe was sworn in as the President of Zimbabwe on 22 August. and mobilise industry and governments to bring the world online) 2) Nishi Vasudeva’s name came to news when she was selected by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) to head a Navratna category PSU and thus is on the way to become the first-ever woman to head a Navratna PSU. a balloon-mounted Internet access service that is expected to help provide Internet access to rural and remote areas. Bangladesh on 19 August. which is the fourth largest private sector bank of India. What is the name of this medical ship. 2014? – Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd – HPCL (PESB selected her name after interviewing seven other candidates for top post at HPCL. 2013 insurance regulator IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority) imposed a hefty fine of Rs. higher-quality smartphones and deploying Internet access in underserved communities who has no access to Internet.org” (The initiative of these seven technology giants will seek to collaborate on developing lower-cost. including those from Central Vigilance Commission and CBI will send it to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet for necessary clearance and approval) 3) Which private sector bank claimed to have opened its 500th branch during August. MediaTek and Qualcomm) to launch a new global initiative to make Internet access affordable for people across the globe. He will have a term of 5 years. which is on its second visit to Bangladesh? – Peace Ark (With this visit. 2013? – Yes Bank (Yes Bank.1 crore on which private sector life insurance company? – Bajaj Allianz (This fine was imposed for various violations including for rejecting certain earlydeath claims as un-concluded contract and entering into referral arrangements with entities that were not licensed to act as corporate agents or insurance intermediaries) 6) A full-fledged hospital ship belonging to China’s Navy reached Chittagong. Bangladesh became the only country among the eight Asian countries under its “Mission Harmony”.10 lakh and Rs. 4. The move comes a few weeks after Internet search giant Google announced its ‘Project Loon’. which is opposed by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). which after getting the mandatory clearances. Opera. What is the name given to this initiative? – “Internet. ex-Delhi) 5) On 21 August. 2013 with an objective to provide free medical services to its people and conduct academic exchanges with the country’s military hospitals. also claimed that it has achieved its presence in all 28 states and 7 union territories of the country) 4) On 21 August. . Mugabe won a landslide victory in the 31 July elections with 61% of the presidential votes. What is the name of this newly launched car? – Stingray (Stingray is powered by a 998 cc petrol engine and is available in the price range between Rs. share knowledge.org will develop joint projects. Samsung.67 lakh. which is based on the platform of company’s highly popular Wagon-R model. This will be Mugabe’s fifth term as president since 1987. Mugabe has been in power since 1980 since he led Zimbabwe to its independence. Ericsson. She is expected to take over as the Chairman and Managing Director of which PSU in March. 2013 the social-networking giant Facebook announced joining hands with six other technology companies (Nokia. 4. The founding members of Internet. 3. The PESB’s recommendation will now go to the Petroleum & Natural Gas Ministry.
internal controls.50 crore). compliance systems and processes at these banks 2) Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on 23 August. 2013 announced the discovery of a major deep-water gas condensate off the east coast. as announced on 23 August. Jabalpur. 2 crore). which lies 62 kilometers from the east coast. Which are these 5 IIITs? – Chittoor in Andhra. 2013 in the Lok Sabha? – 879 (Best government hospital bed availability was recorded in Manipur. Ahmedabad (IIMA) on 2 September.574. Other four IIITs are functioning at Allahabad. 2013? – V Kannan (Kannan.K. Spin Cot Textiles. 2013 informed that 5 new Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode have been started from this academic session. Which 6 public sector banks are these? – Allahabad Bank (Rs. Its oil flow has been estimated at about 1 million standard cubic meters per day) 7) Who will take over as the new Director of Indian Institute of Management. 2014) 4) How many entities were declared as defaulters by beleaguered National Spot Exchnage Limited (NSEL) on 23 August. 6. Ashish Nanda . 50.846 persons per government bed) 6) Reliance Industries and its partner BP Plc. Guwahati in Assam and Vadodara in Gujarat (With this now there are a total of 9 IIITs in India. IDBI Bank (Rs. which was as high as 7. who is currently an executive director at Oriental Bank of Commerce. 2013 following the directions of the Forward Markets Commission (FMC)? – Nine (Nine entities declared as defaulters by NSEL are ARK Imports. Loil Overseas Foods. Bank of Maharashtra (Rs. 1 crore) – This penalty was imposed after the RBI carried out a scrutiny of books of accounts. is expected to assume charge of his new role from 1 January. Dena Bank (Rs. according to the estimates disclosed by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on 23 August. Tavishi Enterprises. Proteins.31 crore to its investors who had taken positions in commodity contracts. As per the FMC order.1 lakh). which was as high as 2 persons per government hospital bed whereas the worst was recorded in Bihar. NCS Sugars. NSEL has to ensure that it settles Rs 5. This discovery was made at which river basin – Cauvery Basin (The discovery was made at the Block titled CY-DWN-201/2. 1. 2013? – Prof. 2013 announced imposition of a total of Rs. Kota in Rajasthan.Current Affairs 24 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 23 August. 2013. Vimladevi Agrotech and Yathuri Associates. on 23 August. Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu. N. 50 lakh).50 crore monetary penalty on six public sector banks for violation of rules relating to know your customer and anti-money laundering. 1 crore) and Indian Bank (Rs. Kota and Kancheepuram) 3) Who was appointed as the new Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Vijaya Bank. Corporation Bank (Rs. Lotus Refineries. NSEL should auction stocks of these defaulters and also sell their realisable assets to recover dues. spread over 30-weekly settlement cycles) 5) How many government hospital beds per person were available in India as on 1 January.
These all.95% in 1993 and thus becoming the only state to do so. Australia.122 accounts while the bank’s financial inclusion machinery under branch-less banking business correspondents model opened 75. academicians and bankers. but keep off taboo areas of Islam like liquor.5 lakh no-frills accounts in eight districts on a single day as part of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme of the Union Govt. Under the Islamic banking norms.Current Affairs 25 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) As per information furnished by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA).359 sq km which is 47. who featured in this announcement? – Steve Ballmer (Ballmer took over the helm at the company when founder Bill Gates stepped down in 2000.? – Sikkim (Sikkim Govt.320 no-frills accounts at 64 villages in Warangal district.15% in 2001 to 3. Germany but below France. South Korea. Banks can invest the money. Switzerland. announced that forest cover in the state has been increased to 47.17% (The penetration of life insurance sector in India has increased from 2. Who is the Chief Executive of Microsoft. which drove-up the share price of Microsoft on the same day. Insurance coverage in a country is generally measured by insurance penetration.715 (There was an increase of 3. tobacco and gambling or speculation) .3% as compared with the corresponding months of last year. United Kingdom. Russia. He has drawn criticism from analysts in the last few years for failing to gain a toehold in the booming market for tablet computers and smartphones.17% in 2012 which is above that of Brazil. from the government departments concerned) 4) How many Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) were recorded for the first seven months (Jan-July) of year 2013. The Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism during this period stood at Rs. depositors do not get interest on deposits. which is the ratio of premium underwritten in a given year to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)) 2) Which state became the only state of India to have increased its forest cover in the past two decades. Sikkim is also the greenest state in the country. as announced recently by the state govt. United States of America. Malaysia.34% in 2013 from 43. Pakistan. Sri Lanka. Kashipur (This two-day management development programme is the first of such executive course to offer Islamic Banking and Finance and was for senior bureaucrats.448 crores.50. will leave his post within 12 months. are provisional figures) 5) It was announced on 23 August. lawyers. Singapore. nor can the banks charge interest to its borrowers. as disclosed by Union Tourism Ministry in Lok Sabha on 23 August. officials of financial institutions. scholarships etc.. which is now dominated by rivals Apple and Google) 6) Which IIM of the country recently launched a first-of-its-kind management development programme on Islamic Banking and Finance? – IIM. China. 2013 that the Chief Executive of software giant Microsoft Inc. Japan.3% of state geographical area as compared to 21% of the national average) 3) Which bank of Andhra Pradesh came into news for having opened about 1.31. will be uploaded on NPCI Mapper along with other banks to join Aadhar Payment Bridge to facilitate electronic fund transfer like subsidies. The forest cover based on interpretation of satellite data is 3. what was the life insurance penetration rate in India in the year 2012? – 3. These accounts. Taiwan and Hong Kong. 2013? – 38. however. opened with zero balance and seeded with Aadhar Cards.? – Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank – APGVB (The 638 branches of the bank together opened 72.
seeks to reduce the use of inessential drugs and ensure use of rational and necessary drugs under this initiative. which was to be covered in 20 days (The parikrama yatra was to pass through seven district of Uttar Pradesh Faizabad. Basti. 2013 England lifted the Ashes Trophy for 2013 by defeating Australia by 3-0 in the five test match annual series. How much budget outlay has been made available under this initiative. With this.Current Affairs 26 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) On 25 August. Ian Bell (England) and Ryan Harris (Australia) were jointly awarded the ‘Man of the Series’ Award) 2) The Uttar Pradesh Govt.000 crore (Govt. 2013 at Singapore. approved the initiative for free supply of essential medicines to the patients availing treatments. They allow the RBI to have lower cash balances and issue fewer long-term notes) 6) Who won the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix on 25 August. 2013 the Union Govt. 2013 foiled Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP’s) plans to start its ‘84 Kosi Parikrama’ from Ayodhya by launching a massive crackdown and arrested hundreds of VHP leaders and saints including VHP head Ashok Singhal (the VHP head). Gonda. 16. claimed the third spot) 7) India won Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC’s) Emerging Team under-23 title in the final held on 25 August. What is the primary benefit of issuing ICMBs? – CMBs allow the RBI to meet the temporary cash flow mismatches of the Government of India (CMBs are flexible instruments for the RBI as they are issued at times of requirement. This initiative is based on the model employed in Tamil Nadu. Balrampur. Praveen Togadia and Ram Vilas Vedanti. who started the race from the pole position. What was the proposed total distance to be covered under this parikrama yatra of the VHP? – 252 Km. which comes under the 12th Five Year Plan? – Rs. India defeated which team in the finals? – Pakistan (India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by nine wickets with 98 balls to spare to win this title) . on 25 August. Sant Kabir Nagar. With this loss Australian captain Michael Clark became the first Australian skipper to – Not being able to win a single match in the series (This was the first time that Australia could not win a single match in the series. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso (Spain) was second whereas Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain). where free medicines are procured in bulk directly from the manufacturers and are supplied through an IT enabled management system to the public) 4) Which private sector steel manufacturer was recently adjudged as the best Performing Integrated Steel Plant in the country for the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the year 2011-12? – Tata Steel (This award was based on the recommendations made by a panel of judges that selected companies for the Prime Minister’s Trophy awards for the year 2011-12. Bahraich and Shrawasti) 3) On 24 August. Tata Steel has scored maximum marks in overall performance for the fourth consecutive year) 5) On 23 August 2013 the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced the auction of two 48-days Government of India Cash Management Bills (CMBs). 2013? – Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull (This was the fifth win for Germany’s Vettel.
Which team was pushed to third spot by England? – India (South Africa remained in the first position. allocation and transportation of foodgrains upto the designated depots of the Food Corporation of India.V. The Central Government is responsible for procurement. 2013 extended the Monsoon Session of the Parliament upto which date in order to get more time to pass crucial bills like the Food Security Bill. Nageswara Rao. Economic Reforms Bill and Land Acquisition Bill? – 6 September. 2013 that seeks to provide highly subsidised food grains to the poor. Santosh Kumar Bagaria and K. The Chakan plant is the only facility apart from Mercedes-Benz’s SUV plant in Tuscaloosa. 2013 passed the ambitious National Food Security Bill. Losing the Ashes 0-3. issuance of ration cards to them and supervision over distribution of allocated foodgrains to eligible card holders through the fair price shops are that of the State/UT Governments) 2) Union Govt. These three ASGs will be in addition to the existing ASGs and handle various cases assigned to them and would also assist the Attorney General G. which is the world’s first of this type to be manufactured out of the USA? – GL-Class (The GL-Class luxury SUV was rolled out by Eberhard Kern. Who is heading this 25-member committee? – M. MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India. to manufacture this SUV) 6) Following its 3-0 win in the recently concluded Ashes series.E. Vahanvati and Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran) 4) A committee constituted by the Corporate Affairs Ministry to look into ways to improve the country’s overall business climate is ready to submit its report to the Union Govt. This bill proposes to legally entitle 67% of the population (including 75 per cent rural and 50 per cent urban) to get subsidised grains under which category of food distribution system? – Targeted Public Distribution System – TPDS (TDPS was launched in 1997 by the Govt. its lowest since August 2011. of India with focus on the poor. Australia moved down to fifth place. on 26 August. England claimed the no. 2013 3) How many Additional Solicitors General (ASGs) were appointed in the Supreme Court on 26 August. identification of eligible Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. Pakistan was at fourth spot in this list) . TPDS is operated under the joint responsibility of Central Government and State/Union Territory (UT) Governments. Viswanathan and their tenure will be for three years. 2 spot in the latest ICC Test Team Ranking chart. Former SEBI Chairman 5) What is the name of the first vehicle rolled-out by luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz India from its Chakan plant near Pune in Maharashtra. States are required to formulate and implement foolproof arrangements for identification of the poor for delivery of food grains and for its distribution in a transparent and accountable manner. USA. Under the TPDS. Damodaran. The operational responsibilities for lifting and distributing the allocated foodgrains within the States/UTs.Current Affairs 27 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) The Lok Sabha on 26 August. 2013? – Three (These three newly appointed ASGs are – L.
Department of Commerce (The main objective of this task force will be to examine various types of currency swap agreements/arrangements and their implication for India’s trade and financial system. the commission will have Y G Parande and Sunita Kaila as full-time members while M K Zutshi. 63 incurred losses and one CPSE made no profit/ loss) 2) Union Govt. BRRI’s Dr. 2012 a total of 225 CPSEs were in operation. M R Diwakar and S Mahalingam will be part-time members. Hindalco Industries (Odisha). JAS Infra and Power (Jharkhand). 2013? – Sixty three (As on 31 March. on 26 August. Trade Policy Division. Jaiprakash Power Ventures (Madhya Pradesh). GMR Kishangarg Expressway. was released on 25 August. 2013. has decided to a Task Force on Currency Swap Arrangements/Agreements on view of the rising trade deficit and consequent current account deficit. which provides longer immunity and efficacy against typhoid? . S S N Moorthy.Typbar TCV . during August. 2013 the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) set rigid datelines to clear the bottlenecks hampering private projects in the country. Athena Chhattisgarh Power(Chhattisgarh). It will also study the pros and cons of Currency Swap Agreement/Arrangement for India’s trade) 3) On 26 August. Alamgir Hossain led the research team for this rice variety) 7) What is the name of a new typhoid vaccine launched by Bharat Biotech International Ltd on 26 August 2013. TARC’s tenure will be of 18-months. which is country’s first biologically fortified rice variety and which will be made available to farmers for cultivation from next year.Additional Secretary. which was constituted by the Union Govt.Current Affairs 28 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) How many loss incurring Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) were in operation as on 31 March. Which two laws associated with marriage are sought to be amended by this bill? – The Special Marriages Act. Utkal Alumina (Odisha). This includes projects like Sasan Power (Madhya Pradesh). which is reportedly capable of fighting diarrhoea and pneumonia-induced childhood deaths and stunted growth. and Essar Power’s Tori-I power plant (Jharkhand)) 4) Who is heading the seven-member Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC) .141 crore (The CCI reviewed 36 infrastructure projects with a total investment of Rs 1. L&T Metro Rail. Chidambaram in the Union Budget 2013-14 with an objective of reviewing the application of tax policies and tax laws) 5) The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill. This rice variety was developed in which country? – Bangladesh (Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) developed this rice variety. 85.141 crore.83 lakh crore and set deadlines for projects with an envisaged investment of Rs 85. 2012 as disclosed by the Govt. Out of these161 CPSEs made profit. This new bill provides a provision to restrict the grant of decree of divorce on the ground of irretrievable breakdown of marriage if the court is satisfied that adequate provision for the maintenance of children born out of the marriage has not been made consistently with the financial capacities of the parents. Who will head this Task Force? . Setting-up of this commission was announced by Union Finance Minister P. The Prime Minister led CCI cleared stalled projects worth how much investment on this day? – Rs. 2010 was passed by the Rajya Sabha by voice vote on 26 August. 2013 to have a comprehensive review of existing tax laws and suggest a stable tax administration? – Parthasarathy Shome (Apart from Shome. 1955 6) World’s first zinc-enriched rice variety. 1954 and the Hindu Marriage Act. 2013.
Toyota’s first sedan-sized hybrid car in India was Prius but it was a completely imported car) 5) Name of which pro-Syrian govt. group came to highlight for allegedly hacking the website of The New York Times on 27 August.80 per dollar. 2011? – Gwalior-Varanasi Bundelkhand Express (These bio-toilets are fitted below the coach floor underneath the lavatories and the human waste discharged into them is acted upon by a colony of anaerobic bacteria that convert human waste mainly into water and small amount of gases (methane and CO2)) 4) The first ever sedan-size hybrid car to be manufactured in India was launched on 28 August.D Shibulal steps down in 2015. Typically when the hackers take control of a website. The unit also posted its biggest fall in absolute terms ever. launched the all new Camry Hybrid. With this launch.Current Affairs 29 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) The Indian Rupee fell sharply on 28 August. This hybrid car was launched by which company? – Toyota (Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM). low cost and robust technology has been developed jointly by Indian Railways and Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) for railway passenger coaches and is the first of its kind in railway systems in the world. A Twitter account for the Syrian Electronic Army claimed it was responsible and said it was the source of a similar attack on Huffington Post UK and Twitter. Which was the first train to have bio-toilet installed in it during January. Vemuri’s resignation came days after Infosys Senior Vice President Sudhir Chaturvedi put in his papers. This was its biggest single-day percentage fall since how many years? – 18 years (This was the largest single-day percentage fall of the Indian Rupee since October 1995. dropping 256 basis points on the day) 2) Infosys’ highest-paid Indian executive recently resigned from his post to continue a series of high-level resignations at the company. which is Toyota’s Indian joint venture with the Kirloskar group. 2013 to hit a record low of 68. The Syrian Electronic Army has accused Western media of false reporting about the civil war in Syria. globally India became the 9th country to manufacture Toyota hybrid vehicles. and a month after Global Sales Head Basab Pradhan quit the company) 3) Indian Railways recently announced that in its commitment to provide hygienic environment to passengers. This environment friendly.24 on 27 August. they use the opportunity to disseminate messages supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) . What is the name of this executive who was the head of the company’s operations in the Americas and also the global head of manufacturing and engineering services? – Ashok Vemuri (Vemuri was widely considered to be a strong contender for the position of CEO after current head S.80 to the dollar. 2013. it is presently running 1400 coaches with 3800 bio-toilets in various trains. 2013? – Syrian Electronic Army (Website of The New York Times crashed for second time in a month on 27 August. The partially convertible rupee closed at 68. compared to its close of 66.
Oil-rich West Asian nations own many of the world’s largest SWFs. the former President of South Africa (Award on his behalf was collected by South African President Jacob Zuma as Mandela is in a critical condition in a hospital in Pretoria. expected to be operational by September end) 2) In view of continuous decline in the value of Indian Rupee. Main objective of the RTE Anthem is to generate constructive awareness among the community and stakeholders for the implementation of RTE. Which 10 public sector entities are these? – NHB. HUDCO. including Pune German Bakery blast. National Highway Authority of India. the Finance Ministry has worked out a strategy for as many as 10 public sector entities to tap Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) to raise at least Rs 15. M. Pallam Raju on 29 August. out of the investors fund. 2013 who was awarded the first Mahathir Award for Global Peace named after the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir bin Mohamad? – Nelsen Mandela. what step was taken by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for helping three state-owned oil marketing companies (IOC. The Mahathir Award for Global Peace will be given annually to recognise those who have made considerable efforts in promoting peace) 6) Which mutual fund company recently launched an auto premium payment system in collaboration with Life Insurance Corporation to enable its mutual fund investors to pay their insurance premium? – LIC Nomura Mutual Fund (Under the scheme. after the arrest of IM operatives from Pune and Mangalore) 4) In an effort to boost forex inflows. IIFCL. Rural Electrification Corporation. 2013 by the NIA and Bihar Police team from Bihar-Nepal border. The RBI decision is aimed at curbing volatility in the forex market. 2013 (IST) from Kourou spaceport in French Guiana? – GSAT-7 (This satellite was successfully launched by European space consortium Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket. 2013 launched the Anthem for Right to Education (RTE).000 crore in foreign currency. HPCL and BPCL) who require a large amount of foreign exchange for meeting their import bills? – A special window was opened for meeting their daily foreign exchange requirement (This special window will provide forex swap facility to these 3 companies which require $8-8. with funds collected from budget and trade surpluses. No additional charge will be levied for availing this facility) 7) Union Minister for HRD Dr. and the money raised is deployed in long-term infrastructure projects) 5) On 27 August. This will be part of a tax-free bond issue. Hyderabad and Mumbai blasts? – Yasin Bhatkal (His name first cropped up in 2008. Under the swap facility the RBI will sell/buy USD-INR forex swaps for fixed tenor with the oil marketing companies through a designated bank) 3) In a major achievement for the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Indian Navy would be the user of this multi-band home-built communication satellite. Through the facility. the premium amount of the investor on due date will be remitted to LIC by LIC Nomura Mutual Fund. Who is the . What is name of this terrorist who is the key accused in several terror attacks. The money is normally invested in real and financial assets at home and abroad. mutual fund investors will have a facility of paying their premium on time without any hassles. Indian Railway Finance Corporation. Power Finance Corporation.Current Affairs 30 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) What is the name of India’s first defence satellite which was launched on 30 August.5 million tonnes of crude oil. SWFs are normally state-owned. NHPC and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (This is the first time that such funds have been allowed to be part of a tax-free bond issue. Such an instrument is normally a long-term one. the alleged co-founder of Indian Mujahideen (IM) was arrested on 28 August.M.5 billion every month for the import of an average 7. NTPC. A tax-free bond is an instrument where investors do not have to pay tax on interest.
Two vacancies in this JPC were created after the retirement of Tiruchi Siva (DMK) and the resignation of E. chalo school tumko pukare …”) 8) Which two new members were appointed to the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the 2G scam on 29 August. Natchiappan (Congress) after becoming a Minister. The RFQ for the other four – Jodhpur. is very soon going to sell 100% of its stake in 6 airports of the country to private parties. Ahmedabad and Kolkata – would be issued in the next few weeks) . National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) supported the HRD Ministry in creating the Anthem. Guwahati. Jodhpur. The anthem begins with opening lines – “tan. Which 6 airports are these? – Chennai. M. BJP opposed this move as this would affect the balance in the panel. Lucknow. Bhattacharya and Ashok S. S. tan. 2013 by the Union Govt.. sunoghanti baji school ki. There are 10 members from the Rajya Sabha in the 30-member joint panel) 9) Union Govt. tan. Ganguly (Bhattacharya is a member of the Congress whereas Ganguly is a nominated member of the Upper House. Guwahati. which depicts child-centered principles and entitlements and its video version has been shot in government schools. Ahmedabad and Kolkata (The Civil Aviation Ministry will issue a Request For Qualification (RFQ) document in a few days for Chennai and Lucknow airports.writer of this anthem? – Javed Akhtar (It has been sung by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan. a move which was opposed by the BJP? – P.
714 in July. 2013.The exercise. codenamed ‘Hand-in-Hand’. industrial corridors. Gujarat (1. 2013? The bill proposes that land cannot be acquired for any private projects unless they fall in the following categories: infrastructure projects. healthcare. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were in the first three places but AP leapt to the top spot in 2011-12) 6) The finals of the first edition of Indian Badminton League (IBL) will be played between which two franchisee teams of IBL? – Hyderabad Hotshots and Awadhe Warriors (Hyderabad Hotshots led by Saina Nehwal defeated Pune Pistons 3-0 in the first semifinal at Hyderabad on 28 August. 2013 the population of Brazil for the first time crossed the threshold of 200 million.45 lakh). and space programme The bill proposes that farmers and landowners be paid up to four times the market value for land acquired in rural areas. The Taishan nuclear power plant is a joint venture of China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Company Ltd and Electricite de France) 5) During 2011-12. rehabilitation and resettlement in the case of land acquisition and State governments are free to further improve upon it 3) The Chinese and Pakistani air forces will hold a joint-drill in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region bordering Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) during September. 2012 that was passed by the Lok Sabha on 29 August.750 MW nuclear power plant is being established. This bill proposes to replace a century-old land acquisition law which was enacted in the British era in which year? – 1894 2) What are the important features of the Land Acquisition.032. Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill.66 lakh HIV patients in the country. The finals will be played at NSCI’s newly built air-conditioned indoor stadium in Mumbai on 31 August. West Bengal (1. sports. which will be the largest nuclear power plant in the world till date. 2013.V Sindhu-led Awadhe Warriors defeated Mumbai Masters on 29 August at Bangalore. the Brazilian Institute of State Geography (IBGE) declared in a news release) .09 lakh) while the remaining states together account for 6. 2013) 7) The population of which BRICS nation crossed 200 million mark recently? – Brazil (According to a population estimate released on 29 August.19 lakh). Karnataka (2. investment and manufacturing zones.67 lakh). The population of the country was 201.54 lakh). 2012 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 29 August. What is the code name assigned to this joint drill? – Shaheen -II (The drill between the two close allies is being held ahead of an India-China military exercise planned for November 2013. is scheduled to be held in China’s Chengdu Military Command area from November 4 to 14 2013) 4) It was recently reported in some sections of media that a 1. Tamil Nadu (1. and two times the market value in urban areas The consent of 80% of land owners is needed for acquiring land for private projects and of 70% landowners for public-private projects The Bill only sets a bottom line for fair compensation. 2013 while P. Andhra Pradesh is followed by Maharashtra (4. Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill. which state replaced Maharashtra to become the state with the largest number of HIV patients in India? – Andhra Pradesh (Andhra Pradesh had 5 lakh of the 24 lakh HIV positive patients in the country during 2011-12.750 MW generator by the State-run Sichuan Province-based Dongfang Electrical Machinery Company Ltd. This plant is reportedly being established in which country? – China (Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong Province of China is reportedly being sent a 1. mining. Earlier in 2010-11 Maharashtra.36 lakh) and Uttar Pradesh (1. transport projects.Current Affairs 31 August 2013 – Daily Current Affairs 1) The long-pending Land Acquisition.
is due to retire on 28 February.8) Raghunath Panigrahi. 2013. PESB’s recommendation is due to be cleared by Ministry for Petroleum & Natural Gas and other concerned authorities.K. composed by the 12th-century poet Jayadeva. Sudhir Vasudeva. who passed away during August. Telugu and Kannada. Sanyukta Panigrahi. the renowned Odissi dancer who passed away in 1997. 2013? – D. was his wife) 9) Who was selected as the next Chairman & Managing Director of PSU major ONGC by Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) as announced on 30 August. ONGC is the largest oil and gas producer in the country) . Sarraf’s name was recommended by PESB after conducting interviews of four candidates for the post. Sarraf (Sarraf is presently the Managing Director of ONGC Videsh Ltd. was associated with which field? – Classical Singing (79-year old Panigrahi was a doyen of Indian classical singing and was one of the very few singers who sang classical songs in languages as diverse as Oriya. Tamil. Raghunath Panigrahi was best known for his own style of interpreting the Sanskrit epic poem “Gita Govinda”. 2014. the current Chairman and Managing Director of ONGC.
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