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Current Affairs : August 2014 - Third Week - PDF

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1) Name the renowned filmmaker and poet who was presented the 22nd Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana award on 20 August 2014 at Jawahar Bhawan in New Delhi?
Ans. Muzaffar Ali
Note: Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award or Rajiv Gandhi NationalCommunal Harmony Award was instituted by All-India Congress Committee (AICC) in 1992 to commemorate the contribution of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

2) Who was appointed as Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on 20 August 2014?
Ans. Prof. KV Thomas
Note: He will be the 94th Chairman of PAC. KV Thomas is the senior Congress Parliamentarian from Ernakulum Constituency, Kerala. Before him Murli Manohar Joshi of BJP was the chairman.

3) Which bank became the first bank in India to launch EMI facility on Debit Card on 19 August 2014?
Ans. ICICI Bank

4) Name the world-renowned yoga guru who died on 20 August 2014?
Ans. B K S Iyengar

5) Name India’s indigenously designed warship which was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on 16 August 2014?
Ans. INS Kolkata (D63)

6) Who was was elected as Chairman of Indian Banks Association (IBA) on 20 August 2014?Visit:
Ans. T M Bhasin
Note: He will be the Chairman of IBA for 2014-15.T M Bhasin is the chairman and managing director of Indian Bank. K R Kamath, who is the chairman and managing director of Punjab National Bank, was the previous chairman of this Association.

7) Name the eminent Kannada writer and Jnanpith awardee who died on 22 August 2014 at a hospital in Bangalore?
Ans. UR Ananthamurthy
Note: Ananthamurthy was a new voice in Kannada literature and is considered as one of the pioneers of the Navya movement. His nomination for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize brought him to the attention of a Western audience.

8) Name the Sri Lankan batsman and a former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team who retired from the Test Cricket on 18 August 2014?
Ans. Mahela Jayawardene

9) Which former Indian player was appointed as the Director of Indian Cricket Team on 19 August 2014?
Ans. Ravi Shastri
Note: Ravi Shastri would be assisting the team for the upcoming ODI series (25 August 2014-5 September 2014) and a single Twenty-20 (7 September 2014) against England.

10) World Humanitarian Day was observed across the world on 19 August 2014 with the theme?
Ans. The World Needs More Humanitarian Heroes.

11) India on 18 August 2014 called-off the Foreign Secretary-level bilateral talks with which country?
Ans. Pakistan.
Note: The decision was taken by the Union government after Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit invited Kashmiri separatist Hurriyat leaders in Delhi for a meet.

12) Name the scheme announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19 August 2014 to meet the irrigation needs of all farmers across the country?
Ans. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Seenchayi Yojana

13) Name India’s first indigenously-built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) which was commissioned in Indian Navy by Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on 23 August 2014?
Ans.  INS Kamorta
Note: It was commissioned at naval dockyard in Vishakhapatnam.

14) Who won Cincinnati Tennis Open on 17 August 2014?
Ans. Roger Federer

15) District and Sessions Court of Imphal, Manipur ordered release of which human rights activist who is on a hunger striker since November 2000 for scrapping Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958?
Ans. Irom Sharmila Chanu
Note: She is also known as Iron Lady of Manipur or Mengoubi.

16) Which state will host Football Federation Cup in August 2015?
Ans. Jammu and Kashmir

17) Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry on 21 August 2014 withheld the release of which Punjabi film based on Indira Gandhi's assassination?
Ans. Kaum de Heere.  In English means Diamonds of the Community.

18) Who has resigned as the Prime Minister of Iraq on 14 August 2014?
Ans. Nuri al-Maliki

19) Who was appointed as the Chef-de-Mission for Asian Games on 18 August 2014?
Ans. Adille Sumariwala
Note: He was the President of Athletics Federation of India (AFI).

20) England recently won the 5-match ............ Trophy test-series played against India by 3-1?Visit:
Ans. Pataudi Trophy

21) Book Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi: An Inside Job recently released was authored by?
Ans. Faraz Ahmad

22) Who was was elected as the Prime Minister of Thailand on 21 August 2014?
Ans. Prayuth Chan-ocha
Note: He was the Thailand coup leader and Army Chief.

23) Who will become the youngest Formula One (F1) driver in the F1 history when he will compete for the 2015 season?
Ans. Max Verstappen of Netherlands
Note: He will be 17 years and few months old in 2015.

24) Name the weightlifter who won first medal for India at 2nd Youth Olympics on 22 August 2014?
Ans. Ragala Venkat Rahul
Note: Event was held in Nanjing, China.

25) Name the Delhi-based wrestling academy which was chosen for the 2014 Rashtritya Khel Protsahan Puraskar (RKPP) on 21 August 2014?
Ans. Guru Hanuman Akhara

26) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 21 August 2014 dedicated 765 KV Ranchi-Dharmjaygarh-Sipat Transmission Line (Powergrid) to the nation in which state?
Ans. Jharkhand

27) India celebrated its ...... Independence Day on 15 August 2014?
Ans. 68th

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Current Affairs Questions : August 2014 (Second Week): PDF

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August 2014- Second Week
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1) Name the Indian-origin mathematician who recently won Fields Medal which is known as 'Nobel Prize' of maths?
Ans. Manjul Bhargava
Note: He won the award for developing new approach in the geometry of numbers. Fields Medal was first awarded in 1936 to Finnish mathematician Lars Ahlfors and American mathematician Jesse Douglas.

2) Who was appointed as new Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on 1 August 2014?
Ans. K V Chowdary
Note: He succeed R K Tewari. CBDT is the apex authority of the Income Tax department.

3) Paragliding World Cup Association selected which state in India as a venue to host the 2015 para-gliding World Cup?
Ans. Himachal Pradesh
Note: This will be the first para-gliding World Cup to be hosted in India. The tournament will be organised under the aegis of Para-gliding World Cup Association, France.

4) Union Government decided to appoint whom as the head of the Expenditure Management Commission on 12 August 2014?
Ans. Bimal Jalan 
Note: He is the former RBI governor. He would be tasked to suggest ways for managing public finances by reducing food, fertiliser and oil subsidies to include fiscal deficit.

5) President Pranab Mukherjee on 12 August 2014 conferred the Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards. Name the winners?
Ans. BJP leader Arun Jaitley received the award for the year 2010.
Congress Veteran Karan Singh received the award for the year 2011.
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav received the award for the year for 2012.

6) Tata-Singapore Airlines (SIA) recently named its upcoming joint venture airline as?
Ans. Vistara
Note: It will start its operation from October 2014. Vistara is an inspiration from Sanskrit word, Vistaar that means limitless expanse. It has drawn inspiration from the brand’s domain – the limitless sky.

7) Who became the new Chairperson of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 16 August 2014?Visit:
Ans. Rajni Razdan
Note: She was appointed as Chairperson of UPSC by the President Pranab Mukherjee on 14 August 2014 in accordance with the Article 316 (1) of the Constitution. She replaced Prof. D P Agrawal who completed his six-year tenure as Chairman of UPSC on 16 August 2014. 

8) Indian Women’s Recurve team on 10 August 2014 won gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage IV. Where was the event held?
Ans. Wroclaw, Poland

9) Which Indian player was ranked number one Test all-rounder in ICC Test team rankings released on 11 August 2014?
Ans. Ravichandran Ashwin

10) Who became the first Indian player to reach the semi-final of World Junior Squash Championship on 13 August 2014?
Ans. Kush Kumar

11) Which football club on 13 August 2014 lifted the UEFA Football Super Cup, the first European trophy of the season?
Ans. Real Madrid

12) Selection committee headed by Kapil Dev gave no nominations for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2014 on 12 August 2014. Since the inception of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991-92, this is the ..... time that there has been no nomination?
Ans. Second. Other was in 1993-94.

13) Name the German player who announced his retirement from international football on 11 August 2014?
Ans. Miroslav Klose

14) Who became the first woman to win coveted Fields Medal on 13 August 2014 in Seoul, South Korea?Visit:
Ans. Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian born mathematician

15) Which state police on 10 August 2014 launched Whatsapp helpline to curb corruption?
Ans. Delhi Police

16) Andhra Pradesh Government on 12 August 2014 decided to make which city as its ad hoc capital?
Ans. Vijayawada

17) Which state became the most favoured destination for foreign tourists in the North-Eastern (NE) region of India as per the data released by the Union Tourism Ministry in the second week of August 2014?
Ans. Sikkim

18) Iraqi President Mohammed Fuad Masum named whom as the new Iraqi Prime Minister on 11 August 2014?
Ans. Haider al-Abadi

19) World Elephant Day was observed across the world on?
Ans. 12 August 2014

20) Name the powerful Typhoon which smashed large parts of south-west Japan on 9 August 2014?
Ans. Typhoon Halong

21) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 August 2014 laid the foundation of 44 MW Chutak hydro-electric project and Nimoo Bazgo project in which state?
Ans. Jammu and Kashmir

22) Name the Delhi University professor who on 13 August 2014 received Global South Award given by International Political Science Association (IPSA)?
Ans. Dr. Sunil Kumar

23) Who became the oldest-ever woman to win a Gold medal in European Championships recently?
Ans. Jo Pavey of Great Britain

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Govt to increase DA to 107 %

Govt to increase dearness allowance to 107 p.c

The Government is likely to approve a hike in dearness allowance (DA) to 107 per cent from the existing 100 per cent, benefiting around 30 lakh Centre’s employees and its 50 lakh pensioners including dependents.

“The average rate of retail inflation for industrial workers from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 works out to be 7.25 per cent. Thus the Central government will hike dearness allowance for it employees by 7 per cent,” an official said.

He said the Finance Ministry will now put a Cabinet proposal for approval of 7 per cent DA hike from July 1 this year as the revised Consumer Price Index-Industrial Workers data for June was released by Labour Ministry on Saturday.

With increase in DA, the pensioners will also gain as the benefit provided to them as dearness relief will be hiked to 107 per cent of basic pay.

The previous UPA government had increased DA to 100 per cent from 90 per cent with effect from January 1, 2014, on February 28 on the basis of agreed formula for revision of the allowance.

However, the central government employees’ union is not very enthused by the 7 per cent hike in the dearness allowance as their long pending demand of merger of DA with basic pay has not been given heed by 7th Pay Commission and the government.

“The erosion of value of wages is unbearable at 50 per cent dearness allowance. Now it will be 107 per cent. It is high time to merge DA with basic pay to provide relief to employees,” Confederation of Central Government Employees’ President KKN Kutty told PTI.

“We had summited our memorandum in this regard to 7th Pay Commission. They forwarded it to Central Government. We have apprised about the issue to the newly elected NDA government.

But no decision has been taken so far,” he said.

With merger of DA with basic pay, the salary and allowances paid in proportion of basic pay are increased. As per earlier practise DA was merged with basic pay once it breached 50 per cent mark. But the 6th Pay Commission has disallowed that.

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US Postal Service to issue Akkineni Nageswarara Rao (ANR) stamp

The US Postal Service is going honor legendary Tollywood actor late Akkineni Nageswarara Rao by issuing a postage stamp on his birthday. "It is a rare honor and is the first time that an Indian actor has been accorded this honour," read a note issued by the Akkineni Foundation of America (AFA). The postal stamp will be released in a grand ceremony to be held in Dallas, Texas on September 20th, on Dr. ANR's Birthday to mark this tribute.

The celebrated actor won the hearts of millions of movie lovers was one of the leading matinee idol's of India who wowed the audiences with stellar performances in films between 50's to 80's. He also played pioneering role in relocating the Telugu film industry to Hyderabad. 

AFA also plans to release the stamp in India at the first "International Akkineni Awards Ceremony" in the presence of ANR family members. The event hosted by AFA will be held on December 17th, 2014 at ANR College, Gudivada, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. 

"It's is a rare honour and the first time in the history of the USA that an Indian movie actor getting this recognition. We are thankful to USPS for consenting to our request to issue this postal stamp in remembrance of Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao", Dr.Prasad Thotakura, AFA President said. 

"I am deeply touched and so are other members of the Akkineni family by the issuance of this postage stamp, and I am deeply grateful to USPS for conferring one of America's highest honors to my father Akkineni Nageswara Rao" the legendary actor's son Nagarjuna Akkineni said. "While my father has been cited many times as being among the most adored artiste of all time, the recognition in his being portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp will rank as a great honor. It is certainly a big tribute to Indian cinema and our culture." 

Combining influences from theatre era and the contemporary cinema performances with his own innovations, Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao helped establish tremendous versatility in films — and in doing so, left behind an unforgettable mark on cinema across the globe that will always be remembered for generations to come. 

Akkineni made his debut in films playing the lead actor's friend in the Tamil-Telugu Bilingual 'Dharmapatni' in the year 1941. He was 17 at the time. He was noticed for his performance in folklore based movies and eventually got his first break for the 1950 movie 'Samsaram'. As an actor ANR has played a variety of roles ranging from a charming prince to a valiant soldier to a holy saint, and from a college student to a calm government officer. In mythological role he was a inspiring. 

Akkineni Nageswara Rao was honoured with a number of awards including 3 Filmfares, PadmaVibhushan, Dada Saheb Palke Award, Nandi Award, Kalaimamani and Life time Achievement Awardfrom Telugu Association of North America. 

ANR has acted in over 255 films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. A majority of his films were both commercial and critical successes. Apart from being a movie star, ANR was a prolific writer. Some of his prominent books include his autobiographical work, Nenu Na Jeevitham, the memoirs of his first visit to the USA, Nenu Choosina America, and the expression of his thoughts in his book, A Aalu. 

ANR 's final movie project was Manam that saw three generations of the Akkineni family including himself, his son Nagarjuna and grandsons Naga Chaitanya, Akhil in it. The movie is the biggest success of year 2014. The iconic actor bid adieu to the world on Jan 22.

Source : The Times of India