Current Affairs 23 – 24 August 2015

 

National

  • Government to announce names of 100 smart cities
  • India to set one Information Technology laboratory in each Pacific island country
  • Eminent Sanskrit Scholar and Indologist Dr N.R. Varhadpande passes away in Nagpur
  • LPG cylinders for Mid-Day Meal to be available at market price now
  • I&B Ministry planning to increase number of DD channels in N-E region
  • first instalment of premium of Pradhanmantri Bima Surakshsha Yojana handed over to 25,000 women subscribers

International

  • Britain reopens its Embassy in Teheran
  • Argentina to return over 4,000 artefacts to Ecuador, Peru
  • Britain reopens its Embassy in Teheran
  • North and south Korea resumed talks to avoid military clash
  • Nepal opens Everest first time after deadly earthquake

Business

  • IRDA laud insurance schemes launched by Prime Minister
  • Competition Commission of India, CCI to facilitate electronic filing of documents with effect from October 1
  • Uttar Pradesh Government’s initiatives in the renewable energy sector got a major boost from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy as it has committed to subsidising two of UP’s schemes
  • Centre hikes minimum export price of onion by over 60% to check price rise
  • Bandhan becomes the first micro finance company to start operation as a commercial bank

Politics

  • No third party in NSA Level talks: Sushma Swaraj
  • India stick to its stand on agenda decided during Ufa meet:Rajnath Singh
  • ED issues fresh summons to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah
  • Sushma Swaraj leaves for Cairo on 2-day visit to Egypt
  • Congress criticises Pakistan for calling off National Security Advisor level talks

Defence

  • Defence Minister Parrikar to arrive in Leh
  • ITBP want 3 Mi- 17 copters for indo china border
  • US interested in aerospace and defence industries in Haryana
  • Former army chief gen. V.K. Singh’s daughter joins OROP protesters
  • ISIS’s top second chief killed in airstrikes by US

Sports

  • Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis enters semi-finals of Cincinnati Open Tennis Tournament
  • World Athletics Championships begin in Beijing
  • Delhi government joins hands with FIFA for the Under-17 Football World Cup to be held in India
  • Former Australian Cricketer Arthur Morris dies
  • Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt retains World 100 meter title in Beijing
  • Sania Mirza & Martina Hingis out of women’s doubles at Cincinnati Masters

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