1) Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on 24 August 2015 released a commemorative postal stamp on emperor Ashoka. The postal stamp of 5 rupees will be available for sale in the post offices.
2) Urdu copy of 105-year-old Shri Ramcharitmanas was found from a scrap market at Hauz Khas in New Delhi. The book written by Shiv Brat Lal, a native of Bhadohi district, in 1904 and was later printed at Lahore’s Half-Tone press in 1910 was found in a pile of torn books three years ago.
3) UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Chennai based M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) have agreed to work together for the conservation and adaptation initiative of coastal resources in Andhra Pradesh. The main focus will be to restore the Sorlagondi mangrove forest cover in Krishna district.UNFCCC will release this adaptation fund of 3.8 crores through the state owned National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
4) NITI Aayog decided to set up an experts committee to prepare a model land leasing law, which can be adopted by states as per their local needs.The decision on the matter was taken at a meeting of Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of Revenue and Land, which was chaired by Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya. The NITI Aayog in consultation with the Department of Land Resources will assist the interested states in moving forward with updating and digitising land records in accordance with the best practices.
5) The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee will be holding a joint class for class XI and XII students of Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodhya Vidhalaya, New Delhi at the school itself. He will taking a knowledge session for the students on September 4th on eve of Teachers’ Day.
6) India and Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fields of education, training and research. The MoU was signed by Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development and Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training, Australia.
7) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced new medical schemes, under the Amma brand.The new schemes include Amma Master Health Check Up, Amma Woman Special Master Health Check-up, Amma Arogya Scheme and Amma Pregnancy Sanjeevi. The state government has earlier launched series of social welfare schemes including Amma Unnavagam (low cost canteen), Amma Water, Amma Medical shops, Amma Fruits & Vegetables, Amma Cements and others.
8) South and North Korea have reached an agreement to defuse a crisis that had pushed the two rivals to the brink of armed conflict recently. In this regard both nations have issued a joint statement which includes series of measures.North Korea has expressed regret and publicly apologized over mine blasts which had occurred earlier in August 2015 in demilitarized zone between both countries.
9) A powerful typhoon damaged buildings, tossed around cars and flooded streets in south-western Japan on Tuesday before heading out to the Sea of Japan.
Economy & Business
10) India and Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for constructing a Petroleum Product Pipeline which will be built from Raxaul in India to Amlekhgunj in Nepal.The MoU was signed by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Sunil Bahadur Thapa, Minister of Commerce and Supplies of Nepal.
11) Tata Trusts has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Government to develop 264 villages. Under this initiative, all 264 villages in the Vijayawada constituency will be developed in order to transform them into smart villages.The project has been jointly undertaken by local Lok Sabha MP Kesineni Srinivas and the Tata Trust as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Tata Group.
12) Royal Enfield, the two-wheeler division of Eicher Motors Ltd, on Monday announced its entry in Indonesia as a part of its global strategy in the mid-sized motorcycle segment (250-750cc).According to the company, Indonesia is the world’s second largest market for motorcycles.
13) Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser retained Women’s 100 meters gold at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics by finishing the race in 10.76 seconds.
14) Wrestling Coach Anoop Singh and Paralympics coach Naval Singh were among the five names officially approved by the Sports Ministry for the prestigious Dronacharya Award this year.Based on the recommendations of the Committee and after due scrutiny, Anoop and Naval’s names were approved on the basis of current performance (2011-2014), while Nihar Amin (swimming), S. R. Singh (boxing) and Harbans Singh (athletics) were selected in the ‘Lifetime Achievement Category’ in which achievements over a period of 20 years is taken into account. Romeo James (hockey), Shiv Prakash Mishra (tennis) and TPP Nair’s (volleyball) names were approved for the Dhyan Chand Award. Dronacharya awardees and Dhyan Chand awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and award money of Rs. 5 lakh each. Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar awardees will receive certificates and trophies. The awards are to be given away by President Pranab Mukherjee on August 29, National Sports Day.
15) Lalita Babar rewrote the 3000m steeplechase National record at the World athletics championships in Beijing on Monday to become the first Indian woman to qualify for a track event final in the elite competition, she reaffirmed that she was a cut above the rest.
16) Justice Madanlal Laxmandas Tahaliyani, a retired judge of the Bombay High Court, was sworn-in as the new Lokayukta of Maharashtra. Governor Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office to Justice Tahaliyani at Raj Bhavan Raj Bhavan’s Darbar Hall in Mumbai.
17) Indian-American Vince Chhabria was appointed as the full-time federal judge of California court by President Barack Obama. The 46-year-old Chhabria is the Bay Area’s first Indian-American federal judge.
18)Veteran actor and director Amol Palekar has been appointed as the Chairman of India’s Oscar jury by Mumbai based Film Federation of India (FFI). He will head the 17-member jury panel which will select the Indian films official entry in the best foreign film category of the 88th Academy Awards which will be held in Los Angeles in February 2016.
Mergers & Acquisition
19) Adani Enterprises, the flagship firm of Adani Group, has inked a pact with the Chhattisgarh government to invest over Rs 25,000 crore for setting up urea and power project as well as rice bran oil extraction plant in the state.Adani Group on Monday signed a MoU with the government of Chhattisgarh to develop two critical projects in the state.