GK Eduwrap – 28th August 2015


1. Maharashtra government has bought the house in London where social reformer and architect of the Indian Constitution Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar had stayed in the 1920s. State government has acquired this house in 3.1 million pound deal owing to its cultural and national importance and pride of millions of people of India.
The property is three-storey house located on 10, King Henry Road, NW3 of London. B R Ambedkar had stayed in this house during his days as a student at the London School of Economics in 1920-21.

2. Union Government has declared the names of 98 cities for its ambitious Smart Cities Project. These cities were selected by the respective States and Union Territories on the parameters set by the Union Government. Of the total 98 cities, 13 were selected from Uttar Pradesh, 12 from Tamil Nadu, 10 from Maharashtra, 7 from Madhya Pradesh, 3 each from Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.
3. India has inked an information exchange agreement on tax matters with Seychelles in order to curb tax evasion and boost its efforts to fight against black money. The agreement was signed after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Seychelles President James Alix Michel who is on three days visit to India.

Other 5 MoUs/Agreements signed are

Presentation of Navigational chart related to Aldabra Island

Air Services Agreement

MoU to provide one Dornier Maritime Aircraft

MoU for Cooperation in agricultural research and education

Protocol on framework of cooperation in the field of Blue Economy
4. Union Cabinet gave its nod to amend the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for Gujarat and Uttarakhand for inclusion of Sipai and Patni Jamat or Turk Jamat (all Muslims) from Gujarat and Kahar, Tanwar Singhariya from Uttarakhand in the list.

The decision to make suitable amendments in the Central List of OBCs was taken Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Ministeri Narendra Modi based on advice from the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).

5. Union Government has launched a telemedicine initiative dubbed as Sehat to provide healthcare facilities in rural areas in collaboration with Apollo Hospitals. This telemedicine initiative was launched by Union Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a function held in New Delhi.

6. Union Government has launched an e-payment module to make the payment of compensatory levies into the Compensatory Afforestation Management Planning Authority (CAMPA) Funds. It was launched by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi in order to make these payments for diversion of forest land quicker and more transparent.


7. Kosovo and Serbia agreed to implement the 2013 Brussels Agreement paving the way for normalizing the relations between both the countries.

The First agreement of principles governing the normalisation of relations or more famously known as the Brussels Agreement was reached between both the countries under the mediation of the European Union on 19 April 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.


8. South African skipper AB de Villiers  became the fastest batsman to reach 8000 One Day International (ODI) runs. He achieved the fete during the third ODI against New Zealand in Durban which South Africa won by 62 runs to claim the series, 2-1.

De Villiers, who went past 8000 runs in just his 182 innings, broke the previous record held by former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

9. Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar in the third week of August 2015 elected as the president of the Association of Indian Statisticians and scorers of India (ACSSI).

At present, Vengsarkar is the vice president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).

He was elected unopposed during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ACSSI.

Also, Dara Pochkhanawalla and Ganesh Iyer were elected as the two vice presidents of the organisation.

 Economy & Business:

10. NITI Aayog launched the second version of the India Energy Security Scenarios 2047 (IESS 2047) by the NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya in New Delhi.

The open source web based tool aims to explore a range of potential future energy scenarios for India, for diverse energy demand and supply sectors leading up to 2047.

11. Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave 4 months extension (up to 31 December 2015) to the 7th Central Pay Commission. Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur is the Chairman of the Commission.

The extension was approved after the commission sought extension of 4 months due to volume of work and intensive stake-holders’ consultations. The Commission constituted by the Central Government in February 2014 was mandated to submit its recommendations by 27 August 2015.

12. Union Government has approved six new proposals 6 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) proposals including four from Information Technology and IT enabled Service (ITeS) sector.

This decision was taken by the Board of Approval (BoA) for SEZ (under the aegis of Union Commerce Ministry) chaired by Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia.

The approved SEZ proposals are

HCL IT City Lucknow- set up IT/ITeS zones in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

 Loma IT Park Developer- set up IT/ITeS zones in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

North Mumbai International Commodity Township- It is proposed free trade warehousing zone in Thane, Maharashtra.


13. Rajiv Mangla was  appointed as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of eCommerce major Snapdeal. As a CTO, Mangla will help the organisation in establishing its technical vision and will lead all aspects of technological development of the company.

14. Dr Kandakatla Manohar was  appointed as the Director of Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) of Hyderabad. His appointment was approved by the Telangana Government. He succeeded Dr L Narendranath.

15. The former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe was elected as the sixth President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The British Olympian was elected as the President at the 50th IAAF Congress in Beijing, China.

He succeeds Senegalese Lamine Diack, 82, who has led the IAAF for 16 years.

About IAAF

IAAF was founded on 17 July 1912 in Stockholm, Sweden, following the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in the Swedish capital. The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) was founded as the world governing body for the sport of track and field athletics.

16. World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic from Serbia has been appointed as a new goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Prior to this appointment he has focused on the issues of vulnerable children and their communities through his own Novak Djokovic Foundation and as a UNICEF Serbia Ambassador.

Science & Technology:

17. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully placed communication satellite GSAT-6 into its intended geosynchronous transfer orbit. It was launched by the indigenously built Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)-D6 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta.

About GSAT-6 satellite

GSAT-6 satellite was carrying S-Band and C-Band transponders meant for public and strategic purposes. The satellite is having S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of 6 m diameter. This is the largest antenna ever made by ISRO for a satellite. GSAT-6 satellite will be deployed in constellation of India’s GSAT communication satellites. It weighs 2117 kg and has mission life of nine years.

 Mergers & Acquisition:

18. Russia’s biggest mobile phone operator MTS said on Friday it had teamed up with Google Inc to help grow the use of mobile Internet and will get a share of the search site’s advertising revenues in Russia.

Awards & Recognition:

19. Noted Indian agricultural scientist Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta has been chosen for the inaugural Sunhak Peace Prize. He will receive the first Sunhak Peace Prize in South Korean Capital city of Seoul along with President of Kiribati Islands Anote Tong.

About Sunhak Peace Prize

Sunhak Peace Prize was founded earlier in 2015 by South Korean religious leader Dr Hak Ja Han Moon. It is an annual award that recognises eminent individuals from around the world for their contribution to peace and development of the world.

20. Prime Minister Narendra Modi (on 24 August 2015) inaugurated birth centenary celebrations of freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu. On this occasion he launched commemorative coin of 100 rupees and circulation coin of 5 rupees of Rani Gaidinliu to mark her birth centenary celebrations.

About Rani Gaidinliu

Rani Gaidinliu was a Naga political and spiritual leader who had led a revolt against British colonial rule in India.

Her political struggle in present North east India was based on Gandhian principles of Satyagraha, non-violence, self-reliance.

She was born on 26 January 1915 in Nungkao (a Rongmei village) in northeastern state of Manipur. She died on 17 February 1993 in Longkao, Manipur.



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