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Current Affairs - August 2015

  • 31-Aug-2015
  • Union Government on 30 August 2015 launched a scheme named SAHAJ for online release of new LPG connections for the consumers. The scheme launched by Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan can be availed through the portal mylpg.in.

  • Renowned neurologist and author Oliver Wolf Sacks died on 30 August 2015 in New York, the USA.

    Compared to his career as a practitioner of neurology and an academician he was better known as the author of best-selling books on the grey matter like Migraine, Awakenings, The Mind’s eye, etc.

  • National Sports Day was celebrated on the 29 August 2015 across the country. The day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of hockey player Dhyan Chand.

  • Indian women hockey team qualified for Olympics after 36 years. India’s latest participation in Olympics was in 1980 that was held in Moscow, Russia.

  • The Supreme Court of India (SC) on 31 August 2015 stayed the Rajasthan High Court (HC) judgment that banned Santhara ritual of Jainism.  Santhara is a voluntary religious practice of facing death at the end of one's life.

  • The veteran Kannada writer and former vice-chancellor of Kannada University Dr Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi was shot dead on 30 August 2015.

     epigraphist and renowned scholar of Vachana literature, Kalburgi was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award (2006) for Marga, a collection of his research articles. 

  • Fifteenth IAAF World Championships in Athletics was held between 22 August and 30 August 2015 at the Beijing’s National Stadium in China.

    While Kenya topped the medal table with 16 medals, Jamaica stood second with 12 medals. India could not win a single medal in the championships.

  • U Mumba on 24 August 2015 won the Pro Kabaddi League 2015 title by defeating Bengaluru Bulls 36-30 in the final match held in Mumbai. U Mumba was headed by Anup Kumar.

  • Rajiv Mehrishi, 1978 batch IAS of Rajasthan cadre, was appointed as the Union Home secretary. 
    He succeeded LC Goyal, an IAS officer of 1979 batch of Kerala cadre.

  • Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia on 30 August 2015 won the women's marathon title at the 2015 World Athletics Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China. She is the first Ethiopian female to win the event at the world championships.

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