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Latest Current Affairs from 2nd Week of August 2013 in PDF- useful for all competitive Examinations!!!!!
Q1. Who was appointed as the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for a time period of three years on 6 August 2013?
Ans. Raghuram Govind Rajan
Note: He is the Chief Economic Advisor to the government of India and he succeeds D. Subbarao who demits the office on 4 September 2013. He is 50 years of age and so far, he is the youngest person to become the Governor of the Central Bank of India.
Q2. Who became the first Indian bowler to top the bowlers' chart in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings after former captain Anil Kumble claimed the top position in the ODI Rankings in 1996?
Ans. Ravindra Jadeja
Q3. Name the India's first indigenous nuclear submarine which became active on 10 August 2013?
Ans. INS Arihant
Q4. Which house of Parliament passed the historic companies Bill 2012 on 8 August 2013?
Ans. Rajya Sabha
Note: The new legislation, which would replace the nearly 57-year-old Companies Act of 1956 and would encourage the companies to undertake social welfare voluntarily instead of imposing the social responsibility. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 18 December 2012.
Q5.Who has created a new history for India on 10 August 2013 by becoming the first women to win a medal for India in the World Badminton Championship?
Ans. PV Sindhu
Note: She won a Bronze medal. World’s third position player RatchanokInthanon defeated Sindhu in the semi finals.
Q6. Which tennis player topped the Forbes list of highest-paid female athletes for the ninth straight year? Visit : - http://sapost.blogspot.in/
Ans. Maria Sharapova
Q7. Indian Junior Women Hockey team won its first ever Bronze medal in ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup on 4 August 2013. Where was the event held?
Ans. Monchengladbac, Germany
Note: India beat England by 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out
Q8. Name the World’s first talking robot which was successfully sent into space on 4 August 2013 by Japanese Scientists?
Q9. Government approved setting up of all-women bank on 08 August 2013. What will be its name?
Ans. Bhartiya Mahila Bank Ltd
Q10. Which team retained the Ashes Series after the draw of third test held in Old Trafford, England?
Note: England leads the five match series 2-0 after three test.
Q11. Name the biggest warship since World War II unveiled by Japan on 6 August 2013?
Q12. NASA is all set to launch its next mission to Mars in November 2013 from Florida. What will be the project called?
Ans. Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN)
Q13. Ministry of Communications and Information Technology inaugurated Data portal of India in New Delhi on 8 August 2013. Name the URL of the website?
Note: It is aimed at sharing more and more data as it empowers and connects to policy making.
Q14. Name the indigenously developed rockets which were successfully test-fired by India on 7 August 2013from a multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) from a base at Chandipur-on-sea near Balasore, off the Odisha coast?
Ans. Pinaka rockets
Note: Pinaka is an area weapon system with a range of 40 km.
Q15. Which team won the Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013 held in Kerala?
Ans. Shree Ganeshan Chundan
Note: The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted every year on the second Saturday of August. The tradition of the boat race started in 1952 after the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru visited Punnamada Lake in Alleppey (Alappuzha), Southern Kerala.
Q16. Name the Professional Snooker Player of India who won a Gold Medal in 2013 World Games in Snooker discipline?
Ans. Aditya Mehta
Q17. Where was the World Games 2013 took place where Aditya Mehta, the Professional Snooker Player won a gold medal for India?
Ans. Cali, Colombia
Q18. Who took charge as the Executive Director of the Union Bank of India on 5 August 2013?
Ans. Rakesh Sethi
Q19. India and Pakistan exchanged fire at which area of Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir on 6 August 2013 killing five Indian Soldiers?
Ans. Chakan Da Bagh
Q20. Who took oath to the office of US ambassador to United Nations on 2 August 2013?
Q26. Gitanjali, the collection of poems (song offerings) by Rabindranath Tagore was released in 14 different languages at Kolkata. Who hasa released it?
Ans. Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal
Q27. Who were selected to be conferred with US Presidential Medal of Freedom?
Ans. Former US President, Bill Clinton and talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey
Q28. NGT on 5 August 2013 banned mining or removal of sand from river beds across the country without licence and Environmental Clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. What is the full form of NGT?
Ans. National Green Tribunal
Q29. World observed the International Day of the World's Indigenous People on 9 August 2013. What was the theme selected for the year 2013?
Ans. Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.
Q30. Name the Bill introduced by Government in Rajya Sabha for stricter enforcement of laws to protect wildlife?
Ans. Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2013
Q31. Nasa’s Curiosity rover celebrated its first anniversary on 6 August 2013. Name the planet on which it is on mission?
Q32. New International Terminal constructed at whic airport started its operation on 7 August 2013?
Ans. Chennai airport
Q33. Which country on 6 August 2013 successfully completed a Trial Run of World's Deepest Rail Tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait connecting Istanbul's European and Asian sides?
Q34. Who took oath as the new President of Iran on 4 August 2013?
Ans. Hassan Rouhani
Q35. The first case of the human-to-human transmission of which flu was reported on 6 August 2013 from China?
Q36. Where was the first public sector breast milk bank inaugurated on 07 August 2013?
Q37. A company from Maryland, USA Sanaria has developed a malaria vaccine that has become the first in providing 100% protection against malaria. What is its name?
Q38. Which chess player from India won the Denmark's Politiken Cup on 5 July 2013 at Copenhagen, Denmark by gaining 9 out of the total possible 10 points?
Ans. Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi
Q39. Name the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon who on 5 August agreed to buy the newspaper assets of the Washington Post Company for 250 million US dollar?
Ans. Jeffrey P Bezos
Q40. Who on 9 August 2013 won the Gujar Mal Modi Award for Science and Technology 2013?
Ans. Vinod Prakash Sharma
Note: He is an eminent scientist. The award was instituted by the G.M. Modi Foundation in the memory of industrialist Rai Bahadur Gujar Mal Modi in 1988.