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Rajeev Rishi_CMD_Central_Bank_of_IndiaRajeev Rishi took over as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Central Bank of India on 1 August 2013. Earlier, he was the executive Director of Indian Bank.

India on 1 August 2013 revoked a patent granted to GlaxoSmith Kline Plc for its breast cancer drug Tykerb.

National Archives of India on August 1,2013 Launched Quarterly Newsletter Entitled e-Abhilekh.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) on 1 August 2013 approved the proposal for sale of 10 percent Government stake in Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).

ING Vysya Bank, the private sector lender, on 1 August 2013 launched the premium debit card, which offers spend-based rewards programme.

Arundhati Bhattacharya SBIArundhati Bhattacharya on 2 August 2013 was appointed the managing director and chief financial officer of the State Bank of India(SBI).

Saraswati Samman 2012: Sugathakumari, the Malayalam poetess on 2 August 2013 won the prestigious Saraswati Samman 2012 for Manalezhuthu (the Writings on the Sand), a collection of poems in Malayalam. Manalezhuthu was published in the year 2006. The award was instituted by KK Birla Foundation. This is the 22nd Samman, conferred in the history of the Award.

Samantha Power sworn as new US ambassador to United Nations on 2 August 2013.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli celebrated its 60th Liberation Day on 2 August 2013. It was liberated from the Portuguese rule.

Music Director of Malayalam and Tamil music, V Dakshinamoorthy, died on 2 August 2013.

The Union Cabinet of India on 2 August 2013 decided to continue the interest subvention of three per cent on crop loans.

The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs on 2 August 2013 approved the proposal of the Ministry of Power for continuation of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in the 12th year Plan.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) on 2 August 2013 approved creation of the Special National Investment Fund (SNIF).

India on 3 August 2013 created history by recording their first-ever five-match ODI series whitewash on foreign soil.

India topped the chart of ODI rankings released by ICC at Dubai on 3 August 2013. Australia and England are placed at 2nd and 3rd Position respectively.

Indian Junior Women Hockey team won its first ever Bronze medal in ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup at Monchengladbac, Germany on 4 August 2013.

Hassan Rohani took oath to the office of the Iran’s President on 4 August 2013.

Ravindra Jadeja on 4 August 2013 became the first Indian bowler to top the bowlers’ chart in the latest ICC ODI Player.

Jasjit Singh, Air Commodore (Retd.) And India’s Best Military Analyst, Died at 79 on 4 August 2013.

The Konkan Railway on 4 August 2013 decided to scrap Skybus project due to the absence of qualified bidders and financial constraints.

Rakesh Sethi on 5 August 2013 took charge as the Executive Director of the Union Bank of India.

The National Green Tribunal on 5 August 2013 restrained sand mining from riverbeds across the country.

Raghuram Govind Rajan was on 6 August 2013, appointed as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for a time period of three years.

ONGC signed the crude oil sale agreement with Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL). The announcement was made on 6 August 2013.

A modern and sophisticated breast milk bank was inaugurated on 7 August 2013.

Maharashtra State Government on August 7, 2013 became the first state in the country to disburse salary of its staff through their Aadhaar-linked bank accounts.

Vinay Mittal appointed as Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) member on August 8, 2013.

Companies Bill 2012The Companies Bill 2012 was passed in Rajya Sabha on 8 August 2013. Earlier, the bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 18 December 2012. The legislation will replace the 57-year old Companies Act, 1956 after getting the final consent from Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People was observed as the 9 August 2013 across the world.

Noted Rajasthani folk musician Sakar Khan passed away in Jaisalmer on 10 August 2013.

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova topped the Forbes list of highest-paid female athletes for the ninth straight year.

NASA is all set to launch its next mission to Mars in November 2013.

VP Sharma won the Gujar Mal Modi Award for Science and Technology 2013.

Serena Williams defeated Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-0 in the final match of women’s Rogers Cup on 11 August 2013.

Sardar Singh Named as the Captain of the Asia Cup Hockey Tournament 2013 on August 11, 2013.

Nuclear Reactor of INS Arihant achieved Criticality when the Boat was in the Sea.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the 100 metre sprint title at the 14th IAAF World Championships 2013, Moscow on 11 August 2013.

Shalini Singh, a Deputy Editor of The Hindu on 11 August 2013 presented with the Prem Bhatia Award.

Sagarika Ghosh on 11 August 2013 won the Cadet Girls singles title.

Indian player Sowjanya Bavisetti has won 10000 dollar the Internalional Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s Tennis Tournament.

International Youth Day- August 12.

India on 12 August 2013 successfully test-fired indigenously-developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile.

India on 12 August 2013 launched its first ever indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi.

Janata Party was merged with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 11 August 2013.

India’s shuttler P V Sindhu has settled for a bronze medal in women’s singles category at the BWF World Championships 2013.

The Union Minister of State for Personnel and Training V Narayanasamy on 12 August 2013 introduced The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2013 in Lok Sabha.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won Mali’s Presidential elections on 12 August 2013.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister for Foreign Affairs and African Integration of Republic of Chad, paid an official visit to India on 12-13 August 2013.

13 August was designated as the International Lefthanders Day by The Left-Handers Club.

Egypt’s Vice President Mohamed Elbaradei resigned in protest over the attacks on pro Mohamed Morsi supporters in Cairo.

The Rajya Sabha on 13 August 2013 passed Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

A major fire broke out on board INS Sindhurakshak at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on 14 August 2013.

The first season of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) started on 14 August 2013 at New Delhi. IBL is proposed by Badminton Association of India.

Israel and the Palestinian Governments resumed their first direct peace talks in Jerusalem on 14 August 2013 for resolving the land and border disputes.

indian-ntional-flagIndia officially the Republic of India (Bharat Ganrajya) on August 15, 2013 celebrated it’s 67th Independence day. President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh has congratulated the nation on India’s 67th Independence Day 2013.

Vijay Singh was named a recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award by ASCE-EWRI on 16 August 2013.

Former Bengal Cricketer and Coach Kalyan Mitter passed away on 16 August 2013 in Kolkata. He was 79.

D.Bala Venkatesh Varma was appointed the next Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the UN Conference on Disarmament.

Desh Prem Azad, the former coach of cricketer Kapil Dev, died on 16 August 2013.

The Delhi Police on 16 August 2013 arrested one of India’s 20 most wanted terrorists, Abdul Karim Tunda.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram on 16 August 2013 unveiled the National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme in New Delhi.

Satywart Kadian won bronze medal at World Junior Wrestling Championships 2013 on August 17, 2013.

Usain Bolt won the 200-metre sprint at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on 17 August 2013.

Senior IPS officer Dilip Trivedi on 17 August 2013 was appointed the Director General of CRPF.

Former director of SKIMS, Dr. Sheikh Jalal-ud-din who was shot by Militants in July died due to injuries at New Delhi.

Harshwanti Bisht was selected to receive the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal.

Iranian President appointed outgoing Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to head the Atomic Energy Organisation.

Ratan Thiyam was appointed as the Chairperson of the National School of Drama Society on 19 August 2013 by the President of India.

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on 19 August 2013 unveiled the statue of Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug at New Delhi.

The Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, Samuel Santos Lopez paid an official visit to India since 19 August to 23 August 2013.

The Earth Overshoot Day for the year 2013 was observed on August 20, 2013.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica equalled the world record of highest golds after winning the 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships.

Kush Kumar of India won gold in men’s singles Squash at the second Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China.

Citizens can now file RTI applications online in all central government ministries and departments through a portal.

Robert Mugabe sworn in for 7th term as President of Zimbabwe on August 21, 2013.

The second South Asian Diaspora Convention (SADC) will be hosted by Singapore.

Social networking giant Facebook on 21 August 2013 announced the launch of Internet.org to to make Internet access affordable.

State Government of Rajasthan laid the foundation stone for world’s biggest solar park at Bhadla of Jodhpur District of Rajasthan on 21 August 2013.

Telugu writer, novelist and columnist, Malathi Chandur, died following prolonged illness in Chennai on 21 August 2013.

The 21st round of the boundary talks between the government of Bhutan and People’s Republic of China was held in Thimphu.

Vice President of Afghanistan Mohammed Karim Khalili visited India on 20-22 August 2013.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s representative to the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since 2005, announced his resignation on 22 August 2013.

Ashwani Kumar Appointed as Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Japan.

Nishi Vasudeva on 22 August 2013 became the first woman to be selected as the head of Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL).

Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson inaugurated National Media Centre at New Delhi.

Anjana Dhavalu Thamake won the third gold for India by winning the girl’s 800m race.

Amitabh Bachchan joined UN Campaign The World Needs More.

India and Iraq singed MoUs during the visit of Nouri al-Maliki to India.

The Reserve Bank of India imposed monetary penalty on six banks for violation of the Know Your Customer (KYC)/Anti Money Laundering guidelines.

Sania Mirza – Jie Zheng pair won WTA New Haven Open Title.

Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi, the Eminent Indian Classical Singer Passed Away on August 25, 2013.

Taukelina Finikaso visited India from 21 to 25 August 2013. During his visit he discussed important issues of mutual interest with Parneet kaur.

England cricket team won Ashes Test Series-2013 by 3-0 against Australia on 25 August 2013 at England.

India’s under-23 cricket team won the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup in Singapore on 25 August 2013.

During Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Pakistan, the two countries agreed to deepen the bilateral relationship.

Julie Harris passed away on 25 August 2013 at the age of 87 years at West Chatham, Massachusetts, United States.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota resigned on 26 August 2013 in the backdrop of helping the Bolivian senator to cross into Brazil.

Lok Sabha on 26 August 2013 passed the National Food Security Bill 2013. The Bill was adopted by the House through a voice vote after a day-long debate. The Bill now needs to be passed by the Rajya Sabha along with the President’s assent to become a law.

The Rajya Sabha on 26 August 2013 passed The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 by voice vote.

The former South African President Nelson Mandela on 27 August 2013 won the inaugural Mahathir Award for Global Peace.

Former athlete Henry Rebello died in Gurgaon on 27 August 2013 after a long illness.

The Reserve Bank of India on 27 August 2013 released the Discussion Paper on ‘Banking Structure in India – The Way Forward’.

Birendra Prasad Baishya Appointed As the Chairman of the Ethics Commission of the IWF.

Malala Yousafzai on 27 August 2013 won 2013 International Children’s Peace Prize.

Rajya Sabha Passed the Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2013.

Kerala state government on 22 August 2013 laid the foundation store of Bio 360, a Life Sciences Park.

Kapil Parakh (Person of Indian Origin), a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins has been selected for the prestigious White House Fellowship for the year 2013-14.

Justice K.N Basha, a retired judge of the Madras High Court, took charge as the chairman of the Intellectual Property Appellate Tribunal on 28 August 2013.

The Chinese and Pakistani air forces on 28 August 2013 decided to hold a joint exercise called Shaheen-2.

National Sports Day Observed on August 29.

The second ADMM (ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting) Plus meeting was held in Brunei on 29 August 2013.

Nidal Malik Hasan sentenced to death for Fort Hood Shooting.

The Union Cabinet of India on 29 August 2013 approved the Social Security Agreement between India and Canada.

Yasin Bhatkal, the co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), was arrested from the India-Nepal border in Bihar’s Raxaul town on 29 August 2013.

Air India launched its direct flights to Sydney and Melbourne on 29 August 2013, after a wide gap of 22 years.

The Lok Sabha on 29 August 2013 passed the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011, also called the Land Acquisition Bill.

GSAT-7, the first Indian defence satellite was launched by the European Arianespace’s Ariane 5 Rocket from the Kourou Spaceport of French Guiana.

RBI introduced Forex Swap Window for Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies.

Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana Appointed New Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

Irish writer Seamus Heaney died at the age of 74 on 29 August 2013.

The graphic biography on former Indian Hockey player Dhyan Chand titled Dhyan Chand-The Wizard of Hockey launched.

The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 29 August 2013 gave his assent to the Companies Bill 2013.

August 30 was declared as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances by the UN General Assembly.

Gujarat CM, Narendra Modi was felicitated by people of newly-formed districts of Gujarat, Chhota Udaipur and Mahi Sagar, on 30 August 2013.

Union Government of India Approved Three Projects under EMC Scheme.

The Public Enterprises Selection Board on 30 August 2013 recommended Dinesh K Sarraf as the next head of the ONGC

Kerala based Federal Bank Limited launched the electronic version of conventional passbook, called FedBook, on 30 August 2013.

Bayern Munich defeated Chelsea in the final at the Eden stadium in Prague on 30 August 2013 to win UEFA Super Cup 2013.

Bharti Airtel successfully conducted field trials of a technology which provides cost-efficient 3G phone services.

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