Current Affairs Update – 25th August, 2015

Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 25th August, 2015. These are important for the IBPS Clerk and IBPS RRB Exam 2015.


India –

India, Australia signed MoU on cooperation in fields of education, training and research

  • India and Australia on 24 August 2015 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.
  • The MoU will help intensify existing partnerships between India and Australia in higher education & research, including technical and professional education, schools, vocational education and training and will open up new and innovative areas of cooperation.
  • The MoU was signed during the meeting of the Australia-India Education Council (AIEC) in New Delhi.



Union Government released Postal stamp on Ashoka

  • 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.
  • Prasad announced to release the postal stamp during a Bharatiya Janata Party function to celebrate the birth anniversary of Ashoka.



Hindus 79.8%, Muslims 14.2% of population: census data


  • The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government on Tuesday released the religious census data of 2011.
  • According to the data, while Hindus constitute 79.8 per cent of the population, Muslims constitute 14.2 per cent. The proportion of Hindu population to total population of 121.09 crore in 2011 has declined by 0.7 percentage point (PP); the proportion of Sikh population has declined by 0.2 PP and the Buddhist population has declined by 0.1 PP during the decade 2001-2011. The proportion of Muslim population to total population has increased by 0.8 PP. There has been no significant change in the proportion of Christians and Jains.
  • While decadal growth rates are declining among all religious communities, the decline has been faster among Muslims than among Hindus, as has been the case for the past three decades. Fertility rates are also reducing faster among Muslims than among Hindus, along expected demographic lines.
  • The data is released by sex and residence up to sub-districts and towns. Total Population in 2011 was 121.09 crore.



Economy/Finance –

NITI Aayog to set up expert group to draft land leasing law


  • NITI Aayog will soon set up an experts group to prepare a model 'land leasing law' which can be adopted by states as per their local needs.
  • The decision to set up a committee of experts for the purpose was taken at a meeting of Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of Revenue/land which was chaired by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya, a press release said.
  • According to the release, it was agreed at the meeting that the NITI Aayog Vice-Chairperson will appoint a committee of experts to prepare a model land leasing law that the states can adopt to suit their local needs.
  • The NITI Aayog in consultation with the Department of Land Resources will also assist the interested states in moving forward with updating and digitising land records in accordance with the best practices.



Appointments –

Justice ML Tahaliyani sworn-in as Lokayukta of Maharashtra

  • Justice Madanlal Laxmandas Tahaliyani, a retired judge of the Bombay High Court, was sworn-in as the new Lokayukta of Maharashtra on 24 August 2015. Governor Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office to Justice Tahaliyani at Raj Bhavan Raj Bhavan’s Darbar Hall in Mumbai.
  • Justice Tahaliyani succeeded Justice (retd.) PB Gaikwad, whose term as Lokayukta ended on 1 July 2014.
  • Due to his passion for nature, often he was called as a Green Judge and he presided over several high-profile trials, including the 26/11 attacks, Gulshan Kumar murder and the money laundering case involving businessman Hasan Ali.
  • On 29 August 2012, he was lauded by Supreme Court of India for his role of conducting the trial proceedings and maintaining the record of the case in an exemplary manner in the Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab versus State of Maharashtra case.



Sports –

Raipur to host 2015 FIH Hockey World League Final

  • Chhattisgarh capital Raipur will host the 2015 FIH Hockey World League (HWL) Final that is scheduled to be held between 27 November and 6 December 2015. It is the second edition of the World League Final.
  • The announcement in this regard was made by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre in the third week of August 2015.
  • The competitions will be held at the 3000 capacity Raipur International Hockey Stadium that was opened as a dedicated hockey facility in August 2014.
  • The tournament will feature eight teams, who qualified through the HWL semi-finals in Buenos Aires (Brazil) and Antwerp (Belgium). They include world number one ranking Australia, Netherlands (2), Germany (3), Belgium (4), Great Britain (5), Argentina (6), India (8) and Canada (13).





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