Current Affairs : August 15, 2011

Celebrations of Independence Day across the nation

  • India Celebrates its 65th Independence Day on August 15, 2011

 

Sena medal awarded to 114 Army personnel

3 Army doctors honoured with the Sena Medal
for gallantry
for taking on terrorists and saving the lives of their colleagues during an attack on Indians in Kabul last year A total of 114 Army personnel awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry on Independence Day for their acts of valour in different operations across the country

Platinum Jubilee of Gold Medal Win of Indian Hockey Team celebrated in MP

  • To celebrate the platinum jubilee of gold medal win of Indian hockey team in Berlin Olympics on August 15, 1936, a special programme organized in Madhya Pradesh
  • With this win in 1936, India completed the hat trick of gold medal haul in the Olympics
  • India won the gold medal in Berlin Olympics on August 15, 1936, in the presence of the then ruler of Germany, Adolf Hitler
  • Our team had created a world record in hockey by remaining champion from 1928-1959 in the Olympics and the country had not lost a single match during those 31 years
  • Chief Minister of MP, Shivraj Singh Chouhan honoured hockey players including Olympians at the function organised by the State Sports and Youth Welfare Department

  • ‘Yaad-e-Berlin Olympic 1936’, a short film screened on the occasion
  • People who were honoured include hockey Olympians Lieutenant Haripal Kaushik, Inamur Rehman, Aslam Sher Khan, Dhanraj Pillai and Ashok Dhyanchand

40th anniversary of fall down of Bretton Woods currency regulation system

  • August 15, 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the breakdown of the Bretton Woods currency regulation system
    set up after the Second World War
  • The system fixed the value of the dollar against the value of gold
  • United States in 1971 left the system due to domestic troubles with high inflation
  • The moves ignited global economic uncertainty and to oil prices

     

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams win Rogers Cup Tennis Title

  • Serbian, Novak Djokovic won the Rogers Cup Men’s Singles Tennis Title
  • American Serena Williams won the Rogers Cup Women’s Singles Tennis Title

     

“Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman”

  • The President confered prestigious Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman to 8 scholars in Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic and Pali languages
  • The distinction is conferred once a year on the Independence Day in recognition of substantial contribution in the field of Sanskrit, Pali/Prakrit, Arabic and Persian

SANSKRIT

Dr. Braj Bhushan Ojha, Dr. Somanath Dash, Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, Dr. Veernaryana N.K. Pandurangi, Dr. Dharmendra Kumar Singhdeo

PERSIAN

Dr. Shahid Naukhez Azmi

ARABIC

Dr. Mujeebur Rahman

PALI

Dr. Mahaveer Prabhachandra Shastri

  • The President also awarded Certificate of Honour to twenty three scholars

Bangladesh observes National mourning Day

  • Bangladesh observed National mourning Day on August 15, 2011 to mark the 36th Death Anniversary of the country’s Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman
  • On August 15, 1975 Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and all his family members except current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his younger daughter Sheikh Rehana were assassinated

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