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Current Affairs  August 2014 - Important Points

India equals record for most ducks in a test innings

On 7th August 2014, Indian cricket team equaled the world record of maximum number of 6 ducks in a Test innings.  Now there are four teams which hold this record. Apart from India other three teams are Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh. 
While playing against England on first day of the Manchester Test six Indian players who were not able to score even a single run were : 
  • Murali Vijay - lost wicket to James Anderson
  • Cheteshwar Pujara - lost wicket to Stuart Broad
  • Virat Kohli - lost wicket to James Anderson
  • Ravindra Jadeja - lost wicket to James Anderson
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar - lost wicket to Stuart Broad
  • Pankaj Singh - lost wicket to Stuart Broad

Rosetta becomes the first spacecraft to ever go into orbit of a Comet named 67P

On 6th August 2014,  Rosetta of European Space Agency became first ever spacecraft to reach a Comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that was discovered in 1969. It reached the comet after a journey of 10 years, five months and four days through deep space. 
During this period, Rosetta crossed a distance of 6.4 billion km which is more than five times the distance between the Earth and the Sun, using the gravity of both Mars and Earth to gather enough speed to sling-shot into the comet’s path.

RBI proposes unified bill payment system

 On 7th August 2014, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)  issued draft guidelines for implementation of Bharat Bill Payment System (BPPS), an anytime anywhere bill payment system. The proposed guidelines describe the basic requirements of operating the BBPS.
Bharat Bill Payment System is intended for the implementation of a unified bill payment system across the country. It would enable the customers to pay the bills with the help of agents and getting instant confirmation of the payment made. School fees, municipal taxes and utility bills payments would become easier now.

Strictly Personal, Manmohan and Gursharan authored by Daman Singh

On 5th August 2014,  book Strictly Personal, Manmohan and Gursharan written by Daman Singh was published. 
The book is not about Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister but about Manmohan Singh, the family man whose life and loved ones were caught up in the maelstrom of history. The author reiterates the fact that other than Jawaharlal Nehru, no other Prime Minister has had such an influence on India and her economic policies as Manmohan Singh.

WHO declared Ebola as Global Health Emergency

On 6th August 2014, The World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.
The WHO announced the Ebola outbreak - the largest and longest in history - is worrying enough to merit being declared an international health emergency. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May.
This agency had convened an expert committee this week to assess the severity of the ongoing epidemic.

Kapil Dev to head Arjuna Awards Selection Committee

Former India cricket captain Kapil Dev will head the Arjuna Awards selection committee for choosing this year's outstanding sportspersons of the country while former hockey skipper Ajitpal Singh is likely to be in charge of selecting the Dronacharya awardees. 
This Committee will choose outstanding sportspersons for 2014 of the Country. This Committees will have 15 members which includes12 sportspersons and 3 officials.

Former Hockey Captain Ajitpal Singh to head Dronacharya Award Selection Committee

On 7th August 2014,  Three-time Olympian and former Hockey Captain Ajitpal Singh was selected as the Chairman of the Dronacharya Award Selection Committee. 
The committee will have 15 members, including 12 eminent sportspersons and three officials. The three officials - Director General of the Sports Authority of India and a joint secretary and deputy secretary from the ministry - will also be in the committee.

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