Top 5 Current Affairs: 4 September 2018

Alastair Cook to retire from International cricket after final Test against India

Alastair Cook, former captain of England’s national cricket team has decided to retire from international cricket after the fifth and final match against India at the Oval, starting September 7, 2018.

The 33-year-old is known as one of England’s greatest test players. He is also the highest run-scorer for the nation in tests and stands 6th on the all-time list of Test run-scorers, after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Kumar Sangakkara.

However, this latest series against India has not been one of his best, as he managed to score only 109 runs in seven innings, which were spread across four Test matches. Due to his falling form, his place in the test side was also under scanner.

Tsunami mock drill ‘IOWave18’ begins: India along with 23 countries participates in exercise

Indian Ocean Wave Exercise 2018 (IOWave18) began on September 4, 2018 in the Indian Ocean. India along with 23 other nations is participating in this major Indian ocean-wide tsunami mock drill which involves evacuation of thousands of people from coastal areas in over half a dozen coastal states.

Besides testing the standard operating procedure (SOP) and communication links at all levels of the warning chain, a primary objective of IOWave18 exercise is to enhance tsunami preparedness at community level.

The purpose of exercise is to increase tsunami preparedness, evaluate response capabilities in each state and improve coordination throughout the region.

National Nutrition Month observed across India to fight malnutrition

The National Nutrition Month is being celebrated across the country in September to mark the fight against malnutrition. During this month, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development will organise various programmes to spread broad awareness on issues related to malnutrition like stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia and low birth weight in children.

The month will focus on adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers to eliminate the deficiencies prevailing in the Health sector.

The WCD ministry is trying to reach about 11 crore women and children during this month through various grass-root activities with the convergence of different ministries.

Banks with over 10 branches to have internal ombudsman: RBI’s Internal Ombudsman Scheme 2018

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on September 3, 2018 asked all scheduled commercial banks with more than 10 branches to appoint an Internal Ombudsman.

The Scheme covers appointment and tenure; roles and responsibilities; procedural guidelines and oversight mechanism for the Internal Ombudsman. All Scheduled Commercial Banks in India having more than 10 banking outlets are required to appoint IO in their banks.

The IO will examine customer complaints referring to the deficiency in service on the part of the bank that are partly or wholly rejected by the bank.

President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Cyprus: Key Highlights

India and Cyprus on September 3, 2018 signed key agreements in various areas to cement bilateral ties between both the countries following delegation level talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

One of MoUs was signed between Financial Intelligence Unit of India and Unit for Combating Money Laundering of Cyprus on combating money laundering. This agreement would further strengthen the institutional framework to facilitate investment cross-flows. Another MoU was signed for cooperation in the field of environment.

Apart from signing of these MoUs, India and Cyprus agreed to expand cooperation in the fields of IT, tourism, shipping and renewable energy.


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