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Current Affairs – September 04 2023
1. Hockey 5s Asia Cup 2023, India beat Pakistan
In Hockey, India beat Pakistan in a penalty shootout in the final to win the inaugural Men’s Hockey 5s Asia Cup 2023 in Salalah, Oman. The win also served as Asia’s qualifying tournament for the FIH Men’s Hockey5s World Cup Oman 2024.
Subsequently, India qualified for the FIH Men’s Hockey5s World Cup Oman 2024.
This is the first time in three meetings that India has beaten Pakistan in the Hockey 5s format. From 2-4 down in the second half, India took the game to the shootout after two goals from Mohammed Raheel.
In the shootout, Pakistan missed all their chances while Maninder Singh hit the hammer in the coffin to score India’s second goal in the shootout. Earlier in the evening, India thrashed Malaysia 10-4 in the semifinals.
2. Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak Passes Away
Zimbabwe’s former cricket captain Heath Streak has passed away at the age of 49, following a long battle with colon and liver cancer.
He was born in Bulawayo, Streak, a cricketing legend, was particularly known for his prowess as a fast bowler.
He held the distinction of being Zimbabwe’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket, having taken 216 wickets at an average of 28.14.
Additionally, he scored 1990 runs at an average of 22.35 in Test matches. In One Day Internationals (ODIs), Streak claimed 239 wickets at an average of 29.82 and scored 2,943 runs at 28.29.
3. Max Verstappen wins Italian Grand Prix 2023
Max Verstappen has won the Italian Grand Prix and sets a new record for the most consecutive wins in Formula 1 history with 10.
Sergio Perez made it a Red Bull 1-2 after he got ahead of Carlos Sainz following a fierce battle with the Ferrari driver in the closing stages.
With Leclerc fourth, George Russell was fifth despite being issued a five-second time penalty for gaining an advantage off the track.
Lewis Hamilton recovered to sixth place on the road and also overcame a five-second punishment for making contact with McLaren’s Oscar Piastri.
Alexander Albon was seventh, fending off Lando Norris who was stuck in the rear mirrors of the Williams driver for much of the Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso was ninth, while Valtteri Bottas took Alfa Romeo’s first points since Canada.
4. NCERT Gets Deemed University Status: Education Minister
In a significant development in the realm of education, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced on September 1 that The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been conferred with the status of a deemed university.
This momentous announcement was made during an event commemorating the 63rd foundation day of NCERT in the national capital.
5. Uday Kotak Resigns As Kotak Mahindra Bank MD & CEO, Dipak Gupta Takes Interim Charge
Uday Kotak has formally resigned from his position as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kotak Mahindra Bank, with the change taking effect from September 1st. 2023.
This significant development was communicated by the bank to the exchanges on September 2, marking the end of an era in Indian banking.
Mr. Kotak, however, will continue to play a vital role as a non-executive director within the organization until his tenure concludes on December 31, 2023.
6. Dr. Vasudha Gupta Assumes Charge As Principal DG Of Akashvani
Dr. Vasudha Gupta, a seasoned Senior Indian Information Service officer, has taken charge as the Principal Director General of Akashvani and News Services Division.
This appointment comes after her commendable tenure as Director General at Akashvani, where she played a pivotal role in revitalizing the iconic broadcasting institution.
With over 33 years of dedicated service in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, including her tenure as Director General of the Press Information Bureau (PIB), Dr. Vasudha Gupta brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role.
7. ISRO Successfully Launches Aditya L1 Sun Observatory
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has achieved a significant milestone by successfully launching the Aditya L1 spacecraft, an observatory designed to study the Sun from a distance of 1.5 million kilometers.
The launch utilized the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), and the mission involved complex maneuvers, including firing the PSLV’s fourth stage twice, to position the spacecraft precisely in its elliptical orbit.
Aditya L1 will gradually ascend through a series of maneuvers to reach its final destination—a halo orbit around the L1 point, 1.5 million kilometers away from Earth.
The mission aims to provide unique data on the Sun’s outer atmosphere, radiation, particles, and magnetic fields, contributing to a deeper understanding of our closest star and its impact on Earth.