Current Affairs in Short: 2 September 2019
Jasprit Bumrah has created history by becoming the third Indian cricketer to take a hat-trick in Test cricket.
Jasprit Bumrah becomes 3rd Indian to take hat-trick in Test cricket
- Jasprit Bumrah has created history by becoming the third Indian cricketer to take a hat-trick in Test cricket during India’s second Test against West Indies at Sabina Park.
- Bumrah made the record by taking the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase in three successive deliveries.
- Harbhajan Singh was the first Indian to pick up a hat-trick in Test, against Australia in Kolkata in 2001 and pacer Irfan Pathan was the second Indian to achieve the feat against Pakistan in Karachi in 2006.
First integrated battle group to be deployed along India-Pakistan border
- The Indian Army is set to deploy its first Integrated Battle Group (IBG) along the India-Pakistan border by the end of 2019.
- The Indian Army plans to form and deploy 11 -13 IBGs to protect its western and eastern borders. The announcement comes as tensions rise across the border on Kashmir issue.
- The Defence Ministry has cleared the reorganisation of IX Corps, based in Yol in Himachal Pradesh, to form the Integrated Battle Group to be deployed along the western border. This is one of the biggest reorganisations of the Army.
- The first Integrated Battle Groups are smaller in comparison to the regular fighting units of the Army Corps. The groups are also self-contained fighting units, including elements of air power, artillery and amour.
Vispi Balaporia elected as first woman president of Asiatic Society of Mumbai
- Vispi Balaporia was appointed as the first woman president of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai in its over 200-year-old history.
- The 77-year-old was elected on August 31 to the top post of the society, which was set up in the early 1800s.
- The Asiatic Society was set up to promote useful knowledge. Its library contains a vast collection of books, of which 15,000 are classified as rare and valuable.
- It also has some rare artefacts and over 3,000 ancient manuscripts in Persian, Sanskrit and Prakrit.
Japan to launch special police unit to patrol isles in East China Sea
- Japan will soon launch a special police unit equipped with submachine guns and helicopters to patrol disputed isles in the East China Sea.
- The uninhabited islets are at the centre of the conflict between Japan and China, which is also involved in a widening dispute with several Southeast Asian countries over control of islands in the South China Sea.
- Japan has since long objected to China's routine dispatch of coastguard ships to the waters surrounding the islands. The relations between the two countries deteriorated in 2012 when Japan nationalized some of the islets.
- The latest deployment near the tiny islands could take place early in 2020. It will be the first time that police step up patrols near the disputed islands.
Vice President dedicates country's longest electrified rail tunnel to nation
- Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the nation’s longest electrified rail tunnel on September 1, 2019.
- The longest electrified rail tunnel runs between Cherlopalli and Rapuru and the electrified railway line between Venkatachalam and Obulavaripalli. The total length of the rail tunnel is 6.6 kilometre.
- The Vice President also flagged off a new inter-city super fast express train between Guduru and Vijayawada.
- Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Naidu stressed on the need to step up investment to strengthen and modernize infrastructure including in railways, airways, ports, inland waterways, rural roads, warehouses and cold storage units.