Top 5 Current Affairs: 4 September 2017

Sep 4, 2017 16:53 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 4 September 2017

MS Dhoni becomes first wicketkeeper to have 100 stumpings in ODI Cricket

Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a.k.a Mahi, becomes the first wicketkeeper in the world of cricket to claim 100 stumpings in the One Day International (ODI). To achieve the fete, Dhoni surpassed the former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, who had 99 stumpings in 404 ODI matches.

To achieve the fete, Dhoni whipped off the bails to remove the Sri Lankan batsman Akila Dananjaya off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's bowling.

Cabinet Reshuffle: Piyush Goyal gets Railways, Nirmala Sitharaman gets Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 September 2017 held the third major Cabinet reshuffle, which saw the change of portfolios of 32 ministers and selection of nine new ministers.

The most considerable of them all is the elevation of Nirmala Sitharaman as a Defence Minister, making her the first woman after Indira Gandhi to hold the portfolio of Defence Minister.

PM Modi’s third cabinet reshuffle that seems to be targeting 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, showcases priorities of NDA Government as it chooses performance above politics.

Entire Assam declared as ‘disturbed area’ under AFSPA for six months

The Assam Government on 1 September 2017 declared the entire state as “disturbed area” for six months beginning 1 September 2017 under Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA).

This is the first time in 27 years that the state government took call on AFSPA and extended the term of the Act.

The declaration was made after the state government assessed the present law and order situation in the state which has continued to be a matter of concern due to some violent incidents by underground outfits.

Earlier, On 3 August 2017, the Union Government declared entire Assam as “disturbed” under the AFSPA with effect from 3 August to 31 August 2017. And the same has now been extended by the state government for a period of six months.

AFSPA has been continuing in Assam since November 1990.

Locky Ransomware spreading through massive spam campaign: CERT-In

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) on 2 September 2017 stated that the Locky Ransomware is spreading through massive spam campaign.

As per the reports, more than 23 million messages have been sent in this campaign. The messages contain common subjects like "please print", "documents", "photo", "Images", "scans" and "pictures". However the subject texts may change in targeted spear phishing campaigns.

The messages contain "zip" attachments with Visual Basic Scripts (VBS) embedded in a secondary zip file.

It is also reported that a spam campaign showing links to fake dropbox sites is being used to spread Locky variants.

Five banks of BRICS nations sign agreement to establish credit lines

Five banks of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Bank Cooperation Mechanism have agreed to establish credit lines in the national currencies and cooperate on credit ratings.

The agreement was signed ahead of the ninth edition of the BRICS Summit, which is underway in Xiamen, China. The 2017 summit, attended by leaders of the five countries including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is centred on the theme of ‘Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future’.

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