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Top 5 Current Affairs: 5 December 2018

Gautam Gambhir, the most complete batsmen who opened well in all three forms of the game – Test matches, ODIs and T20s has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The cricketer had played an instrumental role in India's successful campaigns in the 2011 World Cup and the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007.

Dec 5, 2018 18:02 IST
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Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricket: A Glance at his cricket career

After over 15 years of successful career in Indian cricket, Indian Opener Gautam Gambhir on December 4, 2018 announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

Gautam Gambhir was one of the most complete batsmen who opened well in all three forms of the game – Test matches, ODIs and T20s. He exhibited best in his innings between 2008 and the 2011 World Cup. He played an instrumental role in India's successful campaigns in the 2011 World Cup and the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007.

The cricketer was the top-scorer for India in the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup finals. In the 2011 World Cup finals, Gambhir was involved in a crucial 109-run stand with MS Dhoni against Sri Lanka. Gambhir was dismissed with 97 in his kitty that had made India win the 2011 World Cup.

WCD Ministry to formulate guidelines to ensure safety of children in hostels

The Ministry of Women and Child Development will soon formulate guidelines for children's hostels, prescribing the minimum standards of care that should be provided to the children.

The decision comes at a time when institutions, housing children on the request of parents who are unable to take care of them and their education or due to other circumstances that force parents to keep them at children's homes, are not registering under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

As per Section 41 of the Juvenile Justice Act 2015, registration of all child care institutions, whether funded by Government or not, is mandatory. The penalty of non-registration is prescribed under Section 42 of the Act.

GSAT-11: India’s heaviest communication satellite launched successfully from French Guiana

India’s heaviest and most-advanced communication satellite GSAT-11, also called the "Big Bird", was successfully launched into space on December 5, 2018 from the Spaceport in French Guiana, South America.

The satellite will help provide satellite-based internet to remote places where cable-based internet cannot reach. The satellite, weighing 5854 kg, is the heaviest Indian-made equipment that has been put into the orbit.

Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the GSAT-11 was launched on the Ariane 5 VA-246 rocket from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana.

India, UAE sign agreement on currency swap

The 12th session of the India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) for Economic and Technical Cooperation was held on December 3-4, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

During the India-UAE JCM, India and the United Arab Emirates signed two agreements, one pact on currency swap and an MoU for development cooperation in Africa. The agreement on currency swap between the countries will allow trading in their own currency and payments to import and export trade at a pre-determined exchange rate without bringing in a third benchmark currency like the US dollars.

The second Memorandum of Understanding would enable both the nations to undertake development projects in Africa.

Railways Ministry, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum sign MoU to foster tourism in Delhi NCR

The National Rail Museum (NRM) of the Railways Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum to foster tourism in Delhi NCR region.

This first time ever public-private museum collaboration will help attract more tourists to both National Rail Museum and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

Under the MoU, a special discount of 35 percent will be offered on ticket prices to National Rail Museum visitors when they visit Madame Tussauds Museum, Delhi.

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