1. Mithali Raj has announced her retirement from T20 Internationals. The former India T20 captain said that she wanted to focus on ODI cricket, keeping in mind the 2021ODI World Cup. Mithali Raj had captained the Indian side when India played its first-ever women’s T20 International in Derby in 2006.
2. Eight Apache AH-64E combat helicopters were inducted into the Indian Air Force on September 3, 2019. The US-made Apache helicopters will provide a major boost to IAF’s combat capabilities. Apache AH-64E is one of the world’s most advanced attack helicopters with multi-role combat capabilities. The helicopter is flown by the US Army.
3. India and Japan organised a Defence Ministerial meeting, co-chaired by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi lwaya, in Tokyo on September 2, 2019. The meeting involved discussions on various issues of mutual concern such as ways to further strengthen the existing bilateral co-operative arrangements.
4. Indian Army is all geared up to receive and train the first batch of women soldiers. Indian Army would be selecting 100 women soldiers from thousands of volunteers who had applied for the post from across the nation.
5. The Haryana Government has announced a waiver of Rs. 4750 crore on interest and penalty on crop loans. Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar announced that this waiver will benefit about 10 Lakh farmers of the Haryana.
6. US President Trump authorized the creation of the United States Space Command, citing the need for a centralized unit to protect American interests in what he called “the next war-fighting domain.” The Space Force will organize, train and equip warriors to support Spacecom’s mission.
7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Russia today to participate in three-day Eastern Economic Forum at Vladivostok. It is fifth edition of Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). EEF was established by the order of the President of the Russian Federation in the year 2015.
8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be honoured with the award from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.PM Modi will be conferred with the award during his visit to the United States later in September 2019.
9. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora assumed the Chairmanship of ‘Association of World Election Bodies’ (AWEB) on September 3, 2019, Arora will serve the post during 2019-21. His appointment came after India took over the Chair of AWEB from Romania.
10. As part of the ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation, a joint military training, Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2019, joint military training exercise, began on September 5, 2019 between India and the United States in Washington, USA. The exercise will conclude on September 18, 2019.