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- The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe has announced to step down from the post on 28 August 2020, because of the poor health conditions.The 65-year-old had held record 7 years and eight months as leader of the world’s third-biggest economy, becoming the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japanese history.Shinzo Abe had been serving as the PM of Japan since 26 December 2012.
- West Indies All-Rounder, Dwayne John Bravo became the first bowler in cricket to scalp 500 wickets in Twenty20 matches.He achieved the feat in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 match between his team Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks.Bravo took the wicket of Rahkeem Cornwall (18) to register his 500th wicket. Dwayne Bravo achieved the feat in his 459th match in the shortest format.
- Sri Lankan Opening batsman, Nishad Tharanga Paranavitana has announced retirement from all forms of International Cricket.He has represented Sri Lanka in 32 Test Matches scoring 1792 runs including two hundreds and 11 fifties.Paranavitana made his debut against Pakistan in February 2009 and played his final game for the national team in November 2012.He is Sri Lanka’s highest ever run-getter in first-class cricket with 12,522 runs
- The Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju has announced an enhancement in the prize money in four of the seven categories of the National Sports and Adventure Awards.The prize money for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award has been increased to 25 lakh rupees from the previous amount of 7.5 lakh rupees.Arjuna Award has been enhanced to 15 lakh rupees from 5 lakh.The Dhronacharya (Lifetime) awardees, who were earlier given 5 lakh rupees will now be given 15 lakh rupees as cash prize, while Dhronacharya (Regular) will be given 10 lakh instead of 5 lakh rupees per awardee.Dhyanchand Awardees will be given 10 lakh rupees instead of 5 lakh rupees.
- Every year, 29th August has been observed as National Sports Day in India.The first National Sports Day was celebrated on 29th August 2012, on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand who was the star of hockey team of India.This day was selected in the perspective of honouring this great hockey player and as an occasion to honour the country’s sporting heroes with recognitions awards like the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award and the Dronacharya Award.
- The International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed globally on 29th August since 2010.day aims to increase awareness about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.
History on the Date:
(1882) Australia beat England by 7 runs – “Death of English cricket”
(1949) USSR performs its first nuclear test at Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR
(2005) Hurricane Katrina makes 2nd and 3rd landfall as a category 3 hurricane, devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in dam