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Current Affairs in Short: 20 August 2019

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa expanded his Cabinet with the induction of 17 new Ministers. 

Aug 20, 2019 16:12 IST
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Karnataka CM inducts 17 new ministers in his Cabinet
• Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa expanded his Cabinet with the induction of 17 new Ministers. New Ministers took the oath while Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy. 
• Prominent leaders including  Govind Karajol, C N Ashwath Narayan, Laxman Savadi, KS Eeshwarappa, R Ashok, Jagadish Shetter and B Sreeramulu are among those who sworn in today. The lone Independent MLA H Nagesh has also been inducted into the cabinet.  
• This is the first expansion of the Council of Ministers after he assumed office on 26th July and proved his government’s majority on the floor of the Assembly on 29th of July after the previous coalition government collapsed due to the resignation of their 17 MLAs.

Show cause notice issued to Sakshi Malik
• A show-cause notice was issued to Sakshi Malik (Olympic medallist) by the Wrestling Federation India (WFI) for leaving the national camp without permission.
• Twenty-five out of the 45 women wrestlers, who train at the SAI centre in Lucknow, reported absent from the national camp without taking permission from the National Federation.
• Out of these 25, three grapplers including Sakshi (62kg), Seema Bisla (50kg) and Kiran (76kg) had recently qualified for the World Championship. The trio has been issued show-cause notices and their deadline for submitting reply within 48 hours.

BCCI reduced Sreesanth's life ban to 7 years
• Pacer S Sreesanth's life ban for his involvement in 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal has been reduced to seven years by BCCI Ombudsman Justice DK Jain. The 36-year-old's ban will end next year. 
• This comes months after the Supreme Court set aside the life ban imposed on Sreesanth and asked BCCI to take a fresh decision on the quantum of punishment.
• BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain has ordered, observing that the cricketer is well past his prime having already served six years.

Poisons (Possessions and Sale) Rules 2015 amended by Karnataka
• According to the Poisons (Possessions and Sale) Rules, 2015 amendment by Karnataka Nicotine has been notified as Class A poison.
• The move aims at strengthening the enforcement of the ban on production and sale of electronic cigarettes.
• Nicotine is a plant alkaloid that contains nitrogen, which is found in several types of plants, including the tobacco plant and can also be produced synthetically.

US successfully test-fires cruise missile
• The US tested a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of more than 500 kilometres, the first since it withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia earlier this month. 
• The missile was launched from the San Nicolas Island off the coast of Los Angeles. INF treaty banned the development of missiles with a range of 500-5,500 kilometres.
• In a statement, the Pentagon said the test took place on Sunday at San Nicolas Island, California, and the missile hit its target after more than 500 km of flight.

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