Tamil Nadu bans sale of e-cigarettes with immediate effect
The Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu on September 12, 2018 released a government order dated September 3, 2018, banning manufacture, sale, distribution, trade, marketing, import and possession of the Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), known as e- cigarettes, with immediate effect.
E-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals that can cause lung diseases and serious complication to pregnant women. The use of e-cigarettes causes adverse health effects due to second-hand exposure to metals like nickel and chromium.
China plans bullet train from Kolkata to its Kunming City
Chinese Consul-General in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu on September 12, 2018 announced that China is looking forward to plan bullet trains from Kolkata to Kunming City of China. However, the Chinese diplomat did not reveal the details of the route. The train is expected to traverse through Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The service is also expected to give a thrust to trade and commerce in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor. The BCIM project, initiated by China, is projected to run through Mandalay in Myanmar, Chittagong and Dhaka in Bangladesh, terminating in Kolkata.
Hunger reached ‘alarming’ ten-year high in 2017: UN report
As per a UN report on the ‘state of food security and nutrition in the world’ that was published on September 11, 2018, the number of undernourished globally increased to 821 million in 2017, which means that one in every nine people, does not have enough to eat.
The report revealed that the number of undernourished people in the world has been on the rise since 2014, reaching an estimated 821 million in 2017, from around 804 million in 2016. The levels are the same as almost a decade ago.
ASI discovers 254 copper coins of medieval era at Khirki Mosque
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered a collection of 254 Copper Coins in the premises of Khirki Mosque during the course of conservation of the monument. This mosque lies on the southern periphery of the village Khirki, New Delhi.
Post the discovery of coins, immediately, a team of archaeologist, consternation assistant and photographers came to the site and took the hoard of coins under their possession. Few coins got cleaned by the experts of Science of Branch of ASI; and on the basis of preliminary observation, it was found that some of the coins belong to the reign of Shershah Suri and his successors.
Trump signs new executive order imposing sanctions on foreign meddlers in US elections
US President Donald Trump signed a new executive order on September 12, 2018 imposing sanctions on any country or foreign individual found trying to interfere in the US elections. Speaking on the occasion, Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said that the move is intended to be a very broad effort to prevent foreign manipulation of the political process.
The order calls for sanctions against any entity that authorises, directs or sponsors meddling operations in the American elections. The sanctions not only cover the interference with the election or campaign infrastructure but also the distribution of propaganda and disinformation.
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