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News in Short - 19-September-2019

Vinesh Phogat wins bronze medal at World wrestling championships

Date: 19 September 2019 Tags: Sports
  • Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat has won a bronze medal at wrestling World Championships held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
  • Vinesh Phogat defeated two-time world bronze medalist Maria Prevolaraki of Greece by fall in the bronze medal bout of 53 kg freestyle event.
  • She is only the fourth Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the prestigious tournament.

Government passes ordinance to ban e-cigarette

Date: 19 September 2019 Tags: Health
  • The government has bannede-cigarettes and similar products, citing health risk to people.
  • It also said that an ordinance will be brought in to make it an offence, prescribing jail term up to three years as well as fine.
  • This meansthat production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution and storage and advertisement related to e cigarettes are all banned.

Journalist Ajay Singh appointed press secretary of the President

Date: 19 September 2019 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Journalist Ajay Singh has been appointed Press Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind on contract basis for one year.
  • Mr. Singh will succeed Ashok Malik, who served as Press Secretary for two years and recently stepped down from his position.
  • Mr. Singh is Editorial Director of Governance Now and has close to 30 years of experience in print and electronic journalism.

Two new plant species discovered in Western Ghats

Date: 19 September 2019 Tags: Biodiversity
  • A team of researchers have reported the discovery of two new plant species belonging to the Asclepiadaceae or milkweed family from the shola forests of the Western Ghats.
  • Tylophora balakrishnanii, a straggling vine, has been discovered from the Thollayiram shola in Wayanad, a biodiversity hotspot in the Nilgiri biosphere reserve.
  • Flowers of the plant are reddish pink and the species is similar to the coastal plant Tylophora flexuosa.