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  • President gives assent to ordinance banning e-cigarettes.

  • Supreme Court gets four new judges taking total strength to highest-ever of 34.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flies in Tejas Fighter Jet in Bengaluru; says the aircraft is meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities.

  • Jammu and Kashmir administration directs Divisional Commissioners to identify land in each district for setting up industrial estates. 

  • In Afghanistan, 20 killed in a suicide bomb attack outside hospital in southern Zabul province.

  • In China Open Badminton, PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap to play their pre-quarterfinal matches this afternoon.


President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent for promulgation of the ordinance to ban e-cigarettes. The ordinance was approved by the Union Cabinet yesterday, which bans production, import, distribution and sale of electronic cigarettes.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who headed a Group of Ministers (GoM) on the issue, said the Cabinet decided to ban e-cigarettes and similar products as they pose health risk to people, especially the youth. She said a bill replacing the ordinance will be brought in the next session of Parliament.

Production, import, export, transport, sale or advertisements of e-cigarettes will now be a cognizable offence. First time violators will face a jail term of up to one year and a fine of one lakh rupees. For subsequent offences, there will be a jail term of up to three years or a fine of five lakh rupees or both. The storage of e-cigarettes shall now be punishable with imprisonment of up to six months or a fine of up to 50 thousand rupees or both.


Four Chief Justices of High Courts have been appointed as Supreme Court judges. With this, the total strength of the Apex court has gone up to the highest ever number of 34.

The appointees are Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice V. Ramasubramanian, Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Krishna Murari, Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Kerala High Court Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy. Four separate notifications have been issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice on the appointments.

The Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had recommended their names for appointment to the apex court on 28th of August. The Parliament had recently increased the number of judges in the Supreme Court from 31 to 34, including the Chief Justice of India.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today flew on familiarisation sortie on the indigenous fighter aircraft Tejas in Bengaluru. After the sortie which lasted around 30 minutes, the defence minister said, he chose the aircraft because it was built indigenously and the flying experience in the fighter aircraft was thrilling. He said, India has reached a level of exporting fighter planes across the world.

"हमें अपने देश के वैज्ञानिकों के ऊपर, एचएएल के ऊपर, आडा एरोनॉटिकल डेवलेपमेंट जो हमारी एजेंसी है, जिसने इसका डिजाइन बनाया है और एचएएल, डीआरडीओ ये सब सारे जितने भी आर्गेनाइजेशन् है मैं सबको कन्ग्रैचलैट करना चाहता हूं। आज तेजस की डिमांड दुनिया के दूसरे देशों से भी हो रही है। हम लोग अब इस स्थिति में भी पहुंच गए हैं कि दुनिया को भी हम फाइटर प्लेन् और बहुत सारे आर्म् और एम्युनिशन् भी अब एक्सपोर्ट कर सकते हैं।"

The Defence Minister said, flying on ‘Tejas’ was an amazing and exhilarating experience. He said Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities and is meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities.

Tejas, a single engine, delta wing, multi-role light fighter, was designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and is produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)  for the Indian Air Force. The latest test for the Indian Navy variant of Tejas is also being extensively tested in Bengaluru and Goa. The LCA Tejas, had bagged the Final Operational clearance recently.


Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javdekar has said that India is in the leadership position in the field of climate change under Prime Minister Narender Modi. Talking to reporters in New Delhi Mr. Javdekar said, under the dynamic leadership of Mr. Modi, the country has taken various steps in reducing energy consumption of industries, increasing green cover and setting a target at 100GW of solar power and 175 GW renewable energy. He said the world is waiting to hear Mr Modi at the UN Climate Change Conference in New York being organised by the UN Secretary-General. The Minister said the Government has taken important steps by increasing land forest area, boosting energy efficiency and e-mobility. 

"चाहे बीए 6 में परिवर्तन करने का हो, ;;क्षेत्र बढ़ने का हो या इंडस्ट्री की एनर्जी एफिसिएंशी सुधार के एनर्जी ृृ कम करनी हो  पेरिस में जो लक्ष् भारत के लिए  पूरा हम कर रहे हैं और बहुत सारे नये प्रोजेक् भी किए हैं तो ये सारी बातें दुनिया के सामने आएगी।"


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold a review meeting with public sector banks today. Introduction of repo-rate linked products to step up affordable credit, doorstep banking facility, monitoring of loans to MSMEs, small traders, and collaboration of banks with non-banking financial companies, NBFCs for co-origination of loans are expected to come up for discussion during the meeting.

The Centre is expected to review the announcement made by the Finance Minister last month to mandate release of security documents within 15 days of loan closure.


Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam has asked Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh to review the availability of state land in each district. The objective is to develop it as a land bank for setting up industrial estates in the districts and for other big ticket projects like medi-cities.

Directions have been issued to Deputy Commissioners, DCs of Bandipora and Ramban districts to identify suitable land for establising degree colleges. The DCs of Baramulla, Udhampur, Rajouri, Ramban and Pulwama districts have also been directed to identify land for setting up police stations for Anti-Corruption Bureau.

The Chief Secretary also asked the DCs to immediately start issuing Economically Weaker Section (EWS) certificates to eligible beneficiaries to avail the benefits.


In Jammu & Kashmir, restrictions have been lifted in nearly all areas of the Kashmir Valley following significant improvement in the security situation. The restrictions have been lifted from 92 police station areas out of 105 in the Valley.

All landline phone services are active now. Mobile phones are working in some areas. Officials said government offices and banks are functioning normally.


In Madhya Pradesh, flood situation has worsened in Chambal region. The water level of Chambal and Sindh rivers is increasing rapidly due to continuous release of water from Kota Barrage. Army, police and SDRF teams are rescuing people to safer places. Meanwhile, the central team has started assessing the damage in flood-affected areas. More from our correspondent:-

"The Inter-Ministerial team led by the Joint Secretary of the National Disaster Management Authority met the Chief Secretary and other officials at the State Secretariat today. The team is on a two-day visit to Madhya Pradesh. The central team is starting a assessment of flood affected areas of the state from today. During its visit, the central team will take stock of the situation in Vidisha, Raisen, Rajgarh, Mandsaur, Agar Malwa and Ujjain districts. The team will meet the collector of all these districts and will also interact with the victims. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal"

In Tamil Nadu, Chennai and its adjoining districts were pounded by heavy rain last night and this morning as well, leading to flood like situation in low lying areas in the state capital. However, situation improved during the day and schools are functioning as usual. The Meteorological Department has forecast light to moderate rain in fourteen northern and central districts for the next three days.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally at Nashik in Maharashtra shortly on the concluding day of State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' Mahajanadesh Yatra. The 'Mahajanadesh Yatra' was held in phases in a bid to reach out to masses ahead of assembly polls in the state, due next month.


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi today. Later talking to media, Ms Banerjee said, she handed over a letter to the Home Minister, urging that the genuine voters left out in the NRC in Assam should be given another chance. Ms Banerjee said, it was her first meeting with Mr Shah after he became the Home Minister. She said she discussed with him various issues as the state has borders with neighbouring countries.


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said the state has become the number one in implementing many central government schemes. He was addressing media at his residence in Lucknow on the completion of a half term as the Chief Minister. He said the government is now working on the goal to make Uttar Pradesh a one-trillion economy state.


In Afghanistan, at least 20 people were killed and more than 90 wounded in a powerful suicide bomb blast today. The explosion destroyed part of a hospital and damaged wall of the National Security Department building.

The Taliban took responsibility for the attack in which a truck was used. The terror group has been carrying out nearly daily attacks since peace talks with the United States collapsed earlier this month. 


More than eight years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese court has cleared three former executives of the firm operating the plant, of professional negligence. It was the only criminal case to arise out of the disaster, which was the worst since Chernobyl in 1986. In 2011 a plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power was hit by a tsunami causing a triple meltdown. More than 4 Lakh 70 thousand people were evacuated from their homes as a result. Nearly, 18,500 died or are missing from the wider disaster.


In Badminton, ace Indian shutlers Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap will play their pre-quarterfinal matches of the China Open this afternoon.

World Champion Sindhu is facing Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong in Women's Singles event. 

In Men's Singles, Praneeth will take on Guangzu Lu of China while P Kashyap will face Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia.

In mixed doubles, pair of Satwik and Ashwini Ponanappa will take on Japan's Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo.

However, the Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out of the tournament losing to Japan's Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda.


In Cricket, India defeated South Africa by seven wickets in the second T-20 International in Mohali yesterday. India chased a 150-run target losing 3 wickets with 6 balls to spare.

With this win, India take a 1-0 advantage after the first match at Dharamsala was abandoned due to inclement weather. Third and final match of the series will be played on Sunday in Bengaluru.


Indian sprinter Hima Das has been ruled out of the World Championships 2019 due to a back injury. Athletics Federation of India selection committee had named Das for the tournament to be held in Doha from 27th September to 6th of October.


Tamil Nadu has become the first team to enter the semi final of the 25th Senior Women’s National Football Championship being held in Arunachal Pradesh. In the first quarter-final match,Tamil Nadu beat Madhya Pradesh comfortably by 4-2.


Domestic stock markets plunged around 1.2 per cent in afternoon trade amid mixed global cues. The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange lost 424 points to trade at 36,140. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange also declined 130 points to 10,711. 



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