13 September 2018 Current Affairs

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Govt approves 100% electrification of Railways by 2021-22
The Union cabinet approved a proposal for the complete electrification of Indian Railways by 2021-22, reducing dependence on imported fossil fuel and saving revenue for the national carrier. The move will cost the government Rs12,134 crore. The announcement was made by the Railways Minister, Mr Piyush Goyal.

HDFC Life elevates Vibha Padalkar as MD & CEO
HDFC Life named its chief financial officer and executive director Vibha Padalkar as the new managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) for a period of three years, after Amitabh Chaudhry quit the position to head Axis Bank.

LK Advani renominated asĀ Chairman of Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha

Senior BJP leader L K Advani was renominated as Chairman of Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha. He was renominated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. LK Advani represents Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency from Gujarat.

TN Government bans manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes
Tamil Nadu Government has issued order banning manufacture, sale and possession of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or e-Cigarettes with immediate effect in the state. The ban covers distribution, trade, display, marketing, advertisement, use, import and possession of e-cigarettes as well. The Tamil Nadu government has already banned chewable tobacco products.

Manoj Jhalani selected for UNIATF award
Shri Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary & Mission Director (NHM), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has been conferred with the prestigious UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) Award for his outstanding contribution towards prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and related Sustainable Development Goals.

Sardar Singh announces retirement from international hockey
Former India Hockey captain Sardar Singh has announced his retirement from international hockey after an illustrious career spanning 12 years. The 32-year-old made over 350 international appearances for India and captained the national team for eight long years from 2008 to 2016.

Economist Vijay Shankar Vyas passes away
Vijay Shankar Vyas, an agricultural economist who had worked with two Prime Ministers as a member of their Economic Advisory Councils (EAC), passed away after a brief illness. He was 87. He is survived by wife and two sons. Prof. Vyas was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2006. He was a member of the EAC during the tenures of former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.


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