1st January-Current Affairs
Stuff Reporter | 20-01-02

? The Union Finance Minister has announced that the digital transactions made using RuPay credit cards, or UPI QR codes will not face any additional charges for merchants or customers from January 1, 2020.

? Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has been appointed the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

? The torch relay of the Khelo India Youth Games was launched recently. The 3rd edition of the tournament will be held in Guwahati, Assam.

? Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 87th Sivagiri pilgrimage meeting in Sivagiri Theerthadana Mutt in Kerala.

? Minister of State (I/C) for Civil Aviation launched the Centralised Access Control System (CACS) project which aims to digitize the employee movement process at the airports.

? South Africa beat India by five wickets in the third and final Under-19 Youth ODI at the Buffalo Park in East London.

? Indian Railways introduced a new “Passenger Information System” at Anakapalle Railway Station of Vijayawada Division in South Central Railway.

? According to the India State of Forest Report, area-wise, Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest cover in the country.

? The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change released the biennial “India State of Forest Report (ISFR)”, in New Delhi. This was 16th edition of India State of Forest Report.

? Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has launched the torch relay of the Third Khelo India Youth Games to be held in Guwahati from 10th to 22nd of next month.

? CBIC has announced that it has paid Rs 1,12,000 crore as Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) refunds to exporters. Chairman of CBIC is Pranab Kumar Das.

? Former East Bengal and Mohun Bagan defender Radhakrishnan Dhanarajan died while playing a ‘Sevens’ football match at Perinthalmanna in Malappuram.

? The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has withdrawn its boycott call for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham.

? Government has launched a web portal for Delhi, Noida, Gurugram and Ghaziabad residents to request tracing and blocking stolen and lost phones.

? The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change released the biennial “India State of Forest Report (ISFR)”, in New Delhi. The report is published by the Forest Survey of India.

? According to the India State of Forest Report 2019, Mizoram (85.41%) has the largest forest cover as percentage of total geographical area.

? Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extended the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar card from December 31, 2019, to March 31, 2020.

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