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RBI launches MANI app for visually challenged

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das launched a mobile app, MANI - Mobile Aided Note Identifier, to help visually challenged people to identify denomination of currency notes by using the camera scan such that an audio output will give the result in Hindi/English

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Id-features on Rs 100 note emblem- triangle; Rs 2000- 7 lines

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28 UIDAI-run Aadhaar Seva Kendras operational across the country

UIDAI has opened 28 Aadhaar Seva Kendras as part of its plan to open 114 stand-alone Aadhaar Enrolments & Update Centres across the country which are in addition to about 38,000 Aadhaar enrolment centres run by Banks, Post Offices & State Governments

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CEO UIDAI: Pankaj Kumar

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4 Indian Air Force men selected for Gaganyaan Mission

4 Indian Air Force men have been selected as candidate astronauts for India’s 1st human space mission scheduled for 2022. ISRO Chief K Sivan announced a fresh attempt to soft-land a spacecraft on the Moon via Chandrayaan-3 mission

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ISRO preparing to build 2nd spaceport at Thoothukudi district

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₹1,03,184 of gross GST revenue collected in December 2019

GST revenues during the December 2019 from domestic transactions has shown an impressive growth of 16% over revenue during December 2018. Total revenue earned by after regular settlement in December 2019 is ₹ 41,776 crore for CGST; ₹ 42,158 crore for SGST

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Arunachal Pradesh saw a growth of 124% in collection of GST

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14 scientists awarded Swarna Jayanti Fellowships for 2018-19

Swarna Jayanti Fellowships were awarded to 14 Scientists associated with projects containing innovative research idea & with potential of making impact on R&D in the respective disciplines, so they can pursue research with freedom & flexibility

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It was instituted to commemorate 50th year of independence

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India records highest number of babies born on New Year’s Day: UNICEF

An estimated 4 lakh babies were born around the world on New Year’s Day, as per UNICEF. Of this, an estimated 67,385 babies were born in India, most globally while China came in 2nd. Each January, UNICEF celebrates babies born on New Year’s Day

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Fiji in the Pacific most likely delivered 2020’s 1st baby

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EC launches online system to let new parties track status of registration applications

Election Commission has launched an online system, Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System (PPRTMS) to allow political parties track their applications for registration with the poll panel on a real-time basis.

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Registration is done as per Representation of People Act, 1951

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U C Embalo wins Guinea-Bissau presidential election

Former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Umaro Cissoko Embalo has been elected president after winning a run-off vote against another ex-prime minister. Guinea-Bissau is situated in the Atlantic coast of West African continent

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Currency: West African CFA franc

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HDFC gets IRDAI nod to acquire stake in Apollo Munich Health Insurance

HDFC has received approval from Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India to acquire 51.2% stake in Apollo Munich Health Insurance – a JV b/w Apollo Hospitals & German reinsurer Munich Re Group.

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IRDAI Chief: S C Khuntia; HQ: Hyderabad

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Palau is first country to ban 'reef toxic' sun cream

Palau has become 1st country to ban sun cream that is harmful to corals & sea life. Palau, which lies in the western Pacific about halfway between Australia and Japan, is renowned for its marine life.

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US state of Hawaii announced a similar ban effective from 2021

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Suresh Chandra Sharma appointed chairman of National Medical Commission

According to a Personnel Ministry order,head of Delhi AIIMS’ ENT head-neck surgery department, Professor Suresh Chandra Sharma has been appointed as the chairman of National Medical Commission (NMC). For a period of three years or till the age of 70 years.

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National Medical Commission founded 29 December 2017.