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GKToday Updates : 01 October 2020 Daily Current Affairs
1. Unlock 5.0 guidelines issued by MHA comes into force from today
- Home Ministry has issued new guidelines for opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. These guidelines which come into effect from today.
- States and Union Territories have been directed not to impose any local lockdown outside Containment Zones without prior consultation with the Central Government.
- Cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes will be allowed to reopen with up to 50 percent of their seating capacity in areas outside containment zones with effect from October 15.
- The centre has given the states the flexibility to take a decision after October 15 for re-opening of schools.
2. India successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
- India successfully test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with several indigenous features like indigenous Booster and Airframe Section along with many other ‘Made in India’ sub-systems.
- The test firing of the missile was carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from Balasore in Odisha.
- Defence Ministry said, the BrahMos Land-Attack Cruise Missile was cruising at a top speed of Mach 2.8. It is one more major step in enhancing the indigenous content.
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated all the personnel of DRDO and team BrahMos for the spectacular mission.
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The Defence Research and Development Organisation is an agency under the Ministry of Defence of the Government of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in Delhi.
Chairman: Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
3. Union Minister Harsh Vardhan launches CSIR technologies for rural development
- Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan has launched CSIR technologies for rural development.
- This is a joint initiative of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA).
- In his address, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that they have played an important role in science policy research in CSIR and at National Level.
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The event was organized through online platform on the occasion of CSIR-NISTADS 40th Foundation Day in the National Capital on Wednesday.
4. Govt extends ITR filing date for Assessment Year 2019-20 till Nov 30
- Government has further extended the last date for filing ITR for Assessment Year 2019-20 till 30th of November this year.
- Earlier the last date for filing the belated and revised ITRs for Financial Year 2019-20 was 30th September.
- The Income Tax department, in a statement, said that the decision was taken after further consideration of genuine difficulties being faced by the taxpayers due to the Covid-19 situation.
- The Centre has also extended the deadline for furnishing annual returns under the goods and services tax (GST) for FY19 by a month till October 31, 2020.
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This is the fourth time that the date has been revised amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It was first revised till June 30, then July 31, then September 30 and now till November 30.
5. ITBP chief S S Deswal given additional charge of National Security Guard DG
- ITBP Director General S S Deswal has been given the additional charge of counter-terrorism force National Security Guard (NSG).
- NSG incumbent chief A K Singh is going to retire on September 30. Anup Kumar Singh, a 1985-batch Indian
- Police Service officer of the Gujarat cadre, was appointed the NSG Director General in October last year.
- This is the second time that Mr. Deswal has been directed to lead the NSG in an additional capacity.
He has also headed border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) as its DG while he has been the Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force chief in an additional capacity.
6. India extends ban on international flights till Oct 31
- Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India till October 31.
- However, International cargo flights and passenger flights approved by the government will continue. DGCA said, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes on case to case basis.
- The announcement comes after Home Ministry issued fresh guidelines under the Unlock 5 plan in which it mentioned that international air travel of passengers will not be permitted in the current phase of Unlock, except as permitted by government.
- However, to allow gradual movement of passenger traffic, air bubble agreements have been signed with a number of countries.
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Air bubbles between India and Bhutan and India and Kenya have now become operational, with national carriers of all three nations aiming to restore commercial passenger services to pre-pandemic level.