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Daily Current Affairs – 28 July 2020 : Today Gk Updates

1. 82nd CRPF Raising Day: 27th July

  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)’s raising day is observed annually on July 27. This year marks the 82nd year of its existence.
  • CRPF is India’s largest Central Armed Police Force and considered as India’s largest paramilitary force. It functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of the Government of India.
  • The CRPF’s primary role lies in assisting the State/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and counter insurgency.

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The CRPF came into existence as Crown Representative’s Police on 27th July 1939. It was renamed as CRPF on the enactment of the CRPF Act on 28th December 1949 by the country’s 1st home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Headquarters– New Delhi; Director General– A P Maheshwari.


2. Ministry of Earth Sciences launches mobile App “Mausam” for weather forecasts

  • Earth Sciences Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched a mobile application named ‘Mausam’ which will provide city-wise weather forecasts, and other warnings.
  • The app ‘Mausam’ has been designed and developed jointly by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM).
  • The Mobile app has been dedicated to the general public and is designed to communicate the forecasts and weather information in a lucid manner.

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The Ministry of Earth Sciences launched the app on the occasion of its foundation day.


3. Indian govt banned 47 more Chinese apps after 59 apps banned in June

  • The Indian Government banned 47 more Chinese apps in addition to the earlier banned 59 apps. As per media reports, the 47 apps were acting as clones of the earlier banned 59 Chinese apps.
  • The decision to ban the apps was taken during a security review meeting of the Telecom Ministry. The government is yet to release the full list of banned Chinese apps.
  • The banned clone apps include Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite.

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The Indian Government had earlier on June 29, 2020 banned 59 Chinese apps stating that they are prejudicial to Indian sovereignty, integrity and security.


4. Nation remembers former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam on his death anniversary

  • The Nation remembers former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam on his death anniversary on 27 July.
    Popularly known as people’s president and Missile Man of India, Dr. Kalam passed away in Shillong on 27th July 2015, while delivering a lecture to students.
  • He was an Indian aerospace scientist who was deeply involved in India’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts. He also played a very important role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998.

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He served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.


5. India’s FATF review of anti-money laundering regime postponed to 2021

  • Financial Action Task Force (FATF) review of India’s anti-money laundering and terror financing regime has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The review was scheduled for this year as a part of the regular review cycle after 10 years.
    The FATF review would comprise an evaluation of India’s anti-money laundering and terrorist financing
  • regime and the legal measures taken to keep a check on financial crimes.

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The FATF is an intergovernmental organisation, which was set up in 1989 to combat money laundering. The global watchdog’s mandate was extended to include terror financing in 2001.


6. GST Compensation of Rs 13,806 cr to States for March, 2020 released

  • The Central Government has released GST Compensation of 13,806 crore rupees to States for March, 2020.
  • Taking this amount into account, entire GST compensation for the previous financial year has been released to the states. The total amount of compensation released for the year 2019-20 is 165302 crore rupees.
  • The amount of cess collected during the same time was 95,444 crore rupees. Government utilized the balance of cess amount collected during 2017-18 and 2018-19 in order to release the compensation for 2019-20.

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Goods and Services Tax is an indirect tax used in India on the supply of goods and services.