Important Current Affairs from 20th March 2019

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This is a comprehensive current affairs article in which we will cover today’s many important news from National News, International, Economy, Environment and Ecology, Defence and Security, Banking Awareness, Appointments, Awards, Science and Technology, Sports News and many more.

K M Mammen elected Chairman of Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA) :

K.M. Mammen, CMD, MRF and Anshuman Singhania, whole-time director of JK Tyre and Industries have been unanimously elected as chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA). ATMA acts as a key link between tyre makers and the Centre, and assists in policy formulation on the sector.

Gauri Sawant became India’s 1st transgender election ambassador :

The Election Commission of India has appointed transgender social activist Gauri Sawant, as one of the 12 election ambassadors from Maharashtra. She is the first transgender election ambassadors. According to the Election Commission, Gauri Sawant’s appointment would help in more people from this category getting registered during the final phase of voters enrollment.

20 March: International Day of Happiness :

International Day of Happiness is celebrated every year on March 20. The theme for IDH 2019 is ‘Happier Together’, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.

Karen Uhlenbeck became 1st Woman to Win Abel Prize :

University of Texas professor Karen Uhlenbeck has become the first woman to win the Abel Prize, a mathematics honour first given in 2003. The 76-year-old was awarded for the impact of her work on “analysis, geometry and mathematical physics”. Modelled after the Nobel Prize, the Abel Prize is presented by the King of Norway and carries a USD 700,000 cash award.

MoU signed by Ola and Telangana Govt. to strengthen traffic infrastructure in Hyderabad :

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Ola and the Government of Telangana to support the government’s initiative to implement smart solutions to enhance mobility experience further strengthening traffic infrastructure in Hyderabad.

GST Council approved transition Plan for New GST Rates :

GST council approved a transition plan for new goods and services tax rates on residential properties under which developers of under-construction buildings may either opt to shift to the revised lower rates without input tax credit or stick to the previous rates. Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey informed that for housing projects launched on or after the first of April 2019, the developers will have to adhere to the new GST rates recommended by the council.