Current Affairs Dec 31 National
1- Outgoing Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said Indian Army is better equipped to fight wars. He will be India’s first Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) and take charge on January 1, 2020
2-Nagaland Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshu dies of cancer.
3- A law soon in Karnataka to allow women to work in night shifts in shops and commercial establishments.
4- The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) has launched ‘Damini’. It is a dedicated women helpline. It is a calling and a WhatsApp service for women safety.
5-BJP MLA, Kishan Lal Rajpoot, from Uttar Pradesh’s Barkhera constituency has been booked for beating cop with shoes.
6-Indian Army’s outgoing chief Gen. Bipin Rawat is superannuating on Dec 31.
7- IGIA- Indira Gandhi International Airport
DoT- The Department of Telecommunications
EoI- The expression of interest
PMK- The Pattali Makkal Katchi
NCPCR- The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
CCI- Competition Commission of India
NIP- National Infrastructure Pipeline
8-Andhra Pradesh government’s three-capital move has made the farmers of Amaravati write a letter to President of India Ramnath Kovind, seeking ‘mercy killing’.
9- VK Yadav, Railway Board Chairman’s tenure extended for a year.
10-The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed charges against 6 in 2017 attack on an Assam Rifles personnel in Manipur.
11- After CRPF chief R.R. Bhatnagar retired, the Director-General of ITBP i.e S.S. Deswal has been given an additional charge of Director General of CRPF.
12-Anil Khachi is the new Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh.
13-The Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) tax amnesty scheme has been extended till Jan 15.
14- Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the functioning of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) headquarters at New Delhi.
15- The Mukarba Chowk and flyover has been renamed as Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra Chowk in honour to the martyr of the Kargil war.
16- The Railway Ministry was renamed the Railway Protection Force (RPF) as Indian Railway Protection Force Service (IRPFS).
17-Indian Railways has hiked passenger fares by 2 paise per kilometre for sleeper class and by four paise per kilometre for 3AC, 2AC and AC first class.
18- Actor turned Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan visited Amaravati to extend support to the farmers protesting against YSRCP’s three-capital proposal.
19-Punjab Minister Vijay Inder Singla has been appointed as the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary.
20- The West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar faced Twitter heat on remembering Bengal partition.
21- Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria has inducted light utility Dornier aircraft at the Air Force Station in Palam.
22-Publishing legend Sonny Mehta died in New York. He was 77. He was the brother-in-law of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
23-Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has urged his party members to avoid spending on new year celebrations, asked them to donate to Amaravati fight.
24-The Uttar Pradesh state legislature has ratified the 126th amendment to the Constitution by extending SC/ST reservation up to 2030.
25-General Manoj Mukund Naravane has taken over the charge as Chief of Army Staff succeeding General Bipin Rawat.
Current Affairs Dec 31 International
1- The tourism industry of Sri Lanka urged the continuation of the free-visa regime.
2-The UK government has decided to use satellite technology to help tackle climate change.
3-Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s next month visit to Davos, Switzerland will be the most economical in the last 10 yrs.
4-Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan launched ‘Sehat Insaf’ health insurance card scheme for transgenders.
5-Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State discussed regional developments.
6- It is 20 years celebration of the Panama Canal since handover by the US.
7-Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security has fined Facebook $1.6 million over the sharing of user data.
8-Amazon is likely to open a homeless shelter inside its Seattle headquarters.
Current Affairs Dec 31 Sports
1-Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah said the year 2019 was a phase of learning, hard work and making memories.
2-Trevor Penney has been appointed as WI assistant coach for white-ball formats (ODIs and T20Is).
3- Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori is out of 2020 Australian Open due to a right elbow injury.
4-Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said the year 2019 was the worst year for him as an analyst and a commentator.
5- Paul Sterling, the Ireland batsman and Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane topped the charts in T20 Internationals in 2019.
6- The 30-year-old Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera has joined Sri Lanka Army in Gajaba Regiment.
Current Affairs Dec 31 Films/Entertainment
1-Hollywood star Sharon Stone has been blocked from the dating app, Bumble reportedly due to a fake account.