Current Affairs : 16-03-2020 in English

Important Day

  • World Sikh Environment Day - 14 March.
  • World Consumer Rights Day (15 March 2020) campaign - #SustainableConsumer.


  • New GST rate on mobile phones – 18% (from 12%).


  • First interdisciplinary environmental studies school in an Indian university - Jindal School of Environment and Sustainability (JSES).
  • ‘Best Airport by Size and Region’ and ‘Best Airport in Environment & Ambience by Size’ by the coveted Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Departures Awards, in Asia-Pacific region for 2019 - Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad.
  • In September 2020, the third ACI Customer Experience Global Summit will be held in - Krakow, Poland.
  • This Person is spearheading the I Live Simply Movement launched by Himalayan Institute of Alternatives Ladakh (HIAL) in special partnership with UNEP - Sonam Wangchuk.

Persons in News

  • Winner of the top prize for their contribution towards reporting on road safety by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS) - Prachi Salve of IndiaSpend and Pradeep Dwivedi of Dainik Jagran.


  • Winner of the U-21 men's singles title at the Oman Open 2020 in Muscat - Jeet Chandra.

General Knowledge

  • Airports Council International (ACI) was established in – 1991.
  • Indirect tax (or consumption tax) used in India on the supply of goods and services - Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Founded: 05 June 1972; Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Five different tax slabs of GST – 0%, 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%.
  • Goods and Services Tax (GST) tax came into effect from - 1 July 2017.

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