Drones to help Uttarakhand cops pick new parking spots
To ease traffic woes in the state, especially in plain districts and the ones in the Char Dham districts, the Uttarakhand police plans to use drones to identify spots to develop parking places and police outposts.
Amit Sinha, ADG, police telecommunications, said, “Almost all 13 districts of the state have hilly terrain, so we decided to use drones.”
“Police will survey areas and look for spots that can be turned into parking facilities. Once the spots are identified, police will speak to other departments and take further action. The initiative will focus on three districts, Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi, which host the Char Dham shrines,” he added.
Global trade expected to grow 1.7% in 2023: WTO
Despite ongoing concerns over the war in Ukraine, high inflation, and financial uncertainty, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has raised its projection for global trade growth in 2023 from 1% to 1.7%. This updated outlook indicates that the global economy is expected to recover faster than previously anticipated. However, the risks associated with these persistent issues remain, and could still impact the growth trajectory of the global trade landscape.
Despite an upward revision in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) growth forecast for 2023, the global trade body has cautioned that the trade growth is expected to remain subpar due to multiple factors. These factors include ongoing conflicts such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict, stubbornly high inflation, tighter monetary policy, and financial uncertainty.
With 48 GI-tagged goods to itscredit, UP is now 2nd in country
Uttar Pradesh has achieved the second position nationally in terms of having the maximum number of Geographical Indication-tagged goods after receiving GI tags for three more ODOP crafts — Mainpuri tarkashi, Mahoba Gaura stone craft, and Sambhal horn craft — with the technical facilitation provided by the Varanasi-based NGO Human Welfare Association (HWA).
Tamil Nadu has maximum 55 GI-tagged goods while UP and Karnataka have 48 and 46 GI products, respectively. However, UP is first in terms of GI-tagged handicrafts with 36 crafts to its credit.
Currently Tamil Nadu has maximum 55 GI-tagged goods while UP and Karnataka have 48 and 46 Gi products, respectively. Among the 48 GI goods of UP, 36 products belong to the handicraft category. In Varanasi region alone, 18 GI-tagged goods out of 23 belong to the handicraft category.
Home Ministry cancels LIFE’s Foreign Contribution Registration Act (FCRA) licence
The Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a think tank based in Delhi, has had its Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) registration suspended by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for 180 days. A government official reported that the suspension was imposed due to initial breaches of FCRA regulations.
Foreign funds can only be received with an FCRA registration, meaning that the CPR will not be able to accept fresh foreign donations or use previously-accepted donations without the MHA’s approval.
Established in 1973, the CPR conducts research that contributes to high-quality scholarship, better policies, and a more robust public discourse on issues impacting India.
Anji Khad bridge, first cable stayed rail bridge in India
India’s Union Railway Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, has shared a timelapse video showcasing the construction of the Anji Khad Bridge, the country’s first cable-stayed rail bridge. With a total of 96 cables spanning a length of 653km, the bridge is part of the challenging Udampur-Srinagar-Baramulla-Rail Link (USBRL) Project in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Anji Khad Bridge is supported by a single main pylon standing at a height of 331 meters above the river bed, with a height of 193 meters from the top of the foundation.
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