05-02-2020 Uttarakhand (UKPSC) Daily Current Affairs

24×7 WhatsApp Helpline Service to help women in distress
Uttarakhand police launched a dedicated 24×7 WhatsApp Helpline Service to help women in distress in the state.
women in any emergency situation can register their complaint on the number — 9411112780.
Women who are not able to make a call can send photos and videos related to a particular incident at any hour of the day and the police will reach out to them on immediate basis
Women who don’t want to go to a police station can also register their complaints on the WhatsApp helpline service, which will come under Women Safety Cell at police headquarters in Dehradun.


HAL inks pact to make & sell Israeli drones
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a pact with Israel Aerospace Industries Limited (IAI) and Dynamatic Technologies Limited (DTL) for marketing, manufacturing and selling IAI’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones in India.
UAVs are playing a significant role in wars and other tactical missions such as intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.
IAI as design authority, HAL as principal contractor and DTL as a principal subcontractor will complement each other to provide best in class ‘Make-in-India’ UAVs to the defence forces

The third Scorpene submarine, Karanj
The third Scorpene submarine, Karanj, will be delivered to the Indian Navy by December and all six submarine deliveries would be completed by 2022
The Scorpene submarine has the ability to be equipped with an AIP system (Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) modules on all Scorpenes beginning 2023). The first AIP will be equipped during the first refit of the first Scorpene
The first Scorpene, Kulvari, was commissioned in 2018 and it would go for a normal refit after six years in 2023, during which time time the AIP would be installed. Second Scorpene Khanderi was inducted in September last.

Bhutan ends free entry for Indian tourists
Bhutan has decided to levy a daily ₹1,200 ($17) fee for “regional tourists” from India, the Maldives and Bangladesh, beginning July 2020.
The fee, called a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF), is meant to help the government deal with burgeoning numbers in tourist traffic, which it is seeking to regulate through a new tourism policy.

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