18.11.22 UKPSC Daily Current Affairs

U’khand cabinet approves stricter anti conversion laws in State
In a major decision, the Uttarakhand government has made forced religious conversions in the State as a non bailable cognizable offence. The offenders under the new law will serve up to 10 years of Jail term if convicted of forced conversion. In a meeting of the State cabinet held on Wednesday, the proposal to make suitable amendments in the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was approved.  The cabinet in its meeting also took an in principle decision to shift the Nainital High Court (HC) to Haldwani. A total of 26 issues were tabled in the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami out of which a decision on 25 was taken.
 The issue of forced conversion was the main agenda of the meeting. The cabinet approved the proposal to amend the existing laws in the State regarding religious conversions. In the new amendment the compensation payable by the accused to the victim of the religious conversion, has been increased to a maximum of Rs five lakh rupees, which shall be in addition to the fine. After the nod of the cabinet the amendment bill would now be tabled in the upcoming winter session of the assembly.
In another decision, the cabinet approved the proposal to set up a joint collaborative enterprise between the THDC India limited and UJVNL. In the new enterprise the THDC would have a stake of 74 per cent while the stake of UJVNL would be 26 per cent.
The cabinet also approved an amendment in the Uttarakhand Land revenue act of year 1901 which would solve the problem of the land disputes arising due to absence of the mutation. In an endeavour to increase mobile connectivity the cabinet cleared a proposal to clear hindrances in the way of construction of towers in selected areas. In the meeting a decision to bring rehabilitation and resettlement policy for the Jamrani Dam multipurpose project was made. A special type of Om symbol would be constructed in the arrival plaza of Kedarnath shrine.
Trade turnover with India may come close to $30 billion by end of 2022: Russian embassy
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov held talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar  and they noted bilateral trade turnover may reach USD 30 billion by the end of this year, according to a statement released by the Russian embassy.
The talks between Manturov and Jaishankar were held in the format of India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC).
Exercise Sea Vigil-22
Exercise Sea Vigil was conceptualized in 2018 to strengthen India’s coastal defence by improving coordination between various stakeholders.
It is a build-up towards the larger TROPEX exercise.
It covers India’s entire 7,516 km coastline as well as 2 million sq km of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
This national-level exercise provides the opportunity at the apex level to assess India’s preparedness in the maritime security domain and the coastal defence.
It provides a realistic assessment of India’s strengths and weaknesses and helps the country boost its maritime and national security.
The exercise is the largest in India in terms of geographical extent, the number of stakeholders, the number of units involved, and the broad objectives.
6 years after demonetisation, digital transactions rising but cash prevails in real estate sector: Survey
ix years after demonetisation, people are still paying or accepting black money in real estate transactions and many continue to buy and sell products without proper receipts, according to a LocalCircles survey.
Although many have adopted digital modes of payment — with the shift gathering pace during the pandemic — the verdict on demonetisation is still not clear on whether it has delivered its set goal of weeding out black money and checking the growth of the parallel economy.
LocalCircles said that 44% of those surveyed, who bought a property in the last 7 years, had to pay a component in cash.
TRAI organises Conference on ‘Rating of Buildings or Areas for Digital Connectivity’
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has organized a Conference on “Rating of Buildings or Areas for Digital Connectivity”. In the year 2022, when country is celebrating AzadikaAmritMahotsav, TRAI has also completed 25-years of its existence. The Conference is organized as a part its year-long silver Jubilee celebration.
The conference was organised in the spirit of the proactive role of TRAI to work in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders and ensure good Quality Telecom Services are delivered to the consumers inside the building keeping pace with the new and emerging technologies.
National Conclave on Technical Textiles “Protech” under National Technical Textiles Mission
The Ministry of Textiles in partnership with Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) and Indian Technical Textile Association (ITTA) organized a full-day event “National Conclave on Technical Textiles – Protech” here today. The Chief Guest, Ms. Rachna Shah, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, inaugurated the Conclave.
There were three panel discussions in the conclave covering Prospect of indigenisation of Protective Textile products in India, Experience and Expectations of consumers towards adoption of Indian protective textiles and Market promotion & Export opportunities of Protective Textiles in India along with Global Best Practices.
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