7.12.22 HPPSC Daily Current Affairs

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Himachal taking steps to reform transport sector, to introduce new EV policy: Deputy CM
Himachal Pradesh is taking steps to reform the state’s transport sector with innovative ideas and will introduce a new electric vehicle policy, Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri said on Monday.

Agnihotri test-drove an electric vehicle from the Secretariat and inquired about its technical aspects and said positive efforts would be made to radically change the transport sector. Discussions are being held at various levels to introduce the new policy, he said.

The government will take appropriate steps to provide charging facilities. ”In the initial phase, this facility will be provided in various government institutions, including the Secretariat and at Himachal Sadan and bhawans outside the state,” he said. A fleet of electric vehicles will be inducted in the Transport department soon and necessary instructions have already been issued to the transport director.
India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement Comes into Force
India, Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement comes into force from 29
December. India and Australia signed the Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA)on the 2nd of April 2022. ECTA is the first trade agreement of India with a developed countryafter more than a decade. The agreement encompasses cooperation across the entire gamut ofbilateral economic and commercial relations between the two friendly countries.
Under this trade agreement, Indian exports will benefit from preferential zero-duty market
access in Australia for 100 per cent of its tariff lines. It will benefit India’s labour-intensive
sectors such as gems and jewellery, textiles, leather, furniture, food and agricultural products,engineering products, and medical devices.
ADB ranks WAPCOS amongst
In a major breakthrough for WAPCOS, a Government of India Enterprise under the Ministry of Jal Shakti, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its report released on Annual Procurement, ranked WAPCOS as Top amongst Consulting Services Firm in Water and other Infrastructure Sectors, with highest sanctioned financed amount.
In another report on its Members’ Fact Sheet – 2022 released by the ADB, WAPCOS figured amongst the Top 3 Consultants from India involved in Consulting Services Contracts under ADB Loan, Grant and Technical Assistance Projects in Energy, Transport and Water & other Urban Infrastructure Sectors.  WAPCOS is the only Indian Public Sector featuring in the above categories.
WAPCOS is a leading technology driven Consultancy and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) organization in the fields of Water Resources, Power and Infrastructure Development.
Apart from India, the Company has successfully completed/on-going consultancy assignments in more than 51 Countries covering Asia, Africa, CIS, Pacific Islands and South America.
Aadhaar based e-KYC transactions jumped 22% in Nov; Aadhaar authentication transactions grew 11%
Aadhaar usage by residents is witnessing continued progress across the country. In November alone, 28.75 crore e-KYC transactions were executed using Aadhaar, a 22% growth over the previous month.
By the end of November 2022, the cumulative number of e-KYC transactions has gone up-to 1350.24 crore. Aadhaar e-KYC service is increasingly playing a crucial role for banking and non-banking financial services by providing transparent and improved customer experience, and aiding ease of doing business.
An e-KYC transaction is executed, only after the explicit consent of the Aadhaar holder, and eliminates physical paperwork, and in-person verification requirement for KYC.
Similarly in November, 195.39 crore Aadhaar authentication transactions were carried out, over 11% more than October. A majority of these monthly transactions were carried out by using fingerprint biometric authentication, followed by demographic and OTP authentication.
So far, cumulatively 8621.19 crore Aadhaar authentication transactions have been executed by the end of November 2022, indicative of how Aadhaar is increasingly playing a role in good governance and aiding welfare delivery to residents.
Coal Sector Constructs Eight Eco-Parks to promote
As part of the ongoing efforts of the Coal Ministry to develop Eco-Parks on reclaimed land and to promote mine tourism eight eco-parks have been constructed recently in different parts of the country and two more such parks will be completed in 2022-23.
MOU between NCL and Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board to boost Singrauli Eco-Tourism Circuit and  another MOU by WCL with Directorate of Tourism, Maharashtra are also to further promote Eco-tourism in coal sector.
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