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News in Short - 21-February-2022

Palika Bazar on US list of notorious markets

Date: 21 February 2022 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • The Palika Bazaar Association objected to the market being mentioned in the notorious market list of the US Trade Representative (USTR) for allegedly selling ‘counterfeit’ products.
  • The 2021 Notorious Markets List identified 42 online and 35 physical markets around the world that are reported to engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.
  • Among other names on the list were the popular e-commerce website and three markets across the country — Heera Panna in Mumbai, Kidderpore in Kolkata, and Tank Road in Delhi.

Kannada actor Rajesh passes away

Date: 21 February 2022 Tags: Obituaries
  • Veteran Kannada actor Rajesh passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru on February 19. He was 89 and was hospitalised.
  • In a career spanning over four decades Rajesh had acted in more than 150 films as a lead actor in the 60s and 70s, and later as a character actor.
  • His named changed after his movie ‘NammaOoru’, where the character he played was called Rajesh.

Karnataka cabinet approves Nandi hills ropeway project

Date: 21 February 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Karnataka government gave its approval to the Rs 93.40-crore ropeway project at Nandi hills under a public-private-participation (PPP) model.
  • Nandi hills has become a tourism hub. The ropeway will be 2.93-km long, have 18 towers and each round-trip will take about 28 minutes.
  • The cabinet has approved 50 cabins, each accommodating 10 passengers, for the project.Construction of pillars in the forest is a challenge as it might disrupt the ecosystem of the area.

African countries to get mRNA vaccine technology

Date: 21 February 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Six African countries have been chosen to establish their own mRNA vaccine production, the World Health Organization said.
  • Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia were selected as the first recipients of technology from the WHO's global mRNA vaccine hub.
  • The WHO set up a global mRNA technology transfer hub in South Africa last year to support manufacturers in low- and middle-income countries to produce their own vaccines.

India-UAE sign comprehensive trade agreement

Date: 21 February 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India has signed a trade pact with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that will reduce import duties on the majority of Indian exports to the country.
  • While it cuts import duties on a wide range of products, the government expects it to especially boost the export of gems and jewellery, and apparels to the UAE and raise total trade up to $100 billion in the next 5-years.
  • UAE is India’s third-largest trade partner globally, after the United States and China. Bilateral trade between both nations stood at $43.3 billion as of 2020-21 and is spread across thousands of traded items.