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News in Short - 26-February-2021

UP assembly passes bill on religious conversion

Date: 26 February 2021 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed by voice vote a Bill aimed at curbing religious conversions by fraudulent or any other undue means, including through marriage.
  • The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Bill, 2021 seeks to replace the ordinance promulgated in November last year that provides for imprisonment up to 10 years and a maximum fine of ?50,000 for violators.
  • Under the Bill, a marriage will be declared "null and void" if the conversion is solely for that purpose, and those wishing to change their religion after marriage need to apply to the District Magistrate.
  • The Bill mainly envisages that no person shall convert, either directly or indirectly from one religion to another by use or practice of misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means or by marriage nor shall any person abet, convince or conspire such conversion.

Government clears PLI scheme to boost manufacturing of laptops, tablets and PCs

Date: 26 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Union cabinet has approved a ? 7,325-crore production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for laptops, tablets, all-in-one-personal computers, and servers.
  • The PLI scheme includescoming to India, investing, setting up factory, manufacture, export and earn incentives. PLI is linked to manufacturing capability and delivery on the ground.
  • Like other PLI schemes, the incentives for companies in the telecom and networking equipment manufacturing space will flow following the achievement of a minimum threshold of cumulative incremental investment, and incremental sales of manufactured goods, net of taxes.
  • With the new PLI scheme, the government aims to attract the top five laptop and tablet manufacturing companies from across the globe to either set up or expand existing units in India.

Joe Biden lifts ban on legal immigration to US

Date: 26 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • President Joe Biden has lifted a freeze on green cards issued by his predecessor during the pandemic that was blocking most legal immigration to the United States.
  • Former President Donald Trump last spring halted the issuance of green cards until the end of 2020 in the name of protecting the coronavirus-wracked job market.
  • As many as 120,000 family-based preference visas were lost largely because of the pandemic-related freeze in the 2020 budget.
  • It also barred entry to immigrants with employment-based visas unless they were considered beneficial to the national interest such as health care professionals.

SpaceX internet to go global by 2022

Date: 26 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Tesla's chief Elon Musk revealed his plans to provide SpaceX's satellite-based Internet connection to most parts of the world by this year end, and everywhere by 2022.
  • Musk acknowledged that satellite-based Internet connections are best suited for areas that are not densely populated, and that mobile data will have an advantage in densely populated urban areas.
  • Musk assured to double the internet speed to 300 Mbps and to reduce latency to 20ms by end of this year. The company currently promises speeds between 50 to 150Mbps.

Prithvi Shaw scores highest individual score in Vijay Hazare trophy

Date: 26 February 2021 Tags: Sports
  • Prithvi Shaw became the highest individual scorer in Vijay Hazare Trophy national 50-over championships as he smashed an unbeaten 227 off just 152 balls.
  • The 21-year-old Shawbroke the earlier record of the highest individual score held by Sanju Samson (212 not out against Goa in 2019).
  • This was the first maiden List-A double hundred for Shaw, which he got in 142 balls. Shaw hammered 32 fours and five sixes during his onslaught.
  • He also became the eighth Indian to score a List A double hundred. This was the fourth double hundred in the history of the Vizay Hazare Trophy.