- From food to crop, Karnataka tops GI table with 39 products
- Karnataka leads the list of states that have claimed geographical indications for products, with 39 tagged items, ranging from Mysore silk and Dharwad pedha to Coorg green cardamom and Appemidi mango.
- According to the latest report on registration of GIs released recently by the Union ministry of commerce and industry, 301products have so far been registered with the Indian Patent Office since April 2004. Karnataka is followed by Maharashtra, at 29 GI tags, UP at 25 and Kerala at 24.
- The latest products from Karnataka to get the GI tag are Guledgudd Khana fabric (blouse tailored in a Bagalkot town), Bangalore Blue grapes, Bangalore rose onion, Kinhal toys (traditional wooden craft local to the town of Kinhal in Koppal district) and the Udupi sari.
- Karnataka has taken a big leap by bagging the GI tag for 19 handicrafts, 16 agricultural, three manufactured products, and one food item. GI, a kind of intellectual property right, is awarded to products that have some unique characteristics traceable to a particular region, as a shield against infringement. A GI tag is enforceable under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, which came into effect in September 2003.
- State’s GI products
- Mysore silk, Mysore agarbatti, Bidriware, Channapatna toys and dolls, Mysore sandalwood oil, Mysore Sandal Soap, Kasuti embroidery, Mysore traditional paintings, Coorg orange, Mysore betel leaves, Nanjangud banana, Ganjifa cards of Mysore, Navalgund durries, Karnataka bronzeware, Udupi mallige, Hadagali mallige, Ilkal saris, Molakalmuru saris, Coorg green cardamom, Dharwad pedha, Monsooned Malabar Arabica Coffee, Monsooned Malabar Robusta Coffee, Byadagi chilli, Devanahalli pomello, Appemidi mango, Kamalapur red banana, Sandur Lambani embroidery, Udupi Mattu Gulla brinjal, Guledgudd Khana textile, Bangalore Blue grapes, Bangalore rose onion, Kinhal toys, Udupi sari, Mysore rosewood inlay
- Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in as Kenyan president for second term
- Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as president of Kenya following two disputed polls and waves of deadly protests.
- The official results, published on 11 August, give Kenyatta 54.27 percent to Odinga’s 44.74 percent.
- A fresh election is held on 26 October after protest, with Kenyatta winning 98 percent of the vote as Odinga’s call for a boycott is held.
· Victoria becomes first Australian state to legalise euthanasia
- Victoria became the first Australian state to legalise assisted dying, or euthanasia, as lawmakers voted to allow terminally ill patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives from June 2019.
- The legislation was passed in Victoria after 100 hours of debate, making it the only place in Australia where the practice will be legal.
- The scheme will be accessible only to terminally ill patients over 18 living in Victoria with less than six months to live.
- That applying must be determined by multiple doctors to be suffering intolerable pain and be of sound mind
· Skill India partners with Airbnb to Upskill hospitality Entrepreneurs
- The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship’s implementationarm National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skill Council (THSC) signed a tripartite a MoU with Airbnb to provide hospitality skills training to hospitality micro-entrepreneurs in India.
- Through the partnership, the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Airbnb, NSDC and THSC will work together to create an accredited skill development module for hospitality entrepreneurs offering homestay facilities, unique accommodations and local experiences.
· West Bengal to get World Bank subsidy to buy 130 electric buses
- West Bengal State Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikarimentioned that the state government has negotiated with the World Bank to avail subsidy to buy 130 electric buses.
- World Bank has agreed to provide a subsidy of Rs seven lakh per bus.
- Out of the 130 electric buses, 100 would operate in Kolkata and the remaining 30 will operate in industrial towns of Durgapur and Asansol.
- Bus depots in these towns are equipped with charging batteries. The electric buses would run 150 km on a single charge.
· DAC approves procurement of new radio technology for Indian Navy
- The Union Defence Ministry approved procurement of 260 Software Defined Radios (SDR), naval communication sets for Indian Navy at cost of Rs. 49.
- The decision was taken at a meeting of Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
- These 260 SDRs will be procured under the category of buy (India Designed Developed & Manufactured).
· Mirabai Chanu lifts 194 kgs to win gold medal at 2017 World Weightlifting Championships
- Mirabai Chanu became only the second Indian (after Karnam Malleswari) to win the gold medalat the World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, USA.
- After achieving the feat Chanu was left in tears as he went up to the podium to collect her medal.
- Since last year’s mediocre performance at the Rio Olympics Chanu put in a lot of effort in her game and is deservedly reaping the benefits.
· Odisha Chief Minister unveils logo and mascot of Hockey World Cup 2018
- Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaikunveiled the logo and mascot for the Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
- He also launched the countdown timer for the international event scheduled to be held here from November 28 to December 16, 2018.
- He gave away cash awards worth Rs 76.75 lakh to 59 sportspersons from the state for their outstanding contributions in their respective sports.
- Hockey players Dipsan Tirkey, Amit Rohidas, Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo and Rashmita Minz were given a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh each.
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