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One of the world’s spiciest chillies — Sikkim’s Dalle Khursani — to get GI tag

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New Delhi: Dalle Khursani, the famous red hot cherry pepper of Sikkim, is set to get a geographical indication (GI) tag from the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

The GI tag is a name or a sign given to a certain product that has a specific geographical location or origin. An application filed by the Guwahati-based North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (Neramac) for the GI tag of Sikkim’s Dalle Khursani has been accepted by the DPIIT.

Considered one of the world’s hottest chillies, it has a range of 1,00,000 to 3,50,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). The Scoville scale is a measurement of spiciness or heat of chillies. The famous Bhut Jolokia, grown in neighbouring Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur, has an SHU range of 8,55,000 to 10,41,427.

Dalle Khursani fetches as much as Rs 480 per kg in the local market today. Sikkim horticulture secretary M.T. Sherpa said, “With GI, the crop will have global recognition and the marketing of the product will be beyond the national borders.”

The chilli is used in local food preparations, particularly with momos. It is known for its medical properties, too.

Fishing using electricity can land you in jail for up to 7 years in Manipur

In a bid to maintain Manipur’s biodiversity, the state’s Joint Coordinator Committee on Wildlife and Biodiversity (JCCWB) has said that anyone caught fishing using electricity (electrofishing) can now be jailed for five to seven years with a fine of Rs 10 lakh.

The prison term and fine will be imposed under the Manipur Fisheries Act, Wildlife Protection Act and Biological Diversity Act.

A release signed by the co-convenor of JCCWB, Sapna Laishram, said the committee has been checking on the use of electricity while catching fish. The move has come after several reports of electrofishing emerged during the lockdown.

The JCCWB said pollution caused by electrofishing is often irreversible while the reproduction process of fish species gets hampered. The technique also damages small water organisms and plants.

93 villages in Nagaland still do not have a bank or ATM facilities

A survey published by Nagaland’s Directorate of Economics & Statistics found that there is no bank or ATM facility available in any of the villages in the state’s Kiphire district.

The survey report, on local/block-level statistics for the Local Level Planning 2020, explained that Kiphire has five blocks with 93 villages. It noted that there is also no landline phone facility in the district, while it has mobile phone services, the survey noted.

While nearly 32 per cent of villages in this district have the facility of a sub-health centre and 4.3 per cent have a primary health centre, there is still no community health centre or private clinic/hospital facility available.

U-10 footballer from Assam gets surprise gift from Arsenal FC icon Mesut Ozil

Pritam Brahma, a U-10 left-winger from Assam, has received a self-autographed jersey from Arsenal FC icon and German midfielder Mesut Ozil. Brahma was selected for the award by the All India Football Federation for being one of the top players from the 10 best Golden Baby Leagues in the country.

He represents the Guwahati City FC Unicorns in the Greater Guwahati Baby League (GGBL). The GGBL has been adjudged as one of the top 10 Golden Baby Leagues in the country. There are more than 100 baby leagues in India.

The young boy had received the Best Player of the league award in Assam’s first-ever Golden Baby League early this year, for his 18 goals and 12 assists in 20 matches.

This report has been updated to reflect accurately that it is the application for the GI tag for Dalle Khursani that has been accepted. The tag is yet to be awarded. The error is regretted.

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