Latest News Updates From The Country
Indian Coffee gets GI Certification
In a move to help coffee growers get maximum price for their produce, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade awarded Geographical Indication (GI) tag to five varieties of Indian coffee on March 29, 2019. These are: Coorg Arabica coffee from Karnataka, Wayanad Robusta coffee from Kerala, Chikmagalur Arabica from Karnataka, Araku Valley Arabica from Andhra Pradesh, and Baba Budangiri Arabica coffee from Karnataka.
20 Seats in Bihar for Shiv Sena
Shiv Sena recently announced that it will be contesting 20 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. It has announced the names of three candidates so far.
Central Police Observer for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
The Election Commission of India appointed KK Sharma (IPS 1982 Retd DG Border Security Force) as the Central Police Observer for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, as per an announcement released on March 28, 2019. He will be responsible for overseeing the security related issues during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Initiatives Launched in Assam for Voters
The Assam government launched initiatives to educate and help voters about the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The 'i-help' initiative was launched by the Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) Mukesh Chandra Sahu on March 17, 2019. I-help will promote digital electoral literacy. It is a joint initiative of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) and Common Service Centres (CSC) in Assam. Apart from that, Sprinter Hima Das, Whitley Award winning environmentalist Purnima Devi Barman, singer Tarali Sarma, body builder Golap Rabha and actor Kopil Bora have been roped in as State icons to create awareness about the election process.
International Drug Smugglers Caught near Porbandar
The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad and the Indian Coast Guard captured nine international drug smugglers in a mid-sea operation near Porbandar on March 26, 2019. The smugglers were carrying 100 kgs of heroin worth Rs. 500 crore in the boat.
Central Police Observer for West Bengal and Jharkhand
The Election Commission of India appointed Vivek Dube (IPS AP 1981 Retd) as the Central Police Observer for West Bengal and Jharkhand as per an announcement released on March 28, 2019. He will oversee security issues in these states during General Elections 2019.