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TNPSC Current Affairs 2017 February 10

1.Nilambur Teak likely to get GI Tag.

Nilambur Teak, will soon be added to the select list of Kerala produces with GI (Geographical indication) tag. It is well known for its superior quality and elegant appearance.

The efforts are taken to obtain the GI status for the timber by IPR Cell of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) with the support of Nilambur Teak Heritage Society, KFRI and Department of forests.
Overview:

British’s were the first to identify the superior quality of the teak from Kerala’s Nilambur plantations and forests. It became the major supplier of quality teak in the world. Nilambur Teak is also known as Mecca of Teak. Due to its superior quality, tonnes of timber taken to London and the Nilambur-Shornur Railway line were laid for transporting the logs.

Due to its fame, fake products with false tags also started flooding in furniture and wood market

About Geographical Indication:

Geographical Indication is sign used to identify the goods as originating in the territory of a country or specific geographical location which gives quality reputation or other characteristics which is attributable to its geographical Origin.

Example of GI Tag from Kerala- Vazhkulam pineapple, Pokkali rice, Tirur Betal Vine, Central Travancore Jaggery, Wayanadan rice varieties, Jeeraksala and Gandhakasala.


2. Union Government approves revenue insurance scheme for plantation crops.

 

The commerce ministry of India has launched pilot revenue Insurance scheme for Plantation Crops (RISPC). The aim of the scheme is for protecting the growers from the risks such as yield loss, pest attacks and income decline caused by fall in prices.

 

About RISPC

 

The Revenue Insurance scheme for Plantation Crops (RISPC) is an improved form of the Prize Stabilization Fund scheme which was implemented in 2003 and closed on Sept 2013.

 

RISPC was approved on September 16 2016, and will be implemented on pilot basis for 2 years covering cardamom, tobacco, tea, coffee, and rubber in West.Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, and Assam. Based on the performance of the pilot project, the scheme will be considered for extension to other states.

 

 

3 ISRO indigenously develops Telemetry and Tele command processor

 

 

India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has indigenously developed the Telemetry and telecommand processor, which is currently imports equipment . The imported equipment is expensive and as part of make in India campaign, ISRO has successfully developed the telemetry and telecommand Processor.

 

ISRO said , Telemetry and Tele command Processor (TTCP) will be used in Integrated Spacecraft testing of Low Earth Orbit, Geostationary Orbit and Interplanetary Spacecraft

 


This system is configurable meet uplink and downlink requirements of both Consultative committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) and ISRO Standards, and multiple clients can remotely access for data and monitoring.,

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