TNPSC Current Affairs 2017 February 10
1.Nilambur Teak likely to get GI
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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