Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 31 August 2020

Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 31 August 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. ‘Kandhamal Haladi’ – a GI Tag product reports meager sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Hon’ble PM says India has the potential to be a global toy hub.

1. ‘Kandhamal Haladi’ – a GI Tag product reports meager sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

News Summary

‘Kandhamal Haladi’ which got its Geographical Indication(GI) Tag from Odisha reported very meager sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales of this organic tuber did not happen and the produce got stuck with the farmers themselves and the farmers are facing serious troubles with unscrupulous traders quoting at very low prices for this Haladi.

(Note: This news summary is not important for UPSC exams. GI Tags and Significance are important for the exam)

Prelims GS – Art and Culture/Economic Development

Kandhamal Haladi:
  • “Kandhamal Haladi” got its GI tag from Odisha in 2019.
  • It got the GI tag under the Agricultural category.
  • It is a variety of turmeric and a pure organic product.
  • It has a golden yellow color and aromatic value.
  • This tuber is grown by the Tribals without fertilizer or pesticide.
Geographical Indication (GI) Tags:

Click here to view about GI Tags and examples on 26th July 2020.

Mini Insights

Mains GS3 – Economic Development

Benefits of GI tags:

Click here to view the benefits of GI tags on 26th July 2020.

2. Hon’ble PM says India has the potential to be a global toy hub.

News Summary

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ address called upon start-ups and entrepreneurs to “team up for toys”. The Hon’ble PM also mentioned that India has the potential to be a global toy hub. PM also mentioned that India’s share in the 7 lakh crore global toy industry is very minuscule. Hon’ble PM has asked the startups to be “vocal for local” and also told them to develop computer games in and based on India.

(Note: In this context, there is an article regarding Channapatna toys in news.)

Prelims GS – Economic Development/Art and Culture

Channapatna(Toy city):
  • Channapatna is a town in Ramanagara District in Karnataka.
  • Channapatna is known as the “Town of Toys” or “Toy city” or “Gombbegala Ooru/Nagara
  • The town is famous for its wooden toys.
  • These toys are manufactured in small scale industries and attract attention.
  • Channapatna toys are made of wood and vegetable dyes and are safe to be used unlike the toys available in the market.
  • The Father of Channapatana toy is Bavas Miyan, known for his commitment to life to help the local artisans with the art of toy-making and bringing in new technologies to improvise the toys in Channapatana.
  • The manufacturing of toys in this city goes back to at least 200 years.

Click here to know more about Channapatna and toys.

 

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