Kashmir saffron, which is cultivated and harvested in the Karewa (highlands) of Jammu and Kashmir, has been given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indications Registry.
The spice is grown in some regions of Kashmir, including Pulwama, Budgam, Kishtwar and Srinagar. It is the only saffron in the world grown at an altitude of 1,600 m to 1,800 m AMSL (above mean sea level), which adds to its uniqueness and differentiates it from other saffron varieties available the world over.
The saffron available in Kashmir is of three types — ‘LachhaSaffron’, with stigmas just separated from the flowers and dried without further processing; ‘MongraSaffron’, in which stigmas are detached from the flower, dried in the sun and processed traditionally; and ‘GuchhiSaffron’, which is the same as Lachha, except that the latter’s dried stigmas are packed loosely in air-tight containers while the former has stigmas joined together in a bundle tied with a cloth thread.
In a first high-profile death due to coronavirus in the country, Lokpal member Justice AK Tripathi (retd) passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Justice Tripathi, a former Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court, breathed his last at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre. He was 62.
Justice Tripathi had also served as an Additional Advocate General in Bihar. Later, he was elevated as Additional Judge of the Patna High Court and later the Chief Justice. He was appointed the Judicial Member of the Lokpal on March 23 last year.