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News in Short - 27-July-2020

Kashmir saffron gets GI certification

Date: 27 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Central Government has issued a certification of geographical indication (GI) for saffron grown in Kashmir Valley.
  • Kashmir saffron is the only saffron in the world that is grown at an altitude of 1,600 meters which adds to its unique characteristics like longer and thicket stigma, natural deep-red colour, high aroma, bitter flavour, chemical-free processing and high-quality colour strength, flavour and bitterness.
  • Pampore, the hub of saffron in Kashmir, is expected to have a bumper crop of the spice this season due to initiatives taken by the National Mission on Saffron (NMS).

Poland to quit treaty on violence against women

Date: 27 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Poland will take steps to withdraw from a European treaty on violence against women, which the cabinet says violates parents' rights.
  • The government says the treaty is disrespectful towards religion and requires teaching liberal social policies in schools.
  • The World Health Organization says domestic violence has surged this year in Europe during months of lockdown aimed at fighting the coronavirus.

Vietnam bans wildlife imports

Date: 27 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Vietnam has banned all imports of wildlife dead or alive and includes eggs and larvae. It also merits tougher penalties for crimes involving the trade in wildlife.
  • Vietnam has been a popular destination for wildlife products – often from endangered species – that are used in traditional medicine or in preparing exotic cuisine. The move comes amid increased scrutiny of the health risks of the wildlife trade.
  • The new directive includes recommendations that conservationists have been making for years, including cracking down on domestic markets.

NCLAT upholds Adani's takeover of Dighi port

Date: 27 July 2020 Tags: Infrastructure
  • The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Thursday gave its go-ahead to NCLT Mumbai to decide on Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd.’s bid for Dighi Port.
  • The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has reserved its order over an application moved by the resolution professional of Dighi Port for approval of the ? 650 crore resolution plan submitted by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) under Section 31 of the IBC.
  • The Committee of Creditors (CoC) of Dighi Port had voted in favour of the resolution plan by APSEZ and rejected the promoters' offer to settle the dues under Section 12A of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

Television host Regis Philbin dies

Date: 27 July 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Regis Philbin, the legendary television host who began an iconic career with the wildly successful Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, has passed away. He was 88.
  • His career spanned decades, seeing him serve as a host on a list of classic shows including who wants to be a Millionaire?, Million Dollar Password and America’s Got Talent.
  • In 2008, he returned briefly to the quiz show format with Million Dollar Password. He also picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award from the daytime Emmys.