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Daily Current Affairs : 18-Nov-2019

Major Topics Covered :

  1. ELECTION COMMISSION TO SET UP VISITING CHAIR IN MEMORY OF FORMER CEC TN SESHAN

  2. GUNTUR RED CHILLI

  3. SURVEILLANCE LAWS IN INDIA

  4. PLACES OF WORSHIP (SPECIAL PROVISIONS) ACT OF 1991

  5. GRAVASTARS

  6. INDIAN OIL LAUNCHES SPECIAL WINTER-GRADE DIESEL FOR UT OF LADAKH

  7. DRUPAD MAESTRO RAMAKANT GUNDECHA DEAD

  8. ASSAMESE BHAONA

  9. GOVARDHAN MUTT

  10. WHO LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER INSULIN PREQUALIFICATION PROGRAMME



ELECTION COMMISSION TO SET UP VISITING CHAIR IN MEMORY OF FORMER CEC TN SESHAN

Part of GS- 2 Polity and Governance


Why in news:

Election Commission will establish a visiting chair on Interdisciplinary Approach to Electoral Studies in memory of former Chief Election Commissioner T N Seshan.


  • Highlights:

  • The visiting chair will be established in the Centre for Curriculum Development at India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management, New Delhi from 2020-2025.

  • The Chair will be mentored by former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami.

  • Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the decision while delivering his address at the Institute of Law, NIRMA University, in Ahmedabad today.

  • Speaking on the occasion, Mr Arora said that T N Seshan’s enduring contribution to the cause of probity, transparency and integrity in various aspects of the electoral process has made his name synonymous with electoral best practices worldwide.

  • The Visiting Chair programme will be targeted to young academics with a proven track record in fields relatable to electoral studies.


Source: AIR

GUNTUR RED CHILLI

Part of GS- 1 Geography


Why in news:

The upswing in the price of famed Guntur red chilli (Gunturu ‘sannalu’) has come as a pleasant surprise to the stakeholders.


Highlights:

  • ‘Teja,’a special variety, is being sold for ₹20,000 a quintal, even in the August-December low season when chillies are stored in about 100 cold storages in adjoining villages.

  • The soaring demand for Guntur chilli is due to a range of factors, including a spurt in demand from China, Bangladesh, Thailand and Sri Lanka, who prefer it for its pungent character.


About:

  • India is among the world’s leading producers of chilli, along with China, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

  • Andhra Pradesh accounts for more than 65 % of the production of Chilli in the country.

  • Guntur chillies is a group of chilli cultivars from Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India.

  • They are renowned globally and exported to Asia, Canada, and Europe.

  • The main trading place for Guntur chilli is called Guntur Mirchi Yard which is Asia's largest dried red chilli market.

  • Guntur Sannam or Capsicum annuum var. longum, is a type of chili pepper that grows in the districts of Guntur (Andhra Pradesh), Warangal (Telangana), and Khammam in India.

  • It is registered as one of the geographical indications of Andhra Pradesh (pursuant to Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.


Source : The Hindu

SURVEILLANCE LAWS IN INDIA

Part of GS- 2 Polity and Governance


Why in news:

  • On October 30, many publications reported that phones of several dozen Indian journalists, lawyers and human rights activists had been compromised using an invasive Israeli-developed malware called Pegasus