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1,500 artistes from slums perform before 30-lakh spectators during 7-day Kankaria Carnival

Shri Narendra Modi announces smart card for Ahmedabad BRTS buses

Ahmedabad, Saturday: Even as curtains were drawn on the seven-day-long Kankaria Carnival here today, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the carnival has proved to be an emotional link between the people of Ahmedabad.

Speaking on the concluding day of the carnival on the banks of historic Kankaria Lake, he said how this festival provided an opportunity to 1,500 artistes from the lowest strata of the society living in slums perform before nearly 30-lakh spectators over the last seven days.

The Chief Minister also announced starting smart card facility for the passengers traveling by BRTS Janmarg buses, being for the first time in India.

The Carnival-2011 concluded with a variety cultural function followed by pyrotechnic. He said the facelift helped the city get many national and international awards.

Welcoming the guests, Ahmedabad Mayor Asit Vora said that Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation was ever conscious of providing entertainment alongside basic civic amenities for the people of the city.

Prominent among those present at the inaugural function included Cultural Affairs Minister Fakirbhai Vaghela, Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinhji Jadeja, MPs, MLAs and Corporators and a large number of people.

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King Chilli ‘Raja Mircha’ from Nagaland exported to London for the first time
July 28, 2021
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In a major boost to exports of Geographical Indications (GI) products from the north-eastern region, a consignment of ‘Raja Mircha’ also referred as king chilli from Nagaland was today exported to London via Guwahati by air for the first time.

The consignment of King Chilli also considered as world’s hottest based on the Scoville Heat Units (SHUs). The consignment was sourced from Tening, part of Peren district, Nagaland and was packed at APEDA assisted packhouse at Guwahati. 

The chilli from Nagaland is also referred as Bhoot Jolokia and Ghost pepper. It got GI certification in 2008.

APEDA in collaboration with the Nagaland State Agricultural Marketing Board (NSAMB), coordinated the first export consignment of fresh King Chilli. APEDA had coordinated with NSAMB in sending samples for laboratory testing in June and July 2021 and the results were encouraging as it is grown organically.

Exporting fresh King Chilli posed a challenge because of its highly perishable nature.

Nagaland King Chilli belongs to genus Capsicum of family Solanaceae. Naga king chilli has been considered as the world’s hottest chilli and is constantly on the top five in the list of the world's hottest chilies based on the SHUs.

APEDA would continue to focus on the north eastern region and has been carrying out promotional activities to bring the North-Eastern states on the export map. In 2021, APEDA has facilitated exports of Jackfruits from Tripura to London and Germany, Assam Lemon to London, Red rice of Assam to the United States and Leteku ‘Burmese Grape’ to Dubai.