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Poorvanchal Expressway would transform the towns and cities that it passes through: PM Modi
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today laid the Foundation Stone of the Poorvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing  a large public gathering, he described the occasion as the start of a new chapter in the development journey of the State. He praised the leadership provided by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the State, and said the State Government is working to create an atmosphere conducive for development in the State. He said the State Government is working for the betterment of various sections of the society.

The Prime Minister said that the 340 kilometer long Poorvanchal Expressway would transform the towns and cities that it passes through. It would also provide swifter connectivity between Delhi and Ghazipur, he added. He said new industry, and institutions can develop along the Expressway. He said the Expressway would also boost tourism in the places of historical significance in the region.

Shri Narendra Modi said that connectivity is necessary for development today. He said the National Highway network in Uttar Pradesh has almost doubled in four years. In this context, the Prime Minister also spoke of initiatives in air connectivity and water connectivity. He added that an effort is being made to make the eastern part of the country, a new corridor of development.

The Prime Minister reiterated his vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, and stressed on balanced development of the region. On digital connectivity, he mentioned that optical fibre connectivity had been provided for one lakh Panchayats so far, and added that three lakh Common Service Centres are now making the lives of people simpler.

The Prime Minister also spoke of other development initiatives such as PM Awas Yojana, PM Gram Sadak Yojana, and other welfare schemes of the Union Government. He also referred to the recent increase in MSP of Kharif crops, which will benefit farmers.

The Prime Minister criticised attempts by certain elements to stall the law which would provide protection to Muslim women from "triple talaq." He expressed a firm resolve to attempt to make this law a reality. He said that for both the Union Government and State Government of Uttar Pradesh, the nation and its people are paramount.

The Prime Minister said that the Union Government has also taken initiatives for the weavers of this region. In this context he mentioned modern machines, loans at low interest, and the Trade Facilitation Centre in Varanasi. He also mentioned initiatives taken by the State Government.

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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.