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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with H.E. Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, this afternoon at the latter’s initiative. Premier Li congratulated the Prime Minister on his victory in the recent General Elections and conveyed the Chinese government’s desire to establish robust partnership with the new government of India for further development of relations between the two nations.

Prime Minister Modi thanked Premier Li for his message of felicitations. Noting that China was always a priority in India’s foreign policy, he underlined his government’s resolve to utilize the full potential of the Strategic and Cooperative Partnership with China and his keenness to work closely with the Chinese leadership to deal with any outstanding issues in the bilateral relations by proceeding from the strategic perspective of the developmental goals and long-term benefits to the people. He also welcomed greater economic engagement between the two countries. The two leaders agreed to maintain frequent high-level exchanges and communication.

Prime Minister Modi also extended through Premier Li an invitation to President Xi Jinping to pay a visit to India later this year.

Prime Minister Modi’s telephonic conversation with Premier Li was his first with a foreign Head of Government since taking over as the Prime Minister of India.

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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.