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Assam’s Rice Wine ‘Judima’ receives GI Tag

  • Assam’s traditional Judima wine has been awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
  • It is made from rice and a certain herb and widely popular among the Dimasa tribals.
  • Judima is inseparable from the social and cultural life of the Dimasas.
  • This is the second product from the hill districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao to get GI tag after ginger of Karbi Anglong was awarded GI tag.
  • Judima is the first beverage from the Northeast to get this honour.

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Iceland elects Europe’s first Women-majority Parliament

  • Iceland has become the first country in Europe to have more women than men in Parliament.
  • Of the 63 seats in the Althing parliament, 33 were won by women, or 52%.
  • No other European country has had more than 50% women lawmakers, with Sweden coming closest at 47%, according to data compiled by the World Bank.
  • Around the world, five other countries currently have Parliaments where women hold at least half the seats, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union: Rwanda (61%), Cuba (53%), Nicaragua (51%) and Mexico and the United Arab Emirates (50%).
  • Unlike some other countries, Iceland does not have legal quotas on female representation in Parliament, though some parties do require a minimum number of candidates be women.
  • The Nordic country has long been a pioneer in gender equality and women’s rights, and has topped the World Economic Forum’s ranking of most egalitarian countries for the past 12 years.
  • Iceland was the first country to elect a woman as President in 1980.

Source: The Hindu

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27th September: World Tourism Day

  • World Tourism Day is observed every year on September 27 to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Statutes of the Organization in 1970, paving the way for the establishment of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
  • The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a United Nations’ agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
  • In 2021 the theme of WTD is “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”.
  • The Day aims at raising awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

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Naga Cucumber receives GI Tag

Nagaland's "sweet cucumber" was awarded a geographical identification (GI) tag as an agricultural product under provisions of The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.


  • The cucumber is one of the most important crops in the Northeast region.
  • Nagaland has the fifth-highest cultivation of this fruit area-wise, and ranks third in production.


  • Naga cucumber is recognised for its sweetness and unique green colour.
  • Naga cucumbers are juicy, soft, and sweet. They are grown completely organically.
  • Naga cucumbers are a kind of fruits that differ in taste, shape and sizes from those available in other areas.
  • They are low in calories but high in potassium and contain a high level of water and can serve as an alternative to consuming sports drinks.

Other GI Products from Nagaland

  • Naga Mircha
  • Naga Tree Tomato
  • Chakhesang Shawls

About GI Tag

  • The GI tag is an important sign used on products with a specific geographical origin and reputation and denotes the authenticity of not only the product, but the method in which it was produced.
  • The GI tag is meant to protect the truly unique traditions of communities from being appropriated by large industries, and thus allow these regions economic prosperity by manufacturing, producing, and marketing their traditional knowledge.

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26th September: World Rivers Day 2021

  • The World Rivers Day is celebrated every year on the “Fourth Sunday of September”.
  • The theme for World Rivers Day 2021 is “Waterways in our communities”.
  • The day was recognised by the United Nations in 2005 upon the proposal initiated by internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo.
  • Recently, during his 81st edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ PM Modi urged people to observe World Rivers Day and keep in mind the importance that the water body has in our lives.
  • Also, the proceeds from the ongoing special e-auction of the gifts he received will be dedicated to the government’s flagship project 'Namami Gange'.

Source: World Atlas

Fact Sheet Economy & Infrastructure

Contribution of MSMEs to GDP

The MSME sector is an important sector of the Indian economy.

  • As per the Central Statistics Office, Ministry of Statistics & PI, share of MSME Gross Value Added (GVA) in All India Gross Domestic Product at current prices (2011-12) for the year 2018-19 and 2019-20 were 30.5% and 30.0% respectively.
  • The share of the MSME manufacturing in All India manufacturing gross value output during the year 2018-19 and 2019-20 were 36.9% and 36.9% respectively.
  • As per the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics, the share of export of specified MSME related products to All India exports during 2019-20 and 2020-21 was 49.8% and 49.5% respectively.
  • As per 73rd Round of NSS Report on Unincorporated Non-Agricultural Enterprises' (July 2015- June 2016) conducted by Ministry of Statistics & PI, estimated number of workers in MSME sector was 11.10 crore.
  • Under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), the estimated employment generated (number of persons) in micro enterprises during the year 2020-21 and 2021-22 (as on 01.07.2021) are 5.95 lakh and 1.19 lakh respectively.