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Basmati Rice Battle: Now there is a ruckus in India and Pakistan over Basmati rice, the struggle for a special trademark in the European Union

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Basmati Rice Battle: Now there is a ruckus in India and Pakistan over Basmati rice, the struggle for a special trademark in the European Union

Indo-Pak tussle over Basmati rice (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons/PTI)

The conflict between India and its arch-rival country Pakistan on almost every front including sports, politics and diplomacy is nothing new. But, now the topic on which the tug of war has intensified between the two is Basmati rice. Although Pakistan has got the GI (Geographical Indicator) tag for its Basmati rice, which can strengthen its claim in the European Union (EU) regarding the origin of Basmati rice, but India has also said this in the EU. An application has been filed for that India should be declared as the place of origin of Basmati. Best to buy Basmati rice in Indore

According to the information received, India has applied for a special trademark which will give it sole proprietorship of Basmati title in the European Union, which may deal a big blow to Pakistan. Pakistan has immediately opposed India’s move to obtain a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) from the European Commission.

According to United Nations data, India is the world’s largest exporter of rice. India sends $6.8 billion worth of rice abroad every year, while Pakistan ranks fourth with $2.2 billion. Both the countries are the only global exporters of Basmati.

Pakistan is fighting a case against India’s move to register Basmati rice as its product in the 27-member European Union. The law requires that before applying for registration of any product in the international market, it must be protected under the Geographical Indication (GI) laws of that country.

PGI status confers intellectual property rights to products belonging to a geographic area where at least one stage of production, processing or preparation has occurred. Whereas GI tag is an indicator used on those products which have a specific geographical origin and are characterized by special qualities and characteristics of the region.

In September last year, India had applied to the European Union claiming sole ownership of Basmati rice. The issue of preserving Basmati rice as a product of Pakistan came to the fore after the submission of the application. In its application, India claimed that exclusively this long fragrant ‘Basmati’ rice is grown in a particular geographical area of ​​this sub-continent.

After shedding light on the history of Basmati rice, India also claimed that this growing area is a part of North India, which is part of the Gangetic plain below the foothills of the Himalayas.

This Indian claim before the European Union was challenged in December and Pakistan’s main argument was that Basmati rice is a joint product of India and Pakistan. Pakistan exports five to seven lakh tonnes of Basmati rice annually to various parts of the world, of which two lakh tonnes to 2.5 lakh tonnes are exported to the European Union countries. (with agency input)

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Biden-Putin Meeting: Agreed on sending ambassadors of both countries back to their posts

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Putin said there was “no animosity” during the talks, which ended in less time than expected. Both sides had said that they expected the meeting to last four to five hours but the meeting between the two leaders lasted less than three hours. This included a preliminary meeting in which both the president and the two had top aides. After the meeting ended, Putin held a one-on-one press conference to explain the results, while Biden addressed reporters separately. Putin acknowledged that Biden raised human rights issues with him, including the case of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Putin defended Navalny’s prison sentence and repeatedly asked questions about his mistreatment of Russian opposition leaders, referring to the domestic turmoil in the US including the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests and on the capitol on January 6. Violence is involved.

Putin said he and Biden agreed to start talks about a new ‘START’ treaty limiting nuclear weapons that could potentially replace it after it expires in 2026. Washington halted talks with Moscow in 2014 in response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Talks resumed in 2017, but did not succeed in expanding the new START treaty during the Trump administration. The Russian president said they had agreed to send their ambassadors back to their respective deployments. The two countries had in recent months withdrew their top ambassadors from Washington and Moscow due to deterioration in relations. Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov was recalled from Washington nearly three months ago after Biden called Putin a murderer. US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan left Moscow about two months ago. Putin said ambassadors are expected to return to their posts in the coming days. Also read: America: Thousands of Indian students have taken visa ‘appointments’ in July, August – US Embassy

Putin also said that the two sides have agreed in principle to start consultations on cyber security issues. However, he denied US allegations that the Russian government was responsible for recent high-profile hacks against business and government agencies in the US and around the world. The meeting between Biden and Putin on Wednesday took place in a Swiss mansion on the banks of a lake. The meeting took place at a time when both the leaders said that the relations between their countries were at the lowest level ever. Before the start of the meeting, both the leaders briefly appeared before the media and termed it as a meeting between two great powers and said that face-to-face meeting is always better. Putin said he hoped the meeting would be fruitful. However, during this time both the leaders were seen avoiding looking directly at each other in front of the cameras.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Global cases of corona increased to 17.69 crores

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Global cases of corona increased to 17.69 crores

Corona Ward (Photo Credits: PTI)

Washington, June 17 : The global cases of corona have increased to 17.69 crores. At the same time, the death toll from this epidemic has increased to 38.3 lakh. Johns Hopkins University gave this information. In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global corona cases and death toll have risen to 176,960,993 and 3,830,127 respectively.

According to the CSSE, the US remains the most affected country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,498,145 and 600,648 respectively. India ranks second in terms of infection with 33,498,145 cases. The other worst-hit countries with more than 3 million cases are Brazil (17,628,588), France (5,809,319), Turkey (5,348,249), Russia (4,605,805), UK (4,605,805), Italy (5,189,260), Argentina (4,198,620), Colombia (3,829,879), Spain (3,749,031), Germany (3,726,767) and Iran (3,060,135). Also read: Monsoon Alert: Heavy rain forecast in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar in next 3 hours

In terms of deaths, Brazil is second with 493,693 deaths. More than 100,000 people have died in India (379,573), Mexico (230,624), UK (128,190), Italy (127,153), Russia (125,443) and France (110,740).

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UPDATE: Death toll in Nepal floods rises to 7, many still feared missing

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Kathmandu, June 16: The death toll in the floods in Sindhupalchok district in central Nepal has risen to seven. Apart from this, there is still a possibility of missing many people. It is being told that the flood has originated from the main source of the Melmachi and Indravati rivers.

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