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Evening News Digest: 14 Oct 2018

Sikkim receives UN FAO’s Future Policy for Gold Award

  • Sikkim has won this year's UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's Future Policy for Gold Award for its achievement in becoming the world's first totally organic agriculture state. 
  • FAO said that Sikkim was considered for the award for its policies on Agroecology and Sustainable food systems.
  • It won the gold by beating 51 nominated policies from 25 countries. Brazil, Denmark and Equador won Silver for their policies. 
  • The small Himalayan state of Sikkim was declared fully organic state in 2016 after phasing out chemical fertilisers and pesticides and substituting them with sustainable alternatives.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
    • FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads efforts to defeat hunger.
    • It is headquartered in Rome, Italy.

India, Sri Lanka sign two MoU for construction of 1200 houses

  • India and Sri Lanka on 13 Oct signed two MoU for construction of 1200 houses through 50 model villages, using Indian grant assistance of 60 crore Srilankan rupees. 
  • With this, India's collaboration with Srilankan government under Model Villages Housing Program stands at 2400 houses in 100 model villages. 
  • As per the new MoUs, 600 houses each will be constructed in the Southern and Northern Provinces.

Textiles tourism complex in Nangpoh, Meghalaya to be constructed

  • Ministry will release 7.8 crore rupees for the construction of a textile tourism complex in Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.
  • Meghalaya also production of Mulberry, Berry, and Muga was 1000 metric tonnes.
  • Use of Mulberry tree:
    • Mulberry is food for silkworms, making it an economically important plant for countries that heavily rely on silk production.
    • To create the silk, eggs are kept in an enclosed environment with a temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit, which is gradually increased to 77 degrees until they hatch.
    • Afterwards, the worms are fed with hand-picked and chopped mulberry leaves until they become fat and enter the cocoon stage.

Great Britain lifts Sultan Johar Cup Junior Hockey Cup

  • In Hockey, Great Britain lifted the 2018 Sultan of Johor Cup beating India 3-2 in Bahru, Malaysia.
  • The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team lost the Final of the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup 2018 against Great Britain by a 2-3 score-line.
  • The other teams in the tournament were Japan, Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand.
  • The Sultan of Johor Cup is an annual, international under–21 men's field hockey tournament held in Malaysia.

India finished ninth in Para Asian Games with 72 medals

  • India has secured total 72 medals in Para Asian Games 2018.
  • With 15 gold, 24 silver and 33 bronze medals, India was placed ninth in the overall tally. 
  • Para Asian Games was held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

ICC Launches Global Women's T20I Team Rankings

  • India is placed 5th while three-time champions Australia lead the 46-team table as the International Cricket Council (ICC) launched global Women’s T20I Team Rankings.
  • The system moves away from the combined rankings in place earlier and there is now a separate ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings table with 10 teams, in line with the men’s rankings, which are separate for each format.

Bastar Dialogue concludes in Jagdalpur

  • The Bastar Dialogue, aimed at furthering peace in the Red Corridor, concluded in Jagdalpur with the passing of a resolution and finalising a roadmap towards achieving peace in the Dandakaranya region.
  • Dandakaranya
    • Dandakaranya is a spiritually significant region in India.
    • It includes the Abujhmar Hills in the west and the Eastern Ghats in the east, including regions of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha states. 
  • Krishna Kumari Devi, the queen mother of Bastar, supported the movement.
  • In a historic move, Krishna Kumari Devi has also invited 10 tribal leaders from Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra for an annual meeting of Manjhis on October 20.
  • Manjhis are hereditary heads of various parganas in Chhattisgarh. The 10 tribal leaders will speak at the gathering.
  • Significance:
    • The united voice of tribal communities will provide a platform to put their demands in a coherent manner.
    • The tribal communities found themselves at crossroads whernever a development project or some mining process is started there.
    • However, the community dialogue like Bastar Dialogue will provide them access to respond united to government of their demands.

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