09.11.18 (GPSC) Gujarat Current Affairs


  • Cotton output estimated to dip to 88L bales in Gujarat


  • Despite increase in area under cotton cultivation this kharif season, the production is set to decline due to reduction in yield following deficient rainfall. Cotton output in Gujarat, the largest producer of the natural fibre, is expected to dip by 16% in 2018-19.


  • According to the latest estimates released by the Cotton Association of India (CAI), cotton output in Gujarat is projected to be 88 lakh bales (one bale weighs 170 kg) in 2018-19 as against 105 lakh bales in 2017-18.


  • Market players opine that production is going to decline due to erratic rainfall adversely affecting the yield this year. As a result, the output is estimated to be lower despite cotton acreage across Gujarat increasing this kharif season.


  • The data compiled by the state agriculture department show that the area under cotton cultivation in the state this year increased to 27.12 lakh hectares from 26.41 lakh hectares in the kharif season of 2017.


  • The projected cotton output for Gujarat in 2018-19 includes 66 lakh bales produced within the state and around 20 lakh bales that arrive in the state for ginning from other states.


  • Across India, this year’s cotton crop is estimated to be lower at 343.25 lakh bales in 2018-19 due to unfavourable weather conditions. The cotton output stood at 365 lakh bales in 2017-18.





·        World’s first AI news anchor unveiled in China


  • Chinese press agency Xinhua unveiled AI-based anchor that can read the news in English and Chinese, as naturally as a professional news anchor.
  • The system, developed with Beijing-based search engine operator Sogou, produces realistic-looking speech, lip movements and facial expressions.


  • AI anchors who will report “tirelessly” all day every day, from anywhere in the country.


  • The AI technology is not limited to news presenting. The systems can be customised to different clients in other industries.


  • Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans.




·        India economic growth to slow to 7.3% in 2019: Moodys


  • Indian economy will expand 4 percent in 2018, but the growth will slow down to 7.3 percent in the next fiscal.
  • The economy grew 7.9 percent in the first half (January-June) of 2018, reflecting post demonetization base effect.


·        India hosts “Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018” from 9 November


  • Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018″ (GITC) is being organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here during 9-11 November, 2018.
  • This year, India is hosting the event in collaboration with Government of Korea and Rehabilitation International (RI).
  • It propagates implementation of United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) – Article 21 relates to access to information.




·        National Legal Services Day: November 9


  • National Legal Services Day (NLSD) is observed every year in India on 9th November to spread awareness for ensuring reasonable fair and justice procedure for all citizens.


  • The aim of celebrating this day is to offer free of charge, proficient and legal services to the people belonging to weaker sections of society. It also seeks to make sure availability of free services to weaker section people as well as making them conscious about their rights.


  • It was started by Supreme Court of India in 1995 to provide help and support to poor and weaker sections of the society.


·        West Bengal to observe ‘Rosogolla Day’ on Nov 14


  • West Bengal government has decided to observe ‘Rosogolla Day’ on November 14, to commemorate the first anniversaryof the state’s famous sweet getting Geographical Indication (GI) tag as ‘Bengal’s Rosogolla’.
  • The GI tag is a sign that identifies a product as originating from a particular place.


  • India has given 303 GIs, including for 11 foreign products like Scotch and cognac




Jammu & Kashmir

Hand-Knotted Carpet
Papier Mache
Walnut Wood Carving

Himachal Pradesh-
Kangra Paintings
Kullu Shawl
Chamba Rumal

Large Cardamom

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Orange

Naga Mircha
Chakshesang Shawl
Naga Tree Tomato

Muga Silk
Joha Rice
Tezpur Litchi

Shaphee Lanphee
Wangkhei Phee
Moirang Phee
Kachai Lemon

Mizo Chilli

Tripura Queen

West Bengal
Darjeeling Tea
Leather Goods
Khirsapati (Himsagar)

Khasi Mandarin
Memong Narang

Madhubani Paintings
Bhagalpur Silk
Sikki Grass Work
of Bihar

Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi Glass Beads
Lucknow Chikan Craft
Mango Malihabadi Dusseheri
Banaras Brocades and Saris

Blue Pottery of Jaipur
Sanganeri Hand-Block Printing

Agates of Cambay
Kutch Embroidery
Patan Patola

Madhya Pradesh
Chanderi Fabric
Leather Toys of Indore
Ratlami Sev


Bastar Wooden Craft
Bastar Iron Craft
Konark Stone Carving
Ganjam Kewda Flower



Puneri Pagadi
Nashik Valley Wine
Mahabaleshwar Strawberry
Warli Painting



Silver Filigree of Karimnagar
Hyderabad Haleem
Handloom Sarees






Channapatna Toys & Dolls
Mysore Sandal Soap
Mysore Jasmine

Andhra Pradesh
Pochampalli Ikat
Kondapalli Bommallu
Tirupathi Laddu



Villianur Terracotta Works



Tamil Nadu

Kancheepuram Silk
Coimbatore Wet Grinder
Thanjavur Paintings
Temple Jewellery of Nagercoil

Aranmula Kannadi
Palakkadan Matta Rice
Balaramapuram Saris and Fine Cotton Fabrics


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