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‘Sweet news’ as Bengal wins GI tag for ‘rosogolla’

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Kolkata, Nov 14 : Ending a bitter fight with neighbouring Odisha, West Bengal on Tuesday won the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the iconic ‘rosogolla’, signifying that the spongy, syrupy sweet originated in its territory.

The announcement by the GI registry has drawn the final curtain over an intense two-and-a-half year battle between the two states over the origin of the popular ball-shaped sweet made from cottage cheese.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, now in London, called it a “sweet news”.

“Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that Bengal has been granted GI status for Rosogolla,” Banerjee tweeted.

The dispute began in 2015 when Odisha claimed that rosogolla originated in the state 600 years ago and was first served at the 12th-century Lord Jagannath temple in Puri.

The Odisha government set up three committees to look into the evidence regarding the origin of rosogolla in Odisha.

Countering Odisha’s claim, the Bengal government applied for GI tag for the sweet, asserting there was “ample” documentary evidence to prove the sweet belongs to Bengal.

Bengal has steadfastly maintained that rosogolla was invented by famous sweetmeat maker Navin Chandra Das in 1868.

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Foggy Tuesday morning in Delhi, air quality ‘severe’

Drop in temperature is contributing to air quality deterioration to “severe” levels in Delhi-National Capital Region.

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : It was a foggy morning in the national capital on Tuesday with the air quality remaining “severe” and the minimum temperature recorded at 8.8 degrees Celsius, average for the season, the weather office said.

Drop in temperature is contributing to air quality deterioration to “severe” levels in Delhi-National Capital Region.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 9 a.m. was 409 (severe) against 403 (severe) on Monday recorded at 4 p.m., on a scale of 0 to 500.

“There was mist and shallow fog in the morning. The sky will remain mainly clear becoming partially cloudy in the later part of the day. Very light rain and thundershower is likely in some areas,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 92 per cent, an unfavourable condition for pollutants to disperse.

The maximum temperature on Tuesday was likely to hover at around 23 degrees Celsius.

Monday was the second coldest day of the month with minimum temperature dipping to 7.6 degrees Celsius, one notch below season’s average, while the maximum temperature settled at 23.8 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average.

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Senior Congress leader C.N. Balakrishnan dead

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Kochi, Dec 11 : Senior Congress leader and former Kerala Minister C.N. Balakrishnan died at a private hospital here due to pneumonia, party sources said on Tuesday. He was 87.

He died on Monday night, the sources said.

A long standing aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Balakrishnan was the Thrissur district Congress committee president for 17 years and was also the treasurer of the state unit for long.

It was in 2011 that Balakrishnan first contested the polls and went on to become the state Cooperation Minister in the Oommen Chandy cabinet.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Boat capsizes in Yamuna river: 5 missing, 3 critical

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Prayagraj,Dec 10 : Five persons went missing and three others were admitted to hospital in a critical state after a boat carrying 14 people capsized in river Yamuna in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

Rescue operations are underway and nine persons have been rescued .

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered deployment of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state disaster Response Force (SDRF) for the rescue operation.

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