GI Tag Current Affairs - 2020

ICMR to replace HCQ with anti-HIV drug; Kangra Tea Suggested

The Indian Council of Medical Research recently revised its advisories on Hydroxychloroquine. The Council is considering to replace the drug with anti-HIV drugs.


The HCQ drug was recommended for asymptomatic health care workers. However, the ineffectiveness and side effects of the drug is making the council look into alternatives. The assessment of using HCQ by the Task Force says that front line workers working against COVID-19 are facing side effects such as nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting. This has made the council look for alternates to the drug.

The anti-HIV drugs are being recommended to replace HCQ. Apart from these drugs, the Kangra Tea has also been suggested.

Kangra Tea

Kangra Tea is a tea variety from Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The tea received GI tag in 2005.

The Kangra Tea is a Chinese variety called Camelia sinensis that was first planted in 1848. The 1905 earthquake and its damages forced the British to close several of the KAngra Tea factories in the region. Later, it was replenished in 2012.

GI Tag provided to Telangana’s Telia Rumal and Jharkhand’s Sohrai Khovar painting

The Government of India recently provided GI Tag to Telia Rumal of Telangana and Sohrai Khovar painting of Jharkhand.


The application for the Sohrai Khovar painting of Jharkhand was made by Sohra Kala Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti. The application for the Telia Rumal of Telangana was made by the Consortium of Puttapaka Handloom Cluster.

Sohrai Khovar Painting

The painting is created by the local tribal women in Jharkhand. It is a traditional and ritualistic mural art. The painting is practiced only in the districts of Hazaribagh. It is created only during marriage and harvest seasons. The tribal women use naturally available soils of different colours.

Telia Rumal

The Telia Rumal is made of complex handmade work over cotton loomed cloth. It is created using traditional handloom process. The process is complicated and can be created only through traditional handloom processes. The designs are created in three particular colours. This includes red, white and black.