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Chennai floods: Here are some tips for volunteers working on the ground

The energy and positivity have been infectious and this is spurring a lot more people down the volunteering route.

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Chennai stands tall on the shoulders of volunteers who have and continue to do selfless work in helping with rescue, relief and now rehabilitation efforts in these trying times. Several of them are first-time volunteers and also those who have been rescued from the floods themselves. The energy and positivity have been infectious and this is spurring a lot more people down the volunteering route. Here is a list of things to remember if you are volunteering:1. Volunteering for a natural disaster is very different from volunteering at an NGO. First-time volunteers must be open to taking instructions from relief centre managers or other experienced coordinators. Do not deviate from routes, plans and distribution instructions. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Volunteers are requested not to display or disburse supplies if relief work is already in progress in an affected area. This could lead to pandemonium and a stampede, since it creates a perception of perceived shortage. There have been several reports of mobbing and theft of relief material. 3. Safety in numbers is essential for volunteers. It is recommended that volunteers travel in groups so that help is at hand if the situation demands so. Simple logistical issues of organising crowds, relaying information, any support in case of untoward incidents, are all easier when done in groups.4. A special note of caution for women. Sadly, they also need to take shelter in larger groups since there have been isolated incidents of drunk men misbehaving with women volunteers.5. When volunteers reach flood-affected areas, they are to cooperate with local police, NDRF and defence personnel on the ground. It would be tempting for volunteers to get on boats and hand out relief materials themselves, but refrain from doing so without instructions. The last thing we want is for volunteers to get stranded and take bandwidth away from rescue operations.6. Volunteers, especially those engaged in food preparation and distribution must have hand sanitizers handy for regular disinfection. Masks and gloves for all volunteers would go a long way in curbing infections. 7. Volunteers engaged in on-field work must ensure that their legs and feet are fully covered. Those who have been exposed to standing in stagnating water or cuts and bruises must take tetanus shots. These must be taken within 48 hours of exposure. The author is HR professional and has been working with her family in relief efforts in Chennai over the last few days.

Kerala High Court admits plea against revocation of ban on Nirapara spices

KKR Food Products, Kalady, manufacturer of the Nirapara brand of spices, had gone to court when the ban was imposed.

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A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday, admitted a writ appeal against the judge’s verdict revoking an order of the ban by the Food Safety Commissioner, according to a report in The Hindu. The manufacture, storage and sale of Nirapara spices (chilly, turmeric and coriander powders) had been banned by the Food Safety Commissioner. The appeal has stated that the gluten used in the Nirapara products had been proved to be injurious to those allergic to it. Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice AM Shaffique admitted the plea, adds the report. But the Bench has stated that the Food and Safety Commissioner could take product samples and take other legal measures. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ban imposed on Nirapara brand of spices by the Food Safety Commissioner was quashed by a judge who stated that there was no evidence that the products were unsafe. KKR Food Products, Kalady, manufacturer of the Nirapara brand of spices, had gone to court when the ban was imposed.

Maggi noodles to ‘return in November’

Nestle’s popular Maggi noodles are likely to return to shelves in India in November, after clearing a final round of tests, the company said in a statement.

Death toll in Saudi haj disaster at least 2,070 – Reuters tally | Reuters

DUBAI The deadly crush that occurred at the haj near Mecca last month killed at least 2,070 people, nearly triple the number accounted for in a death toll maintained by Saudi authorities, a Reuters tally indicated on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the disaster. Safety during the pilgrimage is a politically sensitive issue for the kingdom’s ruling Al Saud dynasty, which presents itself as the guardian of Islam and custodian of its holiest sites in Mecca and Medina.

The figure, based on information provided by the state and religious authorities and local media reports in the home countries of the victims, would make it the worst such catastrophe to befall the annual pilgrimage since 1,400 people were crushed to death in a tunnel in 1990.

Saudi officials have stood by their official counts of 769 dead and 934 injured, which have not been updated since two days after the crush. The healthy ministry has said any discrepancies in death tolls may stem from countries counting pilgrims who had died of natural causes.

The disaster triggered heavy criticism by arch-foe Iran, which lost the most pilgrims in the crush, but also from other Muslim countries which rarely, if ever, voice disapproval of the powerful and wealthy Saudi Arabia.

Anger was stoked by early Saudi comments that appeared to lay the blame on the pilgrims themselves.

In the wake of the crush, Saudi King Salman ordered an investigation into its causes. No date has been set to announce any results. Critics of the Saudi government challenge the independence of the probe.

Asked about the death toll compiled by Reuters, a Saudi health ministry spokesman said a high-level committee was running an investigation.

“All details related to this matter will soon be released following the completion of this committee’s investigation,” he said by email.

Some, including Iran, have suggested that the disaster may have been caused by authorities halting crowds to make way for a VIP, a charge Saudi officials strongly deny.

Iran reported 465 dead in the Mina crush. Other countries with large tolls included Indonesia with 127, India with 116 and Pakistan with 99.

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(Compiled from reporting by Reuters bureaus across Africa, Asia and the Middle East; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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Maharashtra govt to move Supreme Court against HC order lifting ban on Maggi

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government was going to file an appeal against the Bombay High Court’s order lifting ban on Maggi noodles, state food and civil supplies minister Girish Bapat said on Tuesday.

The ban should stay, he said.

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“Sample reports received from government laboratories had mentioned lead traces. We imposed the ban to prevent any health problems for the consumers,” Bapat said.

Karnataka and Gujarat had on Monday revoked ban on manufacture and sale of Nestle India’s popular instant food brand.

The announcements by the two states followed clean chit given by three government-approved laboratories to Maggi noodles, which was banned by central food regulator FSSAI and various state-level watchdogs in June on quality issues.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had banned Maggi noodles saying it was “unsafe and hazardous” for consumption after finding lead levels beyond permissible limits, following which the company had withdrawn it from the market.

Nestle India had then challenged the ban by FSSAI in the Bombay High Court.

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Malayalam daily slapped with legal notice over story on pesticide use in Tamil Nadu

CFFI states that no analysis had been performed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

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The Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI) has slapped a legal notice on popular Kerala daily, Malayalam Manorama, over a story it published titled ‘Centre asks Tamil Nadu to curb use of pesticides’.The story was published on the daily’s website on September 24 and it stated that an analysis had confirmed high levels of pesticide in the vegetables grown in the state. CCFI now states that no analysis had been performed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A report in Deccan Chronicle states that CCFI had sent a legal notice stating the report was ‘false and fabricated’. The CCFI says that FSSAI and the Kerala Agricultural University didn’t respond to the legal notice with any data. CCFI alleges that the analysis by the (FSSAI) had not even taken place hence there is no data of pesticide contamination.Recently, numerous stories have been doing the rounds in the media in Kerala about how there were high levels of pesticides found in the vegetables grown in Tamil Nadu. These vegetables are sold in Kerala say reports.The CCFI alleges that the news report in Malayalam Manorama had distorted facts, adds the Deccan Chronicle report. It is waiting for the parties to revert to their legal notice.

Indian Railways to continue ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission till March 2016

A larger section of staff and public would be involved in the cleanliness drive and uncovered areas also would be taken up in a phased manner.

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Indian Railways will continue the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission till March 2016, when ‘Sardar Patel United Clean India Drive’ would be implemented, with focus on cleanliness at stations, hospitals and office premises, a senior official said here on Friday.The focus would be on stations from October 11 to 31, followed by railway colonies from December 16 to 31 and Railway Hospitals from February 15 to 28. Later systematic efforts would be taken to achieve sustained cleanliness and improvement in the environment, Divisional Railway Manager Sunil Kumar Garg said, quoting Railway board chairman’s communique.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to reporters here on Friday, he said a larger section of staff and public would be involved in the cleanliness drive and uncovered areas also would be taken up in a phased manner.He also said the Safety Commissioner was expected to inspect the Pollachi-Palghat Broad Gauge conversion work on October 5 and 6. If clearance was received, trains bound for Gujarat, Maharashtra and Mangalore could be operated through this section.This would reduce the distance between Madurai and Mangalore and other states, including Maharashtra and Gujarat, considerably by about 100 to 150 km, he said.

Unruly passenger forces emergency landing of IndiGo flight

The airline said in a press release that the passenger refused to follow safety rules despite several warnings by the captain.
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A Delhi-Goa IndiGo flight made emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport this afternoon after a passenger allegedly misbehaved with a woman crew member and disregarded the safety rules, police said. The incident took place on IndiGo flight no 6E 329.Sardarnagar police station arrested the passenger Rahul Grover (34), a Delhi-based businessman, after he was offloaded.”The IndiGo flight going from Delhi to Goa was diverted here for emergency landing due to the behaviour of Grover. The crew member, who lodged a complaint with us, alleged that Grover misbehaved with her, passed lewd comments and used foul language,” said inspector V R Patel.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The airline said in a press release that Grover refused to follow safety rules despite several warnings by the captain.”He used foul language, made inappropriate gestures and even entered the lavatory knowing that a crew member is inside,” said the statement.”In the interest of safety of 156 passengers and crew members, the captain offloaded the passenger at Ahmedabad airport,” it added.Police registered an FIR against him. Later he was released him on bail.

Railways to seek Rs 1 lakh crore for safety upgrade after series of train accidents

Chairman Railway Board (CRB) AK Mital said Railways is finalising a safety plan at an estimated cost of about Rs 1 lakh crore.

On August 5, 2015, 29 people were killed as two express trains derailed within minutes of each other on flooded tracks while crossing a railway bridge in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh.
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Rattled by a spate of train accidents in which several lives were lost, Railways on Tuesday said “enough is enough” and any “laxity on safety front is not acceptable” as it decided to seek Rs 1 lakh crore funds from the Finance Ministry for safety upgrade.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, expressing serious concern over the derailments in the recent past, asked general managers of all zones to “pull up their socks”.”Negligence and carelessness will not be tolerated. Safety is not negotiable. There should be safety audits at all levels and action taken on the audit reports should be followed up and monitored regularly,” Prabhu is understood to have said here at the GMs meet called specifically to review safety after the series of train mishaps.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking “accountability” in case of safety failure, he also asked the GMs and Railway Board to fix the responsibility at every level. While four persons including two foreign nationals were killed in two accidents last Saturday, there were twin derailments in Madhya Pradesh on August 7 in which 30 passengers died.Mumbai suburban rail service also witnessed two derailments in two days though there was no casualty.Addressing the safety meeting, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha took strong exception to the series of mishaps and said “Enough is enough. Now time has come for taking hard decisions.” He asked GMs to make necessary changes, if necessary in safety drill. “If you want to make any changes in the safety functioning then do it. We are with you for it.” He also asked for filling up safety posts on a priority basis.Chairman Railway Board (CRB) AK Mital said Railways is finalising a safety plan at an estimated cost of about Rs 1 lakh crore. “We are preparing a comprehensive safety plan which include elimination of all level crossings, strengthening of the track and bridges among others and it would cost about Rs 1 lakh crore,” Mital said.The Finance Ministry will be approached for the special safety fund to upgrade the safety in rail network, he added.

Air bag makers eye boost from new India road safety rules | Reuters

NEW DELHI The world’s largest air bag suppliers are setting up plants and ramping up capacity in India, eyeing a $2 billion opportunity thanks to tougher rules aimed at improving one of the world’s worst road-safety records.

In India, a person is killed in a road accident every four minutes – 141,000 in 2014 – yet less than a third of the 2.6 million cars sold each year have air bags in this cost-conscious market.

But a planned law that will impose crash test standards by 2017 is creating an opportunity for makers of safety equipment, as cars without air bags will achieve only the lowest safety ratings after tests. That, for the first time, will force consumers to directly consider the risks they run by buying cheap.

By 2020, overall revenues from airbag sales in India are set to rise 11 percent a year to hit $2 billion, outpacing the 9 percent growth expected in China, according to data from Transparency Market Research. By then, India is expected to be selling over 5 million cars a year.

Some of the world’s largest air bag makers – Autoliv Inc, Takata Corp, TRW Automotive Inc and Toyoda Gosei Co – are already gearing up to cash in.

“(This is a) good time to build capacity and the right time to invest to grow the business,” said Harish Lakshman, managing director of air bag maker Rane TRW Steering Systems Ltd, a joint venture between U.S.-based TRW and India’s Rane Holdings Ltd.

The company opened a new air bag assembly plant in August in southern India with capacity to make 500,000 units a year, investing 180 million rupees ($2.7 million).

It expects revenues from the air bag unit to hit 3.5 billion rupees by 2020, from 400 million rupees today.

Toyoda Goesi Minda India, a joint venture between the Japanese company and India’s Uno Minda, which has a 25 percent market share, plans to increase its capacity by up to six times to 150,000 air bags over the next two to three years, group chairman N.K. Minda told Reuters.

Analysts say others will follow, setting up in India to keep costs as low as possible.

“We expect that within five years the large airbag makers will have a manufacturing hub in India,” said Ayay Bandopadhyay, automotive research analyst at Transparency Market Research.

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Air bags in India are expensive mainly because most of the parts, such as inflators, are imported. And without rules imposing their use in a country of poorly maintained vehicles and overcrowded, badly lit and potholed roads, carmakers often opt not to add a costly component that could drive up prices.

“I think we have made automobiles in India too cheap,” said Vijay Chhibber, secretary for the road transport and highways ministry.

“In trying to make everything cheap, if we are going to reduce our safety standard it is not worth it.”

The new rules, part of the Road Transport and Safety Bill, do not directly propose airbags, but instead make crash tests mandatory for new models sold in India from October 2017.

“An air bag is only an instrument of road safety,” Chhibber said. The new rules will be discussed in India’s upper house of parliament this year before they become law.

Quality issues will be a concern for carmakers, however.

Japan’s Takata hit headlines after carmakers recalled millions of cars to replace air bags made by the company after some exploded too violently, spraying shrapnel into passenger compartments. Eight deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to faulty Takata inflators.

In India, makers including Honda, Toyota and Nissan recalled cars after the Takata defect was reported.

Several carmakers in India, including No. 2 seller Hyundai Motor Co, still import air bags.

But Kaushik Madhavan, automotive head at Frost & Sullivan, said even cautious carmakers would eventually have to go local.

“Carmakers have to realise that if they have to offer competitively priced products with all the safety technology, they have to be sourced locally,” he said.

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Kerala bans sale of Nirapara spices due to adulteration

The tests revealed that the products contained 15-75% low-quality starch, according to reports.

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Kerala’s Food Safety Commissioner Anupama TV has issued a ban on sale of Nirapara spices after 30 samples of the product tested positive for adulteration. The banned spices include chilly, turmeric and coriander powder.According to a report in Malayala Manorama, the tests revealed that the products contained 15-75% low-quality starch. The state had subsequently issued notices to stop the adulteration but apparently the company, Kalady KKR Food Products that makes the products, did not comply.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the order that was issued by the Food Safety Commissioner, Kalady KKR Food Products was still using the low-quality starch despite the notices, adjudication and fines that had been imposed on the company.The report states that 34 cases have been registered against Kalady KKR Food Products and a fine of Rs 16 lakh was also levied. The Food Safety Commissioner has instructed the safety officials to ensure that the products are taken off the shelves.

Railways to tie up with ISRO for enhanced safety

“We will undertake a massive exercise of GIS mapping of the entire rail route and assets including buildings, land, workshops and other facilities in the network using geospatial technology,” said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with GIS mapping project

Indian Railways will join hands with ISRO to get online satellite images for improving safety and enhancing efficiency.”We will undertake a massive exercise of GIS mapping of the entire rail route and assets including buildings, land, workshops and other facilities in the network using geospatial technology,” said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with GIS mapping project. Geospatial technology involves GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing). The official said geospatial services will be available from satellite-assisted navigational support through the GPS aided geo augmented navigation (GAGAN) system of ISRO.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We will sign an MoU with ISRO shortly to avail the online satellite images to create a GIS platform,” said the official. The MoU will facilitate getting images and communications through the satellite system. While the images will help in mapping the area, communications will enable the introduction of wi-fi service in trains in a larger way. The technology will come in handy at the time of accidents when it can be used to ascertain the exact location of trains and the topography.Besides, it will also help railways in developing solutions for safety at unmanned level crossings with remote sensing facility. Safety at unmanned level crossings is a cause of serious concern for railways and the publictransporter is exploring various ways to address the issue. Remote sensing system can be used to warn road users by activating the hooters before the arrival of trains at unmanned level crossings, he said. The satellite images will also be used for geo-fencing of stations for paperless ticketing system.Geo-fencing is a virtual barrier which uses the global positioning system (GPS) or radio frequency identification (RFID) to define geographical boundaries. Railways have started the paperless tickets in unreserved segment for suburban services in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. As per the plan, railways have decided to go paperless with regard to monthly season tickets and platform tickets.Geo-fencing of stations is a must for going paperless and the tie-up with ISRO will enable railways in getting the required back-up from satellite, he said. The technology is also expected to be used for tracking trains for disseminating information about their movement on real time basis which will be a great help to passengers. Currently train movements are tracked manually.

J&K police arrest separatist leader Masarat Alam in defiance of court orders: Report

The Jammu and Kashmir police re-arrested separatist leader Masarat Alam on Tuesday, despite a court order against his arrest, says a report in Indian Express.

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The Jammu and Kashmir police re-arrested separatist leader Masarat Alam on Tuesday, despite a court order against his arrest, says a report in Indian Express.The arrest took place allegedly ‘on the gates’ of Kotbalwal jail on Tuesday. The J-K High court last month had quashed Alam’s detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and ordered the government to release him.”He was released after we provided a copy of the High Court order to the jail authorities today,” said Muslim League spokesperson Mohammed Rafiq Ganai. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”But even as he was yet to come out of the jail, a few policemen, who were already presented inside the jail, arrested him again.” he claimed to Indian Express.“We have no information about him and Police also is not telling us anything. We are worried for his safety,” he said. “Police have waged a war against the Muslim League leaders and activists. They (leaders) are being arrested and harassed by the men in uniform,” he added, claiming Alam was taken to an undisclosed location.Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led PDP-BJP government had suffered a major setback last month when the Jammu and Kashmir high court quashed the detention of Hurriyat hardliner Masarat Alam under the Public Safety Act (PSA).Alam was arrested on April 17 two days after he shouted pro-Pakistan slogans and called for Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan during a pro-Pakistan rally organised to welcome Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani in which his supporters also unfurled Pakistani flags.Alam’s arrest had come just a month after he was released by Mufti government after spending almost four and half years in jail for leading ‘Quit Kashmir Movement’ in which 120 youth were killed mostly in the security force firing on the stone pelting mobs in 2010. The 43 year old Hurriyat hardliner was booked under PSA on April 23 and sent to Kot Bhawal jail Jammu. Under the PSA, Alam had to remain in jail without trail and bail for six months which was extendable.Four months on, a single judge bench of Justice Hasnain Masoodi of Jammu and Kashmir high court quashed Alam’s detention under the PSA.

Driving licence to be suspended for minimum of 3 months on traffic rule violation: Supreme Court panel

A Supreme Court panel has declared that all states should suspend licence of traffic rule violators for a minimum of three months even for offences like over speeding and red light jumping.

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A Supreme Court appointed committee on Wednesday asked all states and union territories to suspend licence of all traffic rule violators for a minimum of three months, LiveLaw.in reported. The panel, headed by former Supreme Court judge K S Radhakrishnan, listed the violations which include over speeding, red light jumping, carrying overload in good carriages, people travelling in goods carriages, driving under the influence of alocohol and drugs and using cell phones while driving. In case of two-wheelers, helmet laws will be mandatory for the main rider and the pillion rider. The panel also decided that on violation of this rule, the offender will be imposed a fine as prescribed under the Motor Vehicle Act and subject to a two hour Road Safety Education and Counselling session. “The Committee further directs that in case of driving a vehicle under the influence of drinks or drugs, the police should prosecute the offender and seek imprisonment as prescribed under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 even for the first offence,” the report said. They have also asked every State and Union Territory to submit reports of action taken at the end of every month starting from September 1. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>LiveLaw.in also stated that the pane submitted four reports to the Supreme Court from October 2014 to March 2015 which showed an increase in number of road fatalities due to lack of implementation of safety laws. According to the statistics provided by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, 1,37, 572 people were killed in 2014, the article stated. The panel was formed on April 22, 2014 on the basis of a Public Interest Litigation to implement road safety laws in the country.

India Maggi ban ‘legally untenable’

A court in India lifts a government ban on Nestle’s popular Maggi noodles, but orders fresh tests before the product can go back on sale.

India sues Nestle over Maggi noodles

India is suing Nestle for $100m (£64m) over “unfair trade practices” relating to the Maggi noodles health scare, an official confirms to the BBC.

Maggi sample fails test in Lucknow laboratory

In June this year, Nestle had to take Maggi off the shelves, after few states decided to ban the noodles.
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One more sample of Nestle’s instant noodle brand Maggi has failed test at a laboratory in Lucknow, said a senior Food Safety and Drug Administration.”A sample, which was taken from Deoria has failed the lab test,” additional commissioner (Food) FDA Vijay Bahadur Yadav said on Saturday. He added that more than 100 samples were still being tested. “Samples collected from other places are being tested,” he said.In June this year, Nestle had to take Maggi off the shelves, after few states decided to ban the noodles. FSSAI had also banned Maggi instant noodles terming them “unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last week, FSSAI-approved laboratory of Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) had found Maggi noodles to be in compliance with the country’s food safety standards. However, later FSSAI trashed all-clear report saying that it had not given any clean chit to Nestle’s banned Maggi noodles adding that there were lapses in the tests.

Nestle yet to respond to govt notice on Maggi: Health Minister JP Nadda

Health Minister J P Nadda said if Nestle gives the reasons, the government will take that into “consideration”.

Nestle, the manufacturer of Maggi, is yet to respond to the government’s notice issued long back asking why its products should not be withdrawn from the market, government told Lok Sabha on Friday about the food item which continues to be off the shelf because of a ban.Health Minister J P Nadda said if Nestle gives the reasons, the government will take that into “consideration”. He said when the government told Nestle to withdraw Maggi from the market, the company was also given a notice that within 15 days they should give an answer why their products should not be withdrawn and that they should also give the reasons for it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Till today there is no answer which has come out. So, cooperation from both sides should be there. We are asking for reasons. If M/s Nestle gives the reasons, we are going to take it into consideration,” he said replying to questions.Nadda said the matter is now sub-judice and he would not like to comment on it further but made it clear that government wants to ensure that food safety standards are not to be compromised. Observing that government was committed to maintain safety and wholesomeness of the food item as well as the growth of the food processing industry, he said the enforcement of the Food Safety and Standards Act and regulations was “in overall public interest.” He said the Maggi samples were examined following uniform protocol, which was even prescribed by its producer Nestle.”Tests were being done following the prescribed standards. Even Nestle did not question about the facilities available in our labs. There is no variation in facilities, variation is in tests,” the Minister said. He said if a particular batch of Maggi was found containing the permissible level of MSG, the sample passes the test and if any particular batch had higher MSG level, then it does not.”Tests conducted in Goa did not fail. Kerala tests also did not fail. There was export of Maggi from the Nestle’s Goa unit. So, it reflected that some producing units of Nestle maintain high standard, some do not. We are for more stringent monitoring,” he said.

Two trains derail in central India

Two passenger trains in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have derailed within minutes of each other, causing unknown casualties, officials say.

Bihar bans 11 noodle brands; Knorr, Yippee, Top Ramen among them

The banned brands include ‘Knorr Mast Masala Soupy Noodles’ manufactured by Hindustan Unilever Limited, ‘Foodles Multigrain’ and ‘Ata Masala Noodles’ by Glaxo Smithkline Consumer Healthcare, ‘Ching’s Manchurian’ and ‘Veg Hakka Noodles’ of Capital Foods Private Limited.

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After Maggi being off the shelves in Bihar, the state government on Saturday banned sale, advertisement and storage of 11 other brands of instant noodles after lab tests found presence of monosodium glutamate in them.One of the 11 brands also contains lead over permissible limit, Bihar Food Safety Commissioner Anand Kishor said.Nestle’s ‘Maggi’ noodles has been banned in the state since June 5.The banned brands include ‘Knorr Mast Masala Soupy Noodles’ manufactured by Hindustan Unilever Limited, ‘Foodles Multigrain’ and ‘Ata Masala Noodles’ by Glaxo Smithkline Consumer Healthcare, ‘Ching’s Manchurian’ and ‘Veg Hakka Noodles’ of Capital Foods Private Limited.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Top Ramen Super Noodles’, ‘Top Ramen Curry Noodles’ were also banned along with the ‘Curry Veg Noodles’ manufactured by Indo Nissin Foods Limited and its ‘Cup Noodles Veggie Manchow’, whose tastemaker was found to contain more lead than permitted.Sunfeast ‘Yipee Noodles Magic Masala’ and ‘Yipee Noodles Classic Masala’ made by ITC Limited Foods Division too have been banned, Kishor said.ITC chairman Y C Deveshwar had said in Kolkata on Friday that noodles manufactured by the company under the ‘Yippee’ brand are safe and had passed all the tests.”Lab tests conducted in New Delhi of samples of all these noodles have detected presence of MSG in all of them.This is not allowed in dry food products and also involves the issue of misbranding under provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006. We are banning all these products for a month from August 2 to September 1 as of now,” Kishore added.The government has also asked the companies to recall the products immediately from the market. Apart from sale of the products, their advertisement, publicity and storage have also been banned.Kishor said it will initiate legal proceedings against retailers and distributors found involved in sale, purchase, display of these noodles after the ban.The samples of these brands of noodles were collected from different parts of the state and were sent for tests in May and June after the ‘Maggi’ controversy broke out and led to its nation-wide ban.The samples were sent for testing to Kolkata, Bhopal, and New Delhi among others as Bihar has no laboratories which can conduct the required tests.

DCW to set up special cell to tackle harassment of Northeastern women in Delhi

New Delhi: Taking cognizance of the issues raised by rights groups, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has decided to set up a Special Cell to address problems faced by women from Northeast in the national capital.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal. Ibnlive

DCW chief Swati Maliwal. Ibnlive

“We will soon set up a Special Cell to address issues and problems faced by Northeastern women in the national capital. Over the time, complaints of racism, eve teasing and harassment against north-eastern women along with concern of their safety have come to light and thus the decision has been taken,” said a DCW official.

A delegation of people from Northeast on Friday met the newly appointed DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal and held a meeting on
the matter.

DCW has also decided to organise comprehensive discussions with institutions, several NGOs and human rights groups on the issue at a conference scheduled to be held in Delhi soon.

“Women from Northeast come to Delhi in search of livelihood and face several problems here, most of which often go unreported. Safety of these women is a major concern and this conference will be an attempt to reach the root cause of these problems and solve them,” said the official.

The Special Cell will comprise members from legal sector, NGOs and students among others.

Meanwhile, police on Friday said that an attempt was made to molest a woman from Nagaland in Malviya Nagar area. A person has been arrested in this connection, they said.

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Govt proposes to introduce regulatory norms for alcoholic beverages

He said that presently the standards prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) are followed to check the quality standards of alcoholic beverages.
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The government proposes to introduce regulatory norms and standards for alcoholic beverages, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.”Yes. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has accorded in principle approval to the draft regulations for alcoholic beverages. These standards will be finalized after inviting public/ stakeholders’s objections and suggestions and thereafter examining them,” Health Minister J P Nadda told the Lok Sabha. He said that presently the standards prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) are followed to check the quality standards of alcoholic beverages.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another reply, he said the government proposes to prescribe guidelines for the standardisation, certification and testing of organic food items being sold in the country. “Yes. The FSSAI has approved the draft food safety and standards (organic food products) regulations in its 16th meeting held on January 2015. These standards will be finalized after inviting public/ stakeholders objections and suggestions. With finalization of these standards and certification of products as ‘organic food’ by the department of Agriculture and Cooperation, it would be possible to increase the safety of such foods,” Nadda said.In another reply, Nadda said that in 2015, till June 30, 87 applications for clinical trials were received by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) of which 137 permissions were granted, including permissions granted for applications received earlier.

PM Modi talks about Kargil, road accidents; sidesteps politics on ‘Mann Ki Baat’

New Delhi: Concerned over the high rate of casualties in accidents, the government will soon bring a Road Transport and Safety Bill and launch cashless treatment for mishap victims, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday in his monthly radio programme while avoiding any mention of politics or the logjam in Parliament.

In his 15-minute programme, he also hailed the armed forces in the context of Kargil Vijay Divas, paid tributes to the farming community and praised scientists, besides saying that a team of officials will pay a week-long visit to the Northeastern states to understand the problems of the region and address them.

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He also invited suggestions from the public which could form part of his this year’s Independence Day speech.

While talking about various social issues, he avoided politics at a time when Parliament is unable to function because of a deadlock with opposition demanding resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over various controversies.

Talking about road accidents, he mentioned the case of a scooter rider lying bleeding on a road in Delhi with nobody helping him.

“Several people have been writing to me that I should speak on road safety to create awareness about it. When we see the figures, we notice that in India, an accident takes place every minute and a death due to these takes place every four minutes. Among the victims, one-third are in the age group of 15-25 years,” the Prime Minister noted.

Keeping this in mind, the government will soon bring a Road Transport and Safety Bill, he said.

The government is also planning other important measures like putting in place a National Road Safety Policy and Road Safety Action Plan, he said.

A project under which cashless treatment will be given to accident victims, wherein the victim does not have to worry for the first 50 hours as to who pays the money for treatment, will also be launched soon, he said.

The project will be launched in Gurgaon, Jaipur and Vadodara and then to Mumbai, Ranchi, Rungaon and Maurya national highways.

The Prime Minister also promised to ensure that all villages in the country get 24-hour electricity under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, which was launched by him in Patna on Saturday.

“It is a difficult task but we have started work on this… India is such a big country and villages are so far-off but we will do it,” he said, while underlining that electricity is a key requirement for progress and a necessity in everyday life for everyone.

Talking about the North East, Modi said that under the ‘Act East’ policy of his government, officials of the Ministry of Development of North East Region (DONER) will go to the states of the region. “They will hold seven-day camps, talk to people and address their problems,” he said.

With regard to the farm sector, he expressed happiness that the Monsoon rainfall has been good so far and production of pulses and oilseeds has shown an increase of 50 per cent and 33 per cent respectively.

After talking about ‘kisan’ (farmer), he spoke about the ‘jawan’ (soldier) on the Kargil Vijay Divas, celebrated on Sunday as a day of victory against Pakistan in the three-month conflict in Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir in 1999. He paid tributes to the armed forces and hailed their valour and sacrifices for the nation.

“In Kargil, each of our soldier proved more than a 100 of the enemy. I salute to the brave soldiers who thwarted the evil designs of the enemy without caring for their own lives. The Kargil war was not fought only on the border but every village, every city contributed to it.

“This war was fought by those mothers and sisters whose sons and brothers were in the battlefield. It was fought by those girls, who had just been married, those fathers who gave their sons and felt young themselves, and those sons who had not even learnt to walk properly holding the finger of their father. It is because of their sacrifices that India can move in the world holding its head high,” he said.

While talking about ‘vigyan’ (science), he referred to the recent accomplishment of ISRO which launched five satellites of the United Kingdom, in first such feat.

At the same time, he regretted that interest in science and technology was on the decline among the youth of today. To generate interest in research and development, he suggested holding of competitions in innovations nationally.

In the context of the ‘Swacchh Bharat’ programme, Modi highlighted a case of a Madhya Pradesh village where locals have launched ‘Operation Mal Yudh’ (war against dirt).

He said the locals had started a competition of ‘Brother No.1’, in which brothers would have to gift a toilet to his sister on the upcoming Raksha Bandhan festival and the best among them will be chosen for awards.

Regarding the ‘mygov’ portal launched on this day a year ago, Modi said he had received almost 2 crore hits and several important suggestions were being made by the people.

“We had committed to enhance people’s participation in democracy and make the people partners in developmental activities,” he said, while referring to a suggestion by a person from Kanpur that IRCTC portal should have facility to provide bookings for the disabled.

“This suggestion was taken seriously by the government and now we have put this facility in place,” he said, adding that all major suggestions would be taken to their ends.

He also urged the people to make their suggestions on the ‘mygov’ site on what issues he should speak on the upcoming Independence Day, while referring to a person from Chennai who suggested that he should raise issues like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padao’, ‘Swachch Bharat’ and ‘Clean Ganga’.

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PM Modi says government to soon launch cashless treatment for victims of road mishaps

Concerned over the high rate of casualties in accidents, the government will soon bring a Road Transport and Safety Bill and launch cashless treatment for mishap victims, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday in his monthly radio programme while avoiding any mention of politics or the logjam in Parliament.

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Concerned over the high rate of casualties in accidents, the government will soon bring a Road Transport and Safety Bill and launch cashless treatment for mishap victims, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday in his monthly radio programme while avoiding any mention of politics or the logjam in Parliament.In his 15-minute programme, he also hailed the armed forces in the context of Kargil Vijay Divas, paid tributes to the farming community and praised scientists, besides saying that a team of officials will pay a week-long visit to the Northeastern states to understand the problems of the region and address them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also invited suggestions from the public which could form part of his this year’s Independence Day speech.While talking about various social issues, he avoided politics at a time when Parliament is unable to function because of a deadlock with opposition demanding resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj,Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over various controversies. Talking about road accidents, he mentioned the case of a scooter rider lying bleeding on a road in Delhi with nobody helping him.”Several people have been writing to me that I should speak on road safety to create awareness about it. When we see the figures, we notice that in India, an accident takes place every minute and a death due to these takes place every four minutes. Among the victims, one-third are in the age group of 15-25 years,” the Prime Minister noted.Keeping this in mind, the government will soon bring a Road Transport and Safety Bill, he said. The government is also planning other important measures like putting in place a National Road Safety Policy and Road Safety Action Plan, he said.A project under which cashless treatment will be given to accident victims, wherein the victim does not have to worry for the first 50 hours as to who pays the money for treatment, will also be launched soon, he said. The project will be launched in Gurgaon, Jaipur and Vadodara and then to Mumbai, Ranchi, Rungaon and Maurya national highways.

Shillong: Five taken ill after consuming instant noodles, FIR lodged

Five persons including four minors of a family were hospitalised after they consumed ready-to-eat noodles in Shillong a senior police officer said on Monday.

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Five persons including four minors of a family were hospitalised after they consumed ready-to-eat noodles in Shillong a senior police officer said on Monday.”An FIR was lodged by the father of the children and since it is a non-cognisable case, we are moving court for approval,” East Khasi Hills district SP (City) Vivek Syiem said.The siblings, residents of Lawsohtun area in the city, started complaining of severe headache and started vomiting soon after consuming the ready-to-eat noodles bought from a local market on Sunday afternoon, the officer at Laban police station said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Three of them were admitted to Ganesh Das Hospital and the other two were rushed to Shillong Civil Hospital for immediate medical attention,” Deputy Commissioner of Food Safety SN Sangma said.The Food Safety office has taken samples of the vomit and leftover of the noodles for a detailed test and has also ordered an inquiry into the incident, Sangma said.Not ruling out food poisoning, Sangma said the children were reported to be in stable condition today, but a detailed inquiry was needed to find out the reason for their sickness.”Prima facie they ate some noodles. We are to ascertain what kind of noodles, their date of manufacturing and whether they are safe,” he said. The incident was the first such case after Maggi was banned in the state last month for high content of MSG and lead.At least 36 samples of various kinds of instant noodles imported from Singapore, Nepal and Thailand have been sent for tests at the Guwahati-based Public Health Laboratory for testing, state government officials said.

After Maggi fiasco, all packaged foods to be checked: FSSAI

Ever since the Maggi fiasco, where Nestle India’s popular instant noodles were found to contain excessive lead levels and monosodium glutamate, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to focus more on processed and packaged foods.

Ever since the Maggi fiasco, where Nestle India’s popular instant noodles were found to contain excessive lead levels and monosodium glutamate, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to focus more on processed and packaged foods. Yudhvir Singh Malik, CEO of FSSAI, told dna that, in a meeting of the food safety commissioners across the country on June 4, it was decided that packaged foods can no longer considered safe and food safety officers should now also collect their samples. The meeting was not specifically convened in the background of the Maggi controversy. It was a regular one held by the central advisory committee of the FSSAI, but it marked a shift in the way food regulators perceived processed goods.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Packaged foods are manufactured by an industry that had to adhere to all rules and regulations,” said Malik.The FSSAI chief insisted his organisation will not go after brands. It is simply a matter of collecting large sample sizes. “The focus of FSSAI has been to collect large samples of consumable goods, to increase our own data bank.”He said surveillance samples, collected for the database, cannot be used to impose penalties or take legal action. For that, regulatory samples have to be collected with the knowledge of retailers, and such enforcement can only be carried out by the state food authorities.He clarified that there are standardised foods in the market that do not need FSSAI’s approval. It is proprietary foods that do. Commenting on instances of famous brands getting into trouble with FSSAI, he said that in the case of Tata Starbucks, the company itself failed to furnish the safety and health data to FSSAI. Hence, it was not approved. However, a number of Tata Starbucks ingredients also figure on the outright rejection list of FSSAI.Many popular foods that line market shelves can be found in the FSSAI list on its website. Kellogg’s Special- K Red Berry Cereal, snacks by McCains Foods, Oriflame India’s Wellness Swedish Beauty Complex Plus, a chocolate mix by Amway India, Ranbaxy’s Revital Tablets, for example, all had their approval rejected by the FSSAI.Fun Foods saw 16 of its product files close since it did not provide timely responses to FSSAI queries. So did Kellogg India’s Hot Chinese Oats, Dabur’s powdered beverage, Nestle India’s UTH treated sweet lassi, and a whipping cream by Mother Dairy.

Nestle chief wants Maggi noodles back in India asap

On Monday, the Swiss food giant said that the ban had led to 3.2 billion rupees (44.5 million euros, USD 50.5 million) worth of goods being withdrawn.

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Nestle chief Paul Bulcke said on Wednesday he wanted to see its hugely popular Maggi brand of instant noodles back on the Indian market as soon as possible after it was banned over a health scare. India’s food safety regulator on June 5 banned the product after tests that it said showed the noodles contained excessive levels of lead. “The only thing that interests me is to have the product back as soon as possible and that things are cleared up,” he said in an interview while visiting the Milan expo.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “We are doing all we can to make contact with Indian authorities at the earliest,” he said, adding: “The product is safe.” Asked about the possible impact of the ban on jobs in India, he said production would resume “if we can resolve this fast.” On Monday, the Swiss food giant said that the ban had led to 3.2 billion rupees (44.5 million euros, USD 50.5 million) worth of goods being withdrawn. A Nestle spokesman said it was the biggest ever withdrawal of a product by the company. The world’s biggest food company is challenging the June 5 order from the government’s food safety regulator and is in the process of destroying more than 27,000 tonnes of Maggi noodles after halting production. The company had already announced it was pulling the product from sale when the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India imposed a ban following similar moves by some state governments. Nestle does not give a breakdown of sales per brand but Jon Cox, an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux, put it at around three billion Swiss francs (2.8 billion euros) a year. The safety scare is a huge blow to the company, which has been selling its Maggi products for more than three decades in India, and has 80 per cent of the country’s instant noodle market. Also Read: Maggi row: Government drags Nestle to consumer court

Draft Bill proposes grading system for driving schools

The Bill reads, “No person shall work as instructor for imparting driving training unless he holds an ‘instructor license’ as prescribed under the rules.”

The state government’s draft Bill on transport has grading for driving schools and a provision making it mandatory to have instructor licence before impart driving lessons.As per the draft of Maharashtra Mechanically Propelled Vehicles and Road Safety Bill, 2015, which may be called as Maharashtra Transport Bill, 2015, that has been put up for suggestions and objections from public, any individual who is working as an instructor will need to posses an ‘instructor licence’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bill reads, “No person shall work as instructor for imparting driving training unless he holds an ‘instructor license’ as prescribed under the rules.”Usually, instructors are associated with motor driving schools to assist citizens in practising driving as well as getting their driving licence done.”An institute authorised by the state government shall conduct an independent inspection of driving training schools in a manner to be prescribed in this regard by the government for the purpose of grading of driver training schools,” mentions the draft Bill.For the last five to six years, the government had been planning to grade driving schools. However, it is only now that there has been a formal mention to this effect in the proposed Bill. There will be four grades – A, B, C, and D – which will be given to driving schools across the state based on the quality of education they impart to their students.The state is in the process of enacting its own regulation as certain areas and rules of transport have not been covered under the Union Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014.

Bombay HC declines to stay order of food authorities banning Maggi noodles

A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and B P Colabawalla, hearing the petition filed by Nestle India Ltd challenging the ban orders, directed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) and Maharashtra government to file their affidavits in reply to the company’s petition within two weeks.

Nestle India failed to get any relief on Friday with the Bombay High Court refusing to stay orders of the central food safety regulator and Maharashtra government banning nine variants of its “Maggi” noodles from the market for being “hazardous” to public health.A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and B P Colabawalla, hearing the petition filed by Nestle India Ltd challenging the ban orders, directed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) and Maharashtra government to file their affidavits in reply to the company’s petition within two weeks.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court posted the matter for further hearing on June 30. The bench opined that the product (Maggi) was already off the shelf and hence no stay on the ban order was required at this stage. The court, however, said if the FSSAI wants to initiate prosecution against Nestle then it should give the Indian arm of the Swiss multinational 72 hours notice.Nestle has sought quashing of the June 5 order of Delhi-based Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and its Chief Executive Officer asking the company to withdraw and recall all its nine variants of Maggi from the market as they were unsafe and hazardous for human consumption. The impugned orders also asked the company to stop production, processing, import, distribution and sale of their products with immediate effect, said Nestle.The company said the orders do not comply with the mandatory provisions of section 34 of Food Safety and Standards Authority Act which deals with Emergency prohibition notices and orders. It said the orders were passed without any authority and without following due process of law. The company also said the orders were illegal, arbitrary and violative of the principles of Natural Justice as well as the Constitution of India.

Nestle challenges Maggi noodles ban

Nestle India challenges a ban imposed by India’s food safety regulator on its popular Maggi noodles.

After Maggi controversy, FSSAI orders testing of fast food brands like Top Ramen, Foodles

New Delhi: Central food safety regulator FSSAI on Monday ordered testing of various noodles, pasta and macaroni brands, including Top Ramen, Foodles and Wai Wai, manufactured by seven companies to check compliance of norms in the wake of Maggi controversy.

FSSAI has ordered the testing of fast food brands apart from Maggi. AFP

FSSAI has ordered the testing of fast food brands apart from Maggi. AFP

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has also asked for testing of four variants of “Maggi Nutilicious Pazzta with tastemakers”.

“Various test results on Maggi and some other similar products have raised serious health concerns. In view of the same, it would be advisable to draw regulatory samples for similar products for which product approvals have been granted by the FSSAI…These samples should be sent to the authorised labs for testing,” FSSAI CEO YS Malik said in letter to Commissioners of Food Safety in all states and UTs.

As per FSSAI order, the companies whose products have been listed for testing are Nestle India, ITC, Indo Nissin Food Ltd, GSK Consumer Helathcare, CG Foods India, Ruchi International and AA Nutrition Ltd.

The regulator has ordered the testing of products registered with it.

The products include Wai Wai noodles and bhujiya chicken snacks by CG Foods; Koka instant noodles from Ruchi International, Foodles by GSK Consumer Helathcare and Nestle’s Maggi instant noodles with nine variants.

Others in the list are Indo Nissin’s Top Ramen Aata Masala, ITC’s three variants of instant noodles and Yummy chicken and vegetarian noodles of AA Nutrition.

When contacted CG Foods CEO GP Sah said: “Our brands meets all regulatory standards as listed by Food Safety and Standard Authority of India. We are not closed to any tests and will cooperate with authorities if required.”

Comments from other companies could not be obtained immediately.

The development comes after the Indian unit of the Swiss multinational recalled Maggi from the markets after several states banned the famous ‘2-minute’ instant food brand as tests showed them containing taste enhancer MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) and lead in excess of the permissible limits.

Meanwhile, FSSAI on Friday banned all variants of Maggi noodles terming them as “unsafe and hazardous” for human consumption.

The regulator asked all States and UTs to “draw samples of the food products and take action as per provisions of FSS Act and other applicable laws (including IPC) qua the food items not found conforming to the applicable standards.”

FSSAI further said in the letter that “the safety of all other such products in these categories has not been assessed as per the Product Approval procedures. As such, the same are unauthorised and illegal and cannot be intended for human consumption”.

For such unauthorised products, States/UTs have been told to ensure that such products are recalled, removed from the market and destroyed.

Besides general parameters like test for preservatives and synthetic colours, the food regulator has asked all the state food safety commissioner to test for metal contaminants including lead, copper, arsenic and cadmium.

Tests for certain quality parameters and naturally occurring toxic substances would also be conducted by the States/UTs.

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Here is your rundown for the Maggi controversy

Read on to get the latest updates on the Maggi controversy.

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Maggi noodles has been at the centre of a controversy after Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) tests found higher than stipulated levels of lead and Monosodium Glutamate(MSG) in it.However, Nestle India claimed it got the samples tested in an external laboratory as well as in-house and that the product was found “safe to eat”. The updates from Wednesday regarding the Maggi controversy are explained in brief below:Delhi government bans Maggi for 15 days; demands existing stock to be taken back<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government today declared a ban on Nestle’s Maggi noodles for 15 days. Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said, “We are not fully satisfied with the submission given by Nestle officials today morning. Govt has imposed a ban on Maggi for 15 days. Company has been directed to remove their stock from market in Delhi. New stock to be brought in only after proper checking. As per prelim report the quantity of lead in Maggi was found to be more than the permissible limit, hence the ban.”Tests in Kerala find lead content in Maggi within allowed limitWhile in Kerala, the state government had banned the sale of Maggi on Tuesday itself. But on Wednesday, test of samples from laboratory of the instant food in Kochi has shown that the lead content was below permissible limit. Samples of three varieties of Maggi noodles were tested at a laboratory in Kochi and the results showed the lead content was within permissible limit, Joint Commissioner, Food Safety, D Asharafudeen said.However, test results of taste-enhancer monosodium glutamate in these products have not yet been received, the Joint Commissioner.No lapse found in Maggi noodles samples in ChandigarhChandigarh Administration on Wednesday issued orders to collect more samples of Maggi noodles even though some samples were found as per food safety standards.”As per laboratory report, no lapse was found in three samples of Maggi noodles collected from various parts of the city. The samples of Maggi noodles were found in conformity with the food safety standards,” UT Chandigarh Food Safety Cell, Designated officer, Sukhwinder Singh said.No MSG, lead found in Maggi samples in GoaSamples were taken from the market and also from the North Goa-based Nestle factory”The samples (of Maggi) which were drawn from state’s markets did not have any ingredient which is harmful. The (results of) tests for monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead (have) come negative. The samples were produced (for testing) in Goa and in Punjab facility,” said Goa Food and Drug Administration’s Deputy Director, Jyoti Sardesai.Gujarat yet to decide the banGujarat Food and Drug Control Administration had collected 39 samples on Tuesday. The Gujarat Government would decide whether to ban the sale of instant noodles Maggi after getting sample reports from laboratories on June 4.Jharkhand to take a decision on sample testing tomorrowJharkhand Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi today said his department would take a call on Maggi noodles issue tomorrow amid reports of several states sending samples of the noodles for testing.Karnataka mulling lab tests of other noodle brandsHealth Minister U T Khader said collected samples of Maggi had been sent to central government’s Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysuru and another private laboratory here but, CFTRI refused to receive the samples saying it was a legal matter. “Shockingly, CFTRI has refused to receive the samples stating it is a legal case, and hence we will give it to one more private laboratory located in Bengaluru,” he said.He also added that the state government is planning to lift samples of noodles of all companies from across the state for laboratory tests.”Now it is only Maggi, but I am thinking of randomly lifting the samples of noodles manufactured by all other companies… for laboratory tests… I am discussing it also. For us, people’s health is important, not companies,” he said.Tamil Nadu to wait for the results till weekendResults of sample tests on Maggi to determine Monosodium Glutamate(MSG) and lead contents being conducted by the Tamil Nadu government are expected by the weekend and would be sent to the Centre.”We have sent Maggi samples to test the levels of MSG and lead and the results are expected by this weekend. The next course of action will be based on the findings of the nature of results that we get and the action will be in tune with the law (Food Safety and Standards Act),” a Food Safety official said.In Coimbatore, it was reported that a taxi driver found live larvae in Nestle’s NAN PRO 3 milk powder.The Drug Administration Department (food safety wing), tested the milk powder and the initial report by one of its food analysts found live larvae in the sample.A health department official, on condition of anonymity said that they are awaiting a comprehensive report from the Government food safety laboratory.Haryana, West Bengal, Assam and Maharashtra collect Maggi samples for testingThe Health Department officials in Haryana today started lifting samples of Maggi noodles randomly from across the state for laboratory testing amid row over alleged lapses in its food safety standards.The West Bengal government has sent samples of Maggi noodles too for laboratory testing, state’s Consumer Affairs Minister Sadhan Pandey on Wednesday said.Assam government on Wednesday said it has sent 34 samples of ‘Maggi’ for testing in government laboratory.”We have collected 34 samples from all the districts and sent them to government laboratory for testing. We cannot say anything now before the reports come in,” Assam Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Sanjeeva Kumar said.Even in Maharashtra has sent 15 samples from Nashik, Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur for testing.An FDA official stated, “If lead content is positive in the samples that have been collected, the product will be ban the product with same batch numbers. FDA has the power to initiate against celebrities who have endorsed the product if the result is positive.”Avoid using Maggi for time being, says Jammu and Kashmir govtJammu and Kashmir government today advised people to desist for time being from consuming Maggi noodles and ordered tests on its samples collected from across the districts.Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Minister Choudhary Zulfkar Ali directed Directors of CAPD Kashmir and Jammu to randomly collect the samples of Maggi noodles from different districts and send them for laboratory testing, an official spokesman said.Future Group and consumer cooperative Kendriya Bhandar take Maggi off their shelvesRetail chains led by Future Group and consumer cooperative society Kendriya Bhandar have stopped selling Maggi noodles across their stores in the wake of food safety issues, dealing a further blow to Nestle India.The Future Group has 570 stores in 243 cities across different formats under brands such as Big Bazaar, Easy day, KB’s and Nilgiris.”In the interest of consumer sentiment and concerns, we have taken Maggi noodles off the shelves from all our stores for the time being. We will wait for more clarity from authorities to take any further course of action,” a Future Group spokesperson said.Likewise, consumer cooperative society Kendriya Bhandar is also withdrawing Maggi noodles from its 130 stores in and outside Delhi.”We have issued circulars to all store managers to remove Maggi from the shelves since yesterday. The process is under implementation,” Kendriya Bhandar Managing Director Jagdeesh Bhatia said. Amitabh Bachchan makes his stand clear on endorsing MaggiMegastar Amitabh Bachchan, against whom a court has ordered registration of an FIR for endorsing Maggi, today said he will cooperate with “what the law says” though he hasn’t received any notice in connection with the product that he “stopped promoting” two years ago.”I have not received any notice. As soon as I get it, I will put it up to my lawyers and we will fully cooperate with what the law says. I would also like to add that I stopped endorsing Maggi two years ago. I don’t endorse Maggi anymore now. That happened two years ago. So, I have not been associated with the product,” Bachchan said.

LIVE | If excessive amount of lead is found in Maggi, action will be taken against company: Ram Vilas Paswan

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said​ said, “Government had collected 13 Maggi samples from Delhi and the quantity of lead in 10 out 13 samples were high.”
LIVE | If excessive amount of lead is found in Maggi, action will be taken against company: Ram Vilas Paswan

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Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said that If excessive amount of lead is found in Maggi, then action will be taken against the company.A day ago, Paswan had said that the Centre is working on a new law with a provision of life imprisonment to deal with cases in which consumers of essential commodities and food items are duped.Earlier in the day, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government summoned Nestle, after samples of maggi noodles it tested were found unsafe with quantity of lead exceeding the prescribed limit. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“The government had collected 13 maggi samples from Delhi and in 10 samples out of 13, the quantity of lead was found to be quite high,” said Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain.Latest Updates:13:40 IST Wednesday, 3 June 2015If excessive amount of lead is found in Maggi, then action will be taken against the company: Ram Vilas Paswan ​13:38 IST Wednesday, 3 June 2015Food and Safety department officials collect Maggi samples in Ludhiana13:33 IST Wednesday, 3 June 2015Nestle has reportedly told Delhi government not go by the media reports saying they are misleading and Health and safety are their priority, reported ANI quoting sources.13:32 IST Wednesday, 3 June 2015* We met the Delhi Health Minister. Have made a representation, he will review it: Sanjay Khajuria, Nestle India ​12:55 IST Wednesday, 3 June 2015Meeting between Nestle officials and Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain ends​BackgroundThe decision by Delhi government against the Indian arm of Swiss multinational giant came after lab testing of samples of Maggi noodles was found to have lead exceeding the prescribed limits.Five samples of masala were also having monosodium glutamate without proper label declaration which is an offence under the category of misbranding, they said.The samples were lifted by the Food Safety Officers of the Health department after receiving a communication from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).Also read: Maggi row: Bihar court directs FIR against Amitabh, Madhuri, PreityState-run retail outlets in Kerala were ordered to withdraw these products and Karnataka and Haryana directed random lifting of this food item for scrutiny.Kerala Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob’s office said an order had been issued to temporarily stop the distribution of Maggi noodles from its retail outlets in the state forthwith till there is clarity on the safety issue.The probe into alleged lapses of food safety standards has already been expanded to test Maggi noodle samples from across the country following detection of monosodium glutamate and lead in excess of the prescribed limit in the noodles.However, Nestle India claimed it has got samples tested in an external laboratory as well as in-house and that the product was found “safe to eat”.In Karnataka, Health Minister U T Khader said that officials have been directed to randomly lift the samples of Maggi noodles from the manufacturing units and retail shops, across the state for laboratory testing.The West Bengal Food department has convened a meeting tomorrow to take a view on the Maggi row.(With PTI inputs)

Government hikes minimum import price(MIP) on areca nuts to Rs 162

Department of Commerce has decided to increase the MIP on import of areca nuts from existing Rs 110 per kg to Rs 162 per kg with immediate effect.

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The government on Wednesday said it has increased the minimum import price on areca nuts by Rs 52 to Rs 162 per kg to discourage inbound shipments of the commodity.”On account of unabetting import of areca nut from neighbouring countries such as Indonesia and Myanmar taking the advantage of low import duty provided under SAFTA and consequent representations from various stakeholders, the Department of Commerce has decided to increase the MIP on import of areca nuts from existing Rs 110 per kg to Rs 162 per kg with immediate effect,” an official statement said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) was implemented in 2006 between India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.The minimum import price (MIP) is the rate below which no imports are allowed. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has also advised its field offices to stringently adhere to the quality specifications of areca nut before clearing the import consignments, it said.”This has been done with a view to prevent inferior quality areca nut from entering Indian market and destabilise the domestic prices,” it added.The customs authorities have been advised to check the rules of origin with “utmost care” so as to ensure that areca nut grown in other countries are not imported through our neighbouring countries taking advantage of low import duty under SAFTA,” it added.The increase in the existing MIP on import of areca nuts will be in the interest of the domestic farmers, the statement said.Karnataka is the largest producer of areca nut, followed by Kerala and Assam.As per estimates, the production has been stagnant at around 6.2-6.3 lakh tonnes per year.According to a report, the value of areca nut imported into India increased by 120% in 2012-13. The country imported Rs 612.78 crore worth areca nut in 2012-13 as against areca nut worth Rs 278.13 crore in 2011-12.A major share of this was imported from Bangladesh.

Maggi in hot water as states take it off shelves

On Tuesday morning, the Haryana government ordered its Chief Medical Officers to further investigate the noodles for lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG). By the afternoon, the government in Kerala gave orders to take Maggi down from being sold in over a 1,000 government-run SupplyCo stores.

Nestle India sunk further into hot water on Tuesday as panic spread like wildfire across the country over one of its most popular products, Maggi. The day Nestle India put out its own test results declaring Maggi free from excess quantities of lead, states across India ordered it off shelves in markets and sent for further testing.On Tuesday morning, the Haryana government ordered its Chief Medical Officers to further investigate the noodles for lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG). By the afternoon, the government in Kerala gave orders to take Maggi down from being sold in over a 1,000 government-run SupplyCo stores.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, the West Bengal government decided to convene a “high-level” meeting on Wednesday of senior food department officials to look into the issue.By Tuesday evening yet another blow was dealt to the company when the Delhi Government came out strongly against the noodles. According to the government’s statement, Food Safety Officers from the state health ministry had collected 13 samples of Maggi to be tested lasted week. Results found the tastemakers (masala) of 10 of those samples were “unsafe, having lead exceeding the prescribed limits.”The prescribed maximum limit of lead is 2.5 ppm. The Delhi government said it will summon “officials of Nestle” and “initiate a case against the company for selling unsafe product and fine the company for misbranding of product”.The instant noodle that, till a few days ago, had united India for generations with its undisputed popularity is now a pariah in the eyes of customers and a nightmare come true, ever since the Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration found lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million (ppm) in samples from across the state, as well as high levels of MSG, last month. Now word on the street is that the snack that used to fly off shopkeepers’ shelves is going untouched by consumers.All this on a day when Nestle India put out results of its own tests, carried out in-house and in an external laboratory according to the company. These results declared the product “safe to eat” with lead levels within the prescribed limit.”We have also submitted samples of Maggi Noodles from almost 600 product batches to an external laboratory for independent analysis and we tested samples from almost 1,000 batches at our accredited laboratory,” said the company’s statement.Though they were silent on the MSG content, a previous statement by the company, issued on May 21, had said “We do not add MSG to our Maggi noodles sold in India and this is stated on the product concerned. However, we use hydolysed groundnut protein, onion powder and wheat flour to make noodles sold in India, which all contain glutamate. We believe that the authorities’ tests may have detected glutamate, which occurs naturally in many foods.”Though this announcement led to a brief breather for Nestle, media reports stating that their stock rebounded, it failed to cut ice with various state governments and food safety departments as the day proceeded.dna tried reaching out to Nestle India for comments but to no avail. Police asked to file FIRs against Bachchan, Madhuri, Preity A district court in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, directed the police to file FIRs against not only top Nestle officials but also Maggi brand ambassadors Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta, which has perplexed some. Shweta Purandare, the secretary general of Advertising Standards Council of India, a self regulating body that ensures the “protection of the interests of the customers” said that the onus of the content was on the advertisers, the creator of the content. She also said Nestle India was a part of ASCI, therefore committed to ensuring ethical communication to customers. According to Purandare, ASCI had not received any complaints against Maggi ads since the controversy broke out.

Maggi samples sent for lab testing in Gujarat

Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration on Tuesday collected 39 samples of Maggi noodles and sent them for laboratory testing.

Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration on Tuesday collected 39 samples of Maggi noodles and sent them for laboratory testing.”We today collected 39 samples of Maggi from across the state including Ahhmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot and sent them for laboratory testing,” Commissioner of Food and Drug Control, H G Koshia told PTI.”We are expecting the results by the end of this week and after that we will decide further course of action,” he said.The tests will be conducted to find out whether the ingredients in it are the same as the ones disclosed on the packages, and whether it is safe to consume.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A fine can be imposed if it is found that ingredients have been disclosed incorrectly or differ from what is mentioned on the package. But a criminal case can be registered if the instant noodle is found to be unsafe for consumption, he said.The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has also tested Maggi samples collected from different states in the wake of Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) finding monosodium glutamate and lead in excess of the prescribed limits in the popular snack.

Nestle India’s woes continue: Live larvae found in milk powder in Coimbatore

The company’s milk powder has been declared unsafe by the Tamil Nadu Food Safety Wing after live larvae was found in the product.

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Nestle India’s woes don’t seem to come to an end. According to a New Indian Express report, live larvae was found in Nestle’s milk powder in Tamil Nadu.The company’s milk powder has been declared unsafe by the Tamil Nadu Food Safety Wing after live larvae was found in the product.K Prem Ananth, a taxi driver from Puliakulam, Coimbatore, had purchased a 380 gram Nestle NAN PRO 3 carton fo his twins.Ananth fed one of his 18-month-old twins with the milk powder and when he was preparing another batch for the other twin, he saw the live larvae in it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The infant who was fed with the milk powder allegedly developed skin allergy following which he was admitted in a private paediatric care centre. Ananth registered a voice complaint with the customer support, after which a local area manager was sent by the company to investigate the matter. The manager offered to replace the product which Ananth refused. The manager even promised to test the powder at the company’s certified laboratory, but Ananth rejected this as he wasn’t convinced they would conduct an impartial probe.On April 29, Ananth gave the samples to the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department (Food Safety Wing) in Coimbatore.According to the news report, the Food Analysis Laboratory, Coimbatore, confirmed that the 380 gm sample contained 28 live larvae and 22 Sitophilus oryzae. This issue comes in the middle of raging controversy over finding Nestle’s Maggi noodles samples with “dangerously high” levels of lead and MSG. Brand Ambassadors Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Madhuri Dixit have been slapped with FIRs against them for endorsing the product.

People will continue waving Pakistan flags in Kashmir, says Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Hardline Hurriyat Conference on Sunday said people will continue to wave Pakistan flags at its rallies in Kashmir, as it termed the neighbouring a “well wisher”.

Hardline Hurriyat Conference on Sunday said people will continue to wave Pakistan flags at its rallies in Kashmir, as it termed the neighbouring a “well wisher”.”Pakistani flags have been waved (in Kashmir) and, In Sha Allah (God willing), will be waved in future as well as Pakistan is our neighbour and a well wisher,” hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said at a function at his residence in Srinagar. Pakistani flags have appeared at several separatist rallies in Kashmir since April 15 this year, leading to severe criticism of the state government by opposition parties.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first instance took place on April 15 during a rally organised by Hurriyat to welcome Geelani from Delhi. The state government reacted by arresting Masarat Alam and booking him under the Public Safety Act. Geelani said Kashmiris did not wish ill for India but “they have made the country their God”.

FDSA commissioner gives permission to file case against Nestle for maggi

Barabanki: Nestle India is heading for a legal trouble over safety standards of its famous Maggi noodles, as the Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) has given its go-ahead to file a case against the company and five others in a local court here.

“FSDA Commissioner P P Singh has given permission to file a case against Nestle India in a local court here,” Barabanki Food Safety Officer V K Pandey said.

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The case can be filed as early as today, or early next week, he said, while adding that the permission letter was received yesterday.

The case will be lodged against the company’s Nestle Nagal Kalan Industrial Area unit (Haroli, Una in UP), Nestle India Limited, and an Easy Day outlet, among others, Pandey said.

Earlier, the Maggi samples taken for testing were found to have had monosodium glutamate and lead in excess of the prescribed limit. Officials had collected the samples from the Easy Day store in Barabanki and sent the consignment for testing, which
showed that the quantum of lead present was 17 times more than the stipulated limit, which is considered hazardous.

There were no comments from the company. The Union Consumer Affairs Ministry has also asked the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to look into the matter while Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said yesterday that a class action suit can also be initiated in the matter if a complaint is lodged in this regard with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC).

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Restrict Amarnath Yatra to 30 days, says Hurriyar leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday said the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir Himalayas should be restricted to 30 days for “safety” of pilgrims and protection of environment.

“We advise the government to restrict the yatra to one month like Uttarakhand-Gangotri yatra time table. It will be safe for the pilgrims as well as the environment,” Geelani said addressing a public rally in Tral, 35 kilometre from Srinagar, in Pulwama district.

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Syed Shah Geelani.

This year, the yatra to the holy cave shrine will be for 59 days from July 2. Geelani also called for a complete ban on sale of liquor in the Valley.

“We demand closure of all wine shops and complete ban on liquor. We welcome tourists and yatris but we will not allow anybody to harm our centuries-old religious, cultural and moral values and our environment,” he said.

The rally, which was the first in seven years by the separatist leader in the militancy-infested township, witnessed pro-Pakistan sloganeering and waving of Pakistani flags.

At an April 15 rally too held by Geelani, Pakistani flags were waved by supporters which led to filing of case against him, his close aide Masarat Alam Bhat and others on sedition and other charges.

Bhat was arrested the next day and booked under the stringent Public Safety Act a week later.

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, S J M Gillani today said the police will examine the matter.

“So far we have no such report (about today’s incident). Let us see,” he said.

Terming Hindus, Sikhs and Christians as part of Kashmiri society, Geelani said, “We welcome return of pandits to their homes but separate townships for them is neither good for the Pandits nor the Muslims.

“Setting up of separate colonies is like dividing our society on religious lines which will harm our age old co-existence and brotherhood,” Geelani said and added that the pandits will have no threat from their Muslim brethren.

“We want to assure you that we will ensure the safety of your lives and honour,” Geelani said.

Geelani also alleged that handing out Permanent resident certificates (PRCs) at school level is a conspiracy to settle West Pakistan refugees through the “back door”. “We will oppose it tooth and nail,” he said.

He accused Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of facilitating “anti-Muslim” agenda of RSS in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Many people say PDP is a lesser evil but this party is more dangerous than any other party. Mufti only holds the chair but the power and authority lies in Nagpur and it is the writ of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (Union Home Minister) Rajnath (Singh) which runs the state,” he said.

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Truckers, bus operators put off 30 April strike due to Nepal earthquake

Patna: Bihar truckers and bus operators on Tuesday decided to defer their one-day strike on 30 April against the Centre’s Transport Safety Bill and collection of toll tax on 49 bridges by the Bihar government for relief operations in earthquake-devastated Nepal and also in Bihar.

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The decision to defer the strike for a future date was taken at a meeting of the Bihar Motor Transport Federation (BMTF), its president Udai Sinha said in a statement.

“We decided not to keep our trucks and buses off the roads in Bihar as it will hamper relief work for earthquake victims in Nepal as well as in Bihar,” he said.

The BMTF president said the strike was against the Transport Safety Bill, 2014 and to protest against collection of toll tax on 49 bridges in Bihar, besides alleged extortion at bus stands by municipal corporation and district boards in different districts.

The Transport Safety Bill has stringent punishment clauses including Rs 5,000 fine for drivers jumping red lights and not putting on seat belts.

It also has provisions to impose Rs 15,000 fine or one year jail for drunken driving. For driver of school buses the fine for drunken driving was Rs 50,000 or three years jail.

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HC issues notice to Delhi govt over ban on chewable tobacco

The Delhi High Court today sought response of city government on a plea of manufacturers against ban on sale of chewable tobacco in the national capital from March 30.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher issued notice to Food Safety Commissioner of the Delhi government while restraining it from taking any action against sellers till the next date of hearing on May 20.

“Issue notice. The respondent should not take any coercive action the sellers and the manufacturers till the next date of hearing,” the judge said.

The court’s notice was issued on a plea by a manufacturer Sugandhi Snuff King Pvt Ltd, which has sought quashing of the notification by the Arvind Kejriwal government, banning sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco including “gutkha, khaini and zarda” in the national capital.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, assisted by Vivek Kohli, appearing for the manufacturer, contended that the state government has no power to issue such a notification under the Food Safety and Standards Act.

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The counsel further stated that Sugandhi Snuff King Pvt Ltd was manufacturing a pure tobacco product governed by Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce,Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003. The manufacturer also said only the Centre has the power to regulate sale or ban and not the state government.

The manufacturer moved the high court after the Delhi government had on March 27 announced the ban on sale, purchase and storage of chewable tobacco in the city.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain had banned the sale, purchase and storage of chewable tobacco from March 30 saying enforcement teams of Delhi Police as well as Health Department have been asked to conduct surprise inspections across the city to ensure that the ban is implemented. However, no such ban was enforced on cigarettes.

Health Department officials have said there was a Delhi government notification of September 2012, which was in pursuance of a series of directions from the Supreme Court to ban gutkha in the city.

But since the ban mentioned the term “gutkha”, the tobacco retailers started selling the components of gutkha (betel nut and raw tobacco) in separate pouches. So, the purpose of banning the item was not served.

Therefore, the health department had last year started with a new proposal to ban all the raw chewable tobacco products in Delhi, a government official had said.

According to officials, gutkha is also being supplied to retailers in Delhi from neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Stepping up efforts towards tobacco control, the Health Department has also launched an innovative drive, creating a ‘Tobacco Aware Citizens’ Directory’ to spread the word about its harmful effects.

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Most Indian women feel safe travelling solo in India: survey

Mumbai: Notwithstanding various challenges, more number of women in the country do not think that travelling alone is unsafe though foreign destinations are still perceived to be safer, according to a survey.

“It is encouraging to see an increasing number of Indian women travellers planning solo travel despite the challenges that confront them. Also, it appears that lesser Indian women now perceive travelling alone in India as unsafe (only 11 per cent this year versus 33 per cent last year),” according to TripAdvisor India Country Manager Nikhil Ganju.

The leading travel site revealed the findings from its annual Women Traveller Survey 2015, collected from 1,300 female respondents in India.

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Around 10,481 women travellers participated in the survey globally, including in India.

Ganju said, foreign destinations are still perceived to be safer with only 1 per cent of Indian women indicating nervousness about travelling alone abroad.

“Clearly, much needs to be done by way of perception management as well as actual safety measures on the ground, for Indian women to feel safer in their own country, and for them to continue to pursue their desires to travel solo freely and confidently,” he added.

The report further stated that among the 41 per cent women travellers, who have travelled alone, polled Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) as the most unsafe amongst the top 10 Indian cities followed by Jaipur and Kolkata.

Among the safest cities, Ahmedabad led the way followed by Pune and Mumbai. Bangalore has dropped to number 5 spot this year from number 3 last year. .

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