In India, we cannot imagine food without adulteration, quips food minister Ram Vilas Paswan

first_imgThe government will soon bring in stringent laws to curb misleading advertisements and adulteration to guard the consumer’s interest, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday.Speaking at the ‘Mail Today Food Summit 2016’ in New Delhi, the minister expressed confidence that the new Consumer Protection Bill, 2015, will be passed in the next session of Parliament. The new bill replaces the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, which is seen as an inefficient legislation, out of step with the new market dynamics and multi-layered delivery chains.PEOPLE BELIEVE STARS, SAYS PASWANThe minister said the new law aims at providing punishment for celebrities, who as brand ambassadors endorse misleading advertisements. “When Salman Khan says he takes Revital or when Amitabh Bachchan endorses something, people do take him seriously. So we are not saying that do not involve sports or film stars in advertising your products, but do it responsibly with verifiable facts. The celebrity must also understand product claims before signing up,” he said.The new Bill also deals with adulteration. “Abroad and in the western world, people cannot imagine that there can be food adulteration. Here in India, we cannot imagine food without adulteration,” Paswan said, drawing laughter from the audience.The new bill has provisions to regulate e-commerce and direct selling, besides setting up of a regulator. It will also increase the monetary jurisdiction limits of consumer courts. While for district consumer courts it will go up to `1 crore from `20 lakh, for states it would be up to `10 crore and for the national, above `10 crore.advertisementTRYING TO IMPROVE FOOD QUALITYBesides, it will have provisions for mediation, which is absent in the current law. To a question, Paswan said, the ministry was looking into milk adulteration aware of the fact that it’s a basic necessity. “Delhiites anyway do not get fresh air or water to breathe. The poor suffer the most. For this, the ministry is trying hard to match up with global quality standards and BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) is being upgraded,” Paswan said, On the pilferage and rotting of foodgrains in open godowns, Paswan said the government was creating state-of-the-art silos of 100 lakh tonne capacity.”The spoilage rate in silos is only 0.4 per cent. It will reduce corruption and improve shelf life of grains. We are also installing CCTVs in the silos premises and introducing GPS-fitted trucks to track their movements,” he said.India gives the maximum amount of subsidy on foodgrains at the rate of `1,30,000 crore, and a buffer stock of 20 lakh tonnes so far has been created. “We are also making efforts to continuously improve the quality of food provided through central schemes like PDS (Public Distribution System), Anganwadi, Mid-Day Meal, Antyodaya, etc.,” the minister said.There are plans to popularise Indian food through participation in programmes like the recently held ‘Brazil World Food Programme’ as well. The minister said his department has also extended regional consumer helplines from 14 to 60 and developed a mobile application to lodge complaints.Raj Chengappa, Group Editorial Director (Publishing) of the India Today Group, in his welcome address, appreciated the role of Paswan as one of the most experienced ministers in the Narendra Modi’s government. The event was attended by bureaucrats and prominent traders from the food industry.last_img

What more can PV Sindhu do to win some gold medals in 2018?

first_imgIt was another final, another epic display yet another agonising loss!PV Sindhu contested her third major final in the last two years on Sunday and went within touching distance once more before falling painfully short again.It was an hour and 34-minute-long battle against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the BWF World Super Series Finals Sunday night just as Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara of Japan had fought for an hour and 50 minutes in the World Championships final in August. A year before that Sindhu went down to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the Rio Olympics final in one hour and 23 minutes. All the matches saw a similar result — Sindhu having to settle for silver.Visibly, Sindhu never gave up, she never does. It never looked like she has developed a mental blockade when it came to finals, what is it then that is stopping Sindhu from touching greatness?While the Rio Olympics final was Sindhu’s first big match where the entire country had her eyes on her, by the time the World Championships and Super Series Finals came, she was used to the expectations. In the 2016 Olympics, Sindhu had run out of ideas by the end of the match and Marin was finding angles that were tough for Sindhu to pick. Marin is one of the few left handers on the international circuit and that automatically gives her an upper hand in terms of finding angles but at that point of time, Sindhu was yet to mature.However, both the finals at Super Series Finals and the World Championships had a similar pattern to them – the fact that both those opponents were Japanese cannot be missed.advertisementHowever, what was most obvious to naked eye was how physically drained Sindhu got halfway through both those games.One can always argue that her opponents had got tired as well but clearly not as quick and as much as the Indian. And no, that doesn’t amount to Sindhu being an unaccomplished player but rather to her style of play.AGGRESSIVE GAME PLAYSindhu is a very tall athlete and that inherently enables her to cover the court incredibly well and makes her shots from the back court very powerful. And that is exactly why she is feared on the circuit.However, her opponents have got wind of that — they engage her in longer rallies, find acute angles and force her to play lunged forehand net shot, which is definitely not her strength.After Rio Olympics, Sindhu worked a lot on her endurance knowing that she was not the most skillful player but a lot of work still needs to be done.Since Sindhu is tall, bending back and forth takes up a lot of her energy and though, she has worked immensely and has improved that bit of her game, she needs far more endurance to eke out crucial points.Also, Sindhu is a very attacking player, which means she thrives on her smashes which again requires a lot of energy.The tall Hyderabadi is a very committed player and she commits herself to every point from the very beginning of the game and that is exactly what tires her halfway through the match.In Sunday’s match against Yamaguchi and even against Okuhara in August, Pullela Gopichand was seen screaming instructions at Sindhu to preserve her energy and go for decisive shots only when they are at her tips. However, Sindhu had lost a lot of her energy by then and she was hoping for Yamaguchi to make errors. But that did not happen.Yamaguchi is technically very strong and along with her fitness, that is unique to the Japanese, her ability to create shots under pressure makes her an immense threat.Both those matches, Sindhu lost through unforced errors and that only highlighted her fatigue.ROAD AHEADSindhu is already working on getting some deceptive shots up her sleeve. She already has all kinds of smashes at the tip of her frame.Despite being a very good athlete, there one aspect that is needed to make her complete — fitness.Sindhu’s fitness still needs to improve by leaps and bounds. Her opponents are constantly targetting that. Engaging her in longer rallies and draining out all her energy has become the biggest weapon to defeat her.Now, she will have to work to counter that.There are lots of skillful players on the circuit but none as powerful as Sindhu and she needs to make that her strength.last_img read more

Federer Wins Dubai Final to Join Connors in Century Club

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Add a century of career titles to Roger Federer’s staggering list of tennis achievements.The 20-time Grand Slam champion became the second male player to win 100 tour-level tournaments in the professional era when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday.Jimmy Connors is the other player to reach the milestone, and the American ended his career on 109 titles.“Welcome to the ‘Triple Digit’ tournament victory club,” Connors said in a Twitter post to Federer, “I’ve been a bit lonely — glad to have the company!!!”By beating a player nearly half his age, the 37-year-old Federer continued his record of winning at least one title every season since his first in 2001 in Milan. Eight of his victories have come in Dubai.“It’s been a long, wonderful journey . I have loved every minute,” Federer said. “It’s been tough but the sacrifice has been very, very worthwhile and we’ll see how much more I’ve got left in the tank.“Reaching 100 is an absolute dream come true for me.”As well as his record haul of Grand Slam titles, which includes a record eight wins at Wimbledon, Federer has won a record six ATP Finals and topped the rankings for a record 310 weeks — including 237 straight.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their final match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)In a battle of the generations, Federer avenged his loss to the 20-year-old Tsitsipas, a rising star from Greece, in the last 16 of the Australian Open in January.Federer broke serve in the first game and took the set on his fourth set point.The second set was more even, but Tsitsipas made the first big mistake in dumping an easy shot into the net to lose serve for a 5-4 deficit. His opponent then held serve to love to join Connors in the century club.“I’m so happy I’m still playing,” Federer said. “It all started as a junior world champion. It’s been great. I wouldn’t do it any differently.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more