Atta noodles: Ramdev’s Patanjali among 2 firms served FSSAI notice
- Two ayurvedic firms including yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved Ltd have been served notice by the government for violating food safety norms in manufacturing atta noodles, Health Ministry J P Nadda said today.
- “The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ( FSSAI) has issued a notice to M/s Patanjali Ayurved Ltd and M/s Akash Yog Health Products Pvt Ltd on November 19 asking them to show cause as to why action should not be taken against them for violating the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act…for manufacturing, relabelling and marketing Patanjali atta noodles without obtaining valid approvals,” Nadda said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
Government cuts onion MEP to $400 per tonnne in exports boost
- The government has slashed the minimum export price (MEP) on onions to $400 per tonne, from $700 earlier, a move that is expected to encourage out-bound shipments of the commodity.
- “MEP for export of all varieties of onions… is revised from $700 FOB (freight on board) per tonne to $400 per tonne,” the Directorate General of Foreign Trade ( DGFT) said in a notification today.
- MEP is the rate below which no traders are allowed to export. The rise in MEP restricts exports and improves domestic supply.
In August, the government had hiked onion MEP to $700 per tonne, from $425, as prices at both wholesale and retail levels skyrocketed on lower output due to unseasonal rains.
According to National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF) data, wholesale prices are ruling at Rs 10-14 per kg at Asia’s biggest wholesale market for onion, Lasalgaon in Maharashtra, much lower than its peak of Rs 57 per kg in August.
India’s annual industrial output growth hits 5-year high of 9.8%
- India’s annual industrial output grew 9.8 per cent in October, its fastest pace in five years, government data showed on Friday.
- A survey of economists by Reuters had estimated output would grow by 7.8 per cent compared with upwardly revised 3.8 per cent growth in September.
NASA plans to exit International Space Station: Set eyes on the moon
- As all good things must come to an end, NASA’s long space ride with the International Space Station (ISS) in low-Earth orbit will also touch the finish line in a decade from now.
- The US space agency will move up to the cislunar space — the area of space surrounding the moon — for an ambitious human exploration programme.
- William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s chief of human spaceflight, said: “We are going to get out of ISS as quickly as we can. Whether it gets filled in by the private sector or not, NASA’s vision is we’re trying to move out.”
- As reported by Ars Technica, Gerstenmaier, while addressing an advisory council meeting recently, announced that they will be moving out of the ISS in low-Earth orbit and pursue cislunar space.
- The orbiting international laboratory – that has been a research ground for many innovating tests and some key science experiments on astronauts in a zero-gravity atmosphere that have repercussions for the Earth – is reported to become inoperative in either 2024 – or if given another extension – till 2028 at the latest.
- The ISS orbits Earth at about eight km per second. When decommissioned, NASA will likely deorbit the spacecraft and Earth’s gravitational pull and atmosphere will break it apart.
- Punjab Government today accorded approval of the State Annual Action Plan ( SAAP) amounting to Rs 3339 Crore in next 5 years for the development of the infrastructure for 16 cities selected under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
- A high level committee approved the plan and the same shall now be forwarded to the Centre for placing before the Apex Committee for approval and release of funds, an official spokesman said here.
- The Centre had issued guidelines of AMRUT with basic aim is to provide basic services – water supply, sewerage, urban transport – to households and build amenities in cities to improve the quality of life for all, especially the poor, he said.
- He said that Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC), the State Level Nodal Agency (SLNA) of Punjab engaged M/s WAPCOS Ltd (a Government of India Enterprises) as Consultant for preparing the Service Level Improvement Plans (SLIPS) for approved 16 Cities of Punjab, he said.