Daily Archive: May 14, 2018

Retail Inflation Accelerates To 4.58% In April

Annual consumer price inflation (CPI) accelerated to 4.58% in April, the government data showed on Monday. Retail or consumer inflation last month had eased for the third straight month to 4.28 per cent, driven by lower food prices. The government data, on Monday, also revealed annual wholesale price inflation (WPI) of last month that accelerated, facilitated by higher fuel and food product prices. Annual wholesale price inflation last month rose to 3.18 per cent from a year earlier, higher than a 2.47 per cent rise in March, and an increase of 2.86 per cent forecast by economists in a Reuters poll. Wholesale food prices in April rose 0.67 per cent year-on-year, compared with a fall of 0.07 per cent a month earlier, data showed.

Modi govt has spent Rs 4,343 crore on publicity: RTI

Mumbai, May 14  The Narendra Modi government has spent Rs 4,343 crore on publicity since it came to power in May 2014, an agency under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has said in reply to an RTI query.

The expenditure was incurred on advertisements in the print and electronic media as well as outdoor publicity, the central government agency said in response to the application filed by city-based RTI activist Anil Galgali.

The Bureau of Outreach Communication under the ministry said the government spent Rs 4,343.26 crore on advertising its programmes across media platforms.

This included Rs 1732.15 crore on advertisements in the print media (from June 1, 2014, to December 7, 2017) and Rs 2079.87 crore in the electronic media (from June 1, 2014, to March 31, 2018). A sum of Rs 531.24 crore was spent on outdoor publicity (June 2014 to January 2018), it said.

Tapan Sutradhar, Financial Advisor, Bureau of Outreach Communication, provided expenditure details on publicity campaigns from June 2014.

“Print media included newspapers, magazines, while electronic media covered TV, Internet, radio, digital cinema, SMSs etc. Outdoor publicity included posters, banners, digital panels, hoardings, railway tickets etc,” the reply stated.

The bureau was formed after merging three media units of the I&B ministry to ensure “credible, consistent and clear communication” by various wings of the government across media platforms.

Source: PTI

#WHO calls for trans fats to be eliminated within five years

Geneva: The world could eliminate industrially-produced trans fats by 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, unveiling a plan that it said would prevent 500,000 deaths per year from cardiovascular disease.

Trans fats are popular with manufacturers of fried, baked and snack foods because they have a long shelf life, but they are bad for consumers, increasing heart disease risk by 21% and deaths by 28%, a WHO statement said.

“Why should our children have such an unsafe ingredient in their foods?,” WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in the statement.

Sonam Kapoor, Anand Ahuja’s ‘Anand Karaj’ wedding stirs controversy over violation of Sikh tenets

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee staffers reportedly neglected the fact that the ‘kalgi’ (hackle) on the turban of the groom Anand Ahuja (Sonam Kapoor’s husband) was still intact in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib during the wedding. Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja married according to a traditional ‘Anand Karaj’