Daily Archive: June 25, 2018

Maharashtra Plastic Ban: Retail Sector Claims 50% Drop In Sales

Mumbai: The state-wide plastic ban came in to effect from last Saturday has caused a 50 per cent drop in business due to lack of packaging alternatives, according to the Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association.

“The plastic ban has led to a big loss of business at the over 3 lakh kirana stores across Maharashtra. Business is down 50 per cent,” association president Viren Shah said.

The Retailers Association of India blamed the situation to the prevailing confusion in the market, as the state administration is yet clear some doubts about what type of plastic bags is allowed.

An advisory committee headed by Praveen Pardesi, additional chief secretary to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had on June 20 allowed some relaxation in plastic packing at retail level, with non-woven carry bags being allowed as an alternate to plastic bag of 60 gsm, the RAI said.

“But, the same report has not yet been cleared as yet, and there is still confusion,” Kumar Rajagopalan of the Retailers Association told PTI.

He indicated that while the committee had sought inputs from retailers, the ban has been implemented without incorporating the minutes of the meeting, and this will cause a lot of chaos.

The government said a person who carries a single-use non-recyclable plastic item, will face a fine of Rs 5,000 for the first violation and double that amount second time and Rs 25,000 for the third offence.

Hyderabad Zoo Gets Two Giant Tortoises From Seychelles

Hyderabad: A pair of giant Aldabra tortoises, brought to India as a gift from the President of Seychelles, was today handed over to the Nehru Zoological Park here.

“A pair of giant Aldabra tortoises (male and female) which is endemic to Seychelles, both aged about 20 years, was received from Raymond A Brioche, Chief Executive Officer Botanical Garden, Seychelles, by the officials of the Nehru Zoological Park,” an official release said.

The Central Zoo Authority, New Delhi, has given its permission to house these tortoises at Nehru Zoological Park, it said. Raymond A Brioche, after handing over the two tortoises, visited the zoo. He appreciated the cleanliness and hygiene of the zoo and described its maintenance as remarkable, the release said.

Zoo Parks Director Sidhanand Kukretty, Nehru Zoological Park Curator Shivani Dogra and other officials thanked Brioche for gifting the tortoises to the Park, it added. The Aldabra giant tortoise from the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles, is said to be one of the largest tortoises in the world. (PTI)

Reliance Jio raises $1 billion term loan from Korea Trade Insurance

Mumbai: Reliance Jio (RJio), the telecommunications arm of Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), has raised a $1 billion equivalent term loan facility from Korea Trade Insurance Corp. (K-SURE) to finance the procurement of goods and services from Samsung Electronics and Ace Technologies, the company said in a stock exchange filing on Monday.

“The facility has door-to-door tenor of 10.75 years,” RIL said. “The facility is K-SURE’s largest deal in India as well as the largest deal supported by K-SURE in the telecom sector, globally.”

The loan was arranged by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp. Ltd. It also saw the participation from banks including BNP Paribas, Commerzbank AG, Citibank N.A., ING Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Mizuho Bank Ltd, MUFG Bank, Ltd and Banco Santander, S.A.

In May, Mint had reported that RIL is likely to invest Rs60,000 crore into its telecom unit this fiscal year as it sought to speed up the roll out of its broadband services and expand its wireless network. Besides, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd may also borrow Rs1 trillion.

Easy Canadian Visa Rules To Help Indian Students

Toronto: Students from India and three other countries will get faster visas to study in Canada as it has introduced major changes in visa procedures to reduce the processing time, according to Canadian immigration authority.

According to official figures, over 100,000 Indian students study in Canada and education is a key area of collaboration between the two countries. The Canadian move comes at a time when the UK’s government has decided to exclude Indian students from easier visa norms. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said it is making great strides in promoting Canada as a destination of choice for international students seeking a quality education by finding efficient ways to process applications.

*DASS members hold silent march to Rajghat demanding appropriate promotions*

New Delhi: Hundreds of employees of Delhi Administration Subordinate Services (DASS) on Monday held a silent march from Delhi Secretariat to Rajghat demanding restructuring of their cadres, lack of which has obstructed their promotions

The restructuring has been recommended by a three-member committee headed by Delhi finance secretary S N Sahai, but it has not been implemented yet.

"Our promotions are overdue since 50 years and despite recommendation by SN Sahai committee neither LG nor Delhi government is taking any step to implement it," said leader of DAAS DN Singh.

He further said, "We are launching a week long protest to register our disappointment and build pressure on government and LG."

The Delhi government employees are divided into three groups — IAS, DANICS and DASS. After IAS (AGMUT cadre) officers, DANICS are considered the second highest cadre. DANICS officers are also appointed through UPSC examination, while DASS board appoints its employees.

“Despite decades of experience, DASS employees remain at lower rungs of bureaucracy. If restructuring is done, they can become deputy secretary, joint secretary and special secretary — posts currently enjoyed by IAS and DANICS officers,” said Deepak Bharadwaj, general secretary, Delhi Government Employees Welfare Association that represents DASS employees.

Bharadwaj claimed that DANICS officers have always obstructed efforts to restructure DASS cadre. The rules said the DASS employees can get these posts after restructuring.

DU releases second cut-off, 98.25% for Economics at SRCC

The Delhi University on Sunday released its second cut-off list for undergraduate courses, with SRCC having a cut-off of 98.25% for Economics Honours and 97.37% for BCom Honours. Lady Shri Ram College, Hindu College and Miranda House have closed admissions for several BA courses. Over 25% of the 56,000 seats at the university were filled after the first cut-off.

Tikamgarh: A Dalit man Dayaram Ahirwar was thrashed and casteist slurs were hurled at him after he drove past the house of the Village headman on a motorcycle.

Tikamgarh: A Dalit man Dayaram Ahirwar was thrashed and casteist slurs were hurled at him after he drove past the house of the Village headman on a motorcycle. Four people have been arrested.