Goa tightens ban on gutka, pan masala

first_imgThe ban on consumption of tobacco products such as gutka and pan masala has been tightened in Goa with the State Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) banning the products under the Food Safety Standards Act (FSSA), 2006. The Act came into force in 2011.Salim Veljee, Goa Director of FDA, said the gutka lobby was trying to exploit loopholes in the ban under Public Health Act by separating Ghutka from pan masala using packaging gimmicks. “By banning the products under the FSSA, the loophole has been fixed. This ban makes everything consumed orally associated with tobacco as food.”As per Food and Safety Standards Authority of India, under the Act, gutka and pan masala consumed in any form and used in any type of containers for production, sale, consumption and storage will be banned for one year.last_img read more

U.P. plans law against organised crime

first_imgThe Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday gave its nod to a new law against organised crime in Uttar Pradesh along the lines of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). At a meeting presided by the Chief Minister, the State cabinet approved the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act, 2017.The BJP government is expected to introduce the proposed legislation in the Winter Session of the State Assembly, which commences from Thursday. The government said the UPCOCA was brought to check and curb acts of oganised crime and mafia, including land grabs, illegal mining, sale of illegal medicine and illicit liquor, wildlife smuggling, extortion, abduction syndicates as well as white-collared criminals. The draft of the proposed law, which could be tabled in the Assembly soon, was prepared in consultation with the State Law Department and after an “intensive study” of MCOCA, Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma said. A similar law was passed by the Uttar Pradesh government in 2007-08 when Mayawati was in power but it had to be withdrawn after then President Pratibha Patil refused to give it assent. Shrikant Sharma, U.P. Cabinet Minister, said it was the BJP government’s “priority” to make the State “free from injustice, crime and fear, and establish the rule of law.”Under the UPCOCA, the State would be empowered to seize the property of those implicated by the law during the period of investigation and properties acquired by people through illegal activities and organised crime would also be seized. State security would also be withdrawn from persons booked under the the law. Special courts would be set up for the trial of cases under UPCOCA for speedy conclusion. “Criminals will not be able to roam free for too long,” said Mr. Sharma.The government is introducing the UPCOCA when it already has a stringent law to check crime syndicates, the Gangsters Act. However, the UPCOCA would have 28 provisions in addition to the Gangsters Act.S.R Darapuri, retired IPS officer, was critical of the UPCOCA. He said the present laws were sufficient to deal with crimes in UP and there was no need for a special Act. Mr. Darapuri also said that the general experience was that “all such laws were misused against the weeker sections of the society,” in particular Dalits and Muslims.”These Special Acts do not help much in controlling crime. The need is for the existing laws to be implemented uniformly. There is a tendency to add more laws to cover up failure of the state in implementing existing laws,” Mr. Darapuri told The Hindu.last_img read more

Navotas nears playoff berth

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Navotas’ victory also formally knocked Mandaluyong out of playoff contention as the El Tigre absorbed a 60-76 defeat to the San Juan Knights in the first game.The Knights leaned on John Wilson’s all-around performance of 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals to whip a Mandaluyong squad that has shown little fight after a 5-0 start. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants P3.5-billion sports training center rising in Pangasinan Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Jai Reyes exploded for a career-best 33 points as Navotas pulled the rug from under Manila, 96-92, to close in on a playoff spot in the North division of the MPBL Datu Cup at San Andres Sports Complex.The former Ateneo star, who transferred from Laguna early in the season, hit seven triples before wrapping up the victory with two free throws with 12 seconds remaining as the Clutch secured their 11th win in 23 games for sixth spot.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View commentslast_img read more

NEUTD to start pre-season in Imphal

first_imgHere is what #HeadCoach Joao has to say about our foreign signings for Season 4 of the ISL- Indian Super League… #NEUFC #8States1United pic.twitter.com/gD0ZAsx2gA— NorthEast United FC (@NEUtdFC) September 15, 2017 Indian Super League ISL 2017: NorthEast United to begin pre-season on September 27 Goal Last updated 2 years ago 21:00 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Joao Deus NorthEast United FC ISL NEUFC Indian Super League NorthEast United The John Abraham-owned franchise shall travel to Turkey for the second part of the pre-season and play a few practice games… Indian Super League (ISL) side NorthEast United FC are set to begin their pre-season training on September 27, Goal has learnt. Joao De Deus and company will assemble in Imphal, Manipur for ten days to a fortnight before heading off to Turkey.The Highlanders are set to play a charity match against NEROCA FC with whom they have formed a five-year strategic partnership to develop football in the state of Manipur and surrounding regions.After training in Imphal, the club shall undergo the second half of the pre-season in Turkey where they are expected to play a few friendly matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing NorthEast United are one of the only two franchises in the ISL who have failed to qualify for the knockout rounds in the last three editions.Fans would hope that this time around the club can do justice to the massive fan following it enjoys in the northeastern region.last_img read more