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A Krishna heritage circuit to come up around Mathura-Vrindavan
The Uttar Pradesh government has announced a Braj Heritage Planning Board to suggest ideas and monitor implementation of projects in the Braj area
 
It's a land steeped in Indian folklore, a land where Lord Krishna and his 'gopis' (consorts) are believed to have once romped in gay abandon. Now, the tourism ministry is set to spend over Rs.120 crore ($20 million) on the infrastructural development of the Mathura-Vrindavan pilgrimage circuit, a move that will transform the profile of a land visited by millions round the year.
 
The Uttar Pradesh government has announced a Braj Heritage Planning Board to suggest ideas and monitor implementation of projects in the Braj area. The union government has already declared Mathura a heritage city.
 
Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma at a function held last week told mediapersons that a new international airport would be sited along the Yamuna Expressway that links Mathura to Agra on one end and to Greater Noida on the national capital's outskirts on the other.
 
Stating that a new circuit centred around the cult of Lord Krishna, part of the Hindu Trinity and one of its most beloved personal gods, is being developed from Akshardham in Delhi to Mathura, the minister said Rs. 120 crore would be spent on developing the "Braj Chaurasi Kos" that includes Vrindavan, Goverdhan, Gokul, Barsana, Nandgaon, Kokila Van, Sher Garh and Mahavan areas.
 
Mathura's Member of Parliament and Bharatiya Janata Party leder Hema Malini wants the airport to come up at Mahavan in Mathura district on the Expressway. Both the Uttar Pradesh and central governments appear keen to speed up development of the Braj area which draws tourists and Krishna devotees from across the world.
 
"With so much money pouring in, the profile of the Sri Krishna land is set to change in the coming years," Braj Mandal Heritage Conservation Society president Surednra Sharma told IANS.
 
The region, however, has been facing a tough time in the wake of widespread encroachments and traffic snarls for a long time, giving commuters a difficult time while visiting this place.
 
The authorities have, however, started initiating strong steps now against encroachments.
 
A major anti-encroachment drive to clear roads leading to Goverdhan and the district's Sonkh town from the national highway, ahead of the month-long festival season, has been launched with discernible results.
 
"We had written so many times to the district administration but there was no result. Now now it seems the process has begun against encroachment," Braj Bachao Samiti member Rhais Qureshi told IANS.
 
"Holi Gate, Deeg Gate and Bharatpur Gate areas continue to remain heavily encroached upon. The administration is worried because the annual Mudiya Poonau fair will draw over eight million pilgrims and thousands of vehicles," according to local activists.
 
"The Mandi crossing was the biggest bottleneck for thousands of daily commuters. The administrative machinery had been reluctant to clear the encroachments due to political pressure," the activists alleged.
 
In one instance, the "anti-encroachment drive was abruptly halted for some time on the Goverdhan crossing three days ago due to a well-connected roadside hotel owner," a source said.
 
Denying any such incidents, city magistrate Vinay Kumar told IANS: "We are not afraid of anyone. We demolished the walls and the person who opposed was told in no unclear terms that no one would be spared."
 
"The campaign will continue and we will remove all bottlenecks," he added.
 
The entire city is dwarfed by encroachments. Thousands of pilgrims who visit Braj Mandal daily have to face traffic snarls for hours.
 
According to Vijay Kant Katara, of Braj Bachao Samiti, there is not a single crossing in the city without encroachments. "You cannot even move on foot. Interestingly, traffic policemen are never available to manage the movement of vehicles," Katara told IANS.
 
The situation in Vrindavan is worse, as motorists from Delhi, Noida and Agra headed for Mathura or Vrindavan these days are facing all kinds of problems. Luxury buses are stranded for hours or are made to hold up by corrupt policemen.
 
District authorities keep experimenting with traffic plans, though the problem remains, said Mathura residents Ashok Agarwal and Pavan Kumar.

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Detergent in Mother Dairy milk? Company refutes allegation
Two samples of milk produced by Mother Dairy have been found to be substandard, and one of them contained detergent, a food watchdog official said on Tuesday. A Mother Dairy official denied the charges, saying the company conducts "stringent quality tests", and the substandard milk was wrongly attributed to it.
 
Ram Naresh Yadav, chief of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department in Agra, said two samples were taken from Mother Dairy's collection centres in Bah tehsil, 70 km from Agra city, in November 2014.
 
"The samples were sent to the Lucknow laboratory which declared both of them substandard. The company challenged the results and demanded the samples be sent to the Kolkata lab, which too found them defective. In fact, the Kolkata lab found one sample contained detergent," Yadav told IANS.
 
However, a Mother Dairy official denied that the milk supplied in pouches was substandard.
 
"It is very unfortunate that the samples collected at the village level are being wrongly attributed to Mother Dairy," Sandeep Ghosh, business head for milk at Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd., told IANS.
 
"We would like to clarify that at Mother Dairy, milk undergoes four levels of thorough testing at input, processing, dispatches and even at market level. Every tanker of milk reaching our plants passes a series of 23 stringent quality tests to check any deviation from defined parameters.
 
"These tests assist in detecting contamination of milk through water, urea, detergent, oil, etc. For any such adulteration, the milk is immediately rejected from further action. Only after securing clearance from all quality measures, the milk is then accepted for processing and re-examined after processing," Ghosh said.
 
The Mother Dairy official said that as a "responsible organisation", they follow "100 percent testing protocol rather than resorting to random testing procedures".
 
"To ensure only best and safe quality milk reaches our consumers, we make sure that every batch of milk is again tested before dispatch."
 
He also said Mother Dairy follows a "unique practice" of testing its own milk at retail points too.
 
Around 100 samples from the market are tested on a daily basis, thus ensuring that the products available are safe for consumption, Ghosh said.
 
The spokesperson said supplies were often rejected by the company if found to be substandard.
 
"The rejections are due to quality concerns and may vary. We rejected 10 milk tankers in December 2014. The rejected milk is not permitted inside our premises and returned back to suppliers," the official said.

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COMMENTS

Pradeep Kumar

1 year ago

My position on Nestle was clarified on earlier article on Maggie post: that it is not an food safety issue, but a trade war issue.
This only confirms it.
The context, timing and intend proves just that.
I am supremely confident that when more details, if it ever come out, it will be revealing the point I had made.

Bhaskar

1 year ago

I don't understand,to earn few money more, why the hell people do this kind of stupid things and made us ill. We people should boycott such kind of product.

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Pradeep Kumar

In Reply to Bhaskar 1 year ago

This exactly is the response intended to be produced,and expected.
When the Western Insurance companies were coming in, they found it impossible to penetrate the INDIAN market, for the ROCK SOLID faith held by the LIC. So LIC went back on its policy half way through its run( a woman's special scheme on that) to demolish that faith. That helped.
The intend,context and timing may also be taken into consideration to arrive at correct conclusions, so as not to function as unpaid merceneries of somebody's war.

Cherian Joseph

1 year ago

This type of adulteration can only be done by small time and fly by night vendors of milk. A company selling 32 Lakh Liters Per Day of milk in Delhi and NCR cannot wait to prepare the whole quantity of milk with detergent or any other adulterants. If it was the case then all the detergent manufacturers would have been only the direct vendors of the raw material to Mother Dairy. Furthermore, UP is the pioneer is making synthetic milk, hence there is no iota of doubt that the milk samples from this place to be devoid of adulteratin with detergent and edible oil and so on......

Cherian Joseph

1 year ago

This type of adultration can only be done by small time and fly by night vendors of milk. A company selling 32 Lakh Liters Per Day of milk in Delhi and NCR cannot wait to prepare the whole quantity with detergent. Then all the detergent manufacturers would have been only the direct vendors of the raw material to Mother Dairy. Furthermore, UP is the pioneer is making synthetic milk, hence there is iota of doubt milk samples from this place to be devoid of adultratin with detergent and edible oil and so on......

India's May trade deficit falls as exports, imports decline
India's trade deficit in May registered a three-month low at $10.41 billion -- nearly 8 percent lower than the figure for the same month last year at $11.24 billion, commerce ministry data showed on Tuesday.
 
Exports shrank by over 20 percent in May to $22.34 billion, continuing the declining trend for the sixth straight month, caused by the global economic slowdown, fall in crude oil prices and appreciation of the rupee.
 
The country's exports in May 2014 stood at $27.99 billion. Imports, too, declined 16.52 percent to $32.75 billion.
 
Oil imports dropped 40.97 percent in May to $8.53 billion. Non-oil imports also fell by 2.24 percent to $24.21 billion.
 
Gold imports, however, grew 10.47 percent to $2.42 billion in May.
 
India posted exports of $310.5 billion in 2014-15, that fell short of the fiscal's export target of $340 billion.

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