Exports
'Defence exports have risen in past 6 to 8 months'
The Make in India campaign would have increased India's defence exports over the past six to eight months, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday.
 
Parrikar was speaking to reporters here during a two-day visit to the state.
 
"Actual export figures will come after some time," Parrikar said, when asked if measures taken by his ministry to boost defence-related export had worked.
 
"Many of the items from defence ministry list have been de-listed, export has been opened...During last six-eight months the export NOCs are being granted online. There is no complaint...Earlier NOCs used to take months to be given; now we give them within specified time frame. I have been intimated by the industry itself that they have been getting the export NOC within the time, in fact, faster than they expect," Parrikar said.
 
Parrikar also said that the Make In India policy was the highlight of the defence procurement procedure, under which 49 percent foreign direct investment was permitted in the defence sector and on a case to case basis, the FDI could go up even up to 100 per cent.
 
He also said that currently the global component in defence procurement was a small one, and the majority of the items were made in India.
 
Parrikar also said that de-listing of nearly two-thirds of the items from the defence ministry list had encouraged manufacture and free trade in the sector.
 
"When we deleted some items, they became free-to-export, and freely tradable...So the restrictions of requirement of Defence NOC were automatically withdrawn. Almost two-third items have been removed from the list, so now you have more items which you can freely manufacture and export," Parrikar said.

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Packaging industry sees e-commerce driving next growth phase
As it completes 50 years on May 14, the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), an autonomous body under the commerce and industry ministry, sees the next phase of growth for the $25 billion (Rs.1.5 trillion) industry coming from e-commerce, as more traditional retailers also take to online selling.
 
In the process, the institute, which since its inception has focused on research, education and export promotion, also sees much demand for students pursuing the trade. The institute, accordingly, will see see inauguration of a innovation centre and the ground breaking for a new hostel.
 
Also at the commemorative celebrations will be the unveiling of a new logo crafted by the National Institute of Design.
 
"The institute has come a long way since its inception in 1966. It's a proud moment for us. What started with one centre in Mumbai has now expanded to Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. We're in the process of setting up campuses in Guwahati and Vijaywada," said IIP director N.C. Saha.
 
According to the institute, its students were in great demand, particularly with fast-moving consumer goods and pharmaceutical companies that have recognized the positive cost and brand implications of packaging. 
 
Notable among the recruiters are Hindustan Unilever, Mendelez International (Cadbury's), Nestle India, Bayer India, Reckitt Benckiser, PepsiCo, Marico, Lupin Limited and Ranbaxy, "With so many retailers now selling goods online, e-commerce has made packaging more specialized than before."
 
The institute also said the $24.6 billion market, which was growing at is about 13-15 percent had a great potential as India’s per capita consumption of packaging was just 4.3 kg, compared with 6 kg for China and 19 kg for Taiwan.
 
The celebrations will extend to the whole year with special events planned across various centres. The events planned include seminars, exhibitions, conferences and alumni-organised interactions at the Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai centres.
 
The chief guests for the inaugural function are Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao, scientist R.A. Mashelkar and Commerce Ministry Additional Secretary Rajani Ranjan Rashmi.

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Shiv Sena warns of more unrest in police department
In the wake of the homicide and suicide of two police personnel which has shocked Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on Monday sounded a note of warning about more incidents of unrest in the state police department.
 
It pointed out how Mumbai police, which fought Pakistani terrorists and sacrificed lives during the November 26, 2008, terror attacks, are now killing one another for issues like leave from duty.
 
"Like the farmers in the state, the number of suicides among even the police force is increasing. Will the home department shut the file by treating it as a simple case of homicide and suicide among colleagues?" the Shiv Sena asked in an editorial in the party's mouthpiece Saamana.
 
Such incidents - like on last Saturday when Assistant Sub-Inspector Dilip Shirke availed leave without informing the office and later in a fit of rage, shot dead Senior Police Inspector Vilas Joshi before committing suicide inside the Vakola police station - can disturb the mental equilibrium of the entire police force, it pointed out.
 
"When those very persons who are entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining law and order lose their mental balance, then in future the repercussions can be horrific," the Sena warned.
 
The edit also referred to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis -- who holds the home portfolio -- and said that contrary to perceptions about him being a "part-time home minister", he was actually an 'over-time home minister'.
 
The Sena said the police department, working over time, is losing control and colleagues are killing one another and committing suicide "and it will be better if all this can be stopped".
 
Last week's incident follows two recent cases of a policeman being arrested along with his wife in a multi-crore drug scandal and two inspectors raping a upcoming model inside a police station, which dented the image of Mumbai police.

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Leonora Machado

2 years ago

http://www.scoopwhoop.com/inothernews/br...

The very fabric of our Society is corroded.. corruption accepted, inhuman acts accepted, no moral consciousness .... Those in authority need the tact to change this. Met Vilas Joshi just once he seemed to be unlike his predecessor. He should have known things cant change overnight.

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