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FSSAI to study consumption pattern of caffeinated beverages
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has initiated a study on consumer behaviour and consumption pattern of caffeinated and energy drinks across the country.
 
The regulatory body will review the intake of caffeine and other ingredients in these drinks after conducting the study, an official said.
 
"The consumption of caffeinated and energy drinks in India has shown an upward trend during the past decade. The FSSAI intends to review the caffeine standards after a detailed study on the consumption pattern of these drinks," a senior FSSAI official, who did not wish to be named, told IANS.
 
According to the draft standards notified by the FSSAI, caffeinated beverages are classified as water-based non-alcoholic flavoured drinks and should contain not less than 145 mg per litre and not more than 320 mg per litre total caffeine from whatever sources it may be derived in the formulation of the product.
 
The regulatory body has also invited expressions of interest for appointment of a suitable agency to conduct the study, he said.
 
The Expression of Interest (EoI) needs to be submitted along with technical and financial bids by July 30. The bids will be valid for three months from the date of submission.
 
A bidder would be selected by August 25, and is required to complete the proposed study and give the report by November 30, the official added.
 
The FSSAI lays down science-based standards for food products and regulates their manufacturing, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure the availability of safe food for human consumption.

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Arun Sarin joins Ola's board as independent director
Ola has appointed Arun Sarin, former chief executive officer of Vodafone Group Plc, on its board as an independent director, a company statement said here on Tuesday.
 
Sarin, with over 30 years of management experience, will contribute in an advisory role to Ola's overall business strategy to drive its further growth.
 
"Arun brings a global perspective and a strong understanding of emerging markets like India. His experience in management and in growing large companies is invaluable to Ola," Bhavish Aggarwal, chief executive officer and co-founder of Ola, said.
 
"Ola is creating immense value in the transportation and mobility space in India. The company has scaled rapidly to benefit customers and partners using technology and innovative business models," Sarin said.
 
Sarin began his career as a management consultant before joining Pacific Telesis Group in 1984. He held a series of senior management positions with Pacific Telesis and went on to become the president of AirTouch Communications after the demerger from Pacific Telesis Group.

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Shivraj recommends CBI probe into Vyapam scam
Bowing to mounting pressure, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday recommended a CBI probe into the Vyapam recruitment scam that has reportedly claimed over 40 lives.
 
Addressing the media, a grim looking Chouhan said he was dispatching a letter to the Madhya Pradesh High Court requesting that the Central Bureau of Investigation be allowed to probe the scandal.
 
"In a democracy, the ruler should be above suspicion," he said. "There are questions in people's minds. People want to know the truth. Questions in people's minds have to be answered. 
 
"I bow my head to people's wishes... I am sending a request to the high court that the CBI should be allowed to investigate the case."
 
Chouhan, however, made it clear that he had full faith in the investigation by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) done so far which he underlined was being monitored by the high court.
 
Answering questions later, he said he had not discussed his decision to go for a CBI probe with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now on a visit to Central Asia.
 
Tuesday's announcement follows increasing number of deaths of people allegedly linked to the Vyapam scam in one way or the other. 
 
On June 4, Akshay Singh, a television journalist covering the story in Madhya Pradesh, died mysteriously. The next day, a college dean from Madhya Pradesh who was helping the investigators was found dead in his hotel room in Delhi.
 
And on Monday, a woman police trainee recruited through the state-run Vyavasaik Pariksha Mandal (Vyapam) was found dead in Sagar district though the police denied any link with the scam.
 

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