Kerala bans gutka, pan masala products

Kerala is the second state to ban the use of gutka and pan masala after Madhya Pradesh

Thiruvananthapuram: Citing increasing incidence of diseases like oral cancer, the Congress-led UDF Government in Kerala on Friday announced a ban on the manufacture and sale of gutka and pan masala containing tobacco in the state with immediate effect, reports PTI.

Announcing the decision at a press conference, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the ban on gutka and pan masala containing tobacco and nicotine was enforced under the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Regulation Act, 2011.

Kerala is the second state to ban the use of gutka and pan masala after Madhya Pradesh.

The increasing incidence of gutka-induced diseases like oral cancer had prompted the government to ban the products, Chandy said adding the Commissioner of Food Safety (Kerala) had issued the notification banning these products on 22nd May.

The government would strictly enforce the ban and take strong action in case of any violation, he said.

Chandy said he had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking a total ban on these products in the country. However, the Centre had replied last month that the states had the jurisdiction to ban gutka and pan masala under the Food Safety and Standards Regulation Act, 2011.

The notification issued by the Commissioner prohibits the manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of these products that contain tobacco and nicotine, in whatsoever name it is available in the market today.




5 years ago

Congress led Kerala government is trying to be too good with this ban on Pan Masala. Ask them to ban liquor, which is creating worse health problems, nuisance to society and also eating into the common man's household income. They won't dare do it! Because it is bringing crores of revenue into the Government Treasury.

Then this ban on pan masala is just a show to fool the public.


5 years ago

I think the Government, going by the contents of the news, has underestimated the intelligence of Indian Citizens. And normally with the support of political and governments contacts, they become super intelligent. There should be a ban on purchase, , transporting, storing, possession, gifting and consuming these things too, unless it is already there and not mentioned in the news. When there is a ban on sale, it means it can not be sold in Kerala, though it can be purchased. One can buy it in some other state and bring it to Kerala.


5 years ago

The tobacco is a problem NOT paan and its masala, like katha, elaichi, saunf, laung, etc. Some strange concoctions (which have little to do with genuine paan) are filled with some horrible sweet paste, artificial flavours, dyes, aluminium wark and, god forbid, even a cherry on top or whatever that red decoration is.

As for spitting, those who eat tobacco feel a burning sensation, (I am told) and hence spit. Ordinary paan certainly dos not create this burn. Anybody spitting publicly should be whipped and then made to wash the street or wall: spitting would stop overnight.

Reliance Infra Q4 net profit flat at Rs411.46 crore

Despite posting a hefty rise of about 90% in its total operating income, RInfra's net profit remained flat due to higher expenditure and finance cost

Mumbai: Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) on Friday reported a muted growth in consolidated net profit at Rs411.46 crore for the March quarter against Rs410.88 crore of the year ago period, despite posting a hefty rise of about 90% in its total operating income, reports PTI.

The quarterly results were impacted largely due to rise in expenditure and finance costs. While total expenditure of the company rose by over 84% to Rs6,739.98 crore, its finance cost was up over two times to Rs419.30 crore during the quarter.

Total operating income of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) company was Rs7,135.31 crore during the January-March quarter, an increase of about 90% vis-a-vis Rs3,757.89 crore of the corresponding quarter of FY11, RInfra said in a filing to the BSE.

The company has presence in various segments of infrastructure sector, including roads, EPC, metro rail, airports, power generation, transmission and distribution.

For the full year 2011-12, the company reported a growth of 2.3% in consolidated net profit to Rs1,586.81 crore, while its total operating income was up 59.5% to Rs24,271.80 crore.

The company said in a separate statement that it has invested Rs4,363 crore of equity in its various infrastructure special purpose vehicles till March 2012.

The ADAG company added that it is expecting to commission the Mumbai Metro Line with in the current financial year and has completed 90% of the civil work.

It added that the company's EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) division reported a 3.7 times increase in its revenues to Rs11,048 crore in the last fiscal. Its order book, as on March 2012, stood at Rs17,280 crore.

Besides, the company is also expecting tariff revision to happen soon for its power distribution firms in Delhi and Mumbai.

The infrastructure major is also planning to commission its cement manufacturing unit of 5 million tonnes capacity at Butibori in Maharashtra during the second quarter of the current fiscal, the statement said, adding that construction of cement plant at Maihar, Madhya Pradesh is also on.

Company's Board has recommended a dividend of Rs7.30 per share for the full year, it added.

Shares of the ADAG firm closed today at Rs463.05 apiece on the BSE, up 1.9% from the previous close.


Ranbaxy hires consultants as part of consent decree with USFDA

The USFDA had banned 30 generic drugs produced by Ranbaxy at its Paonta Sahib and Batamandi, both in Himachal Pradesh and Dewas in Madhya Pradesh facilities, citing gross violation of approved manufacturing norms

Tokyo: Pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd Friday said it has hired two US-based consultants to advise it on remedial work to be done at its manufacturing units in India as part of a consent decree signed with the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to revoke ban imposed by the US health regulator.

The company said it expects the consultation process to be completed before the quarter ending June this year, following which it can get ahead with the residual work.

"We have engaged two consultants from US. These consultants will come and visit our plants. After they have seen, they will tell us if there is and what is the residual work that we need to do..." Ranbaxy CEO & Managing Director Arun Sawhney told PTI.

Asked how long the process will take, he said: "...all of this is going to happen before quarter ending June."

On the overall time that is expected to take for the ban to be lifted, Sawhney said: "The time is governed by certain steps we will have to take in the consent decree. One of the things to estimate how early we can get back into business is to make an assessment of how long will it take us to do some of those measures."

The company had signed a consent decree with the US FDA in December last year, which was then filed with the US District Court of Maryland in January this year.

Under the decree, the company had committed to further strengthen procedures and policies to ensure data integrity and to comply with current good manufacturing practices in order to lift ban imposed on its plants in India by the USFDA.

Ranbaxy's facilities at Paonta Sahib and Batamandi (both in Himachal Pradesh) along with Dewas (in Madhya Pradesh) have been on FDA import alert since 2008.

The USFDA had banned 30 generic drugs produced by Ranbaxy at these three units, citing gross violation of approved manufacturing norms.

Ranbaxy had also closed its Gloversville facility in New York in July last year.

According to the USFDA, the consent decree also prevents Ranbaxy from manufacturing drugs for introduction to the US market and for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Programme at the Paonta Sahib, Batamandi, Dewas and Gloversville facilities until drugs can be manufactured at such facilities in compliance with US manufacturing quality standards.


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