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Mumbai retailers stop Maggi sales
A Mumbai retailers' organisation on Thursday ordered all members to immediately stop stocking or selling Maggi noodles till the air over its safety aspects is cleared.
 
"We have directed all our 25,000 provision stores to stop stocking and selling Maggi till the results of the Maharashtra government tests are declared," Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association (FRTWA) president Viren Shah told IANS.
 
"All food and provision stores are requested to stop selling Maggi products till the same is replaced by the company and certified by the government authority to be safe for consumer," the directive issued on Thursday morning said.
 
Besides, all other retailers have also been urged to halt Maggi sales with immediate effect, he added.
 
In the past few days, Shah said, retailers have reported a sharp drop of 50 percent in Maggi noodles sales.
 
The development came a day after the Maharashtra government cracked the whip on multinational Nestle's popular Maggi brand of noodles and sent samples collected from around the state for testing in government laboratories.
 
Food & Civil Supplies Minister Girish Bapat has said the test results are expected on Friday, and depending on the outcome the government will take further steps.
 
The samples have been picked up from Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Pune, Nagpur and are being tested in government labs in Mumbai and Pune.
 
"The samples are being tested for metallic lead content and the amount of ajinomoto salt which is used for flavouring the noodles. We expect the reports by Friday. We will accordingly decide the course of action," Bapat had told media persons on Wednesday.
 
Maharashtra Food & Drugs Authority (FDA) officials said that 25 samples, including four from Mumbai and Thane and 15 from Pune, are being tested in the FDA lab in Mumbai and a central government lab in Pune.
 
"If the reports of the Maggi noodles and the accompanying masala are positive, then we have the powers to ban the product from sale or distribution in the markets. The FDA can also initiate action against the celebrities endorsing the product in such a case," the official, requesting anonymity, said.
 
Referring to the losses suffered by retailers, Shah said it hardly matters since the dealers' margin on Maggi is barely 10 percent.

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DIY home remedies for unwanted body hair
Don't want to go through burns, ingrown hair, skin darkening or physical pain while getting rid of body hair?
 

As the World Environment Day is on Friday, let's do our bit by exploring the benefits of raw papaya paste or banana and rice flour scrub to diminish body hair rather than relying on chemical-laden products.
 
Reema Arora, cosmetic physician at capital-based Reva Clinic, says there are various DIY (do it yourself) ways to do away with body hair for some time, but they all come at a price.
 
"Shaving and depilatory creams only trim the hair without touching the roots. This can cause dryness and irritation to the skin. The creams have a darkening potential," Arora told IANS.
 
Sonam Yadav, dermatologist of Three Graces, Delhi, says shaving is quick, easy and cost effective but can also give the impression of hair thickening.
 
"Chemicals in hair removal products work by dissolving the hair protein. They often cause allergic reactions and skin darkening. A patch test must be done on the inside of the elbow or on the neck, before using any such creams. Perfumes, contaminants and additives in wax can also cause such reactions," she warned.
 
"There is laser also. It is costlier and must be done by qualified persons under doctor's supervision. It starts from approximately Rs.1,000 per session for a very small space. The number of sessions varies from person to person. It is generally between six and eight sessions," she added.
 
Bharti Taneja, founder-director of Alps Beauty Clinics, says the appearance of body hair may be diminished by going natural!
 
"Prepare a regular ubtan by mixing equal quantities of two tablespoons of gram flour, two tablespoons of sandalwood powder, one tablespoon of fresh cream, one tablespoon of mustard oil, one tablespoon of rosewater along with a few pinches of turmeric.
 
"Apply it all over the area with unwanted hair and let it sit for 15 minutes. Now, rub against the direction of the hair growth and wash away with cold water," she added.
 
Pulses can also help.
 
"Make a granular paste of masoor daal (pulse) and add some honey, sandalwood powder, multani mitti (fuller's earth) and apply all over the skin. After it semi-dries, rub it off in anti-clockwise direction and rinse away. This will also help in delaying the hair growth," said Taneja.
 
There are more easy-to-prepare pastes that you can try.
 
"Make a paste using raw papaya, aloe vera gel, gram flour and turmeric powder, and then apply on the body part. Papain (active enzyme of papaya) helps in breaking down hair follicle and prohibits hair growth," said Priti Arya, consultant, dermatology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute.
 
She also suggested to use chickpea flour, milk and turmeric paste.
 
"Sugar, lemon and honey mix is good too. This mix forms a sticky paste which helps in plucking unwanted hair," said Arya.
 
K. Veena, founder, Naturals, hair and beauty salon, says for facial skin, which is thinner and more sensitive, a natural paste made with turmeric, besan powder (chickpea flour powder), neem leaves (powdered) and raw milk can help.
 
"Apply this mixture on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. When semi-dry, massage with the tips of your fingers using slow circulation movements. The paste acts as an exfoliant, and turmeric present is a natural antiseptic known to control hair growth. Besan and milk are natural cleansers," she said.
 
A peel-off mask made of beaten egg white with a few drops of lemon is also very effective.
 
"It not only tightens and lightens the skin but also strips off hair when being peeled from the face," said Veena.
 
For hands and legs and other parts of the body with thicker skin, a slightly grainy scrub made of banana and rice flour can be used to massage all over the body before bath.
 
Results are not immediate and the key is to be patient.

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Ratan Tata invests in women wear's portal Kaaryah
In his latest personal investment, Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the Tata Group, has invested in Kaaryah, a technology enabled women's wear portal, its founder Nidhi Agarwal said on Wednesday.
 
"Yes, he (Tata) has invested in brand Kaaryah," said Agarwal, confirming Tata's latest venture capital move.
 
"We are very honoured to have him invest in his personal capacity. His investment is a great endorsement to our vision," she added.
 
However, Agarwal, who is also CEO of Kaaryah, did not reveal any financial details of Tata's newest investment.
 
Kaaryah offers western wear in 18 sizes and introduces 150 new designs and patterns every month.
 
The fashion portal launched in September 2013 focuses on offering Indian women the perfect fit for western formal wear.
 
Agarwal is an alumna of Kellogg Business School of North Western University, Chicago.
 
After retiring as the chairman of Tata Group in 2012, Ratan Tata has transformed into a prolific venture capital investor.
 
His other major investments went into Cardekho.com, Bluestone, Urban Ladder, Snapdeal, Xiaomi, Paytm and Altaeros Energies.

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