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Now bulk of Maggi noodles worth Rs.320 crore is fuel for cement factories
Valuing its Maggi noodles stocks at around Rs.320 crore, Nestle India on Monday said a good part of it was being incinerated at five cement factories across the country into fuel.
 
The company also said the recall process is one of the largest in the history of India's food industry.
 
"The actual recall of Maggi noodles from the market is an immensely complex and a mammoth activity - he largest in the history of Nestle," Luca Fichera, executive vice president of the supply chain in India, said in this Haryan town, some 90-odd km from the national capital.
 
"The trust of our consumers is extremely important for us and despite the enormity, we are focused on completing this efficiently and as fast as feasible," Fichera added.
 
He said at the Nestle warehouse here that an estimated 27,420 tonnes of Maggi noodles were in the market on June 5, when the product was decided to be recalled.
 
Explaining the process of recall as complicated, Fichera said Nestle has eight factories across India, out of which five produced Maggi noodles.
 
The company has 38 distribution centres where the products are stored. Maggi noodles are thereafter sold to 1,400 distributors across the country, following which they are no longer under Nestle's direct control. They are sold to other distributors or to retailers, he added.
 
Nestle India said stocks of Maggi noodles worth Rs.210 crore were being withdrawn from the market and destroyed even as another Rs.110 crore worth of finished and related material stocks remained at its factories and distribution centres.
 
"These are broad estimates because it is impossible to calculate the final figure while the withdrawal is taking place," the company added in a filing with stock exchanges.
 
According to Neilsen's survey, Nestle's Maggi noodles are expected to be in the shelves of about 3.5 million retail outlets across the country.
 
"We need to source over 1.4 million cartons to transport all the Maggi packets to our facilities, as they are no longer in cartons but in packets on the shelves. This also involves thousands of trucks and manpower to collect the packets," said Ashish Pande, the head of supply chain in India.
 
As on Saturday, 5,848 tonnes of Maggi noodles were collected from the market shelves by Nestle distributors and 5,635 tonnes of noodles reached distribution centres from where 169 tonnes of noodles were incinerated so far. The process of incineration has been operational since June 9.
 
"This was the most environment friendly solution to destroy the recalled Maggi noodles -- to convert them into fuel," said Fichera.
 
The current capacity of destruction is 700 tonnes of Maggi noodles across five incineration facilities. It will take at least 40 days to completely destroy 27,420 tonnes, Pande said.
 
The food safety regulator had ordered Nestle to withdraw Maggi noodles after some samples were reportedly found to contain higher-than-permissible levels of lead -- a finding that was rejected by the company, saying its own independent tests suggested otherwise.
 
Nestle since moved the Bombay High Court, challenging the order. The court has issued notice to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the regulator, and other respondents and posted the matter for hearing on June 30.
 
Among other matters, the Swiss multinational firm has urged the court to quash the June 5 order asking the company to withdraw and recall all its nine Maggi variants and the oats noodles from the Indian market.
 
The company said it halted the production of Maggi noodles in its factories since June 5 and decided to withdraw it from the market. It has continued to maintain: "Maggi is safe for consumption."

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Petrol hiked by 64 paise/litre, diesel cut by Rs.1.35 in Delhi
Citing a fall in international diesel rates, state-run Indian Oil (IoC) on Monday cut the fuel price by Rs.1.35 per litre, while increasing that of petrol by 64 paise a litre effective midnight.
 
Both rates include state levies in Delhi, the IOC said here.
 
"Prices of petrol and diesel were last revised w.e.f. May 16, 2015. Since last price change, there has been an increase in international prices of petrol, while international prices of diesel have shown a downward trend," the oil marketer said in a statement.
 
The price of petrol per litre from Tuesday will be Rs.66.93 in Delhi, Rs.74.42 in Kolkata, Rs.74.78 in Mumbai and Rs.70.12 in Chennai.
 
Diesel will cost Rs.50.93 a litre in Delhi, Rs.55.45 in Kolkata, Rs.58.37 in Mumbai and Rs.54.29 in Chennai.
 
IOC on May 15 hiked petrol price by Rs.3.13 a litre and diesel by Rs.2.71 a litre, including state levies.
 
The Indian basket of crude oil cost $62.83 a barrel on the last trading day on Friday. A barrel equals 159 litres.

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Spiritual Soujourn in Govardhan
There’s more to Mathura than just the usual trip during Holi
 
This may be a tiny little town in the nondescript district of Mathura (Uttar Pradesh); but its religious significance goes back thousands of years, steeped in the Indian epics. Tourists and pilgrims, from all over India and abroad, flock to this holy town throughout the year, to offer their obeisance to Lord Krishna and his consort Radha. 
 
Situated around a wide hill, popularly known as Giriraj Parvat, Govardhan is one of the holiest places. Hindus believe that Lord Krishna came as a saviour of the people here and protected them from devastating rains caused by the wrath of Indra, the Lord of thunder and rain. He lifted the entire Giriraj Parvat on his index finger and sheltered the villagers under it. 
 
After saving them, Lord Krishna urged the villagers to worship Govardhan Parvat. Thus, inhabitants stated worshipping the hill, mainly by doing a parikrama (circumnavigation) around it. The village has since been celebrating this worship as Govardhan puja (worship) every year, a day after the festival of lights, Diwali. 
 
Govardhan is well-connected by air, road and rail. The nearest railway station is Mathura Junction; from there, one can hire autos or cabs to reach the town which is around 150km from Delhi. 
 
I hit the road from Delhi and took the expressway as soon as my car crossed Noida. It was May and the weather was mercilessly hot. The car sped along the highway at a comfortable speed. I just had to halt midway for lunch, two hours after starting from Delhi. 
 
After an hour, we took off from the highway and veered towards the town of Vrindavan. This is another holy place which completes the pilgrim circuit of Mathura, Vrindavan and Govardhan. Our car passed the narrow lanes of the town. The roads were flanked by temples and sadhus (sages) in saffron. Govardhan is about 20km from Vrindavan. Once we entered Govardhan, it was well past 3.30pm and I stopped by a roadside tea-stall. Many young and elderly people—families, students, couples, et al—were walking barefoot performing the parikrama along the perimeters of Giriraj Parvat. 
 

Soon, we reached Shri Brij Vasundhara Resort, a luxurious abode amidst the natural surroundings of the forests and verdant greens, my residence for the weekend. I spent the rest of the day in leisure within the resort and ventured out next morning. I woke up at 6.30am to catch the morning prayers—aarti. I sped past the sights of devotees doing their parikrama early in the morning with their families. It is this parikrama which attracts believers from far and beyond. 
 
The parikrama is an arduous form of walking barefoot around Govardhan Parvat and covers a distance of 21km. There is no fixed timing to complete it and you can start at any time. Walk at your own pace, take rest, and then begin again. But once you start, you have to finish the circumnavigation. There is another difficult form of the parikrama called dandavata (prostration) which takes weeks and months to finish. For this, a devotee offers obeisance by lying flat and then rolling round the hill. In fact, I saw many devotees doing the dandavata on the way to Radha Kund Temple. 
 
The parikrama usually starts from Mansi Ganga Lake and ends in the same place. The entire journey of 21km takes over five to six hours for many as they walk past shrines, tanks, lakes, shilas (stone sculptures) of gods or goddesses, such as Radha Kund, Shyam Kund, Mukharavinda, Kusum Sarovar, Panchari and Danghati. 
 
Next, I went to Shri Chaitanya Temple to offer my prayers to Lord Krishna. The 25-year-old temple looked resplendent in sunshine. Cast in red sandstone, there are intricate murals (of Radha and Krishna) on the exterior walls of the temple. Flowers were blooming in its premises which attracted hundreds of colourful butterflies. If you are in Govardhan, a visit to this Temple is a must. 
 
Next on my itinerary were Radha Kund, Mansi Ganga and Kusum Sarovar. Kusum Sarovar is a huge lake beautifully enclosed in a protected premise. It looks resplendent against the background of the rising sun or in sunset. There weren’t many tourists here but lot of locals who came with their families and friends. 
 
My evening schedule started with a visit to Danghati Temple where I saw hundreds of devotees performing their parikrama. The evening aarti was going on inside Lord Krishna’s temple in Danghati. The sounds of the bells and aarti are mesmerising and touch your soul! 
 
The Temple is flanked by four or five shops selling offerings for worship. You can buy small packets of red rose and yellow sunflowers, a glass of milk and sweets to offer to the Lord. Tej Veer, a young lad, said: “I have been in this business for many years now. It was started by my forefathers. This place becomes all the more colourful during the Adhik Maasa (extra month in the Hindu calendar which comes every three years) or Guru Purnima in June/July.” There were a few who traded in loose coins. Shyam Sundar, a vendor, said: “These are small packets of one or two rupee coins which we sell to devotees, especially those who do the parikrama. They buy it and donate it to homeless people on the way.” I also made a quick trip to Mansi Ganga and Radha Kund, completing my list of visits in this auspicious town of Govardhan. 
 

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