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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.

Women's commission summons AAP leader Kumar Vishwas
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has summoned Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas on the basis of a complaint filed by a party volunteer alleging molestation, an official of the DCW said here on Monday.
 
"Kumar Vishwas has been summoned to state his stand on the allegations made by his party volunteer. We have asked him to appear before us tomorrow," said an official of the DCW.
 
"The volunteer had worked for a year in Amethi for the party and now it is a matter of her respect, and so Kumar Vishwas should turn up and give his clarification," the official said.
 
However, sources from Kumar Vishwas camp said he had not received any summons or notice in this connection from the DCW or any other commission.
 
A female volunteer of the AAP had alleged molestation by Kumar Vishwas during campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in Amethi.
 

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