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Private players to redevelop 400 rail stations
Indian Railways will redevelop 400 stations with help from private parties, the government said on Thursday.
 
The decision was taken by the cabinet at a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official statement said.
 
The stations open for redevelopment are classified 'A-1' and 'A'. These are located in metros, major cities, pilgrimage centres and important tourist destinations across the country. 
 
Interested parties will have to present their design and business ideas, including commercial development of real estate.
 
The decision assumes significance as it will allow private parties to take part in the redevelopment of stations. 
 
"As the IRSDC (Indian Railway Station Development Corp) is able to undertake redevelopment of only a few stations, it was proposed to redevelop stations through invitation of open bids from interested parties," the statement said.

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mathai

1 year ago

a slow but steady step towards privatisation of the biggest and prestigious govt asset. which may stop only after private parties get exclusive rights to run trains and charge at will on the rails set up with decades of efforts and huge public funds.
private parties are interested becoz of the unlimited demand ( while it was unlimited supply in coal scam) which will enable them to charge even 10 times the current fare with a little support from the govt

India foils Colgate's bid to patent nutmeg mouthwash
India thwarted an attempt by consumer goods giant Colgate-Palmolive to patent a nutmeg mouthwash formula, the ministry of science and technology said on Thursday.
 
"India foiled an attempt by Colgate-Palmolive to patent a mouthwash formula containing herb extract (nutmeg) by citing ancient texts that show it was traditionally used in ancient medicinal practices," the ministry said in a statement.
 
"Traditional Knowledge Digital Library of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR-TKDL) had submitted proof in the form of references from ancient books, which said the herb and its extracts of Myristica Fragrans were used for oral diseases in Indian systems of medicine," it added.
 
"In addition, other third party observations also made submissions against the claims."
 
The ministry said various institutions of the CSIR had filed applications for 14 patents in India and 22 abroad, of which one was granted in India and 14 abroad.
 
Colgate-Palmolive is an American multinational consumer products company.

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Delhi to get 'aam aadmi canteens'
Delhi will soon get "aam aadmi canteens" -- a la Tamil Nadu -- where "good quality, hygienic and nutritious food" will be available for up to Rs.10, it was announced on Thursday.
 
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal formally approved the proposal by the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC), its vice chairman Ashish Khetan told the media.
 
The food would be sold at "reasonable rates -- with the maximum amount being Rs.10", said Khetan, an Aam Aadmi Party leader who had contested the Lok Sabha election in 2014.
 
He said the food would be nutritious and the menu at the canteens would have variety.
 
The canteens target the lower strata of the society including an estimated 10 lakh construction workers, five lakh street hawkers and over four lakh slum dwellers in the capital, Khetan said.
 
He said the model was prepared after a survey was conducted in Tamil Nadu and Odisha where such canteens operate.
 
In Tamil Nadu, at the hugely popular "Amma Canteens", a plate of idly with sambar is sold for just Re.1 while pongal -- staple rice and lentil food -- costs Rs.5.
 
Khetan did not divulge the approximate cost of the project.
 
"It will be our plan to set up these canteens within the next one or two months. In the first phase, we will set up the aam aadmi canteens at hospitals, industrial areas, colleges and commercial hubs," Khetan added.
 
The canteens would be run by the Delhi government's department of food and supplies.

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