Raid on cosmetics factories in Kerala; products worth Rs50 lakh seized

The manufacturers have given misleading and wrong advertisements of their products claiming magical cures for certain illnesses and physical conditions

Kochi: In simultaneous raids on "Ayuredic" cosmetic drug manufacturers across Kerala on Thursday, Drug Control authorities seized hair oil, skin-care oil, face creams and other products valued at around Rs50 lakh, reports PTI.

The manufacturing facilities of three brands were raided and cases registered under the Drugs and Cosmetic Act and the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable advertisements) Act.

Sources said these manufacturers had given misleading and wrong advertisements of their products claiming magical cures for certain illnesses and physical conditions.

Many of these claims were highly exaggerated and there had been complaints that some of these products were harmful to health.

The drug controller's office had received numerous complaints that certain 'ayurvedic' hair oils that claimed to help rich hair growth had actually caused hair fall. Some of the 'ayurvedic' skin-care creams and face lotions had given negative results.

Officials from both the Ayurvedic and allopathic branches of the Drug Controller's office took part in the raids. The seized drugs were produced in Courts in the respective districts, officials said.

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Industrial production dips by 3.5% in March

The IIP has been dismal at 2.8% in FY12 as compared to 8.2% in previous fiscal due de-growth in mining at 2% and slower 2.9% growth in manufacturing

New Delhi: Indicating sharp slowdown in the economy, industrial production declined by 3.5% in March mainly on account of contraction in manufacturing and mining output, reports PTI.

Growth in the factory output, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), was higher at 9.4% in March last year.

The industrial production has been dismal at 2.8% in 2011-12 as compared to 8.2% in previous fiscal due de-growth in mining at 2% and slower 2.9% growth in manufacturing, as per latest government data released here today.

Output of the manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75% of the index, contracted by 4.4% in March, compared to growth of 11% in March 2011.

Mining output too declined by 1.3% in March, as against growth of 0.4% in the same month a year ago. The capital goods output contracted by 21.3% as against a growth of 14.5% in the same month last year.

Consumer goods output has grown by a meagre 0.7%% in March, as compared to 13.2% in the same month last year. Besides, the consumer durables segment output grew by 0.2% in March, as against robust 14.9% growth in the same month last year.

Power generation witnessed a growth of 2.7% in March, compared to 7.2% in the year-ago period.

In terms of industries, ten out of twenty two industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown positive growth during the month of March as compared to the same month a year-ago.

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CBI registers case in defence land sale in Kashmir

More than 70 NOCs were issued to private parties to buy more than 200 acres of land near high-security military installations in Srinagar

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against Defence Ministry officials and others as part of its probe into alleged irregularities in the sale of military land near the high-security Srinagar airport, reports PTI.

Immediately after registering the case, the agency carried out searches at various places in Jammu, Srinagar, Patna, Delhi and Chandigarh, official sources said.

The agency had registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the matter last year during which it claimed to have found evidences that no objection certificates (NOCs) were granted to private persons for this prime and strategic piece of land arbitrarily.

The CBI has named Ajay Chowdhary, a 1997-batch Defence Estates official, and others in the FIR registered under the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

The agency had also conducted enquiry into the records of the Directorate General of Defence Estates and the local revenue, following a request from the Defence Ministry to probe the sanction of the NoC for sale of this land in Kashmir valley.

Defence Minister AK Antony had last year informed Parliament that on receipt of complaint, a preliminary enquiry was conducted during which it was found that prima-facie there have been irregularities in the issuance of NOCs which may have wider implications.

During the preliminary probe of the Defence Ministry, it was found that more than 70 NOCs were issued by the defence estates department in Srinagar during the last four years.

These NOCs were issued to private parties to buy more than 200 acres of land near high-security military installations in Srinagar.

According to the probe report of the Defence Ministry, some of the land belonging to defence remains in the name of private persons or state government in revenue records which is a cause of concern as a few persons may take advantage... and enter into fraudulent sale/purchase transaction.

The Directorate General of Defence Estates (DGDE) looks after the land for training, ranges, depots, airfields, quartering, camping and offices for military activities.

Ministry of Defence owns 17.53 lakh acres of land, out of which approximately 1.57 lakh acres is situated within the 62 notified cantonments and about 15.96 lakh acres is outside these cantonments.

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