Citizens' Issues
SC notice on PIL seeking curbs on food adulteration
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the central and state governments and union territories administrations on a PIL seeking stringent steps to curb the adulteration of food products that were seriously endangering health of future generations.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice H.L.Dattu issued notice on a PIL by lawyer Vineet Dhanda seeking the strict enforcement of laws to curb food adulteration including in the medicines and raising the public awareness to the dangers of adulteration of edibles used every day.
 
Pointing to the increasing menace of food adulteration in the country which is "literally driving the citizens "to various health hazards" resulting in "premature deaths", the PIL has sought the direction for closure of companies marketing of adulterated edible food products.
 
"The government of India and the state governments have failed miserably in controlling the rising food adulteration throughout the country as no strict steps are being taken to prevent and check the food adulteration," the PIL said.
 
Seeking instant response team to deal with the complaints of food adulteration, the PIL sought the raising the awareness level by maximizing the spread of information by government media.

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Absconding postal agent in CBI net after 10 years
An agent of post office saving schemes, wanted in a 10-year-old case of issuing forged Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) certificates of Rs.2.63 crore, was arrested by CBI officials from Badrinath where he was living as a seer on Monday, agency officials said.
 
Central Bureau of Investigation officials, pretending to be devotees, zeroed in on Durjodhan Mishra, who now calls himself Durgesh Maharaj, in the Hindu holy site in Uttarakhand and arrested him. 
 
Mishra, who hails from Bihar's Madhubani, had settled in Kolkata with his wife and kids in sometimes in the 1990s and began working as an agent selling saving instruments like Kisan Vikas Patra etc.
 
CBI sources said Mishra came in contact with a postal assistant in Kolkata and with one more accomplice, he allegedly issued 263 forged Kisan Vikas Patra worth Rs 2.63 crore.
 
The money collected from gullible investors was allegedly pocketed by the trio, CBI said.
 
It was in 2004 that CBI took on the investigations which revealed the nexus between the three. By that time, Mishra had decamped with his family from Kolkata.
 
The agency launched a major campaign to nab the absconders in various cases and traced Mishra's family to Jodhpur in Rajasthan where they had settled but there was no sign of Mishra.
 
CBI sleuths kept a constant surveillance on Mishra's family and found that his wife got regular calls in night from two numbers in Badrinath. Both the numbers were found to be issued in the name of women in Uttarakhand.
 
Tracking the numbers, the agency officials camouflaged as 'bhakts' reached Badrinath and arrested Mishra.
 

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Debt fund raising by listed corporates goes up
Indian listed corporates raised Rs.1,41,623.78 crore of debt during the first quarter of the current fiscal through private placement route, said the securities market regulator.
 
The total number of private placement issues were 912 during the period April-June 2015.
 
According to the data released by Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Indian companies listed in NSE raised Rs.67,500.69 crore of debt and those listed in BSE raised Rs.51,167.09 crore during the period under review.
 
Corporates listed in both the bourses raised Rs.22,956 crore.
 
On the other hand, the total amount of debt raised during corresponding period of the previous year stood at Rs.50,970.54 crore.

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