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SM Krishna resigns ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

Krishna's resignation is also a clear indication that the Union Cabinet is set for a revamp on Sunday with the induction of new faces considered close to Rahul Gandhi and elevation of some young ministers of state

 
New Delhi: India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna resigned on Friday ahead of the reshuffle of the Union Cabinet scheduled on Sunday, reports PTI.
 
The 80-year-old leader from Karnataka is believed to have sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the afternoon, sources said.
 
Indications are that with the Assembly elections due before next May in Karnataka the former Chief Minister may be given a party assignment in the state.
 
The resignation is also a clear indication that the Union Council of Ministers is set for a revamp on Sunday with the induction of new faces considered close to Rahul Gandhi and elevation of some young ministers of state.
 
Whether Gandhi himself would join the government or not was still a matter of speculation though sources say that sometime back he was inclined towards such a possibility.
 
Krishna was made the External Affairs Minister immediately after the elections in 2009 when UPA came back to power for the second time. His name has been part of speculation before every Cabinet reshuffle.
 
The resignation also comes in the backdrop of Karnataka Lokayukta ordering a probe against him and two former chief ministers on a complaint alleging irregularities in the Bangalore-Mysore expressway project. 
 
There have been berths vacated by DMK representatives A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran in the last two years after their names cropped in the 2G scam. However, DMK President M Karunanidhi had recently made clear that his party will not not like to reclaim their lost berths.
 
Yesterday, Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy met Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai when DMK leader is believed to have stuck to his position.
 
Congress sources said that the reshuffle and induction could be largely from the party. There is also speculation that some young faces, considered close to Rahul, like Manicka Tagore and Meenakshi Natarajan could be inducted into the council of ministers.
 
At present HRD Minister Kapil Sibal (Telecom), Road and Transport Minister CP Joshi (Railways), Law Minister Salman Khurshid (Minority Affairs) and Corporate Affairs Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily (Power) and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi (MSME, S and T and Earth Sciences) are handling additional portfolios. 
 
With six ministers from TMC leaving, two to three Congress leaders from West Bengal are expected to be accommodated. The names of Deepa Dashmunshi and Adhir Choudhury, known detractors of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee and West Bengal PCC chief Pradeep Bhatacharjee are doing the rounds.
 
With the death of Vilasrao Deshmukh, there is a vacancy for a cabinet minister from Maharashtra.
 
Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai and Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaisawal have come under attack from the Opposition on the coal block allocation issue.
 
Changes in the government and the party could be taking place in tandem as there is a possibility that some of the ministers would be drafted for party work, sources said. 
 
The possible names of the successors in the External Affairs Ministry include Commerce Minister Anand Sharma.
 
The other changes, expected to take place on Sunday, could include ministers holding dual portfolio shedding one of their responsibilities.
 
Actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi may be inducted into the ministry as a reward for his help in ensuring the stability of Congress government in Andhra Pradesh with support of his 18 MLAs.
 
It is no secret that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is keen to have Rahul Gandhi inducted into his Cabinet but so far the young MP was not not inclined as he was focused on building the Congress organisation, especially the youth wing.
 
Another proposal making the rounds is that Gandhi may be elevated from being a General Secretary to the revived post of Working President.
 
The Congress is said to be working on more measures to reach the 'aam aadmi' (common man) on the lines of the NREG scheme which had paid rich dividends to the party in the last elections.
 
Younger ministers like Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia are likely to be promoted and may get independent portfolios.
 
There has been speculation about a reshuffle in the Cabinet for quite some time now, especially after the exit of Trinamool Congress ministers both at the levels of Cabinet and Ministers of State levels.
 

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Shadi Katyal

4 years ago

It is high time that some young blood with new ideas and real knowledge of the world politics is given this post.
It is unfortunate that Mr.Tharoor was let go in favour of such olde4r person and world saw the times he fumbled in UNO and other places

Shadi Katyal

4 years ago

It is high time that some young blood with new ideas and real knowledge of the world politics is given this post.
It is unfortunate that Mr.Tharoor was let go in favour of such olde4r person and world saw the times he fumbled in UNO and other places

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Shocking! All instant noodle brands are fooling you on nutrition, health

Lab tests conducted by CERS clearly indicate that the ‘health’ quotient claimed by instant noodles brands is far from being true. As a matter of fact, high levels of sodium, fat and carbohydrates in these food products can lead to life-threatening conditions like cardiac disorders and blood pressure


Ahmedabad-based Consumer Education & Research Society (CERS) has said its in-house laboratory test of 15 popular instant noodles brand reveals that most health claims made by these brands are deceptive and are way below in nutrition levels as well.

 

The fifteen brands tested included brands like Maggi, Top Ramen, Knorr, Ching’s Secret, Sunfeast Yippee!, Foodles, Tasty Treat and Wai Wai X-press. The results were shocking. “Some of the common findings for most of the samples tested included high level of sodium salts, significantly low fibre content, high amount of fats and several other shocking factors. The brands that claimed ‘Healthy’, ‘wholesome’, ‘enriched with proteins and iron’ and ‘full of fibre’, were refuted by the test findings as going way above the safe limit of several harmful elements,” CERS said in a release.
 

                        7 Facts about Instant Noodles
   Noodles are junk food with little nutrition value in spite of all the health claims. Avoid if you can. If you cannot, reduce consumption.
    Check the shelf life. It varies from brand to brand.
    Increase the protein value of the noodles by adding an egg or a small amount of soy products such as tofu or soya nuggets. Add vegetables and fruits either for garnishing or as an accompaniment.
    Majority of salt is added to noodles through the seasoning supplied in sachets. So reduce the sodium content by using the minimum amount of seasoning, preferably half of the sachets.
    Instant noodle soup is often high in salt; limit its consumption to avoid excess intake.
    Instant noodles can serve as breakfast or evening snacks but not as main meals. Limit the consumption to a maximum of once in a week or ten days.
    Pregnant women and infants (below 12 months) must avoid consumption of instant noodles containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) as flavour enhancer (INS 621). So watch out for MSG or INS 621 in the list of ingredients given on the packet.


CERS said the domestic market for instant noodles in worth Rs1,000 crore and most people consume it more than once in a fortnight. This led the consumer organisation to probe claims made by these brands.

 

It said, “Some of the brands like the ‘Top Ramen Oat Noodles’ and ‘Maggi Vegetable Multigrainz Noodles’ that prominently claimed to be relatively healthier than their counterparts through their advertisements, were actually fooling their customers in to eating noodles and harming their health.” 

 

Instant noodles, while chiefly targeted at easily impressionable kids, are also now promoted across all age groups as a healthy snacking option. But the tests conducted by CERS clearly indicate that the ‘health’ quotient claimed by instant noodles brands is far from being true. As a matter of fact, high levels of sodium, fat and carbohydrates in these food products can lead to life-threatening conditions like cardiac disorders and blood pressure problems.

 

None of the brands were able to substantiate their tall claims of being healthy snacking option when interpreted against Food Standards Agency (FSA) of UK standards for fats and sodium, CERS said in a release.

 

Though there are no specific Indian Standards to check the level of nutrition when it comes to instant noodles, CERS conducted the tests for basic parameters that included total ash, moisture level, acid insoluble ash, fat, crude fibre, proteins, sodium, calcium, iron, carbohydrate, and energy. During these tests, the labelling information on each of the samples was checked against the regulations laid down by Food Safety and Standards (packaging & labelling) Regulations, 2011. Contrary to their claims of being a harmless snack, most of the instant noodles brands have emerged to be a dangerous choice in the present day stressful lifestyle, the release said.

 


CERS has recommended several actions through which the government can force the instant noodle manufacturers to improve their products and safeguard the health of the consumers. Some of these recommendations include suggestions like the Food Safety and Standards authorities take note of the salt minimization efforts put forth by UK FSA and compel manufacturers to reduce the sodium levels. The consumer body has also suggested stringent norms for packaging wherein manufacturers highlight the content of their products explicitly making it easier for the consumer to notice.

 

Citing the major role played by the misleading advertisements of instant noodles, CERS has recommended that Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) implement stricter conditions forcing manufacturers to refrain from making false claims to innocent consumers. The recommendations are also directed towards manufacturers, asking them to reduce the level of harmful elements like sodium and increase the amount of nutritional elements like calcium and iron.

 

CERS said it sent out the results of each brand to its respective manufacturer seeking clarification about the alarming results. However, none of the manufacturers responded to the queries raised by CERS, the release added.

 

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Dr Anantha K Ramdas

4 years ago

A Correction:

Sorry, the word is
"respectfully" and not
respectively.

I regret the typing error.
thanks

Dr Anantha K Ramdas

4 years ago

Based on this report, we should respectively request and expect our honourable members of the spporting community not to take part in advertisement campaigns of these noodles.

Our children watch TV programmes regularly and they are the ones who insist on buying noodles and similar products, all because their favourite sportsman/woman is "enjoying" these!


Endorsements of these products may bring additional wealth for our sportsmen and women, but they have a responsibility in not influencing wrongly by campaigning for such products.

Vaibhav Dhoka

4 years ago

Are Noodles VEG OR NONVEG?Because in one artical it was said it is Nonveg.Please inform,

M G WARRIER

4 years ago

Here again, the problem boils down to revenue from advertisement without which media cannot survive. Newspapers, magazines and electronic media are not selective or do not discourage ads which are apparently misleading or which adversely affect the interests of common man. To recall one instance, mainstream Malayalam newspapers in Kerala till sometime back used to carry ads of a gold loan NBFC offering loan up to the ruling price of gold per gram, with a nice photo of a popular film star. These papers were not willing to publish even a ‘letter to the editor’ explaining the trap in the offer. ‘Social audit’ reports like the one referred to here have relevance in this context.

Nikhil

4 years ago

Does it also include Egg Noodles, Hakka Noodles etc sold by Ching's Secret and others?

When Nitin Gadkari gets an invitation from Niranjan Hiranandani!

Both Nitin Gadkari and Niranajan Hiranandani are facing severe allegations of wrong-doings. So, it is most ironic that the developer, as head of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber, has invited the beleaguered BJP president on his “Vision for India and Mumbai Development”. Unfortunately, at this point of time, people want to hear something else from Mr Gadkari

 
On 6th November (5.30 pm) the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC) has invited Nitin Gadkari to speak at an interactive session on “Vision for India and Mumbai Development”. It is not clear whether Mr Gadkari, who has cancelled some of his public engagements will actually turn up for the event. After all, the media as well as the public is interested in Mr Gadkari’s views on an entirely different issue at this point in time. 
 
He is under pressure from all quarters, including his own colleagues from the BJP, for the dubious manner in which his group has been funded as well as new revelations in The Economic Times about the maze of shell companies that have allegedly helped him launder large amounts of money into his Purti Group.
 
Is the timing of this session a way to allow Mr Gadkari to engage with the public and speak about his own past record in terms of Mumbai’s infrastructure development? If yes, then the timing is very ill-conceived. Yes, Mr Gadkari does have achievements to his credit, but he has squandered away that legacy with his deal with Ideal Road Builders (IRB)—the toll kings of India. 
 
The bigger irony is that the invite to Mr Gadkari is from Niranjan Hiranandani, IMC’s president, who himself is facing an investigation by the Maharashtra Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) the alleged Rs45,000 crore Powai land scam. Last month, the Bombay High Court lifted its earlier stay on the probe into the Powai real estate scam allowing the ACB to restart investigation into Hiranandani Developers, senior state bureaucrat Thomas Benjamin and other unknown persons.
 
Meanwhile the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) and the Income-Tax (I-T) department are probing source of funding of various shell companies that invested in Mr Gadkari’s Purti group. 
 
 
The irony of this meeting is probably lost on the IMC and its office bearers, because nothing exposes the happy nexus between politicians and businessmen that this attempts to lend each other countenance.
 

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