Citizens' Issues
Web portal to trace missing children launched
The government on Tuesday launched an exclusive web portal dedicated to tracking down missing children.
 
The website called "Khoya-Paya" aims to help trace missing children by allowing citizens to post information about a child who is not to be found.
 
Simultaneously, anybody who has seen a child alone or with suspicious people can post information or photographs of the child on the portal.
 
Information about missing and sighted children can be uploaded at khoyapaya.gov.in.
 
The portal is also available as a mobile application.
 
"This website would be different from the website called 'track child' which is at present being maintained by the home ministry," Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said at the launch of the web portal here.
 
"The plan originated from the prime minister," she said.
 
Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the portal was a step towards the government's vision of bridging the digital divide.
 
"This website is likely to benefit the poor and under-privileged sections more," he said.
 
Gandhi said the website was an enabling platform, where citizens can report missing children, as well as sightings of their whereabouts without wasting much time.
 
Found children can also be reported on the portal.
 
Citizens can also provide information about abandoned, lost children and those sighted with suspicious people. Through this portal, they are also advised to inform the nearest police station.
 
Officials of the women and child development ministry, however, clarified that putting up information on the portal was not a replacement for filing an FIR with police.
 
As per information provided by the National Crime Records Bureau, the number of children who go missing every year is about 70,000.

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Karnataka testing Maggi noodles for safety
The Karnataka government on Tuesday sent random samples of Nestle's Maggi noodles to a state-run lab in Mysuru for testing its contents in the wake of the product allegedly failing to conform to food safety norms.
 
"I have directed my officials to randomly lift packets of Maggi noodles from retail shops, supermarkets, malls and its manufacturing units across the state for testing at CFTRI (Central Food Technological Research Institute) to verify if food safety norms are violated," state Health Minister U.T. Khader told reporters in Mangaluru, about 350 km from here.
 
Nestle has four manufacturing units in the state.
 
The health department has also sent a few samples of Maggi to a private lab in Bengaluru to test if lead content in the noodles was in excess or within the safety limits.
 
"We are expecting test results from the labs in a day or two. Till then, we advise people to avoid buying or consuming them (Maggi noodles) though we have not imposed any ban on its sale in the state," Khader said.
 
Nestle came under scanner after the Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration directed it to withdraw a batch of noodles, manufactured in February 2014 and found to have taste enhancer (monosodium glutamate) in excess and high levels of lead.
 
"The central government has also asked the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSI) to test samples of Maggi noodles from all states," Khader added.

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ED notice to Goa iron ore export firm for FEMA violation
The Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the Rs.35,000 crore illegal iron ore mining scam in Goa, has issued show cause notice to Goa-based iron ore export firm Magnum Minerals for under-invoicing exports and parking abroad the proceeds of iron ore sale to the tune of Rs.136.93 crore.
 
An agency spokesperson said the notice was issued by the ED's special director under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and was the first show cause notice issued in the course of its investigation into the mining scam first exposed by the Justice M.B. Shah Commission in 2012.
 
"On the basis of the Justice Shah Commission report on illegal mining in Goa, Panaji zonal office has started investigating the under-invoicing done by exporters of iron ore from Goa during the period 2006 to 2012," the spokesperson said.
 
"Investigation conducted by this office (ED) revealed that the company had transferred total of Rs.136.93 crore by way of under-invoicing of exports and in the guise of investment in the overseas subsidiaries," the spokesperson said.
 
The Shah commission report on the mammoth Rs.35,000 crore illegal mining scam exposed an alleged nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and Goa's mining companies.
 
The ED was subsequently tasked with investigating the financial irregularities related to the mining scam.
 
The agency has already questioned Radha Timblo, proprietor of one of the biggest mining companies in Goa indicted in the scam, after her name featured in the list of Swiss bank account holders released by the union finance ministry last year.
 
Timblo has denied parking black money abroad.

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