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No country has shown the kind of emergence as has India: Big B

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Mumbai, July 11:

On the occasion of the World Population Day on Saturday, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has “thanked” the world for addressing the world’s second largest populated country India as an “emerging economy”.

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Pic-Yogen Shah

He also said that no other country in the world has emerged so fast after being ruled for so many years by a foreign power.

“Consumerism shadows those that once expressed apprehensions for a nation with 1.25 billion people being its biggest drawback…for the economists that guide and predict the state of the economics of the world, no longer refer to a 3rd world nation as 3rd…they have denoted a progressive phrase – “EMERGING ECONOMY,” the 72-year-old wrote on his blog.

“So India is no longer 3rd world, its an emerging economy… Thank you world for this consideration and for the acceptance of a fact that was always true for the nation – there are very few, indeed none, among the Independent nations, who having lived and survived foreign rule, colonisation, and suppression from other invading powers, that have shown the kind of ’emergence’ as has India,” he added.

Amitabh, who has been active in the entertainment industry for over four decades, has represented India at various international platforms. He made his Hollywood debut with 2013 film “The Great Gatsby” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.

On the career front, the “Piku” star will next be seen in “Wazir” along with multifaceted Faran Akhtar. (IANS)

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  1. FROM FOOD SCIENCE TO MEDIA SCIENCE TO SPACE SCIENCE TO COTTON SCIENCE—– INDIA EXHIBITED A TURN-AROUND LEADERSHIP-POSITION WORTHY OF PRAISE IN THE WORLD STAGE———–INDIA,EMERGING AS THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ECONOMY HAS BEEN APPRECIATED BY THE WHOLE WORLD.

    FOOD SCIENCE

    Interestingly the whole NESTLE- MAGGI ‘s lead content over-limit episode (alarmed by Barabanki’s Food Inspection Unit and acted by FSSAI,New Delhi ) looks like a parody of 1992’s CADBURY’s nickel-contamination in Chocolate episode ( Alarmed by Dr. D.K.Saxena of Indian Toxicological Research Institute, Lucknow and attracted media attention so much that the then then Cadbury Chocolate sales dropped drastically) . Same thing happened; Cadbury, UK said it is safe when they tested it whereas ITRC’s Dr. D.K.Saxena and his food toxicological research team disagreed and found otherwise. And India Food health and safety related all authorities backed Dr. Saxena’s observations.

    Between the year 1992 and 2015 —-the Indian food safety journey related history through different food, medical, toxicological publications/journals citations, references, cross-references worldwide after a thorough due-deligence /search—-definitely speak volumes in itself that India has positioned itself in an enviable position in the world stage in these period of 23 years not only among countries in the eastern hemisphere but also when comparably added to it with countries in the western hemisphere.

    Dr. M.S. Swaminathan and Dr.M S Randhawa’s “Green-revolution leadership” and Dr. Kurien’s “White Revolution Leadership ”surpassing/crossing over half a century by now probably on its way to redefine “Food processing technology into sustainable food processing technology” through vivid food safety alarms determined not to make India ,a “Country of questionable food additives unlike countries in the west”.

    In the globalized processed foods scenario such thing is not unusual and keeps on happening.

    The metallic contamination in processed foods is such that it requires food forensic experts to investigate and such experts are the ones who can find the root cause of the problem. Interestingly you will find that when there is a cocoa crop failure in the African countries then the chocolate manufacturers opt for cocoa-butter substitute and it could be sal-fat from the forests of Odissa (Orissa) and nickel contamination can happen because of the ruggedness of procurement system. Or, declared as cocoa-fat but actually added “HVO(Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat (and this is the source od contamination).

    Bhabha Atomic Research Centre’s Food Technology Centre’s one such investigative paper is referred in the weblink as http://www.researchgate.net/publication/222429820_Lead_cadmium_and_nickel_in_chocolates_and_candies_from_suburban_areas_of_Mumbai_India

    Lead, cadmium and nickel in chocolates and candies from suburban areas of Mumbai, India (PDF Download Available). Available from: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/222429820_Lead_cadmium_and_nickel_in_chocolates_and_candies_from_suburban_areas_of_Mumbai_India [accessed Jul 2, 2015].

    Author Sudhir and Rupali’s observations were QUOTE–Cocoa-based chocolates are found to have higher contents of the analysed heavy metals than milk-based chocolates, fruit flavour- or sugar-based candies —UNQUOTE

    Another thing ,I will like to point out here that in food research India has advanced like that of space research and Indian food research labs now possess ultra-modern food analytical equipments like any other advanced countries in the world and now in india,there are plently of well qualified food analysts including public analysts in every state ,if not in every districts for that matter of the fact.

    INDIA’S INCREASINGLY NOTICEABLE LEADERSHIP IN FOOD SAFETY.

    India’s instant-karma on the matters of food and its safety to protect the health and safety of Indians probably started/initiated by Maharaja of Mysore who out of generosity gifted Cheluvamba Mansion to house India’s premier food research Institute started on October 21, 1950 and probably India’s journey on food safety started from there onwards.

    Reference: — http://www.deccanherald.com/content/120359/content/219427/picture-perfect-memories.html

    QUOTE— Housed in the sprawling Cheluvamba Mansion, which once belonged to the Maharajas of Mysore, the Central Food Technological Research Institute was set up on October 21, 1950, to cater to the food needs of the country. Today, CFTRI is all set to redefine the needs of the future to build healthier homes and families, reports Preethi Nagaraj —–UNQUOTE

    UNQUOTE.

    As on today, after 65 years India has emerged as one of the leading countries in the world in terms of food research and if you take a yearly stock of number of food research papers published in indian and foreign food and medical and food toxicity related research journals connected with using advanced analytical instruments then obviously you will find that India is in the forefront.

    FSSAI CEO Mr. Yudhvir Singh Malik is the most competent Senior IAS Officer (Reference: —

    http://persmin.nic.in/ersheet/MultipleERS.asp?HiddenStr=01HY015800 ) to execute

    The MAGGI recall, is definitely praiseworthy to protect public health and safety of utmost importance,

    It seems that food safety is India’s top-most priority set to redefine the needs of the future to build healthier homes and families.

    “Food Safety Commissioners” at the helm of the affairs of food safety in each Indian

    State/Province is an unique example as to how India has given much importance to

    tackle food safety unlike many other countries where such approach remain visibly

    unplanned or, totally absent.

    Since inception India’s food inspectors comprise of not only food experts but also

    medical experts having MBBS degrees, speak volumes in itself India’s focussed views on

    food safety and definitely praiseworthy to protect public health and safety of

    utmost importance, set to redefine the needs of the future to build healthier homes and

    families. I doubt hardly any country in the world has this kind of an enlightened vision on

    food safety intermixing food science with medical science in the front-line of food

    inspection and I strongly believe India’s core-competence in food safety run skin-deep in

    that unparalleled approach to food safety, second to none..

    India has a solid reputation in the field of food and food safety. And that being the reason, foods manufacturers should be extra cautious in terms of food safety aspects of processed foods.
    Dr.V. Prakash has received “Padmashree” from Govt of India——speak volumes in itself that India has taken Indian Food Scientists very respectfully to guide the country in the matters of food and its safety.
    The then Maharaja of Mysore has donated the entire palace “Cheluvamba Mansion” for Food researchers in India even though he had to deprive his daughter for that palace which now is the epitome of success of India’s and for that matter one of the world’s most advanced food research establishment in which Dr. V Prakash was Director earlier for quite some time.
    India has world-standard food analytical laboratories with qualified staff comparable to any advanced country of the world. This we can easily understand from the food safety related research paper publications in various food journals of the world . Application of advance d analytical instruments are very common in many food research and food testing laboratories in India.
    Moreover,I have noticed that India’s food inspectors are doing marvelous work to catch the serious lapses in processed foods in terms of food safety.
    The food safety alarm against MAGGI first rang at Barabanki’s Food Safety Unit where the excess lead and MSG presence was detected.
    Kudos and 3 cheers to Barabanki’s Food Safety Unit. My heartfelt congrats to Mr. V K Pandey and Mr. Sanjay Singh for their praiseworthy in exposing MAGGI about MSG presence and excess lead content to let the consumers of India know through FSSAI,New Delhi and definitely set an example not only before all the food inspectors of India but also before all the food inspectors of the entire Globe as because processed food manufacturing and consuming are happening in a global scenario.

    I will like to cite 2 more distinct examples that India is second to none in terms of food safety.

    On a comparative-scale India’s international image in food is very praiseworthy

    Dr. Binay Ranjan Sen was FAO Director General from 1956 to 1967 and Codex Alimentarius Commission (The Universal Commission on Food Law ) was born in 1963

    Mr. Sanjay Dave , the present FSSAI Advisor ,New Delhi was the Chairman of Codex Alimentarius Commission (The Universal Commission on Food Law ) from 2011-2014 . 3 times Chairmanship in Chairman of Codex Alimentarius Commission (The Universal Commission on Food Law ) in itself a big achievement for Mr. Sanjay Dave , the present FSSAI Advisor ,New Delhi and for India.

    This speak in volumes that India’s standing in food in international stage is unputdownable and India’s food regulators are well equipped in knowledge and infrastructure to stop the menace of unhealthy processed foods and will FSSAI will always do their best to protect the public health of utmost importance.

    About 3 months back a team of high-profile FDA,USA officials visited India and made the following bright remarks about India’s vision on food safety headed by FSSAI(Food Safety and Standards Authority of India)

    Web-reference:– http://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/tag/food-safety-and-standards-authority-of-india-fssai/

    Tile/Authors reference: — In a country full of differences, common ground

    Posted on March 27, 2015 by FDA Voice By: Michael Taylor, Howard Samberg and Camille Brewer on FDA Voice’s Tag Archives: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

    Quote—-Although we don’t know most of the 22 official languages spoken here, we nonetheless realized after meeting with FSSAI that we “speak the same language” in terms of our food safety challenges and solutions. —-Unquote

    Quote—-But the Indians are no strangers to sweeping change to improve food safety—Unquote

    MEDIA SCIENCE

    Reference: http://www.wan-ifra.org/events/speakers/dipankar-das-purkayastha

    QUOTE—Dipankar Das Purkayastha

    D. D. Purkayastha is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ABP Pvt Ltd., overseeing the strategy and operations of the entire ABP portfolio. He is also the Chairman of INFOCOM.

    He is a Director of MCCS, (Broadcasting company for ABP News, ABP Ananda and ABP Majha).

    He is a qualified Cost and Management Accountant and has more than 37 years of experience in the industry of which 34 years have been with ABP Pvt. Ltd. He is also one of the leading IT professionals of the country.

    Mr. Purkayastha is the Chairman of the Central Advisory Council and a member of the Board and Executive Committee of WAN-IFRA, the newspaper association with large footprint in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa.

    Mr. Purkayastha is the Vice President of the International Newsmedia Association (INMA) South Asia. The association has strong presence in the Americas, Asia and Australasia.—UNQUOTE

    QUOTE- World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum (WEF), which represent 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries–UNQUOTE

    SPACE SCIENCE

    Jun 08, 2015

    Reference:— http://www.isro.gov.in/update/08-jun-2015/mars-orbiter-spacecraft-under-%E2%80%98solar-conjunction%E2%80%99-mars

    QUOTE—Mars Orbiter Spacecraft under ‘solar conjunction’ at Mars

    Mars Orbiter Spacecraft (MOM) is under ‘solar conjunction’ at Mars, which means the spacecraft, which is orbiting Mars, is behind the Sun as viewed from the Earth. As a result of this event which happens once in 2.2 years for Mars, communication signals from the spacecraft are severely disrupted by the Sun’s corona (outer atmosphere). The reason for this is the charged particles from the sun and they are responsible for the reception of noisy signals at the ground antenna from the spacecraft.

    The conjunction for Mars Orbiter Spacecraft began on May 27, 2015 and will extend up to July 01, 2015. No commands are transmitted to the spacecraft during this period for safety reasons and only telemetry (spacecraft’s health related information) is monitored.. All payload (spacecraft’s scientific instruments) operations are also suspended. Health of the spacecraft is normal. —-UNQUOTE

    COTTON SCIENCE

    Reference:— http://www.cottoninc.com/corporate/Market-Data/MonthlyEconomicLetter/pdfs/English-pdf-charts-and-tables/World-Cotton-Production-Exp.pdf

    QUOTE–INDIA TOPS WORLD COTTON PRODUCTION– MONTHLY ECONOMIC LETTER | JUNE 2015—UNQUOTE

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