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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Maneka proposes ban on junk food in Schools ~ wear seat belts ... rolandgarros update

This news made an interesting read :  - To improve nutrition among school-going children, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi plans to propose a ban on unhealthy or ‘junk’ food in school canteens across the country. The objective is to “make available good quality, safe food to students in school canteens”, said officials from the WCD Ministry. “The idea is also to specify what constitutes ‘junk’ food and making children aware why they are harmful,” said an official. Ms. Gandhi plans to discuss the matter with the Health and Human Resource Development (HRD) ministries. The mid-day meal scheme comes under the HRD ministry.

The Health ministry’s Food Safety and Security of India (FSSAI) is already working on guidelines proposing healthy food on school premises. The Delhi High Court has also been studying into the regulation of sale of junk food and aerated drinks in and around school premises in the country.

There has been criticism on the way KKR victory was celebrated – primarily as a Govt function – on Didi at the centrestage when there was mourning for the tragic death of Central Minister, the way the tickets for the show were handled by Bengal Police and the charge on the spectators… in National news for wrong reasons is - Maruti Suzuki since the news broke of the tragic accidental death of Gopinath Munde, newly appointed Union Minister for Rural Development.  There have been reports that Munde was in a Maruti SX4, a fairly popular sedan, when his car was hit on the left side by an over speeding Tata Indica that ran a stop light. Tata Indicas are commonly used as private taxis, and therefore frequently rashly driven, as any Indian who lives in a metro would attest, especially in areas where BPO/IT companies are located.

Maruti SX4 is perhaps not to blame - Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is quoted as saying that the late Union Minister suffered cervical fractures and oxygen to the brain and lungs may have been cut off. He also suffered a rupture in his liver and lost litres of blood. There are opinions that  the unfortunate Union Minister may not have been wearing a rear seat belt and the sudden impact flung him out of his seat.  Of course,  rear seat belts are not mandatory in India but many, especially high and mighty do not wear seat belts.  Sad, but safety must be adhered to by all…

There is news that BCCI is going to reward first-class cricketers of bygone era,  with one time ex-gratia payment to the tune of Rs 20 lakh per head for all those who have retired prior to 2003. The BCCI decided that they will make the payment to those first-class cricketers, who have played between 50 and 74 first-class matches in the period before 2003. The decisions were taken at a meeting of BCCI's Finance Committee; more importantly, the Committee was informed that Income Tax demand on BCCI has accumulated to the tune of Rs 788 crore against which it has filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court recently.

Away in the French Open - Gael Monfils and Andy Murray  two of the game’s best scramblers are poised for entertaining rallies, where fitness will be a key factor. Every story has an end, this applies to everyone,” said David Ferrer after defeating Kevin Anderson in the fourth round to set up a familiar showdown with Rafael Nadal in the quarters. Bold words from the Valencian as he aims to end the King of Clay’s reign of terror in Paris?  Alas, for those hoping for a whiff of scandal, Ferrer was referring ‘merely’ to the abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain that very morning.  King Nadal is bidding to become the only man to win five consecutive French Opens and draw within one clay-court title of Guillermo Villas’ 46 (one of the few records Nadal has not yet surpassed). His eight crowns here are the most for any one player at any one tournament, and he is a merciless 66-1 on clay in Paris, the only blemish coming in 2009 where he was stunned by Robin Soderling in the fourth round.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
4th June 2014

With inputs taken from : Firstpost & rolandgarros.com

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