India’s Food Safety Regulator Eases Business Policies

To facilitate ease of doing business, state-owned Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) put in place procedures to simplify licensing and registration processes:

  • It developed an online Food Licensing and Registration System in all states, (except in Nagaland) as also at airports, seaports and in India’s railway systems.
  • Working in collaboration with the national Center for Good Governance, FSSAI developed forms  that are now much simpler than before.
  • Inspection of premises before issuing licenses has been waived by the authority.
  • FSSAI will strengthen its customer care cell and make it available throughout the day for consumer complaints, food import clearance issues, food registration and licensing issues, and any other related queries.
  • FSSAI approved a policy to accept Codex standards where there are no government guidelines in place, while concurrently initiating the exercise of aligning its standards with Codex.
  • FSSAI simplified food import clearances: It integrated its Food Import Clearance System with the Indian Customs and Central Excise gateway, enabling a food importer to file an application on the Single Window Interface to Facilitate Trade or SWIFT System.

Food Import Clearance Process:

File Application on SWIFT ->Document Scrutiny->Inspection & Sampling->Samples to Lab->Lab Test Report-> No Objection or Non Conformance Certificate ->Transmit NOC/NCC online to SWIFT->Authorities decide on release of consignment

  • For importing food into India the importer must have a valid FSSAI License and the Import-Export Code from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade.
  • Currently FSSAI is present at 6 places in India: Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin and Tuticorn.
  • In the case of food items with a very short shelf life, (such as fresh fruit and processed cheese) FSSAI will issue a Provisional No Objection Certificate immediately.
  • To eliminate the current practice of multiple sampling and testing from the same cargo, and to facilitate import clearance, FSSAI now allows one homogeneous sample to be drawn from commingled cargo of pulses, cereals and oils for multiple importers at the first port of discharge. The analysis report of the sample at the first port of discharge will remain valid at other ports of discharge.

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October 23, 2017   No Comments

India Sets Up the 5G India 2020 Forum

The Government of India set up a high-level 5G India 2020 Forum to roll out 5G in India by 2020.

The committee will have on board three secretaries, one each from the Department of Telecommunications, IT and Electronics, and Science and Technology Ministries. Other members of the forum will include Dr. A. Paulraj, professor emeritus, Stanford University; Gururaj Deshpande, chairman of Sycamore Networks, U.S.A.; CEOs from India’s ICT industry; officials from the Telecommunications Standards Development Society of India; and professors from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, Mumbai, Delhi, and Hyderabad, the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore; as well as stakeholders from industry associations.

The primary goals of 5G India 2020 Forum are: an early deployment of 5G in India, which will require a rapid overhaul of basic infrastructure and a focus on substantial growth of India’s technical ecosystem, and a globally competitive product development and manufacturing ecosystem.

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Gizbot suggests that a vibrant ecosystem of research built around 5G that encompasses industry, government and academia will further strengthen the Make and Design in India initiatives to enable design and manufacture of 5G technologies, products, and solutions in India.

September 28, 2017   No Comments

Indian Companies are Source for Game of Thrones Costumes

The popular Game of Thrones  show has an international cast and locations from different countries around the world. India, too, plays an important role in the series.

Since 2011, the fabrics, clothes, and tents used in this production are from a store called Rangrasons in the Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi. The company also supplies the military ceremonial uniforms, braids, embroidery, furniture, trimmings, chain mail, and accessories to the show. Established in 1945, this company has supplied fabric and costumes to many popular shows and movies since 1982, when they made costumes for Gandhi, and later for Captain America, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Wrath of the Titans, and Prince of Persia among others, reports mensxp. Game of Thrones Sets

The Times of India says that the pelt Jon Snow wears is made at the Noida Special Economic Zone.  Here, the factory of RS Windlass and Sons manufactures not just official merchandise for fantasy shows, but has also provided props and costumes to some major Hollywood productions such as Rome, The Tudors, and Batman Begins. Rajiv Goil, partner at the company, says that their unit at Dehradun, Windlass Steelcrafts, manufactures swords, armor, and other metalwork for Game of Thrones. Jon Snow’s sword ‘Long Claw’, Arya Stark’s ‘Needle’ and many others have been made at this factory along with Jon’s suit of armor, Eddard Stark’s ensemble and more. Goil adds, “Now we focus mainly on licensed replicas which are all exported.”

Daenery’s dragons are made in a facility in Mumbai which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Prana Studios.

August 30, 2017   No Comments

U.S. Fashion Designer Connects East with West

Ruby Bhandari‘s passion for designing began even as she was a teenager. Born in New York of Indian descent, the University of Texas, Austin graduate set up Silk Threads in northwest Dallas where she offers ready-to-wear or custom-designed dresses, custom bridal wear, Indian American styles, and fusion menswear.

Her creations are manufactured in a factory in New Delhi, where junior designers procure the fabric and get it dyed according to a customer’s specifications, and artisans start on the embroidery. On request, the company will send pictures of the order in progress, and if needed, at an extra cost, it also arranges to courier swatches of the embroidery that is being done on a specific apparel.

Ruby Bhandari in her factory at Delhi

Ruby Bhandari in her factory at Delhi

Bhandari has expanded her designs to include royal blue and silver items in honor of the Dallas Cowboys, and she just launched a collection of destination bridal wear, reports Dallas News.

August 29, 2017   No Comments

WeddingWire Starts Operations in India

WeddingWire Inc., the Chevy Chase, Maryland-based online marketplace for the wedding industry opened its headquarters in a leased space in Gurgaon, approximately 20 miles southwest of Delhi.

Proximity to Delhi played a role in WeddingWire’s decision to base its headquarters in Gurgaon, reports Bizjournals. “Delhi is the biggest market in India,” said Anoop Kumar, who heads strategy and corporate development at the company. Gurgaon is also a technology hub which hosts Indian operations for companies such as Google, Accenture, and Uber. As a result, there is “a lot of talent there. India represents a large wedding market that is significantly different from the other 14 countries in which WeddingWire operates,”  Kumar added.

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August 10, 2017   No Comments