Ban on Maggi noodles makes Nestle India bottom line take 60 percent

first_imgHit by the ban on sales of Maggi brand noodles, Nestle India Ltd on Thursday reported 60 percent fall in its net profit and 32 percent fall in its net sales for the third quarter.The company follows calendar year as its financial year.In a media statement filed with BSE, Nestle India said its net profit for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 was Rs.124.2 crore, down from Rs.311.3 crore for the same period the previous year.The company said it had posted a net sales of Rs.1,736.2 crore for the period under review down by 32 percent over 2014 figures.The ban on sales of Maggi noodles impacted the domestic and export sales.According to Suresh Narayanan, chairman and managing director, the company has restarted manufacturing noodles.After testing the products in three accredited laboratories and their clearance the noodles the company is keen on reintroducing the products in the market, he said.Narayanan said that during the quarter under review, the Bombay High Court had set aside the ban on Maggi noodles and ordered that the earlier batches be tested in three accredited laboratories.As per the test results, the lead content in the product is well below the permissible levels, he said.last_img read more

95 children in Bangladesh affected by nicotine

first_imgnonameA major percentage of Bangladeshi children are the victims of second-hand smoke (SHS).Oxford journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, published from England on 7 December, showed that about 95% children in the Dhaka city corporation and nearby areas carry nicotine in their bodies due to indirect smoking.The survey was based on saliva tests of 479 primary school children at Mirpur and Savar areas of Dhaka in 2015.The article, Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Primary School Children: A Survey in Dhaka, Bangladesh, said that there was urgent need to reduce exposure to SHS (second-hand smoke) in Bangladeshi children.The study was carried out jointly by Dhaka University of Bangladesh, York University of England, University of Edinburgh and Leeds City Council Public Health Department.Member of the research team, Rumana Huque, professor of economics at Dhaka University, told Prothom Alo, “Children are harmed by family members smoking at home. On the streets, in buses, shops and restaurants, many people smoke and children get affected. Our study was on the effect of that second-hand smoke exposure.”Referring to the research results and the severity of the situation, former director of NIDCH (National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital) and chest diseases specialist professor Ali Hossain said, “One of the major contributors to child asthma is SHS. Fathers, brothers or passers-by exhale the smoke and children are the victims. There is no way to save the children from this danger except through mass awareness.”While a smoker exhales smoke, other people inhale this second-hand smoke. The article also stated that, about 40% children of the world are victim of second-hand smoke exposure.The same environment poses more risks for a child than for an adult as a child’s respiratory rate is higher than that of an adult. Moreover, a child is less capable of protesting against anyone smoking nearby.Research methodRumana Huque said, the study was conducted with the approval of BMRC (Bangladesh Medical Research Council) on 479 children between the ages of 11 to 13 years.At first, the saliva samples were sent to the ABS lab in England as Bangladesh has no nicotine testing lab. The presence of nicotine could be detected in saliva, urine and hair samples.The research team prepared the questionnaire for the children, based on tobacco-related behaviour. Questions included, “Do you live with anyone who smokes tobacco?” or “Does anyone smoke while you are in the car?”Results of the studyNicotine was found in 453 children’s saliva samples out of 479 which means 95% of the children were victim of SHS.Rumana added, “There is no other source for the nicotine that enters the child’s body other than ‘bidi’ or cigarette smoke.”She said she did not know of any similar study in neighbouring or other developing countries. Referring to the 2011 statistics of the famous British medical journal Lancet stating 40% of the world children as victim of SHS, Rumana said that Bangladesh was in a much worse condition than the others.About 43% (208) children said in the survey that at least one in the family smoked. About 21% (100) children said, their family members and guests were not allowed to smoke inside while 87% (419) said that they were recently exposed to SHS at public place (roads, shops etc.)last_img read more

Rangpur Metropolitan Police bill passed in JS

first_imgThe Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday passed a bill to form Rangpur Metropolitan Police with a view to improving the law and order and strengthening the police services to ensure public security in Rangpur metropolitan area, reports UNB.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan moved the bill titled Rangpur Metropolitan Police Bill, 2018 which was passed by voice vote.In November 2017, the cabinet approved the draft law to form the separate police force for Rangpur Metropolitan area, which was placed in parliament on 11 February.The bill empowered the police force of the metropolitan area to award pecuniary punishment and jail-terms for violation of laws. It can fine up to Tk 10,000 and one-year jail subjected to types of crimes.The draft law was framed in the light of the existing Sylhet Metropolitan Police Act 2009 and Barisal Metropolitan Police Act, 2009.As per the bill, the police members will have to execute the orders of the competent authorities, apply full power of the police officers concerned to prevent or resist any possible criminal offence and resist all public nuisances.In 2012, Rangpur City Corporation was formed with 203 square kilometre areas and nearly eight lakh dwellers.last_img read more

Ted Cruz Says Cambridge Analytica Told His Presidential Campaign Its Data Use

first_img Share By Robin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at a campaign event for congressional candidate Chip Roy in New Braunfels on Saturday, Feb. 10. 2018U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign was assured the much-touted data firm it used during the 2016 race, Cambridge Analytica, was operating above the board, a spokeswoman for the U.S. senator said Tuesday, weighing in as the company faced growing scrutiny over its practices. Cruz’s data-driven 2016 campaign relied on Cambridge Analytica for over $5.8 million in services, according to Federal Election Commission records, before the firm went on to work for the Republican Party’s nominee and now-president, Donald Trump. On Friday, Facebook announced it was suspending Cambridge Analytica from the social network ahead of reports that it had improperly harvested information from the profiles of over 50 million users. The firm has denied any wrongdoing.Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said in a statement: “In explicit contractual language, Cambridge Analytica affirmatively represented that all data used by them were obtained legally, that they would conduct their operations ‘in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations,’ and that they ‘hold all necessary permits, licenses and consents to conduct its operations.’ The campaign relied upon those representations throughout our engagement, which were reiterated by Cambridge Analytica upon inquiries of the media back in 2015, when they assured us the claims made in the press were false.”As controversy has mounted over the firm’s practices in recent days, Democrats have sought to make Cruz answer for its starring role in his White House bid. The Texas Democratic Party issued a statement Monday afternoon saying Cruz “will stop at nothing to weasel his way into power, even if it means weaponizing stolen information to manipulate people to like him.” And on Monday night, Cruz’s Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso got in on the action, tweeting a dig at Cambridge Analytica’s claims of sophisticated voter targeting. “We also wanted to know what was on Texans’ minds,” O’Rourke said. “So we’ve been showing up and asking them in person at hundreds of town halls across the state.”In suspending Cambridge Analytica, Facebook said it learned in 2015 that the firm improperly obtained data from about 270,000 users through a third party and subsequently asked the firm to delete the data. While Cambridge Analytica assured Facebook it had erased the data, the social network said it discovered in recent days that the firm may not have done that.The story has since grown only more complicated, with the publication over the weekend of newspaper investigations revealing how the firm harvested private information from the 50 million profiles without users’ permission. On Monday, a London TV station unveiled an undercover investigation in which Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was secretly filmed discussing how the firm could entrap politicians through bribes and sex workers.Cambridge Analytica had factored prominently into many accounts of Cruz’s data-savvy 2016 operation. At the time, the firm was a little-known company that boasted of being able to use “psychographic” analysis of voters to narrowly tailor messages that could win them over.“The campaign hired Cambridge Analytica as a vendor to assist with data analysis and online advertising,” Frazier said in the statement. “The campaign’s data analysis program followed and built upon the successful data-modeling and micro-targeting approach pioneered by the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012.”Cambridge Analytica is reportedly owned in part by Robert Mercer, a New York hedge-fund magnate who poured $11 million into a super PAC network that supported Cruz’s 2016 effort. In addition to the more than $5.8 million that the firm billed Cruz’s campaign, it did $570,000 in business with one of the pro-Cruz super PACs, Keep the Promise II.Mercer and his daughter Rebekah — who helps guide his political spending — ultimately switched their alliances to Trump when Cruz dropped out of the presidential race.Even then, Cambridge Analytica maintained a strong connection to Texas — it was part of the Trump campaign’s San Antonio-based digital operation operation, which was helmed by then-local web developer Brad Parscale.last_img read more

White House Pastry Chefs Make National Mall in Gingerbread

first_imgBy DEB RIECHMANN, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The traditional White House gingerbread house isn’t exactly a house this year. It’s a massive, sugary replica of the entire National Mall.The pastry creation — featured at Monday’s unveiling of the White House holiday decorations — required 225 pounds of dough, 25 pounds of chocolate and 20 pounds of white icing. It includes replicas of the Capitol, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the Washington Monument and the White House, complete with tiny green wreaths with red ribbons on each window.The gingerbread house, showcasing the full expanse of the National Mall: the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and, the White House is seen in the State Dining Room during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Christmas has arrived at the White House for 2018 as first lady Melania Trump unveiled the holiday decor. She designed the decor, which features a theme of “American Treasures.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)White House pastry chefs have created gingerbread houses during the holidays since the early 1970s. The first one depicted a Christmas village. Another was a replica of President Bill Clinton’s boyhood home in Arkansas.“American Treasures” is the theme of this year’s White House holiday decor, designed by first lady Melania Trump, who tweeted a video showing her walking amid the display. Decorations in the ornate East Room are meant to highlight the diversity and ingenuity of American architecture.The Official 2018 White House Christmas Ornament is seen during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Christmas has arrived at the White House. First lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2018 White House holiday decor on Monday. She designed the decor, which features a theme of “American Treasures.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Four custom-made mantelpieces feature the skylines of New York, St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco. Seventy-two handmade paper ornaments representing six regions across the nation adorn four 14-foot fir trees. In the library, trees are decorated with ornaments from all states and territories.In the China Room there are three tables recreated from previous state dinners during the Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Trump administrations using, china and glassware from the White House permanent collection. A place card for President Donald Trump is next to one for “Mrs. Macron,” French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife, Brigitte.Upstairs in the Green Room, there are decorations representing an American cornucopia with fruits, vegetables and grains adorning a tree.The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during the Christmas press preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. The tree measures 18 feet tall and is dressed in over 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with each State and territory. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The 18-foot official White House Christmas tree stands tall in the center of the Blue Room. The Fraser fir from North Carolina is decorated with more than 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with each state and territory.The Red Room features ornaments and two wreaths made of pencils stamped with “Be Best,” Mrs. Trump’s youth initiative.Patriotism is on display in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall. More than 14,000 red ornaments hang on the branches of 29 trees. Hidden projectors cast silhouettes of pine and other holiday greenery on the ceilings.The Cross Hall is seen during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Christmas has arrived at the White House. First lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2018 White House holiday decor on Monday. She designed the decor, which features a theme of “American Treasures.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)From their portraits on the walls of the corridor, Presidents John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan gaze down on the holiday spectacle.last_img read more

Study shows genes may play a role in promiscuity

first_imgCaptive Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata at Bodelwyddan Castle Aviary, Denbighshire, Wales. Image: Arpingstone/Wikipedia. (PhysOrg.com) — In a recent study, in what is likely to stir some controversy, researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Germany have shown that finches in the wild, normally a monogamous type of bird, tend to cheat on their “spouses” and what’s more, it appears to be an inherited trait; but that’s not the end of it, the researchers also suggest in their paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that such inherited traits may also exist in other species, including man. It has actually been known for quite some time that finches tend to stray, and while the male behavior seemed clear and well understood, the female behavior was somewhat of a puzzle. The males, by straying were spreading their seed around, thus keeping things in the finch world, richly diversified. But why would the females go along with the whole game, as there didn’t seem any reward for them?To find out, the team, led by Wolfgang Forstmeier, studied 1,554 zebra finches over five generations; taking DNA samples along the way. In addition to studying their natural behavior, they also swiped the eggs from some nests and deposited them in others to make sure the birds weren’t learning their errant behavior from a parent.What they found was that male finches with a father that strayed, were more likely to stray themselves, regardless of whether that father was around to help raise them. They also found the same was true for the females, a surprising result, but one that makes sense when you consider that if birds in any given area are to remain diversified, at least some of the females are going to have to stray as well; but not all, as clearly finches benefit from having nearly monogamous mates to help raise their young.The authors, even as they step out on a limb to suggest the same traits may hold true for human beings as well as for birds, immediately backtrack, making it clear they realized that there is far more going on when people stray, than when birds do so. Even so, it’s an interesting idea; one some people might use after learning about the results of this study, when looking for a rationale to excuse their behavior. More information: Female extrapair mating behavior can evolve via indirect selection on males, PNAS, Published online before print June 13, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1103195108AbstractIn many species that form socially monogamous pair bonds, a considerable proportion of the offspring is sired by extrapair males. This observation has remained a puzzle for evolutionary biologists: although mating outside the pair bond can obviously increase the offspring production of males, the benefits of such behavior to females are less clear, yet females are known to actively solicit extrapair copulations. For more than two decades adaptionist explanations have dominated the discussions, yet remain controversial, and genetic constraint arguments have been dismissed without much consideration. An intriguing but still untested hypothesis states that extrapair mating behavior by females may be affected by the same genetic variants (alleles) as extrapair mating behavior by males, such that the female behavior could evolve through indirect selection on the male behavior. Here we show that in the socially monogamous zebra finch, individual differences in extrapair mating behavior have a hereditary component. Intriguingly, this genetic basis is shared between the sexes, as shown by a strong genetic correlation between male and female measurements of extrapair mating behavior. Hence, positive selection on males to sire extrapair young will lead to increased extrapair mating by females as a correlated evolutionary response. This behavior leads to a fundamentally different view of female extrapair mating: it may exist even if females obtain no net benefit from it, simply because the corresponding alleles were positively selected in the male ancestors. Explore further Citation: Study shows genes may play a role in promiscuity (2011, June 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-genes-role-promiscuity.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Infidelity pays off for female Gouldian finches This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Shout out loud for Beltek

first_imgThe party season approaches as the mercury seems to be taking a breather. Adding to the ever expanding list of international DJs visiting the Capital gets one more name added. Here’s Martin Beltek Bijelic, better known simply as Beltek.In just a couple of years since he won Pete Tong’s competition with Copacabana, Beltek’s name regularly pops out on top of EDM music charts and labels such as Dim Mak, Ministry of Sound etc. His versatile production skills and fingerprint mass appealing sound already assured him remixing duties for major artists such as Faithless, Booka Shade, Gareth Emery and others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the city for his maiden tour by Kyoas Entertainment, Millennium Post catches up with the artiste. Read on. How do you like the music scene in India?Actually I was really happy to see that a lot of people here in India know my music. So as far as I saw the scene here, I like it big time. When did you start with this career? My career started with my first release, Copacabana on Chris Lake’s label Rising Music in 2008. And the main suspect to blame for my career start was Pete Tong. Since I won his music production contest Bedroom Bedlam back in 2007 with my track Copacabana. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow has the journey been? Tell us about the best and the worst times so far…My journey was most of the time and still is very inspiring, joyful and positive for me. I think if you lose joy and inspiration for whatever is that you are doing, then you should definitely change your job. The only a bit not so cherished moments of my job are the flight and airport waiting moments. Those are the worst. What songs top your own playlist right now? Define your music philosophy for us Mike Hawkins, Pablo Oliveros – Bangover Jacob Plant – Fire and obviously some of my own.My music philosophy is simple – Like, Inhale, Connect and Party.last_img read more