AAP files petition for a court-monitored probe into the “formalin in fish” issue

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) Goa on Monday filed a letter petition in the Bombay High Court at Goa asking for a court-monitored probe into the “formalin in fish” issue. The administration appears to be continuing to withhold crucial facts, and is not taking any real action to protect Goans from fish possibly laced with formalin, while only making statements of false reassurance to the public, said the petition.Simultaneously, AAP has also notified Garima Singh, Director (Enforcement) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India about the circumstances in which the events of July 12 regarding the events leading to Goa Food and Drugs Administration’s testing of imported fish from other States, unfolded, said AAP convenor, for Goa, Alves Gomes said. It may be recalled that during the Maggi Noodles controversy of 2015, the so-called clean chit given by Goa FDA had been refuted by FSSAI, its own parent body, raising serious doubts on the credibility and independence of the local body tasked with protecting Goans from unsafe food and drugs, said Mr. Gomes in a press release issued here on Monday evening.Despite assurances by the Chief Minister that he is “personally monitoring” the issue, it has been reported that no FDA officials have actually been present at fish markets to enforce the monitoring, pointed out AAP. “If the FDA office could be given additional security, then why couldn’t FDA inspectors enforce effective monitoring under police protection if required,” asked Mr. Gomes, adding, “A larger question also arises – are the wholesale agents so powerful that even the Home Minister does not dare to live up to his promises?”.The AAP has said that the “test reports” made public by the FDA are incomplete, vague, and appear to be a hurried reaction to AAP’s demand. “The reports are yet another attempt to quell the issue rather than attempt to ensure safety of fish consumed by Goans. AAP is continuing its own investigation into the matter, and will continue to present more facts and raise further questions until Goans receive the right answers,” said Mr. Gomes.He said that AAP will also raise this issue at a national level since many other States including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Nagaland, Assam, Orissa, etc., have found the carcinogenic-laced fish being sold in their markets.last_img read more

Virat Kohli, ruthless on the field, is a soft-hearted good Samaritan off it

first_imgVirat Kohli is an aggressor on the field; yet when he is off that competitive turf, he exhibits the opposite – calm, soft and giving.Recently in the Indian Premier League, Virat Kohli made a comeback after a short-injury lay-off and in the three matches that he has played, he has already scored two half tons. It has been long established that his much-criticised aggression is what makes him so dominant in the record books.While he is establishing his feet in the Indian Premier League 10, Kohli along with his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates AB de Villers and Shane Watson visited the Tamahar Care Centre for “special children” stamping it yet again that off-the-field he’s all heart.Along with a photograph of himself, AB and Watson with a kid, Kohli wrote on his Instagram profile, “Came to meet some really special children at tamahar with Shane and AB. What a special time and so much to learn from them. Just happy with small things in life.”Time and again, Kohli has opened up with his soft side to his fans constantly giving them a sneak peek into his personal life, happenings and thoughts.Love being lazy at home with this naughty little dynamite. Unconditional Love ???? pic.twitter.com/Lzs5ijPK9eadvertisement- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 12, 2016Very recently, on April 18, Kohli had gone to visit CARE, a rescue and rehabilitation centre in Jakkur and what was originally supposed to be just a visit turned into Kohli spending time with the dogs and cats there for nearly an hour.Moreover, he also adopted 15 destitute dogs and decided to take care of the crippled and blind ones, according to Sudha Narayanan, founder and trustee of the organisation.On Women’s Day this year, Kohli also posted on Instagram a picture with his mother and alleged girlfriend Anushka Sharma saying, “Happy women’s day to every woman out there, but specially to the two strongest women in my life. My mom for looking after the family in toughest times in life and Anushka Sharma for fighting against the odds regularly and standing up for righteousness and changing the norms.”Kohli came under the scanner for his immense aggression and sledging during the Test series against Australia and clearly, his movement on the field, his expressions and body language exuded assertiveness and almost an element of antagonism. But it is this zeal and confidence that he has managed to transgress into his teammates which has made this Indian team look so spirited.Despite all the controversy around his on-field antics, Virat Kohli has always managed to assert that he has immense compassion for all beings off the competitive field.last_img read more