The 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.
New Volvo XC90Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Cars unveiled its all new XC90, the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday. It will take on competition from dominating German arch rivals Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW in the growing luxury car market in India. One can expect this SUV from Volvo Auto India in September 2015.During Spring 2015, the new Volvo XC90 will be on sale in the UK at a starting price of 45,785 for the D5 AWD Momentum variant. The same premium SUV will be sold in India at a different price point.Sudeep Narayan, Director, Sales and Marketing, Volvo Auto India, said, “The second generation all new XC90 SUV will be available for sale in Europe in February-March 2015 and in India in September 2015.”According to him, the SUV is all set to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. “Filled with the Swedish manufacturer’s technological know-how, it will become one the safest, most hi-tech and most economical SUVs on the market.”Echoing the above sentiments, Tomas Ernberg, Managing Director at Volvo Auto India added, “This car is going to be a game changer for Volvo cars globally as well as for India.”What is newThe latest XC90 gets longer, taller and lower dimensions than the present model. Incidentally, it will be the first all-new car to emerge under the brand’s current Chinese ownership. At the front, it gets a prominent chrome-trimmed grille, a first from Volvo. An elongated and chiseled bonnet cuts back into the SUV’s shoulder line, all the way to the tapered rear lights. In turn, this design gives the vehicle a broad stance. advertisementCompetitionIn the Indian luxury car market, the new Volvo XC90 faces off against rival premium SUVs like Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Volkswagen Touareg, Mercedes M-Class and Audi Q7.
Germany stunned title favourites Spain 1-0 with a looping first-half header from Mitchell Weiser to win the European Under-21 championship on Friday and earn their second title.Germany blunted the sharpest attack at the finals, centred around the tournament top scorer Saul Niquez whose Spain side were bidding for a record-equalling fifth Euro crown.Germany’s Max Meyer headed against the post after seven minutes with the first of several chances in a dominant first half as Spain were taken by surprise.Serge Gnabry also twice came close for the Germans before Weiser’s clever header from Jeremy Toljan’s cross in the 40th minute sailed over keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the net.Spain threatened only once in the first half, with a Hector Bellerin header, but increased the pressure after the break.Saul forced an outstanding save from Germany’s Julian Pollersbeck on the hour and Dani Ceballos fired narrowly wide as they went in search of an equaliser.But Germany, with several players confirming their status as potential contenders for next year’s World Cup squad, held on to add another Euro Under-21 trophy to their 2009 triumph.Germany’s senior team, the world champions, face Chile in the Confederations Cup final in Russia on Sunday.