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19 January 2017


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130. நெஞ்சொடு புலத்தல்

குறள் 1293:
கெட்டார்க்கு நட்டாரில் என்பதோ நெஞ்சேநீ
பெட்டாங் கவர்பின் செலல்

மு.வ உரை:
நெஞ்சே! நீ உன் விருப்பத்தின்படியே அவர் பின் செல்வதற்குக் காரணம், துன்பத்தால் அழிந்தவர்‌க்கு நண்பர் இல்லை என்னும் எண்ண‌மோ?
சாலமன் பாப்பையா உரை:
நெஞ்சே! நீ என்னிடம் இல்லாமல் உன் விருப்பப்படியே அவரிடம் செல்லக் காரணம், இந்த உலகத்தில் கெட்டுப் போனவர்களுக்கு நண்பர் இல்லை என்பதனாலோ?
கலைஞர் உரை:
நெஞ்சே! நீ எனை விடுத்து அவரை விரும்பிப் பின் தொடர்ந்து செல்வது, துன்பத்தால் அழிந்தோர்க்கு நண்பர்கள் துணையிருக்க மாட்டார்கள் என்று சொல்வது போலவோ?

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Delhi govt may raid restaurants in CP, Khan Market over hygiene


The Delhi government will launch a food surveillance programme starting Monday to determine quality and hygiene of the fare served in restaurants and fast food chains across the city.

The drive will cover major food hubs as well as sale of packaged food items like chips and juices. In the first phase, target areas to be covered under surveillance will be Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk, Khan Market, Lajpat Nagar and a few others, sources in the department said. The purpose of the programme is to ensure that eateries are conforming to conditions laid out in the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

“It will have a great preventive effect in the food market regarding unsafe and unhealthy food all across the national Capital, including leading food chains here,” said Dr Mrinalini Darswal, food commissioner,department of food safety.

According to Darswal, this is one of the most ambitious programmes…

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HC: Sub-Inspectors can’t order closure of hotels


KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Friday held that police sub-inspectors do not have the power to order closure of hotels after 11 pm citing the menace of antisocial activity. The court issued the order while considering a petition filed by R Ravikumar, owner of Sree Bhadra Hotel, challenging an order by the Sakthikulangara SI to close the hotel at night.

The petitioner argued that he had been operating the hotel with the necessary licence and certificate. According to the petitioner, the police official issued the order citing traffic congestion and increasing anti-social activities in the area.

The SI, meanwhile, submitted that shops and retail outlets at Sakthikulangara, Kavanadu and the nearby areas were directed not to function between 11 pm and 4 am, following complaints of theft. Recently, burglars had targeted some textile shops and bakeries. The petitioner submitted that no government agency, including the Food Safety and Standards…

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FSSAI issues draft guidelines for direct selling FBOs


Food regulator FSSAI today issued a draft guidelines for direct selling companies engaged in food business, proposing mandatory licenses from either central or state authority, besides spelling out mechanisms for consumer grievance redressal and product recalls.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has sought comments from stakeholders by February 2 on its “draft guidelines for operations of direct selling food business operators (FBOs)”.

In its first guidelines for direct selling FBOs to ensuring food safety, FSSAI said: “…It is necessary to address all ways in which food is supplied to consumers, including sale of food by direct selling companies.”

Stating that food supplied through direct selling must meet same requirements as food sold in shops, the regulator said: “It is necessary to ensure that direct selling FBOs should have mechanism to help the general public to address the issues to consume, safe and wholesome food supplied through…

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Beware, you’re not served what you have asked for


A recently-published study of the National Institute of Nutrition highlights risky practices among street food vendors.

If street food is an irresistible indulgence, choose with care where your palate is treated, warns a recently-published study from the National Institute of Nutrition.

The institute in the past has pointed out through several studies the risk of eating street food, including serious bacterial contamination, but in its recent study has listed risky practices among street food handlers. These practices were determined after examining 463 samples of food collected from across the city, and the way they were handled from storage to serving.

Accordingly, testing for food-borne pathogens revealed that most of the carrots used in the samples and over three-quarters of onion — two commonly-used vegetables — were contaminated with the bacteria escherichia coli. The bacteria, known to be a part of the human gut flora, are expelled in faecal matter. Though…

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Watch out what you eat, it may harm your health


A day after Food & Drug Administration (FDA) found adulteration in common food items sold in the city markets, activists and citizens have demanded better monitoring of the food and swift action against the erring manufacturers and traders for selling adulterated food.
Laboratory tests conducted by the Nashik division of FDA found presence of nickel in vanaspati ghee and oil, soluble colours in chilli powder, urea in milk and bacteria in packaged drinking water. Activists and citizens told TOI that as buyers, they are unable to detect whether the food is safe for consumption. Unless the government deals the issue with an iron hand, people will be at the receiving end, they contended.
Consumer activists claimed that the FDA action against these spurious food items is just an eyewash and officials were not making any sincere efforts to curb food adulteration. They claimed that most vegetables are mixed with colours…

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Food Safety News – Tamilnadu updates – Jan 14

Happy Pongal !! இனிய பொங்கல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!!