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Much room for higher Indian apparel exports to Mexico: Envoy

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New Delhi [India], February 17 (ANI): The bilateral trade between India and Mexico is rising and there is huge potential for growth of Indian apparel exports to Mexico, said country’s ambassador to Mexico Manpreet Vohra.
Speaking at ‘India-Mexico Synergies in Apparel and Textiles’ virtual meeting, organised by Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) and Embassy of India, Mexico City, Mexico, on Tuesday evening, Vohra said the bilateral trade has grown 46 per cent to about USD 10 billion since 2014.
“Mexico is now India’s largest trading partner in Latin America and the second-largest in entire America after the USA and having overtaken Canada and Brazil. Our trade is also fairly well balanced with only about USD 1 billion in India’s favour,” Vohra said.
The Ambassador said one of the most important products in the bilateral trade basket is garments and textiles, and for which India is among Mexico’s top suppliers. In 2019, Mexico imported USD 381 million worth of textiles and clothing items from the country.
“However, there is much more room for growth borne out by the fact that in 2019 Mexico imported over USD 10.7 billion worth of garments and textiles from all over the world. Even 2020 data shows from January to November that despite the pandemic Mexico has still imported USD 7.9 billion of these items. India, therefore, can surely increase its share in the import matrix of Mexico,” the envoy said.
India is one of the leading manufacturers and exporters of high quality and competitively priced garments and textiles, he said and added that the size of the country’s domestic market alone is USD 100 billion.
“Both the domestic market size and India’s share in global apparel trade, currently 5 per cent, are likely to triple by 2024-25,” he added.
AEPC Chairman A Sakthivel said, “At the start of the coronavirus pandemic in India in March, the production of medical textiles in the country was zero. Within 30 days with the help of Minister of Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani and our exporters, the production of medical textiles began. And, by June India became the world’s second-largest manufacturer of medical textiles.”
Sudhir Sekhri, Chairman (Export Promotion), AEPC, said, “Of the 10 top apparel products that are being exported from India to Mexico only one item is a MMF fabric, all other items are cotton fabrics. This is where the gap is and where we see growth.” (ANI)

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Rs 5. 6 cr Input Tax Credit fraud detected in Pune, one held

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Pune (Maharashtra) [India], March 6 (ANI): Commissionerate of Central Goods and Service Tax, Pune-II has detected fake Input Tax Credit (ITC) of Rs 5.6 crore and bogus invoices of Rs. 31.5 crore in particular cases, said the department in a release on Friday.
In a statement, the department said that one person identified as Naresh Kumar Banarsi das Bansal was arrested on March 2 in this matter so far.
“In a continued crackdown on bogus entities engaged in fraudulent ITC, CGST Pune II Commissionerate has detected fake ITC of Rs 5.6 crore and bogus invoices of Rs 31.5 crore in a particular case. One person has been arrested so far,” the CGST & Customs Pune Zone also tweeted.
Further investigation is underway. (ANI)

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TMC destroyed democracy in Darjeeling, Kalimpong districts since 2017: Raju Bista

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Darjeeling (West Bengal) [India], March 6 (ANI): After the TMC announced the names of 291 candidates contesting the Assembly election in West Bengal, Darjeeling MP Raju Bista released a statement accusing TMC of destroying democracy in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts since 2017.
Bista said he has written to Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora stating: “TMC has killed democracy in the hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts since 2017.”
In his letter, the Member of Parliament alleged that the TMC had allowed non-elected political appointees to continue running the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC is blatantly trying to influence voters in the state, he added.
“I have received many complaints about those running GTA of luring voters with employment, the offer of contracts, making employment permanent, and even intimidating many individuals. Our Constitution does not permit such subversion of democracy,” Bista wrote.
I believe non-elected political appointees should not have any authority or power during the election period. This is why I have written to the Governor and the Chief Election Commissioner requesting them to remove these Political appointees from GTA and let the body be run by bureaucrats under the supervision of the Governor directly.
Across West Bengal, our party has demanded that the control of all Municipalities and rural bodies that are currently being run by unelected TMC nominees be taken over by the Election Commission.
Subversion of democratic norms will not be tolerated and I most hopeful that the Election Commission will take due cognizance and initiate necessary actions in this regard, he said. (ANI)

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Police burst arms manufacturing unit of Naxals in Gadchiroli district

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Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) [India], March 6 (ANI): Police and security forces have busted an arms manufacturing unit of Naxals in Gadchiroli district in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.
Addressing media, Home Minister of the state, Anil Deshmukh said that Gadchiroli police conducted operation under Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign.
“70 of our officials were involved. The operation lasted for 48 hours and was completed. One police personnel suffered a gunshot injury and was immediately shifted to the hospital for treatment,” the Home Minister said.
The raid was held on March 4, at an arms manufacturing factory in Abujhmad. “We conducted the raid and destroyed the factor in a 48-hour-long operation. During the search, we found many objectionable articles apart from Naxal accessories. However, they shot one of our jawans and fled,” Superintendent of Police Ankit Tyagi said.
Gadchiroli is a remote district affected by Naxal activities in the state. (ANI)

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Sex tape case: 6 Karnataka ministers move court to restrain media

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 6 (ANI): A total of six ministers in the B S Yediyurappa government on Friday moved a Bengaluru court seeking a stay against media outlets from publishing or broadcasting anything defamatory against them.
The ministers include B Basavaraj, Dr K Sudhakar, BC Patil, Shivram Hebbar, H T Somashekar and K C Narayana Gowda moved a city court moved the Bengaluru court and demanded the media to stop broadcasting/printing/publishing any defamatory or unauthenticated content about them.
The six Karnataka ministers have moved to Civil Court here in connection with a sex tape case allegedly involving Ramesh Jarkiholi, who recently resigned as minister.
The six ministers are among the 17 MLAs who had rebelled and led to the fall of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in July 2019, which paved the way for the BJP to come to power.
He was reacting to the recent allegation of sexual harassment against former Karnataka Major and Medium Water Resources Minister Jarkiholi by social activist Dinesh Kallahalli on March 2. Jarakiholi resigned within 24 hours of the release of a purported sex tape.
There was an uproar following Jarkiholi’s resignation with former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday stating that persons who claimed to be in possession of obscene CDs and who were using them to blackmail politicians should be arrested. “These blackmailers” are a threat to the society, the JD(S) leader said.
Refusing to take any names, the JD(S) leader alleged that the entire episode took place in the past two to three months and many high profile people were involved in the case.
“It is the responsibility of the government to get to the bottom of the case and bring out the truth,” Kumaraswamy urged the Karnataka government. (ANI)

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Eminent Shia cleric appeals to people to get COVID-19 vaccination

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): Eminent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad on Friday sought to dispel rumours and doubts about the Covid-19 vaccine among the Muslim community and appealed to people to get inoculated.
“When the many senior leaders of the country including Prime Minister, Defence Minister and Home Minister have taken the Made in India vaccine for coronavirus, we should also get our elders and needy people vaccinated against the virus,” the cleric told ANI.
After offering special prayers on Friday, he made an appeal to people not to heed any rumours about the vaccine and said that even he is waiting for his turn to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
Recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and many other senior leaders of the country have received the first doses of the vaccine during the nationwide vaccination drive.
Appealing to people to take the vaccine, PM tweeted, “I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!”
PM Modi flagged-off the first phase of the pan-India rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16, 2021. (ANI)

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Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu gets Covid vaccine dose

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Mohali (Punjab) [India], March 6 (ANI): Punjab Health and Family Welfare minister Balbir Singh Sidhu got his first Covid vaccine shot at a district hospital in Mohali on Friday.
After receiving the jab, the minister said he felt fit and fine and urged people to come forward and receive the vaccination and not pay heed to rumours.
“I feel fit and fine and people must come forward for the vaccination without giving any attention to rumors,” the Health Minister said after taking his shot yesterday.
Sidhu also said that the vaccine is safe and so far no adverse effect of vaccination has been reported from anywhere.
Lauding the efforts of Health care workers and front-line workers for working tirelessly in curbing the spread of the coronavirus, he said that even though the vaccine is being given the world over, caution is still needed.
“People should cover their faces with masks while moving out, and keep the necessary distance from each other. It is also important to wash hands frequently with soap and water,” he said. (ANI)

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