Secondary makers have to invest more on technology and inputs, even as demand for their products is down, hitting their margins

The mandatory norms pertaining to steel product quality, to take effect next month in a central government order, will affect the profitability of semi-finished product makers. They’d have to make the changes at extra cost amid poor demand. The Steel and Steel Products (Quality Control) Second Order, 2012, issued in March, says long and flat steel makers need a Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) licence from September 12. So do foreign suppliers of these goods.

The State government on Tuesday informed the Karnataka High Court that 564 mineral and packaged drinking water units in the State were functioning without the ISI certification and only 224 such units had ISI certification from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

This information was given to a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice Aravind Kumar during the hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition complaining that a large number of such units are operating in the State without the mandatory ISI certification.

“Science-based” standards are an integral part of modern regulatory systems. Studies on “public understanding of science” mostly focus on high technology areas in advanced economies. In contrast, the present study analyses the public understanding of regulation in the context of standard-setting for bottled water quality in India. Using primary data, the econometric models of this paper show that public understanding of participation in regulation depends on awareness of, and trust in, existing regulatory practices in a complex, non-linear manner.

KOLKATA, 10 JULY: The state government distributed only 12.7 per cent of the food grain "specially" allotted by the Centre for the 10 backward districts in the state in the last fiscal year, said M

An ISO certification may soon help you pick the ‘chaatwallah’ you flock to every weekend.

Chandigarh: The ground water level in most areas of Chandigarh, though not alarming, has been witnessing a continuous declining trend since more than a decade now.

Unauthorised manufacturing units mushroom as consumption goes up by 15%

Areas abutting the city are increasingly dotted with packaged drinking water industrial units. A minimum of 30 plants have come up over the last year in the neighbouring districts. The rising demand for water this summer has also paved the way for the sale of sub-standard quality of water and operation of unauthorised units.

With water crisis slowly taking on alarming proportions, substandard packaged drinking water, without proper labels and ISO certification and quality checks, are more freely available in the market, raising risks of contracting water-borne diseases.

With the Water Board failing to supply adequate safe drinking water, residents are forced to buy water from private companies. But water bottles or pouches of many companies are sold without proper labels or adequate quality checks, officials said.

Draft Central Electricity Authority (Technical Standards for Connectivity of the Distributed Generation Resources) Regulation 2010.

NEW DELHI, March 19 – The Centre has on Monday claimed comprehensive technical studies were carried out for safety of dams including dams in the North-East.