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In these time of crisis, ActionAiders across India are working tirelessly on the ground to bring succour to daily wagers, low income families and migrant workers, hoping to release the burden they face due to loss of income and livelihoods, a result of the necessary lockdown.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), on 07 June 2020 released the results of the second State Food Safety Index to celebrate World Food Safety Day during a webinar. In alignment with this year’s theme, “Food Safety is everyone’s business”, the celebration was dedicated to all those in the supply chain who have ensured the uninterrupted availability of safe food for everyone during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on April 24, 2020, publishes the Insecticides (Second Amendment) Rules, 2020, to further amend the Insecticides Rules, 1971. The people covered under these rules shall apply for new registration of leaflets and labels within 90 days.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 was promulgated on June 5, 2020. It seeks to provide for barrier-free trade of farmers’ produce outside the markets notified under the various state agricultural produce market laws (state APMC Acts). The Ordinance will prevail over state APMC Acts.

The Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on sales) Regulations, 2011 was notified on 01.08.2011 wherein the regulation 2.2 specifies "Restriction on use of certain ingredient" particularly on Khesari Grm/dal.

A TRAFFIC analysis finds a significant increase in reported poaching of wild animals in India during the lockdown period that is not restricted to any geographical region or state or to any specific wildlife area.

This briefing by the Clean Air Fund follows a YouGov poll that shows at least two-thirds of citizens in diverse locations around the world – Great Britain, India, Nigeria, Poland and Bulgaria – support stricter regulation to tackle air pollution.

Several important reforms have already been enacted to realize this goal in the first year of Modi 2.0 Government. A massive cut in corporate taxes making India one of the most competitive economies in the world, big disinvestment announcements, Labour Code reforms, Public Sector Banks consolidation and continued success of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code are just some of the path-breaking reforms undertaken by the government since May 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been voted back to power with an enhanced mandate in the General Elections held in April-May 2019.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is launching its upgraded cloud-based food safety compliance online platform in a phase-wise and Manipur has been selected in the first phase, including eight other states and Union Territories of India.

Growth in energy markets slowed in 2019 in line with weaker economic growth and a partial unwinding of some of the one-off factors that boosted energy demand in 2018.This slowdown was particularly evident in the US, Russia and India, each of which exhibited unusually strong growth in 2018.

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