A Bollywood actress who was arrested by India’s narcotics agency, setting off a media frenzy that has gripped the nation, walked out of jail on Wednesday after being granted bail.
Europe’s treatment of its Roma people has been inexcusable” over the past decade, a top European Union official said Wednesday as she presented a 10year plan to improve life for the large ethnic minority.
New Delhi: In a relief to India’s toy industry, the government on Wednesday extended the enforcement of compulsory certification by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for toys to January 1, 2021 from September 1, 2020.“This decision allows domestic manufacturers four months of extra time to make necessary arrangements for compliance of standards in view of difficulties arising out of Covid-19 pandemic,” the commerce and industry ministry said in a statement.The order mandates all toys and materials designed or intended for use in play by children below 14 years of age to be certified by the BIS.The move came in the wake of a study by the Quality Council of India (QCI) revealing that 67% of imported toys failed a testing survey, which prompted an aggressive push to produce safe toys in the country. Imports from China and Taiwan account for around 90% of the domestic toy market. The government is keen push to local manufacturing is significant as the toy industry in India is primarily in the unorganised sector, comprising around 4,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Dolls and playing cards to videogame consoles and board games are all considered toys.Prime Minister Narendra Modi too emphasised on toy manufacturing in the country under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative. In his radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’, he called upon startup entrepreneurs to “team up for toys”, saying it was time to get vocal for local toys.
Spains prime minister unveiled a major plan Wednesday to boost his country out of recession by spending 140 billion euros ($162 billion) of European Union aid to reshape the economy, with the aim of creating 800,000 jobs over the next three years.