National

Sale of Loose Cigarettes may be Banned in India

New Delhi, Nov 25: The sale of loose cigarettes may be banned in the country after the central government on Tuesday said that it has accepted the recommendations of an expert panel which has suggested restriction on its sale in loose form.

The panel has also suggested increasing the minimum age for buying the tobacco products, proposing a bigger fine for violation of provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Health minister JP Nadda said, "the Ministry has accepted the recommendations and a draft note for Cabinet has been circulated for consultation."

The tobacco companies will face tough period after the recommendation gets a nod from both the Cabinet and Parliament for implementation.

Nearly 70 per cent of all sales are from loose cigarettes - many cannot afford to buy a packet of 10 cigarettes at an average Rs 190

Analysts say sales will take a 10 to 20 per cent hit if these proposals are made the law. The cigarette industry contributes Rs 25,000 crore in tax revenue, but health concerns are expected to override the loss from that.

Defence Industrial Manufacturing corridor in Bundelkhand region: PM

Lucknow: Announcing a Defence Industrial Manufacturing corridor in the Bundelkhand region , Prime Minister Narendra Modi said potential coupled with P...

Rotomac Owner, Son Questioned In Delhi Over Rs 3,700-Cr Loan Default

New Delhi: Industrialist Vikram Kothari, the promoter of Rotomac Pens, and his son Rahul Kothari, are being questioned at the CBI office in Delhi afte...

No Chinese warships near Maldives: Indian Navy refutes Chinese reports

New Delhi: The Indian Navy has said there are no Chinese warships in the Indian Ocean close to Maldives. The clarification is aimed at refuting Chines...

Modi government opens coal mining for private companies

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led Union government on Tuesday approved opening up of coal mining to the private sector for commercial use, a major refo...