Leading News: UGC asks institutions to submit digital copy of degrees, in order to combat fake degree
As the sale-purchase of fake degrees continues to remain a menace, the university grants commission (UGC) has tightened the noose around the higher education institutions which are yet to start submitting digital versions of the certificates of students on the national academic depository (NAD), created in 2016 for safe storage, retrieval and verification of the documents.
Giving them a deadline, the higher education regulator has directed the institutions to submit both “the legacy and fresh data” of the students who have passed. It has also made it compulsory for all institutions to provide national academic depository (NAD) identity to each of their students at the time of admission. Those already enrolled will have been given a NAD-ID ahead of their examinations. Read more, click here

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Liquor, food and beverage counterfeiting most rampant in Uttar Pradesh
Liquor and food and beverages have the second- and third-highest number of cases of counterfeiting in India. While the states of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand account for 65 per cent of the total number of counterfeit liquor cases in the country, over 50 per cent of the food adulteration cases take place in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab. These were among the findings by the Authentication Solutions Providers’ Association (ASPA), the world’s first and only self-regulated non-profit organisation that represents the entire as physical and digital authentication solutions industry globally. They were released in the association’s report on counterfeiting in the country, which revealed that the incident of counterfeit cases in India have increased by nearly 15 per cent between January and October 2019. For more click here
Adulteration & Counterfeiting In Liquor Demands Safe Packaging In India
Adulteration has led to many adverse health hazards over decades and this has increased manifold in the alcohol segment. There is a constant effort to end this nuisance but how do we deal with this societal menace? With evolving packaging trends, juices and dairy products have been rapidly adapting to modern lifestyle demands, although not much is taking place in the alcoholic beverage segment. This industry still cannot be ignored for the mere fact that it is consumed in a substantial amount and any fragile packaging can directly hinder the well-being of consumers. In fact, going by estimates, unreliable packaging of liquor leads to many deaths during the year—courtesy scope for adulteration in liquor. Therefore, one should highlight the aspect of safe packaging to arrest the roots of adulteration. For more click here
Illegal Tobacco factory dismantled in Hungary
  • Six million cigarettes and enough tobacco to produce 21 million cigarettes found in an illegal factory in Budapest.  
  • Hungarian customs officers arrested 20 factory employees and the ringleaders behind the operation.

Counterfeit vaping pods seized from Indiana store: Ind. (WLS) -- Several boxes of fake vaping pods and starter kits were seized Monday from a store in Indiana after a two-month investigation. Indiana State Excise Police officers executed a search warrant last Friday at Zip Food Store in Cedar Lake after a customer complaint. "Recently, vaping-related illnesses are on the rise nationwide. Read more

Manipur plans to legalise cannabis for ‘medicinal and industries’ purposes: Biren Singh : Manipur’s (India) Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh has said his government is planning to legalise cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes. The chief minister said during a press conference on Saturday that preparations are on to discuss the matter and make a decision in the next state cabinet meeting. Read more

To Eliminate Fake Cannabis, Solo Science Launches New Authentication System: ( An ex-CIA profiler enters the cannabis market) - According to internal research at solo sciences, up to 80% of all packaged cannabis products may be counterfeit. "The world of cannabis is murky, unpredictable, and often not safe," said Ashesh Shah, CEO and founder of solo sciences and a former CIA profiler.  Read more

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