Sounak MitraITC Ltd, which launched packaged milk and yogurt in its home market Kolkata on October 30, said it is planning to ramp up presence in the dairy market with value-added products, including milkshakes, nationwide. This is part of the firm's diversification strategy to generate Rs 1-trillion revenue from non-cigarette packaged good business by 2030. Of this, around 65 percent, or Rs 65,000 crore, is targeted from food products. Currently, the non-cigarette packaged goods business accounts for 25.77 percent of its Rs 43,956.90 crore total revenue from operations (FY18).Despite India being the largest milk producer and consumer, 78 percent of the market is still unorganised and that explains ITC's foray. Organised dairy sector accounts for 22 percent, or around Rs 1.2 trillion, but is projected to grow to Rs 2.5 trillion by 2020, according to a study by The Trust Group.Close But it may not be smooth going for the new entrant in a hyper competitive market. related news … [Read more...] about Opinion | Why ITC won’t find the dairy business an easy hunting ground
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Subir RoyIt is hugely ironic that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s decision to speedily amend the Citizenship Act should be met with strong protests not just by key opposition parties for understandable reasons, but also by students across the Northeast, foremost being those in Assam, when they should have been the first to welcome it.The hurried move was prompted by the need to make the National Register of Citizens (NRC) work after the final shape of the Assam NRC was found to be deeply flawed by those who has fought for it over the years. The register, prepared under the supervision of the Supreme Court, was meant to fulfil the promise of the Assam Accord to record the citizenship status of all those who migrated into Assam until 1971, thereby establishing those who came thereafter as foreigners. In the event the Assam NRC excluded many who were not post-1971 entrant Muslim cultivators.Close When this flaw which excluded many indigenous Indians created an uproar … [Read more...] about Politics | Why the Citizenship Amendment Bill does more harm than good
In 1985, the Government of India introduced a public housing scheme called Indira Awas Yojana. The chief objective of this scheme was to construct houses for the deprived sections residing in rural areas. In 1996, the project was taken under the aegis of the Ministry of Rural Development and aimed at eradicating rural poverty and empowering the people residing in rural areas through various development programs. From April 1, 2016, Indira Awas Yojana was restructured to become a part of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, a flagship project of the Government to provide affordable housing for all sections of the society. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana has two categories: Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Urban and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin.The mission of PMAY Gramin is to provide pucca houses equipped with basic amenities to every homeless person and those who currently reside in Kutcha and dilapidated homes by 2022. Features of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana GraminFollowing are … [Read more...] about Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin: Types, eligibility, features and benefits
KoalaSafe is a gadget that lets you control how your kids use the internet. It’s drop-dead simple to use, and can cut access at specific times, or to specific sites, or both. And it doesn’t require any spyware or blocking software to be installed on your kids devices, making it harder to hack and easier for you to police. advertisement advertisement It’s easy to say that parents should take full responsibility for their kids’ internet use. They should put the computer in the living room where parents can keep an eye on what their kids are up to, and they should provide alternative activities. The problem with that is that, increasingly, kids are using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, and these are much harder to police. You can use an iPad under the bed covers, after all, just like we all used to read books after lights-out. The KoalaSafe plugs into your existing router and creates a new wireless network. This network can have its internet … [Read more...] about KoalaSafe Lets You Cut Your Kids’ Internet Access Without Them Hating You
After disrupting the packaged goods industry, yoga guru-turned-businessman Baba Ramdev has set his eyes on India’s estimated $67-billion apparel market, of which more than 90 percent is unbranded. On November 5, Patanjali Ayurved entered the branded apparel segment with Paridhan and three sub-brands -- Livefit, Aastha and Sanskar -- to sell every kind of clothes with his unique swadesi twist.Ramdev’s ambition is to generate Rs 1,000 crore by March 31, 2020, or within a period of less than one-and-a-half-year, which will likely be record growth for any apparel brand in India, if not the entire world. But will cheap pricing, coupled with Ramdev’s unique marketing that comes with the swadesi twist, disrupt established brands in the apparel sector?In apparel, Patanjali plans to start with some 3,500 stock keeping units (SKUs) of around 1,100 different clothes – from yoga wear to jeans – which will be priced around 40 percent cheaper than established … [Read more...] about Opinion | Can Patanjali’s Paridhan be a threat to big apparel brands?