"This could easily be the worst-run company in India, maybe the world," said Satyendra Nath, 58, head of the tax department, who spends his days reading the newspaper or watching television because there is no work to do. "Often, I think: what have I done in a previous life to end up working here?" … [Read more...] about Modi keen to revive India’s ‘zombie factories’, not abandon them
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On her 60-acre farm off Kanakpura Road, around 30 kilometres outside Bengaluru, Sunita Prabhakar, director of Gopalan Organics, is overseeing the packaging of vegetables before they are sent off to stores in the city before noon. “We are not able to keep up with the demand,” says Prabhakar, who began by exporting dry herbs in 2004 and added vegetables for the domestic market in 2009, a category they are looking to ramp up 10-fold next year. At present, domestic sales make up 40% of the Rs 80 lakh monthly revenue. The vegetables are sold in plastic bags with the logo of Gopalan Organics through stores in her family’s real estate firm, Gopalan Enterprises, and also online grocery stores like Big Basket. “Our farm is certified organic by Lacon — the German agency that certifies organic production of agricultural products — which is a must since we export most of our produce. They do inspections every three months, including random checks. … [Read more...] about Is organic food that you eat free of synthetic pesticides & chemical fertilisers?
"It is vital and it will continue despite the ongoing pandemic. China's policies are based on continuity and this is also the case for the BRI," said George Tzogopoulos, an expert on Chinese affairs with the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Israel's Bar Ilan University. … [Read more...] about Xinhua Headlines: China’s production resumption drives Belt and Road cooperation, fuels global growth