India’s vegetable oil imports cost a record $15.7 billion

India’s bill for vegetable oil imports jumped 63% to Rs 1.17 trillion ($15.71 billion) in 2020/21 from a year earlier, a leading trade body said on Tuesday, as foreign prices of edible oils rose. The South Asian country is the world’s largest importer of edible oils, and higher buying of palm oil, especially, could support … Read more

Norovirus cases reported in Kerala

A day after norovirus cases were confirmed in Wayanad district, the Kerala government on Friday said people need to be vigilant about the highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Two weeks ago a rare norovirus infection was reported in some 13 students of a veterinary college at Pukode near Vithiri in Wayanad district. … Read more

Mauritius-based Interstellar Technologies received bribes for various defense deals: ED

Mauritius-based Interstellar Technologies received bribes for “various defense deals”, the Enforcement Directorate said in a supplementary chargesheet in the VVIP chopper deal in May 2019. The ED alleged that Interstellar Technologies received ₹12.4 million from IDS as bribe for the chopper deal. Tunisia. The submissions assume significance in light of the latest allegations by French … Read more