Today’s 5 India News: December 12, 2021 (Pharmaceutical company, DJ and farmer, religion / thought, edible spoon, pink tax)

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People were dying, drug companies were conspiring:3700 crores spent on lobbying of leaders, 2 vaccine companies have been playing with their lives

Corona is standing at our door again. The new variant Omicron is spreading 5 times faster than before. Experts are saying that the third wave is coming in January, but hi re hungry to earn money. When you were stumbling hospital-hospital, bed-bed, medicine and medicine to save loved ones; Then some business tycoons were spending billions of rupees on the leaders, so that the leaders would let them do business on medicine and corona vaccine.

Let us tell you layer by layer of this story. Explains how the right to make vaccines in the name of intellectual property was restricted to a few companies. Later, those companies got the contract to make the vaccine, which have been playing with the lives of the people earlier and have paid a fine of billions of rupees. These vaccine companies are Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Apart from these, 3 pharma companies are also infamous for similar dishonesty.

India wanted to remove the vaccine from the list of intellectual property

This is from 24 February 2021. Do you remember this month? Corona was spreading twice day and night at quadruple speed. The world was brawling for the vaccine. India and South Africa went to the World Trade Organization, ie WTO. By proposing that there was a slight relaxation in the rules regarding intellectual property of the medical world, then there would have been no delay in making the vaccine.

Billions of rupees spent in lobbying of leaders so that India’s proposal is not passed

According to a report published in Down to Earth, to stop this proposal, the American pharma companies’ organization ‘The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing of America’ spent $ 50 million in just a few days, i.e. about 3 thousand 700 crores. and spent in lobbying. Not only this, due to strong lobbying of pharmaceutical companies, this proposal of India could not be implemented.

Had the proposal been passed, poor countries would have got a big advantage.

If the WTO had passed this proposal at the same time, then the developing and weak countries would have got its direct benefit. The simple math of this is that as soon as the vaccine came out of the list of intellectual property, all the companies that had tried it had to share the formula with other countries. Then all the countries would have prepared their own vaccine for their people. It would have been easy to give the vaccine to all people even in poor countries.

Let us now talk about those pharma companies which got the contract to make the vaccine-

1. Pfizer: Fines for selling drugs by putting people’s lives at risk

Corona vaccine maker Pfizer and its subsidiary Pharmacia & Upjohn had unfairly put Bextra drug on the market, putting people’s lives at risk. When people complained about it, the drug was withdrawn by the company in 2005.

The company was facing a criminal case for giving false information about the drug and putting people’s lives at risk. In 2009, the company settled the matter by paying a $2.3 billion fine. The vaccine made by this company has been installed in America and Europe.

2. Johnson & Johnson: Fines imposed for selling drugs without knowledge

So far, only one company has claimed to make a single dose vaccine, the name is Johnson & Johnson. The people of America are getting it installed too. Later, there was a lot of ruckus on complaints of side effects. In fact, the history of this company is also similar.

In 2019, a judge in the US state of Oklahoma fined US health care giant Johnson & Johnson $572 million, or about Rs 4,100 crore, in the opioid crisis case related to drug use. The judge, in his ruling, found the company guilty of selling narcotic painkillers for profit by willfully ignoring the dangers of opioids.

Now when we are talking about the fraud of pharma companies, there are three more companies, whose dishonesty should be known-

1. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK): $3 billion fined for playing with lives

The name of the pharmaceutical company is ‘GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)’. The company was accused of making false reports to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) regarding untested drugs like Paxil and Wellbutrin.

Not only this, the company also promoted these medicines wrongly. The government was given wrong information about the price. In this case, $3 billion was taken from the company as a fine. This is the highest fine ever collected from a pharmaceutical company in history.

2. Takeda: Settles 8000 cases with a $2.4 billion fine

The world’s largest pharmaceutical company Takeda has to pay a $ 2.4 billion fine for its actions. Takeda was accused of blatantly promoting and selling the drug without disclosing the ill-effects of the blood sugar drug pioglitazone. The FDA gave permission to sell this drug in 1999, citing its ill effects, but the company sold it hiding its risks. When people and states complained against it, the company had to pay hefty fines in this case.

3. Pharma Company Abbott Laboratories: Made some other medicine, sold it in the name of some other company

In 2012, an international pharmaceutical company named Abbott Laboratories also had to pay a fine for illegally selling the drug. According to Pharmaceutical Technology, the company had illegally sold a drug named Depakote. The company had also not given information about the ill effects of this drug on people.

In such a situation, when people complained to the government organization about its bad effect, the company had to pay a fine of $ 1.4 billion. The FDA ordered the drug to be sold for three diseases: epileptic seizures, migraine and bipolar disorder, while the company also began selling the drug to dementia, depression and anxiety patients. This had a bad effect on the health of the people and action was taken against the company on receiving the complaint.


See the celebration of farmers returning from Delhi in photos:fair up to 10 km on the highway; Dancing fiercely on DJ, created a ruckus with the horns of thousands of cars and tractors

The farmers of Haryana-Punjab sitting on the Delhi border left for their homes on Saturday morning. There was a view on the streets as if fairs were being held in Singhu and Tikri, whose crowds came out on the streets to return home. There were convoys of farmers far and wide on the three major National Highways of Haryana.

On the Delhi-Amritsar, Delhi-Sangrur and Delhi-Hisar four lane highways, the sound of vehicle horns was echoing or there was the sound of DJs playing on tractor-trolleys. More than 5000 cars, more than 3 thousand tractor-trolleys, more than 3 thousand tempos and more than 50 DJs were involved in the convoys of about 10 kilometer long farmers on all three highways. Apart from this, dozens of trucks and canters laden with tents of farmers were also part of the convoys.

Farmers of Punjab and Haryana, who camped on the borders of Delhi against the three agricultural laws of the central government, left for their homes after 380 days on Saturday. Its happiness was clearly visible on their faces.

Luxury vehicles were also included in the convoy,
when the farmers of Punjab from Singhu and Tikri border landed on the highway in the form of a convoy, there was a fair-like view. The people standing on the side of the highway kept on raising the spirits of the farmers, dancing on the Punjabi songs played on the DJ throughout the way. Due to the rumble of tractor-trolleys and this convoy, there was a jam-like situation on one side of the three highways.

Apart from tractor-trolleys, tempos and cars, dozens of expensive luxury vehicles were also seen in this march of farmers. Punjabi singer Jas Bajwa himself took part in the Fatah march carrying a peasant flag.

Haryana’s farmers fed Halwa
Singhu and Tikri in welcome. To welcome the farmers who left from the border, water and other food langars were set up at various places in Haryana. The convoys of farmers were welcomed at about 13 places within a radius of 80 km between Singhu border and Panipat. In all these places, local farmers had also put up DJs to welcome the convoy. These DJs were performed on farmers’ movements like ‘Tainu Jit Ke Dilliye Punjab Challe Aa’, ‘Zindabad Kisani’, ‘Kisan Anthem’, ‘Delhi Jit Ke Aa Sajna, Main Sadakan Te Diwe Jaga Dungi’ and ‘Hun Faslan Di Rakhi Kisan Khud Karunga’. The farmers threw a lot of Bhangra on the popular Punjabi singers who came during. Apart from DJ, the farmers of Haryana also arranged halwa for their Punjabi brothers.

Vehicles involved in farmers’ victory march in Panipat on Jalandhar-Amritsar National Highway. Due to this there was a situation of jam at Panipat toll plaza. Roadways buses also got stuck in this jam.

Haryana Police diverted traffic

In view of the farmers’ victory march, Haryana Police made special preparations for traffic management on Delhi-Amritsar, Delhi-Sangrur and Delhi-Hisar four lane highways from morning itself. The deboarding of heavy vehicles from Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway and Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP) Expressway was banned from 9 am.

Despite all the efforts of the traffic police, there was a jam situation on all three highways, in which Haryana Roadways buses were also seen stuck. This convoy entered Punjab through the Shambhu border of Ambala late in the evening.

Before leaving the Tikri border, the farmers posed with their hand-made pandals as a memorial.

After the end of the agitation, the farmers who went on Fateh March from Delhi to Punjab were welcomed by showering flowers at different places in Haryana.

Due to the victory march of the farmers, a 10-km rally of vehicles was seen on three highways of Haryana. Because of this, there was a traffic jam.

When the Fatah march on the Delhi-Amritsar National Highway entered Panipat district, the farmers sat on the road and anchored.

Congress MP from Haryana Deepender Hooda congratulated the farmers for the historic agitation and historic victory. At Rohtak’s Sampla-Rohad toll, Deepender Hooda welcomed the farmers returning to Punjab by showering them with flowers. Dipendra also took langar along with the farmers.

Women chopping potatoes and onions to prepare food for farmers at Landhadi toll plaza in Hisar. The convoy of farmers returning to Punjab was accorded a warm welcome at every toll plaza in Haryana on its way. Langars were put up everywhere.

When the Fateh March of the farmers reached the Shambhu border in Ambala, flowers were showered on them by the Khalsa Aid NGO.

Joginder Singh Ugrahan, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), one of the prominent leaders who led the farmers’ movement on the Tikri border, was accorded a warm welcome when he reached the Khanauri border in Punjab-Haryana with a convoy of farmers.

On Saturday, when the farmers, who had been protesting on the Delhi border for a year in protest against the agricultural laws, reached Talwandi Sabo in Punjab, people welcomed them with garlands.


Filmmaker Ali Akbar turns HinduAngered by those who rejoiced over CDS Rawat’s death, the wife also changed her religion

The country’s first Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat died in a helicopter crash on Wednesday. The whole country was mourning his death, while on the other hand some people were making fun of it on social media. Saddened by these actions of fundamentalists, director of Malayalam films Ali Akbar and his wife Luciamma have decided to leave Islam and convert to Hinduism.

I lost faith in Islam: Ali
filmmaker Ali Akbar announced his and his wife’s conversion to Hinduism on live on Facebook. He also announced to change his name to ‘Ramsimhan’. He said that even senior Muslim leaders and Islamic religious leaders did not oppose such action on behalf of Muslims. Such an insult to the brave son of the country is not acceptable. Akbar also said that he had lost faith in Islam.

From today I am not a Muslim, I am an Indian,
Ali Akbar said in a video released on social media, ‘I am taking off the chola I got since birth and throwing it away. From today I am not a Muslim. I am an Indian. This message of mine is for those people who have posted smiley laughing against India. On this post of Akbar, many people are opposing him, while many are also supporting him.

I cannot be associated with such a religion.
Apart from live video, Ali Akbar had said in a conversation with a news website, ‘Most of the people who laughed at the news of General Bipin Rawat’s death were Muslims. He did this because General Rawat had taken tough measures against terrorists in Pakistan as well as in Kashmir. I cannot continue to associate with such a religion. However, he had also said that he would not force his daughters to convert and he would leave it to their choice.

The fanatics made fun of the death of the general on the video of Ali Akbar.

The fundamentalists had made fun of the death of General
Ali Akbar paid tribute to CDS Bipin Rawat by making a live video on his death. A laughing emoji was shared by some fanatics on this video of him. Some people even made fun of the death of CDS Rawat.

After this video of Ali, Facebook suspended his account after calling his post racial. After this, Ali created his new Facebook account and called for punishing those who smiled at the death of CDS and left Islam.

Ali Akbar accused of sexual harassment while studying in madrasa

Ali Akbar was a BJP office bearer in
Kerala Ali Akbar was earlier a member of the State Committee of Kerala BJP. However, Akbar resigned from his post in October after some rift with the party leadership. Akbar had earlier come into the limelight in 2015 as well, when he had accused him of sexual harassment while studying in a madrasa.

There were 14 people in the helicopter, 13 killed, in
the helicopter crash in which General Bipin Rawat died, besides his wife Madhulika, 13 army personnel and officers were on board. Brigadier LS Lidder, Lt Col Harjinder Singh, Wing Commander PS Chauhan, Squadron Leader K Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitendra Kumar, Lance Naik Vivek Kumar, Lance Naik B. Sai Teja, Junior Warrant Officer Das, Junior Warrant Officer A Pradeep and Havildar Satpal were on board. The lone survivor of the helicopter crash is Group Captain Varun Singh, who is currently in critical condition and is undergoing treatment in Bengaluru.


Today’s positive news:27 year old engineer made edible spoon; Marketing in 27 countries, earning in crores

Spoon made from flour of rice, wheat, millet, jowar and corn. It may sound a bit strange, but it is true. Such initiatives have been started in many places in the country to get rid of plastic waste. One such initiative has been taken by Krivil Patel, a resident of Vadodara, Gujarat. They are making spoons and straws from food grains. They market it all over the country. 4 years ago he started his startup with 4 lakh rupees. Now his turnover has reached more than 5 crores. Not only this, through this they are also providing employment to many people.

Krivil Patel, 27, has studied mechanical engineering. He was already interested in startups and his own business. Since he was fond of cars and bikes, he intended to start a showroom for it. However, he had to change his mind due to financial reasons. They could not start the showroom of the vehicles. After that they started planning to work on some different ideas.

Started startup with mother

Krivil Patel, 27, has studied mechanical engineering. Now they are making edible spoons.

Krivil says that on the way, I would often see plastic spoons and straws lying on the road. Then I used to think that the government is promoting plastic free campaign. Awareness campaigns are being run everywhere. Even then this is the case. Can any such work be done, so that along with reducing this problem, one can earn himself and other people can also get an opportunity to work.

After this Krivil started research on this. Collected information from different places. Then they came to know that instead of plastic, we can make spoons and straws from food grains. After this he talked about it in his family. Initially his father was against the idea, but his mother supported. He started this work in 2017 at a cost of Rs 4 lakh by taking money from his mother and relatives.

Orders started coming from abroad also

According to Krivil, his spoon is completely edible, that is, it can be eaten after use.

In a conversation with Bhaskar, Krivil told that we started our work by taking a room on rent in Vadodara. After this took a small machine, that too on rent. After that we started our production. As far as marketing is concerned, for this we took the help of social media. By creating accounts on different platforms, we started posting videos and photos. We also benefited from this and soon we started getting orders. Initially we were marketing in Gujarat. However, as people came to know about our work, we started getting orders from other parts of the country as well.

After that we started working on the supply chain. Contacted retailers from place to place. Tie up with different courier companies. After this we started getting orders not only in India but also from other countries of the world. However, then we were not able to fulfill this order. So I took a loan of Rs 70 lakh and started a large scale business under the name of ‘Trishula India’. Now we are promoting our company globally under the name ‘Eat Me’.

Ships products to 32 countries

The process of making edible spoon is also easy. In a few hours, thousands of spoons are ready.

Krivil explains that we ship our products to 32 countries including UK, USA, Germany, Spain, Norway, Dubai, Canada, Kuwait, Australia and New Zealand. Krivil explains that we also get orders from China and Pakistan, but we do not sell our products to them due to their lack of good relations with our country. We will not send products there until the relations between the two countries improve.

Krivil explains that our startup participated in America’s Famous Startup Investment Shark Tank Show. Joining this show was not an easy task. Its qualification standards are very tough, but our products entered the 13th season of Shark Tank and our presentation got selected. After the selection, an investment of 5 lakh dollars was received in our company. This fund will be used for the expansion of the company.

You can also eat spoon after eating

Krivil further explained that our spoons are made of such foods, which you can eat after eating. Even if you do not eat them and throw them in the dustbin, then they become useful for ants and insects to eat. This way our product is completely eco-friendly. There is also zero waste of the product in our company, because what is left, we make tablets of it and throw it in the ponds and rivers for the fish. Our products are made from millet, wheat, rice, jowar and corn flour. Our company is also working on making edible bowls and glasses in the coming days.

Krivil explains that our product is very useful for health as well as saving the environment and water. We have also got our products lab tested. We have also got its patent. I also took training for it. Presently our plant is located at Lamdapura near Vadodara and it provides employment to 70 people. In the coming days, we are trying to set up another plant.

Krivil has also given employment to many people through this startup. Mostly women are involved in this.


Pink tax hit on girls:One has to pay more money than men for similar goods, this discrimination was first revealed in America

Women pay more than men for the same goods. This is because of the tax levied on goods made for women. This is called the Pink Tax. Men are paying Rs 186 for a shaving razor of the same company, while women have to pay Rs 282 for the same product. This price is due to Pink Tax.

Due to pink tax, men are paying Rs 186 for shaving razor of the same company, while women have to pay Rs 282 for the same product.

Price of goods is
based on gender Pink tax is also called gender based price discrimination in many places. In many countries of the world including India, women pay more than men for the things they need. This tax is levied considering the product designed for women and the marketing cost. Pink tax is not actually a direct tax i.e. it should not be seen as income tax or value added tax. Overall, it does not come under the category of direct or indirect tax prescribed by the government.

Women pay 7 to 13 percent higher tax
According to a report published in an English newspaper in 2019, a study by the New York Department of Consumer compared the prices of more than 800 similar products. It was found that women’s products cost about 7% more than similar products made for men. In the case of personal care products, this gap increases to 13%. Pink tax is given to women on essential items like beauty products, jewellery, nail paints, salons, clothes, shampoos, dry cleaning. In America, there has been a list of prices fixed on the basis of gender.

Women’s products cost about 7% more than similar products made for men.

For the first time such discrimination in laundry detergent came to the fore in a 1994 report by the California Assembly Office of Research. But it has been imposed much earlier than that. In 2010, research conducted in the US through ‘Consumer Report’ found that women pay about 13 percent more for the same type of product. Men’s perfumes, shoes, purses, face washes and creams are available cheaper than women’s.

Women’s products are expensive due to two reasons

Tax experts Sunil Sinha explains that tax can be understood in two ways. First those products which are specially designed for women only. Their prices are very high. For example, there are many such items including makeup items, nail paints, lipsticks, artificial jewellery, sanitary pads which are very expensive. Women have to pay almost three times more for these products even after adding production cost and marketing cost. Other products that both women and men use. For example, there are many such products including perfumes, deodorants, hair oil, razors, clothes which, despite being from the same company, have different prices.

There are many such items including makeup items, nail paints, lipsticks, artificial jewellery, sanitary pads which are very expensive.

There is pressure
on women to look good. There is pressure on women to look good from the beginning, which is less or less on men. For this reason companies sell the same product and service for women and men at different prices. To prove this, Australian TV anchor Karl Stefanobic went to the office wearing the same blue suit every day for a year and no one stopped him, while the women working with him are under pressure to wear the same suit every day. Come to the office in new clothes.

Pink tax is not actually a direct tax i.e. it should not be seen as income tax or value added tax.

The Pink tax that can survive
the first way to avoid Pink tax that you should not go to product quality packaging. If you think that there is no difference between women’s and men’s products except packaging, then you can also buy cheaper product.

There are two types of taxes/taxes in India:

Direct Tax / Direct Tax – Which is charged directly. Direct tax is a tax that has to be paid by an individual or a legal entity directly to the government.

Indirect Tax / Indirect Tax – which is collected by the government indirectly. Taxes levied on services and products are called indirect taxes. At present only one indirect tax is levied by the government. It is called GST or Goods and Services Tax.