MSME Ministry to re-launch modified SFURTI scheme soon
The MSME Ministry will soon re-launch the modified Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) in order to give a fillip to the Khadi and coir sectors. "The (MSME) Minister has approved it. So, a modified SFURTI scheme is being launched. Everything has been settled and now we will formally give impetus to it," MSME Secretary Madhav Lal told PTI.
Tap potential of coir products: AK Antony
Shri. A K Antony has called for joint efforts by the Centre and the Kerala government to tap the growing worldwide demand for environment-friendly coir products. Inaugurating the Coir Expo 2014 here last evening, he asked the government and promotional agencies like Coir Board to forumulate imaginative methods for tapping markets within and outside the country. "The worldwide demand for environment-friendly products is growing fast...Products made of bio-degradable coir yarn have huge market...Proper marketing and diversification of products are important to tap this market," he said. Though statistics showed sales and exports of coir products as increasing year by year, there was "something wrong somewhere" as far as this traditional sector was concerned, he said. It was time that the government and agencies involved detected the actual problem and took remedial measures to restore health to this sector, he said. Union Minister K C Venugopal and state Coir Minister Adoor Prakash were present. A wide range of coir products and processing technologies are on display at the expo, which is being attended by business delegates from various parts of the country. An ancient commercial town which has run into decline since the mid-20th century, Alappuzha was once the world's largest coir producing and exporting centre.
Project to make coir-based acoustic panels launched by NCRMI
The National Coir Research and Management Institute (NCRMI), in association with the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) has taken up a project to make coir-based acoustic panels which will be cheaper and more durable than the acoustic panels available in the market. The NCRMI has taken the initiative to launch the project considering the growing concern about the health risks and poor bio-degradability of the synthetic materials which are used to make acoustic panels. NCRMI director K R Anil said the IIID would develop and supervise the project which plans to engineer and design a comprehensive system covering not just acoustic panels but also a complete system from fixing to designing of various interior spaces. "We are hoping to complete the project in another six months' time. We have carried out several rounds of experiments. The actual cost factor will be worked out once we finish the project," he said. According to Anil, the coir-based panel has more advantage compared to other panels. They are moth proof and eco-friendly. "We can also give any shape and colour to the panels as per the requirement. A multi-tier design team will take up stage wise implementation of the project." With the noise pollution becoming a serious environmental problem, the need for good sound absorbing acoustics panels had increased. Currently, acoustic panels commercially available are made of glass or mineral-fibre material. But studies have pointed out that these products can cause health problems to lungs and eyes. Organic fibres like coir as basis material for absorber materials besides posing no health hazards are renewable, nonabrasive, cheaper, and abundantly available, Anil added.
Swachh Bharat or Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Campaign Clean India) is a national level campaign by the Government of India covering 4041 statutory towns to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country. This campaign was officially launched on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself wielded broom and cleaned a road. The campaign is India's biggest ever cleanliness drive and 3 million government employees and schools and colleges students of India participated in this event. This campaign aims to accomplish the vision of 'clean India' by 2nd October 2019, 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and is expected to cost over Rs 62,000 crore. The campaign was described as "beyond politics" and "inspired by patriotism" More than 3 million government employees and schools and colleges students of India are going to participate in this event.
SPICE COAST MARATHON to be organized at Cochin on November 16th
PICE COAST MARATHON to be organized at Cochin on November 16th Which highlight the necessity of aerobic exercises including running to promote health care said T.C. Yohannan, Olympian. He was speaking at the function organized at Coir Board to launch the coir medallion sponsored by Coir Board for all the participants who finishes the marathon run. Shri. S.N. Tripathi, Chairman, Coir Board who presided over the function said that Coir Board has specially designed the medallion out of Coir polymer composite boards which is a new generation product out of the natural coir. He added that Coir Board will continue to support such ventures which will promote the use of natural fibres like coir. Earlier Shri. K. Ramesh, President, Soles of Cochin, the organizers of the Marathon informed that the run will be organized covering a distance of 42.2 kilometers. All the participants who completes the run will be awarded the medallion and the organizers have decided to give natural coir which is a unique product of Kerala as medallion. He thanked Coir Board for specially designing the medallion using natural coir fibre in an aesthetic manner. Shri. M. Kumara Raja, Secretary, Coir Board also spoke at the occasion.