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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 22: Commissioner Food safety, Dr Abdul Kabir Dar today called upon all the un-registered Food Business Operators (FBOs) as well as those intending to start a food business to get themselves registered as it is mandatory for carrying out the business practice.
The Commissioner said that although Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) licensing process was started in August 2011, however during the special drives it was found that most of the FBOs are showing reluctance and delay in obtaining or renewing the mandatory license/registration. He also said they do not put on display FSSAI license/registration at a prominent place in their premises.
“To speed up the process of mandatory licensing/registration for carrying food business, a team of Food Safety Officers shall conduct special drives throughout the state, wherein all stakeholders especially FBOs and any party intending to start a new food business shall be sensitized and informed about the importance of license/registration and steps to be taken for obtaining the same,” he added.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Food Safety issued an advisory for Food Business Operators wherein they have been advised to obtain mandatory license/registration besides other necessary information for carrying out food business under compliance to the Food Safety & Standards Act.

LEH, SEPTEMBER 22: The annual Ladakh Festival concluded here today with a scintillating closing ceremony in which Secretary Tourism, Rigzin Samphel was the chief guest.
 The closing ceremony witnessed a cultural extravaganza showcasing a glimpse of the rich heritage of Ladakhi culture and tradition. Around 20 cultural troupes dressed in ceremonial attire from all parts of Leh district and five groups of school children participated in the procession. 
CEC, LAHDC Dorjey Mutup, EC (Agriculture) Tsering Wangdus, EC (Health) Gyal Wangyal, EC (Tourism) Tsering Sandup, DC Leh Avny Lavasa, Deputy Director Tourism Riaz Ahmad Shah, ADC Moses Kunzang, district officers, president and representatives of travel & trade, hotel and merchant association were also present on the occasion.
Foreign and domestic tourists and locals gathered in large numbers to witness the ceremony of Ladakh Festival, 2018.
On the occasion, Secretary Tourism emphasized on the present and future prospect of tourism in Ladakh. He appreciated the coordinated efforts put in by all the stakeholders involved with tourism sector like District Administration, NGOs working on environment and tourism, hoteliers, travel association and others.
He expressed gratitude to the tourists visiting Ladakh and wished them a happy journey in future too.      
DC, Leh Avny Lavasa said that Ladakh Festival is a major event organized every year by LAHDC, Leh and J&K Tourism Department in collaboration with the local communities. She said that the main objective of Ladakh Festival is to promote the richness, depth and pageantry of Ladakh’s centuries-old culture, tradition, folk heritage, besides providing tourists the opportunity to experience its diversity and vibrancy. 

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 22: The Secretary to Government Floriculture Department, Mohammad Javed Khan today chaired a meeting to review the functioning of Floriculture Department.
The meeting was attended by Director Floriculture Mathoora Masoom, Deputy Directors' Nazir Ahmad Reshi and Naseer Ahmad Hussaini besides Floriculture Officer's and other officials.
During the meeting, Secretary Floriculture emphasized upon officials to bring innovations in the floriculture sector to make it more attractive for people especially youngsters, who want to earn a livelihood from it. He said that the aim of the department is to push commercial floriculture to newer heights by helping growers in farming as well as marketing.
Stressing on the time-bound completion of floriculture projects he asked officials to ensure that all the projects and developmental works are completed within the stipulated time to pave way for newer initiatives.
He directed them to ensure visitor’s book is kept in every park and garden so that the department gets feedback from the visitors and lacunae if any can be identified and redressed.