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Needle prick is indeed painful; BIS ensures that it is safe

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standard Body of India and is trusted for its active role in the areas of standardisation, marking and quality certification of various goods and related matters. The acceptance of the BIS mark bears testimony to the organisation’s commitment towards quality assurance. The robust quality of medicine administration devices such as syringes is of paramount importance in the management of patients in emergency situations like the COVID – 19 pandemic. Syringes are invariably used both in...

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BIS Standardization efforts for Smart Cities Digital Infrastructure

A smart city is one that can effectively leverage technology, infrastructure, public policy, government and citizen engagement to create an urban environment that fosters economic growth & productivity, innovation, social mobility, inclusiveness, and sustainability. Cities are complex entities having Diverse Stakeholders, Diverse Geographical Entities, Diverse Services and Business Processes, and Diverse ICT Technologies. While it is almost impossible to engineer a smart city from scratch, it will be possible to adopt the right...

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Being responsibly inclined towards the need for sensitivity in quality

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standards Body of India, involved in the activities of standardisation, marking and quality certification of goods and related matters. The standard mark of BIS is a widely accepted benchmark of quality assurance. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm. With the surge in cases, the number of patients requiring hospitalization has also gone up and there is an imperative need for the hospitals to follow relevant requirements for hospital planning and use good quality...

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  • September 14, 2020 09:23:32
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BIS standards ensure the quality and performance of medical devices

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standards Body of India, involved in the activities of standardisation, marking and quality certification of goods and related matters. The standard mark of BIS is a widely accepted benchmark of quality assurance. BIS is actively involved in the standardization activity of medical devices and equipment and other related aspects. It has set standards for various medical devices and equipment used in various medical disciplines e.g. cardiology, orthopaedics, gynaecology,...

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BIS – The National Standards Body of India celebrates International Literacy Day

There is no disputing the fact that Literacy is the backbone of a refined society and holds within itself, the ultimate power to propel the wheels of progress for a developing world. India has always been the home to a culture that attributes the highest order of significance to education. Here it will be interesting to note that when the world celebrates ‘International Literacy Day’ on 8th September every year, India celebrates ‘Teachers’ Day’ on 5th September, thus setting an example to prove how we time our priority and...

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Sparks of safety against 100 million watts of celestial power

When the sky lights up as if the celestial bodies are posing for a photoshoot, the bigger picture on earth is one of the dire consequences. Thunderstorms and lightning are the most devastating hazards felt in India during recent years and therefore the role of protection devices against lightning cannot be subdued. Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is deeply engaged in the activities of standardisation, marking and quality of goods and related matters. The BIS mark is a widely accepted benchmark of quality assurance. It has also made its...

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The National Flag – History of Standard

The National Flag of our nation is a symbol of great pride and unity instilling the spirit of patriotism in each & every Indian heart. However, the National Flag as we know it today has a history it’s own. The National Flag with the “Asoka Wheel” in the center, came into existence when two flags, one of silk and the other of cotton Khadi were presented to the Constituent Assembly of India by the Hon’ble Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India on 22 July 1947. At the same time, he moved a resolution which was...

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BIS partners in COVID care by virtue of standardized medical devices

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standard Body of India which plays a key role in the activities of standardisation, marking and quality certification of goods and related matters. The BIS mark is a widely accepted benchmark of quality assurance. The COVID – 19 pandemic, a contagious disease has taken the world by storm and the number of cases is spiraling with each passing day. An unprecedented sudden increase in patient volume has pushed the healthcare resources to the edge. Not only the healthcare providers but also the...

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PPE kit ensures your safety; BIS standards ensure its Quality!

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standards Body of India, involved in the activities of standardisation, marking and quality certification of goods and related matters. The standard mark of BIS is a widely accepted benchmark of quality assurance. The COVID – 19 pandemic which has taken the world by storm is a contagious disease. Social distancing is being practiced across the world to prevent the virus from spreading. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) comprising of face masks, face shield, eye protector, gloves, coverall...

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राजभाषा हिंदी और भारतीय मानक ब्यूरो में हिंदी में बने मानक

हम सभी भारतीय अपने राष्ट्रीय ध्वज को देखकर गौरवान्वित महसूस करते हैं। भारतीय मानक ब्यूरो ने अपना प्रथम भारतीय मानक 1 (आईएस 1) राष्ट्रीय ध्वज पर ही बनाया था। यह भारतीय मानक राजभाषा हिंदी में उपलब्ध है।...

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Making the fruits of labour, sweeter.

Labour Day or International Workers’ Day is celebrated annually on 1st May by the working class and labourers across the world. Globally labour unions celebrate this day to create awareness about issues like forced labour, minimum wage law and rights of migrant workers and improving working conditions of the workforce. Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has reasons to celebrate Labour Day. In its endeavour to formulate Indian standards in the field of Employee welfare, BIS has formulated two main standards IS/ISO 45001 on Occupational...

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RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) in libraries

भारतीय मानक ब्यूरो के द्वारा सूचना और प्रलेखन — पुस्तकालयों में आरएफआईडी – भाग 1 कार्यान्वयन के लिए डेटा एलिमेंट्स और सामान्य दिशानिर्देश, सूचना और प्रलेखन — पुस्तकालयों में आरएफआईडी – भाग 2 आईएसओ/...

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Gender Responsive Standards – a vital benchmark of a progressive society

What is United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5? Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 5) set by the United Nations. In line with the goal, the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) adopted the Gender – Responsive Standards Initiative in November 2016. What are Gender-Responsive Standards? As part of the Initiative, standardization bodies around the world signed the Declaration for “Gender Responsive Standards and...

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Standardizing the tricolour that symbolizes the world’s largest democracy

As history goes, it was Gandhi who first proposed the flag to the Indian National Congress in 1921 which was designed by Pingali Venkayya. In the center was a traditional spinning wheel, symbolizing Gandhi’s goal of making Indians self-reliant by fabricating their own clothing. The present national flag of India which symbolizes the world’s largest democracy is based on the aforementioned ‘swaraj’ flag and was adopted on 22nd July 1947. The flag is a horizontal tricolour of deep saffron (Kesaria) at the...

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  • January 14, 2020 09:37:48
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BIS making the roads user friendly

INTRODUCTION In today’s connected world, transportation has become an integral part of each of our lives.  As the existing transport system is incapable of handling the ever-increasing congestion and the challenges posed on a daily basis, efforts towards minimizing the congestion and fostering faster and cheaper alternatives are underway. Amidst the rapid development of rural and urban transport networks in India, one aspect that has often been neglected is Road Traffic Safety. India is currently the 4th largest passenger vehicle market...

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Sardi Standardised with Satiation

As the winter season comes full bloom with cold winds and foggy mornings, you like to spend an extra hour curled up in cozy blankets with something to munch on. Indulging in your cravings to add a bit of warmth to the daily routine is completely acceptable. So cover yourself in warm woolens and munch on some dry fruits, peanut chikki or gur to drive away the winter blues. Cold weather brings a drop in body temperature, which stimulates your appetite. Make sure each bite is full of health this winter. Gorge on dry fruits that are incredibly...

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How standardization of logistics can impact supply chain

Logistics is one of the rapidly growing sectors of India and a key contributor to a country’s economic growth. The Indian logistics sector is estimated to be $160 billion and is expected to grow in the next two years. The growth of retail, e-commerce, and manufacturing sectors have increased the pace of its growth and also led to its expansion. Needless to say, logistics plays a crucial role in the supply chain. In the process of optimization of the supply chain, industries and educationalists are often being challenged with problems of...

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BIS spearheads to make its mark on the food front

Food, as we all know is the most vital component of the very existence of life. Any compromise, be it during its production, storage or at the transportation stage is unacceptable as it can lead to the introduction of health hazards rendering the food unsafe. BIS has formulated over 2150 Indian standards across the entire feed and food chain, consolidating its standardization efforts from the farm to the fork. It has adopted the ISO 22000 series of standards on food safety management systems (FSMS) along with its various parts covering...

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  • October 14, 2019 13:11:18
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Setting video standards – another prerogative of BIS

Setting video standards is imperative. In the modern world, we can’t think of a world without video. Be it television or any social media site, video has influenced our lives in a manner such that we can’t live without them. During the late 20th century video cameras made their presence in the frame of our lives as an entertainment tool. Now with digital advancement especially in the world of video, mobile users who encompass almost everyone, swear by face-to-face communication with video. Today, video applications have spread into...

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  • October 2, 2019 09:59:03
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A plastic smile at our environment can make it frown

It goes without saying that plastics are an integral part of our daily lives. Their indubitable presence is seen across our world due to their low cost, versatility and durability among others. However, over the years it has dawned upon us that plastic waste is jeopardizing our environment at an alarming rate as its non-degradable. To combat this issue, the “3 R s” – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle stance can be a solution though only in a measurable proportion. To address the growing concern over the accumulation of plastic waste, the...

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देवनागरी लिपि और हिन्दी वर्तनी पर आईएस 16500:2012

देवनागरी लिपि और हिन्दी वर्तनी पर आईएस 16500:2012 तैयार किया गया है। भाषा मानव व्यवहार और संप्रेषण का एक सशक्त माध्यम है।  भाषा के माध्यम से मानव अपने भावों और विचारों को दूसरों तक पहुंचाने में समर्थ होता है। ...

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The positive impact of BIS on the Education sector

Education is an integral part of the society and the quality of its providers is of universal concern. Knowledge, skills and attitudes can help learners only through an open flow of ideas. While educational institutions hardly provide guaranteed positive outcomes, they can contribute a lot to stimulate learning and enhancement of its quality. Therefore it is imperative to have a standardised approach to ensure that students receive quality education seamlessly. In view of this, a national level committee on “Education, Education services...

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Nuclear Safety – Need of the Hour

The International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed on 29th August every year. The decision of observing this day was marked on 2nd December 2009 at the 64th session of the UN General Assembly to increase awareness about the effects of nuclear weapons testing or any other nuclear explosions. It also focusses on the need for terminating such nuclear tests as a step towards creating a world free from the clutches of nuclear weapons. The initiative for observing a day against nuclear tests was first initiated by the Republic of Kazakhstan...

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  • August 9, 2019 12:52:23
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Pashmina – Telling the Real from the Fake

Recognized as one of rarest and the finest of fabrics, Pashmina has fans not just in India, but all across the globe. Obtained from different breeds of mountain goats found in the Changthang Plateau in Tibet and parts of Ladakh, in the Himalayan regions of India, Pashmina refers to a fine type of wool. Even though both sheep wool and Pashmina are protein fibers, the latter has some distinct characteristics that set it apart and gives it superiority over the rest. The softness and warmth of Pashmina wool make it much more expensive than...

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Do you require BIS license to import a product?

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is a national standards body for the harmonious development of the activities of standardisation, conformity assessment and quality assurance of goods, articles, processes, systems and services. To provide safe and reliable goods and minimizing health hazards for consumers, among others, BIS has been providing tangible and traceable benefits to the national economy. The bureau runs conformity assessment schemes through which it grants licenses/ certificate of conformity to manufacturers, encompassing...

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How can your Business help the Environment?

On this World Environment Day, take a moment to think about how your business can contribute to the betterment of the environment. The fact that climate change is a major threat to both humanity and countless animal species is well-known to all. But there are other aspects of our environment as well that warrant our attention such as human and labour rights. On days like today, it is important for companies and individuals to take stock of the choices they make. In 2009, nearly 10,000 other companies around the world became signatories to...

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Guidance on Conduct of Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices

Safety in the context of biological evaluation of medical devices is not a new topic of discussion. The need to maintain safety while carrying out a design verification activity or biological evaluation, as part of risk management processes has been stressed upon for long. Biological evaluation of medical devices, before they are brought in for clinical use, is crucial. However, many might wonder about the need for such an activity, that too for devices that have already had to pass a series of safety tests. The fact of the matter remains...

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5 steps to follow when buying Electronic Gadgets

Home appliances and gadgets are an irreplaceable part of our lifestyle, and since many of the home appliances that you purchase are from a long-term point of view, it is pivotal that you invest in them with thorough planning. The 5 steps that you can undertake for this purpose are: – Start with the budget Before you search for the desired appliances, assess the budget that you have to spare. Since the pricing for many appliances vary widely and come in a ton of variety, ascertaining the price range of the appliances you need is the...

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Ensure a Safe and healthy Work Environment for your Employees this International Labour Day

Every employee wishes to work in a safe and protected environment. And with the various kinds of hazards present at the workplace today, ensuring the health and safety of the employees has become a lot more important. In fact, looking after the safety and wellness of the employees is also the moral responsibility of an organization and its administrators.   Generic standards on occupational health and safety that should be adhered to Understanding the significance of a safe and healthy work environment, the Bureau of Indian Standards...

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Smart Registration

  Rationale For a common man, it is difficult to know the complete technical requirements expected to be met and on many occasions, it is also impossible to verify all requirements before the product is purchased by them.  Unsafe products may lead to hazards to human health, safety, loss of life or damage to property. In this scenario, the only solution available to the customer is to rely upon the third party conformity assessment scheme that the product has been tested and found to conform to a list of standardized parameters...

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Is the milk you are having safe? Here is what you should know

Milk and milk products are part of the daily intake in many Indian families. Considered a complete food, milk offers many nutritional benefits. Keeping in mind how popular a food source it is, have you ever thought about checking the quality of milk you are having? Despite of India being the largest milk producing country in the world, the consumption of adulterated milk is on the rise. Substances like caustic soda, detergent, paint, starch, formalin, urea, etc. are the adulterants used in milk these days, many of which are highly injurious...

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  • April 11, 2019 10:14:45
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Corporate Social Responsibility and Why it is Important for Companies

Corporate Social Responsibility, also referred to as CSR, denotes the steps taken by an organization to ensure positive social, economic and environmental influences, with relation to the manner in which it’s business functions. Formally speaking, CSR refers to a self-regulating business model that aids a firm in being socially responsible, to its own self, its stakeholders and the community on the whole. Section 135 of Companies Act 2013 (inclusive of amendment) lays down that companies with a net worth of Rs. 500 crores or more, or...

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Planning to buy a Water Pump? Here’s what you should know

India has always been facing troublesome water issues, both in rural and urban areas. With World Water Day around the corner, our Standard IS 8472 on Water Pump can help you make the smart buying decisions. Over the years, water pumps have proved to be an integral part of residential setups. Thanks to these powerful and efficient water pumps, moving water from ground levels to top floors of high-rise buildings that too without any major manual interference, has become possible. The use of water pumps to extract water from underground...

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अंतरराष्ट्रीय मातृभाषा दिवस

  मातृभाषा व्यक्ति जब जन्म लेता है तो खुद को अभिव्यक्त करने के लिए भाषा को अपना माध्यम बनाता है। जन्‍म लेने के बाद मनुष्‍य जो सबसे पहली भाषा सीखता है वही उसकी मातृभाषा होती है। भाषा ही किसी भी व्यक्ति की...

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How females can save themselves from contracting HIV/AIDS.

HIV is a term that instils fear and confusion among many. Ever since the epidemic was discovered, it has claimed the lives of around 35 million people, while over 70 million have been affected by it. As per reports by the World Health Organization, by the end of the year 2017, about 36.9 million people across the globe had been living with HIV. The HIV infection is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This virus lives in human blood, breast milk and sexual fluids, and attacks the immune system, thus exposing the body to various...

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Are you handling customer complaints in the right way?

Customer complaints are diverse in nature and occur in all types of businesses. A lot depends on how these customer complaints are handled by the company in question. If handled tactfully, this can boost business, but if ignored or mishandled, such issues can become chaotic. The manner in which a company deals with customer complaints says a lot about how customer-centric they are. That’s because Taking care of customer issues is a task that requires a lot of thought and care. Here are the good practices which will really help in that...

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A basic guide to Induction Motors

  What is an induction motor? An induction motor is a type of motor that only has armotisseur windings. A very commonly used motor in different applications, an induction motor is among the most modest motors when it comes to its construction. As is suggestive from its name; the induction motor works on the principle of induction. So, when the rotating magnetic field of stator cuts the stationary rotor, an electro-magnetic field gets induced into the rotor. An induction motor is commonly utilized in residential, commercial, as well as...

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Things you should know about Alpha Picoline

  What is it? Alpha Picoline, also denoted as α-picoline, is a methyl pyridine isomer that is colourless at room temperature and pressure, and gives off a characteristic odour similar to that of pyridine. Due to its miscibility with water and various organic solvents, alpha picoline is used as an intermediate in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and latex manufacturing industries.  2-vinylpyridine is the largest single derivative of alpha picoline.   Are there any risks associated with it? Alpha Picoline is flammable in both...

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How to choose a good Laundry Detergent

We all need a good laundry soap to do our laundry. Laundry soaps emulsify oil so that it could be washed away with water. In addition to this, laundry soaps also work towards allowing insoluble particles to dissolve in water, in order for them to get carried away by water. Whenever we see some laundry detergent bottles, we find a similarity in them. We do not dig deeper and see the qualities present in them which set them apart. Instead, we just take a quick glance at all the bottles, choose one and then buy it. You will be shocked to know...

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  • October 16, 2018 10:16:08
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Contribute to making the world better this World Food Day

If you go around asking people, you will find that everyone has something different and interesting to say about food. Some may even relate it to emotions, and why not? Food, after all, has been our constant source of happiness. Delve into a hot bowl of noodles or a hot cup of tea or whatever your favourite delight is, and you will realize what true bliss food can be. Given, the importance of food in our lives, it seems legit to have a day dedicated to it, doesn’t it? However, although this notion makes a lot of sense, the celebration of...

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BIS Grants Quality Certification to Etawah Swachha Bharat Mission

BIS has recently granted the Etawah Swachha Bharat Mission, Management Committee, U.P, a Quality Management System (QMS) Certification licence as per IS/ISO 9001:2015. This is the first QMS Certification to be awarded to such an Organization. The Etawah Swachha Bharat Mission, Management Committee is chaired by the District Magistrate, and is engaged in conducting several awareness programmes through information, education and communication, HRD activities, and internal office management activities, all working towards making the district...

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  • October 3, 2018 11:27:55
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Disinfectant Fluids – The modern approach to clean homes

Disinfectant fluids or liquids refer to antimicrobial cleaning products, which when applied to different surfaces of non-living objects, for instance, kitchen sinks, floors, and bathroom walls and so on, work to eliminate the harmful microorganisms residing there. We live in a world where normal cleaning using soap and water is not enough for homes and the various surfaces in it. Researches have revealed that contaminated environments lead to transmission of microbes which further cause healthcare-associated infections. Germs are widespread...

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World Bio-Fuel Day 2018 – A Step towards a Sustainable India

August 10th has been christened as the World Bio-Fuel Day, a step that is a bid towards creating awareness about green fuels, or non-fossil-fuels. It was on this day, back in 1893, when the inventor of the diesel engine, Sir Rudalph Diesel, successfully managed to run a mechanical engine with peanut oil. Thus, to mark this achievement, World Bio-Fuel Day is observed on the 10th of August every year. About Bio-fuels Bio-fuels are renewable, sustainable, bio degradable, and environment friendly; and are seen as alternatives to conventional...

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  • September 15, 2018 18:13:08
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World Ozone Day

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, also known as World Ozone Day, is celebrated on the 16th of September every year. The theme for World Ozone Day 2018 is “Keep Cool and Carry On”. OZONE LAYER The Ozone layer present on Earth’s stratosphere is a shield which protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays. It is a made of ozone gas that is naturally present in the atmosphere. This layer stretches for about 20-30 km from Earth’s surface, and is essential to support all forms of life on Earth. At any given time,...

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Buying Gold on Akshaya Tritiya? Here’s How You Can Do It Right.

Akshaya Tritiya is traditionally earmarked as a day for beginning new ventures, purchase valuables and make investments. It is believed to be an auspicious time where investments and other good deeds bring success and luck. It is also a time to stay aware and alert With such deep-rooted beliefs which are surrounded by ancient tales of prosperity, NBFCs and jewellers in India see strong footfall on Akshaya Tritiya to buy at least a token gold coin at the very least. Since buying gold is a popular practice on this day, it is also a time to...

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Family Planning is a Human Right – World Population Day 2018

World Population Day is an awareness day established by the UN which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and the importance of population issues, including their relation to development and even the environment. The day was marked on the 11th of July, 1990 in over 90 countries. Every year, World Population Day follows a particular theme, concentrating on the various aspects of population issues. This year, on 11th July 2018, World Population Day will follow the theme – Family planning is a human right.   The Need for Family...

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A brief on IS 1:1968 ‘Specification for the national flag of India (cotton khadi ) (Second revision)’

The National Flag of India is a horizontal tricolour of deep saffron (kesaria) at the top, white in the middle and dark green at the bottom in equal proportion. The ratio of the length of the flag to its width is 3:2. In the centre of the white band is a navy-blue wheel which represents the chakra. The top saffron colour indicates the strength and courage of the country. The white middle band indicates peace and truth with Dharma Chakra. The green shows the fertility, growth and auspiciousness of the land. The design of the Ashoka Chakra is...

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BIS – Enhancing credibility and sustainability in Management System Certification

“As the National Standards body of India, it has been our endeavour to operate a credible and proficient Management Systems Certification (MSC). We believe that identifying essential elements of current best practices and adopting it, with an objective to deliver timely, efficient, and transparent value added service to their clients, througha technically sound and simplified process on a cost effective scale, is the best way for a futuristic, sustainablecredible certification system.  Capacity building coupled with effective and...

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