Wakeup Call: Copycat rogues dupe iPhone fans
Lipsticks, toothpastes, shampoos, coffee, milk, medicines…for every branded product, there is a counterfeit selling in India. In Outlook this week, we look at the market of fake products which is estimated to be a Rs 1 trillion parallel economy. In the run up to assembly elections, we continue to bring you stories from Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand. Also, do not forget to read our story on Kerala serial killer Jolly Jospeh. Plus, an exclusive interview with former Chief Justice RM Lodha on cricket reforms.
The Authentication Forum to empower India, Industry, and Indians in the Fight against Fakes
Authentication Solutions Providers’ Association (ASPA) and Messe Frankfurt India are organizing the third edition of The Authentication Forum in Delhi. The two-day flagship leadership summit is scheduled for 7 th  and 8 th  November 2019 at the Lalit Hotel, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi.

The association has taken on the task of nurturing the anti-counterfeiting ecosystem by sensitizing consumers, brands and policymakers towards the menace of counterfeiting and creating awareness around the solutions. To take this mission forward The Authentication Forum is organized annually.

Eminent personalities from renowned organizations from across industries like FMCG, Auto, Pharmaceutical, E-commerce, Packaging, Consumer Durables, Crop Protection – Agriculture, Fertilizers, Pesticides, etc would be speaking at the event. Mr. Ramashankar Pandey, Chairman, Aftermarket Committee, ACMA & Managing Director, Hella India; Mr. Anil Rajput, Chairman, FICCI CASCADE & Senior Vice President-Corporate Affairs, ITC Ltd.; Dr. Jayashree Gupta, President, Consumers India; Mr. Yash Pal Sachar, General Manager Corporate Affairs, Honda Cars India; Mr. Amartyaa Kumaar Guha, Associate Director Supply Chain, Flipkart; Mr. Amit Kale, Assistant Vice President, SME Packaging, Automation and Quality Control, Reliance Industries; Mr. Harendra Bana, Associate Director Security, India Region, PepsiCo.; Mr. Pankaj Kumar Patodi, Head Supply Chain, Godfrey Philips India; Mr. Vikas Ranjan, Brand Protection Manager India and South East Asia & Member – Global IPR, Adidas; Mr. Arshad Jamil, Associate Vice President and Head Intellectual Property Rights, Biocon Biologics India; Mr. Ashraf Ali, Anti-Counterfeit Manager India, Bayer CropScience; Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Managing Director, Insecticides India and Mr. Ulrike Kreysa, Vice President Healthcare, GS1 Global Office among others would be participating in the panel discussions. To know more about the show at http://www.authenticationforum.com

ASPA's President: By using an authentication solution, industry can hit counterfeiters hard
The menace of fake parts continues to impact the Indian automotive marketplace and a large number of road accidents are directly attributed to their use. Nakul Pasricha, President of Authentication Solution Providers' Association (ASPA) details the many measures being taken to arrest the problem and offers top tips on how consumers can recognise a fake part
Adulteration & Counterfeiting In Liquor Demands Safe Packaging In India
Adulteration has led to many adverse health hazards over decades and this has increased manifold in the alcohol segment. There is a constant effort to end this nuisance but how do we deal with this societal menace? With evolving packaging trends, juices and dairy products have been rapidly adapting to modern lifestyle demands, although not much is taking place in the alcoholic beverage segment. This industry still cannot be ignored for the mere fact that it is consumed in a substantial amount and any fragile packaging can directly hinder the well-being of consumers. In fact, going by estimates, unreliable packaging of liquor leads to many deaths during the year—courtesy scope for adulteration in liquor. Therefore, one should highlight the aspect of safe packaging to arrest the roots of adulteration. For more click here
EU customs seized €740 million worth of fake goods in 2018
EU customs intercepted nearly €740 million worth of fake goods last year with the increase blamed on the "large amount" of online sales from abroad, the Commission said. In total, customs officers seized 69,354 million consignments in 2018 — nearly 12,000 more than in the previous year. The street value of the 27 million articles that were found to have infringed on intellectual property rights was estimated at nearly €740 million. "The number of interceptions of fake goods being imported into the EU increased in 2018 due to the large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic," the Commission said  in a statement . For more click here
Ind. (WLS) -- Several boxes of fake vaping pods and starter kits were seized Monday from a store in Indiana after a two-month investigation. Indiana State Excise Police officers executed a search warrant last Friday at Zip Food Store in Cedar Lake after a customer complaint. "Recently, vaping-related illnesses are on the rise nationwide. The hazards associated with counterfeit vaping products are a serious public health and safety matter," said Indiana State Excise Police Superintendent Matt Strittmatter.

Manipur plans to legalise cannabis for ‘medicinal and industries’ purposes: Biren Singh : Manipur’s (India) Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh has said his government is planning to legalise cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes. The chief minister said during a press conference on Saturday that preparations are on to discuss the matter and make a decision in the next state cabinet meeting. He said cultivation of the plant needs to be done systematically so that it can be used strictly for medicinal purposes. He said three states of Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have already legalised cannabis for medicinal purposes. Read more

To Eliminate Fake Cannabis, Solo Science Launches New Authentication System
( An ex-CIA profiler enters the cannabis market)
According to internal research at solo sciences, up to 80% of all packaged cannabis products may be counterfeit. "The world of cannabis is murky, unpredictable, and often not safe," said Ashesh Shah, CEO and founder of solo sciences and a former CIA profiler.  Read more

New holography role drives India vehicle Anti-polluting initiative
Against a global backdrop, holograms are finding new commercial outlets as effective
weapons in the battle against counterfeiting and anti-tampering, offering product authentication benefits to governments and those responsible for law enforcement. However, the technology’s capacity to re-invent itself, driven on through innovation and imaginative thinking, is enabling commercial holography to spread its international appeal and capacity to open-up new avenues of opportunity in places like India, where it’s finding a new role stuck on the windscreens of the country’s millions of vehicles. The Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has looked to the flexibility of holograms in a new move to tackle the issue of vehicle fuel pollution - in dozens of states across the country, people are being urged to ensure that they comply with a Supreme Court directive to use colour-coded hologram stickers to identify the type of fuel used in their vehicles. Read more
Fake spare parts’ growth beats auto sales 
The Rs 22,000-crore counterfeit auto parts industry — growing faster than car and bike sales, and which doubled in the last five years — is giving headaches to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). According to the Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), the overall counterfeit product industry in India is worth Rs 1 lakh crore, causing the government tax losses of Rs 40,000 crore. Read more
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