The 24-hour food plaza will extend the facility to the commuters arriving into Mysore. Travelers, who take long distance trains from Mysore can also place their order and pick up food at Bangalore, an official of the Mysore division of the south Western Railway said. Payment can be made onboard if the food is delivered in the train or can pay at the food plaza, the official said adding that this is possible as the caterer operates a chain of food plazas across major stations in India. Travelers can place order using tool free number 011-41100100. The Mysore division opened the first food plaza in its division, which is spread over 1,700 sqft and can accommodate 120 visitors. The plaza offers north Indian, south Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines, the divisional senior commercial manager K Anil Kumar said. There are also bakery products, ice cream, fresh fruit juices and some dozen varieties of espresso coffee from multinational outlets and pizzas and burgers. There are also sweets from across India like Agra peta, Nagpur tantra burfi. He said New Delhi-based Sreenathji Caterers, who manage over 40 food plazas across major stations like New Delhi, Howrah, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore. The group will commission another 15 outlets in the next couple of months including the one at at Davangere in Mysore division. The divisional railway manager Vinod Kumar inaugurated the food plaza. The DRM said the opening of the multi-cuisine food plaza will help thousands of tourists both domestic and international arriving in the city. He asked the caterer to provide quality food and maintain hygiene in the premises.

cities, demanding a “living wage” of $15 per hour. The U.S. fast-food industry generates sales of $200 billion a year. The companies have long said that mostly young people do the entry-level work of flipping burgers or making milkshakes and that these positions are stepping stones to higher-paying jobs. However, the NELP found that the median age of a fast-food worker was 28, Temple said. McDonald’s Corp and Burger King Worldwide Inc did not respond to requests for comment. Wendy’s Co declined to comment, and Yum Brands Inc did not immediately provide a comment. The Employment Policies Institute, which has opposed calls for higher fast-food wages in the past, said in a statement that the reports “ignore economic evidence that dramatic wage hikes would make fast food workers worse off” when employers “replace employees with less-costly automated alternatives.” LOW-WAGE RUT U.C. Berkeley labor economist Sylvia Alegretto, who worked on the report from her school and the University of Illinois, said the economic recovery did not make life much easier for these workers, who are stuck in a low-wage rut. “They took it on the chin when the economy was bad, and now that it’s better, wages aren’t going up,” Alegretto said. “In fact, they’re making less than their counterparts were 50 years ago.” Alegretto said her team was “very conservative” in estimating the number of low-wage workers, counting only those who worked more than 10 hours a week for at least 27 weeks a year. The median wage for front-line fast-food workers is $8.94 per hour, according to the NELP’s analysis of government data. Many of these jobs are not full-time. Twice as many fast-food workers enroll in public aid programs than the overall workforce because of the low wages, limited work hours, and skimpy benefits their jobs afford them, according to the Berkeley study.

Food Stamp Debit Cards Failing To Work In 17 States

Many analysts now expect him to raise interest rates by another 25 basis points on October 29, even after data showing economic growth in the June quarter hit a four-year low. “The pickup in inflation is testament to the lingering inflation risks and underscores the need for the RBI to keep its inflation guards up,” said Leif Lybecker Eskesen, Chief Economist for India & ASEAN at HSBC in a note. Federal bond yields posted their biggest advance in three weeks after the data firmed up expectations for a second consecutive rate hike in as many months. The benchmark 10-year government bond yield ended up 8 basis points on the day at 8.57 percent, its highest since September 23. Other data showed consumer prices rose 9.84 percent year-on-year in September, the fastest pace in three months. Economists in a Reuters poll last week had forecast an annual 9.60 percent rise in retail prices. India is not the only major emerging market wrestling with inflation and high food costs – China’s consumer inflation hit a seven-month high of 3.1 percent in September. But the pace of growth in food prices in India stood out, rising to an annual 18.40 percent last month, the fastest clip since July 2010 and triple the 6.1 percent rise seen in China. India’s inflation data comes on the heels of Friday’s disappointing industrial output numbers. Output grew a much-slower-than expected 0.6 percent in August, hurt by weak investment and consumer demand, dashing hopes of an economic rebound by the end of the year. STAGFLATION? The data fills out a picture of high inflation and weak growth in Asia’s third-largest economy, which some analysts define as akin to stagflation.

Food prices drive up Indian inflation, strengthening rate hike view

A vendor waits for customers at his stall at a wholesale food market in Mumbai October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe underscored that the outage was not related to the government shutdown. Earlier Saturday shoppers left carts of groceries behind at a packed Market Basket grocery store in Biddeford, Maine, because they couldn’t get their benefits, said shopper Barbara Colman, of Saco, Maine. The manager put up a sign saying the EBT system was not in use. Colman, who receives the benefits, called an 800 telephone line for the program and it said the system was down due to maintenance, she said. “That’s a problem. There are a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced,” Colman said. She planned to reach out to local officials. “You don’t want children going hungry tonight because of stupidity,” she said. Colman said the store manager promised her that he would honor the day’s store flyer discounts next week. Wasmer said the states affected by the temporary outage also included Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Ohio’s cash and food assistance card payment systems went down at 11 a.m., said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Food labeling requirements bill in Knesset expected by ministry to ‘revolutionize’ nutrition habits

The dairy aisle in a Jerusalem supermarket Photo: Marc Israel Sellem Health Minister Yael German says the Knessets winter session will bring about a revolution in consumerism with requirements for listing on ingredients of food products on the front of packages. The plenum is due soon to pass amendments of 20-year-old laws on food products for their second and third reading. Prof. Itamar Grotto, head of public health at the ministry, said Tuesday that we are speaking of very important legislation aimed at helping consumers choose more healthful food products. Nutritional information — in the four categories of energy (calories), sugars, fat and sodium — will have to appear on the face of the package, while the usual list of ingredients will continue to appear on the back. With this information prominently displayed, the ministry hopes that food shoppers will choose more wisely and the amount of overweight, hypertension and heart disease will decline. Thus, with the additional information, packaged food will have an identity card including the name, manufacturer, ingredients, nutritional data, expiry date, storage recommendations and more, Grotto said. Prof. Danny Moran, director of the ministrys national Program for an Active and Healthy Life (dubbed in Hebrew Efsharibari or Healthy is Possible), added that Israel is thus following in the footsteps of other Western countries in improving labeling and packaging of food products. Indirectly, he said, it will influence purchasing habits, eating and behavior. We hope the Knesset will approve the amendments as soon as possible during the winter session that will bring about a revolution that will help all of us preserve our health more effectively. Even before the final passage, the ministry has been working on designing the labels. German has instructed her staff to contact food manufacturers and explain the regulations.