New Delhi: The country’s total steel exports fell 34 per cent in 2018-19 to 6.36 million tonne (MT) compared to the preceding fiscal, Parliament was informed Monday. “In comparison to 2017-18 (9.62 million tonnes), India’s total steel export has declined by 34 per cent in 2018-19 and stood at 6.36 million tonnes,” Union Minister for Steel Dharmendra Pradhan said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.He also informed the house that the government has taken appropriate measures such as anti-dumping and countervailing duties in order to protect the domestic industry from unfair external competition. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Government has also notified 53 Steel and Steel Product (Quality Control) Orders which is applicable for both domestic production as well as imports,” he said. The Steel Quality Control Order are implemented in the public interest for protection of human, animal and plant, safety of environment, prevention of unfair trade practices and national security, he added. He also said that trade related issues are a part of ongoing economic relationship discussion between India and the US. Meanwhile, steel consumers, who are feeling the pinch of high price of the metal in the Indian market, have demanded a policy intervention from the Centre to prevent steel producers from exporting steel below the domestic prices. Several industry bodies have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention. “The domestic steel should be supplied to the downstream industry at a price which is at par with international price,” said FINER.
A fresco from a chapel in northern Italy depicts the ‘Judas kiss’Credit:AP Photo Shrugging off the “sackcloth and ashes” image of clergy’s puritan forebears, it argues that – despite criticism of the industry over size zero models and cases of sweatshop factories – fashion and design are ultimately an expression of God-given creativity.In one extract, the Church’s de-facto catwalk chaplain says fashion designers have told him that they draw inspiration from church interiors, stained glass windows and even Jesus’s cloaks. The Rev Peterson Feital, the Diocese of London’s “Missioner to the Creative Industries”, said many had been drawn to the “beautiful clothes” Jesus is often depicted wearing.“Designers ask me about fashion,” said the Brazilian-born Rev Feital, who also runs “Haven+” a charity working with people in the fashion and entertainment industries. Admittedly, his face has adorned more religious imagery than any other in history.But now Jesus is being put forward as an icon of an entirely different sort – in the world of fashion.The Church of England has given its blessing to London Fashion Week with an official video making the Biblical case for the clothing industry. The Rev Peterson Feital Stained glass church windows have inspired fashion designersCredit:Duncan Lomax/Ravage Productions Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “They are all so interested when they walk into a church building or a cathedral and they see the stained glass windows and what they see there are beautiful figures and Jesus wearing beautiful clothes – a cloak and all that kind of stuff.“So right there in the centre of our worship there are so many elements in which fashion belongs in that conversation between church and culture.” Simon Ward, a former chief operating officer of the British Fashion Council, said that despite questions about how aspects of the industry operate and the “image it conveys”, he was convinced fashion itself is divinely inspired.“He’s a God of creativity, and fashion is just one of those areas that really focuses on creativity,” he said.“And what did He do first? He created the seasons, so the idea that fashion changes a lot again I think reflects God’s heart. “All the way through the Bible clothing and fashion imagery jump out of the pages at us. In the New Testament the first Christian in Europe was Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth … The image we get of Jesus in heaven is what he’s wearing, with a gold sash around his chest, and then the New Jerusalem comes down; what are we told about it? – ‘dressed as a bride’.“So I think God and fashion really are closely linked and if we think that they’re not we’re getting it wrong.” A stained glass window at Rochester Cathedral depicts the resurrection of JesusCredit:Luke MacGregor/Reuters