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*APEDA adds 135 new labs for agri support supply chain New Delhi, Jan 20 (PTI) Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) on Monday said it has added 135 new laboratories to the existing 51.

With this initiative, the total number of recognised laboratories has reached to 186 across the country, the commerce ministry said in a statement.

The number of laboratories have increased in states with exporting potential like Maharashtra (35), Gujarat (23), Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (10), Tamil Nadu (23) and Karnataka (17), it said.

* * * *Sterlite Power launches high-performance low sag conductor Sterlite Power on Monday announced launch of a high-performance low sag conductor to help power utilities overcome transmission difficulties in river crossings.

'ACCC ULS Ganga, a high-performance low sag conductor was developed to address the dual challenge of keeping the sag low, while maintaining the same power transfer capacity of the conductor. The weight of the conductor also remains low, with minimum pressure exerted on the towers,' the company said in a statement.

The ACCC Ganga ULS conductor has been successfully deployed on a 400kV quad line, across river Ganga, connecting Northeastern and eastern grids to the National Grid.

* * * *Aviva Life Insurance appoints Neil Karia as CFO Aviva Life Insurance on Monday announced the appointment of Neil Karia as the Chief Financial Officer of the company.

In his role, Neil will be responsible for strategic planning, treasury and financial performance management, Aviva said in a statement.

Prior to his appointment, Neil was the senior-vice president of mergers and acquisition at Aviva plc, it said. * * * *RBS appoints Punit Sood as India head RBS India, the technology and operations hub of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), on Monday announced the appointment of Punit Sood as the country head.

In this role, Sood will build the organisation's strategic capabilities, supporting the bank to achieve its goals, RBS India said in a statement.

Punit has earlier held the role of Head of Technology India, where he shaped the India Technology business to function as a centre of excellence for RBS. PTI RR ABI DP RUJ RUJ