Sunday, 22 May, 2022
TopicGenetic Modification

Topic: Genetic Modification

Can plant traits be modified without modifying their DNA? Netherlands study says yes

The study led by ecologist Dr Alexandre Jousset says plants can be improved without modifying their DNA. This approach involves making changes to the plant microbiome.

Why farmers are still having to protest for their right to sow GM seeds, even in a pandemic

This month marks the third year of farmers' ‘civil disobedience movement' demanding the right to sow Genetically Modified (GM) seeds.

GM mosquito experiment to reduce dengue-causing species in Brazil fails

A British company had released genetically-modified mosquitoes to cut the population of Aedes aegypti, but Yale researchers say they've bounced back.

Taslima Nasreen’s views echo eugenicists who favour genetic cleansing for racial supremacy

Taslima Nasreen’s tweet exposes her profoundly conservative worldview, which is a far cry from women’s or human rights.

Reviewer raises serious questions over how Kesavan-Swaminathan anti-GMO paper was published

Dr Pushpendra Gupta, expert on plant genetics, had been sent the paper for review before its publication in Current Science, and said he had rejected it.

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Quad has a sea of challenges. Navy can take cue from a Maratha admiral who sank English ships

Even though Kanhoji’s navy held its own against the English and Portuguese, its fleet never truly modernised. Indian Navy could learn from his tale.
An attendant refills a two-wheeler with fuel at a petrol pump in New Delhi Saturday | ANI

Under fire for spiraling inflation, Modi govt announces excise duty cut on fuels, LPG subsidy

It has also decided to enhance the fertiliser subsidy for farmers, and reduce import duty on some raw materials. ‘It is always people first for us!’ tweets prime minister.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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