Sunday, 22 May, 2022
TopicGenetically modified crops

Topic: genetically modified crops

I am launching a civil disobedience movement against moratorium on GM crops. Here’s why

I respect the rule of law but today, I will plant Bt brinjal on my farm to launch the ‘Feed India civil disobedience movement’. GM crops need revival.

Modi govt’s ‘indecisiveness’ on GM crops slowed down research advancement, US agri dept criticises

Report released by Global Agricultural Information Network of USDA cites 'existing policy environment' as a reason for uncertainty in agricultural biotech R&D in India.

India will lose on agri-tech, experts tell PM, seek quicker approval for gene-edited plants

Experts associated with IAAG have written to PM Modi claiming approvals for gene-edited plants have been ‘inordinately delayed’ as the regulatory body has sought opinion of states.

How Modi govt has ‘scuttled’ GM farming in India by moving Bt Brinjal trials to states

GM crops have been controversial in India from the get-go. While proponents praise its benefits, critics dismiss it as a failed experiment.

Scientists write to US universities for inviting ‘anti-science’ activist Vandana Shiva

The open letters to Stanford and University of California raise concern about Vandana Shiva's use of 'anti-scientific rhetoric to support unethical positions'.

RSS body accuses minister of giving false info on ‘cancer-causing’ herbicide in Parliament

RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch says contrary to agriculture ministry's claims on glyphosate, the herbicide has the potential to be a carcinogen.

More Maharashtra farmers demand GM seeds: Is Indian policy dictated by politics or science?

Maharashtra farmers’ protest movement in favour of GM seeds has now spread to 11 districts.

Donald Trump’s prime-time address on border wall fails to hold up to fact-checks

Conservatives join hands with Britain’s opposition in Parliament to oppose May's ‘no-deal’ Brexit and Turkey's Erdogan lashes out at US for Syria withdrawal ‘condition’.

Cancer fighting genetic tool ‘Crispr’ is now being used for improving quality of crops

US and Europe, however, have contrasting policies on genetically modified crops which could possibly start a costly trade dispute.

EU study trashes anti-GM paper by French expert who Jairam Ramesh cited to ban Bt Brinjal

EU investigation of the paper by Gilles-Éric Séralini comes as much-needed validation for scientists and farmers in India who have been pushing for GM crops.

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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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