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Maharashtra farmers

Maharashtra farmers are asserting their freedom by celebrating HTBt cotton crop harvest 

‘Skill India', 'Make in India' and 'Ease of doing business' have nothing to offer farmers. Every aspect of agriculture in India is tied up in regulations.
Brinjal

GM brinjals are helping Bangladesh farmers earn more, save more, study finds

The study was conducted by US-based International Food Policy Research Institute and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, a government agency.
A farmer cuts mustard in a mustard field in the outskirts of Jaipur | Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Devandra Fadnavis-led panel in favour of using GM crops for oilseeds in Maharashtra

Maharashtra CM Devandra Fadnavis said the use of GM crop is a debated issue but countries from where edible oil is imported also use GM technology.

Haryana joins ‘movement’ to defy GM crop ban, farmers get ready to sow HT cotton seeds

Bharatiya Kisan Union, Haryana, says farmers in a Hisar village will sow HT Bt cotton seeds Friday to support the Maharashtra farmers who defied GM crop ban.
Cotton balls grow on a plant | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

What’s the fuss over the new variety of GM cotton that farmers are batting for

Farmers planted the illegal HTBt cotton in Maharashtra last month, saying they wanted ‘independence’. Here’s all you need to know about the controversy.
Farmers empty bags of hand-picked cotton bolls onto a tarp in a field. | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Maharashtra farmers find support in BJP MP for movement against GM crop ban

Ramdas Tadas, BJP MP from Wardha who has raised the issue in Lok Sabha, said farmers should have the right to choose what to sow in their fields.
GM seeds

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.
A cotton farmer in Vidarbha, Maharashtra

Now, Maharashtra’s women farmers plan to defy GM ban, get ready to plant HT cotton seeds

Women farmers led by Maya Pusadekar are set to plant the unapproved herbicide tolerant Bt cotton at Pusada village in Amravati on Pusadekar’s land.
Cotton being grown in a field

2 more Maharashtra farmers sow GM cotton, say it’s their ‘civil disobedience movement’

Move by the two farmers, who are from Ahmednagar and Akola districts, comes 3 days after a huge protest in Akola against ban on GM seeds in India.
A farmer hand-picks cotton in a field in Sirsa, Haryana

‘Don’t want subsidies, just tech’: Farmers plant GM cotton in Maharashtra, defy crop ban

The farmer, a member of the Shetkari Sanghatana, which backs GM crops, planted the modified cotton in Maharashtra's cotton-growing Akola district.

On Camera

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Tablighi Jamaat brought out Republic, Zee and Times Now’s fangs that Covid-19 had withdrawn

The unity of TV channels against coronavirus was too good to be true. The Tablighi Jamaat gave most of them the chance to show their true colours.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Is there a risk of Modi govt using Covid-19 to curb media and freedoms or is it necessary?

Surveillance is becoming a key concern during the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court has also directed media to publish the official version of the developments.

Defence

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Coronavirus doesn’t stop Indian Army from carrying out its annual cyber security exercise

Army had earlier issued advisory claiming India's adversaries were launching coronavirus-themed campaigns to infect official or personal IT assets of defence personnel.  

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.