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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

Economist, Soros: Has Hindu nationalism increased global criticism of India or bad economy?

The Economist criticised the Modi govt in its latest cover story titled ‘Intolerant India’ while billionaire George Soros said Modi was creating a 'Hindu nationalist state' at Davos.

Defence

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Pilots of IAF chopper shot down in friendly fire in Budgam awarded gallantry medals

Four other IAF personnel on board the chopper have been awarded ‘Mention-in-Despatches’ posthumously by the President.

The world has a message for Modi: Brand India is severely damaged

India’s image — and by extension Modi’s — has been damaged by a combination of identity politics and economic decline. But the world isn’t writing us off, not yet.