Thursday, 1 December, 2022

Topic: Rice

After India, Bangladesh & Vietnam, now Philippines harvests GM Golden Rice to cure ‘hidden hunger’

Vitamin A-enriched rice found in India consists of reconstituted rice. However, Golden Rice is a genetically modified variety developed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

India to permit export of broken rice backed by letters of credit issued before sudden ban

This move will help traders ship 3,97,267 tonnes of broken rice as the export ban on 8 September trapped nearly 1 million of the grain.

Heavy rain forecast for October raises concern about India’s rice, wheat crops

Monthly rainfall is expected at 115% of the long-term average based on the India Meteorological Department, posing risks for summer-sown crops such as rice and the planting of wheat.

After Haryana, now Punjab records rain damage to paddy. Farmers to ‘wait & watch’, may seek relief

Jagmohan Singh of BKU (Dakaunda) says farmers expecting 40% loss in early rice varieties. According to experts, crop damage of this nature has taken place after almost a decade.

Rain chokes Haryana’s basmati belt, farmers agitate to sell crop directly to rice mill owners

Farmers struggle to store early basmati harvest as mandis are closed due to strike by arhtiyas. Unless properly stored, grains begin sprouting leading to losses for farmers.

What’s fortified rice, why is Modi govt pushing it & why some experts aren’t excited

Is mass fortification answer to rampant anaemia in India? Experts concerned, say iron-fortified foods could adversely affect men and patients of thalassemia & sickle cell disease.

First wheat, now rice — hit by bad weather, output could fall by ‘10 mn tonnes’ this season

A hit to India’s rice output could lead to a major policy overhaul as it arrives on the back of a lower wheat harvest.

Does India have enough rice for welfare schemes and ethanol? What the govt is missing

Procurement of rice stocks has seen a significant increase. But India is seeing deficient rains and increase of ethanol distilleries.

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

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A group picture of Supreme court judges at Supreme Court in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Ambedkar rejected collegium system, said CJI supremacy on judges’ appointment is dangerous

In May 1949, the Constituent Assembly debated the Collegium system, only to reject it thrice. Now the SC is assuming that role once again.
Representational image | Reuters

India’s economic growth at 6.3% for second quarter, slower than previous months

Government capital spending increased more than 40% during the quarter as it stepped up expenditure on roads to railways, according to official data on Wednesday.


A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.