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Potholes on 27 km roads fixed in city, but no guarantee of its sustainability 19.10.2017 DNA: Top News
Authority at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is proudly claiming that they have fixed the bad roads which were washed away during the last monsoon. After Gujarat High Court slammed civic authority over the bad roads and failing to provide basic infrastructure to the citizens, AMC has mulled a new policy and technology for the roads. The civic body had fixed around 185 km of road network using this technology. However, now the stretch lies completely damaged. Out of this, the 27-km stretch is partially damaged with life-threatening potholes. The patchwork was repaired. But, now there is no guarantee if the roads would not break after monsoon. They have introduced Silane Nanotechnology by using anti-stripping agent in hotmix material of bitumen. AMC has started fixing the roads by using this method. The technology was recommended by Planning Commission in 2014 for the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, for the village roads which are not repaired every year and this technology gives sustainability. "In ...
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Andhra Pradesh investigates planting of Monsanto's unapproved GM cotton 17.10.2017 Sify Finance
By Mayank Bhardwaj
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India's NSL to pursue intellectual property litigation with Monsanto 14.10.2017 ET: Agriculture
Acting on complaints by some local seed cos that MMB's royalties were too high, the farm ministry last year cut the fees these local firms paid to Monsanto.
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Monsanto settles Rs300cr royalty dispute with 3 local seed cos 12.10.2017 ET: Agriculture
Mahyco Monsanto Biotech Ltd (MMBL), a joint venture firm of Monsanto, has sub-licensed Bt cotton seed technology to various domestic seed companies since 2002.
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Indian state to inspect cultivation of Monsanto's unapproved GM cotton 6.10.2017 ET: Agriculture
The illegal sale of the seeds violates India's environmental protection rules, said C.D. Mayee, president of the South Asia Biotech Centre, a not-for-profit scientific society.
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4G coverage to surpass 2G in 12 months: Mukesh Ambani 27.9.2017 DNA: Money
Indian economy will grow to $7 trillion in the next ten years from $2.5 trillion now and be among the top three economies in the world, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said on Wednesday. "Data is the new oil. India does not need to import it. We have it in super-abundance. It will be a new source of value and will create opportunities and prosperity for India and millions of Indians," he said at the Indian Mobile Congress in Delhi. India has leapfrogged from a lowly 155th in mobile broadband penetration to being the world's largest mobile-data consuming nation in just one year. The mobile market is now overflowing with data and a robust digital circulatory system has to be created to carry data to the 1.3 billion Indians. "4G coverage in India will become larger than the 2G coverage within the next 12 months," Ambani said. "Data is the oxygen of a digital economy. We cannot deprive Indians of this vital life-sustaining resource. We have to provide ubiquitous access to high-speed data at ...
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Gene editing used to alter DNA of human embryos 21.9.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
Scientists in the UK have for the first time used genome editing to study DNA function in human embryos, an advance that could help better understand the biology of our early development. Researchers from the Francis Crick Institute in the UK revealed the role of a key gene in human embryos in the first few days of development. They used genome editing technique called CRISPR/Cas9 to stop a key gene from producing a protein called OCT4, which normally becomes active in the first few days of human embryo development. After the egg is fertilised, it divides until at about seven days it forms a ball of around 200 cells called the 'blastocyst'. The study found that human embryos need OCT4 to correctly form a blastocyst. "We were surprised to see just how crucial this gene is for human embryo development, but we need to continue our work to confirm its role," said Norah Fogarty from the Francis Crick Institute. "Other research methods, including studies in mice, suggested a later and more focused role for ...
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Not in a hurry to take decision on GM mustard, says environment minister Harsh Vardhan 20.9.2017 TOI: India
The government on Wednesday said that it was not in a hurry to take a call on commercial release of transgenic oilseeds as the concerns expressed by both the anti and pro GM groups were “equally strong” and therefore it needed to be examined thoroughly before arriving at any decision.
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Biofortified food planned to curb malnutrition 20.9.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
In a pilot study, the central government plans to use biofortified crops to tackle malnutrition in four districts of Maharashtra, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. Biofortification is the genetic modification of staple food crops by infusing essential nutrients and by making it high-yield to ensure a cost-effective way of fighting malnutrition. Biofortified strains of crops like rice, maize, wheat and pearl millet and vegetables, developed by the India Council of Agricultural Research will be used to study health parameters over a period of time. The Women and Child Development ministry will study if the crops can be used in nutrition schemes. The WCD ministry, which is set to unveil the draft National Nutrition Mission guidelines in a few days, has written to ICAR, which has been developing biofortified food grains since 2014 to aid in curbing malnutrition. "We are keenly looking at the results of this pilot, and if a sustainable model emerges which will help bringing down malnutrition, we might adopt it under ...
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Indo-Japan Collaboration expands to scale up research to translations 14.9.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, announced the expansion of its first joint International laboratory with National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST) Japan named as DBT-AIST International Laboratory for Advanced Biomedicine (DAILAB) to DAICENTER by signing a contract on September 13, 2017 in Delhi.
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Lab-grown 3D bone tissue developed 13.9.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Scientists have developed three- dimensional (3D) bone tissues in the lab for the first time, which when implanted into patients will be able to repair damaged bones. Bone is the second most grafted tissue after blood and is used in reconstructive, maxillofacial and orthopaedic surgeries. Currently, however, surgeons can only harvest limited amounts of living bone from the patient for use in graft, and bone from other donors is likely to be rejected by the body. Instead, surgeons must rely on inferior donor sources which contain no cells capable of regenerating bone, limiting the size of repairs they can effect. Researchers from University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde in the UK used technology originally developed to detect gravitational waves to generate tissue engineered bone graft. The latest development in a technique known as 'nanokicking' has allowed scientists to grow 3D samples of mineralised bone in the laboratory for the first time. The researchers used measurement technology, based ...
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Human skin cells turned directly into motor neurons 11.9.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Scientists have converted skin cells from healthy adults directly into motor neurons without going through a stem cell state. The technique developed by researchers at Washington University in the US makes it possible to study motor neurons of the human central nervous system in the lab. Scientists working to develop new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases have been stymied by the inability to grow human motor neurons in the lab. Motor neurons drive muscle contractions, and their damage underlies devastating diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy, both of which ultimately lead to paralysis and early death. Avoiding the stem cell phase eliminates ethical concerns raised when producing what are called pluripotent stem cells, which are similar to embryonic stem cells in their ability to become all adult cell types, researchers said. Bypassing a stem cell state allows the resulting motor neurons to retain the age of the original skin cells and, therefore, the age of ...
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Creating the right environment 11.9.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
After terming it a 'roadblock ministry' under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance government has set about changing the face of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to one that enables 'ease of business' while attempting to maintain sustainable development. While the jury is out on the 'sustainable development' aspect, over the last three years, the ministry has certainly gone about revising and overhauling the regulatory regime of environmental governance. This trend has continued as the ministry is in the process of ushering in more crucial changes to central environmental legislations such as Environment Protection Act, Coastal Regulation Zone notification, 2011, and is also on the cusp of approving commercial cultivation of a genetically modified crop for the first time. Ease of business At the heart of wholesale changes made in environmental regulations during the last three years has been the ...
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Tierra Agrotech buys Monsanto cotton seed business 8.9.2017 ET: Agriculture
ET was the first to report about US biotechnology giant Monsanto selling off its branded Indian cotton seeds business to the company.
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Falsehood of GM bashers will not help Indian agriculture, says NAAS scientists 8.9.2017 TOI: India
Days after a Parliamentary panel raised certain doubts over the Centre’s impending move to give its green signal to commercial release of indigenously developed genetically modified (GM) mustard, a premier body of agriculture scientists has come out with a report arguing importance of transgenic variety of oilseeds for India’s farm growth and increasing farmers’ income.
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Post-demonetisation economy: Exorcising DeMo’s demons 8.9.2017 ET: Policy
On balance, the Indian economy should bottom out in July. But the speed of recovery will depend on reforms and monetary policy.
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Monsanto exits cotton seeds business in India 8.9.2017 ET: Agriculture
Monsanto has faced headwinds in the cotton seeds market and threatened to exit India after New Delhi had imposed price controls.
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BRICS Leaders Xiamen Declaration: Full text 4.9.2017 TOI: India
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Flurry of activities at Techniche 3.9.2017 The Assam Tribune
Flurry of activities at Techniche
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Farmers pitch for new technique to increase yield as govt remains indecisive on GM mustard 2.9.2017 TOI: India
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