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Difficult to say Bt cotton crop yield loss due to pink 16.1.2018 General News
Seed industry body FSII today said it was "unfortunate" that the Maharashtra government has held seed firms responsible without any proper assessment for the losses suffered due to pink bollworm attack on Bt cotton crop this kharif season. It is "unfair" and "breach of principles of natural justice" to hold seed companies responsible based on "media reports", alleged the Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) in a statement. The FSII, in a letter to both the Centre and the Maharashtra government, expressed concerns over the problem faced by farmers but said the industry might close if the state asks seed firms to compensate the losses. "It is very difficult to establish that yield loss, if any, is due to attack of pink bollworm. It is an established scientific fact that crop yields depend on multiple factors... You are also aware of rampant cultivation of illegal GM cotton in Maharashtra this year. All these factors might have contributed to any possible yield ...
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Bayer expects CCI nod by Apr-May for $66 bn Monsanto deal 16.1.2018 General News
German chemical and pharma major Bayer today expressed confidence that it would secure fair trade regulator CCI's nod by April or May for the USD 66 billion acquisition of US-based biotech major Monsanto. India is one of the 30 countries whose approval is needed for the merger to go through. As many as 14 countries have approved the merger. The company has secured one approval in the US, while one more is pending. European Union's clearance is also awaited. "We are working with the regulator. We are confident of getting the CCI approval," said Richard van der Merwe, the senior Buyer representative, South Asia. Monsanto would add seed business to Bayer's already significant crop science and pharmaceutical business in India. While refusing to give details of the size of the merged entity, he said Bayer India had an annual revenue of 600 million euros (about Rs 4,700 crore) in 2017. He said Bayer hopes that all litigations involving Monsanto over royalty issues on sale of Bt .
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Monsanto looking to sell dicamba-resistant GM soy seed in Brazil 12.1.2018 Reuters: Money News
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The Brazilian unit of seed and agrochemicals maker Monsanto on Thursday said it will run field tests with genetically modified soy seed INTACTA2 XTEND in Brazil in the 2019-20 crop, looking to launch the variety commercially the following ...
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Monsanto looking to sell dicamba-resistant GM soy seed in Brazil 12.1.2018 General News
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The Brazilian unit of seed and agrochemicals maker Monsanto on Thursday said it will run field tests with genetically modified soy seed INTACTA2 XTEND in Brazil in the 2019-20 crop, looking to launch the variety commercially the following year.
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CCI sees Bayer-Monsanto deal impacting competition, starts public scrutiny 5.1.2018 Business Standard: Companies & Industry
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has launched a public scrutiny of finer details of the proposed $66 billion Bayer-Monsanto deal, finding prima facie that the deal has, or likely to have an appreciable adverse effect on competition.The Bayer-Monsanto deal would create the world's largest seeds and pesticide firm. CCI places a deal for public consultation if it is of the "prima facie opinion that the combination has, or likely to have an appreciable adverse effect on competition".Prior to this, CCI had launched similar public scrutiny in the case of Ranbaxy-Sun Pharma and Holcim-Lafarge merger deals, among others.The comments with respect to the Bayer-Monsanto deal need to be submitted to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) within 15 days, along with supporting documents on how the merger can adversely impact the concerned person or entity, the CCI said in a public notice.It further said that "the Commission is not likely to consider unsubstantiated objections".Bayer in .
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Will Bayer-Monsanto deal result in monopoly? CCI consults public 5.1.2018 Business Standard: News Now
Mergers and acquisitions beyond a certain threshold require approval of the CCI
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Seed body faults Monsanto for bollworm resistance 4.1.2018 HBL: Industry & Economy
Asks firm to own up responsibility; threatens to stop selling seeds
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Diabetes drug could cure Alzheimer's disease: Study 1.1.2018 Business Standard: News Now
Type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for Alzheimer's and has been implicated in the progression of the disease
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The year in science 28.12.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
The year 2017 saw some tremendous breakthroughs in science. From genetic engineering, to quantum computing, to anthropology and climate science, some discoveries have left us in awe, and some have indeed pronounced a word of caution. As we draw down the curtains on this magnificent year, here is a snapshot on some of the remarkable contributions to science, in no particular order. Scientists create the first ever stable compound from helium Chemistry tells us that helium, the most abundant element in the universe, does not react with any other elements or compounds. Hence the name noble or inert gas. In a study published in the journal Nature Chemistry, researchers have proved this false. They have discovered the first ever stable compound from helium with sodium, at very high pressures. With a chemical formula of Na2He, the compound is surprisingly not formed by chemical bonds. Here, electrons fill up the voids in the sodium cubes, holding the compound together and making it an insulator. This ...
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Bid to develop new muga breed to withstand climate change 28.12.2017 The Assam Tribune
Bid to develop new muga breed to withstand climate change
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BJP MP Kirron Kher urges govt to remove cap on educational reimbursement to... 21.12.2017 DNA: Bangalore
BJP MP Kirron Kher urges govt to remove cap on educational reimbursement to...
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When art meets science 21.12.2017 Hindu: Cities
National workshop on science film making enables city college students to take science to the common man
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Boost for gene editing, artificial womb technologies (2017 in Retrospect) 21.12.2017 All News-IANS Stories
Advances in medical sciences this year have brought good news for humanity at large because of the progress made in gene editing technology to treat inherited diseases, and particularly to cancer patients with the approval of a gene therapy by US regulators.
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GM crops: Panel warns govt about poor regulatory system 20.12.2017 deccanherald.com
Lawmakers have cautioned the government against introduction of more genetically modified crops because of an unreliable regulatory system that is "susceptible to manipulations." The track record of Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee - Indias highest regulatory body on GM technology - is not encouraging either because of the masochism associated with the constitution and functioning of the GEAC, they said in a report. Bt cotton is the only commercially available GM crop in India. A proposal to allow GM mustard that cleared all technical and regulatory hurdles, is under the Union Environment and Forest Ministrys consideration. However, critics question the efficacy of the existing regulatory system. Currently, there are 14 laws and regulations under five different ministries and six regulatory bodies to supervise the entry and growth of GM crops and other technologies involving genetically modified organisms. "Despite having so many levels of scrutiny in place, none of these levels of scrutiny is ...
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When art meets science 20.12.2017 Hindu: Madurai
National workshop on science film making enables city college students to take science to the common man
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Bollworm, Bt3: Telangana farmers want Monsanto compensate their losses 19.12.2017 HBL: Agri-biz
Firm denies any role; blames it on some seed firms for spread of RRF
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Canola oil study provides no evidence of ill-effect in humans: Stakeholders 16.12.2017 All News-IANS Stories
After a US study that linked canola oil intake with worsened Alzheimer's symptoms and weight gain stirred a debate in India, industry stakeholders have said that the study was conducted on mice and provides no evidence of harmful effect in humans.
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Amarinder Singh, Sachin Pilot on the same page on ideas of development, inclusiveness 15.12.2017 India Today | February 13, 2012
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and Rajasthan Congress President Sachin Pilot are on the same page on ideas of development and inclusiveness.
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North Korea claims US' fate is in its hands, Trump on deathbed struggle 15.12.2017 India Today| Must Read
Some experts also say the North may have been even trying to create super-germs in its labs using advanced genetic engineering.
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Pink bollworm issue: Oppn din over agri officials not briefing minister 14.12.2017 Market News
Oppn has been demanding immediate relief to farmers saying that Bt cotton seed "BG II" has failed to protect cotton from pink bollworm attack
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