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Category: GM Crops
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Scientists back GM mustard, say will help create better hybrids 5.6.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Agriculture scientists came out in the open on Monday, backing the indigenous genetically modified mustard, which they said would lead to the creation of better and high-yielding hybrids. The National Academy of Agriculture Sciences (NAAS), with 625 members, adopted a resolution on the commercialisation of GM mustard, seeking immediate release of the crop in the field. Last week, the academy also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, backing the indigenous GM crop. Developed by researchers at the Delhi University, GM mustard had received a regulatory approval from the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee — India's highest regulator for biotechnology products — under the Union environment ministry last month. The final decision, however, is pending with Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan.The modified variety, DMH-11, has 20-30% higher yield than the mustard hybrids approved by the government as the benchmark varieties (national and zonal checks). "Even with a moderately high-yield, ...
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GM mustard: Agri scientists press for okay 5.6.2017 Business Standard: Economy & Policy
Agricultural scientists are pushing for government approval, without delay, to commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard.The matter is pending with the Union environment ministry and critics of GM technology want a 'No' decision.Addressing journalists on Monday, scientists from the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research said they'd written to the prime minister to expedite government support for GM technology."This technology has a proven track record and GM mustard has been tested by multiple scientific institutions," said Panjab Singh, president of NAAS. It would help reduce India's significant edible oil import of Rs 80,000 crore annually and boost farmer income, he added.The regulator for such crops, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), had recommended last month that GM mustard be cleared for commercial use. The application, made by the Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants at the ...
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Farm scientists bat for GM mustard release 5.6.2017 BusinessLine - Agri Business
The Indian agricultural scientific community on Monday appealed to the government to clear the transgenic mustard variety that received a nod from the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) re...
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Common chemicals in everyday items may increase cancer risk 5.6.2017 DNA: Health
The scientists have said that aldehydes, a class of chemicals found in micro units in our body, are being found everywhere in our environment
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Common chemicals in shampoos, alcohol may up cancer risk 5.6.2017 DNA: Health
Common chemicals found in everyday items such as furniture, cosmetics, shampoos and alcohol can increase the risk of cancer, a new study led by an Indian- origin scientist warns.
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Wordly, unwise 3.6.2017 Deccan Herald - Sunday
We should be wrapping the planet in shrink wrap and preserving it for the future. Instead, we are kneading toxins in it, microwaving it, slathering it with all kinds of 'cides' — insecticides, germicides, rodenticides. In all this, what we are heading towards cannot be brushed a-cide, I mean, aside. At this point, I don't think we even know how far ahead we have gone. I'd wager we've reached the edge. And we are not walking back because we are more short-sighted than me without my spectacles (Yes, I admit I once gobbled up a paper napkin thinking it was appam. But, I am not ashamed — I was saving the world, one paper at a time). We are happily sinking our greedy teeth into hormone-pumped mangoes, dousing ourselves with toxic deodorants, shoving pollutants in the air and patting ourselves on our backs for what we should be mourning. While we search for intelligent life outside the planet, do we even realise how stupid life on this planet has become? Why are we so stupid? Why doesn't the nation ...
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Cotton seed firms no longer need NOC from license providers 3.6.2017 Business Standard: News Now
Indian cotton seed companies will no longer require a No-ObjectionCertificate (NoC) from license providers for developing and registering new varieties based on theirtechnology.The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority(PPVFRA), the body responsible for protection of plant varieties and theirintellectual property rights has waived off the condition.This could also enable cotton seed manufacturers to develop their ownvarieties using existing technologies without seeking a permission from thelicense holder.Officials said some years back, the Genetic Engineering AppraisalCommittee (GEAC) under the ministry of environment and forests had lifted thecondition and now PPVFRA has also removed it. All seed companies had to mandatorily get a NoC from PPVFRA everytime they planned to develop a new variety based on the registered technology. The waiver could also open the door for many companies to develop newhybrid cotton seed varieties based on Monsanto's Bollgard-2 ...
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State dragging its feet on GM mustard issue 3.6.2017 Hindu: Karnataka
Many States have already opposed its commercialisation
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Farmer caution slows seed demand 1.6.2017 Business Standard: Today
They are waiting for actual monsoon onset after slump in prices of produce
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Early life stress may up binge eating in females 1.6.2017 All News-IANS Stories
Stress during pregnancy may cause female children to exhibit binge-eating-like behaviour in adulthood, a study conducted on mice has showed.
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Will GM mustard be able to survive the challenges ahead after approval? 1.6.2017 ET: Agriculture
After the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee’s approval became public, activists and pressure groups against genetically-modified crops started a campaign, leaving some farmers nervous.
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Non-compliance of guidelines led to resistance of cotton pest 31.5.2017 All News-IANS Stories
India introduced genetically-modified cotton (Bt-cotton) containing Bt-toxins capable of killing the cotton pest without the need for farmers to use pesticides.
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GM mustard’s a major step forward 30.5.2017 HBL: Opinion
It’s safe, it’s effective and it’s swadeshi, and the sooner it’s approved, the better for our farmers and scientists
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Activists oppose GM mustard cultivation 27.5.2017 Hindu: Cities
Urge govt. to persuade Centre to refuse nod for growing the crop
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WHO confirms Zika virus cases in Ahmedabad, the country's first 27.5.2017 Latest News
Three cases of virus from Ahmedabad confirmed, including a pregnant lady tested in January
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Market soon to flood with transgenic jowar 27.5.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Market soon to flood with transgenic jowar
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BMS slams NITI Aayog's 'anti-worker' disinvestment policy for Hotel Janpath 25.5.2017 Latest News
New Delhi, 25 MayAfter Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), yet another Sangh Parivar affiliate, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), has lashed out at the NITI Aayog for "giving an anti-labour face" to the Narendra Modi government with its "misguided" and "directionless" reforms.In a resolution that Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) passed at its two-day annual meeting in Kanpur that concluded on Wednesday, it demanded that the Aayog be "thoroughly reorganized" and that it should "remove the entire anti-worker proposals and 'action plan document on Labour and Employment" from its website.But the voice of these Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) outfits has seldom been feebler, including during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance governments from 1998 to 2004. In recent weeks, the Narendra Modi government has ignored BMS and SJM's concerns over disinvestment and Genetically Modified, or GM, seeds.The BMS, which had vowed protests if the government decided to disinvest New ...
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Say no to GM mustard 25.5.2017 Hindu: Opinion
There are formidable social, economic and environmental reasons why it should not be cultivated
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Chorus against GM mustard gets caustic as decision looms 24.5.2017 HBL: Industry & Economy
Swadeshi Jagran Manch writes to PM, calls it ‘agronomical and biosafety fraud’
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GM crops, the answer to climate change 24.5.2017 HBL: Home
Drought-resistant alternatives to rice and sugarcane need to be considered in increasingly water-scarce India
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