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The brown list of Venkitaramanan All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya EEC at the National Media Centre Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Towards speedy justice Where is Rajaji? Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Tough task taking states together Strengthen the base... Fuel for thought The star of Spencers is no more Wise Presidents The why of tax incentives Gay abandon in pricing Breaththrough in malaria control Should we change the official year? How Air-India loses customs... For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Shale gas and its shallow future Put expensive assets created to use... Excel Generators provide the vital back-up B H Kothari - a tribute A glass full of corruption Tribute – M V Murugappan Streamlining mandatory third party cover Contrarian cousins Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai The sea- saw battle continues... Modi storms Silicon Valley Solar thermal shines… TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Music happens Return to king coal for urea... Solar, solar everywhere … Marketing expert Balagopal is no more The power-full Hindujas Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Quality silica from Neyveli Delhi is distant… Delhi Chalo... Airlines in India: cost and space Fortune 500 review Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... GNS - 100: our first subscriber Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Protest masters... Tax agriculture Align crops to agro climate endowments… F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing A welcome initiative by the judiciary Noble nonagenarians... When nations steal growth from one another… Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Maximising the micro pricing … Tribute TELANGANA at last…BUT The Swadeshi Trump Vibrant Gujarat An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... A more liberated TN… CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. SoA @ 80 An inexplicable neglect Make standards certification mandatory... Readers' Mail No engine for this car Medical costs hit the roof... PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Rahman at CIC Valli, they are more marginalised Boy, can you beat these? Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V The rise and rise of KCP Poor quality of university VCs He continues the focus on social amelioration Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Robber barons everywhere Banning booze... Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami The Gulf aviation boom Why land prices zoom in TN? Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Secularism and anti-Hinduism The Jan Dhan bonanza A yen for wastage… Pharma – overdose of copying Modi and the lady TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad WTO Meet: resolved to meet again More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Polls and promises CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Haul over the coal Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW For whom the bell tolls? Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Kinetic Karnataka Moily’s bold thrust Gas is the way forward Demise of a media baron... CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Welcome focus on core competence Silver Years of Madras Musings Editor's Notes S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Muffled voices for merit… West Bengal: mindless malignancy EVM is tamper-proof ONGC at KG Basin Mersal magnified Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... GM Technology at last! Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks The balancing act Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Making ‘my Amaravati’... …and of a popular trade leader Intellectual of rare qualities Shipping woes of Chennai companies Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Small units prefers to remain small... Parliament in paralysis... Waning interest in public discussions… The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu IPL - no surprise this scam When Ratan Tata visited SRM Editor's Says The few handicaps... Auto components surge… Sweeter prospects for sugar Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform TGS- The king storyteller Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Remembering Indira Sivasailam... A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines This scant respect for Law CII projects higher growth… London, London Narayan The nuclear option Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Cutting the nose to spite the face Things happen by accident and not by design... There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! He saved millions from starvation... Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra More tributes to GR Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School A proud Madrasi Another Indian music maestro at the UN Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Telangana in top gear… Delhi returns to BJP Sweet news for TN sugar mills Revive development banks... S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Adharma of opposition politics Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara When online building permits work…. Why this malaise in medical education? When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's A friendly business group Paytm karo... Revving up the manufacturing sector Sri Lanka votes for change L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Cement prices continue to rise… More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Fortune for Indian Airlines When the President was rendered homeless… Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Tatas moving out of urea production... The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Roaring Ro-Ro facility Plummeting profits of PSBs Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Which side are you, Montek? Russi Mody – a tribute A professional at the helm of IRDA... China invests in India Alexa – Talking Wikipedia When small is no larger beautiful.. IPL type auction for VCs? New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Five star activism stalls development activity Preserving for the future Welcome GST The rise and fall of Annamalai University Mu Sigma – is no more A rich pool of talent not utilised…. 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Build close rapport with business leaders Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Quality education through the PPP mode Discoms deserve better… Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Delhi is distant Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel TIAM turns a full cycle Tatas moving out of urea production... More heat than light Nuclear power at the nucleus Road development slows down IAS invades NDDB... Convulsions in The Hindu Where a state respects its litterateurs… Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Funding the un-funded A think tank for Chennai L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Shanti and Sadhana through Music
 
GM Technology at last!

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar announced in the Rajya Sabha, government’s decision to permit research and field trials in genetically modified seed technology. IE has been advocating this and even organised a national level seminar in which it presented several scientists, policymakers and business leaders.

The new policy permits research in a dozen crops including cotton, rice, castor, wheat, maize, groundnut, potato, sorghum, brinjal, mustard, sugarcane and chickpea. Leading scientists like Dr G Padmanabhan of Indian Institute of Science, have been urging freedom for scientists’ to research on GM technology. Unfortunately, this got struck when the previous Union minister Jairam Ramesh first announced field trials, but retracted on opposition from powerful lobbies in 2009.

This technology has been widely practised in several countries including the USA, Brazil and China to great effect. Corn output in the US, based on this technology, helps reap 10,000 kg per acre; the average in India is around 800 kg per acre. Such quantum jumps have been achieved in regard to soybean, cotton, tomato… Israel harvests around 200 tonnes of tomato per acre (the average in India is 5 tonnes).

There is the urgent need to improve agri productivity in the context of shrinking land for cultivation and expanding population. Over the next 35 years, global population is expected to increase from the present 700 crore to 900 crore. At current rates, growth in food production will not keep pace with the needs of this large number. The comfort enjoyed for centuries of bringing large acres from forests and grazing lands under cultivation is no longer possible due to limitations of available landing and concerns on environment. Even existing arable lands are used for housing, infrastructure development, factories, and educational institutions. Just look at the transformation of the landscape from Delhi to Gurgaon-Manesar in Haryana or Thanjavur to Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu over the last 30 years: vast farm lands have just vanished! The rate of urbanisation needs to be slowed down. This can happen only when agriculture productivity makes quantum jumps and rural India becomes prosperous and more liveable. With better road connectivity and massive growth in telecom, rural areas have better access. The missing link is a prosperous agriculture. This will be possible by taking recourse to land agglomeration, science, technology and management. GM technology can help in this.

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