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Put expensive assets created to use... Muffled voices for merit… Strengthen the base... Return to king coal for urea... Music happens West Bengal: mindless malignancy A welcome initiative by the judiciary Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Kudos to NDTV... A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Tax agriculture More tributes to GR Readers' Mail CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? A more liberated TN… PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Kulandai was a giant TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership How Air-India loses customs... Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Another Indian music maestro at the UN Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Rahman at CIC Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Cutting the nose to spite the face No engine for this car Protest masters... Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Streamlining mandatory third party cover Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated A proud Madrasi Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Editor's Says Towards speedy justice When nations steal growth from one another… Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Road development slows down Shanti and Sadhana through Music Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Tatas moving out of urea production... TGS- The king storyteller A think tank for Chennai Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Building loyalty through the stomach Multi-faceted Venkat Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra …and of a popular trade leader Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Align crops to agro climate endowments… Tribute Polls and promises Mu Sigma – is no more R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Why this malaise in medical education? An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector He saved millions from starvation... IPL type auction for VCs? Breaththrough in malaria control Funding the un-funded ONGC at KG Basin Sweet news for TN sugar mills Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Pharma – overdose of copying Silver Years of Madras Musings Vibrant Gujarat Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Delhi returns to BJP Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Airlines in India: cost and space Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Convulsions in The Hindu Adharma of opposition politics Editor's Notes TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... For whom the bell tolls? A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more EEC at the National Media Centre Secularism and anti-Hinduism S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Welcome GST The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Making ‘my Amaravati’... CII projects higher growth… Plummeting profits of PSBs Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Come elections, come advertisements... Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked The power-full Hindujas Moily’s bold thrust When Ratan Tata visited SRM Tough task taking states together No Maha Koottani in TN... Russi Mody – a tribute Why land prices zoom in TN? Valli, they are more marginalised Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Small units prefers to remain small... Make standards certification mandatory... More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Delhi is distant… Welcome focus on core competence PC’s preference for professionals Kinetic Karnataka Sri Lanka votes for change L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Things happen by accident and not by design... CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... A professional at the helm of IRDA... B H Kothari - a tribute When online building permits work…. Where is Rajaji? TIAM turns a full cycle The few handicaps... Shale gas and its shallow future Haul over the coal A glass full of corruption Tribute – M V Murugappan Fortune for Indian Airlines Modi storms Silicon Valley Fortune 500 review An enemy’s enemy is a friend EVM is tamper-proof A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science The rise and fall of Annamalai University The Jan Dhan bonanza Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Paytm karo... When small is no larger beautiful.. Maximising the micro pricing … Modi and the lady Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Revive development banks... Telangana in top gear… Computation of GDP – conundrums continue A friendly business group An inexplicable neglect There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Marketing expert Balagopal is no more China invests in India Robber barons everywhere The brown list of Venkitaramanan The nuclear option A yen for wastage… When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Fuel for thought Contrarian cousins Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Discoms deserve better… Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Shipping woes of Chennai companies GNS - 100: our first subscriber Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Should we change the official year? Banning booze... Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Build close rapport with business leaders Cement prices continue to rise… IAS invades NDDB... TELANGANA at last…BUT Delhi Chalo... Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Quality silica from Neyveli Gas is the way forward Solar, solar everywhere … Mersal magnified Quality education through the PPP mode Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Parliament in paralysis... London, London Narayan The Swadeshi Trump The why of tax incentives A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Nuclear power at the nucleus Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Sweeter prospects for sugar Tatas moving out of urea production... When the President was rendered homeless… Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Waning interest in public discussions… Delhi is distant Of course, Gujarat is vibrant 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 More heat than light Which side are you, Montek? Solar thermal shines… GM Technology at last! Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Gay abandon in pricing The balancing act WTO Meet: resolved to meet again He continues the focus on social amelioration Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Auto components surge… Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... The sea- saw battle continues... Wise Presidents IPL - no surprise this scam The Gulf aviation boom Roaring Ro-Ro facility Revving up the manufacturing sector Recognition to role of NBFCs.... F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Intellectual of rare qualities Five star activism stalls development activity Wanted: a second airport for Chennai CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Demise of a media baron... The star of Spencers is no more Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Preserving for the future SoA @ 80 Where a state respects its litterateurs… Engineering seats go abegging Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Poor quality of university VCs Boy, can you beat these? The rise and rise of KCP This scant respect for Law Noble nonagenarians... Medical costs hit the roof...
 
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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