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