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