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