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