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A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Alexa – Talking Wikipedia More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Tatas moving out of urea production... Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Welcome GST A welcome initiative by the judiciary Where a state respects its litterateurs… Solar, solar everywhere … Cutting the nose to spite the face Put expensive assets created to use... Delhi is distant… TGS- The king storyteller Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Of course, Gujarat is vibrant CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Tribute Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik GM Technology at last! Rahman at CIC Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Delhi is distant More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Strengthen the base... IPL type auction for VCs? Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Tax agriculture L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Funding the un-funded Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Fuel for thought The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Fortune 500 review Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Banning booze... EVM is tamper-proof Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing A friendly business group Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Tatas moving out of urea production... CII projects higher growth… B H Kothari - a tribute PC’s preference for professionals Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt How Air-India loses customs... Convulsions in The Hindu Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated IAS invades NDDB... Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Readers' Mail The nuclear option China invests in India Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Mersal magnified Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Come elections, come advertisements... Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu The why of tax incentives Fortune for Indian Airlines Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Paytm karo... Maximising the micro pricing … Waning interest in public discussions… West Bengal: mindless malignancy Shipping woes of Chennai companies Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Where is Rajaji? The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Engineering seats go abegging Robber barons everywhere Cement prices continue to rise… Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai The Gulf aviation boom A glass full of corruption A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Build close rapport with business leaders Vibrant Gujarat Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Pharma – overdose of copying Delhi Chalo... Nuclear power at the nucleus An enemy’s enemy is a friend Modi storms Silicon Valley PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Russi Mody – a tribute Five star activism stalls development activity Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Revive development banks... Roaring Ro-Ro facility Quality education through the PPP mode Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Make standards certification mandatory... The balancing act Modi and the lady No Maha Koottani in TN... Shanti and Sadhana through Music Airlines in India: cost and space Tough task taking states together Shale gas and its shallow future S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform The power-full Hindujas Editor's Notes More tributes to GR Road development slows down For whom the bell tolls? There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Delhi returns to BJP The rise and rise of KCP Wanted: a second airport for Chennai He saved millions from starvation... Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Moily’s bold thrust Kinetic Karnataka Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL The few handicaps... Preserving for the future Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Music happens When small is no larger beautiful.. Telangana in top gear… Silver Years of Madras Musings Return to king coal for urea... Revving up the manufacturing sector ONGC at KG Basin Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... This scant respect for Law Permanent secretariat for TN GIM When nations steal growth from one another… Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. A think tank for Chennai No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Muffled voices for merit… Plummeting profits of PSBs IPL - no surprise this scam TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Sri Lanka votes for change Align crops to agro climate endowments… Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Tribute – M V Murugappan When Ratan Tata visited SRM No engine for this car Poor quality of university VCs Solar thermal shines… Tribute – UCAL Selvan… The rise and fall of Annamalai University Streamlining mandatory third party cover L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Contrarian cousins The star of Spencers is no more He continues the focus on social amelioration Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! More heat than light …and of a popular trade leader Which side are you, Montek? A yen for wastage… Things happen by accident and not by design... Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! SoA @ 80 TIAM turns a full cycle London, London Narayan Demise of a media baron... 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Intellectual of rare qualities Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Discoms deserve better… EEC at the National Media Centre Boy, can you beat these? When the President was rendered homeless… The sea- saw battle continues... Auto components surge… Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Noble nonagenarians... The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Medical costs hit the roof... Should we change the official year? The brown list of Venkitaramanan An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Gas is the way forward Haul over the coal Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Gay abandon in pricing Wise Presidents Mu Sigma – is no more Making ‘my Amaravati’... Towards speedy justice Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Another Indian music maestro at the UN A proud Madrasi Polls and promises All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Valli, they are more marginalised Protest masters... Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Sweeter prospects for sugar Breaththrough in malaria control TELANGANA at last…BUT Why land prices zoom in TN? Small units prefers to remain small... Multi-faceted Venkat Why this malaise in medical education? A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Kudos to NDTV... New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… An inexplicable neglect Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria
 
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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