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