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Experts slam move for approving new Bt brinjal variety, cite regulatory lapses -Meenakshi Sushma

-Down to Earth The Event 142 variety of genetically modified brinjal was quietly given approval without any data in the public domain, claim experts Experts have slammed a recent move of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) — a government-appointed committee responsible for appraisal of proposals of genetically engineered organisms — giving its greenlight for biosafety research-level-II (BRL-II) field trials for Event 142, a new variety of genetically modified brinjal (Bt brinjal)...

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Centre plans ‘1000 springs initiative’ in bid to improve access to water for tribal population

-The New Indian Express In the first phase, a mapping would be carried out of the springs that have dried up. NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is planning to launch ‘1000 springs initiative’ in the states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in order to restore dried up streams to make safe and adequate water accessible to the tribal population. In the first phase, the mapping would be carried out of...

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Major rivers in Central India in severe flood situation -Vinson Kurian

-The Hindu Business Line Rains may return to South by early September The Central Water Commission (CWC) has said that major rivers flowed in severe flood situation on Saturday at 33 stations across Bihar, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Telangana and one each in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal on account of enhanced monsoon conditions generated by successive low-pressure areas from the Bay of Bengal. The South Peninsula has not witnessed...

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The rest of India must learn from the southern states to reduce maternal deaths for attaining SDG-3 target

The newly released Special Bulletin on Maternal Mortality in India 2016-18 shows that India's maternal mortality ratio (MMRatio) has reduced from 130 maternal deaths per one lakh live births during 2014-16 to 122 during 2015-17, and it further dropped to 113 during 2016-18. According to the Sample Registration System (SRS), the MMRatio refers to the number of women who die as a result of complications of pregnancy or childbearing in a...

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Odisha: 78% of poor households about to exhaust PDS rice: Survey -Debabrata Mohanty

-Hindustan Times The dire projections of an acute food shortage came to the fore on the completion of four months of lockdown restrictions, which were imposed in end-March in a bid to prevent the spread of the raging coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak and the despite the largesse from the state government for 94 lakh beneficiaries between April and June. Bhubaneswar: A survey of pension beneficiaries from the four migration- prone districts of...

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