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PPV&FRA – Extant variety (VCK); Farmers’ rights

THE PROTECTION OF PLANT VARIETIES AND FARMERS’ RIGHTS ACT, 2001 (pdf) Extant Varieties Chapter I – 2j (j) “extant variety” means a variety available in India which is— (i) notified under section 5 of the Seeds Act, 1966 (54 of 1966); … Continue reading

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Potatoes, Pepsico, PPV&FR

Some background on the Gujarat farmer-Pepsico war What is this hot potato, anyway? Potato cultivar FL2027 patent holder is Frito Lay North America Inc. This is the same name under which it was registered (2016) under the PPV&FRA, 2001, India … Continue reading

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Kerala Rains Flood

News updates: Times of India  CAG Report on Schemes for Flood Control and Flood Forecasting, Link to complete document NIDM Lecture Series: Reservoir operations in the context of flood risk management (Himanshu Thakkar, IITB). Also see SANDRP site for written account.     Like

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Thoothukudi – Sterlite et al.

Updates on the continuing story of Sterlite in Thoothukudi Nothing in Bharat is simple. Spaghetti continues to be the best analogy–pick up one end and you don’t know whether you will pick up a simple, single thread of a story, … Continue reading

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Cleaning up, bit by bit

This morning, not able to stand the rubbish on the beach at Besant Nagar, Chennai, I found a large plastic bag and started picking plastic trash along the shore. After a bit (the bag was full and heavy enough for … Continue reading

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March For Science-Chennai

Besant Nagar beach April 14, 07:00-09:00 Like

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Draft National Forest Policy

The Ministry of Environment and Forests, GOI has made available a draft National Forest Policy for comments due on April 14. Here is the draft: According to this the India Environment Portal, the MoEF says that (15/03/2018) The overall objective … Continue reading

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The right to affordable quality education

Many of us have benefitted from the public university education system in India. Even though the public school system is not ideal, there are many students who go through these schools, get into the public university, and make it good. … Continue reading

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Discovering India in Delhi – 2

It is that time of year again–painting walls ruined by water seepage, or the dreaded सीलन. The painters are from Bihar, they say, from सीतामढ़ी, Mithila, Sita’s birthplace. What do you grow there, I ask, wheat and  rice, they say, so naturally … Continue reading

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Raaga Hameer

After listening to Venkatesh Kumar’s “chameli phooli champa” at Kamani auditorium on 27 Oct, 2017, I just had to get more of both raaga and song. [For gyaan about the raaga, see Rajan Parrikar’s Reflections on Hameer or Reshma Hingorani’s blog] … Continue reading

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