Category Archives: Science

Primers – PepsiCo, potatoes, Indian IPR

Cottage Industry of write-ups and videos on the topic The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act, 2001, in context 25 April PepsiCo and potato farmers case  07 May What is seed sovereignty? PepsiCo case 16 May  Referring page Like

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GM Brinjal, Haryana

What we do know:  Where? Sirsa and Fatehabad Districts, Haryana What we do not know: What? – GM brinjal – not Bt brinjal?? Whose? – Mahyco? TNAU Coimbatore? UAS Dharwar? Bangladesh? Other? 2019 05 18 Illegal GM brinjal was second crop, officials destroy … Continue reading

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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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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. http://envfor.nic.in/content/inviting-comments-all-concerned-stakeholders-draft-national-forest-policy-2018 Here is the draft: http://www.moef.nic.in/sites/default/files/Draft%20National%20Forest%20Policy%2C%202018.pdf According to this the India Environment Portal, the MoEF says that (15/03/2018) The overall objective … 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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Delhi Scientists March: 9 Aug, 2017

August 9 2017, 4 pm Mandi House to Jantar Mantar https://www.facebook.com/IndiaMarchForScience.Delhi/ In the context of various ways in which funding is being axed, it is important that scientists in India make their voices heard. A march is being organized across … Continue reading

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Darwin Day

Celebrating Evolution and Evolutionary Biology Happy Birthday, Darwin! 12 February International Darwin Day https://www.facebook.com/DarwinDay/ At DU we celebrate Darwin Month  Every year since 2011 Darwin Day 2017           Darwin Day 2016       Darwin Day 2011 Like

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