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Genetic Modification Technologies: Debate is on who Controls the Technology

February 07, 2010

Amit Sengupta

WHILE the controversy on genetically modified foods rages in India, very similar issues are being debated in many parts of the world. In India the contention is around the permission sought to be given for introduction of a modified form of Brinjal, called Bt Brinjal. A very similar debate is now raging in Europe, where a genetically modified form of rice is being sought to be introduced by Bayer. At the heart of the debate surrounding genetically modified food, lie several contentious issues. These relate to concerns about safety when GM foods are consumed by humans, the impact on natura ...



Amit Sengupta
3rd January 2010

A PUBLIC document of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) of Rajasthan, still available on its website, pays glowing tributes to a gentleman by the name of Ramalinga Raju. It says: “Ramalinga Raju is founder & chairman of Satyam Computer Services Ltd. Satyam is one of India’s premier IT companies with a global presence, providing solutions to over 300 multinationals of which over 100 are Fortune 500 companies. An MBA from Ohio University and a participant in the Owner/President program at Harvard. EMRI, Satyam Foundation and the Byrraju Foundation are a man ...


Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2010 10:32
Bhopal 25 Years Later: The Continuing Tragedy

December 06, 2009

Amit Sengupta

(25 years have passed since the worst industrial disaster in history, on 3 December, 1989 in Bhopal. Little has changed since then, and many more Bhopals are waiting to happen. The All India Peoples Science Network and the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, in association with the Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti, initiated a nationwide campaign that culminated in a national seminar in Bhopal on 1-2 December, designed to draw lessons related to location of hazardous industries, the predatory practices of MNCs and the necessity of addre ...


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2009 12:28
Ancestral Population in India

October 18, 2009

Prabir Purkayastha

A RECENT study by scientists from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and Harvard has come out with a set of findings about the nature of the ancestral Indian population. The study  -- Reconstructing Indian population history (Nature, 24 September 2009 | doi:10.1038/nature08365) -- is not a sharp break with the past as some of the newspaper reports have reported but very much in line with past studies. Roughly, the study shows that the Indian population is an admixture of an Ancient South Indian (ASI) and a slightly younger Ancient North ...


Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2009 05:18
Influenza Pandemic In A Globalised World


Amit Sen Gupta

18th July 2009



ON June 11, 2009 the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway. A pandemic means an epidemic that spreads in different parts of the globe.


Last Updated on Saturday, 18 July 2009 07:06

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