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Jul 30, 2014

Why the RSS pressure on GM crops is good for India

While there are lobbies that support GM crops, farmers, agricultural scientists and activists in India have been locked in a battle with them. #Agriculture #BJP #BT Brinjal #food #FTA #Genetically Modified crops #HowThisWorks #India #NewsTracker #Politics #RSS #scientists #WTO

Jul 28, 2014

AAP needs ‘dharna power’ to win back Delhi; where will Kejriwal find it?

AAP has to find to recreate the energy of street protests that first propelled it to power -- which is what Kejriwal is doing by mobilising people to protest against the President’s rule in Delhi. #AAP #Anna Hazare #Arvind Kejriwal #Congress #Delhi assembly elections #Politics

Jul 26, 2014

India should get its own deal at WTO before saying yes to US, EU

The stand of the US, EU and allies is that the food security issues can be sorted out before 2017 but the TFA cannot wait because of its deadline. #Agreement on Agricultural #ConnectTheDots #EU #Food subsidy #G20 #G33 #India #Madi government #Narendra Modi #Trade Facilitation Agreement #US #WTO

Jul 25, 2014

Universal access vital to protect people from vulnerability: UN Report

India seriously needs to pay attention. Universal access is not populism as some hawks say, but is a holistic approach that is unavoidable if it’s serious of the welfare of its people. #Development #Human Development Index #India #InMyOpinion #Populism #UN development report #Universal Access #Universal healthcare #welfare state

Jul 24, 2014

National shame: Why is India still abandoning her daughters?

A study shows that the sex ratio in the country has deteriorated from from 976 girls to 1000 boys in 1961, to 927 girls in 2001; and to 918 girls in 2011, when biologically girl children are more likely to survive than boys and the country has made constant strides in other spheres of development. #BRICs #Chandigarh (UT) Uttar Pradesh #ConnectTheDots #Delhi #girl children #Gujarat #Haryana #Himachal Pradesh #India #Madhya Pradesh #Maharashtra #Punjab #Rajasthan #Sex Ratio #UN #United Nations

Jul 23, 2014

Karunanidhi vs Katju: Exposing the DMK skeleton in the UPA cupboard

Going by the litany of such brinkmanship, one wonders if the DMK was the Congress’s worst UPA-ally - threatening a pull out at the drop of a hat and extracting its pound of flesh at every critical moment #2G Spectrum Scam #A Raja #AIADMK #Congress #ConnectTheDots #DMK #Kanimozhi #Manmohan Singh #Poll Alliances #Sonia Gandhi #Tamil Nadu

Jul 18, 2014

HIV drugs: Through patent pools, a new era of innovative production to begin

The Medicines Patent Pool calls sharing of patents a “win-win solution” because it helps original manufacturers of HIV drugs share their products in poor countries and still make money #Anti-retroviral therapy #ConnectTheDots #Drugs #HIV #India #Medicine Patent Pool #patents

Jul 16, 2014

Healthcare: How govt can make essential drugs affordable

The regulator, NPPA, has said that even among generics there is considerable price variability which indicates market failure. It’s only natural that the government intervenes when the market mechanism fails in checking prices. #Amlodipine #Drug Price Control Order #Gliclazide #Glimepiride #National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority #PolicyWatch #Sitagliptin #Voglibose

Jul 16, 2014

How PM Modi’s lack of US-baggage makes India stronger at BRICS

The advantage of Modi at the BRICS summit is that he isn't carrying any US-baggage as his predecessor Manmohan Singh did and he can be quite proactive so that the block of five developing nations — including Russia — delivers on its promises. #Brazil #BRICs #BRICS Summit #IMF #InMyOpinion #Narendra Modi #US baggage #World Bank

Jul 15, 2014

How Modi’s version of Land Acquisition Act will be industry friendly

With the Central Government keen on amending the Land Acquisition Act passed by the UPA government last year, by incorporating changes suggested by state governments, the people-friendly legislation is likely to morph into an industry-friendly proposition. #industry friendly #InMyOpinion #Land Acquisition Act #NDA #parliament #people friendly #Rahul Gandhi #State governments #UPA