India takes Monsanto to court for biopiracy over development of GM eggplant

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Biopiracy a Sensitive Issue in India.

Agri-giant Monsanto may be forced to take one on the chin in India: The nation’s first genetically modified food crop, a variety of eggplant known at Bt brinjal, has sucked its Big Ag developers into court. Monsanto, Mahyco, and “collaborators” have been accused of biopiracy by the National Biodiversity Authority of India.

NBA says the developers of Bt brinjal (the introduction of which was halted in 2010 by then environment minister Jairam Ramesh on the grounds that more tests were needed to prove its safety) used local varieties of eggplant in developing the GM crop “without prior approval of the competent authorities.”

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Akshat Saxena has most fingers and toes: Guinness World Records

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Who’s got the most digits?

Count’em up. This young man born with 34 fingers and toes set a Guinness World Record for most digits.

Akshat Saxena had seven fingers on each hand and 10 toes on each foot when he was born in India in 2010, a Guinness spokeswoman told The Huffington Post.

“I was so happy to see my baby as it was our first child,” his mother Amrita Saxena told NDTV. “But later, when I saw his fingers, I was shocked and surprised.”

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Mumbai to Delhi train travel time could be cut to only 7 hours

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At present the train travel time from Mumbai to Delhi runs 16 hours.

Train travel time between the national and the commercial capitals of India could soon come down by at least half to only seven hours.  The infrastructure for the Golden Rail Corridor, which will have trains running at semihigh speed (160-200 kmph) between New Delhi and Mumbai, is likely to cost around Rs 5,000 crore, according to railway officials.  They say the cost is relatively low as the railways will not have to acquire land for the project.

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Sex-Selective Abortion Becoming More Common and Widespread in India

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A government’s advertisement billboard in support of baby girls in Morena, India.

The practice of aborting female fetuses if they don’t yet have a male child is becoming more common and widespread among couples in India, according to a new study.

 

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Growing Concerns Over Problems with the Indian Trade Mark Office

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Over 44,000 trade mark files have gone missing in India.

Justice Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court on April 7 asked the government to reform the Trade Mark Office.  This was after an investigation revealed that the office had lost 44,404 trade mark registrations without even realizing.

 

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