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PM launches KISAN Yojana, Income support scheme for farmers

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, launched the PM-KISAN scheme in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh on 24 February 2019.  He launched the scheme, through press of button, to electronically transfer the first installment of Rs 2,000 to selected farmers. This will mark the official launch of the PM KISAN scheme. PM also distributed certificates to select farmers […]

Success of plastic ban in tamilnadu
Op-ed Pollution & Climate Change

Plastic Ban : Will Tamil Nadu stand a chance ?

The most debatable global topics are incomplete without this inseparable, versatile yet menacing material “Plastic”. We (India), the global host nation of the world environment day,2018 on the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” had taken an “unprecedented” pledge (as described by the UN) of eliminating all single-use plastics by 2022. Even economically developed giants like the […]

farmers protest
Agri Politics Agriculture News

‘Pay attention to pricing, procurement and public distribution’ advises Prof Swaminathan in the wake of farmers march to Delhi

Thousands of farmers assembled in several parts of Delhi as part of a two-day Kisan Mukti March over the lack of attention paid to the increasing woes of those engaged in agriculture. Professor M S Swaminathan on Friday issued a statement in support of farmers agitating in New Delhi.  He stated that Evidence of agrarian unrest has […]

food ; fruits
Agriculture Nutrition & Health

‘Diversification of Agri-food System is the Key to feed Billions’ says International Rice Congress

Diversification in agri-food systems is crucial in feeding billions of people all over the world. It provides ways to deliver more crops using the same land area and enables farmers to introduce other crops during the fallow period. But, while diversification is essential in putting food on the table of millions of homes, we need […]

coral reefs
Biodiversity Pollution & Climate Change

Coral reefs can’t wait for world to take action, urges UN, as Biodiversity Conference gets underway

Sounding the alarm about the urgent need to protect coral reefs from extinction within decades, a new coalition of organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was launched on Wednesday in Egypt during the UN Biodiversity Conference, to galvanize global leadership before it is too late. It’s clear to anyone who puts their head below the waves that the […]

Why Fortification is necessary in India
Food Science Nutrition & Health Processing & Value Addition

Food Fortification: A step towards ‘Malnutrition free India’

Scooping my thoughts on the news I came across recent past events associated with National Nutrition Week early September, FSSAI’s new fortification guidelines 2018 , and also those alleged claims by  Swadeshi Jagaran Manch convener Ashwani Mahajan that Fortification is against cultural beliefs, necessitated me to dive into this topic, Food Fortification. Food fortification Resource […]