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Steps on to revive traditional paddy varieties

[hindu] National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will popularise traditional paddy varieties among farmers by reintroducing age-old cultivation practices. So far, NABARD has identified 18 traditional paddy varieties, includingkaruthakkar, karunkuruvai, maapillai samba, garudan samba, poongar, sivapapukarani, kuruvai kalanjiyam, illupai poo samba, kaivirai samba, neela samba, and sembuli samba. The bank

Commodity prices form bulk of queries in Kisan portal

[hindu] Over 15 lakh messages sent in two months via SMS portal Tamil Nadu farmers, who are “quite inquisitive” to receive information on a host of subjects including agro-meteorology through short message service (SMS) under the Kisan SMS portal, have received over 15 lakh messages in two months, accounting for

India resisting American pressure on phasing out refrigerant gases

[hindu] It has agreed to discuss issue only at a bilateral level and not under Montreal Protocol India has decided not to give in to U.S. pressure to agree to discussions on phasing out refrigerant gases under the Montreal Protocol as a precursor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Washington visit.

Genetic variation in humans mapped

[hindu] Scientists have developed a comprehensive map that can help point the genetic causes of differences between people, providing powerful clues for diagnosis, prognosis and intervention of different diseases. The study led by researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE)’s Faculty of Medicine, offers the largest-ever dataset linking human genomes

Heritage at stake

[hindu] The Comptroller and Auditor General has indicted the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the premier institute mandated to protect national monuments, for its miserable performance. The evidence of failure revealed is shocking, and the conclusions drawn about the state of conservation are depressing. Instead of seriously reviewing the performance

Rate helmsman

[hindu] The Reserve Bank of India’s new governor, Raghuram Rajan, has upheld two hoary traditions of the central bank in his maiden policy statement — its commitment to combat inflation with an unequivocal focus, and its capacity to surprise the markets. Till Thursday, the expectation was that the RBI would

Important Bills Passed recently

Bills Passed     The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Bill, 2013 (183.94 KB )   The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Amendment) Bill, 2013 (126.47 KB )   The Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill, 2013 (117.00 KB )   The National Food Security Bill, 2013 (32.00 KB