DAILY SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS OF THE HINDU in Hindi 21'st June, 2017 Presented by Amit Baghel
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First indigenously built floating dock launched The Indian Navy's first indigenously built floating dock (FDN-2), developed by Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (L&T), was launched at L&T's shipyard in Kattupalli. > FDN-2 will be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and will enhance the Navy's technical repair infrastructure >The floating dock is 185 metres long and 40 metres wide and will enable docking of all kinds of vessels, including Naval ships and submarines (excepting aircraft carriers and tankers) of up to 8,000 tonnes displacement, with draughts of up to seven metres, during both day and night. The Navy already has one floating dock; this would be its second such facility.
10,000 more NGOs may lose licence Farm debt waiver could hurt Punjab most: report Home Ministry is examining if the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licences of over 10,000 NGOs should be cancelled, as they have not complied with the Centre's order to file annual returns under five categories Punjab, which became the latest State to announce a farm loan waiver scheme on Mondav, is most vulnerable to a fiscal shock from such debt write-offs along with three other States, while Uttar Pradesh could also overshoot its fiscal deficit goals on the same account, a research report by JM Financial said an la will There are over 20,000 NGOs registered under the FCRA be worst hit. States like U.P. and M.P. too, are expected to exceed their budgeted fiscal deficit As per the rules, the renewal of registration for receiving foreign aid cannot be granted unless the organisation uploads its annual returns to the FCRA website Gujarat, Maharashtra and, to an extent Karnataka, however, could cope with the strain of such a debt write-off scheme, as per the report, but this would depend on the extent of the loan waiver scheme's coverage
Bringing GM to the table On May 11, 2017, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) the scientific committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change that regulates genetically modified (GM) crops in India -had cleared GM mustard for commercial production. Anti-GM groups immediately opposed the decision and appealed to the Minister for Environment, who gives the final clearance, not to accept the GEAC's recommendation After the approval of Bt cotton in 2002, the attempt to bring Bt Brinjal into commercial production faced serious resistance in 2010. After the GEAC approved Bt brinjal for commercial production, the then Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, placed a moratorium after undertaking extensive public consultation What Supporters have to say? Proponents of GM crops, including Noble laureates, insist that opposition to GM crops is driven by irrational groups of misrepresenting facts. What opposition have to say? One of the principal reasons for opposition to GM crops is the potential for serious irreversible damage to human health and the environment. This is especially relevant in the context of crops such as Bt brinjal which involve direct consumption by humans, unlike Bt cotton. It is important to understand two related issues that are fundamental to the opposition einvoking the precautionary principle for regulatory decision-making which is a widely incorporated one in several international agreements and treaties on the environment. a lack oftrustingovernmentandindustry that promotes and benefits from GM technologies.
Bringing GM to the table adds credence to these concerns. While GM supporters claim that there is little scientific evidence of adverse impacts so far In the context of technologies such as GM crops, where there is significant scientific uncertainty over their safety, the precautionary principle suggests that we wait until a broader scientific consensus is achieved. For example, regulations in Europe, where GM crops face similar opposition, explicitly invoke the precautionary principle as the basis for deciding whether GM foods should be allowed Lack of transparency that applies for All the safe commercialisation of GM crops va whether it is Mahyco on Bt brinjal or Delhi University on GM mustard This conflict of interest was made worse by the refusal of GEAC (in both cases) to publicly release the safety testing data submitted for regulatory approval until GM opponents filed a Right to Information petition In a well-articulated decision letter at the time of rejecting Bt brinjal, the then Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, outlined the need for the GEAC "to draw up a fresh protocol for the specific tests that will have to be conducted in order to generate public confidence". The GM mustard case does not provide much evidence that anything has changed since the moratorium on Bt brinjal Way Forward GM supporters might want to start cultivating an environment of openness and transparency to allay genuine fears instead of dismissing GM opponents as being "irrational". On its part, the government should adopt a
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