On October 18, 2022, the government approved the release of genetically modified (GM) mustard hybrid, Dhara Mustard Hybrid (DMH-11) for seed production and also the release of its GM parental lines for developing new parental lines and hybrids before its commercial release.

Code Orange: The looming threat to food security

Avinash, 42, stood at the edge of his seven acres of farmland at Orhanpur village in Nawada district of Bihar, staring at what could have been land full of paddy swaying in the light breeze, golden in the reflection of the rising


The regulations which the government notified in June vest the central government with the power to approve the diversion of forest land for industrial and infrastructural purposes without the consent of forest-dweller gram sabhas, greatly abridging the rights they are entitled to

Raising A Stink

As one drives towards Chandigarh, a short distance past the gurudwara at Majnu Ka Tilla in North Delhi, a looming mountain comes into view through Delhi’s haze. The size of the mountain starts to grow bigger on the approach to the GT

The Age of Drones

At the Bharat Drone Mahotsav (drone festival) in May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out a strong message for ushering in transformational change by making India the hub of drone manufacturing by 2030. By flying a drone himself, the PM probably tried

Trapped By The Web

In India, more than five cases of cybercrime are reported on an average every hour, according to the statistics compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The Bureau, under the Ministry of Home Affairs, is responsible for collecting and analysing crime

Big Brother Looms Larger

A law which Parliament approved in early April to replace a 102-year-old piece of legislation and give legal backing to the collection of measurements of convicts and other persons is so wide in its ambit regarding both personal data points that can

Furrows of Distress

The year-long farmers’ agitation against the central government’s three farm laws has, to some extent, drawn the country’s attention towards the plight of tillers and the existing lacunae in the agriculture sector. Protests and demonstrations have taken place earlier too, but this

No Vacancy

Last year, Indian Railways invited applications for 35,000 posts it had created for non-skilled workers called Non-Technical Popular Categories. A total of 12.5 million (1.25 crore) candidates, mostly youth, applied. They included some holding master’s degrees and PhDs when the requirement was

Red Alert! Regulate Cryptos

Cryptocurrency or Cryptos is the latest flavour of the day. After stocks and mutual funds, cryptocurrency is pretty high in the pecking order. Those with yawning risk appetites, and in a hurry, are choosing them for investment. Also, those who repose faith