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Research in agro-biodiversity important to ensure food security: PM Modi

Updated: Nov 06, 2016 14:08 IST      
Research in agro-biodiversity important to ensure food security: PM Modi

New Delhi [India], Nov. 6 (ANI): Highlighting the importance of research in agro-biodiversity in ensuring global food and nutrition security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the best practices in agriculture needs to be noted and curated so that natural resources are preserved for future generations.

Inaugurating the first International Agro-biodiversity Congress in New Delhi, Prime Minister Modi said it is high time that the stakeholders of the agriculture sector change their way of thinking and preserve the agro-biodiversity and its inhabitants.

"Every country needs to learn from other countries. Nature was entwined with the society and its rituals in India by our ancestors and it has kept the nature sustained and survived," he said.

He said this platform will initiate and encourage a dialogue among the relevant stakeholders including farmers to better understand everyone's role in agro-biodiversity management and the conservation of genetic resources.

"India is the perfect venue for the first-ever International Agrobiodiversity Congress, as it is one of the most diverse countries in the world. It takes up only 2.4 percent of the world's land area, and yet it harbours 7 to 8 percent of all recorded species, including over 45,000 species of plants and 91,000 species of animals," Prime Minister Modi said.

The Prime Minister said technology plays an important role in the development of agriculture but added that there is a need to monitor the drawbacks of excessive use of technology as well.

"We need to be alert and monitor the technological impact in agriculture. In an agricultural ecosystem, Fertilizer is a cause for concern. Since the excess usage exterminates not only the organisms which harm agriculture, but those species which play an important role in preserving the ecosystem," he said.

The Prime Minister said that global warming and pollution have adversely affected different variety of plants and wild life who are facing extinction, adding the world needs to come together to save the species. (ANI)

Manishankar Aiyar initiates dialogue with Hurriyat leaders

Updated: May 25, 2017 15:57 IST     

Kashmir [India], May 25 (ANI): In an effort to resume dialogue with the stakeholders in Kashmir, five-member delegation led by veteran Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Thursday called on moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and discussed ways to calm down the protestors.

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JD(U) denies conflict of interest, bats for united Oppn.

Updated: May 25, 2017 15:36 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): The Janata Dal (United) on Thursday downplayed the rumours of conflict of interest and said that it has been a party that has strongly advocated the idea of a united Opposition.

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WB: SSB seizes snake venom worth Rs. 70 crore

Updated: May 25, 2017 15:09 IST     

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Bengaluru: Three Pakistanis with fake documents detained

Updated: May 25, 2017 15:09 IST     

Bengaluru (Karnataka), May 25 (ANI): The Crime Branch of the Bengaluru Police booked three Pakistanis with fake documents along with an Indian from Kumaraswamy Layout on Thursday.

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Special CBI court summons accused in Babri demolition case

Updated: May 25, 2017 15:09 IST     

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Guwahati (Assam)[India], May 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge on the Brahmaputra, the country's longest bridge, in Assam on May 26.

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Lalu, Misa should answer questions by ED: JD(U)

Updated: May 25, 2017 13:58 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): The Janata Dal (United) on Thursday said that if Rashtriya Jananta Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his daughter Misa Bharti are summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), then they must appear and answer every question.

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Updated: May 25, 2017 13:19 IST     

Mumbai [India], May 25 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Thursday backed Paresh Rawal, while coming down heavily on author Arundhati Roy, citing the actor-turned-politician gave a befitting reply to Roy who opposed the honour which was accorded to Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi.

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2.5 percent GDP to be spent on health sector: PM Modi

Updated: May 25, 2017 12:55 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted that the aim of the government is to spend at least 2.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the health sector in the coming years.

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Latur (Maharashtra) [India], May 25, (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis? escaped unhurt on Thursday after the helicopter he was travelling by crash-landed in Latur.

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New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): Expressing happiness over Indian national Uzma's return to India, her brother Wasim Ahmad thanked the Indian government and External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj for their support.

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IT summons Misa Bharti: BJP says simply doing its duty

Updated: May 25, 2017 12:36 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): Trashing allegations of 'vendetta politics' by the Centre in having I-T raids for probe into Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad's alleged benami properties and summoning his daughter Misa Bharti, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government was simply doing its work and fulfilling the promises made to the people to fight against corruption.

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NEET 2017: SC refuses to give urgent hearing to plea

Updated: May 25, 2017 12:34 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to give an urgent hearing to the plea filed by NGO, Sankalp Charitable trust, seeking cancellation of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) which was conducted on May 7.

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EAM Sushma Swaraj welcomes 'India's daughter' Uzma

Updated: May 25, 2017 12:08 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25, (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday welcomed Indian national Uzma, who had accused her Pakistani husband of marrying her at gunpoint, even as she expressed regret over her plight.

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Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 25 (ANI): In yet another case of crime against women in Uttar Pradesh, two minor girls were allegedly gangraped by a group of young men in the Mansurpur area in Muzaffarnagar.

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