Pigment in Goa mushroom may help fight cancer

Context: The mycological laboratory of the Department of Botany, Goa University reported the discovery of a new pigment from local wild mushrooms. Details about the pigment: It is a new suphur-rich melanin biopigment of immense bioindustrial, biomedical (anti-cancer, anti-tumour) and biotechnological potential from local Roen alamis (wild variety of Goan mushrooms that grows on termite Read More …

Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/ GM Crops in 2017

Context:  As per International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA)’s latest ‘Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/ GM Crops in 2017’ report, India has the world’s fifth largest cultivated area under genetically modified (GM) crops. Highlights of the report: Unlike other big growers, India’s entire GM crop area is under Read More …

Children and Armed Conflict

Context: According to annual report of UN Secretary-General on children and armed conflict, over 21,000 cases of grave violations of children’s rights in armed conflict were verified in 2017. It is drastic increase from previous year (2016) with 15,500 violations. Among the violations in 2017, over 15,000 violations were perpetrated by non-state armed groups Read More …

International Centre for Automotive Technology

The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) is a division of NATRiP implementation society (NATIS), under the administrative control of the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India. ICAT is the first of new world-class centers established under the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) with Read More …