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Centre unveils National Biotechnology Development Strategy 2015-2020

New Delhi, Dec 30 (UNI) With an aim to establish India as a world-class bio-manufacturing hub, the Centre today unveiled the National Biotechnology Development Strategy 2015-2020.
The strategy, unveiled by Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan, intends to launch a major mission, backed with significant investments, for the creation of new biotech products, create a strong infrastructure for R&D and commercialisation and empower India’s human resources scientifically and technologically.
The envisaged mission is to provide impetus to utilising the knowledge and tools to the advantage of humanity, launch a major well directed mission backed with significant investment for generation of new biotech products, empower scientifically and technologically India’s incomparable human resource.
The key elements of the strategy are building a skilled workforce and leadership, revitalising the knowledge environment at par with the growing bio-economy, enhance research opportunities in basic, disciplinary and inter-disciplinary sciences and encourage use-inspired discovery research.
The other elements are -- focus on biotechnology tools for inclusive development, nurturing innovation, translational capacity and entrepreneurship, ensuring a transparent, efficient and globally best regulatory system and communication strategy, biotechnology cooperation- fostering global and national alliances, strengthen institutional capacity with redesigned governance models and create a matrix of measurement of processes as well as outcome.
The key elements would be implemented in collaboration and partnership with other Ministries, Departments, State Governments and international agencies towards achieving Making India ready to meet the challenge of achieving 100 billion dollars by 2025, launching four major missions – healthcare, food and nutrition, clean energy and education, creating a Technology Development and Translation network across the country with global partnership-5 new clusters, 40 Biotech incubators, 150 TTOs, 20 Bio-connect centres and Strategic and focused investment in building the Human Capital by creating a Life Sciences and Biotechnology Education Council.
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India will not allow Judge Loya to be forgotten: Rahul

India will not allow Judge Loya to be forgotten: Rahul

20 Apr 2018 | 5:49 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) A day after the Supreme Court dismissed a series of petitions
seeking a fair probe into the death of Judge Loya, Congress president Rahul Gandhi
on Friday said India will not allow Judge Loya to be forgotten.

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NAJ, DUJ condemn attacks on women journalists

20 Apr 2018 | 5:04 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) The National Alliance of Journalists (NAJ) and the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) have condemned the spate of attacks on women journalists, a joint press statement issued here said.

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Apex court gives green signal to Centre to seize Dawood's properties

Apex court gives green signal to Centre to seize Dawood's properties

20 Apr 2018 | 5:02 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the stand taken by the Central government in seizing the alleged and ill gotten properties of underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim, in parts of Mumbai.

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Sitharaman to visit China on Apr 23

Sitharaman to visit China on Apr 23

20 Apr 2018 | 5:00 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will pay a two-day visit to China from April 23 in a step aimed at stabilizing ties with Beijing after a standoff between both the nations on the Doklam issue that erupted last year.

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20 Apr 2018 | 4:53 PM

MPs from the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Left parties
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Communist Party of India
(CPI), the Samajwadi Party (SP), and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
signed the notice calling for the impeachment.

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