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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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Need balanced perspective on movement of skilled professionals, Modi tells US Congress delegation

Need balanced perspective on movement of skilled professionals, Modi tells US Congress delegation

New Delhi, Feb 21 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged a visiting US Congress delegation on the need to develop 'a reflective, balanced and far-sighted perspective on movement of skilled professionals'.

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21 Feb 2017 | 8:39 PM
52 per cent voting reported in BMC polls: Slight rise in Maharashtra turnout

52 per cent voting reported in BMC polls: Slight rise in Maharashtra turnout

Mumbai, Feb 21 (UNI) With total 52 per cent of total 91,80,491 electorate exercising their right to vote in the civic elections today, the political fortunes of 2,275 candidates contesting on 227 wards of India's wealthiest Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), were sealed in the electronic voting machines which will be opened on Thursday.

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21 Feb 2017 | 8:07 PM
SP govt biased on caste, religion: Shah

SP govt biased on caste, religion: Shah

Kaushambi/Allahabad, Feb 21 (UNI) Leading campaign trail ahead of the crucial Assembly polls here in Uttar Pradesh, BJP National President Amit Shah today held a road show here from Alapur police station to Ghataghar and addressed public gatherings.

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21 Feb 2017 | 10:29 PM
Modi sharing jokes of social media: Akhilesh

Modi sharing jokes of social media: Akhilesh

Allahabad, Feb 21 (UNI) Continuing his war of words with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Samajwadi Party President and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said 'Narendra Modi seems to be relying more on the social media, as he includes even the jokes shared on social media in his election speeches".

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21 Feb 2017 | 9:30 PM
Govt aims to double rural income: Jaitley

Govt aims to double rural income: Jaitley

Noida, Feb 21 (UNI) Stating that the rural India continues to lag behind and need to double the income, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the government is committed to rural sanitation and housing and has taken various steps to achieve that with civil society’s active participation.

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21 Feb 2017 | 10:49 PM
Iran urges India to be quick on Chabahar; N Delhi says commitment unwavering

Iran urges India to be quick on Chabahar; N Delhi says commitment unwavering

By Naz Asghar New Delhi, Feb 21 (UNI) In the wake of the reported stagnation in the implementation of the ambitious Chabahar project, Iran has said India should be quick to execute its part of development of the strategic port so as not to miss a 'great opportunity.

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21 Feb 2017 | 3:35 PM
Govt clears 38 additional radar stations along Indian coastline

Govt clears 38 additional radar stations along Indian coastline

New Delhi, Feb 21 (UNI) The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today cleared the second phase of coastal surveillance system, for 38 additional radar stations along Indian costline.

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21 Feb 2017 | 4:40 PM

Exchange racket: 4 more nabbed

21 Feb 2017 | 11:10 PM

Jabalpur, MP, Feb 21 (UNI) With four more persons being placed under arrest today on the charge of running a parallel phone exchange in this cantonment town, the total number thus collared rose to 11.

Mexican fireworks expected in Alvarez-Chavez Vegas brawl

22 Feb 2017 | 6:20 AM

By Larry Fine NEW YORK, Feb 22 (Reuters) Mexican pride will be at stake when two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez battles former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

India's satellite launch wins accolades from international media

India's satellite launch wins accolades from international media

15 Feb 2017 | 10:02 PM

New Delhi, Feb 15 (UNI) India today carved out a niche in annals of space science by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single mission, overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014 and winning accolades from the international community and the global media.

TransferWise launches international money transfers via Facebook

TransferWise launches international money transfers via Facebook

21 Feb 2017 | 12:57 PM

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About 77 pc voters exercised franchise in Zilla Parishad elections

21 Feb 2017 | 11:45 PM

Kolhapur, Feb 21 (UNI) About 77 per cent voters out of total 21,38,080 electorate exercised their franchise in the Kolhapur Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti general elections, after the end of polling at 1730 hrs.

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