What Is India News Service
Wednesday, November 07, 2007


The India Government has been consistently laying emphasis on the development of science and technology as a major instrument for achieving national goals of self-reliance and socio-economic development. The policy of the Government is to encourage individual initiative for dissemination of knowledge and foster programmes to train scientific personnel to fulfill country’s needs in the diverse fields of agriculture, industry, defense and education.

Scientific research in India is carried out under the auspices of the Central Government, the State Governments and various public and private sector organizations, including Industry. There are about 200 research laboratories within the purview of major scientific departments carrying out research in different areas. Notable among them are three, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). While the scientific institutions under various Ministries of the Central Government carry out research programmes of practical relevance to the areas of responsibility of the Ministries, the State Governments supplement the efforts of the Central Government in those areas which are of primary importance to them, namely, agriculture, animal husbandry, etc.


A major work in the field of science and technology is carried out in universities and deemed universities such as the world-renowned Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) that come under the Central and State Governments. India has the world’s third biggest reservoir of scientific and technical manpower.


Developing nations are being pushed to grow crops for ethanol, rather than food, all thanks to political expediency. Using food to produce biofuels might strain supplies of arable land: IMF The cost of rice has risen by 20% over the past year, maiz (North Biofuel Appetite Causing South Starvation, Hindu, George Monbiot, Nov 07, 2007)

The world's leading Internet company said it would start next week by allowing independent designers to tinker with its software, known as "Android." (Google Now Enters Mobile Phone Market With Android , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

It is no accident that those who advocate war for humanitarian reasons end up justifying torture. (Torture And ‘Humanitarian War’, Hindu, John Laughland, Nov 07, 2007)

It’s time to admit that our efforts in the decades-old war against cancer have often targeted the wrong enemies and used the wrong weapons. (Off Target In The War On Cancer, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 07, 2007)

The best-known networking sites in the industry connect computer-savvy elites to one another. Babajob, by contrast, connects Indias elites to the poor at their doorsteps, people who need jobs but lack the connections to find them. (It Boom Fuels Altruism , Deccan Herald, Anand Giridharadas, Nov 07, 2007)

It appears it is the Americans who most fear that the proposed civil nuclear cooperation deal will collapse, if you look at their recent actions. (Us Needs Deal More Than Us, Pioneer, Rajeev Srinivasan, Nov 07, 2007)

When India blasted its way out of nuclear ambiguity on May 11-13, 1998, and caused a major setback to the US non-proliferation policies, the US reaction was immediate and severe. (Strategic Aspect Of N-Deal, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 07, 2007)

Despite US pressure and soothing words from the government, Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is likely to hold off on elections until he has cemented his grip on power, analysts say. (Uncertainty Shrouds Pak Poll Date, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will pay a two-day visit to Russia from November 11. The visit is in continuation of the tradition of holding annual summit meetings between the heads of government, which started seven years ago. (Manmohan To Visit Russia On Sunday, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

If China thought it had effectively marginalised the Dalai Lama in recent years, it is being forced to think again. In the last few months, the Dalai Lama has once again shot back to international prominence. (Dalai Diplomacy, Indian Express, C. Raja Mohan, Nov 07, 2007)

As the department of telecommunications prepares to release more spectrum to telecommunication companies, conflicts are multiplying, and issues are getting more muddled. (Call For More, Telegraph, Editorial, The Telegraph, Nov 07, 2007)

Despite US pressure and soothing words from the government, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is likely to hold off on elections until he has cemented his grip on power, analysts say. (Uncertainty Shrouds Pakistan Election Date, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dissuaded General Musharraf from imposing an Emergency a few weeks ago. (Constrained Hegemon, Tribune, K. Subrahmanyam, Nov 07, 2007)

Jindal is the first Indian American to win a gubernatorial election in the U.S., but there are concerns about his silence on racism. (The Real Bobby Jindal, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin, when he travelled to Teheran last month, became the first Russian leader after Josef Stalin to visit Iran. (Friend In Need, Frontline, Vladimir Radyuhin , Nov 07, 2007)

IN western India, from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D., there was a prolific creation of art in caves hewn out of rock. (Mind Over Matter, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

At the Billund, Denmark, headquarters of Lego, the theme is the famed, distinctive brick with round studs. Not only can you see them in every shape, including even dust-bins, but also find the usual, handy ones every where, to build your ideas or . . . . (Lego: Playing By Its Own Rules, Business Line, J. Srinivasan, Nov 07, 2007)

Oil price hit $84 a barrel a few days ago, amidst fears that the Kurdish rebel problem would lead to the snapping of Iraq’s supplies. (Are Indian Oil Companies ‘Bidding On The Riskiest Properties’ Overseas?, Business Line, Editorial, Business Line, Nov 07, 2007)

India’s green energy proponents are looking for a major policy boost to the sector, one that will significantly increase the use of renewable sources for energy generation, including in the transportation sector. (Giving Green Power A Policy Boost, Business Line, N. Ramakrishnan , Nov 07, 2007)

Nearly 80 per cent of farmers in this country own less than two hectares of land, and many of them are as yet untouched or un-reached by the formal banking sector. (Reaching The Un-Reached, Business Line, Editorial, Business Line, Nov 07, 2007)


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