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TITLE:   GROUP WANTS BIO-REGULATORY BILL WITHDRAWN

SOURCE:  Thaindian News, Thailand

AUTHOR:  Indo-Asian News Service, India

URL:     http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/group-wants-bio-regulatory-bill-withdrawn_100560942.html

DATE:    02.09.2011

SUMMARY: "A civil society group Friday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to withdraw the Biotechnology Regularity Authority of India bill, saying it lowers the bar for safety assessments for Genetically Modified crops. The ?Alliance for Safe Food? in a two-page letter urged the prime minister not to allow tabling of the bill in parliament as it was drafted without consulting the common people."

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GROUP WANTS BIO-REGULATORY BILL WITHDRAWN

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) A civil society group Friday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to withdraw the Biotechnology Regularity Authority of India (BRAI) bill, saying it lowers the bar for safety assessments for Genetically Modified (GM) crops. The ?Alliance for Safe Food? in a two-page letter urged the prime minister not to allow tabling of the bill in parliament as it was drafted without consulting the common people. ?GM is an imprecise and unpredictable technology and it is a risky technology whose safety is not yet established,? the letter said. The group requested the prime minister to create a statutory mechanism to protect the sustainability and safety of food and farming in India in a participatory manner. The bill seeks to create a new body to regulate research, manufacture, import and use of products of modern biotechnology.



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TITLE:   500 KG OF BAINGAN KA BHARTA TO PROTEST BT BRINJAL!

SOURCE:  Thaindian News, Thailand

AUTHOR:  Indo-Asian News Service, India

URL:     http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/500-kg-of-baingan-ka-bharta-to-protest-bt-brinjal_100561198.html

DATE:    04.09.2011

SUMMARY: "It will be a delectable dish of mammoth proportions but with a message ? 500 kg of ?baingan ka bharta? will be cooked Tuesday to protest against a proposed move to approve genetically modified crops, including the brinjal. Thousands of activists will gather at Dilli Haat in south Delhi to participate in cooking the baingan ka bharta to protest passage of the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India bill, which if enacted, is expected to allow easy approval of genetically modified crops such as Bt brinjal."

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500 KG OF BAINGAN KA BHARTA TO PROTEST BT BRINJAL!

New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) It will be a delectable dish of mammoth proportions but with a message ? 500 kg of ?baingan ka bharta? will be cooked Tuesday to protest against a proposed move to approve genetically modified crops, including the brinjal.

Thousands of activists will gather at Dilli Haat in south Delhi to participate in cooking the baingan ka bharta to protest passage of the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) bill, which if enacted, is expected to allow easy approval of genetically modified (GM) crops such as Bt brinjal.

?Thousands of activists, volunteers, citizens groups, civil society organisations, Le Meridian chefs and the Indian Culinary Forum will participate in the event,? said Kapil Mishra, an official of Greenpeace India, which is organising the event.

?We will also offer a plate of the dish to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. We will take a plate to his residence after the event with a message, ?If the BRAI bill is on, this will be the last GM free baingan bharta you will eat?,? said an official.

Greenpeace officials claim this record to be the first of its kind.

Volunteers will use 300 kg of brinjal and 200 kg of other ingredients, said Mishra, adding, only organic ingredients will be used.

?Through this event we want to spread the message that Indians should say no to GM food and BRAI bill as GM food is very dangerous for health,? Mishra said.

The bharta will be distributed to various orphanages and NGOs.

Greenpeace will also submit before the prime minister a petition signed by thousands, to stop the BRAI bill.

The BRAI bill is slated to be tabled in the current session of the parliament.