India may prosecute GM eggplant developers
SciDev.Net, 25 August 2011

NEW DELHI, INDIA: India’s National Biodiversity Authority is considering unprecedented legal action against the developers of genetically modified eggplant (brinjal) for alleged violation of the country’s biodiversity laws. Read the article …

Tapping Gujarat hill station’s herbal wealth
The Times of India, 29 August 2011

GUJARAT, INDIA: The Gujarat government is set to tap the traditional knowledge of tribal healers to promote health tourism. In Saputara, known as the “abode of serpents,” in Gujarat’s Dang district, the traditional healers are mainly from the Bhil tribe. They are known far and wide for their effective snake bite cures. “Around 520 out of the 1,100 medicinal herbs listed in the pharmacopia of AYUSH (the Indian government’s traditional medicine department) are found in Saputara,” according to S.K. Nanda, the district in charge officer who has spent around three decades in the area. Read the article …