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  • 27-Mar-2013 | Latha Jishnu

    Elusive hunt for skills and jobs

    Budget outlays will not do much for job creation or readying youth for skilled work

  • 26-Mar-2013 | Latha Jishnu

    Why scientists don't back Novartis' patent claims

    Novartis is attempting to abuse the patent system to extend its monopoly, say scientists

  • 25-Dec-2012 | Latha Jishnu

    Indications of a geographic muddle

    The GI craze in India is as inexplicable as the ways in which the Registry grants it

  • 25-Jul-2011 | Latha Jishnu

    Cotton saga unravels

    Cotton has been the biggest success story in Indian agriculture since the Green Revolution. In a country struggling with stagnant yields in most crops, production has soared from 13.6 million bales (each bale is 170 kg) in 2002-03 to 31.2 mb in ...

  • 26-Apr-2011 | Latha Jishnu & Jyotika Sood

    A new patron for biotech industry

    The Department of Biotechnology is playing venture capitalist to private companies to push agri research.

  • 24-Jun-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: An odd royalty calculus

    Monsanto's way of calculating royalty on its Bt cotton seeds raises serious questions about how tenable it is

  • 22-Jun-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Lunch with BS: Richard Jefferson

    Science is for people

  • 10-Jun-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: Waking up to ACTA

    India is finally sounding the alarm on a secretive pact by a cabal of rich nations to ramp up IP enforcement measures

  • 28-May-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Battle royal over Bt cotton royalty

    A quiet but determined battle is being fought in the courts, and outside, by US agricultural biotech giant Monsanto, its Indian affiliates and seed lobbyists to free the prices of genetically modified Bt cotton from state government control. At ...

  • 27-May-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: Who's afraid of Synthia?

    Venter's patent application for his synthetic cell creation has set off a frenzied debate on monopolies in genetic research

  • 19-May-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Exporting disease, making a killing

    This is without question one of the scariest books I’ve read in recent times. Ethan Watters, a San Francisco-based journalist and author who explores social trends for publications such as Wired and The New York Times Magazine, has written a ...

  • 13-May-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: The Roche test

    The Valcyte case is vital as it bars incremental innovation and recognises the right of patient groups to oppose patents

  • 29-Apr-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: Strong medicine

    Ecuador is issuing compulsory licences to bring down the cost of patented medicine. Is India likely to follow suit?

  • 15-Apr-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: Beware the EU agenda

    Tough intellectual property rights sought by the EU in its free trade agreement with India have set off global protests

  • 08-Apr-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: The big black hole

    The Lafarge mining case has highlighted the appalling weakness of the environmental clearance procedures at all levels

  • 01-Apr-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: Not a nice trait to have

    Monsanto is back in the courts on the issue of royalty or trait fees it charges for its genetically modified Bt cotton

  • 27-Mar-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: Seeking a new sweetheart deal

    India needs to be creative to make the most of a dramatic shift in the global LNG market.

  • 19-Mar-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    The twist in the Kondh struggle

    Towards the end of 2009, the state government’s Lanjigarh Area Hospital, in the Lanjigarh block of Orissa’s Kalahandi district, was ‘contracted out’ to Vedanta Alumina Ltd (VAL). This was done under an agreement signed ...

  • 18-Mar-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: Let's hear it for Brazil

    Brazil plans to break IP rights on American drugs, music, software and movies as retaliation for its cotton subsidies

  • 18-Mar-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    'Soaring costs are killing Vedanta Alumina'

    Mukesh Kumar, chief operating officer of Vedanta Alumina (VAL), is a worried man. The company’s 1-million tonne refinery in Lanjigarh, which began operations in September 2007, is losing $90 on every tonne of alumina it produces, owing to high ...

  • 17-Mar-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Tribe readies for battle against Vedanta's mine

    The Dongria Kondh tribe who live in the Niyamgiri Hills of Orissa do not normally go to the top of the bauxite-rich slopes. The hilltop is considered sacred, the place where their presiding deity Niyam Raja (literally, the King of Law), or the ...

  • 11-Mar-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: Sweeping powers, glaring omissions

    The biotech regulatory Bill gags dissent and takes away the power of states without providing any safeguards to farmers and consumers

  • 04-Mar-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Latha Jishnu: Insidious India project

    MNC-backed IP summits try to influence sitting judges on patent law enforcement issues pending in Indian courts

  • 01-Mar-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Global spread of GM crops saw setback last year

    India is among the handful of countries where the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops increased last year. However, in most parts of the world, GM crops faced a setback.

  • 26-Feb-2010 | Latha Jishnu

    Unravelling the complex finances of the poor

    The poor of the world live with incomes that are very small, irregular and uncertain.