Biosafety guidelines for genome edited plants

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has recently issued ‘Guidelines for Safety Assessment of Genome Edited Plants, 2022’. What are the guidelines about? As per the guidelines, researchers who use gene-editing technologies for plants are exempted from seeking approvals from the ..



India Post Payment Bank achieves 3.6 crore customers

The India Post Payment Bank, even amid COVID-19 pandemic, has attained 3.6 crores of customers. Till September 15, 2020, the bank had completed 38,500 crores of financial transactions. Highlights In August 2019, it had crossed the milestone of one crore ..


Assam to launch Arunodoi, its largest direct benefit transfer scheme

The Assam Government is set to roll out the Arunodoi Scheme from October 02, 2020, to provide financial assistance to around 17 lakh families in the state. This is the largest direct benefit transfer scheme till date in the state. ..


India plans on ayurvedic Trials for COVID-19; Task Force Constituted

Several states in India such as Kerala, Goa and Haryana have started to use ayurvedic medicines to save asymptomatic patients. In order to achieve this, the Ayush Ministry has sought suggestions from homeopathy and Ayurvedic practitioners in the country. Highlights ..


Union Government launches Manav human atlas initiative for holistic understanding of human body

The new human atlas initiative – named Manav – has been launched by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Persistent Systems for holistic understanding of human body. The aim of the initiative is to create a unified database of molecular ..

Cabinet approves 5 year extension of Biomedical Research Career Programme

The Union Cabinet approved the extension of the Biomedical Research Career Programme and Wellcome Trust (WT)/DBT India Alliance beyond its initial 10-year term to a new five year phase. The extension is carried for its new 5 year phase from ..