Maharashtra: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

GM Cotton and Surrounding Controversy

Published: June 18, 2019

In an event organized by Shetkari Sanghtana, a farmers union a group of more than 1,000 farmers gathered in a village in Akola of Maharashtra to sow seeds of an unapproved, genetically modified variety of cotton, defying government regulations. Current Provisions In India, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under the Environment Ministry is responsible ..



Maharashtra Farmers defy ban on GM Crops

Published: June 11, 2019

As a protest against the ban on HTBt Cotton and Bt Brinjal, Farmers in Maharashtra sowed them in their fields. Maharashtra government had banned Bt cotton variety HTBt in 2015 and there is a ban by the union government on Bt brinjal cultivation since 2010. The variant HTBt cotton is still unapproved and the Bt ..


SC Stays Maharashtra EWS quota

Published: May 31, 2019

The Supreme Court has stayed the 10 per cent Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota to PG medical courses in Maharashtra for the academic year 2019-20. What did the Supreme Court Say? The 10per cent EWS quota cannot be granted at the cost of others unless additional seats are created by Medical Council of India (MCI). ..


Tadvi Bhil Muslims

Published: May 30, 2019

Tadvi Bhil is a tribal community listed under Scheduled Tribes. The community members are found in small pockets of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Tadvi Bhil is a sub-caste of those who have adapted to Islam under the larger Bhil community. These Tadvi Bhil Muslims are syncretic and unrigid in their practice of Islam ..


Ankur Patwardhan wins 2019 German chemistry prize at 4th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference

Published: May 24, 2019

In Germany, the international competition ‘Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge’ was recently held at the 4th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference. In it, a project idea by Dr. Ankur Patwardhan from Pune has bagged the second prize of €25,000. His project named ‘Butterfly attractant for pollination and ecosystem health’ is about the relation ..