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ICRISAT-led research to improve lives of people in semi-arid tropics

The world’s largest international agriculture research coalition, the Fund Council of CGIAR image(Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), has sanctioned two 10-year research programmes directed at improving food, nutrition and income security of billions of poor in the semi-arid tropics of the world.

The CGIAR Research Programmes (CRP) is led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) on grain legumes and dryland cereals. The programmes have a combined budget of US$223.4 million.


India, Russia put off meet by two months to resolve issues

image India and Russia have postponed their high-level engagement planned for November 1, 2012 by almost two months in order to reach conformity on some debatable military and civil issues.

What are the main issues?

Major issues:

  • Stalemate over liability provisions for units three and four of the Kudankulam power project
  • Controversy over the cancellation of 2G spectrum licences, which impacted Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited, a subsidiary of Russia’s AFK Sistema group.
  • Russia has not yet cleared how much time it will take to eliminate major deficiencies that came out during the recent sea trials of INS Vikramaditya.


UCI strips Lance Armstrong of titles

  International Cycling Union (UCI), the governing body of cycling, stripped Lance Armstrong of his imageseven Tour de France titles and banned him for life. The decision came following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that has accused him of leading a massive doping programme on his teams.

The move will allow Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong’s name from the record books, wiping off his consecutive victories from 1999 to 2005.