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Union Cabinet approves setting up of NARF at Genome Valley in Hyderabad

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved setting up of a National Resource Facility for Bio-medical Research (NARF) at Genome Valley in Hyderabad, Telangana.

NARF will be set up by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and the proposal in this regard was forwarded by the Department of Health Research of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Key facts

  • NARF will be the first of its kind institution for quality laboratory animals for basic and applied biomedical research in the country.
  • It will be a world-class facility for breeding and housing of animals for testing of various R&D products.
  • It will breed and house animals such as primates, cabines and other specialized models such as knockout and transgenic rodents.
  • The facility will develop, create and provide access to a range of laboratory animals along with related technological resources for advancement of biomedical research in the country.
  • It will mainly facilitate research and development in medical colleges, universities, research and academic institutions and Biotech and Bio-pharma companies.
  • It will also provide training facilities for personnel in specialized areas in the field of biomedical research.

The estimated project cost of NARF is 338.58 crores rupees and it will be functional by year 2018-19. Telangana state Government has allotted 102.69 acres of land for this project free of cost.


8th Edition of National Seed Congress begins in Hyderabad

The Eighth edition of National Seed Congress (NSC) has begun in Hyderabad to deliberate on advanced seed development technologies and regulatory measures.

The event was formally inaugurated by the Telangana state Agriculture Minister Shrinivasa Reddy and has been organized by Union Agriculture Ministry.

The three day congress aims to provide common platform to all stakeholders to discuss a variety of issues including advances in seed development technologies and various seed policies with respect to the seed industry.

In this edition of Seed Congress, over 600 delegates are taking part from national and international research and development agencies such as ICRISAT. Over dozen breakout sessions are being organised along with a special session dedicated for seed development to promote Telangana as the seed bowl of the country. About 80 progressive farmers involved in the seed development are also going to take part in the congress.

About National Seed Congress

  • It is an annual event organised by Union Agriculture Minister organised in different states.
  • Aim: To address farmers issues for accessing quality seeds of new varieties through an innovative seed supply system.
  • This system seeks to facilitate the development of new plant varieties and the delivery of high quality seed varieties to farmers to further increase crop productivity, food Security and economic development.


Renowned Telugu Cinema producer Edida Nageswara Rao passes away

Renowned Telugu Cinema Producer Edida Nageswara Rao passed away in Hyderabad, Telangana. He was 81.

He had produced numerous landmark movies Telugu Cinema (also known as Tollywood).

About Edida Nageswara Rao

  • He was born on April 24, 1934 in East Godavari district of undivided Andhra Pradesh.
  • He had started his career in film industry as a theatre artiste, dubbing artiste, film actor and later turned into a film producer by launching Poornodaya Movie Creations.
  • His debut movie as producer was Siri Siri Muvva which was a runaway hit in 1978 and was directed by eminent director K. Vishwanath.
  • In all he has produced 10 movies which turned out to be very popular and were big hits.
  • Movies produced by him are Tayaramma Bangarayya (1979), Shankarabharanam (1979), Seetakoka Chiluka (1981), Sagarasangamam (1983), Sitara (1984), Swatimutyam (1986), Swayamkrushi (1987) and Apatbandhavudu (1991).
  • Some of his movies have won National Film Award for best feature film in Telugu category, Nandi Awards and were screened in several international film festivals.