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FEATUR1ED INDIA: Cheetahs are set to roam for the first time since they were declared officially extinct in 1952.

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#AceNewsDesk – Modi: India PM reintroduces extinct cheetahs on birthday according to BBC (ASIA) News

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One of the eight cheetahs which will arrive from Namibia on Saturday

A group of eight cats arrived from Namibia on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday on Saturday.

They will undergo a month-long quarantine before being released in a national park in central India. 

Cheetahs formerly shared jungles with other big cats like lions and tigers but disappeared 70 years ago. 

They are the world’s fastest land animals, capable of reaching speeds of 70 miles (113km) an hour.

This is the first time a large carnivore is being moved from one continent to another and being reintroduced in the wild. 

The cheetahs are making the transcontinental journey in a modified passenger Boeing 747 plane
The cheetahs are making the transcontinental journey in a modified Boeing 747 passenger plane

At least 20 cheetahs are coming to India from South Africa and Namibia, home to more than a third of the world’s 7,000 cheetahs. 

The first batch of eight – five females and three males, aged between two and six years – arrived from Windhoek in Namibia to the Indian city of Gwalior on Saturday. 

Wildlife experts, veterinary doctors and three biologists accompanied the animals as they made the transcontinental journey in a modified passenger Boeing 747 plane. 

From Gwalior, the cheetahs were transferred by helicopter to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh state, where they were released by a delegation led by Mr Modi. 

A cheetah rests after being prepared for its translocation to India at the CCF centre in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, September 12, 2022.
A cheetah rests in a Namibia clinic after being prepared for the journey to India

Spread over a 289-square-mile area, the Kuno National Park is a sprawling sanctuary with prey like antelope and wild boars for the wild cats. 

An electrified enclosure, with 10 compartments ranging in size, has been built for the animals to quarantine before being released in the wild. 

Each cheetah will be given a dedicated team of volunteers, which will monitor it and keep tabs on the animal’s movement. Satellite radio collars have been put on each cheetah for their geolocation updates.

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The cheetahs will be released in the Kuno National Park in central India

Experts say that a combination of hunting, habitat loss and food scarcity had led to the cheetah’s disappearance in India. 

Studies show that at least 200 cheetahs were killed in India, largely by sheep and goat herders, during the colonial period. 

Some of them were eliminated through bounty hunting because the cats would enter villages and kill livestock. The cheetah is the only large mammal to become extinct in the country since its independence from British rule.

The world’s fastest land animal is poised to make a comeback in India

India has been making efforts to reintroduce cheetahs since the 1950s. An effort in the 1970s from Iran was unsuccessful after the Shah of Iran was deposed and the negotiations stopped.

Proponents of the project say that the reintroduction of cheetahs will build up local economies and help restore ecosystems that support the big cats. 

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Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animals, capable of reaching speeds of 70 miles (113km) an hour

But some worry that relocation of animals is always fraught with risks and releasing the cheetahs into a park might put them in harm’s way.

Cheetahs are delicate animals who avoid conflict, and are targeted by competing predators. And the Kuno park has a sizeable leopard population which could kill cheetah cubs. 

There is also a possibility that the cheetahs can stray outside the boundaries and get killed by people or other animals.

However, officials say the fears are unfounded as cheetahs are highly adaptable animals, and claim that the shortlisted site has been fully examined for habitat, prey and potential for man-animal conflict.

INDIA - JANUARY 01: A domestic cheetah in India in the 30's and 40's
A combination of hunting, habitat loss and food scarcity led to the cheetah’s disappearance in India

The first cheetah in the world to be bred in captivity was in India during the rule of Mughal emperor Jahangir. 

His father, Akbar, recorded that there were 10,000 cheetahs during his time. He reigned from 1556 to 1605.

Much later, research suggested the number of cheetahs had dropped to a couple of hundred by the 19th Century – and the cat was reportedly sighted for the last time in India 70 years ago. 

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FEATURED: INDIA: Adani Group Aims to Pave Way For New Age Media Network

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#AceNewsDesk – AMG Media Networks Ltd aims to pave the path of new age media across platforms,” Sanjay Pugalia, the company’s chief executive officer, said.”

“On August 23, the Adani Group revealed plans to buy a majority stake in one of India’s biggest media holdings, New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV). The business conglomerate will launch its offer on October 17, and it will last until November 1. The offer could give Gautam Adani an additional 26% stake on top of the 29% previously acquired.”

The Adani Group controls companies ranging from renewable energy to coal, aerospace, and food processing. The company calls itself a “leading integrated business conglomerate enriching lives, creating sustainable value and empowering India.”

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BREAKING INDIA: Becomes the world’s fifth-largest economy after overtaking the UK, its former colonial master, during the final three months of 2021

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#AceBreakingNews – Bloomberg reports to day that Britain was previously overtaken by its former colony in 2019 and India projected to become Asia’s fastest-growing economy after China begins to decline

India has become the world’s fifth-largest economy after overtaking the UK, its former colonial master, during the final three months of 2021, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

“On an adjusted basis and using the dollar exchange rate on the last day of the relevant quarter, the size of the Indian economy in ‘nominal’ cash terms in the quarter through March was $854.7 billion. On the same basis, the UK was $816 billion,” the agency said, citing figures from the IMF database and historical exchange rates.

This is the second time India has outperformed the UK in terms of its economy, having previously overtaken Britain in 2019. The South Asian nation now trails behind the US, China, Japan and Germany, and is expected to see its GDP expand by more than 7% this year.

The report comes days after New Delhi published its GDP data for the first quarter, which showed that the Indian economy had grown by 13.5% year-on-year. It was a little lower than the Reserve Bank of India had expected, but the growth rate was still the highest of any developing country.

Meanwhile, Britain is currently seeing inflation grow at its fastest pace in four decades. The nation, which is struggling with a serious cost-of-living crisis, faces the threat of a recession, which may last well into 2024, according to the Bank of England.

India is also set to overtake the UK in dollar terms on an annual basis this year. The pound has fallen 8% against the Indian rupee this year.

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BREAKING INDIA: SpiceJet CFO resigns as losses widen with and midair incidents

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#AceBreakingNews – BENGALURU: India’s low-cost carrier SpiceJet said on Wednesday that chief financial officer Sanjeev Taneja had resigned amid widening losses and a series of midair incidents.

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The company reported a loss of Rs 7.84 billion ($98.61 million) for the quarter ended June 30, compared with a loss of Rs 7.31 billion a year earlier.

The company had also reported a loss Rs 4.85 billion for the quarter ended March, which the company said was delayed due to a cyber security attack.

SpiceJet said it would raise funds up to $200 million. Some banks have raised concerns about loans to the carrier.

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BREAKING: Hindu Extremists Threaten Taj Mahal as Anti-Muslim Campaign Rises

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#AceBreakingNews – Hindu extremist groups in India are targeting Muslim sites in the country even the world-famous Taj Mahal, thirty years after the mobs demolished a historic mosque in Ayodhya.

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The fringe group, which have been emboldened under by Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, aided by courts and fueled by social media, believe the sites were built on top of their temples, which they consider representations of India’s “true” religion: Presently most in danger is the centuries-old Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, where Hindus are cremated by the Ganges, Agence France-Presse has reported……..Last week reports claimed a leaked court-mandated survey of the mosque had discovered a shivalinga, a phallic representation of the Hindu god Shiva, at the site…………..This means that is the site of a temple,” government minister Kaushal Kishore, a member of Modi’s BJP party, told local media, saying that Hindus should now pray there.

Hindu flag hoisted on Indian mosque amid call for banning loudspeakers
Hindu flag hoisted on Indian mosque amid call for banning loudspeakers

Three men were arrested in eastern India’s Bihar state for hoisting a saffron flag on a mosque on the occasion of Ram Navami, a Hindu religious festival, state police said: Now, the fear is that the Islamic place of worship will go the way of the Ayodhya mosque, which they believe was built on the birthplace of Ram, another deity………….The frenzied destruction of the 450-year-old building in 1992 sparked religious riots in which more than 2,000 people died, most of them Muslims, who number 200 million in India………….The demolition was also a seminal moment for Hindutva — Hindu supremacy — paving the way for Modi’s rise to power in 2014.

Some groups have even set their sights on UNESCO world heritage site the Taj Mahal, India’s best-known monument attracting millions of visitors every year: Despite no credible evidence, they believe that the 17th-century mausoleum was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan on the site of a Shiva shrine: It was destroyed by Mughal invaders so that a mosque could be built there,” Sanjay Jat, spokesman for the hardline organisation Hindu Mahasabha, told AFP……………Audrey Truschke, an associate professor of South Asian history with Rutgers University, said the claims about the Taj Mahal are “about as reasonable as the proposals that the Earth is flat”………….So far as I can discern, there is not a coherent theory about the Taj Mahal at play here so much as a frenzied and fragile nationalist pride that does not allow anything non-Hindu to be Indian and demands to erase Muslim parts of Indian heritage,” she told AFP…………….Opposition parties in India accuse the Hindu nationalist BJP government at federal and state levels of discriminating against religious minorities, especially Muslims. The trend has assumed alarming proportions since Modi’s election in 2014.

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INDIA: #ClimateChange Making Heat-Waves 100-Times More Likely, Who Will Suffer

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#GlobalWarming & #ClimateChange New Delhi — Shiv Shankar, 54, works all day on a construction site in the blistering sun. He can’t even think of taking a day off to avoid the deadly heat wave that has gripped India’s capital and much of the country’s north since late March. That would mean losing a day’s wages, and his family of four simply can’t afford it: CBS News by Arshad R. Zargar

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Hundreds of millions of workers in India and Pakistan spend every day outside, without the option of avoiding even the hottest hours of the day. Those workers may face increasing life or death choices about going to work, as scientists say climate change is making deadly, record-breaking heat waves like the one hitting northwest India and Pakistan right now 100 times more likely to occur.Construction worker Shiv Shankar, 54, seen here on May 19, 2022, works all day in the blistering New Delhi sun despite a record-breaking heat wave because he can’t afford to take a day off. CBS News

A report published this week by the U.K. government’s Meteorological Office says climate change has increased the chances of heat waves hitting the region from once every 312 years, to once every 3.1 years……….And by the end of the century… this will increase to once every 1.15 years,” the study concludes.

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In recent weeks, temperatures over 120 degrees Fahrenheit have scorched parts of India and Pakistan, killing dozens of people, decimating crops, increasing the demand for energy while triggering electricity blackouts, forcing authorities to shut schools, and prompting officials to warn people to stay indoors……………..New Delhi hit 120 degrees on Sunday.A boy stands in line to collect water from a tanker provided by the municipal corporation at a slum in New Delhi, India, as much of the country suffers under a record-breaking heat wave, ……………..I have seen heat waves before, but this is something entirely different,” Shankar told CBS News on Thursday. “I drink a lot of water to keep myself hydrated, and take small breaks off work.”………………..Shankar migrated from the central Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to New Delhi years ago to work in construction. He sends most of his earnings home so his wife and two teenage children can put food on their table.

Scientists say prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures poses a risk of fatal heatstroke and can impact the functioning of vital organs including the heart, lungs, kidney, liver and brain.Construction workers toil on scaffolding amid a heat wave in New Delhi, India, May 19, 2022. CBS News……………..Authorities do urge workers to take time off on the hottest days, but as laborers only get paid if they’re on the job, that can mean a crippling loss of income for millions of families like Shankar’s.

Between 2001 and 2020, India lost around 259 billion hours of labor per year due to the impacts of extreme heat, according to a Duke University study published in January. That translates to a loss of about $624 billion to India’s economy, and a much more literal impact on families that live hand to mouth every week.Rickshaw driver Shiv Kumar Mandal waits for his next fare in the shopping district of Delhi, India, amid a blistering heat wave, May 20, 2022. CBS News……………………I earn 300 to 400 rupees (about $5) a day,” Shiv Kumar Mandal, a rickshaw driver in Delhi’s shopping district, told CBS News on Friday. “What do you mean, ‘why am I working in this heat?’ If I don’t work, we will die of hunger.”

“There is no doubt that in future the heat waves will occur more often, last longer and cover larger parts of the Indian subcontinent,” Vimal Mishra, a climate scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology in Gandhinagar told CBS News earlier this month: Forcing people to decide between working in dangerous conditions or running out of money is only one impact of the heat waves in the region…………..They are going to affect water availability, agriculture, businesses and energy demand,” Mishra told CBS News.

The current heat wave in India has already had a global impact, helping to send the price of wheat soaring to a record high last week after India banned exports of the crop, which has been badly damaged by the dry, hot conditions……………..Scientists say it’s evidence of the fact that, while India and other developing nations are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, they won’t suffer alone………….This is not going to stop in India,” Dr Anjal Prakash, a climate scientist and lead researcher with the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told CBS News. “This will eventually hit the backyard of the countries who created this problem for us.”

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BREAKING: India Bans Wheat Exports as Heatwave Curbs Output & Prices Soar

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#AceBreakingNews – India has banned wheat exports with immediate effect, just days after saying it was targeting record shipments this year, as a scorching heatwave curtailed output and local prices hit an all-time high amid strong export demand.

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India stockpiles wheat to prevent famine.(Reuters: Rajendra Jadhav)none

A notice in the government gazette by the Directorate of Foreign Trade said a spike in global prices for wheat, partly due to the war in Ukraine, was threatening the food security of India and neighbouring and vulnerable countries. 

The government said it would still allow exports for letters of credit that have already been issued and on the request from countries that are trying “to meet their food security needs”.

Prior to the ban, India was targeting to ship out a record 10 million tonnes this year.

Global buyers were banking on the world’s second-biggest wheat producer for supplies after exports from the Black Sea region plunged following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Before the war, Ukraine and Russia accounted for a third of global wheat and barley exports.

Since Russia’s February 24 invasion, Ukraine’s ports have been blocked and civilian infrastructure and grain silos have been destroyed. 

The Indian ban could drive up global prices to new peaks and hit poor consumers in Asia and Africa.

“The ban is shocking,” a Mumbai-based dealer with a global trading firm said.

“We were expecting curbs on exports after two to three months, but [it] seems inflation numbers changed government’s mind.”

Rising food and energy prices pushed India’s annual retail inflation up towards an eight-year high in April, strengthening economists’ view that the central bank would have to raise interest rates more aggressively to curb prices.

Wheat prices in India have risen to record highs, in some spot markets to as high as 25,000 rupees ($465) per tonne, versus the government fixed minimum support price of 20,150 rupees.

Lower crop size due to heat wave

Even though it is the world’s second-largest producer of wheat, India consumes most of the wheat it produces.

Agricultural labourers harvest wheat in India
India’s wheat export ban could push global prices to new heights.(Reuters: Ajay Verma/File)none

It had set a goal of exporting 10 million tons of the grain in 2022-23, looking to capitalise on the global disruptions to wheat supplies from the war and find new markets for its wheat in Europe, Africa and Asia. 

Much of that would have gone to other developing countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

Apart from problems with weather hurting harvests, India’s own vast stocks of wheat — a buffer against famine — have been strained by distribution of free grain during the pandemic to some 800 million people. 

But a sharp and sudden rise in temperatures in mid-March means the crop size could be smaller than expected at around 100 million tonnes or even lower, a New Delhi-based dealer with a global trading firm said, versus a government estimate for an all-time high of 111.32 million tonnes.

“The government’s procurement has fallen more than 50 per cent. Spot markets are getting far lower supplies than last year. All these things are indicating lower crop,” the dealer said.

In April, India exported a record 1.4 million tonnes of wheat and deals were already signed to export around 1.5 million tonnes in May.

“Indian ban will lift global wheat prices. Right now there is no big supplier in the market,” the second dealer said.

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Scientists blame climate change for India’s deadly heatwave.

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BREAKING: Fire in New Delhi Commercial Building has Killed at Least 27 People

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#AceBreakingNews – A massive fire has erupted in a four-storey commercial building in the Indian capital, killing at least 27 people and leaving several injured.

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Twenty-seven fire engines were used to battle the blaze.(AP: Dinesh Joshi)none

Fire officials said dozens of people were rescued from the building, which mainly contained shops.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported 12 people had suffered burns in the fire and 50 were evacuated from the building.

Twenty-seven fire engines were at the scene, dousing the flames after battling for more than five hours.

Fire officials said crews were looking for anyone trapped in the rubble.

“The building is a four-storey building used commercially for providing office space to companies,” the Delhi police said in a statement.

The building is located in the Mundka area in western New Delhi.

The cause of the fire and other details were not immediately available.

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Building was not equipped with fire safety equipment

Atul Garg, director of Delhi Fire Services, said the building had no clearance from the fire department and it was not equipped with fire safety equipment such as extinguishers.

The casualties occurred on the second floor of the building, where inflammable plastic material used for manufacturing equipment such as security cameras was stored.

The Indian Express newspaper said two owners of a company selling security cameras were detained for questioning as the fire reportedly started from their office. There was no immediate confirmation by the police.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Delhi”.

“My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his condolences to the families of victims.

“Distressed by the tragic fire accident at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Delhi,” he wrote.

“My condolences to the bereaved families. I wish for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents.

In 2019, a fire caused by an electrical short circuit engulfed a building in New Delhi and killed 43 people.

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INDIA: GM Watch Report: Deregulates Some – Gene – Edited Plants

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#AceNewsDesk – The Indian government has exempted certain types of gene-edited plants from the country’s genetically modified organism (GMO) regulations. GMWatch condemns the move as unscientific, irresponsible, and based on assumptions that could turn out to be false

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The Indian government assumes that these plants will be non-transgenic – but the uncertainties of gene editing could catch them unawares

The change in rules, notified on Wednesday, will allow gene-edited plants without any “foreign” genes to be subjected to a weaker regulatory process than the one applied to other types of GMOs. A scientist working with GM technologies said the changes will exempt two categories of gene-edited products — in which genes are either disrupted to make them non-functional or altered to change the function of their protein product but not where a gene from another organism has been deliberately inserted — from being treated as GMOs.

These types of gene editing alterations that are supposedly without foreign genes are known in the EU as SDN-1 (gene deletion/disruption) and SDN-2 (gene alteration using a DNA “repair template”). SDN-3 involves the deliberate insertion of foreign genes and under India’s new rules, GMOs developed using this technique will continue to fall under the existing GMO rules.

Approved by the Indian government’s Ministry of Environment and Forests on Wednesday, the changes follow recommendations from the department of biotechnology and the department of agriculture, research and education that “SDN-1 and SDN-2 genome-edited products free from exogenous introduced DNA be exempted from biosafety assessment”.

As most plant gene editing applications are envisaged to involve an SDN-1 and SDN-2 outcome, the vast majority of these gene-edited products will be exempt from India’s GMO regulations.

The move means that India now has a separate – undoubtedly weaker – regulatory process for such technologies that takes them out of the oversight of the GMO regulator, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC).

Commenting, Kavitha Kuruganti of the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture said, “This is unscientific and risky. Genome editing as per Environmental Protection Act 1989 rules has to be regulated fully by GEAC and not selectively.”

Wrong assumptions

We agree with Kavitha Kuruganti’s view that there are major problems with the assumptions behind this deregulation move, which could open it up to legal challenge. And that doesn’t just mean in India. There are several governments that are now moving to deregulate gene-edited crops on the supposed basis that the gene editing-induced changes “could occur naturally” or through conventional breeding and/or that they contain no foreign genes.

But these assumptions are extremely shaky, as we explain below. Thanks to molecular geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou for his technical advice.

SDN-1 (gene deletion/disruption)

In SDN-1, if the gene-editing tool has been introduced into the plant cells as plasmids (circular pieces of DNA) encoding it, either the whole plasmid or fragments thereof – a type of foreign DNA – could be incorporated into the genome by accident. In this case, the product could end up being an unexpected transgenic GMO. Such changes may not be spotted by the developer and without regulatory checks the regulator won’t even be looking.

SDN-2 (gene alteration)

In SDN-2, there is a high likelihood of the repair template DNA unintentionally being incorporated into the genome, either in part or as a whole. You may get the intended repair, but in addition, the repair template DNA can be integrated into the genome at the intended edit site or elsewhere, at so-called off-target sites. In these cases, as with SDN-1, an unexpected transgenic GMO could result.

This happened in the case of Recombinetics’ gene-edited hornless cattle. The entire DNA repair template should not have inserted into the cattle’s genome – but it did. The repair template also contained genes for antibiotic resistance, which raised additional health and safety concerns. Recombinetics’ scientists completely missed this unintended insertion, claiming that “our animals are free of off-target events”. The unintended insertion was only spotted by scientists at the regulatory body, the FDA, which had done its own analysis of the animals’ genome. 

Although the generation of the hornless cattle was always intended as an SDN-3 (gene insertion) editing event and involves animals, not plants (currently the Indian government’s move is restricted to plants), it demonstrates in principle what could easily happen with SDN-2 in plants. Yet this kind of regulatory scrutiny will almost certainly be removed with India’s decision to exempt SDN-2 editing events from the GMO regulations.

Will errors be caught?

GMO developers often claim that they will check their gene-edited products to ensure that inadvertent incorporation of foreign DNA hasn’t happened. But the question arises of how they will check. What they should do is use whole genome long-read DNA sequencing in order to spot all the unintended changes (including any integration of foreign DNA), as well as the intended changes. The aim is to ensure that only the intended change has occurred and nothing more. 

But whole genome long-read DNA sequencing is still the exception rather than the rule. Most developers of gene-edited plants are still stuck in the old habit of using only short-read sequencing. Yet this will miss many unintended changes. There is no excuse not to use long-read DNA sequencing as the technology is well established and was recently used to identify disease resistance genes in wheat.   

In addition, GMO developers should carry out the full spectrum of “omics” analyses – transcriptomics, metabolomics, and proteomics – to ensure that no unintended and potentially dangerous functional and compositional changes have taken place. If they have, it’s a strong indication that the plant’s biochemistry has been altered in unexpected ways. That could include the production of toxins or allergens, higher levels of existing toxins and allergens, or altered nutritional value.

Attempts to gene edit plants without creating unintended effects are (to borrow Amy Winehouse’s words) a losing game. Genes operate in networks, so it’s highly unlikely that the gene editing will only bring about the intended change without creating other unintended alterations in gene function (patterns of gene expression), with potential impacts on crop performance and risks to consumer health. (Whether this disruption could occur naturally is a debatable point. In our view, the onus is on the GMO developer to prove it could.)

Deregulation means checks won’t be done

The problem with the checking procedures described above is that when gene-edited plants are deregulated, there will likely be no requirement to carry them out. But there is no excuse for developers omitting to do so, as they are relatively inexpensive and easy to access. The Indian government has a chance to require, through risk assessment guidance, that they are carried out. It must seize that chance now. But even if it does, deregulation will mean nobody will be checking that the developers have actually followed the guidance and that they haven’t missed something important.

And even if transgenes are not involved, small intended changes induced by gene editing can result in large and dangerous consequences, as a recent scientific paper pointed out. These can include unexpected toxicity or allergenicity of gene-edited plants.

Further information

Explanation of SDN-1, -2 and -3
 
Report to download from Testbiotech and CBAN warning against the deregulation of genetically engineered organisms
The risks of New GE techniques

Study showing that inducing supposedly small alterations in the genome of crop plants can nevertheless generate complex changes. The results of the study highlight the need for plants developed using new genetic engineering techniques to undergo case-specific risk assessment, taking both the properties of the end product and risks posed by the applied procedures into account.
Kawall K (2021). The generic risks and the potential of SDN-1 applications in crop plants. Plants 10(11). 10.3390/plants10112259.   

Compilation of useful scientific references on the risks of even SDN-1 and -2 gene editing (search for “SDN”)

Report: Claire Robinson

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#AceBreakingNews – Australia and India Form an Alliance to Lessen Reliance on China: Trade tension between China and Australia has hit a new peak, with Australia now seeking to limit trade with China entirely.

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that India will replace China in trade. “For economic reasons, we’re gonna [sic] have to replace China in supply chains and frankly, there is no better substitute for China and so many of their supply chains than India, given India’s very sophisticated manufacturing base,” Abbott stated.

Abbott accused China of “weaponizing trade” and “bribing or bullying other countries around the region.” Australia is now aiming for a $100 billion bilateral trade deal with India. India and Australia entered a free trade agreement in April entitled the “Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement” (ECTA) after over a decade of negotiations. The deal will increase trade between the nations from $27.5 billion in 2021 to $45 billion over the next five years. The agreement also seeks to increase duty-free imports on Indian products and eliminate over 85% of tariffs on Australian goods to India.

China blocked Australian imports during COVID after politicians requested an independent review of the Wuhan virus leak. China later allowed Australian goods to enter the country but increased tariffs significantly. The two nations withdrew from major projects shortly after, such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

China recently shut down its largest port and has been contributing to the supply chain crisis. They have had notoriously difficult trade negotiations with most of their largest trading partners. Although the models indicate China will eventually become the financial capital of the world, the road there will be a long one.

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