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Tamil Nadu won't allow field trials of GM crops: Jayalalithaa
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday said her government will not allow field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops in the state.
She asserted that when the new government at the centre, in which AIADMK would be a part, assumes office after the general elections, the permission to field trials of GM crops would be cancelled.
Jayalalithaa was addressing an election rally here, around 300 km from Chennai.
Referring to the centre's recent decision to allow field trials of around 200 varieties of GM crops, she said it would make the multi-national seed companies happy and result in grief for farmers.
Citing her government's decision to not accord environmental clearance to the Great Eastern Energy Corporation to drill wells for methane exploration in the Thanjavur region, Jayalalithaa said a committee has been constituted to look into the project's environmental impact.
She said her government would not encourage industrialisation at the cost of farmers.
Faulting the centre for agreeing to anti-farmer proposals at the 2013 World Trade Organisation (WTO) summit held in Bali in Indonesia, she said her party would take action to rectify the problems.
She criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not protecting the state's fishermen from attacks by the Sri Lankan navy and urged the people to throw out the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.
She said Manmohan Singh, instead of telling Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stop attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen, is shaking hands with him.
The chief minister was referring to the recent meeting between the Indian prime minister and Rajapaksa on the margins of the Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Co-operation (BIMSTEC) meeting held in Myanmar.
Jayalalithaa said India has the moral responsibility to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka for violating human rights there. But the government has not even supported the resolution brought forward by other countries.
According to her, the UPA government has not taken sufficient steps to modernise the country's defence forces. She said the centre neglected the armed forces.
Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu), March 6, 2014
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Indian general election, 2014
The general election will be held from 7th April 2014 to 12th May 2014 to constitute the 16th Lok Sabha in India. These will be the longest election in the country's history. Voting will take place in all 543 parliamentary constituencies of India to elect Members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha. The current 15th Lok Sabha will complete its constitutional term on 31 May 2014. The results will be declared on 16th May 2014. According to the Election Commission of India, the electoral strength in 2014 is 81.45 crores, the largest in the world.
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New Family Code to protect traditional family, religious values – key lawmaker
The head of the lower house committee for family issues has described a new set of legislative amendments protecting the values shared by basic religions, and inspiring young people to choose marriage over cohabitation.
MP Yelena Mizulina of the center-left Fair Russia party said that she opposed the complete rewriting of family laws, but urged changes in the existing ones so that a new Family Code matched modern reality.
The amendments will include a law protecting children against unwanted information. Mizulina said that when the current Family Code was adopted in 1995 lawmakers could not foresee shifts in information, in particular the development of the internet. Nevertheless, she said, the virtual world must live by the law, just like the real world.
Other possible changes could include outlining priorities in favor of traditional families and traditional family values. These include the concepts that have been supporting the Russian nation for over a thousand years – the union between a man and a woman, several children in a family, families uniting several generations and the deep connection between these generations.
Mizulina emphasized that the current Family Code lacked a definition of the traditional family and this differed Russia from many foreign countries where such a definition existed. The lawmaker also noted that the traditional family is strongly connected with traditional religions and that a family with many children is considered a basic value and merit in the most popular religions in the Russian Federation - Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
“One should not forget that we all descend from 70-years of atheism. Everyone understands what a Soviet family is. But a traditional family is a tribute to the previous stage of Russian history which had religious culture as a foundation of society,” Mizulina told the Izvestia daily.The social demand for traditional family only appeared in Russia five years ago and though there is much public debate about the issue, she was sure that the demand for traditional religious values comes from the majority of citizens.
Other major issues are the inflated importance of the state social services and their priority over biological parents and the lack of equal protection for all sides, including children, in cases of divorce.
Yelena Mizulina also promised to address the issue in which cohabitation is often more attractive for young couples than marriage. For example, the money allowance to single mothers is currently five or six times higher than the state subsidies for families with many children and some people choose cohabitation for simple financial reasons.The lawmaker called such a situation “a sort of a crime against the family institution, but not in the legal, but rather in the historical sense.”
Mizulina said a team of experts are preparing amendments to the family laws and this work will be finished this month. However, the lawmaker did not give any forecasts on when any new bills will be submitted to parliament. RTG
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