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Higher royalty payments offered as bait to MNCs

Author(s): Nitya Jacob 
Issue Date: May 15, 1993
THE GOVERNMENT has decided to allow higher royalty payments than its present 8-per cent ceiling, on a case-by-case basis, to improve the quality of technology being imported. Finance secretary Montek Singh Ahluwalia says royalty payment norms are being reviewed, indicating a change of heart that hopefully will reassure multi-national companies (MNCs) that have shied away because of the current practice of imposing the low ceiling for five years.

Rice politics ignores Asian socio-cultural base

Author(s): Bibek Debroy
Issue Date: May 15, 1993
THE SUB-TITLE of the book: Research Strategies and IRRI's Technologies Confront Asian Diversity (1950-1980) says what the book is all about.

Penguins gauge sea resources for scientists

Issue Date: Apr 30, 1993
STRUTTING and swimming through the Antarctic, some emperor penguins are working on a scientific mission: monitoring the sea resources of the polar region.

Computers set to conquer language barriers

Issue Date: Apr 30, 1993
EVEN AS European Community researchers are developing a powerful computerised translation system that promises to break through language barriers, scientists in Japan, Germany and USA are working on a telephone translation system whose implications for world trade are mind-boggling. Both systems are reportedly in the test stage.

Infant death linked to child-rearing habits

Issue Date: Apr 30, 1993
WESTERN infants are more likely to become victims of so-called crib deaths because they are far more frequently left alone to sleep than Asian children, a British study shows.

Helping addicts get through their withdrawal symptoms

Issue Date: Apr 30, 1993
MARIJUANA and heroin may be frowned on by parents and the police, but they do have a beneficial side for scientists. Recent breakthroughs in understanding how these two addictive drugs act on the brain could result in a non-addictive opiate that will help drug addicts cope better with withdrawal symptoms.

Natural elements keep homes comfortable

Issue Date: Apr 15, 1993

Birth of a galaxy

Issue Date: Apr 15, 1993
THANKS to the Bubble Space Telescope, scientists can now actually see ancient galaxies being forI The instrument, unlike earthbound telescopes, can be aimed at galaxies 4 billion light years away. Because le the light that is picked up was emitted 4 billion years ago, it provides a view of the galaxy as it was then. Astronomers at USA's Carnegie Institution recently saw a galaxy cluster that was formed about 5 billion years ago, a third of the way back to the Big Bang, one of the theories used by scientists to explain the tic birth of the universe. According to

Energy funding shifts to hi-tech projects

FINANCE minister Manmohan Singh contends non-conventional energy sources (NCES) have been given a boost through customs duty reductions of upto 20 per cent on a variety of items and continuation of the tax holiday for renewable energy projects. Funding for solar and wind energy programmes have been raised from 22.9 per cent in 1992-93 to 35.34 per cent of total budget allocation for NCES this year. Biogas, improved chulhas and biomass plantations have all had their funding drop sharply.
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