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Published: Wednesday 28 February 2007

Opposition to gm The All India Rice Exporters Association filed an application in the Supreme Court, in November 2006, asking to be included as petitioners in the civil writ petition filed by Aruna Rodrigues and others (see 'On hold', Down To Earth , October 31, 2006). The July 2005-writ asked the court to withhold permission to grow genetically modified crops until certified by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee.

Papad passion India's papads will henceforth be made according to international standards, says the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants, controlled by FAO and WHO. The committee decided to include papad and lassi in its list of food items.

Fake fertiliser A special team of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rangpur camp) in Bangladesh raided Diamond Fertilizers owned by Messer's Rostam and sons and seized over 5,000 bags of fake, rotten and non-standard fertilisers.

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