Morning Current Affairs: 28 August 2017
The Parliamentary Standing Committee also recommended that the Environment Ministry should examine the impact of GM crops on the environment thoroughly, in consultation with all stakeholders, so that the nation is very clear about all its probable effects.
Trans woman from Kolkata crowned first Miss Transqueen India
A trans woman who hails from Kolkata, Natasha, was named the first Miss Transqueen India on 27 August 2017. Natasha, 26, is currently pursuing Masters in Business Management in Kolkata.
Loiloi from Manipur bagged the first runner-up position and Ragasya from Chennai were crowned the second runner-up. The 16 finalists represented some of the Indian states.
Union Government sets up task force on artificial intelligence
The government has constituted an 18-member task force on Artificial Intelligence for the country's Economic Transformation. The panel headed by Dr V. Kamakoti of IIT Madras will comprise of experts, academics, researchers and industry leaders.
The 18-member panel will explore the possibilities to leverage Artificial Intelligence for development across various fields. The task force will submit concrete and implementable recommendations for government, industry and research institutions.
GM crops only after biosafety, socio-economic evaluation
A Parliamentary panel has said, no genetically modified (GM) crop should be introduced in the country unless the biosafety and socio-economic desirability is evaluated in a transparent process and an accountability regime is put in place.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology and Environment and Forest said this in its 301st report on 'GM crop and its impact on the environment'. The report of the Committee, chaired by Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury, was presented to the Rajya Sabha Chairman.