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Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) launches Indian Chamber of Commerce in New York

“GICC aims to bring together the business people of the Indian diaspora, providing them the networking opportunity on a common worldwide platform,”

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New York, May 8, 2017:G Indian Chamber of Commerce (GICC) has been launched in New York, USA by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) along with the New York Consul General of India. The announcement regarding the launch was made on April 28, this year.

The GICC was earlier inaugurated in Mumbai, Maharashtra on January 10, this year, by the governor of the state and Vidyasagar Rao, governor of Tamil Nadu.

“GOPIO has tapped into a long-felt need for an international networking organization for the business people of Indian origin,” said Prakash Shah, co-chair of GICC.

According to Shah, after the launch of GICC at the financial capital of India, requests were being received to open it in the major cities across the globe.
He also emphasized, “GICC aims to bring together the business people of the Indian diaspora, providing them the networking opportunity on a common worldwide platform.”

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H. R. Shah, chair of the GICC launch; GOPIO “Life Member” and Parikh Worldwide Media Chairman Dr. Sudhir Parikh, recipient of India’s Padma Shri award, and New Jersey Assemblyman Raj Mukherji. H.R. Shah, chairman of TV Asia, who received a Padma Shri award this year, is chair of GOPIO’s Board of Advisors were on the list of other speakers at the event.

“The Biennial Convention in 2016 held in New York became a cornerstone for GOPIO to be more involved in business, technology, investment and philanthropic activities to
mobilize diaspora resources for the common good,” said Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman of GOPIO international.

He also added that GOPIO is the “only globally networked” Indian Chamber of Commerce and is recognized better than other chambers of commerce.

GOPIO has made a press release in which it was mentioned that there are more than 3 million businesses owned by people of Indian origin around the world.
The plan of the chamber is to set up chapters in the neighborhood with a large number of Indian-owned businesses and services.

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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Farmers To Grow Modified Cotton With Its Seed Edible

Many of the world’s roughly 80 cotton-producing countries, especially in Asia and Africa, have populations that face malnutrition that could be addressed with the new plant

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An experimental cotton plant is shown at a Texas A&M research facility in this handout image provided by the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in College Station, Texas, U.S. VOA

U.S. regulators have cleared the way for farmers to grow a cotton plant genetically modified to make the cottonseed edible for people, a protein-packed potential new food source that could be especially useful in cotton-growing countries beset with malnutrition.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Tuesday lifted the regulatory prohibition on cultivation by farmers of the cotton plant, which was developed by Texas A&M University scientists. The plant’s cottonseed cannot be used as food for people or as animal feed yet in the United States because it lacks Food and Drug Administration approval.

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Cotton plant. pixabay

Cotton is widely grown around the world, with its fiber used to make textiles and the cottonseed used among other things to feed animals such as cattle and sheep that have multiple stomach chambers. Ordinary cottonseed is unfit for humans and many animals to eat because it contains high levels of gossypol, a toxic chemical.

With financial help from a cotton industry group, scientists led by Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist Keerti Rathore used so-called RNAi, or RNA interference, technology to “silence” a gene, virtually eliminating gossypol from the cottonseed. They left gossypol at natural levels in the rest of the plant because it guards against insects and disease.

“To me, personally, it tastes somewhat like chickpea and it could easily be used to make a tasty hummus,” Rathore said of gossypol-free cottonseed.

After cottonseed oil, which can be used for cooking, is extracted, the remaining high-protein meal from the new cotton plant can find many uses, Rathore said.

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If all of the cottonseed currently produced worldwide were used for human nutrition, it could meet the daily protein requirements of about 575 million people. Pixabay

It can be turned into flour for use in breads, tortillas and other baked goods and used in protein bars, while whole cottonseed kernels, roasted and salted, can be consumed as a snack or to create a peanut butter type of paste, Rathore added.

If all of the cottonseed currently produced worldwide were used for human nutrition, it could meet the daily protein requirements of about 575 million people, Rathore said.

Other countries would have to give regulatory approval for the new cotton plant to be grown, though U.S. regulatory action often is taken into consideration.

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The new cottonseed’s biggest commercial use may be as feed for poultry, swine and farmed aquatic species like fish and shrimp, Rathore said.

Many of the world’s roughly 80 cotton-producing countries, especially in Asia and Africa, have populations that face malnutrition that could be addressed with the new plant, Rathore added. (VOA)