Ukraine’s giant seed bank at risk of being lost as war rages

‘Seed banks are a kind of life insurance for mankind. They provide the raw materials for breeding new plant varieties resistant to drought, new pests, new diseases, and higher temperatures,’ says Crop Trust LONDON, UK – In underground vaults near Ukraine’s battlefields, the genetic code for nearly 2,000 crops is in danger of being permanently … Read more

With giant mall, India’s Reliance sets sights on next gold rush: luxury goods

MUMBAI, India – Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani is betting a shopping palace within a $1-billion Mumbai business showcase will tap into surging demand for Western luxury goods, installing his Reliance empire as a portal through which most of the biggest brands must pass. Though still small for a country of its size, India’s luxury market … Read more

Tell Marcos to pay giant estate tax debt

‘Every Filipino who was jobless during the pandemic, 4.2 million strong, can get P48,333.33 out of P203 billion,’ says Isko campaign manager Lito Banayo MANILA, Philippines – Ruling party PDP-Laban and its many members in government should be able to ask their presidential candidate of choice to cough up money his family owes the country. … Read more