Chemical substances: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

Amit Shah launches Winter-Grade Diesel for Ladakh

On 18 Nov, Union Home Minister Amit Shah through video-conferencing inaugurated First Winter-Grade Diesel outlet for Ladakh .  The winter-grade diesel has been developed by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to address the problem ..

Germany to phase out controversial weedkiller glyphosate by 2023

Germany has decided to phase out the controversial weedkiller glyphosate by the end of 2023 to protect insect populations that play a pivotal role in ecosystems and pollination of food crops. The chemical is also ..

Centre increases Ethanol Prices

The Indian Government has directed the oil marketing companies (OMCs) to increase the procurement of ethanol and has also increased the price for buying the ethanol from the farmers. This move holds significance as the ..

IIT Madras converts petroleum waste toluene into useful product

Using platinum nanocatalyst, a two-member team at the IIT Madras has successfully converted petroleum waste-product toluene into benzoic acid. Benzoic acid is used as a food preservative (E210) and medicine for fungal/bacterial infection. Toluene is ..

EU lawmakers: Support the wide ban on plastic products

The European Parliament backed the ban on plastics. The disposable utensils would be completely off till there are found replacements that are made of sustainable materials. The resolutions demand the need of recycling 90% of ..