Chemistry: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray

Experts dismissed recent claims in the social media that Indian chemist, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, was behind the discovery of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. About Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray was an Indian chemist, industrialist, historian, educationist and philanthropist born in 1861. He is considered as the Father of Chemical Sciences in India. He was the first ..

National Science Day- ‘Women in Science’

In light of the National Science Day, the government had announced the establishment of 11 chairs in the name of Indian women scientists. Janaki Ammal: Janaki Ammal was a pioneering Indian botanist born in Madras Presidency of British India. She is a noted for her works in the field of cytogenetics and phytogeography. Her most ..

Status on Indian Coffee report released

The Status of Indian Coffee report was released in early December highlighting one of the biggest crisis situation faced by the Karnataka coffee belt. The Karnataka Growers’ Federation reported that the state production has dropped by 40%. Karnataka accounts for 70% of the total national production of coffee which stands at about 3.2 lakh tonnes. ..

FDA investigating genotoxic compounds in drugs

The US Food and Drug Administration has been on the look out for genotoxic compounds contamination in some drugs used for dealing with diabetes. The FDA had found instances of genotoxin contamination in drugs like Zantac. Genotoxic compounds are those that cause genetic mutation and eventually result in cancer. The genotoxic compounds can cause direct ..

2019 edition of World Iodine Deficiency Day (WIDD)

The World Iodine Deficiency Day (WIDD) is observed every year on 21st of October  to raise awareness of iodine deficiency and its devastating effects on brain development. Iodine is an essential micronutrient required for normal thyroid function, growth, and development. Its deficiency is a major cause of preventable mental retardation. In its most severe forms, ..