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Indian Oil is betting on plastics to deal with oil price volatility

Indian Oil, which operates nine refineries, saw more than a 90% dip in profit in the last fiscal, as volatility in oil and product prices led to narrow or negative margins.
Cubes of sorted compressed plastic bottles, Istanbul | Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Don’t give up on recycling plastic. It’s going to help manage our trash, spur innovation

The global recycling industry has a history of transforming what was previously 'unrecyclable' into useful products and is poised to do so again.
Plastic pollution near sea

Washed your clothes today? You just threw out single-use plastic without realising it

As tiny as a grain of fine sand, hidden microplastics cannot be collected and recycled. But, little by little, they’re adding up to a huge problem.
Of the 9 million tonnes of plastic waste generated per year, only 60% is being recycled.

Covid has resurrected single-use plastic. Pandemic is turning clock back

Pre-coronavirus, ‘Bring your own’ tote bags, mugs and other foodware had become part of daily life for many US consumers. Not anymore.
A medical worker drops a Covid-19 test sample into a plastic bag at a testing site in Berkeley, California, US | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Plastic was the enemy until Covid struck. Now industry says it’s the hero

Plastics lobbyists have been everywhere during the pandemic, touting the role their products play in keeping food, health-care workers, and families safe.
A worker sorts plastic household waste at a warehouse in a recycling facility operated by Mysuru City Corp. in Mysuru, Karnataka, India. | Photo: Samyukta Lakshmi | Bloomberg

Toilet paper and other recycled goods are taking a big hit due to coronavirus

Recycled goods are irreplaceable parts of the supply chain for many industries and the Covid lockdown is having both an economic and ecological impact on them.
IAS officer Astik Kumar Pandey

IAS officer fines official Rs 5000 for giving him plastic-wrapped bouquet in Auragabad

The bouquet was given to welcome the IAS officer who took over as municipal commissioner. The Maharashtra govt last year put in place a ban on single-use plastic.
Tea served in kulhads or earthen cups

Kulhads aren’t exactly the eco-friendly alternative to plastic cups you think they are

Scientists say it’s better to use earthen cups than single-use plastics but ‘kulhads’ don’t have small carbon footprint & can take decades to degrade.
Pedestrians walk over plastic bags scattered on the pavement along Geeta Colony Setu over the River Yamuna, in New Delhi

5 facts that support Modi’s move to ban single-use plastic in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India will ban single-use plastic in the coming years.
A worker loads a rickshaw with empty plastic water bottles | PTI

No more nudges, RSS will now partner govt to ensure plastic-free India, water conservation

How the Sangh and its affiliates would help the Modi govt is likely to be discussed at a 3-day coordination meeting starting in Jaipur from 7 September.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.