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These plastic-eating fungi may be the answer to our garbage epidemic

Last year, a team of scientists from Pakistan and China stumbled upon a species of fungus that colonised the surface of plastic, causing it to chip away.
Kurkure

Delhi HC does not find Kurkure ‘plastic’ jokes funny, orders social media giants to erase them

PepsiCo filed a Rs 2 crore defamation suit against Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Plastic pollution near sea

Over 60% of the plastic in our oceans came from eight Asian nations

The vast majority of Asia's newly minted consumer classes lack access to garbage collection, modern landfills and incineration.

India will abolish all single-use plastic by 2022, vows PM Narendra Modi

Modi's plan is by far the most ambitious compared to other nations that have promised to tackle plastic pollution.
Devendra Fadnavis

After Devendra Fadnavis’s viral gaffe, appeal to PM Modi for ban on plastic

On World Environment Day, CM Fadnavis, Maharashtra environment minister and others featured in a viral photo, unwittingly starting a debate on plastic.
Of the 9 million tonnes of plastic waste generated per year, only 60% is being recycled.

Jute can be India’s answer to the plastic problem

The need of the hour is to put serious efforts to revive the jute industry and make jute products feasible alternative to plastics for the common man.
Cubes of sorted compressed plastic bottles, Istanbul | Chris McGrath/Getty Images

You may be breathing in a lot of microplastics, even at home

Out of the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced, only 9% is recycled; the remaining 91% enters the air, land and water and parts end up in our lungs.

On Camera

File photo of Narendra Modi at the Dhola Sadia Bridge, across River Brahmaputra, in Assam | PIB

Under Modi government, the PMGSY road scheme is connecting every last Indian

Beneficiaries of the programme from Manipur, Meghalaya and Odisha talk about how their lives were transformed thanks to the newly built roads.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.