Wednesday, 5 October, 2022
TopicSingle use plastic

Topic: single use plastic

From spoons to flags, how govt’s plastic ban aims to phase out ‘low-utility’ single-use items

Nationwide ban, which came into effect on 1 July, prohibits manufacture, circulation & sale of 21 types of single-use plastic items. Experts say vendors must be informed about alternatives.

Plastic industry frets as ban deadline nears, says govt order covers recyclable items too

Industry body of manufacturers urges government to introduce specifications that make recycling of plastic waste easier instead of introducing blanket restrictions. Ban kicks in Friday.

Manufacture, sale & use of single-use plastic banned in India from July next year

The ban on single-use plastic will include thermocol, plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straw, trays, wrapping papers and cigarette packets among others.

Your vanilla-flavoured desserts could soon have some plastic in them. But it’s good news

Scientists at University of Edinburgh have found that a common bacteria can turn single-use plastic into the popular flavouring agent vanillin.

3 salty lakes under Mars’ surface raises possibility of life on the red planet

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week.

The pandemic built new trade barriers that hurt plastic pollution

Cross-border frictions prevent economies of scale in tackling plastic pollution. Governments must collaborate to scale the circular economy at a global level.

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File photo of Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar | Reuters

Ishaq Dar, new Pakistan finance minister—a Nawaz Sharif’s mole in Shehbaz Sharif’s cabinet

Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results, Albert Einstein said. But Paksitanis don't get it--Dar's been appointed FM for the fifth time.
Beneficiaries of the PM-GKAY PDS centre in Odisha | Representational image | ANI

Free grains, fuel tax deferred – Gujarat, HP on its mind, Modi govt puts politics over economy

RBI's rate hike also among decisions announced last week that might pay political dividends in state polls, but could come with commensurate economic costs, say economists.

Defence

IAF chief Air Chief Marshal V. R. Chaudhari with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Twitter/ @IAF_MCC

Need organisation structure best suited to Indian conditions, IAF on theatre commands

The IAF chief said the model of integration that India adopts must be future-ready, must reduce levels of decision-making, and capitalise on the strength of all three services.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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