CHEMICAL

  • Reliving the Bhopal gas tragedy: Disaster that could have been averted December 3, 2014

    The Bhopal tragedy was a disaster in the making as several warnings were ignored. The carbide plant at Bhopal was inferior in design to the one at Virginia and local administration had no information about the nature of the toxic gas that had leaked. ...
  • Modi government should take up Bhopal gas tragedy issue with Obama: Amnesty International Secretary General November 30, 2014

    Bhopal: Two days before world's worst industrial disaster's 30th anniversary, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty on Sunday said that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government should raise issues pertaining to the Bhopal Gas tragedy with US President Barack Obama during his visit to India in January next year. "It is time...
  • Over 150 taken ill due to chemical waste in drain in Thane November 29, 2014

    Thane: As many as 164 residents of Ulhasnagar in Thane district reported symptoms such as burning sensation in the eyes, giddiness and breathing problems following release of a hazardous chemical in a drain in neighbouring Ambarnath on Saturday, police said. Most of them were admitted...
  • Madhya Pradesh: Gas leak at chemical plant in Raisen district, 39 people affected November 29, 2014

    Raisen: In a tragic incident, the leakage of chlorine gas at a chemical plant in Madhya Pradesh's Raisen district affected 39 people on Saturday evening. 29 people have been admitted to a hospital in Raisen district and three of them have been referred to Bhopal. The investigation is on to detect the...
  • Egyptian PM praises Indian manufacturing facilities October 29, 2014

    Cairo: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb has praised the scale of the Indian manufacturing facilities in Egypt as he visited a chemical plant with the largest Indian investment in the country. Mehleb visited TCI Sanmar plant, the largest Indian investor in Egypt's chemical business, in Port Said with six cabinet ministers...
  • Indian chemical industry to touch $190 billion in next 3 years: TATA October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian chemical industry is likely to touch $190 billion by the financial year 2017-18 on account of increase in demand of the chemicals from industries of various sectors, a Tata group firm said in its report. At the end of last fiscal, the domestic market size of industry...
  • Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers likely to get Navaratna status this year October 4, 2014

    New Delhi: State-owned Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers is likely to get the 'Navaratna' status this year, a move that will provide it greater financial autonomy. Replying to shareholders' queries at the 37th Annual General Meeting, RCF Chairman and Managing Director R G Rajan said: "The company is expected to get the...
  • India withdraws pharma pricing regulator's power to cap non-essential drug prices September 23, 2014

    Mumbai: India has withdrawn the drug pricing authority's powers that allowed it to fix the prices of medicines not deemed essential, after its decision to impose price caps on more than 100 drugs in July triggered industry protests. The Department of Pharmaceuticals has withdrawn guidelines issued on May 29 that gave...
  • IS uses chemical weapons against army in Iraq September 19, 2014

    Baghdad: The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has reportedly launched a chemical attack on Iraqi forces in Saladin province, media reports claimed on Friday. The attack took place Wednesday and Thursday in the town of Dhuluiya, and left around a dozen people and army personnal affected, Press TV reported citing local...
  • Massive blast hits northern Germany chemicals plant September 10, 2014

    Berlin: A massive blast has rocked a chemicals plant in northern Germany, a spokesman for the fire service said, with no details yet on casualties. The explosion was heard many kilometres away and several buildings of the factory were on fire, the spokesman said. Quoting a local police source, Bild...
  • School booked for negligence as child consumes toxic substance August 9, 2014

    New Delhi: A playschool in Janakpuri has been booked for negligence after a twoyearold boy allegedly consumed some poisonous substance during school hours, police said on Saturday. The boy, identified as Utkarsh, is in a hospital and out of danger now. However, the poisonous chemical which he had consumed is...
  • Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site July 9, 2014

    United Nations: Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents. Iraq's UN...
  • Iran needs 19 times more centrifuges than US wants: Khamenei July 8, 2014

    Tehran: Iran will need 19 times more nuclear centrifuges than Washington is seeking to restrict it to in a longterm deal with major powers, its supreme leader said on Tuesday. "Their aim is that we accept a capacity of 10,000 separative work units, which is equivalent to 10,000 centrifuges of the...
  • Experts in talks with Syria over chemical weapons July 8, 2014

    United Nations: The head of the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons has said the next step is investigating possible discrepancies in Syria's declaration of its stockpile, as well as the destruction of its production facilities. Sigrid Kaag briefed the UN Security Council by videoconference less than a week...
  • US welcomes Syria's handing over of last chemical weapons June 24, 2014

    Washington: The US has welcomed Syria's decision to hand over its last declared chemical weapons to international monitors, adding it will soon begin the destruction of the stockpiles. "The Syrian government's handover earlier today of the final tranche of its declared chemical stockpiles marks an important milestone in the effort to...
  • Iraq's chemical weapons complex under control of ISIS: reports June 20, 2014

    Baghdad: After capturing a major section of Iraq's biggest oil refinery, the ISIS militants have now gained control over the wartorn country's chemical weapons complex, reports CNN. The complex which is now under the ISIS contains old contaminated weapons described by the United Nations as wasteland. The Islamist militants who have...
  • Massive fire accident at a chemical factory in Dhar, 3040 labourers feared trapped May 24, 2014

    A massive fire took place at a chemical factory in Pithampur in the Dhar area of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, claiming the lives of at least 23 labourers. The death toll is expected to rise as reportedly, around 2030 labourers are still feared trapped inside the factory. 23 fire tenders rushed...
  • Bhopal gas tragedy: Court summons US chemical giant Dow Chemicals February 28, 2014

    Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Bhopal, Pankaj Maheshwari today issued a notice to Dow Chemicals to appear before the court on July 4 and present its stand with regard to the Bhopal gas leak disaster of December 1984. Bhopal Group for Information and Action, an NGO working with the gas-affected people, had...
  • Carbide responsible for Bhopal gas tragedy, new evidence reveals February 6, 2014

    Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Union Carbide Corp (UCC) have released new evidence to show its "direct role in designing and building the pesticide plant in Bhopal" where the 1984 gas disaster killed thousands. Union Carbide, now a Dow Chemical subsidiary, refuses to clean up the site claiming that its former...
  • 'Union Carbide had direct role in designing, building Bhopal plant' February 6, 2014

    Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Union Carbide Corp (UDC) for the 1984 Bhopal gas leak tragedy released new evidence on Wednesday that demonstrates the company's "direct role in designing and building the pesticide plant in Bhopal, India". Union Carbide, now a Dow Chemical subsidiary, refuses to clean up the site, claiming...
  • Chemical weapons watchdog discusses Syria mission January 30, 2014

    The international chemical weapons watchdog will be meeting on Thursday to discuss slow progress in its mission to destroy Syria's poison gas and nerve agent program by the end of June. In a note prepared last week for the behindcloseddoors meeting of the executive council of the Organisation for the Prohibition...
  • Gujarat: Textile, chemical units shut after GSPC stops gas supply January 22, 2014

    Surat: Around 150 textile and chemical units in south Gujarat have downed shutters for 10 days after industrial gas supply was stopped by Gujarat Gas, a subsidiary of the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd. "Gujarat Gas has completely stopped industrial gas supply to textile and chemical units which has resulted in...
  • Syria ships out first batch of chemical weapons materials January 8, 2014

    Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament program that has been delayed by war and technical problems. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Tuesday that "priority chemical materials" were transported to the port of...
  • AP: Major fire in chemical factory, no casualty January 6, 2014

    Nalgonda: A huge fire gutted a chemical factory in Bibinagar area of Nalgonda in Andhra Pradesh on Monday but no one was hurt, police said. There were no injuries or casualty in the mishap, they said. The blaze started in the agrochemical factory at around 11.15 am and the flames spread rapidly....
  • Weapons watchdog receives Nobel Peace Prize December 10, 2013

    Recalling the "burning, blinding and suffocating" horrors of chemical weapons, the head of a watchdog trying to consign them to history accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday. Ahmet Uzumcu, directorgeneral of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said such toxic tools of warfare have an "especially nefarious legacy,"...
  • Norway, Denmark agree to transport Syria's chemical weapons December 7, 2013

    Norway and Denmark will work together in transporting Syria's chemical weapons for destruction, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said Friday. "Based on decisions by the United Nations Security Council and the OPCW (the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), Norway and Denmark have agreed to offer a joint contribution to the...
  • Syria meets deadline to destroy chemical production facilities November 1, 2013

    Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament programme, the international chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which won the Nobel Peace prize this month, said its...
  • Chemical experts in Syria receive more manpower October 16, 2013

    The team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN have been reinforced with a second group of inspectors and more UN support staff, the OPCW said Tuesday. The team arrived in Damascus, bringing to about 60 the number of people on the joint team, Xinhua...
  • World View: Pakistan teenage activist Malala misses Nobel Peace Prize October 11, 2013

    The Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last October for advocating education for girls missed the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body overseeing Syrian chemical weapons destruction, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2013. ...
  • Full text of the announcement of Nobel Peace Prize 2013 October 11, 2013

    Oslo: The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday announced the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 which has been awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. Here is the full text of the announcement of Nobel Peace Prize 2013:...