Chemicals

  • IS uses chemical weapons against army in Iraq 2 days ago

    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 two-year-old 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 long-term 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 war-torn 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, 30-40 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 2-3 labourers. The death toll is expected to rise as reportedly, around 20-30 labourers are still feared trapped inside the factory. 2-3 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 behind-closed-doors 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 agro-chemical 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, director-general 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 14, 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:...
  • OPCW, chemical weapons watchdog in Syria, wins Nobel Peace Prize October 11, 2013

    Oslo: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body overseeing Syrian chemical weapons destruction, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2013. Experts from the Hague-based global chemical weapons watchdog, supported by the United Nations, aim to help destroy Syria's chemical weapons production facilities and weapons-filling equipment by November...
  • Body overseeing Syria chemical arsenal destruction may win peace Nobel October 11, 2013

    Oslo: Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is overseeing the destruction's of Syria's arsenal, will win the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Experts from the Hague-based global chemical weapons watchdog, supported by the United Nations, aim to help destroy Syria's...
  • Chemical weapons watchdog to send more inspectors to Syria October 9, 2013

    Amsterdam: The global chemical weapons watchdog said on Tuesday it would send more inspectors to Syria to help destroy President Bashar al-Assad's stockpile of toxic munitions. Assad's government, fighting a civil war in which more than 100,000 people have died, agreed to destroy the arms after a sarin gas attack on...
  • Removal of Syrian chemical weapons begins October 7, 2013

    International experts began overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal on Sunday, said an official from the mission that has averted a US strike but could rob President Bashar al-Assad of his most feared weapon. The process is being conducted amid a civil war in which 120,000 people have been...
  • World powers on 'right track' on Syria chemical arms: Putin October 3, 2013

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday global powers were "on the right track" with a plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons and could avert military intervention in the conflict if they worked together. Agreement on the plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons was reached after US President Barack Obama...
  • Syria will respect UN chemical weapons accords, says Bashar al-Assad September 30, 2013

    Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons, President Bashar al-Assad told Italian television station RaiNews24 on Sunday. "We joined the international agreement against the acquisition and use of chemical weapons even before this resolution was passed," he said when asked if Syria would comply with Friday's UN resolution. The UN...
  • Syrian opposition hails UN resolution on Chemical Weapon September 29, 2013

    A prominent figure of Syria's domestic opposition on Sunday hailed the UN Security Council resolution on chemical weapons, saying it prevented a US military strike that could spark a broader regional war. The UN Security Council resolution would help remove the chemical weapons from the conflict in Syria and thus could...
  • Syria conflict threatens stability of the region, says Manmohan Singh September 29, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that the situation in Syria is not only a tragedy for the people but threatens the security of the region. “We are deeply concerned about the future of West Asia, a region with which India shares deep bonds of history, and one that is...