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Junk and Packaged Foods-Monster: Junk foods are pre-prepared or packaged food with low nutritional value. Ultra-Processed foods have been reported to have extreme amounts of salt and fat that severely affect health. Junk foods contain mainly saturated fat, sugar and salt, vegetables and dietary fibre. Common junk foods contain salted snack foods such as chips and crisps, candy, gum, most sweet desserts and carbonated beverages and alcoholic beverages. Pre-Packaged foods are sealed in a box, bag, can or other container. For example Ready-to-eat frozen entrees. Processed foods are those foods that have been cooked, canned, frozen, packaged or changed in nutritional composition with fortifying, preserving or preparing in different ways.

Adverse/Harmful Health Effects of Junk Food

Adverse/Harmful Health Effects of Junk Food

Adverse/Harmful Health Effects of Junk Food

Labelling Proposals

Labelling Proposals

Labelling Proposals

  • Recently CSE Laboratory tested 33 products that includes 14 packaged foods and 19 fast foods for salt, fat, trans fat and carbohydrates.
Junk We Eat

Junk We Eat

Junk We Eat

Rural households still donot have access to toilets

  • Nearly 30 % of the rural households still donot have access to toilets.
  • As per the reports of National Statistical Office, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation hand pumps are still the major source of drinking water for households in rural areas.
  • The reports also highlight that even after having access to lavatories people are not using them.
  • The government has not been able to spread awareness campaign about the use of toilets in the rural areas, only 16 per cent respondents had heard of village-level meetings on sanitation.
  • Despite various programmes launched to promote use of lavatories, the basic awareness for sanitation policies does not seem to have improved.
Best and Worst Swachh Survekshan 2017

Best and Worst Swachh Survekshan 2017

Best and Worst Swachh Survekshan 2017

National Pollution Control Day 2019

  • National Pollution Control Day was recently observed on December 2 to raise awareness about the problem caused by increasing pollution. The biggest challenge world is facing today is the Environmental Pollution.
  • This day is observed in the memory of those who have lost their lives in the Bhopal Gas tragedy on December 2nd, 1984.
  • The aim is to spread awareness to the masses on the earth that everyone is entitled to clean air to breathe, water to drink and to enjoy public lands.
National Pollution Control Day 2<sup>nd</sup> December 2019

National Pollution Control Day 2nd December 2019

National Pollution Control Day 2nd December 2019

  • Air Quality Index on daily basis presents an index for reporting air quality.
National Air Quality Index Launched

National Air Quality Index Launched

National Air Quality Index Launched

  • It is the measure of how air pollution affects one’s health within a short time period.
  • The main purpose of AQI is to aware people how the local air quality impacts their health.

Some of the preventive measures taken by the government of India to control and prevent pollution are:

  • Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act of 1974
  • Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Cess Act of 1977
  • Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act of 1981
  • Environment (Protection) Rules of 1986
  • Environment (Protection) Act of 1986
  • Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules of1989
  • Recycled Plastics Manufacture & Usage Rules of 1999
  • Ozone Depleting Substances (Regulation) Rules of 2000
  • Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules of 2000
  • Environment Impact Assessment Notification of 2006 etc.

Some other preventive measures to reduce Pollution include:

  • Reducing pollution by treating and managing solid waste,
  • Using Biochemical waste, the reuse of waste pollution can be reduced,
  • Pollution can also be reduced by the treatment of Electronic wastes.
  • In Urban areas pollution can be reduced by the Clean Development Mechanism Project.

Solar Power Sector Slowdown in India

  • India’s Solar Power Sector target is of 100GW being announced by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) by 2022 out of which it has already installed 31 GW. A Capacity of 31 GW is under construction and the tenders for 35 GW have been floated.
  • The main reason for the slowdown is due to the payment delays by the distribution companies to the power plants.
  • DISCOMS or the Distribution Companies owed Rs. 9,736 crore to solar power producers in the country with Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Karnataka accounting for nearly 75 % of the dues.
  • As per the reports India will only be able to install 59GW of solar capacity by 2022.
India On-grid Capacity Additions FY 2017/18 vs. 2018/19

India On-grid Capacity Additions FY 2017/18 Vs. 2018/19

India On-grid Capacity Additions FY 2017/18 vs. 2018/19

Solar facts Solar Power Sector Slowdown in India

Solar Facts Solar Power Sector Slowdown in India

Solar facts Solar Power Sector Slowdown in India

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • It is a rare genetic disorder which occurs due to deficiency in the manufacture of dystrophin-a protein located primarily in skeletal muscles used during movement besides in other organs such as lung, heart and in the brain’s nerve cell.
  • Male children between the ages of 3 and 15 get usually affected. The treatment cost is prohibitively expensive.
  • Also a patient usually die by the age of 20.
  • Muscle degeneration, weaknesses are the common symptoms.
  • Blood circulation and breathing gets affected.
  • The available therapy in the global market is called antisense oligonucleotide (AON) , developed by the US and European pharmaceutical companies. There are two types of antisense therapies: Eteplirsen (Exondys 51) and Drisapersen.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Abnormal dystrophin protein

Abnormal Dystrophin Protein

Abnormal dystrophin protein

India’s contaminated hazardous sites and Domestic Chemical Industry

  • India’s domestic chemical industry is expected to reach US $304 billion by 2025 which is currently $163 billion.
  • It has been observed that India has failed to come up with effective legislations for its chemical industry even 35 years after the Bhopal tragedy.
  • India’s chemical industry is the sixth largest in the world which is expanding dangerously.
  • India has not banned Methy Isocyanate (gas leaked on Dec 2 - 3) killed nearly 3,500 people and thereby injuring several thousands.
Lethal Landscape

Lethal Landscape

Lethal Landscape

  • India has nearly 15 Acts and 19 Rules governing the Chemical Industry yet none of them are exclusively designed for the sector.
  • Strengths: Consumption Driven Growth, Competitive Labor, Manufacturing Base, Rising Income, Quality Human Resources etc.
  • Weaknesses: Poor Infrastructure, High cost on Finance and Energy including High Feedstock cost, Fragmented Industries with sub optimal capacities etc.
  • Opportunities: Large Domestic Market, Increasing Investment along the Downstream, Improved Infrastructure investment etc.
  • Threats: Strong Environmental Regulations Reduced Customs Duty, Price Volatility of Crude Oil etc.
PCPIRs and Refineries

PCPIR’s and Refineries

PCPIR’s and Refineries

India&rsquo;s contaminated hazardous sites and Domestic Chemical Indu

India’s Contaminated Hazardous Sites and Domestic Chemical Indu

India’s contaminated hazardous sites and Domestic Chemical Industry

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