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WHO: Insecticides lindane, DDT linked to cancer( Science and Tech, prelims, GS paper 3,The Hindu)

IARC said high exposures to lindane have previously been reported among agricultural workers and pesticide applicators. The insecticide lindane, once widely used in agriculture and to treat human lice and scabies, causes cancer and has been specifically linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The

India moves to reset ties with Iran(IR, The Hindu ,GS paper 2)

Visit by Foreign Secy, MoU on Chabahar point to revival. India has begun to reset its ties with Iran, notwithstanding the uncertainty surrounding the negotiations between the Persian Gulf nation and the P5+1 (the U.K., China, France, Russia and the U.S.; and Germany) as the June 30 deadline for clinching

Old debate on lead rekindled (Lead in Maggie , environment ,Science and Tech , The Hindu )

Despite its known toxicity, lead continues to bring in profits for manufacturers. And it continues to be used, to the great detriment of human and environmental health. Noodles laced with lead have made the news. But humans have been imbibing lead with their food and drink for over 2,000 years.