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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains


Why in News?

Eleven US soldiers fell sick after accidentally drinking ethylene glycol, a chemical found in antifreeze.


  • Ethylene glycol is an industrial compound found in consumer products including automotive antifreeze, hydraulic brake fluids, some stamp pad inks, ballpoint pens, solvents, paints, plastics, films, and cosmetics and is also used as a pharmaceutical vehicle.
  • It is a synthetic liquid, which is odourless and is used to make antifreeze and de-icing solutions for cars, airplanes and boats.
  • Ethylene glycol has a sweet taste and is often accidentally or intentionally ingested.
  • Once ingested, ethylene glycol is chemically broken down into toxic compounds. These by-products then affect the central nervous system (CNS), the heart and then the kidneys.
  • CDC says that the ingestion of sufficient amounts can be fatal.
  • Ethylene glycol can be disseminated through indoor air, water, food, outdoor air and agricultural products.

Facts for Prelims :


During his Mann ki Baat programme, the Prime Minister cited the example of Bhagyashree Sahu, young student from Rourkela in Odisha for her keen interest in ‘Pattachitra’ painting.

  • Patta means cloth, and Chitra means picture. Hence, Pattachitra is a picture painted on a piece of cloth. It is based in the states of West Bengal and Odisha.
  • Bengal tradition: It is centred around Kalighat (in Kolkata).
  • Theme is Not much devotional.


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