Abantika Ghosh


Raise retirement age of our doctors to 67: AIIMS to Centre
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

The retirement age of AIIMS doctors has always been two years more than their counterparts in other government hospitals.

Avian Influenza: Bird disease that can be deadly, but you won’t get it by eating chicken
Mon, Oct 24, 2016

As signs of the usual H5N1 panic start to set in, a look at the disease, its Indian outbreaks, and what makes it so deadly.

No fire NoC, Bhubaneswar hospital lost accreditation two months ago
Wed, Oct 19, 2016

Bhubaneswar: The fire services department filed an FIR against the hospital authorities for not adhering to its recommendations made during a fire safety audit in 2013.

UP elections: BJP plans six PM Narendra Modi rallies in next two months
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Sources said the first rally is scheduled for October 24 in Mahoba district of Bundelkhand, and the last one will be on December 25 in Lucknow.

Angry over stand on triple talaq, Board slams Govt: Uniform code to create discord
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Responding to the AIMPLB’s charges, leaders of the BJP maintained that the UCC and triple talaq were disparate issues and should in no way be treated as extensions of one another.

BJP to make surgical strikes key poll plank in UP elections
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

BJP party is upbeat after surveys showed it in a strong position in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

No mention of triple talaq in Quran: Muslim women groups
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan is opposing triple talaq in the Supreme Court.

Will Rahul Gandhi give proof of his parentage: BJP MP Chaudhary Babulal
Sun, Oct 09, 2016

Rahul, while speaking at the conclusion of his kisan yatra, had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of doing “dalali” (cashing in) on the sacrifice of soldiers, sparking a political slugfest.

Congress with Pakistan in its despair… we will go to the people: Amit Shah
Sat, Oct 08, 2016

“By his khoon ki dalali comment, Rahul has insulted the Army, the martyrs and 125 crore Indians,” Shah said.

Intel gathering: Panel on Home Affairs questions officials
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

The MPs wanted to know what had been done to improve intelligence gathering and why internal security institutions like the Multi Agency Centre, the National Counter Terrorism Centre and Natgrid had been slow to take off.

Anupriya Patel to officials: Give updates on UP or will complain to Cabinet secy
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

Anupriya Patel was elected to the Lok Sabha from Mirzapur on an Apna Dal ticket and inducted in the ministry during the Cabinet reshuffle in July.

Explained: The HIV/AIDS situation in India, and how the new Bill will protect victims
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

Indian Express explains the coming slew of protective measures — and the one important catch.

CJI TS Thakur recalls 1965 horror: Saw feet in Army shoes being eaten by dogs
Wed, Oct 05, 2016

Chief Justice of India T S Thakur delved into the recesses of memory to recall the horrors of war.

President Pranab Mukherjee not in the reckoning for a second term?
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

Bungalow No. 34 on Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Road, which earlier housed former Lok Sabha Speaker the late Purno Sangma, will be Mukherjee’s home once his tenure gets over in July 2017.

Yet to discuss compensation for possible crop loss, Centre says will ‘certainly consider’
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

Following India’s strikes across the LoC last week, people in villages within a 10 km radius of the border have been asked to evacuate in preparation for any escalation in tension.

In a first, health department plans privacy law to guard patients’ data
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

The law, according to sources in the health ministry, was necessitated by the fact that interoperable electronic health records (EHR) are a key component of Digital India, as envisaged by the Prime Minister.

Cradle Will Fall
Sat, Oct 01, 2016

A critique of the IVF industry is beset by reverse stereotyping and alarmist arguments.

House panel to discuss border, security situation
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

In the next two meetings — on October 6 and 14 — the committee is set to take up the border situation.

Understanding scrub typhus, the jungle fever that is stalking Himachal Pradesh
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

In Himachal Pradesh, the disease spreads most commonly during grass cutting operations in the orchards, and is alleged to have taken a serious turn this year due to laxity in controlling the mite.

Centre stops NHM grant to Telangana over unspent funds
Mon, Sep 26, 2016

The total central allocation for NHM in the state in 2016-17 is Rs 434 crore. With the state share of 40 per cent, it comes to about Rs 700 crore for the entire year.

Family planning in India means only women doing planning, figures show
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

Women continue to constitute 98 per cent of the sterilised population; this despite the fact that the procedure is less complicated for men.

Govt ready with first official document laying down standards of alcoholic beverages
Tue, Sep 13, 2016

The authority has invited stakeholder comments on the draft standards by October 9, following which they will be notified.

The EpiPen row: Ethics, corporate greed and a jab of controversy
Mon, Sep 05, 2016

Abantika Ghosh explains how the lifesaving anti-allergy auto-injector device works, the uproar in the US, and the situation with allergies in India.

Chikungunya, dengue on twin peaks
Mon, Sep 05, 2016

At simultaneous zeniths of their cycles this monsoon, chikungunya appears mild but causes a scare by spreading beyond the south.

‘Urgency to introduce surrogacy rules due to number of complaints’: Health Minister JP Nadda
Sat, Sep 03, 2016

"The five-year window has been provided to married couples to ensure that the option of having a child through natural means and through ART treatments have been exhausted."

Interview with Gates Foundation CEO & India Country Office Director: ‘We don’t have an agenda… we work with the govt’
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

In conversation with The Indian Express, Foundation CEO Dr Sue Desmond-Hellmann and India Country Office Director Nachiket Mor talk about its core values and plans in India.

Surrogacy legislation: Is woman a child-producing factory asks Anupriya Patel
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

She said 80 per cent of babies born from surrogates are meant for foreigners, many of whom turn to Indians to escape “tougher laws” in their country.

One child, two yardsticks: Surrogacy vs adoption
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Adoption law may also require changes, Health Minister Nadda hints

In fact: How focus on altruism, ‘close relatives’ overlooks realities
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

In many families, when a child is born out of surrogacy, not even immediate blood relatives of the couple get to know, for fear of both social ostracisation.

Amid blame game, low-cost glucometer stuck for 18 months
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

ICMR and the company, Soothe Healthcare, trade charges about what caused the delay.

Despite Health Ministry letter, AIIMS yet to begin search for new director
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

However, with less than six months to go, AIIMS has till date not acted on the letter, leading to speculation within the institute about the possibility of an extension for Dr Mishra.

Soon, feedback from patients will help decide a hospital’s star rating
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

The ministry has set a target of covering all central government and district-level hospitals by the end of the year.

Najma Heptulla: From ministry to new job, a reward for her loyalty
Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Heptulla’s appointment as Manipur governor comes after her resignation from the NDA Union cabinet last month on “age” grounds.

In fact: Landmark maternity Bill has a few loose ends
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

The Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill, passed by Rajya Sabha on August 11, is intended to help new mothers bond with their babies, and enable them to breastfeed.

Govt in rush to set up AIIMS in both Jammu and Kashmir
Wed, Aug 17, 2016

The state government has allotted 258 acres in Vijaypur and 221 acres in Awantipora.

PM Modi’s promise gives booster dose to health scheme
Tue, Aug 16, 2016

The health protection scheme, modelled after Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), has already obtained the Expenditure Finance Committee's approval.