Abantika Ghosh


PMO pushes for 360-degree feedback on top officials
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

The 360-degree mechanism is widely used by international organisations and some foreign governments to fill top slots.

Eye on 2018 polls, Mamata to visit Tripura on August 9
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

West Bengal Chief Minister and party chief Mamata Banerjee will visit the state on August 9 and address a rally, the venue of which is yet to be decided.

Centre launches scheme for pregnant women 13 days after PM Modi moots idea at rally
Thu, Jun 23, 2016

According to World Bank data, India’s maternal mortality rate was 174 per 100,000 live births in 2015.

Medical colleges: Health Ministry to scrap no-profit clause
Wed, Jun 22, 2016

The Health Ministry has now written to the Medical Council of India to substitute Sub Clause (6) of the eligibility criteria to remove the reference to “commercialisation”.

Soon, cancer screening centres in 100 districts across India
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

The programme aims to screen people aged above 30 for oral cancer and women aged above 30 for breast and cervical cancer.

CMs of 3 Northeast states to meet Ram Madhav, talk strategy
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

The meeting is scheduled to finalise the charter of the Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the inception of which BJP president Amit Shah announced on the day Assam elected its first BJP government.

Surgeon shortage shows why too few transplants in India
Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Transplant of organs such as heart, pancreas, intestine etc is almost notional in the country

Only 5% manage to get kidneys, men three times likelier
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

Doctors say the cost of the surgery is a deterrent, though once a woman has been put on the waiting list for a cadaver organ, there are rarely any dropouts by families. The procedure can cost anywhere between Rs 3-6 lakh.

This year, use only India-made mats on Yoga day: Centre
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

State governments have been issued instructions that the items for Yoga Day celebrations should be procured locally as far as possible to encourage local artisans and small industries.

Apollo transplant scandal: Explaining the kidney market rules
Tue, Jun 07, 2016

Last week’s revelations about a kidney racket in Delhi showed that clean-ups were unlikely to work while the market for out-of-turn allotments remained alive. Indian Express looks at the rules of kidney transplant, and how and why they are repeatedly subverted.

Centre plans exit exam for MBBS students
Mon, Jun 06, 2016

This year’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test - Post Graduate (NEET-PG) is slated for the first week of December.

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma’s SOS: Didn’t meet any Congress leader, says Himanta Biswa Sarma
Fri, Jun 03, 2016

I have not met Mr Lapang in four years, neither are we in touch with any other Congress leader there, says Sharma.

What govt hasn’t declassified: In defence archives, book that suggests Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose survived Taipei crash
Mon, May 30, 2016

Despite the political rush to declassify Netaji files – the Centre has so far declassified 175 files and the West Bengal government 64.

Assam: The importance of being Himanta Biswa Sarma
Wed, May 25, 2016

As the new BJP government takes charge in Assam, the burden of expectations aside, all eyes will be on the Sonowal-Sarma chemistry.

Assam swearing-in: PM underlines Act East, CM state identity
Wed, May 25, 2016

The swearing-in ceremony at the Khanapara Veterinary College grounds was a show of strength for the BJP and its allies, with BJP president Amit Shah, 14 chief ministers and many union ministers in attendance.

Assam swearing-in today: AGP, BPF may get two berths each in Sonowal cabinet
Tue, May 24, 2016

Former Congress leader Himanta Biswa Sarma is also likely to take oath.

Assam: ‘I am a BJP MLA first and then a minority’
Mon, May 23, 2016

There is something else that he wears as a badge — the fact that he joined BJP on the same day and place as chief minister-in-waiting Sarbananda Sonowal.

North by Northeast: What explains BJP’s stunning win in Assam?
Tue, May 24, 2016

Deft planning by the party, an Opposition that failed to notice trouble within its ranks, and the AIUDF that had hoped to be kingmaker but is nowhere in sight.

Assam Congress leaders think over what could have been – with Himanta
Sat, May 21, 2016

There is almost no one in the Congress today who does not believe that Sarma would have made a difference.

Ideology accepted, says PM Narendra Modi; stage set for 2019, says Amit Shah
Fri, May 20, 2016

“The polls have made it clear that the BJP’s ideology is being accepted, appreciated and supported by more and more people in the country. It is great for democracy,” Modi said.

I told Rahul Gandhi you will not cross 25 seats, he said we will win: BJP MLA Himanta Biswa Sarma
Fri, May 20, 2016

Himanta Biswa Sarma talks to Indian Express about the party’s win, and what comes next.

Assam election results: Nepotism, loss of blue-eyed boy hurt Congress
Fri, May 20, 2016

Gogoi may have put up a brave face on the eve of the results but Congress sympathisers and many within the party had been staring at a debacle even before voting had commenced.

Behind BJP’s Assam win, lessons from Delhi, Bihar, a ‘dream alliance’
Fri, May 20, 2016

Party refused to run negative campaign, took advice from local leaders, says BJP gen secy Ram Madhav.

Written off, Tarun Gogoi so confident ‘I stopped taking blood pressure pills’
Thu, May 19, 2016

On the eve of the assembly poll results, Gogoi, who has been chief minister for three consecutive terms, refuses to even discuss a scenario of the Congress falling short of the half-way mark in the 126-seat House.

‘Budget for health will not be a problem…only, you have to spend’, says JP Nadda
Thu, May 19, 2016

Health Minister J P Nadda tells Abantika Ghosh that while rural health services have to be strengthened, the Centre is not getting the required response from state governments

Eye on ethics panel and polls, TMC toes govt line in House
Thu, May 12, 2016

A senior party MP has reportedly been entrusted with the task of ensuring that the panel takes a favourable view.

Simply put: Finally, a NEET way to enter medical college
Thu, May 12, 2016

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is conducting the NEET in the current year only in English and Hindi.

TMC Meeting : Follow party line, Trinamool warns ‘senior MP’
Wed, May 11, 2016

At a meeting of its MPs, parliamentary party leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay said that a senior MP had been making anti-party comments and the party had taken strong exception to such statements.

We want all the business to be completed before the House adjourns sine die, says Bhupender Yadav
Tue, May 10, 2016

Rajya Sabha MP Bhupender Yadav speaks to The Indian Express.

Disruption, suspension debate in Rajya Sabha
Tue, May 10, 2016

The government had tried a similar move against MPs disrupting Lok Sabha proceedings some time ago, when Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu moved a motion for their suspension.

The bumpy road to 85%: How tobacco packs came to have bigger warnings
Mon, May 09, 2016

Manufacturers of tobacco products must now display large visual warnings that cover 85% of the packet surface. The journey has seen interventions by a Parliamentary Committee and the courts.

AgustaWestland debate in Rajya Sabha: ‘Birbal ka bamboo’ heard in House
Thu, May 05, 2016

Chaudhry was among nearly 12 Congress MPs, including Vijaylakshmi Sadho, Parvez Hashmi, Rajni Patil, who had left the House just before 6 pm, but came trooping back the moment Ahmed Patel started speaking.

Express 2013 list yields undeclared Rs 500 cr; CBDT says 546 Indians identified
Wed, May 04, 2016

The information was sought in the wake of an April 2013 investigation by The Indian Express-International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on investments by Indians in offshore entities in tax havens.

TMC to lock horns with Congress, plans petition against Ghulam Nabi Azad
Wed, May 04, 2016

Sources said that after Derek O’Brien made a pitch for action against the 33 Congress MPs, senior Congress leaders reached out to Trinamool leaders to pacify them.

Lodha committee has its task cut out giving MCI a facelift
Tue, May 03, 2016

Ever since the arrest of former MCI president Ketan Desai on charges of corruption, the image of MCI as an opaque and corrupt organisation has stuck in public perception.

5 Questions: This is BJP-Congress match-fixing, says Sukhendu Sekhar Roy
Tue, May 03, 2016

Sukhendu Sekhar Roy speaks to The Indian Express.