Abantika Ghosh


BJP trying to worm its way into freedom movement: Sitaram Yechury
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

As the CPM general secretary made this accusation in the Upper House, only one MP, BJP’s Tarun Vijay, from the deserted treasury benches registered a feeble protest.

Indian football site wins blogging award in Manchester
Thu, Nov 26, 2015

Goalden Times (GT), a not-for-profit blogging site is the first Indian site to receive such an award.

JD (U), TMC in parliament – want opposition unity but GST too
Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Both parties will therefore insist on consensus before the crucial Constitution amendment Bill is passed for GST.

Row over ‘Mann ki Baat’ remark: ‘PM should clear stand on Land Bill in House’
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

Opposition party members demanded that the PM be called before the committee, but this demand was not met favourably by chairman S S Ahluwalia.

Pluralism at core of Indian psyche, says President Pranab Mukherjee
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

Mukherjee’s latest iterations about India’s multicultural values and pluralism will inevitably be viewed through a political lens even though the occasion at Rashtrapati Bhawan was in essence an academic one.

‘No licence for noodles’: FSSAI slaps showcause on Patanjali
Sat, Nov 21, 2015

Issues notice to manufacturer too, seeks replies in 15 days

Rahul Gandhi dares PM Narendra Modi, BJP says he is rattled and running away
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Breaking his silence on BJP leader Subrmanian Swamy's allegations about his British nationality, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he is not scared of the government and is ready to go to jail if found guilty.

Charlie Sheen is HIV+, but he doesn’t have AIDS: This is the difference
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

HIV positive status means a person has the Human Immunodeficiency Virus in his/her bloodstream but the person’s immunity has not been compromised enough to make him/her a full blown case.

FSSAI to issue notice to Ramdev’s Patanjali on atta noodles
Thu, Nov 19, 2015

While Patanjali cited its licence to manufacture pasta, Ramdev said in Kolkata that there was “some confusion” that would be resolved.

In fact: Why screening and primary care are better than stents and subsidy
Thu, Nov 19, 2015

While subsidised drugs and stents likely make for better headlines, investing more on screening may make more sense for the Health Ministry.

Noodles launched by yoga guru Ramdev have no approval, says FSSAI
Wed, Nov 18, 2015

“Patanjali Atta Noodles has not got product approvals from us. The matter has been brought to our notice. We are pursuing it,” said an FSSAI chairperson.

Rahul Gandhi meets Nitish’s poll strategist Prashant Kishor
Fri, Nov 13, 2015

“Prashant Kishor met the Congress vice-president. It was a courtesy meeting after his role in ensuring victory in Bihar. Nothing more should be read into it at this point,” said a Congress insider.

2-yr course to upgrade nurses to care staff
Fri, Nov 13, 2015

The introduction of nurse practitioners in the public health system has been a recurring theme in most stock-taking exercises in India.

Bihar Verdict: Across state, the independent candidates who spoiled BJP’s party
Wed, Nov 11, 2015

The BJP’s allies, who fared worse than the major partner, too suffered because of independents.

BJP members’ statement: Senior leader recalls 1984 loss, says Vajpayee offered to quit
Wed, Nov 11, 2015

The 1984 elections were held in the aftermath of the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, and the Congress swept the polls on a sympathy wave, winning 404 seats.

Bihar elections: Lone exit poll that got it right has the last laugh
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

The Axis exit poll had predicted 169-183 seats for the grand alliance, but its tally was withheld by CNN-IBN reportedly because the channel was not convinced.

All six AIMIM candidates fail to put up a fight
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

Speaking to The Indian Express, Owaisi described the Bihar mandate as a “personal loss” of the prime minister.

NDA allies Paswan, Kuswaha and Manjhi lose in Bihar, lose clout at Centre
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

The bloodbath of the NDA allies on whom BJP was banking for its forward-backward winning combination, means that both Paswan and Kuswaha, will have reduced clout in the union government of which both are a part.

Owaisi in Bihar: Muslims don’t buy his religious pitch
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

BJP bit electoral dust and Owaisi’s AIMIM sank without a trace in the six seats that it contested - a far cry from the 24 seats in the four Seemanchal districts of Purnea, Katihar, Kishanganj and Araria - it had originally been speculated to contest.

Bihar polls: TV channel drops exit poll that predicted Alliance sweep
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

Channel sources said that the poll was not telecast because the agency had refused to share raw data with them and the channel had not been convinced enough by the projections to telecast it.

Health ministry says no CGHS funds for next 2 months, wants Rs 450 crore
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

Having exhausted the Rs 1,600 crore that was initially allocated, the ministry has now asked for Rs 450 crore more.

Mukul Roy hosts leaders of ‘new party’, dodges query on joining
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

Roy hosted a lunch at his South Avenue residence for “leaders” of the prospective party.

Ram not born in present-day Ayodhya, claims Muslim leader’s book
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

In his book, Abdul Rahim Quraishi argues that nowhere in the Vedas or the Puranas is the Gangetic plain mentioned as the birthplace or the kingdom of Ram.

Change in NHM Funding pattern? Tweak in funds may affect health
Tue, Oct 20, 2015

After the 10 years, the NHM continues to be plagued by severe manpower and infrastructure shortage, but its biggest impediment is the lack of public funding.

Sad, not desirable, but what is Centre’s role: PM Modi on Dadri, Ghulam Ali
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

PM Narendra Modi asked as to how the central government could be blamed for incidents like Dadri.

Modi @ 40 in Bihar: Highest rally count so far
Wed, Oct 14, 2015

Modi has so far addressed 11 rallies in Bihar over 4 days. The PM, according to sources in the BJP, has kept aside 12 days for campaigning in the state.

Simply put: What it takes to adopt a child in India today
Mon, Oct 12, 2015

Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity has stopped adoption services at its homes over new rules that allow adoption by single parents. The guidelines hurt their conscience, and are not for religious people, the Missionaries have said.

Single-parent norm hurts our conscience, so no adoptions, says Missionaries of Charity
Fri, Oct 09, 2015

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said Thursday that the homes do not want to “come under a uniform secular agenda”.

Put Delhi University Vice Chancellor on compulsory wait, HRD tells President
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

The government’s recommendation, if accepted by the Visitor, will signal an end to the year-long standoff between Singh and the HRD Ministry.

Bihar elections: Across the country, an effort to show there’s a JP in BJP
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

The party has big plans for observing JP’s 113th birth anniversary on October 11 as ‘Save Democracy Day’ with a programme planned in every state capital.

Govt mulls umbrella body to regulate conduct of healthcare professionals
Mon, Oct 05, 2015

The Allied and Healthcare Professionals Central Council (AHPCC) Bill 2015 has provisions for setting up a body that will maintain a register of all such professionals.

Drug-testing: Govt mulls laboratory in every state
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

According to the MoU the Health Ministry is signing with states for setting up or revamping laboratories, the Indian pharmaceutical industry is growing at the rate of 10 to 12 per cent per annum.

Visva Bharati V-C Sushanta Dattagupta emails resignation letter to President
Thu, Oct 01, 2015

Dattagupta and President’s press secretary Venu Rajamony did not respond to calls and SMSes left by The Indian Express.

Kejriwal’s ‘CM Conclave’ a damp squib, Mamata uses platform to lash out at Centre
Wed, Sep 30, 2015

Mamata Banerjee eventually was the only CM to share the conclave stage with Kejriwal

After Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee rules herself out of campaign
Wed, Sep 30, 2015

“There are so many people fighting elections in Bihar. They are enough in themselves. Why do they need a leader from outside?” Mamata said.

From Seemanchal to Nalanda, a Muslim lag in development
Mon, Sep 28, 2015

The NSSO findings on the development lag of Bihar’s Muslims mirrors concerns expressed by the Sachar Committee on the backwardness of Indian Muslims in its report submitted in 2005.