Abantika Ghosh


Opposition plans joint protests on note ban anniversary
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

As many as 17 parties are planning to hold coordinated nationwide protests on and around November 8.

Dineshwar Sharma appointment an eyewash, says former interlocutor M M Ansari
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Former interlocutor MM Ansari said the appointment of a former cop showed the government did not believe problems in Kashmir can be resolved without goli (bullets) or gaali (abuse).

Mugabe Mystery: Why WHO made appointment it had to quickly rescind
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Making Zimbabwe’s dictator a WHO goodwill ambassador was a very odd decision. Why was it made? What do such ambassadors do?

Need chartered flights for world conference: PGIMER tells Centre
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

According to official sources, the Health ministry is learnt to have “moved a file on the issue that will require the consideration of the secretary”.

Need chartered flights for world conference: PGIMER to Centre
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

According to official sources, the Health Ministry is learnt to have “moved a file on the issue that will require the consideration of the secretary”.

Meant to be replaced, BPL health insurance scheme will drag on
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

RSBY will continue for now because the National Health Protection Scheme, which was to have taken its place, has failed to get the cabinet’s nod for 11 months now.

In fact: Debate around the ‘living will’ and why, in an ideal world, it would be irrelevant
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

There is a case for allowing advance directive, but there are some known limitations of such a law as well

Thought Sonia would make Singh President, I could be Prime Minister: Pranab Mukherjee
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

In that meeting in June, he writes, Sonia reminded him: “Pranabji, you are most eminently suited for the office but you should not forget the crucial role you are playing in the functioning of the government."

Mukul Roy quits Rajya Sabha, leaves TMC with soft blows on Mamata Banerjee
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Earlier in the day, Roy met Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and submitted his resignation from Rajya Sabha, choosing not to continue in a post that he had won as a TMC leader.

Defending since PM, party chief have been dragged in: Piyush Goyal
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Defending the BJP’s decision to clear the air about Jay Shah’s business dealings, a Union minister said on the condition of anonymity that the party “works as a family”, and that “we are one team”.

Government panel says women above 45 be allowed on Haj without men
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

The Committee recommended: Ladies above 45 years of age, who wish to go for Haj but who do not have a male Mehram and their school of thought permits should be allowed to travel in groups of four or more.

Akhilesh Yadav becomes Samajwadi chief second time, targets BJP on economy
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

In the run-up to the Assembly elections in March, the father and son had a falling out that played out in public several times. Mulayam, however, “gave his blessings”, Akhilesh told the gathering on Wednesday.

My selection is evidence that India has bigger presence in world health: Soumya Swaminathan
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

WHO’s new Dy DG (programmes) discusses global priorities and India’s policies with Indian Express.

Fruit fly: The tiny star behind five Nobel Prizes in medicine
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

A look at the spectacular “career” of Drosophila in genetics, the tiny insect that has pages dedicated to it on the websites of some of the most prestigious universities and research institutes of the world.

Drosophila melanogaster: The story of the little pest and the famed prize
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

The 2017 Prize underlines the continuing importance of Drosophila in the world of genetics and the Nobel.

Gates report praises Aadhaar, Jan Dhan scheme
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The praise comes in the backdrop of continuing privacy concerns in India about Aadhaar. It also comes when there is growing distrust in the government on foreign agencies working in the development sector.

Under-five mortality rate highest in India: Report
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The under five mortality rate in India stands at 50 per 1000 live births down from 74 in the 10 years between 2005-06 and 2015-16.

Ayodhya: Shia board chief meets Nyas head
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The Nyas was formed by various Hindu organisations to oversee the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Shia Waqf Board member meets Subramanian Swamy to work out ‘compromise formula’
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The meeting with Swamy, said Waqf Board chairman Syed Wasim Rizvi, was part of the board’s initiative to meet all parties from the “mandir paksh (side)” to work out a solution that would enable both a mandir and a masjid to come up in Ayodhya.

Triple talaq: Critical of govt, Muslim law board will not file review
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Triple talaq: At the marathon meeting in Bhopal on Sunday, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) again accused the government of attempting an attack on Muslim personal laws, and welcomed the court order for not going in that direction.

Stop targeting organisations working for tobacco control, hospital tells MHA
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Starting with the Public Health Foundation of India in April this year and many other smaller organisations working in tobacco control, home ministry has been in the process of tightening the leash on NGOs who receive foreign funding on account of various financial and administrative licences.

On Day 1, MoS (Health) Ashwini Kumar Choubey holds prayers to ‘cure all’
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Ashwini Kumar Choubey is one of two deputies of Health Minister J P Nadda — the other is Anupriya Patel.

Our opponents have nothing to hit us with: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who has been elevated to cabinet rank, speaks on minorities, instant triple talaq and the universal civil code.

Years of political, legal tussles over NEET before suicide of Dalit girl in TN
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

The NEET was introduced in the wake of repeated complaints about admission and capitation fees in medical colleges. Last week, the Supreme Court rejected all pleas for exemption of Tamil Nadu from the ambit of NEET and asked for counselling to start.

Corrupt may get leeway by citing privacy concerns: Arun Jaitley
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Arun Jaitley spoke at length on the need to bring transparency in electoral funding and how despite best efforts the system has failed to arrive at a foolproof way to prevent entry of criminals into politics.

Govt stand on marital rape: An indignity to women
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

The Centre on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court what “may appear to be marital rape” to a wife “may not appear so to others” and marital rape should not be criminalised as it “may destabilise the institution of marriage apart from being an easy tool for harassing the husbands”.

Manohar Lal Khattar briefs Amit Shah, says his govt did well
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

“We acted as per instructions of the court to defuse tension. We used whatever force was necessary. There were lakhs of people on the other side throwing stones. We did not use force in a hurry,” Manohar Lal Khattar said.

BJP asks EC to allow e-voting for service personnel
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Union ministers J P Nadda and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met Election Commissioner O P Rawat Tuesday and asked him to consider the plea “in view of elections due late this year/early next year”.

TMC replaces Mukul Roy in House panel, sets off speculation
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

On Tuesday, Roy was present in Parliament, when the newly elected Trinamool Congress members of the Upper House took oath and subsequently met briefly in the party office, but he chose not to come to the party office.

Haryana contained violence in 2 hrs: BJP leader
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

BJP general secretary and Haryana in-charge Anil Jain said that the government “took a calculated risk” and contained the violence in two hours.

Two Independent MLAs join BJP in Meghalaya
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Rubinoff Syngkon and Justin Dkhar, former Parliamentary secretaries to the Congress government, joined the BJP in presence of party president Amit Shah and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the party's pointsman for its Northeast outreach.

Right to Privacy: Govt aims to protect Aadhaar, reminds Congress of Emergency
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

While the ruling party members invoked Emergency to counter what they called “mischievous propaganda” by the Congress, they also sought to protect the Aadhaar legislation

Jamiat defiant: Triple talaq is still valid, punish if you wish to
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

“We are viewing this very seriously. Not only do we not agree with the judgment, we think this is a direct assault on the fundamental right to practice religion. The repeated reference to nikaah, halala, polygamy etc have raised apprehensions that there may be more such interference on the anvil,” Madani said

Triple talaq verdict: ‘Allah’s message is for all Muslims, no room for middlemen’
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Soman described the verdict as a victory, not just for Muslim women but for all women of India. “Rich or poor, literate or illiterate, Hindu, Muslim or Christian — all women supported us in our fight

The women behind the petitions: ‘Historic day for all Muslim women in India’
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

“I am feeling very good. I hugged my family when the verdict came, they congratulated me, told me it was a historic day for Muslim women in India. We have been vindicated —not just I, for all those like me, even those who were not present, this is for all of them,” Bano told The Indian Express

Relieved, Muslim MPs say court leaves no role for govt
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Asaduddin Owaisi of AIMIM, the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad, in fact said the verdict has thrown a spanner in the plans of NDA government to bring in uniform civil code (UCC). He said the lack of unanimity among the judges shows how contentious the issue is