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Assam Muslim growth is higher in districts away from border
Mon, Aug 31, 2015

With assembly elections due next year, and whispers about how UPA sat on religion census data for fear of a backlash before the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress is maintaining a studied silence.

Simply put: Freedom at birth from mother of infections
Fri, Aug 28, 2015

India has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus ahead of the global target date, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Thursday. Indian Express explains what this achievement means.

It’s official: India is free of newborn tetanus
Fri, Aug 28, 2015

PM Narendra Modi praises UPA programmes on child, maternal health.

Digital India: Telecom Min launches health initiative, leaves out Ministry of Health
Wed, Aug 26, 2015

The Health Ministry runs a total of 1,53,655 sub-centres, 25,308 primary health centres (PHCs) and 5,396 community health centres (CHCs) in rural areas.

Census 2011: Hindus dip to below 80 per cent of population; Muslim share up, slows down
Thu, Aug 27, 2015

The Muslim community has registered a moderate 0.8 per cent growth to touch 17.22 crore in the 10 year period between 2001 and 2011, up from 13.8 crore, while Hindus population showed a decline by 0.7 per cent at 96.63 crore during the period, the census data said.

High male bias both in India and US: Gender activist Vivian Huelgo
Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Huelgo is chief counsel to the Task Force on Human Trafficking and Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence of the American Bar Association.

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav to host ‘federal front’ meet
Sun, Aug 16, 2015

It has been decided that JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav will host the next meeting of the “federal front” on September 22.

No objection to larger tobacco warning: Agriculture ministry
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rules 2014 were notified in October last year and would have come into effect from April 1, 2015.

To keep Left at bay, Mamata Banerjee revives federal front dream
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

As leaders of different political parties met at the Trinamool chief’s behest, the sole purpose of the exercise was to keep the Left at bay.

Mamata meets Mulayam, Pawar; Kejriwal stays away
Thu, Aug 13, 2015

West Bengal CM asks Prime Minister to grant Rs 21,000 cr flood relief package

From Arvind Kejriwal to Pawar to Sonia, everyone has a reason to meet ‘Didi’
Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Mamata, who is in Delhi for a couple of days, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday to discuss state-specific issues.

Deadlock goes on as land Bill goes to winter, GST listed for today
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Chaos in the Lok Sabha resumed Monday with Congress members again storming the well, holding placards and shouting slogans.

In ‘selective blocking’, KC Tyagi gets to speak but Arun Jaitley doesn’t in Rajya Sabha
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was upset about not being allowed to speak by unruly Congress members sloganeering in the well.

Parliament logjam: No end in sight as govt, opposition stick to stand
Mon, Aug 10, 2015

Congress members in both Houses have disrupted proceedings demanding resignation of Sushma and Raje for helping Lalit Modi and MP CM Chauhan for alleged complicity in the Vyapam scam.

Congress, Oppn score brownie points as Land Bill shifts to Winter Session
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

With the panel deciding to submit its report to Parliament in Winter session, the government may to have re-promulgate the ordinance.

Maneka books must be part of law course: Gowda to Bar Council
Sun, Aug 09, 2015

Dr Ranbir Singh, vice-chancellor of National Law University, Delhi, described as “unethical” the recommendation of a particular book.

A day in the life Parliament canteen: The matter of a small bill
Sun, Aug 09, 2015

Of the Rs 14 crore annual subsidy that has MPs in a soup, hardly Rs 3 crore goes towards food. The staff’s top concern most days is getting raw materials past security.

Kiran Bedi slams move to deny researchers entry into jails
Sat, Aug 08, 2015

The decision, which comes against the backdrop of India banning the documentary on the December 16 Delhi gangrape, India’s Daughter, has also run into opposition from scholars and researchers.

In fact: Why India’s abortion law needs an urgent update
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

The amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, are still in the works — only to be challenged anew by a 14-year-old rape victim.

MPs get a room to smoke, activists tell Speaker it breaks your law
Thu, Aug 06, 2015

Incidentally, all of Parliament including its grounds is a non-smoking zone though an exception has been made for MPs

Suspension will affect even the Bihar elections, says Sudip Bandyopadhyay
Wed, Aug 05, 2015

TMC MP Sudip Bandopadhayay talks to Abantika Ghosh.

Congress finds itself ‘better off outside’
Wed, Aug 05, 2015

From Trinamool to Left, RJD and Samajwadi Party, Cong scouts for, finds support against suspension.

DMK, BJD want debate but Left, JD(U) behind Congress
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

The government indicated the Prime Minister could intervene if there is a debate on the controversy involving Sushma Swaraj.

At 10 Rajaji, his staff still talk about Kalam in present tense
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

Inside the empty sitting room of the old-fashioned red-roofed bungalow are two pictures of APJ Abdul Kalam, with some rose petals on a table in front.

President Pranab Mukherjee had a few questions & a 2-hr meet with Rajnath Singh
Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Rajnath Singh and Home Secretary L C Goyal also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the mercy petition

The Buzz of Death
Thu, Jul 30, 2015

62 years after the National Malaria Control Programme, among the country’s first public health initiatives, was launched, the disease continues to kill, though not as often as before. ABANTIKA GHOSH does a status check.

Nepal: Gadhimai temple pledges to look away from animal killings
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

Animal rights activists who have campaigned for years to stop the vicious practice rejoiced at the initial victory in having won the temple trust over. They

After confusion, Houses agree on two-day break
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

APJ Abdul Kalam’s body will be taken to his native village in Rameswaram where the last rites will be performed on Thursday at his family mosque.

Veg or Non-veg?
Tue, Jul 28, 2015

With an expert panel deciding in principle to replace gelatin capsules with cellulose-based ones, chemists could soon be asking this question to customers. Abantika Ghosh explains the difference.

First protest from Trinamool is over land bill
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

An unfazed Trinamool has declared that it will stage protests every day this week on various issues that require attention.

In-principle nod to replace gelatin in medicine capsules
Sun, Jul 26, 2015

The Indian Express had reported about the BIS notification and the scheduled meeting of the scientific committee July 24.

‘Don’t let PM Modi scare you with Saradha Scam’: Congress MP baits TMC
Sat, Jul 25, 2015

While the TMC immediately took up the matter with the Speaker, it later said that after Scindia’s apology, it would not pursue the matter further.

CSIR team testing cow urine for medical benefits, govt tells LS
Sat, Jul 25, 2015

Govt said CSIR has conducted research on cow urine distillate for its anti-oxidant and bio-enhancing properties on anti-infective and anti-cancer agents and nutrients.

New drug capsule shells offer new choice: veg or non-veg
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

Expert panel to meet tomorrow to decide on gelatin versus cellulose

‘Peace proposal’ in place, Jamiat factions seek to reunite soon
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

The peace overtures were formally approved by the Jamiat working committee on the same day.

Interview: Oppn is disturbing without homework or exit route, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

BJP minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi discusses Congress ‘arrogance’ and NDA strategy with Abantika Ghosh.