Abantika Ghosh


Can MBBS final also be doctor licence exam: Government looks at proposal
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

MBBS final tests students in only four subjects; many in ministry feel that an examination that will also test the suitability of a doctor to see patients cannot be that restrictive.

Just 3 per cent of cigarette trade in India illicit: Study differs from industry claims
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

A cigarette pack was classified as illicit if it had a duty-free sign, no graphic health warnings, no textual health warnings or no mention of “price inclusive of all taxes” or similar text.

Haj subsidy discontinued: Credit for phasing it out goes to Supreme Court
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Haj subsidy scrapped: The subsidy, which stood at Rs 685 crore in 2011 is down to Rs 200 crore in 2017. It seems as if the phasing out will happen even ahead of schedule.

Standing committee row: Air India report not taken up, Oppn MPs walk out of panel meet
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Congress MPs Kumari Selja and K C Venugopal, Trinamool Congress MP Arpita Ghosh and Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee, who has been expelled by the CPM, walked out of the meeting when they were told that the Air India report would not be considered, as listed in agenda

85 per cent warning on tobacco packs: How the battle continues in the courts
Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Health advocates have long argued that prominently displayed pictures of what consumption of tobacco can do to humans — including some grotesque depictions of tumours — help drive home the message more powerfully and effectively.

India fit case for cervical cancer vaccine, says WHO official
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

"Cervical cancer is now killing about 70,000 women every year, more than other causes of maternal mortality. India should look at indigenous screening technologies and the vaccine together if it wants to eliminate cervical cancer," said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General (programmes) of WHO

Plan to eliminate TB by 2025: PM Modi tells CMs to review TB control scheme meet every quarter
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

Last year, India unveiled the TB strategic plan towards elimination of the bacterial infection by 2025 — Modi had earlier announced that India will eliminate TB before the global deadline.

Under-five year old deaths: 46 per cent more cases among girls in Bihar
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have reversed the gender gap for under-5 survival. In Telangana, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab and Delhi, the gap is less than 5 per cent, according to the data.

India misses Kala Azar elimination deadline
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

In fact, endemic blocks have increased from 61 to 68 in 17 districts of Bihar and Jharkhand.

Cervical cancer vaccine that RSS wing wanted out faces a wait
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in India.

Free treatment for Hepatitis C in new scheme to be launched this year
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

Hepatitis C is caused by a blood-borne virus which affects the liver. It could spread through use of injectable drugs, unsafe injection practises, unsafe health care, and transfusion of unscreened blood and blood products.

Replacing Medical Council of India: In Bill to regulate medical education, a question of election vs nomination
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

The Indian Express presents perspective on the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, which doctors say will foist a ‘non-representative, half-non-medical body’ on the country and on the profession.

Mission Indradhanush: How govt vaccinated over 2.55 crore children across the country
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Clerics in Patna signing vaccination pledges, camps after sunset for children of migrant workers in Maharashtra, boat clinics in Assam taking the booster shot to remote locations

‘We have to reach the most remote children in a very limited time’
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

In this interview to The Indian Express, Union Health Minister J P Nadda speaks about the challenges involved in the programme and explains how the government hopes to sustain a coverage rate of 90-95%

Rajya Sabha standoff over triple talaq Bill: Cong told Govt will support Bill if you agree to pay subsistence allowance
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

While the Opposition stuck to its demand that the Bill be referred to a select committee, the government, sources said, made an attempt to secure Congress support but did not eventually accept its proposal to break the deadlock.

Oppostion changes tactics to stall debate on instant triple talaq Bill, Centre says sham
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

The show of strength by the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, where it outnumbers the ruling coalition, drew a sharp response from the government.

Rajya Sabha din holds up fate of triple talaq Bill, drowns minister’s speech
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Ravi Shankar Prasad did not get an opportunity to speak on the bill. No sooner had he introduced that Anand Sharma (Congress) and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (Trinamool) moved amendments.

Opposition, TDP want select panel to look at triple talaq Bill
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Although the bill was listed, Rajya Sabha did not take it up since Opposition members said the business advisory committee had not allocated it time.

Doctor MPs’ concern: How can Ayurveda & homoeopathy people practise allopathy?
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Medical Commission Bill sent to standing panel, its member doctors ready with many questions

Mehram rules: It took India three years after Saudi Arabia to let women go for Haj without male escort
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

Riyadh updated rules in 2014, allowing women above 45 years to go in groups

Ayurveda, homoeopathy docs can take bridge course to practise allopathy: Bill
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

The Bill, introduced in Lok Sabha on Friday, by Union Health Minister J P Nadda, seeks to overhaul the structure of medical education

Bid to redefine stand on Muslims behind TMC silence on triple talaq Bill
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

This is exceptional, particularly because party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is known to be a vocal votary for women’s issues.

Discussed at BJP MPs’ meeting: the NaMo app
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

While addressing BJP MPs in the morning, Modi had said, according to sources, “I am doing namaste to you, you should return the courtesy.”

Women MPs on Triple Talaq Bill: ‘A sane woman asked me, why not justice on marital rape?’
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Sushmita Dev (Congress) said the bill seeks to empower women but in criminalising triple talaq the government is effectively closing the window of reconciliation that is such an important part of a legitimate Islamic divorce.

Triple Talaq Bill: Handle to Muslim men to do more injustice to women, says Asaduddin Owaisi
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Asaduddin Owaisi called Ravi Shankar Prasad a “failed draftsman” because, he said, how can an act that is void by law be punished in the same law.

Govt distances itself from Anant Kumar Hegde, Opposition says should say sorry or quit
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Vijay Goel made a statement on Anant Kumar Hegde’s remarks: “I want to clarify that we have full confidence in the Constitution. We do not agree with the minister’s comments.”

Some speak out of turn, party must disown, says Venkaiah Naidu
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Venkaiah Naidu also underlined the importance of government and the Opposition working together: “Opposition should have its say, and the government should have its way.”

TB patients to get Rs 500 per month during treatment
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Money to be given irrespective of income level for nutrition support.

Don’t black out RSTV, veil of secrecy not in public interest: Derek O’Brien
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

At 2.13 pm [Thursday] while there was disruption in the House when Mr Sachin Tendulkar rose to speak on a short duration discussion, the chairman said: “I don’t want these sorts of scenes to be telecast around the country.”

No patch-up yet, Rajya Sabha takes stalemate into Christmas break
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

There have been attempts to broker peace and Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu has urged the two sides many times to come to an agreement, but those efforts have so far failed.

Triple talaq Bill heads to Lok Sabha: non-bailable offence, three-year jail term
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

The government drafted the Bill after the Supreme Court, in a landmark 3-2 verdict on August 22, “set aside” the centuries-old practice of talaq-e-biddat.

I&B: Time restriction only for sexually explicit condom ads
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

On December 11, the ministry banned condom ads between 6 am and 10 pm on the grounds that it had received complaints regarding their impact on children.

Sachin Tendulkar speech is latest in disrupted list
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

After Manmohan, 2G drives Congress protests, its MPs block cricketer’s attempt at first speech

Condom ads without sexually explicit content can play before 10pm, clarifies I&B ministry
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

The I&B Ministry reaction came a day after the Rajasthan High Court issued notices to it and the Health Ministry regarding the December 11 order, where condom advertisements between 6 am and 10 pm was banned

Parliament Winter Session: 2019 faceoff in mind, Trinamool turns cold to Congress under Rahul Gandhi
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Trinamool's priorities for the session, Derek O’Brien said, were to talk about the lack of jobs, the problems on Aadhaar and the FRDI (Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance) Bill

Rahul Gandhi raises question over PM Modi’s credibility, calls Gujarat verdict a big jolt to BJP
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Asks why PM Modi is silent on Rafale and Jay Shah, BJP hits back with Bofors and Vadra.