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Digvijaya takes on Rajnath: Does NIA report direct to PM?
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Not one to be easily warded off, Digvijaya accused Rajnath of hiding information that the Prime Minister is privy to.

Ram mandir: Taken aback, parties to dispute are cold to CJI Khehar’s offer, ask why talk again
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute: “If it comes to that, we will also get our learned people, people concerned with the matter and try and do the needful. But any decision cannot be ek-tarafa or one-sided.”

Low attendance keeps many Rajya Sabha questions unanswered
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

When Congress members flagged the fact that no cabinet minister was present in the House, chairman Hamid Ansari said: “I can see.”

Yogi in Parliament: As MP, Adityanath wanted India to be called Hindustan, AIIMS in his Gorakhpur seat
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

A fifth Bill focuses on establishing a permanent bench of Allahabad High Court in his constituency.

National health policy: ‘Strategic purchasing’ of secondary, tertiary care from private sector on the cards
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

The new policy essentially walks the path prescribed by the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Universal Health Care

BJP MPs cheer ‘Gujarat ka sher’ as PM Modi enters Rajya Sabha
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Rivalries of the recent assembly elections spilled into Rajya Sabha with sloganeering accompanying Modi’s routine question hour entry, and a zero hour speech on farmers’ woes snowballing into an argument.

Why there is not a lot new in National Health Policy; key issues unaddressed
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Coming after 15 years, policy repeats several old ideas, dodges 2015 promise of a Right to Health.

At Speaker’s Women’s Day bash: Songs, dance and some politics
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

From Garba to a bit of Bihu and some Bangla poetry, it was a 50-minute function where the camaraderie was there for all to see.

Narrow window in Rajya Sabha to pass Enemy Property Bill
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

The fifth ordinance on the long-pending Bill lapses next week. An ordinance lapses within six weeks of a Parliament session being convened. The budget session was convened on January 31.

RSS-affiliate wants govt to prevent Oppo from sponsoring Indian cricket team
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

The Manch, which is an affiliate of the RSS and advocates an indigenous model of development, has sought time from Sports Minister Vijay Goel to seek government intervention in the matter.

NHM’s health in doubt as Ministry told to revise cost
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

The ministry has been asked to reduce the estimates and bring them on a par with the allocations in the 2017-18 Budget, which earmarked around Rs 27,000 crore to the NHM.

Had new law been enacted, Karan Johar couldn’t have become a father via surrogacy
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

Johar is single and has long battled allegations about his sexual orientation, a subject he dealt with in his recently released memoir.

India’s family health picture has several bright patches, but also a few dark spots
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

For urban areas the gap between the overall sex ratio in the state and that for births in the last five years was glaring in some cases.

Ramjas violence finds echo at Parliamentary panel meeting
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee and former home minister P Chidambaram opened proceedings with a query on what happened at the college.

Govt survey: Over 20 per cent Indians suffer from diabetes, hypertension
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

This is the first time the government has conducted a survey to find out the incidence of diabetes and hypertension.

Indian firms getting better in quality of applications, says top drug regulator Caroline Larsen Le Tarnec
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

The head of public relations and documentation division of the EDQM, the drug regulator for the 37 EU nations talks about how quality is about culture and Indian companies are as good as their counterparts anywhere else in the world.

Drugs often sent back from US mission for want of efficacy: American official
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

Dr Mathew Thomas clarified that the rapid test is not too accurate and hence the results may not be admissible for serious regulatory action.

An even safer jab, says WHO
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

India’s vaccine regulatory system has just been marked higher than the score it obtained in the last assessment 5 years ago. The Indian Express explains the ranking system, and what it means.

Same-sex attraction is OK, boys can cry, girl’s no means no
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

In a bid to reach out to 26 crore adolescents in the country on health issues, the Ministry has decided to involve 1.65 lakh peer educators called “Saathiya”.

Delhi: At Hunar Haat, exhibitors told to avoid beef, pork
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Stall owners have been asked to refrain from eating these items themselves within the confines of the open air jamboree.

Coronary stents’ price capped: Patients welcome move, industry not so much
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

With the burden of diabetes and hypertension rising in the country, the NPPA move has been welcomed by activists. However, the industry says it will deprive patients of latest tech advancements.

Arun Jaitley demonetises cash ban criticism, says ‘no currency inadequacy for even a day’
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

He said the RBI board had “independently applied its mind” to send the relevant recommendation to the government.

Eye campaign video shot with SRK, now there’s Health issue
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

Priyanka Mishra, said, “There are many such proposals we take to ministries. You should speak to the Health Ministry about this. We work on their behalf.”

Budget Session: Congress, Trinamool meet today to finalise Opposition floor strategy
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

Indications are that the Congress is reluctant to be seen with TMC in connection with any protest against the Rose Valley scam arrests.

Universal screening for diabetes, hypertension and cancer
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

Global Burden of Disease estimates CVD (cardiovascular disease) death rate of 272 per 100,000 in India, higher than global average of 235.

Universal screening for diabetes, hypertension and cancer
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

UPA plan fizzled out, Health Ministry to start training workers later this month; to begin with 100 districts

Govt comes under attack from Opposition over note ban
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

Demonetisation was the principal target in the speeches of most opposition MPs.

Health sector budget: Jharkhand and Gujarat get an AIIMS each, Health Mission gets a Rs 6,000-crore boost
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

The allocation for the National Health Mission was increased by a little more than Rs 6,000 crore to Rs 20,762 crore.

To suggest Priyanka Gandhi will create a miracle for Congress is a bit too much: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Minority Affairs Minister discusses UP polls with Indian Express.

Cabinet yet to give nod to health coverage scheme announced in last Budget
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

The scheme is supposed to roll out in April but Health Ministry officials said given the current status of the proposal, a full-scale rollout then looks difficult.

1992 Bara killings: President sets aside MHA advice, commutes death of 4 to life term
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

The 1992 Bara massacre followed a string of massacres in 1990-91, in which 59 Scheduled Caste men were killed.

Simply put: Vaccination net grows, two new, another widens
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

ABANTIKA GHOSH explains how measles-rubella, pneumococcal conjugate and rotavirus vaccines will boost the Universal Immunisation Programme.

Government to set up panel to rethink Haj subsidy
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

In 2012, the Supreme Court directed the government to phase out Haj subsidy in 10 years.

Note ban helped farmers avoid fizul karchi: BJP Kisan Morcha
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Virendra Singh said that the biggest benefit of demonetisation was that it brought back among farmers the virtues of thrift, while loan waivers only encouraged freeloading

NITI Aayog gets brickbats at RSS outfit meet
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

The immediate reason behind calling for the evaluation of the Aayog was the SJM’s disapproval of its decision to approve genetically modified crops

Measles-rubella vaccine to roll out in February
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Commonly known as German Measles, congenital rubella infection is believed to affect approximately 25,000 children born in India every year.