Abantika Ghosh


House panel to discuss border, security situation
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

In the next two meetings — on October 6 and 14 — the committee is set to take up the border situation.

Understanding scrub typhus, the jungle fever that is stalking Himachal Pradesh
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

In Himachal Pradesh, the disease spreads most commonly during grass cutting operations in the orchards, and is alleged to have taken a serious turn this year due to laxity in controlling the mite.

Centre stops NHM grant to Telangana over unspent funds
Mon, Sep 26, 2016

The total central allocation for NHM in the state in 2016-17 is Rs 434 crore. With the state share of 40 per cent, it comes to about Rs 700 crore for the entire year.

Family planning in India means only women doing planning, figures show
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

Women continue to constitute 98 per cent of the sterilised population; this despite the fact that the procedure is less complicated for men.

Govt ready with first official document laying down standards of alcoholic beverages
Tue, Sep 13, 2016

The authority has invited stakeholder comments on the draft standards by October 9, following which they will be notified.

The EpiPen row: Ethics, corporate greed and a jab of controversy
Mon, Sep 05, 2016

Abantika Ghosh explains how the lifesaving anti-allergy auto-injector device works, the uproar in the US, and the situation with allergies in India.

Chikungunya, dengue on twin peaks
Mon, Sep 05, 2016

At simultaneous zeniths of their cycles this monsoon, chikungunya appears mild but causes a scare by spreading beyond the south.

‘Urgency to introduce surrogacy rules due to number of complaints’: Health Minister JP Nadda
Sat, Sep 03, 2016

"The five-year window has been provided to married couples to ensure that the option of having a child through natural means and through ART treatments have been exhausted."

Interview with Gates Foundation CEO & India Country Office Director: ‘We don’t have an agenda… we work with the govt’
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

In conversation with The Indian Express, Foundation CEO Dr Sue Desmond-Hellmann and India Country Office Director Nachiket Mor talk about its core values and plans in India.

Surrogacy legislation: Is woman a child-producing factory asks Anupriya Patel
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

She said 80 per cent of babies born from surrogates are meant for foreigners, many of whom turn to Indians to escape “tougher laws” in their country.

One child, two yardsticks: Surrogacy vs adoption
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Adoption law may also require changes, Health Minister Nadda hints

In fact: How focus on altruism, ‘close relatives’ overlooks realities
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

In many families, when a child is born out of surrogacy, not even immediate blood relatives of the couple get to know, for fear of both social ostracisation.

Amid blame game, low-cost glucometer stuck for 18 months
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

ICMR and the company, Soothe Healthcare, trade charges about what caused the delay.

Despite Health Ministry letter, AIIMS yet to begin search for new director
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

However, with less than six months to go, AIIMS has till date not acted on the letter, leading to speculation within the institute about the possibility of an extension for Dr Mishra.

Soon, feedback from patients will help decide a hospital’s star rating
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

The ministry has set a target of covering all central government and district-level hospitals by the end of the year.

Najma Heptulla: From ministry to new job, a reward for her loyalty
Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Heptulla’s appointment as Manipur governor comes after her resignation from the NDA Union cabinet last month on “age” grounds.

In fact: Landmark maternity Bill has a few loose ends
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

The Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill, passed by Rajya Sabha on August 11, is intended to help new mothers bond with their babies, and enable them to breastfeed.

Govt in rush to set up AIIMS in both Jammu and Kashmir
Wed, Aug 17, 2016

The state government has allotted 258 acres in Vijaypur and 221 acres in Awantipora.

PM Modi’s promise gives booster dose to health scheme
Tue, Aug 16, 2016

The health protection scheme, modelled after Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), has already obtained the Expenditure Finance Committee's approval.

Rajya Sabha may have passed bill to increase maternity leave, but social change will take longer time
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill is a pathbreaking piece of legislation in women’s empowerment and in tackling India’s chronic problem of child malnutrition

Opposition finds RSS signature on draft education policy
Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Former HRD minister Kapil Sibal (Congress) said that no education system in the world has ever survived the infusion of ideology.

Rajya Sabha welcomes 26 weeks maternity leave, makes push for the father too
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

It makes it mandatory for employers with more than 50 employees to have a crèche on the office premises.

Suicide decriminalised: How the Mental Health Bill has righted an old wrong
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

There are challenges galore in the implementation of the new law including the lack of infrastructure and manpower in dealing with the mental health, being the least of them.

National Dialysis Programme: Private participation opens up new vista in healthcare space
Tue, Aug 02, 2016

According to the estimates of the health ministry, every year about 2.2 lakh new patients of End Stage Renal Disease get added in India, resulting in additional demand for 3.4 crore dialysis sittings every year.

MTP Act: What 45-year-old abortion law says, why it must change
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

On Monday, the Supreme Court allowed rape victim ‘Miss X’ to abort her 24-week-old foetus. ABANTIKA GHOSH outlines the provisions of the law that required the intervention of the country’s top court to save a life.

NMC on the anvil: Panagariya panel may adopt proposal on umbrella body
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

As per the Roy Chaudhury committee, this umbrella body “will serve as the central body providing oversight over medical professionals and their practice, with the overall objective to protect the interest of the doctor, patient and the general public”.

House panel on land Bill seeks eighth extension
Sat, Jul 23, 2016

The committee has cited delay in reply from state governments and Union Territories

Except for cricket, we are forgetting our sport stars, says Dilip Tirkey
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Dilip Tirkey speaks to The Indian Express.

Najma Heptulla feelers to BJP: Want to fight vice-presidential polls
Thu, Jul 21, 2016

There has been speculation about a gubernatorial post for Heptulla, as she has touched the unofficial Cabinet “cut-off” of 75 years.

Kashmir unrest: Rajnath Singh says forces told to use maximum restraint in Valley
Thu, Jul 21, 2016

“Kashmiris are our own people. We will bring them on the right path... We will make them aware of the reality,” Singh said.

PM Narendra Modi: Thank all for stand on Kashmir, now need to pass GST Bill
Mon, Jul 18, 2016

GST BIll: Haven’t decided to stop Bill, will support on merit: Cong’s Ghulam Nabi Azad

Cabinet reshuffle leaves several House panels headless
Mon, Jul 18, 2016

MoS Law & Justice and Electronics & IT P P Chaudhary was chairman of the Joint Committee of Offices of Profit.

In fact: Diabetes fat in fire, Kerala tax may provide pioneering remedy
Fri, Jul 15, 2016

The World Health Organisation estimates that sales of sugar-sweetened beverages in India have increased by more than 10% year-on-year since 1998, exceeding 11 litres per capita per year.

Najma Heptullah, GM Siddeshwara, both 75-plus, quit ministry
Wed, Jul 13, 2016

When contacted, Naqvi said: “I have just got a call about being in independent charge of the ministry. But I would not like to comment on why she resigned. She was doing a very good job.”

In Northeast today, a political platform and a warning to Congress
Wed, Jul 13, 2016

The Guwahati declaration, which will be the cornerstone of NEDA’s electoral outings, will resolve to give the Northeast its due in view of its strategic importance in the NDA’s Act East policy and firm up the poll platform for the anti-Congress alliance.

Slow progress: Mild rap from PM puts focus back on AIIMS delay
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

In 2014-15, four AIIMS were announced in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, but progress on none of them has been significant.