Abantika Ghosh


Citing lynchings, Jamiat scraps Eid event, says government must step in
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

The decision comes in the wake of several incidents of lynching of Muslims on the suspicion of possessing beef or of involvement in the cattle trade. A Jamiat delegation recently met PM Modi to talk about the fear stemming from cow vigilantism and love jihad.

Central ministers give Rashtrapati Bhavan Iftar a miss
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

“There was not a single minister, not a single government representative and not a single BJP leader. In all these years, I have never been to an Iftar hosted by the President where there has been no representative of the Government of India,” CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury told The Indian Express.

Presidential Polls: Meira Kumar will challenge Ram Nath Kovind, BSP and SP go with Opposition choice
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

The 2017 presidential election will not be without a contest. And it will see a Dalit versus Dalit. 17 Opposition parties announced that former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will be their joint candidate against the ruling NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

President Pranab Mukherjee leaves signature on museum, books and paintings
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Rashtrapati Bhawan museum is a museum that tells stories through sound-light-video animations, and showcases furniture designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the Viceroy’s Residence, as Rashtrapati Bhawan was designated to be when it was built.

Those cheering Pakistan can go there: Minorities panel chief Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

On Tuesday, The Indian Express had reported that 17 men had been charged with sedition, allegedly for celebrating Pakistan’s win. Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had congratulated Pakistan on the win, while Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had tweeted, “Fireworks all around, feels like an early Eid here.

Pranab Mukherjee, President who held up Constitution to government & Opposition alike
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

His legacy: speeches on tolerance, criticism of House disruption, number of mercy petitions disposed.

Post GST, private health sector can’t absorb over 2% price rise: Apollo chief
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

While education and healthcare are out of the GST net, various rates are applicable to drugs, equipments, APIs etc.

Want politician as President: SP to BJP
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Top BJP leaders likely to meet this week to choose candidate.

Telangana loss is Andhra gain, NDA adds so few votes they may not count
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

The value of each MLA’s vote differs from state to state, calculated on the basis of the number of MLAs per 1,000 population of the state.

Give ideas, ready to change cattle rule: Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Minister shows accommodation as voices rise within BJP.

Minorities commission chief and member divided over Saharanpur
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

“What has the commission got to do with Saharanpur? Those were clashes between Dalits and Thakurs,” NCM chairman Gayorul Hasan Rizvi said

All the President’s guests: royals, artists, teachers, innovator…
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Since 1980, the guest wing has hosted former Nepal prime ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal and K P Sharma Oli, the country’s president Bidya Devi Bhandari, Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the country’s President Abdul Hamid and Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

Kashmiri Pandits should be given minority status: NCM chief Gayorul Hasan Rizvi
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

“If the definition of minorities has to be relooked at, it is my opinion that Kashmiri Pandits should be the first people to be accorded that status,” NCM chief said

Abortion law amendments on hold
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Concerns over Sangli abortion racket come in way of amendments raising time limit, allowing alternative medicine practitioners to do abortions

There’s difference between ‘please don’t eat beef’ and ‘stop eating beef now’: Himanta Biswa Sarma
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

With two BJP leaders in Meghalaya leaving the party over the Centre’s contentious notification on cattle sale, and the issue far from dying, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam minister and convenor of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the NDA’s Northeast avatar, tells Abantika Ghosh that the issue will not impact the BJP’s ambitions in the region, and the party is only “requesting” people to shun beef.

Puducherry CM wants rubber stamp L-G: Kiran Bedi
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

She accused Narayanasamy of looking for an L-G who would promote officers with poor performance and punish those with courage of conviction

Only 6-8 per cent medical graduates from China pass India test
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

In the last three years, only 6-8 per cent medical graduates from China who took the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) cleared it.

Govt continues to collaborate with Gates Foundation for family planning, kala azar: JP Nadda
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Union Health Minister discusses three years of government and ministry plans with Abantika Ghosh

Babri case: Criminal conspiracy charge makes race to Raisina Hill tough for LK Advani
Wed, May 31, 2017

The decision of the CBI court in the Babri Masjid demolition case will severely affect LK Advani's acceptability as the custodian of the Constitution.

WHO’s tobacco control award for Health Minister J P Nadda
Tue, May 30, 2017

The WHO award is given to governments or individuals who show exceptional zeal in tobacco control.

Health ministry takes PHFI off vaccination campaign over foreign funding
Mon, May 29, 2017

The Health Ministry sent its first official communication on the PHFI matter to Home after receiving a submission from the foundation.

In every poll since 2014, BJP growing, says Amit Shah
Sat, May 27, 2017

The biggest achievements of the government in the last three years, Shah said, have been to erase dynasty rule, corruption and appeasement politics from the Indian political lexicon.

President Pranab Mukherjee: Need to ask questions of those in power… loudest noise should not drown those who disagree
Fri, May 26, 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee was delivering the second Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture.

New minority panel chief, 2 of 4 members belong to BJP
Thu, May 25, 2017

Two of the four panel members are affiliated to the BJP: Sunil Sanghi was convener of Anya Bhasha Bhashi Cell of Gujarat BJP, while George Kurian is vice-president of Kerala BJP.

Female genital mutilation: Report wants parents penalised
Wed, May 24, 2017

The report argues that there are enough legal provisions in India to act against FGM, including the Indian Penal Code and the recently passed Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

Healthy signs on vaccination and mental health, warning signals on tobacco and health cover
Tue, May 23, 2017

The health ministry pursued that agenda in the form of Mission Indradhanush and notched an impressive 7 per cent increase in vaccination coverage against the earlier annual rate of increase of just 10 per cent.

Congress defector Manas Bhunia gets Trinamool nomination to Rajya Sabha
Mon, May 22, 2017

With eye on Darjeeling, Mamata Banerjee nominates former GNLF member Shanta Chhetri.

Pro-tobacco group takes prime space to praise govt crackdown on NGOs
Sat, May 20, 2017

The FAIFA first created news last year, when it wrote to the government and Prime Minister asking for tobacco farmers to be made a party in the seventh Conference Of Parties (COP7) to FCTC at Greater Noida.

Pioneer of leprosy vaccine reflects on how he almost missed a date with history 47 years ago
Thu, May 18, 2017

Talking about Talwar’s contribution, Soumya Swaminathan, ICMR Director General and Secretary of the Department of Health Research, says, “Dr Talwar has brought up an entire generation of Indian immunologists.

SC to Muslim Board: Can you give wife an option in contract to say no to triple talaq?
Thu, May 18, 2017

The bench is hearing seven petitions, including five filed by Muslim women, challenging the practice of triple talaq, polygamy and nikah halala.

Understanding female genital mutilation: The practice and the issues
Wed, May 17, 2017

FGM refers to the practice of complete or partial removal of female external genitalia, apparently in an attempt to keep their sexual desires under control.

Presidential Polls: Amid talk of second term for Pranab, Mamata set to meet Sonia today
Tue, May 16, 2017

Mamata Banerjee reached Delhi on Monday evening

A tale of two statements on PM Modi’s meeting with Muslim delegation
Sat, May 13, 2017

The Prime Minister, it is learnt, told the delegation that regardless of the background he comes from, he is the Prime Minister of 125 crore people of the country, and regardless of caste or creed, he is committed to their welfare.

Allow Ayush docs to prescribe essential medicine, suggests group of secretaries
Fri, May 12, 2017

The group was formed to conduct a mid-term review of government schemes and suggest policy initiatives.

Acquitted in Mumbai blasts case, Abdul Wahid Sheikh pens book on 9 years in prison
Fri, May 12, 2017

Sheikh has described the torture, maddening loneliness and systematic abuse of the system that make young men like him fodder for security agencies eager to show quick success.

Visas delayed, flow of Pakistan patients dries up in Delhi hospitals
Tue, May 09, 2017

The chill in relations between India and Pakistan has breached the borders of military action into the space of medical tourism.