Abantika Ghosh


Stent ‘overpricing’: Pricing regulator to audit angioplasty cases in errant hospitals
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

In February, the NPPA had capped stent prices at Rs 7,260 for bare metal stents and Rs 29,600 for the drug-eluting variety.

Govt ban puts question mark over blindness prevention programme
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Dr Bonfield is on her first review tour of India since the grant was approved.

Placed on FCRA blacklist, PHFI worked with govts, from Chhattisgarh to North East
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

In 2015, the BJP government of Chhattisgarh, represented by health minister Ajay Chandrakar, signed an MoU with PHFI to upgrade specialist doctors in Naxal-hit Bastar.

Ministry to PMO: Equal partners in NGO that lost foreign fund licence
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

The ministry is learnt to have told the PMO that the seed money for PHFI came from the ministry, BMGF and the private sector — Rs 65 crore each, and Rs 80 crore, respectively, according to a source.

Before Centre cancelled health NGO licence, their partnership
Fri, Apr 21, 2017

The health ministry on its own too — notwithstanding the yearlong delay in implementation of 85% pictorial warnings — has for long batted for tobacco curbs in front of parliamentary panels.

Skin condition that can be red flag for kala-azar jumps threefold in two years
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

According to an article on PKDL, published in The Lancet in 2003, “It (PKDL) is mainly seen in Sudan and India where it follows treated VL in 50% and 5-10% of cases, respectively.

Amid WHO praise for tackling tropical disease, concern over rise in leprosy
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

In fact in January this year, a new Guinness world record was created for the highest number of drug doses donated in 24 hours.

PM told us of low-cost medicine plan last month: Shanta Kumar
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

At that meeting, responding to a suggestion from his party MP and former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shanta Kumar, Modi had first talked about the government’s plan.

Two decades later, government wants to resume sea travel for Haj
Sat, Apr 15, 2017

The practice was discontinued in 1994, as ships then in use had become old and the journey took almost a fortnight.

Mamata Banerjee meets PM Narendra Modi, seeks central funds
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

The meeting also raised hopes for the Teesta water sharing treaty with Bangladesh, which is hanging fire for the five years because of Mamata’s opposition to the pact.

Note ban hit not just poor, but manufacturing sector too: House panel
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

When announcing the decision on November 8, the government had said the then Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes would cease to be legal tender and this would cleanse the system of black money.

Congress says Aadhaar an ‘instrument of exclusion’, likens seeding to sterilisation during Emergency
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe credited former deputy PM L K Advani for having conceptualised Aadhaar.

Focus on Sena-BJP ties at NDA meet
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

The Shah-Thackeray meeting is expected to smoothen the kinks of the past few months.

Lawyers snatch win in pitched battle with judges
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

Bar Association team defeats Chief Justice XI by 6 wickets

Manmohan Singh steps in, gets Congress to step back on GST
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Ramesh withdraws amendment on former PM advice, bills passed.

Teesta water sharing issue: Mamata Banerjee to attend Sheikh Hasina dinner in Delhi
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

While Mamata had been invited for the reception, there were doubts about her attending it.

JP Nadda interview: ‘People with mental illness are vulnerable, it is govt responsibility to ensure care’
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

Union health minister discusses recently cleared National Health Policy and Mental Healthcare Bill and doctors’ strikes

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in war of words over business on lean Fridays
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

Azad accused the government of surreptitiously passing Bills in the absence of MPs.

House panel questions service tax exemption for Haj tour operators
Fri, Mar 31, 2017

Haj is the largest overseas activity undertaken by Government of India.

Venkaiah Naidu praises PM Modi, Amit Shah in official note
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

In March last year, at the BJP National executive, while moving the political resolution, Naidu had described Modi as “God’s gift to India” and a “messiah of poor”.

Rajya Sabha disrupted again over vacancies in panels
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

Slogans exchanged included “Anti-Dalit, anti-backward, anti-minority” from one side, and “Yeh kya tamasha hai, haar ki hatasha hai” from the other.

How new law marks paradigm shift, gives mentally ill many clear rights
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

The rights-based approach departs from the ‘assurance-based approach’ of the new National Health Policy, which essentially perpetuates the status quo, explains The Indian Express.

Rajya Sabha disrupted over minority, other panel vacancies
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

SP members trooped into the well, followed by those of the Congress and the Left, leading to an adjournment by deputy chairman P J Kurien.

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
Thu, Mar 23, 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.