Abantika Ghosh


National Health Mission: Spending up, health ministry wants Rs 40,000 cr in Budget
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

For the current financial year the total fund available to the states for NHM is Rs 19,289 crore.

In child’s death, questions of a stem cell transplant law
Wed, Feb 10, 2016

The parents of a 7-year-old thalassaemic child who died waiting for a stem cell transplant have dragged the hospital and stem cell registry to court after the donor backed out at the last minute.

India plans to eliminate malaria in 11 years, ahead of global target
Mon, Feb 08, 2016

The WHO’s global target for malaria elimination is 2030.

MCI recommendation: Health Ministry clears common test for admission into medical colleges
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

Proposed amendment to empower MCI to hold exam for pvt colleges, states, minority institutes.

Doctors who take gifts from pharma firms to be punished: MCI guidelines
Sat, Feb 06, 2016

For the first time, these guidelines will define punishment for errant doctors based on the value of favours or freebies received from pharma companies.

Rajnath seeks clerics’ help to stop IS recruits
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

The hour-long meeting, also attended by NSA Ajit Doval and senior Home Ministry officials, apprised the Muslim clerics about activities of the Middle-East terrorist group and its efforts to attract Indian youth to its fold.

No formal proposal, sex determination test just an idea: Maneka Gandhi
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

"Minister WCD clarifies that there is no Cabinet proposal for tracking the sex of a foetus and that compulsory determination of foetal sex is an idea given by some stakeholders," WCD ministry said on twitter.

Editing human genome project: no mutants or super humans but learn more about embryos
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

Alteration of the human genome to keep diseases and death at bay has in many ways been the Holy Grail of molecular biology.

Universal Health Coverage: Govt looks to British institute and Thai programme as guides
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

India is also in the process of joining the online network of Thailand’s Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Programme (HITAP).

Govt sets out to widen health insurance scheme to 50 crore people
Wed, Jan 27, 2016

The plans come a year after the health ministry got the administrative responsibility for RSBY from the Ministry of Labour, which launched it in 2008.

Private hospitals have twice the number of C-section deliveries, says govt’s survey
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

In Haryana, the percentage of C-sec deliveries in the private sector is 25.3 per cent in both urban and rural areas.

By calling Rohith anti-national, BJP trying to send message to anti-Hindutva forces: Owaisi
Thu, Jan 21, 2016

Asaduddin Owaisi was one of the politicians who visited HCU in the wake of the suicide. He met the protesting students and Rohith’s mother.

15-Billion-Rupee Question: German measles vaccine ready at hand, publicity cost holds back rollout
Thu, Jan 21, 2016

Rubella vaccine is available in the private sector as MMR and is a part of the mandatory vaccination schedule of pregnant women.

Home secy leaves House panel meet midway, TMC walks out
Tue, Jan 19, 2016

The agenda for the day’s meeting included Chennai floods, along with any other issues that members wanted discussed.

Kilkari project on health advice to roll out Friday
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

In the first phase, the Kilkari application is expected to benefit 1.84 crore pregnant women/newborns in Jharkhand, Odisha, UP, Uttarakhand and in some districts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Foreign trips: Government clips bureaucrats’ wings
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

A minister and the secretary of that department cannot be on tour simultaneously - in case it is inevitable, it has to be cleared by the Prime Minister.

National Health Mission: Nadda writes to all MPs seeking inputs
Mon, Jan 11, 2016

Last month, PM Modi had created a group of ministers, headed by Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar, with a mandate to increase interaction between the government and BJP MPs.

Success against polio has emboldened India’s immunation drive: Dr Seth Berkeley
Sat, Jan 09, 2016

Berkeley shares his views on the government's engagement on vaccination and the way forward for India which supplies 60 per cent of the world's vaccines and yet has the largest number of unimmunised children.

First time, plan to map every doctor, health facility in the country
Wed, Jan 06, 2016

Lack of authentic data on healthcare resources has long been one of the biggest impediments to health planning in India.

After Saudi execution, unease over effect on Shia-Sunni equations
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

Sunnis make up more than 90 per cent of Muslims in India, but opinion is divided on the extent of their allegiance to Saudi Arabia and antipathy to Iran.

Health: Battles won and waged against disease
Thu, Dec 31, 2015

The food regulatory establishment found itself on the backfoot over both the Maggi controversy and the release of instant noodles by Ramdev’s Patanjali without the necessary certification.

Simply put: Can this vaccine check cervical cancer?
Wed, Dec 30, 2015

The health ministry is keen on introducing the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine in the universal immunisation programme, hoping to check the incidence of cervical cancer, the second most common cancer among Indian women.

Heads-Up 2016: Only Saradha remains in Mamata’s way
Wed, Dec 30, 2015

The Indian Express reporters read between the headlines of this year to interpret what will make news in 2016.

Universal Immunisation Programme: To check cervical cancer, govt plans to launch HPV vaccine
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

After breast cancer, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in India.

For Trinamool, it’s goodbye 2015, welcome 2016 and a win in the assembly polls?
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Mamata-di will end 2015 on a happier note than she began it with the successive arrests of her ministers and MPs in the Saradha scam and the subsequent estrangement of her closest aide Mukul Roy.

Juvenile Bill: Beyond 16-18
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

From new norms in adoption to foster care, Abantika Ghosh goes into the fine print of the new law.

The Elders Rush In
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Rajya Sabha has failed in its role as a delaying chamber for unwise legislation.

In Parliament gridlock, one thing BJP and Congress agree on: When to send a 16-year-old child to jail
Wed, Dec 23, 2015

The Juvenile Justice Bill, which provides for lowering the age for trial from 18 years, was passed by Rajya Sabha with a voice vote after a walkout by Left parties which wanted it to be sent to a Select Committee.

Simply put: Who is a child? The 16 or 18 debate
Wed, Dec 23, 2015

Abantika Ghosh explains the inherent contradictions in the Juvenile Justice Bill that was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday — how, at 16, you are too young to drink but old enough to be tried as an adult.

Changes in juvenile law crime against kids, say experts; Rajya Sabha debate today
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

When the UPA government passed the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, that laid down in clear terms that the age of consent for sex is 18 years, even then activists had warned against such misuse.

SC/ST bill, 2 others passed in an instant
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

The SC/ST bill was passed unanimously through a voice vote.

DDCA corruption row: Kirti Azad too attacks Jaitley with 52 questions, BJP says charges fake
Mon, Dec 21, 2015

"There is no personal animosity against anyone. My campaign is against corruption," said Azad in the conference which was also attended by Bishan Singh Bedi.

Hamid Ansari wants more powers to take action against MPs
Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Hamid Ansari urged the Rules Committee of the House to meet and frame new rules similar to the Lok Sabha, allowing the presiding officer to throw out members disrupting proceedings.

For transgenders, in another House, another private member’s bill
Fri, Dec 18, 2015

The Transgender Persons (Welfare) Bill 2015 is listed for consideration Friday.

Govt wonders how to push laws, amid din or away
Thu, Dec 17, 2015

Wants non-controversial bills passed in RS, chair says only if all parties agree; other options are executive order, money bill.

How TMC became AAP’s de facto voice in Rajya Sabha
Wed, Dec 16, 2015

Kejriwal in recent months has been a regular at Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee’s South Avenue residence every time Mamata is in Delhi.