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President Pranab Mukherjee had a few questions & a 2-hr meet with Rajnath Singh
Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Rajnath Singh and Home Secretary L C Goyal also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the mercy petition

The Buzz of Death
Thu, Jul 30, 2015

62 years after the National Malaria Control Programme, among the country’s first public health initiatives, was launched, the disease continues to kill, though not as often as before. ABANTIKA GHOSH does a status check.

Nepal: Gadhimai temple pledges to look away from animal killings
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

Animal rights activists who have campaigned for years to stop the vicious practice rejoiced at the initial victory in having won the temple trust over. They

After confusion, Houses agree on two-day break
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

APJ Abdul Kalam’s body will be taken to his native village in Rameswaram where the last rites will be performed on Thursday at his family mosque.

Veg or Non-veg?
Tue, Jul 28, 2015

With an expert panel deciding in principle to replace gelatin capsules with cellulose-based ones, chemists could soon be asking this question to customers. Abantika Ghosh explains the difference.

First protest from Trinamool is over land bill
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

An unfazed Trinamool has declared that it will stage protests every day this week on various issues that require attention.

In-principle nod to replace gelatin in medicine capsules
Sun, Jul 26, 2015

The Indian Express had reported about the BIS notification and the scheduled meeting of the scientific committee July 24.

‘Don’t let PM Modi scare you with Saradha Scam': Congress MP baits TMC
Sat, Jul 25, 2015

While the TMC immediately took up the matter with the Speaker, it later said that after Scindia’s apology, it would not pursue the matter further.

CSIR team testing cow urine for medical benefits, govt tells LS
Sat, Jul 25, 2015

Govt said CSIR has conducted research on cow urine distillate for its anti-oxidant and bio-enhancing properties on anti-infective and anti-cancer agents and nutrients.

New drug capsule shells offer new choice: veg or non-veg
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

Expert panel to meet tomorrow to decide on gelatin versus cellulose

‘Peace proposal’ in place, Jamiat factions seek to reunite soon
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

The peace overtures were formally approved by the Jamiat working committee on the same day.

Interview: Oppn is disturbing without homework or exit route, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

BJP minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi discusses Congress ‘arrogance’ and NDA strategy with Abantika Ghosh.

TMC draws Oppn dividing line, will not press for resignations
Thu, Jul 23, 2015

Ready to take up corruption but ‘we want to discuss issues, not individuals’.

Call from cream of legal fraternity: Stall law that seeks to try juveniles as adults
Wed, Jul 22, 2015

One of the criticisms of the proposed amendment is that it could, in one stroke, legalise the illegal detention of thousands of underage children by policemen across the country.

Govt lays down rules to ferry animals meant for slaughter
Wed, Jul 22, 2015

Since only two states — West Bengal and Kerala — allow cow slaughter, cows from all over India are transported to these two states for slaughter.

Didi’s MPs in Kolkata, minus the belligerence of old
Tue, Jul 21, 2015

Trinamool Congress MPs skipped the all-party meeting in New Delhi and attended one held by Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata instead.

Letter to MPs: Suresh Prabhu lays down rules for rly tickets under emergency quota
Tue, Jul 21, 2015

Approximately 5 per cent of total berths and seats in trains are earmarked as emergency quota on an all India basis.

Land Bill: Secys skip House panel meeting, Oppn targets govt
Fri, Jul 17, 2015

The panel was to submit its report on July 27.

Committee on women wants AFSPA repealed
Fri, Jul 17, 2015

Seeks 50% quota at all levels of legislature

House panel meets anti-tobacco activists on pictorial warnings
Thu, Jul 16, 2015

The meeting was prompted by Rajasthan High Court asking the govt to implement its own decision of October last year to increase the size of tobacco warnings from the current 40 per cent.

SSB awarded for role in preventing animal smuggling to Nepal
Thu, Jul 16, 2015

The award, given out by Humane Society International and People for Animals, is for SSB’s role in preventing smuggling of animals across the Indo-Nepal border.

TB drug resistance weaker than feared, survey suggests
Wed, Jul 15, 2015

WHO projections put incidence at 12 per cent, survey hints at 9 per cent.

No ‘fear’, it’s business as usual at FSSAI
Fri, Jul 10, 2015

Food Minister Badal says the FSSAI is ‘creating fear’. Through June, the FSSAI has sought suggestions, set up a panel to regulate salt, sugar and fat intake, and issued two product-based orders.

The link between food inflation and malnutrition, plotted for Andhra
Thu, Jul 09, 2015

Between 2002 and 2006, the proportion of wasting in children in Andhra fell from 19% to 18%.

Rajasthan HC: Implement bigger warnings on tobacco packets
Thu, Jul 09, 2015

The Rajasthan High Court also asked the state to explain why it reduced VAT from 65 per cent to 45 per cent when its stated policy is to reduce consumption of cigarettes.

Needed: transplants of policy, attitudes and infrastructure
Tue, Jul 07, 2015

33-year-old Santosh Kumar who was given money for a kidney transplant by the PMO, died last week because the queue of patients ahead of him at the nearest transplant centre was simply too long.

Congress seeks changes in GST Bill
Sat, Jul 04, 2015

Scrap additional tax, include alcohol, tobacco, electricity, says party

Net Neutrality: Save the Internet campaigners slam telecom cos at panel meeting
Fri, Jul 03, 2015

Incidentally government had not invited any representatives of consumer groups in earlier standing committee meetings.

Govt likely to keep new adoption rules out of Juvenile Justice Act
Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Proposals include compulsory registration of kids’ homes

Vaccination coverage: Govt refuses to accept UNICEF report
Tue, Jul 07, 2015

One of the five states where immunisation coverage dipped in 2012-2013 was Gujarat.

In Guwahati, Nadda to meet N-E ministers today
Sat, Jun 27, 2015

The performance of the states in the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) will feature high on his list of priorities.

Lalit Modi row: As ‘evidence’ piles up, BJP MPs hedge bets on Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje
Fri, Jun 26, 2015

Off the record, however, some MPs did express their reservations about the way Raje and the party seem to have chosen to brazen the issue.

Tourism Ministry to cash in on Yoga Day success
Wed, Jun 24, 2015

To make yoga and meditation centrepiece of Incredible India campaign.

Had no idea PM Narendra Modi would do yoga on Rajpath: AYUSH minister Shripad Naik
Tue, Jun 23, 2015

Speculation about PM Modi heading the group of Yoga Day participants at Rajpath had been been rife for long.

Yoga moves nation, from Rajpath to states
Mon, Jun 22, 2015

How the Prime Minister led Yoga Day celebrations from the front in the capital, and how political leaders emulated him elsewhere in the country.

Two New Guinness World Records; PM Modi joins in, Rajpath bends into ‘Yogpath’
Mon, Jun 22, 2015

The Rajpath event of International Yoga Day made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest yoga demonstration at a single venue with 35,985 people participating.