Abantika Ghosh


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.

Panama Papers: I-T search teams follow offshore money trail to brewery in Shillong
Sat, Jul 09, 2016

Panama Papers is an investigation by ICIJ, involving more than 100 media organisations including The Indian Express, into leaked data of offshore entities set up for clients by the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Government revives HIV/AIDS Bill to make treatment a right
Thu, Jul 07, 2016

Bill lays down penal provisions for discrimination against HIV-positive people, breach of confidentiality.

She hoped she would make a difference, all loved her, says Tarishi’s friend
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

Tarishi’s FB posts, which were often months apart, show a confident, well-travelled young woman.

PG medical education: Revamped board to focus on roping in pvt hospitals
Fri, Jul 01, 2016

Dr Abhijat Sheth of Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad, has been appointed as president of the National Board of Examinations (NBE) in a long-overdue restructuring.

Health Ministry to roll out star rating system for healthcare facilities
Thu, Jun 30, 2016

To do away with any concerns about the rating method, data reported by the facilities themselves on the management information system (MIS) every month will be used to give the ratings.

PMO pushes for 360-degree feedback on top officials
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

The 360-degree mechanism is widely used by international organisations and some foreign governments to fill top slots.

Eye on 2018 polls, Mamata to visit Tripura on August 9
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

West Bengal Chief Minister and party chief Mamata Banerjee will visit the state on August 9 and address a rally, the venue of which is yet to be decided.

Centre launches scheme for pregnant women 13 days after PM Modi moots idea at rally
Thu, Jun 23, 2016

According to World Bank data, India’s maternal mortality rate was 174 per 100,000 live births in 2015.

Medical colleges: Health Ministry to scrap no-profit clause
Wed, Jun 22, 2016

The Health Ministry has now written to the Medical Council of India to substitute Sub Clause (6) of the eligibility criteria to remove the reference to “commercialisation”.

Soon, cancer screening centres in 100 districts across India
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

The programme aims to screen people aged above 30 for oral cancer and women aged above 30 for breast and cervical cancer.

CMs of 3 Northeast states to meet Ram Madhav, talk strategy
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

The meeting is scheduled to finalise the charter of the Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the inception of which BJP president Amit Shah announced on the day Assam elected its first BJP government.

Surgeon shortage shows why too few transplants in India
Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Transplant of organs such as heart, pancreas, intestine etc is almost notional in the country

Only 5% manage to get kidneys, men three times likelier
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

Doctors say the cost of the surgery is a deterrent, though once a woman has been put on the waiting list for a cadaver organ, there are rarely any dropouts by families. The procedure can cost anywhere between Rs 3-6 lakh.

This year, use only India-made mats on Yoga day: Centre
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

State governments have been issued instructions that the items for Yoga Day celebrations should be procured locally as far as possible to encourage local artisans and small industries.

Apollo transplant scandal: Explaining the kidney market rules
Tue, Jun 07, 2016

Last week’s revelations about a kidney racket in Delhi showed that clean-ups were unlikely to work while the market for out-of-turn allotments remained alive. Indian Express looks at the rules of kidney transplant, and how and why they are repeatedly subverted.

Centre plans exit exam for MBBS students
Thu, Jul 14, 2016

This year’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test - Post Graduate (NEET-PG) is slated for the first week of December.

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma’s SOS: Didn’t meet any Congress leader, says Himanta Biswa Sarma
Fri, Jun 03, 2016

I have not met Mr Lapang in four years, neither are we in touch with any other Congress leader there, says Sharma.

What govt hasn’t declassified: In defence archives, book that suggests Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose survived Taipei crash
Mon, May 30, 2016

Despite the political rush to declassify Netaji files – the Centre has so far declassified 175 files and the West Bengal government 64.

Assam: The importance of being Himanta Biswa Sarma
Wed, May 25, 2016

As the new BJP government takes charge in Assam, the burden of expectations aside, all eyes will be on the Sonowal-Sarma chemistry.

Assam swearing-in: PM underlines Act East, CM state identity
Wed, May 25, 2016

The swearing-in ceremony at the Khanapara Veterinary College grounds was a show of strength for the BJP and its allies, with BJP president Amit Shah, 14 chief ministers and many union ministers in attendance.

Assam swearing-in today: AGP, BPF may get two berths each in Sonowal cabinet
Tue, May 24, 2016

Former Congress leader Himanta Biswa Sarma is also likely to take oath.

Assam: ‘I am a BJP MLA first and then a minority’
Mon, May 23, 2016

There is something else that he wears as a badge — the fact that he joined BJP on the same day and place as chief minister-in-waiting Sarbananda Sonowal.

North by Northeast: What explains BJP’s stunning win in Assam?
Tue, May 24, 2016

Deft planning by the party, an Opposition that failed to notice trouble within its ranks, and the AIUDF that had hoped to be kingmaker but is nowhere in sight.

Assam Congress leaders think over what could have been – with Himanta
Sat, May 21, 2016

There is almost no one in the Congress today who does not believe that Sarma would have made a difference.