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Gorakhpur: In region deadly for children, dismal health parameters, poverty, poor infrastructure
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The fact that so many children brought to BRD suffer from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), says Dr K S Reddy of the Public Health Foundation of India, shows that primary and secondary care are lacking.

Gorakhpur: Vacant posts, hygiene lacking at BRD hospital, notes Central team
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Gorakhpur tragedy: In August 2014, 567 children died at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College and Hospital — approximately 19 per day.

Govt mulls if NEET should be a must to study medicine abroad
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

First mooted in 2013, NEET became the sole exam for entry into all medical colleges from 2016 after prolonged court battles with deemed universities, minority institutions and states contesting the common test on a myriad grounds.

Meet the members of UP Shia Board that wants mosque at a distance from where Babri stood
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

In staking claim to Babri Masjid and telling the court that a mosque should be built not at the disputed site but in a Muslim area away from it, the board has altered the very contours of the 70-year dispute.

Change in metrics a factor in infra boost under NDA
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Since 2014-15, Railways has been measuring its achievements on the basis of how many kilometers of lines were “commissioned”, as opposed to how many kilometers were physically constructed during a particular financial year.

Gorakhpur tragedy brings under scanner newborn care units in hospitals
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Fourteen years after a small UNICEF funded project in West Bengal’s Purulia district showed the effectiveness of SNCUs in reducing infant mortality and 12 years after that model was adopted under the then National Rural Health Mission for replication across the country, non-functional SNCUs have left the BRD Hospital grappling with a grinding patient load.

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Critical care, including undisrupted oxygen supply, is extremely important for AES treatment, say Experts
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Disruption in oxygen supply in the encephalitis ward of Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College Hospital is said to have proven fatal for several infants. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, however, insisted that oxygen shortage did not lead to the deaths.

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Principal suspended, govt says he delayed payment for oxygen
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: While the state government maintained that none of the deaths were related to disruption in oxygen supply, it admitted that there was a shortfall on the intervening night of August 10-11.

BJP slams Hamid Ansari, PM Modi says now you are free to follow your core belief
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

The Prime Minister’s remarks in Rajya Sabha come four days after Ansari, speaking at the annual convocation of the National Law School of India University in Bengaluru, expressed concern over “enhanced apprehensions of insecurity amongst segments of our citizen body, particularly Dalits, Muslims and Christians”.

Allow payment, live-in couples: House panel for more liberal surrogacy Bill
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 was introduced in Lok Sabha on November 21, 2016 and referred to the standing committee by the Chairman, Rajya Sabha in consultation with the Speaker, Lok Sabha on January 12, 2017

Rajya Sabha farewell: MPs recall Hamid Ansari’s way with words, debate over ‘federation of anarchists’
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Leader of the House Arun Jaitley recalled his colourful turn of phrase calling unruly members a “federation of anarchists”, while DMK MP Tiruchi Siva recalled how Ansari, known for his impatience with long-winding supplementaries during question hour, had set the rule describing supplementaries as a “window not an elephant gate”.

From Planning Commission To Niti Aayog: Life comes a full circle for Dr Vinod Paul
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Unlike his former colleague and PHFI President Dr K S Reddy, Paul has managed to stay on the right side of the government.

Jogen Chowdhury seeks GST exemption for art
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Chowdhury, who is a Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP and one of the biggest names in contemporary Indian art, wrote that it was shameful that artists who receive no benefits from the government have been reduced to the category of a businessmen or traders.

Independence-Day speech: Govt readies report card on promises PM Modi made last year
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

After a detailed analysis of the speech, eight specific promises have been identified for the report card. These pertain to the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, energy-rich India, farmers’ welfare, healthy India, saluting freedom fighters and saluting tribals and giving an identity to every Indian.

Five questions: CPM intolerant, BJP-RSS never aggressor, says BJP leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

"What RSS or BJP people resort to is a kind of actions in self-defence. We never attack our ideological opponents. It is CPM that is intolerant to other ideologies," Sahasrabuddhe told The Indian Express.

70 years of independence: Govt to flag 70 schemes, two from UPA
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

Official sources told The Indian Express that the list was drawn up at the “highest level”.  ”These 70 schemes will be showcased as India’s achievements in the 70 years since Independence.

Three-pronged strategy cleared for Air India disinvestment
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

The ministry has informed the Parliamentary panel: “The decision to acquire a large number of aircraft in excess of Rs 50,000 crore unleashed a pile of debt from which Air India has never recovered."

Red faces in Govt after key clause in Bill falls for lack of numbers
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

In Rajya Sabha, Congress MPs Digvijaya Singh, B K Hariprasad and Husain Dalwai moved several amendments, including one for the inclusion of a woman member and a minority member in the commission.

Health ministry opposes govt plan to privatise HLL
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

The Department of Disinvestment and Public Assets Management, under the Finance Ministry, has circulated a draft Cabinet note on disinvestment of what was once Hindustan Latex Limited.

Nitish gets front row seat, Shah greeting at swearing-in
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Whether Nitish’s seat was a sign of changing political equations in Bihar is open to interpretation, but Nitish was also among the few in the front of the Central Hall who did not rise when the PM walked in

On the sidelines, Mamata Banerjee reaches out to Congress: field Meira Kumar from Bengal
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Six Rajya Sabha berths in West Bengal will fall vacant next month. There were reports about Kumar being in contention for one of them, but, sources said, the Congress leadership was yet to make up its mind.

Willing to quit in foundation’s interest: PHFI chief
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

Reddy now says that he is willing to step down in the foundation’s interest if his stature in the global public health arena or perceived closeness to the UPA are a problem.

Pranab Mukherjee: Soul of India resides in tolerance, pluralism
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Mukherjee also described financial inclusion as the core of an equitable society.

As countdown starts, Pranab Mukherjee works a punishing schedule in last 72 hours
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

The days are packed with meetings with ministers, MLAs from various states, MPs and people who Mukherjee has worked with through his long political career, and who that want to bid him goodbye at the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Opposition looks to corner government on note ban, GST, farmer suicide
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

In a coordinated action, notices have been submitted by several parties, including the Congress, TMC, JD(U) and the SP on both issues.

Ram Nath Kovind to visit Rajghat on day of swearing-in ceremony
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee had also begun his tenure with a visit to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

Increase in unspent health funds in states
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

The 2017 Economic Survey put India’s health spend at a “little over” 1 per cent of the GDP, with the target set by the National Health Policy adopted earlier this year at 2.5 per cent.

‘All sides condemn violence, can be no justification of this’: Arun Jaitley on cow vigilantes
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

‘Just as killing of a human in name of cow has to be condemned, nobody should eulogise the fact that I see no wrong in cow slaughter’

Swine flu returns: Why it is bigger, more dangerous now than in 2016
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

The death toll in Maharashtra so far this year is higher than the number of deaths from H1N1 in the whole country in 2016 — 265

Govt unveils malaria fight plan: Elimination deadline set at 2027
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Six states — Odisha (40%) Chhattisgarh (20%), Jharkhand (20%), Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram (5-7%) — report most of the malaria cases in India

Last year, govt spent Rs 40-cr in giving sanitary napkins in 18 states
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

States told the Centre that a menstrual hygiene scheme where the supply of sanitary napkins sometimes comes after a gap of three months is “self-defeating”, the official said.

Ensure those ferrying animals are not attacked: Shahi Imam to Rajnath
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Bukhari’s letter comes in the wake of a series of attacks on Muslims by self-styled gaurakshaks. It also comes exactly a year after then BJP spokesperson, and now a minister in UP government, Shrikant Sharma, kicked up a storm calling for an “eco-friendly Eid"

Doklam border stand-off: Government briefs Opposition, China storm unlikely in monsoon session
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

While all parties asked the Government to find a diplomatic solution, sources said that Mulayam, a former defence minister, wanted India to “teach a lesson” to China so that situations, such as the current stand-off in Doklam, would not arise in future.

MPs to give President Pranab farewell on July 23
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

In showing the Constitution to the government, the Opposition and everyone else during his tenure, but steering clear of any confrontation with a government of a markedly different ideology from his own, Mukherjee has made his predecessor look prescient.

Vice-Presidential election: Why Gopalkrishna Gandhi got the nod; non-political career, Chennai link
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Gopal Krishna Gandhi was teaching a class when Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien called him with the news. Gandhi’s first question is said to have have been about the 18th party

Vice-Presidential election: Opposition fields Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Many senior leaders in Congress and other parties are of the view that the Opposition failed to secure the first-mover advantage in Presidential polls by delaying announcement of its candidate. Gandhi was sounded out about his candidature before the parties met. Once there was unanimity, a call was made to him.