Abantika Ghosh

Articles By Abantika Ghosh

Current Session may be extended to clear pending legislation

Modi, according to sources, told the Parliamentary Party meeting that the government has pending legislative agenda so the session may be extended.

No Rajya Sabha nod without scrutiny: Opposition to Govt

Of the 10 Rajya Sabha seats in the Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, BJP got four, Congress two and one each went to the Trinamool Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and nominated Member Dr Narendra Jadhav.

Centre set to roll out rotavirus vaccination drive in all states by September this year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked all departments to identify “transformative ideas” for implementation in the first 100 days of government.

16 Opposition parties submit notice to Rajya Sabha chairman on media freedom

Among the signatories of the notice is BJP MP Subramanian Swamy and NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

President Kovind to release translated copies of 100 SC verdicts

In his first meeting with current CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Kovind mentioned that from his own experience as a lawyer he found that use of English in courts leaves most people at a loss, and emphasised the need for them to be translated in Indian languages, sources in Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

Day after rift over ESIC poll, bonhomie returns to Opposition camp

Trinamool won the election with 90 votes — some of them from BJP MPs. Both the Congress and the Trinamool had accused each other of ganging up with the BJP.

Where India stands in battle against measles, how Sri Lanka eliminated it

India has a long road ahead, particularly because vaccine-resistant voices are sometimes being heard.

ESIC poll puts rift in Opposition camp out in the open

Both the Congress and the Trinamool accused each other of ganging up with the BJP.

Sri Lanka has eliminated measles, announces WHO

The elimination of a disease means that there have been zero new cases of the disease in the last three years.

Rajya Sabha panel: Sadhvi Prachi’s remarks ‘contemptuous’ but no point in privilege breach action

There were three breach of privilege notices against Prachi, filed by MPs from different parties.

Nitin Gadkari in Rajya Sabha: Govt may make silicon, nitrogen mandatory for car tyres

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said this in Rajya Sabha on Monday while replying to a question on traffic accidents on the Yamuna Expressway.

As India ages fast, Economic Survey says need to raise age for retirement

The total fertility rate, which is a measure of how many children an average woman of reproductive age is likely to have in her lifetime, will dip below the replacement 2.1 by 2021.

Days after letter to Bengal on ‘rising’ violence, govt says no data on crime since 2016

This comes days after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sent an advisory to the West Bengal government on June 15 in the wake of agitation by doctors in the state. In it, the MHA had quoted reports available with the ministry to give exact figures of political violence in the state.

14 opposition parties to take on govt with poll reform debate in Rajya Sabha

The notice has been submitted by Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien and will see 14 opposition parties participate.

Government introduces teachers’ reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha

The Bill will replace the ordinance passed before the Lok Sabha polls, which provides for reservation of teaching positions in Central educational institutions for persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and economically weaker sections of society.

Under PMJAY, most claims for dialysis

This, despite the fact that the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme, which was rolled out in 2016, also provides free dialysis to kidney patients in district hospitals.

Why diphtheria is a concern: long-time vaccine, yet rising recent numbers

Diphtheria is an infectious disease caused by Corynebacterium diphtheria, a bacterium. The primary infection is in the throat and upper airways.

Little room for PM Modi’s speech, Rajya Sabha works day after MP death

Rajasthan BJP MP Madan Lal Saini died on Monday and for much of Monday evening there was belief in the RS secretariat that the House would adjourn for the day after obituary references to the deceased MP as per convention.

Come to Rajya Sabha more often, things can be mended: Azad to Parliamentary affairs minister

With PM Narendra Modi in the House, Azad told him that if he comes more often and engages more with the opposition, “a lot of things can be mended”.

Lapsing of Bills waste of Lok Sabha time, rethink provision: Venkaiah to Rajya Sabha

Among the 33 Bills that have survived in Rajya Sabha after the Lok Sabha term came to an end are some that have been pending for decades.