Abantika Ghosh

Articles By Abantika Ghosh

Govt to throw open AMRIT stores to private franchisees

Unlike Jan Aushadhi stores, which are run by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, AMRIT stores do not sell generic versions of drug but sell branded drugs.

NHA ropes in five analytics firms to detect fraud in health scheme

This follows the practice in the US, where a multi-disciplinary team of economists, statisticians, programmers and clinicians is engaged to detect new and emerging fraud.

Measles Rubella Vaccination: Understanding the question of parental consent

The latest Global Measles and Rubella Update says India had 56,399 confirmed measles cases and 1,066 confirmed rubella cases in 2018.

CCHS: What makes sleep deadly in this rare disease?

Those suffering from the disease, called Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS), can lose their life if they fall into deep sleep. A look at how it affects the body.

Payment systems down after breach, Health Ministry pays 80% salary

The move has caused resentment, with some in the ministry asking whether interest will be paid on the remaining sum.

Explained: Why Bengal has withdrawn from Centre’s flagship health scheme PMJAY

West Bengal has withdrawn from flagship programme PMJAY, joining 3 other states that have stayed out. What are the reasons behind the states’ reluctance; what could this mean for the programme’s future?

Exiled Bangla poet Daud Haider refused India visa

The embassy told Haider, who holds a special UN visa as a stateless person, that he would need MHA’s clearance

Mamata Banerjee pulls out of PMJAY, says Centre taking credit

The West Bengal government had initially declined to participate in the Ayushman Bharat scheme as it already had its own health protection scheme called Swasthya Sathi.

10% quota for general category poor clears Parliament, set to be law

PM calls it victory for social justice, Law Minister says first of many sixes in slog overs; Opp claims polls forced Govt

Quota Bill historic, shows govt means sabka vikaas: BJP MPs

Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said Congress leaders are having “stomach ache” at the sight of the son of a backward caste family talk about the upper castes.

Opposition parties back quota Bill in Rajya Sabha, but question govt’s timing

Cutting across party lines, Opposition leaders asked whether the Bill would stand judicial scrutiny as the Supreme Court had struck down P V Narasimha Rao’s forward quota move in 1992.

Opposition sit-in in House to protest extra sitting

Opposition leaders said that they were informed about the extension only on Tuesday morning at the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee.

10% quota bill may face Rajya Sabha hurdle as Opposition says don’t push it

Sources said that the Opposition parties suggested that another session, either a Budget Session or an extension of the Winter Session, be called two-three days earlier to discuss the Bill in detail and pass it rather than doing so in a hurried manner.

Flagging ‘SP-BSP alliance’, Maya backs Akhilesh in mining probe

Inside Parliament, too, the former UP rivals brought the Opposition together on the issue despite the Congress insisting on attacking the government over the Rafale fighter deal.

40% money sanctioned under PMJAY for four heart procedures

Launched on September 23 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, PMJAY is a tertiary care programme under which an annual health cover of Rs 5 lakh has been given to 10.74 crore families across the country.

French minister felt no need for Rafale discussion: Sushma Swaraj

Replying to a query by Shiv Sena member Sanjay Raut, Swaraj said, “On that day, the Supreme Court verdict was pronounced. He (French Minister) was very happy. He expressed joy and felt there was no need to have a discussion.”

National Health Authority gets Cabinet nod

The Cabinet also approved a proposal to upgrade the post of the NHA CEO to that of a Secretary to the Government of India with full financial powers.

Opposition wants debate on triple talaq Bill to question govt

Two motions have been submitted on this, one with Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad as first signatory and the other as TMC Parliamentary Party leader Derek O’Brien as first signatory.

Rajya Sabha debate washed out, Opposition, govt argue over triple talaq Bill

The Opposition is learnt to have asked what the BJP, a self-proclaimed Hindu party, had done for Hindu women now that it wants to ostensibly empower Muslim women.

Can a health cover programme win an election? India ready to give verdict

Simply put, 2019 will be the year of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), the year that will make or break the flagship programme that already has the international health community excited and talking.