Wednesday, 6 July, 2022


Panic over diseases can help prevent epidemics, but also create other health problems

Exaggerators in public health fields may think they can do no harm by issuing alarming warnings. But there are costs to such tunnel vision.

New green crackers promise all the Diwali fun with 30% less toxic pollution

Science Minister Harsh Vardhan said Saturday, two weeks before Diwali, that the green crackers are already available in the market.

India to revive penicillin, one of world’s oldest antibiotics, 5 yrs after production ended

Doctors across India had put in request to procure the antibiotic used to treat Strep A bacterial infection, which can lead to rheumatic fever & heart disease.

Ayushman Bharat faces 7 challenges, Modi govt looks at homegrown startups for help

The Modi govt will announce launch of Start-Up Grand Challenge on October 1, when the flagship health insurance scheme PM-JAY completes a year.

No decision on cataract surgery as Ayushman Bharat adds 237 medical packages, drops 554

Modi govt had proposed to treat cataract under National Blindness Prevention Programme instead of PM-JAY. But NBPP has cited 'excessive burden'.

Popular cartoon characters Motu, Patlu will now promote Modi govt’s Ayushman Bharat

The comic book featuring details about Ayushman Bharat has been published. Copies will soon be distributed in over 7 lakh govt schools across India.

GSK Pharma halts supply of top-selling acidity drug Zinetac over ‘cancer-causing’ substance

The US FDA has found a cancer-causing substance, NDMA, in Ranitidine-based medicines like GSK’s Zinetac, and is probing the matter.

After US red-flag, Modi govt asks states to check samples of acidity drug for cancer agent

Drug Controller General of India has written to state drug regulators, asking them to alert manufacturers about Ranitidine & take steps to ensure patient safety.

Vaping is a problem but banning it would be, too

The harm and toll from smoking tobacco cigarettes seems to have gotten lost in the alarm over vaping.

Modi govt plans biometrics to fight ‘ghost patients’ of Ayushman Bharat

In an exclusive interview, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan talks of checking fraud under Ayushman Bharat and govt's plans for second year of the scheme.

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(L-R) Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, and Narendra Modi | ThePrint

India has interests on both sides of US-China divide. Cold War holds clues for path ahead

India’s strategic balance is weighted towards the West and its economic balance is towards China. But it needs more to build a multipolar world order.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Army puts out tender for 30k ‘night sights’ so its US-made assault rifles can aim better in dark

While an open tender has been issued for procurement of the optical instruments, Bengaluru-based firm Tonbo Imaging, whose services the Army has previously used, is a frontrunner.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.