Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

Topic: API

Inching towards self-reliance: India now makes 35 drug raw materials that were imported before

Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Mansukh Mandaviya says move will help India become self-reliant in manufacturing key drugs. Most raw materials were so far imported from China.

CSIR working on making 56 bulk drugs in India as Modi govt wants to cut imports from China

China is the biggest supplier of ingredients for drug production in India. Govt has drawn up list of 56 APIs for essential drugs with plans to make them in India.

Drugmakers cry ‘monopoly’ as Modi govt picks 1 firm each to make over 20 key raw materials

PLI scheme is supposed to end India’s dependence on Chinese imports, but drug lobby says firms could end up dependent on one company for a molecule, increasing patients’ bills.

Pharma industry warns of Covid drug shortages as raw materials prices surge 200%

Pharma firms say suspension of cargo from China has resulted hoarding, driving up prices of raw materials, seek govt intervention immediately.

Biden can’t see Indo-Pacific and pandemic with two prisms. Covid is the new reality

One should not be surprised if it turns out that the White House wanted India to agree to some quid-pro-quo for API. The jury is still out on this.

On Camera


Currently, India provides pensions for the elderly on the basis of the National Pensions Scheme | Representative Image | Wikimedia Commons

Giving up on NPS a tragedy for state govts. DB pensions are ad hoc, delay fiscal stress

Several of the problems of the National Pensions Scheme can be easily remedied. The solution to fiscal stress isn't going back two decades ago.
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.