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A relative helps a cancer patient to the rest room at Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment and Research Institue in Bikaner, Rajasthan | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg News

Modi govt slashed prices of cancer drugs, just not for the costly ones

Govt order has little effect on patented drugs, most of which have been kept out of it. Don't want to kill innovation, says Niti Aayog member.
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Indians are buying and selling heroin, cocaine & ganja online, and UN is worried

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has highlighted the emergence of 'illicit internet pharmacies' as a gateway for drug sales.
A health worker immunises a pregnant woman at a health center in Aurangabad, India

IMA asks govt to reconsider restrictions on importing, manufacturing Oxytocin

The government had restricted the manufacturing of Oxytocin, a life-saving drug for new mothers, to just one organisation, a move IMA says will create a shortage.
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US lawmakers seek briefing on contaminated drugs coming from India and China

The lawmakers are concerned since 15 recalls of drugs meant for treating high blood pressure were done in eight months.

This doctor has single-handedly changed Punjab’s approach to its drug problem

Dr Sandeep Bhola has got the state to treat drug addicts as patients and not criminals, and inspired a state-wide drive for de-addiction centres.

Indian chemists warn of huge drug shortage as 328 antibiotics & anti-diabetic meds banned

Nasivion Classic Adult Spray, Cheston Cold, Zifi AZ, Nicip among the drugs banned by government.

Banning 328 ‘cocktail’ drugs not a witch hunt, says officer behind the crackdown

Singh, who was responsible for DGCI move, says ban will not hurt the pharma brands or India’s larger pharma market.
A spate of horrible deaths due to suspected drug overdose forced the Captain Amarinder Singh-led government to sit up | PTI

The Great Punjab Dope Trick: Politicians race to get tested and show off their clean chit

Politicians in Punjab are proudly displaying results after voluntarily signing up for drug tests.
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Punjab cabinet recommends death penalty to tackle drug menace in state

Punjab also constitutes a special Working Group to review and monitor the action being taken to check drug abuse.
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Amarinder calls special cabinet meeting as fresh claims of police-drug mafia nexus emerge

The meeting comes as a citizen campaign gets underway to project the people's disenchantment with alleged government inaction to curb drug abuse. 

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Kanshiram (centre) along with the other founding members of BAMCEF in the 1970s | Facebook

Kanshi Ram matters in 2019 polls and why some think he deserves a Bharat Ratna

Kanshi Ram promised the lower castes that if they can organise themselves into a grand voting bloc, they will become the ruler of this country.
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Anil Ambani pays up: Defaulting tycoons can no longer game the system or is it a one-off?

Anil Ambani Tuesday escaped a three-month prison term after his elder brother Mukesh Ambani agreed to repay money Reliance Communications owed to Ericsson’s local unit.

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Mi-25 gunships | YouTube

Chopper delivery from India to Afghanistan delayed by a year, now likely in June

Questions are, however, being raised in Afghanistan on whether India will be able to deliver the Mi-25 gunship choppers as it heads into elections & amid tension with Pakistan.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?