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Iron tablets, polio-drug vials will soon come with labels in Hindi, other Indian languages

The proposal focuses on iron tablets and polio drops as they are the drugs most commonly administered to children at government centres.

Africa has a new health care crisis — obesity

The recently published Global Wellness Index set alarm bells ringing when South Africa scored poorly for life expectancy, alcohol use, depression and diabetes.
Culex mosquitoe, carrier of West Nile fever

Modi govt to send team of experts to tackle West Nile fever in Kerala

A four-member team will leave for Kerala after a 7-year-old boy in Malappuram district was diagnosed with the viral infection.
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

After goofing up its rare-disease policy, India looks to US, EU, Japan for pointers

The Delhi High Court has given the Union government nine months to come up with a revised policy on rare diseases.
An ambulance outside a Primary Health Care Center in Raghopur, Bihar (representational image) | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Not a single rural healthcare centre in 15 states meets govt’s minimum quality standards

CPR report says healthcare centres don't meet standards designed by health ministry in terms of infrastructure, manpower, medical equipment and drugs.
PM Narender Modi with BJP state president Ravinder Raina and others after laying the foundation stone of AIIMS in Samba district of J&K | PTI

PM Modi lays foundation stones for AIIMS, IIMC & other projects in Jammu

New AIIMS would transform health care facilities and will also provide new opportunities to the youth, he said.
Arun Jaitley with NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar during the launch of the document

NITI Aayog calls for 1.5 lakh more health centres under Ayushman Bharat by 2023

In a document released Wednesday, the NITI Aayog stated that health centres need to provide more services to expand the existing limited scope of primary healthcare.
A child receives polio vaccine drops at a goverment hospital | Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images

We are not source of India’s polio vaccine contamination, says Indonesian drug firm

Indonesian firm Bio Farma says test results of bulk vaccine do not indicate presence of type-2 polio virus. Modi govt to widen scope of investigation.
Manohar Parrikar

Indian politicians should stop going abroad for medical treatment

Manohar Parrikar, Pinayari Vijayan, Sonia Gandhi, Anant Kumar have all gone abroad to seek treatment.
Representional image | Leon Neal/Getty Images

Patient interest must override criminal action threat in Johnson & Johnson implant case

If the government has to ensure speedy and just settlement for all 4700 patients, it must consider an unpalatable option.

On Camera

File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.