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File image of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan (left) and MoS Ashwini Kumar Choubey | Photo: ANI

Rs 4,230.78 crore allocated to states for Covid management, Modi govt tells Rajya Sabha

Health ministry says in written response to MP’s questions that Tamil Nadu has received the highest funds, followed by Maharashtra, UP and Rajasthan.
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Health ministry to upgrade Covid war room with Rs 18.31 cr from Asian Development Bank

Apart from the money, India has also asked Asian Development Bank to select technical experts to help analysis and data visualisation on Covid-19.
A Group of Ministers meeting at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in March (for representation) | Photo: ANI

Modi govt cut red tape to hire 7 firms for Covid ‘war room’, but data-sharing questions remain

Health ministry RTI reply shows it invoked Disaster Management Act to act quickly, but data is being shared with KPMG, Cisco & Boston Consulting.
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Global firms Abbott, Danone under Modi govt lens again for breaking law to promote baby food

Complaint by NGO Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India has accused Abbott and Danone of violating Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods Act.
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Health ministry makes it clear — smoking and chewing tobacco increases Covid-19 risk

The ministry advisory comes three months after a non-peer-reviewed French study had claimed smokers are less likely to contract Covid-19.
Healthcare staff tend to a Covid-19 patient at Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Secunderabad | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India’s daily Covid deaths have more than doubled in 6 weeks, positivity rate too on the rise

Cause for concern, say experts, is age-wise break-up of deaths — 47% are those aged less than 60 years, and could be a very strong indicator that India is missing deaths among elderly.
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Govt denying but India had Covid community transmission in April, health ministry paper says

Community transmission means spread of an illness without knowing the source of infection. Govt had last reiterated its denial on 11 June.
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Discuss depression, anxiety disorders openly so that people can seek help: Centre tells states

Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan lists nuclear families and social distancing in Covid season as reasons for aggravation of mental health problems.
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Don’t deny treatment to CGHS beneficiaries, Modi govt tells hospitals, warns of action

In a letter to empanelled healthcare organisations, govt has cited complaints from beneficiaries about problems faced getting treatment amid Covid pandemic.
A mother and child during the Covid-19 lockdown | Representational image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Govt could now home deliver mother & child care drugs, contraceptives in containment zones

The health ministry’s plan is part of a larger attempt to plug loopholes in mother and child healthcare under the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.


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India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?