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Narendra Modi with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

Why Modi’s Ayushman Bharat failed in Nitish Kumar’s Bihar as encephalitis killed over 120 kids

Bihar is poor and lacks a network of good private hospitals. This is a severe disadvantage in the books of Ayushman Bharat.
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Modicare CEO wants wellness centres to be one-stop shop for healthcare in rural India

Ayushman Bharat CEO Indu Bhushan wants to digitise health and wellness centres that will help it fix appointments for beneficiaries and track medical history of patients. 
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Modi govt’s Ayushman Bharat not for common man but for insurance firms, says Congress

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh alleged the claims of Modicare's success in providing every household an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh was "false and fake".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Mahagathbandhan is an incoherent alliance of rich dynasties, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also termed it an unholy alliance of various political parties for personal survival.
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Only 3 of Delhi’s 900 private hospitals sign up for Ayushman Bharat

Lack of interest for the insurance scheme from Delhi hospitals, which are citing low rates, could dent the Modi govt’s flagship scheme. 
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Modi govt will make it easier to set up private hospitals, but there’s a catch

Hospitals that avail of concessions will have to enrol for Ayushman Bharat. Move part of efforts to resuscitate flagging Modicare.
An examination room at a clinic | Kholood Eid/Bloomberg

PM Modi is writing letters to 100 million families to educate them about Modicare

Many beneficiaries of Modicare don't have a clue about the healthcare plan and Modi wants to tackle the problem at its roots.
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In first 2 weeks, 47,091 beneficiaries admitted under Ayushman Bharat

Ayushman Bharat CEO Indu Bhushan says the scheme has already received 37,353 claims worth Rs 72.5 crore.
PM Modi at the launch of a health and fitness centre under Ayushman Bharat scheme | Twitter

‘Modicare’ budget may have to be raised to Rs 10,000 crore to make it really work

Coming ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP govt's mega health insurance scheme aims to benefit 50 crore people across the country.
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PM Modi launches world’s biggest govt-sponsored healthcare scheme

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana PMJAY-Ayushman Bharat will have beneficiaries almost equal to the population of Canada, Mexico and the US combined together.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.