Risking Health Of Its Women, India Uses Controversial Contraceptive In Family Planning Programme

  In July this year, the Indian government introduced an injectable contraceptive, depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), best known as depo provera, into the public health system. The contraceptive would be made available for free through Mission Parivar Vikas, which seeks to improve family planning services in 145 high-focus districts.   This was an important development … Continued

Maoists Acknowledge ‘Setback’ As Violence Falls 53% In 6 Years

Ten Maoists surrender before police officials in Lohardaga, Jharkhand, in April 2017. The Maoist movement is suffering a setback almost everywhere including its once unshakeable bastion, Dandakaranya, top leadership of Communist Party of India (Maoist) concluded in a February 2017 meeting.   Hyderabad: There has been a 52.6% drop in incidents of Maoist violence between … Continued

'A Uniform Civil Code Can Only Come Through Consultation'

Muslim women celebrate the Supreme Court’s verdict against instant talaq, in Lucknow on August 22, 2017. In a manner, 31 years after former Congress minister and Muslim-law reformer Arif Mohammed Khan first sought equal rights for Muslim women, the Supreme Court has endorsed his views.   Arif Mohammed Khan, 66, has consistently championed equal rights … Continued

Why Surat’s Textiles Traders Want GST Removed

  Surat (Gujarat): On a rainy July evening in the busy and sprawling Surat Textile Market, Rangnath Sarda received a call from a client, a distributor in Tamil Nadu, to discuss billing details under the new GST regime. Since Sarda did not have a Goods and Services Tax (GST) number, his client would have to … Continued

Gorakhpur Toll Crosses 70, Revealing UP's Failing Health System

  With the death toll of children at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in the eastern Uttar Pradesh (UP) city of Gorakhpur crossing 70 on August 16, 2017, it is apparent that the medical infrastructure of India’s most populous cannot cope with major disease outbreaks.   Indeed, UP’s health system cannot cope with even … Continued