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Nov 6, 2015

Condom shortage hampers India’s AIDS fight

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sex worker Shaalu is using fewer condoms when she meets her clients in New Delhi – not out of choice, but because a funding crunch and procurement delays in the state-run HIV/AIDS programme have disrupted supplies of free condoms.

“I am more scared of HIV now,” said Shaalu, 32, who often resorts to unsafe sex as free condoms are scarce and she is hard pressed for funds to repay a debt of $4,500.

Nov 3, 2015

Uber driver gets life sentence for rape in Delhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A Delhi court on Tuesday jailed a driver of U.S.-based ride-hailing company Uber for life for raping a passenger, in a case that highlighted the dangers faced by women from violent sex attackers.

Driver Shiv Kumar Yadav received the maximum sentence after he was found guilty last month of the rape, kidnapping and criminal intimidation of the woman, who had hailed a ride home from a party in Delhi last December.

Nov 3, 2015

Uber driver gets life sentence for rape in Indian capital

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian court on Tuesday jailed a driver of U.S.-based ride-hailing company Uber [UBER.UL] for life for raping a passenger, in a case that highlighted the dangers faced by women from violent sex attackers.

Driver Shiv Kumar Yadav received the maximum sentence after he was found guilty last month of the rape, kidnapping and criminal intimidation of the woman, who had hailed a ride home from a party in Delhi last December.

Oct 27, 2015

Exclusive: India battles big pharma over cough syrup abuse, reducing supplies

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian regulators are privately pressuring major drug firms to better police how they sell popular codeine-based cough syrups to tackle smuggling and addiction, a move that is reducing supplies of a medicine doctors say is an effective treatment.

India’s Cipla stopped making the product last year owing to regulatory demands, and U.S.-based Abbott Laboratories and Pfizer have had to reduce batch sizes by up to half, cutting how much medicine their factories can produce.

Oct 27, 2015

Exclusive – Abbott tangles with Indian regulators over cough syrup complaint

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Drugmaker Abbott Healthcare is challenging West Bengal’s accusation that a sample of the company’s cough syrup contained excessive levels of codeine, the second multinational to question India’s regulatory testing regime in recent months.

Whether the sample of Abbott’s popular “Phensedyl” was a genuine product or a fake has not been established, but the suspect batch of 80,000 bottles has not been recalled.

Oct 27, 2015

India to press drug firms to tackle cough syrup abuse

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India plans to step up pressure on pharmaceutical companies to better police supplies of codeine-based cough syrups, concerned the firms have not yet fully complied with directives more than a year old, a finance ministry official said on Tuesday.

The International Narcotics Control Board ranks the abuse of medicines containing narcotics and their smuggling from India among the “greatest drug-related challenges” facing South Asia.

Oct 19, 2015

Modi’s budget cuts hurt India’s fight against malnutrition: Gandhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s main program to fight child malnutrition has been hit by budget cuts that make it difficult to pay wages of millions of health workers, a cabinet minister said on Monday in a rare public criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies.

Modi’s government in February slashed social sector budgets to boost infrastructure spending in a bid to fasten the pace of economic recovery. States were asked to fill the gap from the larger share of federal taxes they receive from New Delhi.

Oct 19, 2015

Modi’s budget cuts hurt fight against malnutrition: Maneka Gandhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s main programme to fight child malnutrition has been hit by budget cuts that make it difficult to pay wages of millions of health workers, a cabinet minister said on Monday in a rare public criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies.

Modi’s government in February slashed social sector budgets to boost infrastructure spending in a bid to fasten the pace of economic recovery. States were asked to fill the gap from the larger share of federal taxes they receive from New Delhi.

Oct 16, 2015

India’s top court scuttles Modi’s judicial reform move

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s top court on Friday struck down a law giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government a bigger say in the appointment of top judges, calling the new system harmful to judicial independence in the world’s largest democracy.

India’s Supreme Court has a history of judicial activism that can prove disconcerting for governments, who say courts often exceed their powers in announcing decisions.

Oct 16, 2015

Supreme Court scuttles Modi’s judicial reform move

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a law giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government a bigger say in the appointment of top judges, calling the new system harmful to judicial independence in the world’s largest democracy.

The top court has a history of judicial activism that can prove disconcerting for governments, who say courts often exceed their powers in announcing decisions.

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      "Aditya is part of the India politics, economy and general news team at the Reuters bureau in New Delhi. He writes on a range of topics but focusses on India's healthcare space. After joining Reuters in July 2008, he spent nearly six years managing content and writing for the Reuters.com India edition. Follow him on Twitter @adityakalra"
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