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Mar 26, 2015

Exclusive: Modi government puts brakes on India’s universal health plan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto.

Modi has had to make difficult choices to boost economic growth – his government’s first full annual budget, announced last month, ramped up infrastructure spending, leaving less federal funding immediately available for social sectors.

Mar 26, 2015

Modi government puts brakes on India’s universal health plan

NEW DELHI, March 27 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious
health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion
over five years, several government sources said, delaying a
promise made in his election manifesto.

Modi has had to make difficult choices to boost economic
growth – his government’s first full annual budget, announced
last month, ramped up infrastructure spending, leaving less
federal funding immediately available for social sectors.

Mar 17, 2015

India bets on mobiles in battle on maternal, child deaths

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is betting on cheap mobile phones to cut some of the world’s highest rates of maternal and child deaths, as it rolls out a campaign of voice messages delivering health advice to pregnant women and mothers.

Amid a scarcity of doctors and public hospitals, India is relying on its mobile telephone network, the second largest in the world with 950 million connections, to reach places where health workers rarely go.

Mar 13, 2015

India, U.S. researchers clash over swine flu strain mutation

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has disputed U.S. scientists’ findings that the deadly swine flu virus has acquired more virulent mutations in the South Asian country and rejected their concerns over how authorities are monitoring an outbreak of the disease.

H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu, has killed more than 1,500 people in India this year, compared with 218 in 2014. India says the strain is the same as the one that killed an estimated 284,000 people in the global pandemic of 2009-10.

Mar 12, 2015

Sonia Gandhi marches to support Manmohan Singh in coal field case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The top leadership of the Congress party including its enigmatic president Sonia Gandhi walked to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s home on Thursday in an unusual display of support after he was summoned to court in a corruption case.

The most recognizable of the ministers who served under Singh strode through the leafy streets of central Delhi to his colonial-era bungalow where he stood outside smiling, his wife by his side.

Mar 12, 2015

India’s Sonia Gandhi marches to support ex-PM Singh in court summons

NEW DELHI, March 12 (Reuters) – The top leadership of
India’s Congress party including its enigmatic president Sonia
Gandhi walked to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s home on
Thursday in a unusual display of support after he was summoned
to court in a corruption case.

The most recognizable of the ministers who served under
Singh strode through the leafy streets of central Delhi to his
colonial-era bungalow where he stood outside smiling, his wife
by his side.

Mar 4, 2015

Documentary on 2012 Delhi gang rape banned in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A documentary film about the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 has been banned in India over concerns that derogatory comments made by one of the rapists could create an atmosphere of fear and tension, a police official said.

Leslee Udwin’s “India’s Daughter” features conversations with Mukesh Singh and fellow convicts who raped and tortured a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in December 2012, sparking nationwide protests and forcing India to toughen anti-rape laws.

Mar 3, 2015

Film on 2012 Delhi gang rape stokes debate on Indian male mindset

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A new documentary based on the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 highlights gender inequality and sex crimes in India, with the seeming lack of remorse among those convicted of the crime shocking even the film’s director.

Leslee Udwin’s “India’s Daughter” features conversations with Mukesh Singh and fellow convicts who raped and tortured a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in December 2012, sparking nationwide protests and forcing India to toughen anti-rape laws.

Mar 2, 2015

Exclusive: Payment delays dent India’s flagship health, AIDS programs

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s main public health programs, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in federal funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters.

In a bid last year to give India’s states more power, the federal health ministry started sending funds for public health programs to state treasuries, instead of direct transfers to its regional arms.

Mar 2, 2015

Payment delays dent India’s flagship health, AIDS programmes

NEW DELHI, March 3 (Reuters) – India’s main public health
programmes, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in
disarray for months because the government changed the way that
over $1.3 billion in federal funds were distributed, according
to data and letters seen by Reuters.

In a bid last year to give India’s states more power, the
federal health ministry started sending funds for public health
programmes to state treasuries, instead of direct transfers to
its regional arms.

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      "Aditya is part of the India politics, economy and general news team at the Reuters bureau in New Delhi. After joining Reuters in July 2008, Aditya spent nearly six years managing content and writing for the Reuters.com India edition. During 2013-14, he was closely involved in developing the website's India Insight platform, writing on topics ranging from business and politics to stocks and mutual funds. Follow him on Twitter @adityakalra"
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