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Nov 13, 2014

India doctor blames tainted drugs for deaths after sterilization surgery

PANDARI India (Reuters) – The doctor whose sterilization of 83 women in less than three hours ended in at least a dozen deaths said on Thursday the express operations were his moral responsibility and blamed adulterated medicines for the tragedy.

Dr R. K Gupta, who says he has conducted more than 50,000 such operations, denied that his equipment was rusty or dirty and said it was the government’s duty to control the number of people that turned up at his family-planning “camp”.

Nov 12, 2014

Women face hasty surgery, dirty clinics in Indian sterilisation drive

RAIPUR India (Reuters) – The scene in the gloomy room where 83 women were sterilised last weekend is repeated routinely at makeshift contraception clinics across India: bloodstained sheets that aren’t changed between patients, and hasty two-minute surgeries.

Only this time, something went tragically wrong.

More than a dozen of the mostly poor and illiterate villagers operated on by Dr. R.K. Gupta have since died, and scores remain sick in hospital, many of them in intensive care.

Nov 12, 2014

Women face hasty surgery, dirty clinics in sterilisation drive

RAIPUR India (Reuters) – The scene in the gloomy room where 83 women were sterilised last weekend is repeated routinely at makeshift contraception clinics across India: bloodstained sheets that aren’t changed between patients, and hasty two-minute surgeries.

Only this time, something went tragically wrong.

More than a dozen of the mostly poor and illiterate villagers operated on by Dr. R.K. Gupta have since died, and scores remain sick in hospital, many of them in intensive care.

Nov 12, 2014

At least a dozen women dead after Chhattisgarh sterilisation camps

RAIPUR India (Reuters) – Nem Bai was told getting a tubectomy would be an easy process -that she’d be home by sunset, a few hundred rupees richer and back to work in the fields within two days.

Instead, the 35-year-old mother-of-five was incapacitated within hours of the surgery at a mass sterilisation camp in Chhattisgarh on Saturday, her widower told Reuters. She was one of at least 12 women who have died since.

Nov 12, 2014

At least a dozen women dead after Indian sterilization camps

RAIPUR India (Reuters) – Nem Bai was told getting a tubectomy would be an easy process -that she’d be home by sunset, a few hundred rupees richer and back to work in the fields within two days.

Instead, the 35-year-old mother-of-five was incapacitated within hours of the surgery at a mass sterilization camp in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, her widower told Reuters. She was one of at least 12 women who have died since.

Nov 11, 2014

India gets minister for yoga and traditional medicine

NEW DELHI, Nov 11 (Reuters) – India has set up a ministry to
promote alternative therapies such as yoga and traditional
ayurveda medicine, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a
mission to raise awareness and the appeal of home-grown health
treatments.

Modi has repeatedly called for greater use of India’s health
remedies and exercises, part of a push to promote traditional
learning. During his first address at the United Nations in
September, he encouraged more people to take up yoga and called
for an International Yoga Day.

Nov 10, 2014

With an eye on economy and defence, PM Modi expands cabinet

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi beefed up his cabinet on Sunday, appointing a separate defence minister to spur military modernization and free Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to focus on the budget and reforms to revive the economy.

Jaitley had run both defence and finance since Modi took office six months ago, leading to criticism that neither of the key departments could be properly led.

Nov 9, 2014

With an eye on economy and defense, India’s Modi expands cabinet

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi beefed up his cabinet on Sunday, appointing a separate defense minister to spur military modernization and free Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to focus on the budget and reforms to revive the economy.

Jaitley had run both defense and finance since Modi took office six months ago, leading to criticism that neither of the key departments could be properly led.

Nov 6, 2014

India to appoint new defense minister in cabinet expansion

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will appoint a new defense minister, a senior party official and another source told Reuters on Thursday, in a move that would allow the current minister, Arun Jaitley, to focus on his main job of steering the economy out of troubled waters.

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in May, Jaitley has headed both the defense and finance ministries.

Nov 5, 2014

Congress faithful question Gandhi leadership in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rumblings of dissent are growing against the Gandhi family that leads India’s hapless Congress party, five months after the most resounding electoral defeat in the party’s 129-year history.

The Gandhis’ troubles are helping Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he seeks to further his agenda of economic and social reform by winning control of the upper house of parliament.

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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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