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Sep 14, 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.

Sep 13, 2015

Exclusive: Abbott tangles with regulators over Indian cough syrup complaint

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Drugmaker Abbott Healthcare is challenging an Indian state’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.

Sep 10, 2015

Hamstrung by red tape, hospital operators buy their way into India

NEW DELHI, Sept 10 (Reuters) – For nearly two years, Parkway
Pantai has delayed the opening of its 450-bed India hospital,
the Singapore-based medical firm’s bid to cash in on one of
Asia’s fastest growing private healthcare markets, as it waited
for the necessary permits.

Parkway, a unit of the world’s second largest healthcare
group by market value IHH Healthcare Bhd, now intends
to use acquisitions to quickly expand in India, where the
private hospitals market is estimated to be worth $55 billion a
year but where companies must obtain as many as 70 clearances
from federal and local authorities to launch a new facility.

Aug 23, 2015

India-Pakistan peace talks collapse, deadlock sours relations

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The collapse of planned peace talks between India and Pakistan hours before they were to start on Sunday has raised questions about the arch-rivals’ willingness to overcome mutual mistrust, built since their separation almost seven decades ago.

This is the second time the nuclear-armed neighbors have canceled talks since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in May last year, with both sides choosing to engage in a war of words ahead of the planned two-day meeting of their top security advisers.

Aug 19, 2015

Sacks of unread letters hold up India’s fight against tobacco

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bulging sacks of letters gathering dust at India’s health ministry are the latest obstacle to a push for tougher laws to curb smoking, as more than 100,000 unread messages from members of the public overwhelm officials and stall legislation.

With tobacco linked to up to 900,000 deaths a year in India, the government wants to raise the minimum smoking age to 21 from 18, and ban the sale of single cigarettes, which make up 70 percent of overall sales.

Aug 3, 2015

India orders clampdown on Internet porn, sparks censorship debate

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has blocked hundreds of adult websites to prevent pornography becoming a social nuisance, a government official said on Monday, sparking a debate about censorship and freedom in the world’s largest democracy.

In India’s first big crackdown on Internet porn, service providers have been directed to block 857 websites, N.N. Kaul, a spokesman at the department of telecommunications, told Reuters.

Jul 30, 2015

India hangs Yakub Memon for 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country’s deadliest bombings, which killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court threw out his final plea for a stay of execution.

Memon was convicted as the “driving spirit” behind the serial blasts in India’s financial capital Mumbai, then known as Bombay. He spent two decades in jail before going to the gallows on his 53rd birthday in a jail Nagpur.

Jul 30, 2015

India hangs Mumbai blasts convict 22 years after attack

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country’s deadliest bombings, which killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court threw out his final plea for a stay of execution.

Memon was convicted as the “driving spirit” behind the serial blasts in India’s financial capital Mumbai, then known as Bombay. He spent two decades in jail before going to the gallows on his 53rd birthday in a jail in the western city of Nagpur.

Jul 29, 2015

Hours before Mumbai bomber to hang, court rejects final appeal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Yakub Memon’s chances of avoiding the hangman’s noose for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings dwindled on Wednesday, after India’s Supreme Court threw out his final plea for mercy hours before he was due to be executed.

Unless President Pranab Mukherjee intercedes, Memon will go to the gallows by 7 a.m. (0130 GMT) on Thursday, his 53rd birthday, for his role as the “driving spirit” in a series of bombings that killed at least 257 people.

Jul 29, 2015

Hours before Yakub Memon to hang, Supreme Court rejects final appeal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Yakub Memon’s chances of avoiding the hangman’s noose for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings dwindled on Wednesday, after Supreme Court threw out his final plea for mercy hours before he was due to be executed.

Unless President Pranab Mukherjee intercedes, Memon will go to the gallows by 7 a.m. (0130 GMT) on Thursday, his 53rd birthday, for his role as the “driving spirit” in a series of bombings that killed at least 257 people.

    • About Aditya

      "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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