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Jul 24, 2015

Funding crisis puts India’s AIDS programme, and lives, at risk

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s fight against AIDS is being jeopardised by a cut in social spending by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, with health workers being laid off and programmes to prevent the spread of the deadly disease curtailed.

With about 2.1 million people infected with HIV in 2013, India has the most cases in the Asia-Pacific, according to the World Health Organisation, but new infections have fallen more than 20 percent over the past 14 years.

Jul 15, 2015

India’s exports plunge again, clouding growth outlook

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s goods exports fell for the seventh straight month in June as global demand remained sluggish, underscoring the challenges Prime Minister Narendra Modi will face to maintain and further boost economic growth.

Merchandise exports, equivalent to about a fifth of India’s $2 trillion economy, have shown increasing weakness in recent months. In June, they contracted 15.82 percent year-on-year to $22.29 billion.

Jul 10, 2015

Rajasthan High Court directs Indian government to implement bigger smoking warnings

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Rajasthan High Court has directed the Indian government to immediately implement a rule for bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging, months after the measure was put on hold pending a report from a parliamentary panel.

With the aim of reducing tobacco consumption, India last year said 85 percent of a cigarette packet’s surface should be covered in warnings, up from about 20 percent now. The directive also extended to other tobacco products.The government in March deferred the implementation of the rule as a parliamentary panel said it was still reviewing how the industry would be impacted.

Jul 10, 2015

High Court directs Indian government to implement bigger smoking warnings

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Rajasthan High Court has directed the Indian government to immediately implement a rule for bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging, months after the measure was put on hold pending a report from a parliamentary panel.

With the aim of reducing tobacco consumption, India last year said 85 percent of a cigarette packet’s surface should be covered in warnings, up from about 20 percent now. The directive also extended to other tobacco products.The government in March deferred the implementation of the rule as a parliamentary panel said it was still reviewing how the industry would be impacted.

Jul 10, 2015

Court directs New Delhi to implement bigger smoking warnings

NEW DELHI, July 10 (Reuters) – An Indian court has directed
the federal government to immediately implement a rule for
bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging, months after the
measure was put on hold pending a report from a parliamentary
panel.

With the aim of reducing tobacco consumption, India last
year said 85 percent of a cigarette packet’s surface should be
covered in warnings, up from about 20 percent now. The directive
also extended to other tobacco products.

Jun 21, 2015

Global brands stretched by India’s food safety record

TALOJA, India/ MOGA, India, June 21 (Reuters) – At a
McDonald’s plant outside Mumbai, 200 workers walk
through air dryers and disinfectant pools, then get to work
making the day’s 25,000 patties from chicken painstakingly
sourced in a country with one of the world’s worst food safety
records.

To safeguard its multibillion-dollar brand, McDonald’s says
more than 100 checks it applies across its international
operations are then carried out after that.

Jun 15, 2015

Opposition demands resignation of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Congress party led calls on Monday for the resignation of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj over allegations she tried to help Lalit Modi, the former chief of India’s richest sports league, obtain British travel documents.

Indian media reported on Sunday that Swaraj had last year asked British authorities to examine a request to provide travel documents to Lalit, at a time when his passport had been revoked by Indian authorities in a graft case.

Jun 15, 2015

Indian opposition demands resignation of foreign minister

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s main opposition party led calls on Monday for the resignation of the foreign minister over allegations she tried to help the former chief of India’s richest sports league obtain British travel documents.

Indian media reported on Sunday that Sushma Swaraj had last year asked British authorities to examine a request to provide travel documents to Lalit Modi, at a time when his passport had been revoked by Indian authorities in a graft case.

Jun 8, 2015

India noodle crisis: labeling dispute lands Nestle in hot water

BARABANKI, India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The packets of Nestle’s Maggi 2-Minute Noodles that triggered India’s worst food scare in a decade almost got lost in the mail.

Returned months later to the north Indian food inspector who first sent the samples – after a detour via Shimla in the Himalayas – the consignment eventually reached a laboratory in Kolkata, where tests found seven times the legal levels of lead.

Jun 8, 2015

Noodle crisis: labelling dispute lands Nestle in hot water

BARABANKI, India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The packets of Nestle’s Maggi 2-Minute Noodles that triggered India’s worst food scare in a decade almost got lost in the post.

Returned months later to the north Indian food inspector who first sent the samples – after a detour via Shimla in the Himalayas – the consignment eventually reached a laboratory in Kolkata, where tests found seven times the legal levels of lead.

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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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