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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.

Feb 28, 2015

India keeps tight rein on public health spending in 2015-16 budget

NEW DELHI, Feb 28 (Reuters) – India’s federal government on
Saturday kept its healthcare budget for 2015-16 on a tight leash
and asked states to contribute more funds for running the
country’s flagship health programmes.

The government announced 297 billion rupees ($4.81 billion)
for its main health department, roughly 2 percent higher than
current year’s revised budget of 290 billion rupees.

Feb 25, 2015

Modi likely to keep tight rein on health spending – sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is unlikely to announce any significant increase in its health budget for the financial year that begins in April, two sources said, dampening hopes the central government would allocate more funds to overhaul the public health system.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government will present its first full-year budget on Feb. 28 for the fiscal year 2015/16. Modi has vowed to revamp India’s healthcare sector and make services more affordable, and accessible, for the poor.

Feb 25, 2015

India PM Modi likely to keep tight rein on health spending-sources

NEW DELHI, Feb 25 (Reuters) – India is unlikely to announce
any significant increase in its health budget for the financial
year that begins in April, two sources said, dampening hopes the
federal government would allocate more funds to overhaul the
public health system.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government will present its
first full-year budget on Feb. 28 for the fiscal year 2015/16.
Modi has vowed to revamp India’s healthcare sector and make
services more affordable, and accessible, for the poor.

Feb 13, 2015

India sees rapid rise in swine flu deaths and cases

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has seen a sharp rise in the number of swine flu deaths and reported cases this year, prompting officials to investigate the cause and step up efforts to combat the virus.

The H1N1 virus caused 485 deaths in India between Jan. 1 and Feb. 12, additional health secretary Arun Kumar Panda told reporters on Friday.

Feb 13, 2015
via India Insight

India needs 10-15 years to roll out universal health plan: KPMG

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India will struggle to become a global superpower without an efficient healthcare system, and would need 10 to 15 years to cover everyone under its ambitious universal health coverage programme, KPMG’s global health chief said.

Under the National Health Assurance Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government would provide all citizens with free drugs and diagnostic treatment, as well as insurance cover to treat serious ailments.

    • 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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