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Govt warns of action if nurses go on strike

Despite the recent warning by the All India Nurses Federation that they could go on strike from September 2, the government on Monday said that it would not shy away from taking strict action if the s

Indians at bigger risk of diabetes, heart disease

Public health experts in India said that the presence of body fat, abdominal fat, pancreatic fat and a lower lean mass than white people are contributing to more metabolic and cardiovascular disease i

‘Poor women are exploited in the name of surrogacy... It must end’

Dr Soumya Swaminathan

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016, cleared by the Union Cabinet, has been criticised by doctors and gay rights activists as “anti-liberal”. DR Soumya Swaminathan, director-general of the Indian Council of Medical Research, who had an important role in drafting the bill, in a candid talk with Teena Thacker justifies the new legislation citing how it will end exploitation of poor and vulnerable, and will actually help needy infertile Indian couples.

Another bill on IVF, sperm banks in making

After surrogacy, a new bill to regulate Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is in the making now. Union health minister J.P.

Use of rabbits for testing cosmetics to end

In a major step to end animal testing, the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) — India’s highest health advisory board — has recommended a two-year phase out period for the “Draize” tests using rabb

Union Cabinet clears bill to prohibit commercial surrogacy

Limited only to married Indian couples; no foreigners allowed.

Surrogacy Bill to be taken up by Cabinet today

After much dilly-dallying, the draft Surrogacy (Regulation) bill that aims to clip wings of renting-a-womb in India is likely to be taken up by the Cabinet on Wednesday.

In Badaun district, beti bachao means ‘beti mat padao’

Most girls drop out of school to help in household chores.

Extensive efforts of the government to promote “Beti Bachao-Beti Padao” have failed to change ground realities. At least in the villages surrounding Badaun.

In Badaun schools, mid-day meals feed caste bias


Introduced with an aim of enhancing enrolment and attendance of children in school, India’s free school lunch programme — popularly known as the mid day meal scheme — is also feeding “intolerance” and

Pokemon go may be good for health

Aside from the addictive fun of wandering down sidewalks looking for Pokemon, the augmented reality game Pokemon Go is having a lasting impact on health.

With Rajnath Singh visiting the Valley to interact with key constituents of the populace and Prime Minister Narendra Modi talking of a permanent solution within the four walls of the Constitution, New

Haryana wears its heart and mind on its sleeve. There is a lot of brawn and bravado but little guile here.