Governments and banks must first tackle issues such as corruption, low informal sector wages and female illiteracy. If we want women to have the same economic opportunities as men, we need to improve financial inclusion. That means giving women equal access to the formal banking system and offering them services to manage their money that are more affordable than more casual arrangements. India, with its well-known comparative advantage in IT services, has been attempting to…"Aadhaar Alone Will Do Little to Improve Women’s Financial Inclusion in India"
New Delhi: The Modi government’s decision to transfer the chairperson of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to the National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention, a bureaucratic backwater – has evoked dismay among patient rights groups. As NPPA chairman, Bhupendra Singh was responsible for bringing in price controls to check the soaring price of cardiac stents and orthopaedic knee implants last February. Both these moves have been applauded numerous times by Prime Minister Modi –…"Pharma Industry Lobbying Blamed for Transfer of Pro-Patient Drug Price Regulator"
After assembly elections last year, BJP’s tally reduced to 99 in 2017 from 115 in 2012, while the Congress managed to increase its numbers to 77 from the previous 60. The ruling BJP may have to part with two of its Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat due to change in the legislative arithmetic after last year’s state polls. The elections for 58 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant across the country are slated to be held…"Rajya Sabha elections: BJP, Congress may get two seats each from Gujarat"
NEW DELHI: Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved has moved the Delhi High Court against the seizure of red sandalwood by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) that was being exported to China. DRI and the customs department seized more than 50 tonnes of red sanders logs along with documents and a passport belonging to a Patanjali representative, said people aware of the matter. Patanjali had permission to export Grade C sandalwood but the goods were seized…"Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved caught exporting red sandalwood to China"
A study conducted by Queen Mary University of London and Newcastle University revealed that multinational companies produced and sold unregulated antibiotics in India on a large scale. According to the study, 64% antibiotics sold in India are unapproved. The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacy has published the report. These antibiotics have not been regulated in India, UK and US. “Selling unapproved, unscrutinised antibiotics undermines measures in India to control antimicrobial resistance. Multinational companies should explain…"64% Antibiotics Sold In India Unapproved"
Diesel price rose to a record high of Rs. 61.88 per litre in Delhi on Tuesday, as global oil rates continued their rally. Petrol retailed at a three-year high of Rs. 71.27 per litre in the national capital. Petrol price at Rs. 71.27 per litre, effective 6 am, January 16, was the highest recorded since August 2014, according to state-owned Indian Oil Corporation. On Tuesday, petrol prices were increased by 9 paise per litre in…"Diesel Prices Rise To Record High, Petrol At Three-Year Peak"
New Delhi: Central government employees can now get paid leave for blood donation, personnel ministry has said. At present, service rules allow leave for whole blood donation and not apheresis donation, it said. It is felt that the rule should cover apheresis donation as well since it will have the added advantage of getting blood components like platelets, plasma, etc, the ministry said in an order issued recently. “It has now been decided that Special…"Govt Employees To Get Paid Leave For Blood Donation"
Stalking is not a normal crime because it involves terrorising women in the cruellest form possible. In yet another horrific crime against women, a 24-year-old woman died after she was set ablaze by her stalker. The man, who was obsessed with the woman, had allegedly been stalking her since long. According to media reports, Sandhya Rani, a receptionist with a company in Secunderabad, was returning home after work around 6.45pm when Sai Kartik started following…"Woman burnt alive shows the dangers of normalising stalking"
NDTV is likely to downsize its workforce by up to 25% over the next month, as part of the company’s internal restructuring. The move is seen as part of the turnaround plan that was initiated earlier, to bring down costs and drive profitability. A statement released on Tuesday said, “A part of this plan was implemented in the last quarter and included our much-noted move to new technologies including to mobile journalism. Our reporters across…"NDTV is likely to downsize its workforce by up to 25%"