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67 percent of rural Punjab households contain a drug addict

Next Sunday’s Sunday Gaurdian has a worrying story about the rising level of drug addiction in Punjab. Here is a striking couple of lines, “three years ago, the state government’s social security department told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that 67% of its rural household had at least one drug addict. The state with highest […]

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Is India still the world’s hunger capital?

Todays’ Deccan Herald carries a good opinion piece on hunger. Prasenjit Chowdhury says, “India has a terrible record in tackling hunger and malnutrition …. India ranked 66th on the 2008 Global Hunger Index of 88 countries, as per a report released by the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).” Yet, things aren’t that simple. In their

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More seizure of patents ahead?

There has been  a flurry of stories in the Indian press over the last few days on compulsory licensing, the controversial idea that government can seize intellectual property from an originator company and allow a competitor to make copies under certain circumstances. There is no obvious news hook linking these stories but all have well-informed government sources and the most provocative appeared in the week

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Nearly all UP public health doctors work privately

The new UP health minister (in fact, the health minister from the last SP government) claims that his life is at risk because he is trying to clear up the corruption in the health sector left by the Mayawati administration. Most doctors who took appointments in rural sectors are working in cities in the private sector, leaving

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New controversy over family planning targets

It’s no secret that the current health minister is strongly in favour of smaller families. It is also obvious that promotion of family planning has a vigour that was absent ten years ago. However, are targets leading to coerced sterilisation in some states? Is the focus on long-term methods leading to neglect of other family

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China follows India’s lead on compulsory licensing of medicines

Reuters is reporting today that China has amended its patent law to permit “eligible companies to produce generic versions of patented drugs during state emergencies, or unusual circumstances, or in the interests of the public. For ‘reasons of public health’, eligible drug makers can also ask to export these medicines to other countries, including members of

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