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A child from Afghanistan getting treated in India. Tens of thousands of Afghans are travelling to India for safe, albeit expensive, medical care. Photo: Bioedge

Medical Tourism witnesses fastest growth in India

 By Narendra Kaushik  New Delhi:  Ashurov Saidkul John has a dream.  A gastroenterologist from Tajikistan, John wishes to replicate Medanta, The Medicity, a high-end private hospital of Gurgaon, in Dushanbe, the national capital of Tajikistan.  “We do not have good angiography machines. (And) we don’t have good private hospitals like Medanta in Dushanbe. I want to open one,” he said in ...

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DK Ravi : When honesty and integrity is silenced by political might

D. K. Ravi , a 2009-batch IAS Officer, was notable for his fight against the land and sand mafia. It was under Ravi’s 2014-15 audit alone, that about Rs 130 crores of tax evasion was recovered from a group of established realty firms. Similar such audits is estimated to have freed about Rs 1000 crores.

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The need to decriminalise attempted suicide in India

[By Renjini Rajagopalan] India needs to go through with eliminating section 309 of its penal code, punishing attempted suicide, as announced by the government at the end of 2014. The criminalisation of suicide is often used to suppress peaceful hunger strikes. Section 309 of the IPC is a highly insensitive provision that requires a person to die successfully, or be prosecuted. Besides ...

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Siddharth wins the award. Also seen are Dolly Thakore, artist and social activist, P.L.K.Murthy, President, RotaryClub, Vishakha Port City, C.H. Surya Rao, Past District Governor Rotary Dist.3020,Andhra university Vice Chancellor Prof G.S.N. Raju and Dr. A.L.Sharada, Director, Population First

Siddharth Haobijam bags prestigious Laadli award for photo feature published on Point Blank 7

Siddharth Haobijam’s photo feature ‘Bishesh Glam –  A world within a world’, published on Point Blank 7 in 2014, has won him the prestigious Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2013-14 under the Best Photo feature category in the Eastern region. He was presented the award at a function in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday 10 March, 2015. Instituted by Mumbai-based Population First and ...

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Bans changing discourse: Rape is no more the centre of debate

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi:  Every time I would go to Prem Singh, a youth in my Mama (maternal uncle)’s village he had a new story of his dare devilry to narrate to me. “I’ve not spared any of the girls in my neighbourhood,” Singh, who was then doing his intermediate, would boast. Once when I referred to a particular ...

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Casualties of an alternate war : of suicides and fratricides in the Indian Armed Forces

[By Adfar Shah] “In yet another fratricidal incident, a trooper shot dead his five colleagues before shooting himself with his service weapon in an Army camp in Safapora area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on the intervening night of February 26 and 27”. (Srinagar, Zulfikar Majid, Feb 27, 2014, DHNS). 1,383 Indian soldiers lost their lives between the year 2001 ...

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An Open Letter to Lord Ganesha

[Satire]-[By Shruthi HM] Dear Lord Ganesha, ||Siddhi Vinayaka|| ||Vighnavinashaka|| …Lord… Lord… I am very scared. I have a feeling that something terrible will befall us. That is why I have decided to write this Open Letter to you. Since you are a celestial being and might not be familiar with terrestrial modes of communication, let me explain to you what an Open ...

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Child soldiers | Photo: Representative, Abhijit Sathe, Crime reporter's guide

Whose battle is it anyway?

The women and children of the Indian tribal population are trapped in deadly crossfire between the state and the Maoists. Forget gender equality: sexual abuse is rampant. |By Pratibha Singh| Large sections of the Indian tribal population have borne the brunt of a bloody conflict that has lasted for years between the Indian state and the Maoists. This insurgency rarely ...

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Union Budget 2015-16 live

Follow Point Blank 7 for live updates, comments,reactions and highlights of Arun Jaitley’s first Union Budget 2015 -16

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Return of ₹ 1 note could be a symbol of ‘Make in India’

|By Shreeshan V|  The Re 1 currency note is set to make a come back two decades after it was discontinued. The decision to bring the banknote back into circulation comes after deliberations last year regarding the authority of the Government to print currency notes of unit denomination. While the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced the Government’s decision to reintroduce the note ...

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