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Ranbaxy to pay $500 million to settle cases in US

Issue Date: May 14, 2013
The US subsidiary of Indian pharma Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd has agreed to pay $ 500 million under a settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice. The company has agreed to pay the fine to settle civil and criminal cases relating to selling sub-standard drugs and submitting false data to the US health authorities.  A former senior official of the company, Dinesh Thakur, who is the whistleblower in the case, is entitled to $48.6 million.

Indian rotavirus vaccine found effective during clinical trial

Issue Date: May 14, 2013
A vaccine against rotavirus infection, developed in India as a low-cost alternative to available vaccines, has shown positive results in Phase III clinical trials. Rotavirus is the most severe and lethal cause of childhood diarrhoea, and is responsible for the death of approximately 100,000 small children in India each year. The vaccine, Rotavac, developed as part of a public-private partnership endeavour, will cost about 50 times less than currently available vaccines. See also:  function rotavirus() { var popurl="http://www.downtoearth.org.in/themes/DTE/htm/rotavirus.htm" winpops=window.open(popurl,"","width=520,height=460,scrollbars=yes") } A brief profile of rotavirus Resources from the IEP A brief profile of rotavirus Direct costs of hospitalization for rotavirus gastroenteritis in different health facilities in India India leads in rotavirus infection deaths: Lancet Vaccine campaign to target deadly childhood diarrhoea  

Monsanto wins against Indiana farmer

Issue Date: May 14, 2013
IT was the case of a judgement foretold. See also:  COMIC STRIP GM and Superhero  

Punjab rushes to grant sand mining approvals

Issue Date: May 13, 2013
The Punjab government is hastening with allotment of leases for sand mining in the state. Within a month of notifying the Punjab Minor Mineral Rules of 2013, the state approved sand mining at 63 sites. According to the state mining department, of the 209 notified sites in the state, the department cleared environmental management plans of 63 sites on May 10.

SC dismisses petition demanding exclusion of Sundargarh from purview of municipal Act

Issue Date: May 14, 2013
The Supreme Court of India has dismissed a petition demanding that tribal-dominated Sundargarh district of Odisha be kept out of the purview of the Odisha Municipal Act. The petitioner had claimed the provisions of the Act were not applicable to Sundargarh as it was listed under the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of India. The Constitution mandates a law separate from the Panchayati Raj Act for rural and urban local bodies in scheduled areas—tribal dominated areas specified in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution.

Novel strain of coronavirus can pass from person to person: WHO

Issue Date: May 13, 2013
After one more case of novel coronavirus (nCoV) attack being reported from France, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that it is likely that the deadly virus is passed from person to person. The novel CoV can cause a range of illnesses—from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Draft organ donation rules propose stiff penalty on illegal trade

Issue Date: May 13, 2013
The revised rules for organ transplant propose stiff fine for illegal organ trade and change in the definition of “near relative” for the purpose of donation. The Central government has invited public comments on the revised rules by June 5. The rules were framed after the Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Bill, 2009 was passed in August, 2011. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) will consider suggestions from the public before drafting the final rules.

30 health clinics in East Champaran face action for performing illegal hysterectomies

Issue Date: May 11, 2013
The role of private clinics empanelled under the state health insurance scheme, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), in Bihar is under the scanner following large number of complaints. Many clinics have been accused of performing illegal hysterectomies on poor patients to avail the benefit from the insurance scheme.
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