Polio vaccine breach: India is perched atop the edge of crisis

Around 1.5 lakh kids in UP, Maharashtra and Telangana have received polio vaccines (OPV) contaminated with poliovirus type 2. A strand that has been pronounced ‘eradicated’. The breach is serious. Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious viral disease that can maim, paralyze or even kill children. And now, poliovirus type 2 is back in the environment … Read more Polio vaccine breach: India is perched atop the edge of crisis

Private sports broadcasters to pay for Doordarshan’s free lunch

There is a new war brewing in sports broadcasting. Between private sports broadcasters and state-owned Prasar Bharati. And if the latter is victorious, private sports broadcasters stand to lose. Substantially. Earlier this week, the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry proposed an amendment to the decade-old Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007. … Read more Private sports broadcasters to pay for Doordarshan’s free lunch

How ANI quietly built a monopoly

28 June 2017. The Election Commission announced it would reveal the schedule for the vice-presidential elections at a press conference the next morning. Naturally, every major TV channel covered it, beaming the news to millions of viewers. Interestingly, none of them were allowed a camera in the room. 28 September 2018. Again, another major government … Read more How ANI quietly built a monopoly

India’s Save The Internet breaks up

The resignations came in quick succession. Both, planned. Kiran Jonnalagadda went first. Resigning from the board of trustees at Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), an Internet advocacy nonprofit. On 28 August. Via an email to the trustees, sent at 23:08. Nikhil Pahwa* followed an hour later. Resigning from his position as chairman of IFF. In an … Read more India’s Save The Internet breaks up

Cracks show after just a month of Ayushman Bharat

Touted as the world’s largest health insurance scheme, the Indian government’s Ayushman Bharat programme was never going to be easy to implement. The team tasked with its roll out knew this when it was first announced in February 2018. How would the Centre convince states, especially those which already had similar schemes in place, to … Read more Cracks show after just a month of Ayushman Bharat