Mamata publicly rebukes private hospitals for 'unethical money-making' (Roundup) (7 minutes ago) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday gave an unprecedented public tongue lashing to city-based private hospitals for "unethical" money-making practices and announced the formation of a regulatory commission to monitor their activities.

AAP government nod for Rs 200-crore loan to North civic body (22:04)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The AAP government on Wednesday approved a loan of Rs 200 crore to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation for payment of salaries of employees.

Frame policy to rehabilitate cured mentally sick people: SC to centre (22:00) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the centre to frame a policy for rehabilitating patients who have been cured after treatment at mental hospitals across the country.

Install effluent treatment plants or be shut down, SC tells industries (Lead) (21:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) AThe Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all industrial units situated in severely polluted areas across the country to install primary effluent treatment plants (PETP) within three months, failing which they will be shut down.

You can't ruin city, NGT tells Bengaluru authorities (21:04)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Castigating the Karnataka government agencies over the fire in Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday asked the officials to list out the steps taken so far to revive the water body.

Delhi Health Minister inspects mid-day meal kitchens (20:34) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday inspected three mid-day meal kitchens in north Delhi and collected food samples which he sent for examination to a laboratory.

Dough kneaded with feet? Delhi eatery raided (20:14)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Authorities on Wednesday raided Delhi's iconic Kake Da Hotel after an unverified video showed a cook kneading dough with his feet. The restaurant denied the charge.

Mamata asks hospital: Has kidney racket stopped at your hospital? (20:10) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday publicly lashed out at the privately run Medica Superspecialty Hospital here for its alleged role in kidney racket, ordering it to check the practice. The hospital, however, denied the charge.

Orphaned, traumatised baby bear finds home in Agra (Lead) (20:00)
By Brij Khandelwal and Kushagra Dixit
Agra, Feb 22 (IANS) Weeks after it was found crying and clutching its dead mother in a Madhya Pradesh forest, a 10-month-old orphaned baby bear on Wednesday found a home at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility.

Cancer death rates across Europe falling faster in men: Study (19:44)
London, Feb 22 (IANS) Death rates due to cancer in the European Union (EU) are falling faster for men than women, a new study has found.

1,850 drugs sold in India Not of Standard Quality: Health Ministry (19:16)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday said it has found 1,850 samples of drugs sold in India 'Not of Standard Quality (NSQ)' while 13 were found spurious.

New drug combination may combat hearing loss (18:54)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) Researchers have discovered a drug combination that can regenerate hair cells in human ears that detect sound waves and translate them into nerve signals enabling us to hear sounds.

Surgery at Ghaziabad hospital saves newborn with feeding problem (18:50)
Ghaziabad, Feb 22 (IANS) A baby baby born with a life-threatening birth defect of the digestive tract leading to feeding problems is now taking full breastfeeding, thanks to complex surgery performed at a hospital here.

Student community in Bengal to help conserve Gangetic river dolphin (18:48)
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) School and college students in West Bengal will be among key stakeholders in the national project to develop a conservation action plan for the Gangetic River Dolphin to save the national aquatic animal from extinction, an official said on Wednesday.

How to look gorgeous beyond 30s (18:44)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The ravages done unto your skin by environmental factors become visible as you age and dark spots and discolouration begin to appear. But it doesn't need to be that way, says an expert.

Tuna catch on decline in Indian Ocean, says study (18:32)
Panaji, Feb 22 (IANS) Overkill as well as rising temperatures in the western Indian Ocean is driving down the numbers of the world's most valuable fish, the tuna, suggests research conducted by an international team of scientists, including those from the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography.

Baby bear orphaned in MP, brought to Agra (With Images) (18:28)
By Brij Khandelwal
Agra, Feb 22 (IANS) A 10-week-old baby bear, orphaned by poachers in Madhya Pradesh, was on Wednesday brought to the Agra bear centre, India's biggest.

Andhra doctor rescued in Libya after 18 months (Lead) (18:16)
Hyderabad/New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) A doctor from Eluru in Andhra Pradesh who had been kidnapped by Islamic State militants in Libya in 2015 has been rescued and is being brought back to India, the government said. The doctor's family in India is overjoyed at news of his rescue.

Common heartburn drugs linked to 'silent' kidney damage (17:56)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) A group of drugs commonly prescribed for heartburn, ulcers and acid reflux may lead to gradual yet "silent" kidney damage, warns a study.

Mamata pulls up private hospitals for 'unethical money-making' (Lead) (17:32) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday pulled up city-based private hospitals for "unethical" money-making practices and announced the formation of a regulatory commission to monitor their activities.

Sri Lanka to hike damages for elephant attacks (17:32)
Colombo, Feb 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Cabinet on Wednesday approved to grant a higher compensation to victims of wild elephant attacks in the island country.

Gene that may strongly influence obesity identified (17:06)
Toronto, Feb 22 (IANS) Researchers have identified a "foraging" gene that could play a very important role in making humans obese or lean.

What Twitter reveals about successful dieters (16:16)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) Successful dieters are focused on the future, generally more social and have larger social networks, says a study based on analysis of tweets posted on the microblogging platform.

India to hold world forum on homeopathic medicine regulation (16:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) India will host the World Integrated Medicine Forum on Regulation of Homeopathic Medicine -- to be inaugurated by AYUSH Minister Sripad Yesso Naik -- here from February 23.

Mamata pulls up private hospitals for 'unethical money-making' (14:56) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday pulled up city-based private hospitals for excess billing and "unethical" money-making practices and called upon hospital authorities to show a "humane" side.

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