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    ... How many more farmers must die before the prime minister condescends to take notice? How many rats must the protesting Tamil Nadu farmers at Jantar Mantar eat before the government acts? How many more fake farm loan waiver schemes will be announced before the cabinet realises that farmers cannot be fooled anymore? Despite 300,000 farmers taking their lives over the past two decades, this government is unmoved. The central government constituted a series of high-powered committees on farmers’ suicides. They made explicit recommendations. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 23, 2017, 12:05 a.m.

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    ...A parliamentary panel report found all parties involved of gross ethical violations — the ministry, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and those who conducted the clinical trials. However, because of a legal hurdle, the parliamentary report cannot even be looked at by the Supreme Court. This issue was referred to a Constitution Bench this week. The truth of the allegations is yet to be decided by the court. In 2009, a prominent international NGO had launched a $3.6 million human papillomavirus (HPV) trial in India and tested two vaccines on 16,000 tribal girls in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, apparently without informed consent from the girls’ parents. ...

    The Hindu on April 8, 2017, 10:24 p.m.