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Sabarimala violence: Kerala steps up crackdown

The State police on Friday pressed on with their mass arrests in what appeared to be a calibrated response to the mob violence that marked the opening of the Sabarimala temple for monthly puja in the third week of October.The State-wide round-ups and detentions overwhelmingly targeted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)…

Questioning a crackdown

The decision of the Ministry of Health to restrict, from September 1, the manufacture of oxytocin only to the public sector unit, Karnataka Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (KAPL), has sparked fears of shortages and a disruption of supplies of this drug. Oxytocin — which is considered to be a critical drug in maternal health care…