The programme aims to provide 100 million families, or about 500 million people, with health coverage of 500,000 rupees per year for the treatment of serious ailments.
President Emmanuel Macron says the bill will ensure women's safety. However, critics have questioned its application and mocked it as an end to French romance.
The White House also seeks to cut opioid prescriptions in the US by a third over the next three years by discouraging overprescription of opioids in federal healthcare programmes.
Many pensioners complain that the government's 0.25 percent increase in 2017 is insufficient. Pensioners protested in 100 cities.
Human rights groups say women are systemically raped in Syrian regime prisons and it's suspected most of them have been unjustly detained.
South Africa launches ATM-like vending machine to dispense medicines to patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS, in a move to decongest public healthcare facilities.
Finland leads the 156-country ranking, while Burundi is least content, according to a UN study. The report says the 10 happiest countries also score highest on immigrant happiness.
Nearly 100,000 people who fled Venezuela have claimed refugee status since the start of 2017, UN refugee agency says.
The riot victims say the Sri Lankan government is not doing enough to counter anti-Muslim groups that are acting with impunity across the country.
Women in Barcelona say they have been suffering from toxic masculinity for decades. In a series of portraits, we take a deeper look into their lives.
Denmark, following in the footsteps of several other European countries, seeks to target Muslim women for their religious convictions. A young female-led organisation seeks to change attitudes within Danish society.
Demonstrations and rallies are being held across several countries as the world celebrates International Women's Day with the theme #PressforProgress.
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