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Modi govt aims to revamp public health scheme, lower costs after criticism: Report

India’s health ministry has trimmed its cost estimates for extending its main public health programme by 25% after criticism from a federal think-tank over inefficiency and slow progress, according to government documents seen by Reuters. The new estimate of $25 billion for a three-year extension of the flagship health programme, down from an initial figure of about $33 billion, comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes a multi-pronged agenda to revamp health services. Planned reforms include streamlining spending and bureaucracy, slashing prices of life-saving drugs and medical devices, and nudging companies…

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Facebook Messenger for Android Gets Material Design Revamp

Facebook’s standalone Messenger app is finally receiving a Material Design makeover. The news was confirmed by Messenger’s Lead David Marcus in Facebook and Twitter posts. The all new Material Design will be rolling out starting Monday to Android users. Talking about the new design, Marcus said, “Any major redesign of an essential app used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is painstakingly hard, and that’s why we took every precaution to ensure you’d truly enjoy this evolution.” The Messenger app’s Material Design user interface revamp, is still…

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