Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thrown himself into a campaign to win a tight state election this weekend and secure a beachhead in the south, ahead of his own re-election bid next year.
The scheme, which the government dubs "Modicare", was announced in federal budget for 2018/19 and would provide 100 million families, or about 500 million poor people, with health cover of 500,000 rupees per year.
Tens of thousands of Indians voted in the first stage of assembly elections in the western state of Gujarat on Saturday, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces his toughest electoral test since coming to power with a landslide victory in 2014.
The comment came ahead of a vital test of popularity for Modi after a series of controversial economic reforms when Gujarat -- the state where he forged his political career -- goes to the polls on Saturday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India shared Myanmar's concern about "extremist violence" in its Rakhine state, where a security force operation against Muslim rebels has sent about 125,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that their two countries should pursue "healthy, stable bilateral ties", state media reported on Tuesday in the wake of a protracted border standoff.
The death toll from the violence climbed to 37, with 31 fatalities in the city of Panchkula and six from the town of Sirsa, where Singh's Dera Sacha Sauda, or True Deal Sect, is headquartered.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party has failed in its bid to oust the opposition Congress party's top strategist from the upper house of parliament, in a rare setback to its effort to secure national political supremacy.
A former arch-rival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi aligned with the Hindu nationalist leader on Thursday to form a new government in Bihar, one of the country's most populous states.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Israel Tuesday for the first ever visit by an Indian premier, amid growing ties between the two countries including billions of dollars in defence deals.