POVERTY

  • Global warming could undermine poverty fight: World Bank 3 days ago

    Washington: Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe, the World Bank has warned. In a new report on the impact of global warming, the bank said sharp temperature rises would cut deeply into crop yields and water supplies in many areas and possibly set back efforts...
  • SAARC Standing Committee discusses terrorism, energy, poverty 4 days ago

    Kathmandu: Top diplomats of the eight-member SAARC grouping on Sunday discussed cooperation on a range of issues like combating terrorism, poverty alleviation, energy security and climate change. Foreign Secretary Sujata Singh and other top diplomats met at the 41st meeting of SAARC Standing Committee ahead of the 18th SAARC Summit...
  • 30 Minutes: Story of the missing children November 2, 2014

    According to the NCRB 60,000 children go missing every year despite the fact that big states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar, along with Punjab and Jharkhand, did not provide the data for missing children. ...
  • Leftist Dilma Rousseff narrowly wins second term in Brazil October 27, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election on Sunday after convincing voters that her party's strong record of reducing poverty over the last 12 years was more important than a recent economic slump. After one of the closest, most divisive campaigns in Brazil in decades, Rousseff won 51.6...
  • MGNREGA scheme improved status of women: Study October 23, 2014

    Kerala: Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme had helped women improve their social and economic status, according to a study by a university. The study by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) showed that 97.3% of workers under the scheme are women. Conducted as part of a project...
  • 1.2 billion live on less than $1.25 a day: UN chief October 18, 2014

    United Nations: More than 1.2 billion people are living on less than USD 1.25 a day and 2.4 billion are living on less than USD 2 a day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. He told the UN observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty that at least...
  • Impressed by PM Modi's commitment to fighting poverty: Bill Gates October 7, 2014

    New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to improve health services and his focus on ending open defecation has "impressed" Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates who said it is "inspiring" to see India move to the forefront of providing such services to the underprivileged. "Modi has India talking about toilets. This is...
  • Poverty makes minority kids more vulnerable to abuse September 11, 2014

    Washington: Children belonging to minority communities face increased risk of maltreatment due to exposure to poverty, says a USbased study. Poverty rather than biased reporting seems to account for the higher rates of child abuse and neglect among minority children, the findings showed. "For families of all races and ethnicities,...
  • Congress rejects Naveen's poverty reduction claim July 28, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Rejecting Odisha Government's claim about reduction of poverty at faster rate, Opposition Congress on Monday asked the reasons behind rampant child sale and large scale migration from the state. "If you (Government) have been able to reduce the poverty by 24.6 per cent, then why hapless couples sold their children...
  • Nigeria poverty level drops: Report July 23, 2014

    Lagos: Poverty rate in Nigeria has dropped from 35.2 percent to 33.1 percent in 2013, a latest World Bank report said on Tuesday. The decrease represents a dramatic drop from an estimated poverty rate of 62.2 percent recorded between 2009 and 2010 based on the Harmonised Nigeria Living Standard Statistics (HNLSS),...
  • UP to provide free power connections to 1.72 lakh families July 19, 2014

    The Uttar Pradesh government will provide free electricity connections to 1.72 lakh below poverty line (BPL) families in the state, officials said on Saturday. Chief secretary Alok Ranjan has issued an order for getting the desired logistics. He said the construction of 33/11 substations in 166 out of out of 201...
  • UK lauds India's efforts to reduce poverty, stress on growth July 18, 2014

    London: The British government has appreciated India's fast movement towards reduction of poverty with "inclusiveness" and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stress on investment in growth and infrastructure was "encouraging". Applauding India's efforts to alleviate poverty, Baroness Northover, government's spokesperson on international development, told the House of Lords on Thursday that...
  • Economic Survey 201314: Poverty ratio declines to 21.9 per cent July 9, 2014

    The Economic Survey 201314 presented by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has asked policy makers to design and execute development strategies targeting the young population that was approximately 58 per cent in 2001 and will increase to more than 64 per cent in 2021. The government has to take timely...
  • Chhattisgarh among poorest states with over 40% BPL population: C Rangarajan panel July 8, 2014

    Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam figure among the poorest states where over 40 per cent of people are below poverty line, according to the C Rangarajan panel. According to the report of the panel headed by former PMEAC Chairman C Rangarajan, 47.9 per cent people are poor...
  • Poverty, child, maternal deaths high in India: UN report July 8, 2014

    United Nations: India continues to battle poverty, child and maternal deaths, according to a United Nations report on the Millennium Development Goals that said while several key global targets have been met, more sustained effort is needed to cover disparities by the 2015 deadline. The 'Millennium Development Goals Report 2014', launched...
  • More Africans in extreme poverty than in 1990: UN July 8, 2014

    United Nations: More subSaharan Africans are living in extreme poverty now than in 1990, said a major United Nations report, warning the region will miss most of its development goals. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), set in 2000, strive to halve extreme poverty and hunger in the world by 2015. They also...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey July 7, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Bhupendra Chaubey on India @ 9. ...
  • Rs 27 vs Rs 32: Who really is an Indian poor? July 7, 2014

    The findings of the Rangarajan panel report on poverty estimates states that three out of 10 people in India are poor. The report has hiked the poverty limit to Rs 47 per day in cities, stating that people spending below that would be considered poor. The Rangarajan report also states...
  • News 360: Centre says price checks in place; Opposition stages walk out July 7, 2014

    Prices of food items are under control and there is no need for panic, the government declared on Monday in the Rajya Sabha which took up an impromptu discussion on inflation on the opening day of the Budget session after the opposition pressed for it. ...
  • Rangarajan panel on poverty says 3 out of 10 people in India are poor July 7, 2014

    The findings of the Rangarajan panel report on poverty estimates states that three out of 10 people in India are poor. The report has hiked the poverty limit to Rs 47 per day in cities, stating that people spending below that would be considered poor. The Tendulkar committee report had...
  • Rangarajan defends his committee's report on poverty figures July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: C Rangarajan, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, under attack from various political parties over his revised poverty figures, has defended his committee's report. Speaking to Network18, Rangarajan said that results brought forth by the panel were based on the estimates given by the National...
  • Full text: Rangarajan committee report on poverty estimates July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The findings of the Rangarajan panel report on poverty estimates states that three out of 10 people in India are poor. The report has hiked the poverty limit to Rs 47 per day in cities, stating that people spending below that would be considered poor. The Tendulkar committee...
  • Thousands live in incredibly cramped quarters in Hong Kong July 7, 2014

    Tens of thousands of people live in houses no bigger than a large king sized bed in one of the wealthiest cities of the world, Hong Kong. Apart from living in such dismal conditions, these people also have to pay high rents for such places. Families live in apartments as...
  • 3 out of 10 Indians poor, reveals Rangarajan panel report on poverty estimates July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The findings of the Rangarajan panel report on poverty estimates have been declared and it report states that three out of 10 people in India are poor. The report has hiked the poverty limit to Rs 47 per day in cities, stating that people spending below that would be...
  • Poverty definition immaterial for financial services: Raghuram Rajan July 2, 2014

    Mumbai: As the debate over the definition of poverty continues, Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan on Wednesday said that descriptions don't matter when it comes to financial services, which are unavailable for a large number of people. "It doesn't matter that we have a precise definition. There's so much...
  • 'If I were FM, would increase subsidies for poor people' June 29, 2014

    If I were the finance minister, then I would increase the subsidies for the poor people while reducing the subsidies for the richer section of the population. ...
  • NRI activist wants Centre to banish caste system June 26, 2014

    Kolkata: A Dubaibased Indian lawyeractivist, on a panIndian mission to abolish the caste system and who has served notice to the Centre, claimed on Thursday that the government would act on his plea by the end of this calendar year. NRI activist K.K. Sarachandra Bose, who originally hails from Kerala, has...
  • Housing for all by 2022 government's motto, says Venkaiah Naidu May 30, 2014

    Bangalore: Highlighting the priorities of his ministry, Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Poverty Alleviation Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that private sector as part of their social responsibility should go for housing for their staff. "Employment is going to be a major challenge before the country, no government can...
  • Congress using 'garibi hatao' slogan since the time of Indira: BJP April 15, 2014

    Reminding the people that the 'garibi hatao' slogan used by the Congress since the days of Indira Gandhi was only to get votes, senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday asked the people to get rid of the party's 'misrule' for speedy development. The people should remember that it was the...
  • Ansari encourages Muslims to take part in decision making March 29, 2014

    Vice President Hamid Ansari on Saturday said that while the Constitution guarantees equality to all citizens and prohibits discrimination on the ground of sex. Muslims, especially women, are lagging behind others in the fields of education and participation in the work force. Addressing the 61st convocation at Aligarh Muslim University, Ansari...