Poverty

  • UP to provide free power connections to 1.72 lakh families 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 2013-14: Poverty ratio declines to 21.9 per cent July 9, 2014

    The Economic Survey 2013-14 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 9, 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 sub-Saharan 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 Dubai-based Indian lawyer-activist, on a pan-Indian 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...
  • Aamir Khan, Pappu Yadav to help Mountain Man Dasrath Manjhi's family March 3, 2014

    Days of abject poverty for Bhagirath Manjhi and Basanti Devi, son and daughter-in-law of a man who single-handedly carved out a road by cutting through a hill in Bihar, are likely to end soon. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, former MP who was last year acquitted...
  • On Republic Day, Jaitley lists challenges confronting India January 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday said there are many areas in the country where work needs to be done. Congratulating the nation on 65th Republic Day, Jaitley said, "India today expects governance which will deliver on problems which confront the society. If India can...
  • Meria Kumar speaks at University of Rajasthan, says equal education for all a big challenge for govt January 8, 2014

    Holding that there were two education systems being run in the country, one for the rich and the other for the poor, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday said in Jaipur that merging the two to provide equal opportunities for all was the biggest challenge facing the government. "Two types of education are...
  • Rajnath attacks Congress over corruption, unemployment January 6, 2014

    BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Sunday blamed Congress for corruption, unemployment and poverty in the country six decades after it had gained independence. Exhorting people to bring BJP to power, Singh said the country was facing a huge crisis of unemployment and poverty despite not lacking any natural resources. Referring to former BJP Prime Minister Atal...
  • Rahul should have done something for the riot victims: Naresh Agarwal December 22, 2013

    Lucknow: After Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi asked Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to focus more on the deplorable conditions in relief camps for Muzaffarnagar riots victims, the Samajwadi Party hit back by saying that the Gandhi scion should have instead done something for them rather than giving suggestions...
  • South Africa, world mourn 'giant for justice' Nelson Mandela December 6, 2013

    Johannesburg: South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela died peacefully at home at the age of 95 on Thursday after months fighting a lung infection, leaving his nation and the world in mourning for a man revered as a moral giant. The former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate had been frail...
  • Nitish Kumar supports Article 370 for J&K, says debate over the issue uncalled for December 3, 2013

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday slammed BJP for raking up the issue of Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir terming it as part of an effort to again "draw a line of division". "Article 370 is given to Jammu and Kashmir in view of the special condition of the...
  • 3 crore BPL girls, women may get tablets; inspired by Akhilesh's 'laptop' scheme? December 3, 2013

    In a novel experiment to encourage illiterate girls and women to get education, Bihar government on Monday said it was mulling distributing tablets to three crore of them living below poverty line. State Minister for Information and Technology Shahid Ali Khan told reporters in Patna that a Rs 7000-crore plan had...
  • Chidambaram criticises activists for stalling developmental projects November 10, 2013

    Panaji: Activists who stop power plants, coal mining and projects like dams do not help in removing poverty from the country, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Sunday. "There is nothing more important than removing poverty from the country. I want to ask people who protest whether their action results...
  • Supportive economic environment needed to create jobs, says Arun Jaitley October 8, 2013

    United Nations: India has underlined the need for an urgent "supportive" multilateral trade regime and enhanced investment flows, saying such global environment is required to sustain economic growth and create jobs in developing countries. "The multiple global crises of the past several years have had a deleterious impact on the ability...