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India 134th out of 182 countries by Vidya Subrahmaniam

s in the above categories were Japan (life expectancy 82.7 years); Georgia (literacy 100 per cent); Australia (CGER 114. 2) and finally Liechtenstein (per capita GDP 85, $ 382US $). On the Human Poverty Index, which is considered a better indicator of Poverty levels than the U.S. $ PPP of 1.25 $ per day, India scored a value of 28 per cent and stood 88th among 135 countries.

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Films chart despair of India's farm suicides by Prachi Pinglay

The film industry is tackling the controversial issue of farmer suicides After drinking pesticide out of sheer desperation, Poverty-stricken farmer Nandu collapsed. He did this on screen in front of an audience at a packed multiplex cinema, which issued a collective gasp. Nandu is just a character in a recent Indian film about farmer suicides. But his tragic fate has been a reality for thousands of farmers across India. F

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It is water, not elections, that excites people in Beed district by Meena Menon

Erratic power supply, Poverty bane of Marathwada region  About four lakh people migrate every year to work as sugarcane cutters Sugar factories contribute to water scarcity DHAITANA (Beed district): The Assembly elections are not the reason for excitement in this village located in the backward Marathwada region of Maharashtra. It’s water. In the afternoon heat, women and children are running towards the only source of w

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Protest against proposed Cash for Food in Delhi

ass rally & Public meeting on 8th Oct’09 from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar at 10am   Dear Friends Zindabad! Greetings from Delhi Shramik Sangathan! The Below Poverty Line (BPL) families living in slums areas, J J Colonies & unauthorized colonies are forced to come on the roads to protest against the “cash for food” proposal of Delhi Government. Delhi CM & Minister of Food & Civil Suppli

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What's your religion, slum survey will ask by Vineeta Pandey

The Centre, for the first time, has undertaken a nation-wide survey of slums to profile urban household Poverty and the nature of jobs held by those living on society's fringes. The survey will profile slum-dwellers by caste and religion "for properly allocating development schemes, policy-making, project formulation and implementation, and monitoring", according to an official at the Union ministry of housing and urban More »

With better storage, imports can be avoided: Swaminathan by P. Sunderarajan

government had taken adequate measures to modernise foodgrains storage systems, such an eventuality would not have arisen. “The importers lobby would always be there to make profit out of Poverty. But the government needs to take adequate steps to improve the infrastructure for storing foodgrains. We should not allow monkeys and rats to eat away our produce.” Delivering a lecture on ‘NREGA (National Rural Employment Guara

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How to Minimise Displacement through Alternative Patterns of Development by Bharat Dogra

ment has become a leading source of discontent and impoverishment in India and many other developing countries. In the case of some vulnerable groups like tribals, it is perhaps the leading source of Poverty and discontent resulting in widespread violence in several places. Thus policies which promote large-scale displacement not only increase Poverty, these are also a threat to peace and democracy. Un

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‘Green revolution turned soil infertile’

ctive. They suggested the farmers to return to traditional practices in farming in order to make the vocation sustainable in future. Representatives of non-governmental organisations working on Poverty alleviation and sustainable agriculture and experts in the field of agriculture and related areas gathered here from four southern States to deliberate upon the subject. The two-day consultation meet was inaugurated in the RDT-Accion Fratern

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Poor count

em first. If perceptions differ regarding who is poor and, thus, how many poor people there are, it will be difficult to select the right institutional measures and the amount of money to be spent on Poverty eradication programmes. The differences between the findings of the N.C. Saxena report and and the Planning Commission’s assessment of the below-the-Poverty-line population seem to have created pr

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Exclusive cereal-dependence by Veena Shatrugna

and some pulses.   The intake of other protective foods such as eggs, milk, fruits and oil is minimal. The reasons for this nutrition emergency are many but the most important are undoubtedly Poverty and inadequate diet. A modified adult diet of cereals/ gruel in inadequate amounts serves as the only complementary food for children in poor households. Though the actual deficit in intake was around 500 cal, and about 10 gm of protein, nut

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