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Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh interviewed by Ashutosh Bhardwaj

-The Indian Express Days before the first phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Raman Singh has a tough task at hand. The party's manifesto is yet to be announced and dissent has grown after ticket distribution. Hoping for a hat-trick, Singh speaks to Ashutosh Bhardwaj about his tenure and the challenges facing the state. * What will be your chief electoral plank this year? The promises we made five years ago...

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India way behind neighbours in hunger index

Released two days before the World Food Day i.e. 16 October, the Global Hunger Index 2013 report paints a gloomy picture of India. Its score of fighting hunger has improved only marginally in the past two decades while many of its neighbors have moved up from strength to strength. (See full report below)   The report entitled: The Challenge of Hunger: Building Resilience to achieve Food and Nutrition Security says that India...

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Is Third World agricultural R&D slipping into a technological orphanage?-GK Chadha, P Ramasundaram and R Sendhil

-Current Science The developing world faces the tough task of producing adequate food to meet the demands of its burgeoning population, as yield levels of major crops have struck a plateau. Food and Nutrition Security being the major concerns, agricultural R&D in less-developed countries is at the crossroads. The earlier days, when the benefits from the technological breakthroughs attained by the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research institutes and the public...

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How Chhattisgarh managed to achieve and look beyond roti, kapda and makaan-Raman Singh

-The Economic Times I have often been asked how Chhattisgarh manages the contradictory pulls of sound fiscal health and welfare schemes. How did we manage to roll out food and Nutrition Security to not just the most needy among us but to almost the entire population of a state that has had a history of malnutrition and neglect, without jeopardising Chhattisgarh's finances? As finance minister for the last eight years, I have...

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Robust TN model food for Sonia's thought -Shyam Balasubramanian

-The New Indian Express Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has emerged among the strongest voices against the Food Security Bill, which is being pushed by the UPA government. She recently wrote to the Prime Minister asking him to exempt Tamil Nadu from the implementation of the ordinance that brought the Food Security Bill into force. Apart from the political overtones that such a request might be seen to have,...

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