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Dr Binayak Sen, recently nominated to the Planning Commission’s steering committee on health draws attention to starvation in India and says government policies are only adding to the problem

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Melghat’s malnourished children will benefit from a Bombay High Court order directing the Maharashtra government to provide cooked midday meals instead of dry take-home rations, and to consider a more realistic measure for gauging malnutrition

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To stem fraud in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the Centre has framed new rules that call for a Directorate of Social Audit at the state level

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States have been told to ensure that work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is completed on time after it was revealed that less than half of all jobs are finished

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India’s economy is in the top 10 in terms of growth potential, but when it comes to quality of life, especially in health and education, the country ranks 119 among 169 nations, according to the latest Human Development Index released by the UN Development Programme

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The National Advisory Council has worked out a compromise formula for the Food Security Act keeping in mind budgetary constraints and foodgrain availability. Under the formula, 90% of rural households and 50% of urban households -- that’s nearly 800 million people’-- will have access to subsidised food

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A state government-run tea estate in Wayanad registers record production by introducing free midday meal for its workers. It has incorporated a tourism component to find the resources to feed its 316 tribal workers, most of them women

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The high economic growth in India, unlike in China, has not translated to a rapid reduction of hunger, says a US-based policy think-tank. India ranks 67th in an 84-country ranking, and has more hungry people than even Sudan

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US President Barack Obama has warned that the world will miss ambitious anti-poverty goals if it does not change its approach to aid and development. Speaking at a UN summit, he described development as a strategic issue for all and called upon developing nations to seize their “moment of responsibility”

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A team of technical experts from China will be invited to interact with Indian officials on how to improve the country’s warehousing facilities and deal with the problem of rotting grain

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World leaders are kicking off a summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York to hammer out new ways to meet ambitious targets set a decade ago to cut poverty, millions of avoidable deaths and improve equality, by 2015

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For the first time in 15 years, the number of hungry people in the world has declined. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that 925 million people are undernourished -- a significant improvement from the 1.023 billion hungry the organisation counted in 2009

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India’s external affairs ministry has instructed the finance ministry to inform London that India will not accept further aid from the Department for International Development from next April. DFID is a UK government agency that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries to help alleviate poverty

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Over 1,000 below the poverty line (BPL) card holders in Rajasthan got free cell phones instead of free foodgrain as ordered by the Supreme Court. The government felt it was more important to distribute cell phones to the poor in Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Sachin Pilot’s constituency of Ajmer

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As the government struggles to incorporate nutritional aspects into its proposed right to food legislation, industry has offered to engage with the government as a partner

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The Supreme Court reminds Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar that its recent ruling that rotting foodgrain be distributed free among the poor was an ‘order’, not a ‘suggestion’ as interpreted by the minister

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The Working Group on Wages, constituted under the auspices of the Central Employment Guarantee Council that governs the functioning of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, in a report, has expressed concern over what it described as a crisis of wage policy, and has suggested a hike

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To combat corruption, the Indian government has decided to go in for the unique identification or ‘Aadhaar’ format to plug loopholes both at the worksite as well as at the time of disbursement of money

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Twenty homeless people suffering from various ailments and old age have died in the past two days. The authorities have ordered a probe and an inspection of the relief centre in Bangalore where they were lodged

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Despite the government’s tall claims, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) has fallen short of its targets

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