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  • One in six children living in extreme poverty, figure set to rise during pandemic: United Nations Oct 21, 2020 08:33 AM IST

    One in six children living in extreme poverty, figure set to rise during pandemic: United Nations

    'Global Estimate of Children in Monetary Poverty: An Update', notes that sub-Saharan Africa, with its limited social safety nets, accounts for two-thirds of children living in households that struggle to survive on an average of USD 1.90 a day or less per person the international measure for extreme poverty, while South Asia accounts for nearly a fifth of these children.

  • By 2021, as many as 150 million people likely to be in extreme poverty due to COVID-19: World Bank Oct 07, 2020 12:29 PM IST

    By 2021, as many as 150 million people likely to be in extreme poverty due to COVID-19: World Bank

    In order to reverse this serious setback to development progress and poverty reduction, countries will need to prepare for a different economy post-COVID, by allowing capital, labour, skills and innovation to move into new businesses and sectors, World Bank Group President David Malpass said.

  • Right time for a national urban livelihood guarantee scheme Aug 20, 2020 08:57 AM IST

    Right time for a national urban livelihood guarantee scheme

    Successive governments have continued to overlook the vulnerability of India’s informal urban workforce and the situation this workforce finds itself in. The current crisis, however, presents an opportunity to modernise India’s social safety net

  • Is China facing a Xi Jinping-Li Keqiang rivalry amidst a job crisis? Jun 23, 2020 10:56 AM IST

    Is China facing a Xi Jinping-Li Keqiang rivalry amidst a job crisis?

    Xi Jinping would not want Li Keqiang, who has experience in tackling the 2009 H1N1 virus outbreak, to garner an image as the hero of the current COVID-19 crisis. This is why Xi’s allies are picking holes in Li’s call to revive the stall economy

  • Poverty surge to over 1 billion due to coronavirus, warns study Jun 12, 2020 07:23 AM IST

    Poverty surge to over 1 billion due to coronavirus, warns study

    The research by King's College London and the Australian National University points to poverty increasing dramatically in middle-income developing countries, where millions of people live just above the poverty line.

  • An additional 49 million people may fall into extreme poverty this year due to COVID-19: UN chief Jun 10, 2020 11:20 AM IST

    An additional 49 million people may fall into extreme poverty this year due to COVID-19: UN chief

    Secretary-General Guterres warned that unless immediate action is taken, it is increasingly clear that there is an impending global food emergency that could have long-term impacts on hundreds of millions of children and adults.

  • COVID-19: Treat universities as an essential service Jun 03, 2020 11:58 AM IST

    COVID-19: Treat universities as an essential service

    In fighting the pandemic and its long-term effects, India must use the strength of its close to 1,000 universities, 40,000 colleges and 1000-plus stand-alone institutions of higher learning

  • World Bank says COVID-19 to push 60 million into poverty; announces $160 billion assistance to 100 countries May 20, 2020 12:40 PM IST

    World Bank says COVID-19 to push 60 million into poverty; announces $160 billion assistance to 100 countries

    "The pandemic and shutdown of advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty -- erasing much of the recent progress made in poverty alleviation,” World Bank President David Malpass told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday.

  • COVID-19 could cost 135 million jobs, push 120 million people into poverty in India: Report May 17, 2020 12:45 PM IST

    COVID-19 could cost 135 million jobs, push 120 million people into poverty in India: Report

    Following the COVID-19-induced economic disruptions, up to 135 million jobs could be lost and 120 million people might be pushed back into poverty in India

  • COVID-19 | Is India doing enough for its workers? Apr 15, 2020 12:50 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Is India doing enough for its workers?

    Along with efforts to create a national-level database of workers in the unorganised sector, their economic and social well being in the near future must be protected

  • Coronavirus crisis could plunge half a billion people into poverty: Oxfam Apr 09, 2020 09:52 AM IST

    Coronavirus crisis could plunge half a billion people into poverty: Oxfam

    The report released by the Nairobi-based charity ahead of next week's International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank annual meeting calculated the impact of the crisis on global poverty due to shrinking household incomes or consumption.

  • About 400 million workers in India may sink into poverty: UN report Apr 08, 2020 10:54 AM IST

    About 400 million workers in India may sink into poverty: UN report

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) in its report titled 'ILO Monitor 2nd edition: COVID-19 and the world of work', describes coronavirus pandemic as "the worst global crisis since World War II".

  • Jayant Sinha says $5 trillion economy target will eradicate extreme poverty Feb 24, 2020 09:15 AM IST

    Jayant Sinha says $5 trillion economy target will eradicate extreme poverty

    "What is the importance of the USD 5 trillion economy? We are USD 2 trillion economy. When we achieve the size of USD 5 trillion, production in the country will be around USD 3.5 trillion. If production reaches USD 3.5 trillion, we will be able to eradicate poverty from the country," the former MoS for Finance said.

  • India strives to eliminate poverty, become middle-income country: President Dec 14, 2019 04:30 PM IST

    India strives to eliminate poverty, become middle-income country: President

    The president hosted a conference of 46 heads of central universities and institutes of higher learning in the fields of agriculture, pharmaceuticals, aviation, footwear-design, fashion, petroleum and energy, maritime studies, planning and architecture and information technology.

  • Politics | It’s a keen high-stakes battle in Jharkhand Dec 06, 2019 03:00 PM IST

    Politics | It’s a keen high-stakes battle in Jharkhand

    If there is a hung assembly in Jharkhand, there would be considerable jockeying for winning post-poll allies — and in that event the BJP is not necessarily at a disadvantage.

  • Govt making history by driving people into poverty: Priyanka Gandhi Nov 15, 2019 06:43 PM IST

    Govt making history by driving people into poverty: Priyanka Gandhi

    A media report cited the latest consumption expenditure survey by the National Statistical Office (NSO) to claim that consumer spending fell for the first time in more than four decades in 2017-18, primarily driven by slackening rural demand.

  • Poverty levels in Odisha dipped by 25% in 20 years: Naveen Patnaik Oct 18, 2019 10:55 AM IST

    Poverty levels in Odisha dipped by 25% in 20 years: Naveen Patnaik

    "Odisha's transformative initiatives and policies have resulted in the sharpest drop in poverty, about 25 per cent, bringing millions out of poverty in last two decades," the chief minister said.

  • Impoverished Padma Shri awardee ‘eating ant eggs for survival’ Jun 25, 2019 10:02 AM IST

    Impoverished Padma Shri awardee ‘eating ant eggs for survival’

    Daitari Nayak (75), says people are not giving him any work as they think manual labour is below his dignity after he was awarded the Padma Shri.

  • Budget 2019 | Addressing poverty and agriculture concerns in the budget Jun 24, 2019 03:29 PM IST

    Budget 2019 | Addressing poverty and agriculture concerns in the budget

    The government makes every effort to save consumers from price rise, but does little to help farmers when commodity prices fall.

  • Politics | Rich Lok Sabha MPs in a poor India Jun 19, 2019 08:53 AM IST

    Politics | Rich Lok Sabha MPs in a poor India

    Is India in danger of becoming a plutocracy? When increasingly a wealthy minority decide the policies that govern a poor majority, whose interests will it reflect?

  • Arun Jaitley says extreme poverty falling, to end by 2031 Apr 15, 2019 06:34 PM IST

    Arun Jaitley says extreme poverty falling, to end by 2031

    More than 21 percent of India's 1.3 billion people lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2011, when the last census was taken, according to the World Bank.

  • Opinion | What the Congress party wants to do for agriculture Apr 05, 2019 01:03 PM IST

    Opinion | What the Congress party wants to do for agriculture

    Several commitments in the manifesto can alter the terms of trade in favour of farmers.

  • Comment | India’s wealth has increased handsomely over the last five years Mar 27, 2019 07:27 AM IST

    Comment | India’s wealth has increased handsomely over the last five years

    As Deng Xiaoping said, let some people get rich first

  • Happy that women will benefit under NYAY scheme: Priyanka Gandhi Mar 26, 2019 08:23 PM IST

    Happy that women will benefit under NYAY scheme: Priyanka Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced that Rs 72,000 per year will be given as minimum income to poor families, benefiting around 25 crore people, if his party is voted to power in Lok Sabha polls, and asserted it will be the “final assault” on poverty.

  • Poverty state of mind for those unused to sleeping hungry: PM Narendra Modi Mar 05, 2019 02:03 PM IST

    Poverty state of mind for those unused to sleeping hungry: PM Narendra Modi

    For some, poverty is just an opportunity to click photos, Modi said, sharpening his attack on the Congress chief.

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