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Thursday, November 08, 2007


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Poverty line is drawn on the basis of a barest minimum desirable nutritional standards of calorie intake. Nearly half of India's population is estimate to be deprived of this basic minimum standards.  People below the poverty line comprise largely those whose consumption is very low and who have little physical resources of production. They are located in the climatically unfavorable regions with extremely low and fluctuating levels of production, income and meagre avenues of gainful employment.

The Human Development Report for 2000 has placed India at 128th among 174 poor nations and its population to the extent of 34.6% is poor whereas the 2001 report placed India at 115 among 162 nations and the report for 2002 has now put the country at the 124th place among 173 nations.


According to the Economic Survey 2001-2002 presented to Parliament in February 2002, the poverty is 27.09% in rural areas, 23.62%  in urban areas and 26.10% in the country as a whole.

The 10th Five Year Plan aims to reducing the poverty below 20% in the country by 2007 bringing it down from 26.10% at present.


That children of uneducated parents are likely to remain illiterate is a self-evident truth. (Missing Link, Telegraph, Editorial, The Telegraph, Nov 08, 2007)

It is often said that farmers are on the front lines dealing with global warming, their livelihoods being extraordinarily dependent on the weather. But tour operators and resort owners are not far behind. (Climate Change And Tourism , Deccan Herald, Elisabeth Rosenthal, Nov 08, 2007)

While one may find the richest man in India, disparities in the country are so wide that it isnt difficult to find the poorest man either. (India In The Billionaire Club: An Increasing Divide , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Nov 08, 2007)

Lately, saving Africa has become very fashionable. Hollywood celebrities are adopting African babies. (Time For The British To Pay Up In Kenya, Tribune, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

Observing that the concept of federalism is rooted in self-rule, President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday said expectations from it are very high in view of various challenges and instruments needed to be evolved to deal with them. ('Federalism Concept Rooted In Self Rule' , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

THE imposition of emergency rule throughout Pakistan on Nov 3 is a clear indication of the failure of the policies pursued by General Musharraf both as president and the patron saint of the ruling PML-Q which forms the rubberstamp government . . . . (Back To The Drawing Board, Dawn, Syed Shahabuddin, Nov 08, 2007)

Microfinance is simply about bringing banking services in smaller amounts to people who have never had access to any kind of financial services. (Microcredit Is Effective For Women In Self-Employment, Business Line, D. Murali , Nov 08, 2007)

The Tehelka sting operation underscores the urgency of simultaneously pursuing the prosecution of the culprits and fighting Hindutva politically in a spirited way. (Unfinished Agenda, Frontline, Praful Bidwai, Nov 08, 2007)

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA is loved by millions around the world, especially in his country, Peru. Like Jorge Luis Borges, Llosa’s aesthetic pursuit coincides with his political concern, though it is often alleged that his writings are not candidly devoted . . . (Defiantly Amiable, Frontline, Shelley Walia, Nov 08, 2007)

If India wants to see real gains from the recent visit of the Prime Minister to Nigeria in terms of energy security, it has to be more pro-active in its approach, backed by hard bargaining, and offer something more than a mere $900-million aid package. (Indo-Nigerian Ties: Strategic For Energy Security, Business Line, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

PAKISTAN’S economy recorded one of the fastest growth rates in Asia during fiscal year 2006-07. The real GDP growth accelerated to seven per cent that was surpassed only by China and India”. (Higher Growth, Higher Inflation, Dawn, Sultan Ahmed, Nov 08, 2007)

Developing nations are being pushed to grow crops for ethanol, rather than food, all thanks to political expediency. Using food to produce biofuels might strain supplies of arable land: IMF The cost of rice has risen by 20% over the past year, maiz (North Biofuel Appetite Causing South Starvation, Hindu, George Monbiot, Nov 07, 2007)

At least 45 African migrants have died of cold and thirst after their boat ran aground in the Atlantic Ocean trying to reach Europe, a Mauritanian security official said on Tuesday. (At Least 45 Africans Die Trying To Reach Spain, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Indian-American Menu Khator has become the first person of Indian origin to be appointed as the head of the prestigious University of Houston (UH), which has more than 56,000 students on its rolls. (Indian-American Elected To Lead Houston Varsity, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Tamil Nadu enacts a law granting separate reservation for Muslims and Christians in the Backward Classes quota. (Reservation For Minorities, Frontline, S. Viswanathan, Nov 07, 2007)

Jindal is the first Indian American to win a gubernatorial election in the U.S., but there are concerns about his silence on racism. (The Real Bobby Jindal, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

What started off as a violent agitation against a rumour of land acquisition in Nandigram block in West Bengal’s East Midnapore (Purba Medinipur) district 10 months ago has, in fact, taken the form of a struggle for turf control between the . . . . (Fanning The Flames In Nandigram, Frontline, SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY, Nov 07, 2007)

The best-known networking sites in the industry connect computer-savvy elites to one another. Babajob, by contrast, connects Indias elites to the poor at their doorsteps, people who need jobs but lack the connections to find them. (It Boom Fuels Altruism , Deccan Herald, Anand Giridharadas, Nov 07, 2007)

The world’s poorest people are not seeing the benefits of a global poverty rate decline driven by Asia’s economic growth in the past two decades, a report said today. (Better Times Ahead , Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 07, 2007)

The report of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), released in the second week of October, has immense significance for policymakers in health, nutrition, education and gender issues. (Plight Of Women And Children, Frontline, T.K. RAJALAKSHMI, Nov 07, 2007)

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