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Employment guarantee scheme under scanner after hunger death

A landless labourer dies on Christmas day after going without food for five days. Neither he nor his wife, who was a job card holder under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, knew they could demand work or avail of unemployment benefits as a right

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New poverty line formula shows increase in number of rural poor

One in three Indians lives below the poverty line according to the Tendulkar Committee report which used a measurement of goods and services, rather than calorie intake, to calculate poverty

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Global hunger worsening, warns UN

More than 1 billion people go to bed hungry every day as the deadly combination of severe food shortages and one of the worst global financial crises in living memory has shrunk food aid to an all-time low, says a UN body

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NREGA renamed Mahatma National Rural Employment Guarantee Act

The government has renamed its flagship rural job guarantee programme -– the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme -- after Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary. The Centre has also decided to appoint 100 prominent people from across the country to carry out independent evaluations and monitoring of the scheme

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India: Economic powerhouse or nutritional weakling?

Despite the recent economic boom in India, at least 46% of its children up to the age of 3 still suffer from malnutrition making the country home to a third of the world’s malnourished children, says a recent study

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Food Security Bill: No consensus yet on how to measure poverty

Planning Commission member Abhjit Sen argues that evaluation of poverty must be done on the basis of income rather than calorie intake, while rejecting the recommendation of a rural development ministry panel suggesting that 50% of India should be brought under the ambit of the poverty line

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G8 ministers admit failure in reducing world hunger

With an additional 40 million people becoming chronically hungry in the last year, G8 ministers admit for the first time that the world is far from reaching the Millennium Development Goal of halving world hunger by 2015

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International media draws attention to India's 'hidden hunger'

The foreign press comments on the irony of two Indians being amongst the world’s 10 richest in the 2009 Forbes Rich List, while a new Save the Children report states that 1 million infants die of malnutrition every year in India

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Poor in perpetuity?

New studies claim that the stress that the poor inevitably suffer adversely impacts children’s working memory, causing them to be under-achievers in later life and thus remain poor

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