Friday, 24 March, 2023

Topic: Poverty

Old data, changing methodology — why number of Indians under poverty line is a mystery

India's official poverty estimates are more than a decade old. A consumption expenditure survey was last conducted in 2017-18 but its findings were never accepted by the govt.

Capitalism isn’t too bad — its impact on poverty isn’t what you think it is, new study says

The effect was negative until workers were empowered and treated fairly. Dignity and respect are tenets of stakeholder capitalism.

India ranks 107 in Global Hunger Index 2022, govt says attempt to ‘taint country’s image’

The Centre rejected the findings, saying the index is an 'erroneous measure' of hunger. With a score of 29.1, the level of hunger in India has been labelled as 'serious'.

Covid reversed poverty decline, made 7.1 cr people poor, says World Bank. At least 1/3 from India

According to World Bank, no. of global poor increased by 7.1 crore in 2020, of which at least 33% were in India. Other methods used to estimate poverty in India due to lack of govt data.

Covid has caused a global ‘learning catastrophe’. Reversing damage won’t be enough

Most 10-year olds in low and middle-income countries are unable to pass basic literacy examinations.

Woman from Mumbai suburb ‘kills’ disabled teen daughter out of ‘frustration’

Police say they were informed about a suicide in Andheri, but the woman later confessed that caring for her daughter had taken a toll on her, amid financial issues faced by family.

47 million people in the world are facing a ‘hunger catastrophe’. Here’s what we can do

Number of people facing acute food insecurity has more than doubled from 135 million before the pandemic to 276 million. Sustainability is key.

Urban poverty rose sharply after demonetisation in 2016, World Bank study shows

Recovery after demonetisation was quick, but overall rate of poverty reduction in 2011-2019 period was lower than in 2004-2011, finds paper published last week.

India’s extreme poverty down by 12.3% in last decade, says World Bank

Global bank's policy research team also said poverty headcount has dropped more in rural areas than in urban.

Code red on malnutrition: Why half the kids in 3 poorest UP districts are stunted, many ‘wasted’

Healthcare workers, officials in Bahraich, Balrampur and Shravasti districts say there’s no one reason behind high malnutrition level in one of most backward regions in India.

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Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...


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In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.