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New poverty line makes a third of Pakistanis poor

 At least 60 million Pakistanis are living below the poverty line, posing a challenge for the government.

China vows to lift remaining 70 million above poverty line by 2020

China's top leadership has pledged resolute measures to lift the remaining 70 million poor people above poverty line by 2020 which amounted a million a month.

Poverty cannot be abolished,remove core problems: Meghnad Desai

Arguing that "poverty cannot be abolished", eminent India-born British economist, author and Labour Party politician Lord Meghnad Desai today said the better approach will be to concentrate on the core problems of poverty and try to remove them.

Decline in below poverty line population: Govt

Government on Wednesday said there is a noticeable decline in below poverty line population in the country between 2004 and 2012.

Number of poor down to 27 cr in 2011-12: Govt

The number of poor in the country declined to 27 crore in 2011-12, from 40.74 crore in 2004-05, Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla said Wednesday.

Poverty figure: Montek admits flaws in assessing method

Planning Panel’s Deputy Chief, Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that a second look can be given to India’s poverty figures based on the Tendulkar Committee.

67% of population may get wheat, rice at Rs 2/kg and Rs 3/kg

Sixty-seven per cent of country's 1.2 billion populations, irrespective of their being below or above poverty line, may become eligible for 5 kg of wheat and rice at Rs 3 and Rs 2, respectively as the government is thinking of making some changes in this regard in Food Bill.

Controversy over poverty line "overdone", says WB President

Lauding India for managing to reduce poverty, World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Friday said that controversy over poverty line of Rs 28.65 daily consumption was "overdone".

Plan panel to set up expert group on poverty in April

Under pressure to review its controversial poverty line of Rs 28.65 daily consumption, the Planning Commission is likely to complete by next month the formation of a technical group to revisit the methodology used to arrive at the figure.

Plan panel uses best methodology to conduct surveys: Ramesh

Joining the debate on controversial poverty line issue, Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has said the surveys being conducted by the Planning Commission use the best available methodology which is refined all the time.

About 70 percent of India is poor: NAC member

Debunking the government's claim that the number of poor in India has come down, a top adviser has claimed that around 70 percent of the country's 1.2 billion population is poor, and stressed the need for a multi-dimensional assessment of poverty.

Ending poverty or removing poor?

Fulfillment of basic needs can play the role of poverty-buster not just jargon of numbers.

Fresh group to devise new method for poverty estimates: PM

Amidst strong criticism of the Planning Commission pegging the poverty line at Rs 28.65 daily per capita consumption for cities, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said a fresh group has been set up to devise a new method to assess the number of poor in the country.

Discrepancy in data led to low poverty line: Montek

Facing flak over latest poverty numbers, the Planning Commission Tuesday admitted that there is serious discrepancy in NSSO data and national accounts which led to pegging poverty line at Rs 28.65 per capita daily consumption in cities.