India's crisis within a crisis; FM fights on two fronts

In many ways, Chidambaram has been grappling virtually alone with India's economic emergency since he became finance minister for a third time 13 months ago.

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.

Draft Food Bill sent to Law Ministry for vetting: Thomas

The Food Ministry has sent the draft National Food Security Bill to the Law Ministry for its vetting and public comments will be sought on it before introducing in Parliament in the monsoon session, Food Minister K V Thomas has said.