UN calls for more efforts to eradicate poverty

The UN Friday marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, with its Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for more efforts to eliminate poverty in all its forms as 2.4 billion people still live on less than $2 a day.

Health insurance has lowered death rate in Karnataka: Study

At a time when the central government is mulling a universal health insurance policy for the poor, a study shows that a similar programme in Karnataka to provide health insurance to households below the poverty line has lowered both mortality rates and out-of pocket expenses for beneficiaries.

Israel to launch plan to fight high poverty rate

 Israel`s Minister of Welfare Meir Cohen announced Monday that the government is set to allocate 1.7 billion shekels ($550 million) for an anti-poverty mission, aiming at halving the nation`s high poverty rates within a decade.

Eradicating poverty will defeat extremists: John Kerry

Top US diplomat John Kerry Friday made a passionate plea to wipe out poverty and improve health and education as the most powerful antidote to the "toxic" beliefs of extremists.

Over 51,000 affected, 28 killed by Niger flooding: UN

At least 28 people have been killed and more than 51,000 affected by flooding in Niger after heavy rains in June inundated swathes of the impoverished nation, the United Nations said Thursday.

Kalam calls on scientists to adopt people-focused approach

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam Friday stressed the need for scientific community to develop a `focus on people` approach in dealing with global challenges like poverty and illiteracy.

Congress rejects Naveen`s poverty reduction claim

Rejecting Odisha Government`s claim about reduction of poverty at faster rate, Opposition Congress today asked the reasons behind rampant child sale and large scale migration from the state.

2.2 bn people are `poor or near-poor`: UN report

Approximately 2.2 billion people around the world are "poor or near-poor," a UN flagship report said Thursday.

More than 2.2 billion people `poor or near-poor`: UN report

More than 2.2 billion people are "poor or near-poor", with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said Thursday.

UK lauds India`s efforts to reduce poverty, stress on growth

The British government has appreciated India`s fast movement towards reduction of poverty with "inclusiveness" and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s stress on investment in growth and infrastructure was "encouraging".

Bolivia legalizes child labor for kids from age 10

Bolivia has passed a law authorizing children to work from age 10, saying the rule is necessary due to realities in the impoverished country where kids join the labor market prematurely.

1/3rd of world`s extreme poor in India; highest under-5 deaths

One third of the extreme poor global population reside in India which has also recorded the highest number of under-five deaths in the world, the latest UN Millennium Development Goals report has said.

India tops the list of global poor: UN report

India tops the list of countries with the largest share of global extreme poor though the poverty rate in southeast Asia as whole saw a substantial fall from 1990 to 2010, a new United Nations report said.

Reduce maternal, child deaths: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Laying stress on reducing the number of maternal and child deaths in accordance with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Saturday asked doctors of a city hospital to be "zero tolerant" of inefficiency and "pro-active" in performing their duties.

Do poverty estimates actually cover the poor?

Is this yet another statistical exercise or just a poverty guessing game?

Poverty, child, maternal deaths high in India: UN report

India continues to battle poverty, child and maternal deaths, according to a United Nations report on the Millennium Development Goals that said while several key global targets have been met, more sustained effort is needed to cover disparities by the 2015 deadline.

Poverty, child, maternal deaths high in India: UN report

India continues to battle poverty, child and maternal deaths, according to a United Nations report on the Millennium Development Goals that said while several key global targets have been met, more sustained effort is needed to cover disparities by the 2015 deadline.

More Africans in extreme poverty than in 1990: UN

More sub-Saharan Africans are living in extreme poverty now than in 1990, said a major United Nations report on Monday, warning the region will miss most of its development goals.

Shame that we are still debating poverty: MJ Akbar

Commenting on the C Rangarajan Committee report on new poverty lines, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader MJ Akbar on Monday said that it is a matter of shame that even after six decades of independence, the country is still debating on poverty.

Rangarajan panel report on poverty attacked by parties

The Rangarajan Committee, which has suggested a new benchmark for describing poverty on Monday came under sharp attack from political parties, which said it amounted to "mocking at the poor" and makes neither "common sense" nor "economic sense".