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China has eradicated absolute poverty: President Xi Jinping

The announcement is a propaganda victory for the Communist Party, capping an eight-year anti-poverty drive, and coming in a year in which China’s economy has been battered by the pandemic
A file photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering a speech via video at the ASEAN Expo in Nanning, in southern China's Guangxi province on November 27, 2020.(AFP/ FILE)
A file photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering a speech via video at the ASEAN Expo in Nanning, in southern China's Guangxi province on November 27, 2020.(AFP/ FILE)
Updated on Dec 05, 2020 12:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

World Bank chief warns extreme poverty could surge by 100 million

The Washington-based development lender previously estimated that 60 million people would fall into extreme poverty due to Covid-19, but the new estimate puts the deterioration at 70 to 100 million, and he said “that number could go higher” if the pandemic worsens or drags on.
The World Bank has committed to deploying $160 billion in funding to 100 countries through June 2021 in an effort to addresses the immediate emergency, and about $21 billion had been released through the end of June (AP Photo)
The World Bank has committed to deploying $160 billion in funding to 100 countries through June 2021 in an effort to addresses the immediate emergency, and about $21 billion had been released through the end of June (AP Photo)
Updated on Aug 21, 2020 05:26 AM IST
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Washington | ByAgence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Covid-19: Extreme poverty rises; a generation sees a future slip away

Decades of progress in one of modern history’s greatest achievements, the fight against extreme poverty, are in danger of slipping away because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The world could see its first increase in extreme poverty in 22 years, further sharpening social inequities.(Reuters)
The world could see its first increase in extreme poverty in 22 years, further sharpening social inequities.(Reuters)
Updated on Aug 10, 2020 02:57 PM IST
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ByAssociated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar

Weighed down by poverty, Ludhiana coolies desperate to start work again

No help offered by the government during the lockdown, they say, leaving them totally dependent on NGOs for food and rations for their families
Coolies waiting for passengers at the Ludhiana railway station. The lockdown has left many of them without work.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Coolies waiting for passengers at the Ludhiana railway station. The lockdown has left many of them without work.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Jun 04, 2020 08:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | ByTarsem Singh Deogan, Ludhiana

Coronavirus crisis could plunge half a billion people into poverty: Report

Under the most serious scenario - a 20% contraction in income - the number of people living in extreme poverty would rise by 434 million people to 922 million worldwide.
A woman wearing a facemask walks along a promenade carrying a child during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Mumbai, India on April 9, 2020.(AFP)
A woman wearing a facemask walks along a promenade carrying a child during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Mumbai, India on April 9, 2020.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 10, 2020 12:38 PM IST
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London | ByReuters

Coronavirus pandemic could push 400mn Indians deeper into poverty, says ILO

The unemployment scenario is unlikely to improve in the second half of 2020, ILO said, adding that it estimates working hours will decline by 6.7% in the second quarter of 2020, which is equivalent to 195 million full-time workers.
The ILO warning corroborates local data, which shows that unemployment rate has spiked in India in a span of weeks.(Mint)
The ILO warning corroborates local data, which shows that unemployment rate has spiked in India in a span of weeks.(Mint)
Published on Apr 09, 2020 10:14 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

About 400 million workers in India may sink into poverty: UN report

The International Labour Organization (ILO) in its report titled ‘ILO Monitor 2nd edition: COVID-19 and the world of work’, describes coronavirus pandemic as “the worst global crisis since World War II”.
Representational image.(File Photo)
Representational image.(File Photo)
Published on Apr 08, 2020 03:49 PM IST
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United Nations | ByPress Trust of India

Covid-19 crisis can push 40 cr informal sector workers in India deeper into poverty: ILO Report

According to the Internatioanal Labour Organisation report, India is among the countries less equipped to handle the situation arising out of lockdwon imposed to curb Covid-19 pandemic.
India has imposed a three-week lockdown till April 14 to contain the coronavirus pandemic.(AP)
India has imposed a three-week lockdown till April 14 to contain the coronavirus pandemic.(AP)
Updated on Apr 07, 2020 10:47 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Bathinda’s Indian Idol believed in his dream of making it big as a singer despite poverty

Family, friends celebrate shoeshine boy turned singer Sunny Hindustani’s win by dancing to the dhol; sisters recall how he was firm on achieving big and pleaded with his mother for that one chance to audition
Maya and Rekha, the sisters of Indian Idol winner Sunny, in jubilant mood in Bathinda on Monday. The family is eagerly awaiting the singing sensation’s return.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Maya and Rekha, the sisters of Indian Idol winner Sunny, in jubilant mood in Bathinda on Monday. The family is eagerly awaiting the singing sensation’s return.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 24, 2020 05:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | BySachin Kumar

Higher poverty linked to increased youth suicide risk

According to the study, suicide in children under age 20 has been increasing in the US, with rates almost doubling over the last decade. Between 2007 to 2016, nearly 21,000 children ages 5-19 years old died by suicide.
In this study, researchers collected information from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Compressed Mortality File, which includes data on all US deaths, including cause of death.(Shutterstock)
In this study, researchers collected information from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Compressed Mortality File, which includes data on all US deaths, including cause of death.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 03, 2020 02:58 PM IST
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New York | ByIndo Asian News Service

Kangana Ranaut’s mom Asha dealt with alcoholic husband, poverty; actor dedicates Panga role to her

Talking about how their mom Asha Ranaut struggled with an alcoholic husband, Rangoli Chandel tweets that sister Kangana Ranaut took inspiration from their mom for her role in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Panga.
Kangana Ranaut poses with mom Asha.
Kangana Ranaut poses with mom Asha.
Updated on Dec 27, 2019 04:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

An artist’s journey to try and make the world a better place

I always gave to charity, a percentage of what I made from every painting sold, and started donating my work to raise money at art auctions for different causes. But I always felt it was never enough
It makes me wonder: How many of us can look away from a child begging on the street? How can we not care knowing that they haven’t eaten for days? How does it not bother us that they work in restaurants and homes, when they should be studying (and even playing) instead?(HT photo)
It makes me wonder: How many of us can look away from a child begging on the street? How can we not care knowing that they haven’t eaten for days? How does it not bother us that they work in restaurants and homes, when they should be studying (and even playing) instead?(HT photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 01:27 PM IST
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ByRevati Sharma Singh

Couple poisons kids, commits suicide in Tripura; Opposition slams government over poverty

The incident has triggered a political slugfest in the state, with the CPI(M) and the Congress blaming it on unemployment and starvation, while the ruling BJP accusing the earlier Left Front rule for its alleged failure to implement poverty eradication measures.
A couple allegedly committed suicide in West Tripura district after poisoning their two children. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A couple allegedly committed suicide in West Tripura district after poisoning their two children. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Nov 25, 2019 02:17 AM IST
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Agartala | ByPress Trust of India

‘Charity takes away dignity, biggest blot in solving problem of poverty,’ says Goonj founder

“Charity to my mind is one of the biggest blots in terms of solving the problem. In terms of survival, it is fine and it is needed,” he said.
Anshu Gupta, 48, founder of the non-profit Goonj and Ramon Magsaysay Award 2015 winner(TED)
Anshu Gupta, 48, founder of the non-profit Goonj and Ramon Magsaysay Award 2015 winner(TED)
Updated on Nov 23, 2019 04:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByZia Haq

In India, inequality bigger challenge than poverty

The world knows this gap between the rich and the poor as the ‘10 percent’ problem, sometimes even as the ‘1 percent’ problem.
Poonam and Kiran, daughters of a cycle rickshaw puller, do their home work on the rooftop of their shanty in Noida.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Poonam and Kiran, daughters of a cycle rickshaw puller, do their home work on the rooftop of their shanty in Noida.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 23, 2019 05:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZia Haq, New Delhi

I saw poverty as a child. Now, I want to fight it

My aim was to work on the alleviation of poverty. After spending a considerable amount of time interacting with people living in slums, I identified unemployment and underemployment as big social challenges
It was my family’s financial situation that inspired me to make money, and my father’s approach to life that influenced me to help people(HT)
It was my family’s financial situation that inspired me to make money, and my father’s approach to life that influenced me to help people(HT)
Updated on Oct 25, 2019 07:56 PM IST
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ByAtul Satija

Indian-origin Abhijit Banerjee, wife Esther Duflo awarded Nobel Prize in Economics

Fifty-eight-year-old Banerjee was born in 1961. He studied in Calcutta University and Jawaharlal Nehru University and then did a PhD from Harvard in 1988.
Dr Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International economist, MIT during the second session of Hindustan Times Summit at Taj Palace on New Delhi.(File photo by Mahender Parikh / Hindustan Times)
Dr Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International economist, MIT during the second session of Hindustan Times Summit at Taj Palace on New Delhi.(File photo by Mahender Parikh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 10, 2020 05:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016: UN

The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) was released Thursday.
India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, says UN(AFP (Representative Image))
India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, says UN(AFP (Representative Image))
Published on Jul 12, 2019 01:31 PM IST
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United Nations | ByPress Trust of India

RBI governor says India’s economy needs to grow even faster to deal with poverty, other challenges

India is expected to post real economic growth of 7.2 percent in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, and is seeing below-target inflation even as rising oil prices add an upside risk, the governor said. Still, he added that the inflationary impact from spikes in crude -- India’s biggest import -- can be exaggerated.
Higher oil prices over the longer term may hurt India’s growth as well as its current account deficit, factors which would drag the rupee down.(Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)
Higher oil prices over the longer term may hurt India’s growth as well as its current account deficit, factors which would drag the rupee down.(Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2019 11:32 AM IST
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Bihar Congress echoes Rahul’s claim of ‘surgical strike on poverty’

“Nyay promises to give Rs 6,000 to all those families whose monthly income is less than Rs 6,000. The money would be transferred to the bank account of the woman in the family.”
Congress leader Akhilesh Pradas Singh Chairman Campaigning Committee of Bihar addressing a press conference at State Congress Headquarter in Patna, India, on Tuesday(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Congress leader Akhilesh Pradas Singh Chairman Campaigning Committee of Bihar addressing a press conference at State Congress Headquarter in Patna, India, on Tuesday(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 27, 2019 11:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | BySubhash Pathak

Surgical strike on poverty, says Rahul Gandhi on minimum income poll promise

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said his promise of minimum income guarantee scheme is his party’s surgical strike on poverty.
Rahul Ganghi at a rally in Sriganganagar, Rajastan, on Tuesday.(Congress/Twitter)
Rahul Ganghi at a rally in Sriganganagar, Rajastan, on Tuesday.(Congress/Twitter)
Updated on Apr 25, 2020 07:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ganganagar, Rajasthan | ByHT Correspondent

‘Final assault on poverty’: Rahul Gandhi on 12K income poll promise

Rahul Gandhi said that if his party came to power at the Centre, it would ensure that India’s 20 per cent poorest families would make at least 12,000 every month.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi during a press conference at AICC headquarter, in New Delhi on March 25,(HT Photo/Sanjeev Verma)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi during a press conference at AICC headquarter, in New Delhi on March 25,(HT Photo/Sanjeev Verma)
Updated on Apr 24, 2020 07:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

An income redistribution plan will not end poverty

A more responsive public support system for education, nutrition, health and agriculture can be transformative
Under the BJP’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, farmers (who have below two hectares of land) will receive <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6,000 per year. But this amount is insufficient even to buy basic farm inputs. In fact, the Telangana and Odisha governments have initiated far more comprehensive income support plans for farmers.(Hindustan Times)
Under the BJP’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, farmers (who have below two hectares of land) will receive 6,000 per year. But this amount is insufficient even to buy basic farm inputs. In fact, the Telangana and Odisha governments have initiated far more comprehensive income support plans for farmers.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 12, 2019 11:15 AM IST
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ByManish K Jha and Sohini Sengupta

Sound policy, not slogans will help alleviate poverty: Arun Jaitley’s dig at Opposition

In an apparent attack on the opposition, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said sound policy, not slogans will help in alleviating poverty and fulfilling aspirations of people. He said slogans have transient life and people soon realise that they cannot be implemented.
There is an obvious debate on whether sound policy pays more or slogans pay more, Arun Jaitley said after the release of ‘Strategy for New India @75’ prepared by Niti Aayog.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
There is an obvious debate on whether sound policy pays more or slogans pay more, Arun Jaitley said after the release of ‘Strategy for New India @75’ prepared by Niti Aayog.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 19, 2018 07:48 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

International Day for Eradication of Poverty: Helping poor kids step into a bright future

Pragati Paathshala is working to nurture the lives of more than 120 slum children through moral, social, ethical and formal education in Gomti Nagar extension Lucknow.
The effects of poverty on children are wide-reaching and can lead to lifelong struggles, especially when young people don’t receive full educations.(HT)
The effects of poverty on children are wide-reaching and can lead to lifelong struggles, especially when young people don’t receive full educations.(HT)
Updated on Oct 17, 2018 11:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByArpan Jennifer Vimal

271 million people moved out of poverty in India: UN Development Programme

India has made momentous progress in reducing multidimensional poverty with its incidence almost halving between 2005-6 and 2015-16, climbing down to 27.5 per cent from 54.7 per cent.
According to a UNDP statement, though the traditionally disadvantaged groups - across states, castes, religions, and ages -are still the poorest, they have also experienced the biggest reductions in MPI through the decade, showing that they have been “catching up”.(HT Photo)
According to a UNDP statement, though the traditionally disadvantaged groups - across states, castes, religions, and ages -are still the poorest, they have also experienced the biggest reductions in MPI through the decade, showing that they have been “catching up”.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2018 09:31 AM IST
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Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi | ByIndo Asian News Service

Education, healthcare can win global war on poverty: Goalkeepers report

One billion people worldwide have come out of poverty since 2000, but rapid population growth in the world’s poorest countries threatens to slow or even reverse the decline, according to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers: The Stories Behind the Data 2018 released on Tuesday.
The report cites examples of China, India and Ethiopia as countries that have achieved “historic growth” over the past 30 years despite being once considered hopeless at cutting poverty.(AP/Picture for representation)
The report cites examples of China, India and Ethiopia as countries that have achieved “historic growth” over the past 30 years despite being once considered hopeless at cutting poverty.(AP/Picture for representation)
Published on Sep 19, 2018 07:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanchita Sharma

With no money for tractors or oxen, UP girls pull plough at their field while father tills land

While poverty-stricken 60-year-old Acheylal Aharwar tills his land, his two daughters Ravina, 13 and Shivani, 10, are forced to pull the plough every morning in Badagaon village of UP’s Jhansi district.
Villagers said Acheylal is not only poor but also under a debt of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.5 lakh from money lenders. Even the clothes that he and his family wear are often ones that villagers donate them. Villagers also donate him grains or some other crop produce from time to time.(HT Photo)
Villagers said Acheylal is not only poor but also under a debt of 1.5 lakh from money lenders. Even the clothes that he and his family wear are often ones that villagers donate them. Villagers also donate him grains or some other crop produce from time to time.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2018 01:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByPankaj Jaiswal

Woman with 18 children says ‘fertility fame’ did nothing to end poverty

Bissar of Haryana village become a curiosity show of sorts after she was featured in a Hindi media. Headlines didn’t end her family’s hardscrabble life.
Bissar (standing) with her son her son Shakarudin (in T-shirt) and other relatives in Akeda village of (Mewa) district near Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar/ HT file photo)
Bissar (standing) with her son her son Shakarudin (in T-shirt) and other relatives in Akeda village of (Mewa) district near Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar/ HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2018 03:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurgaon | ByLeena Dhankhar

Nearly half of Afghan children are not in school due to war, poverty: UN

Afghan girls remain more likely to miss out on a formal education, making up 60 percent of the 3.7 million children aged between seven and 17 not at school
In this photograph taken on June 1, 2018, a young Afghan boy sits at a bakery as he waits to sell bread in Mazar-i-Sharif.(AFP)
In this photograph taken on June 1, 2018, a young Afghan boy sits at a bakery as he waits to sell bread in Mazar-i-Sharif.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 03, 2018 04:46 PM IST
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