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Tag: Poverty

Covid: Healthcare Costs Push Over Half A Billion Into Extreme Poverty
Covid: Healthcare Costs Push Over Half A Billion Into Extreme Poverty

The new WHO/World Bank reports also warned that financial hardship is likely to become more intense as poverty grows, incomes fall, and governments face tighter fiscal constraints.

One In Three Children In Greece At Risk Of Poverty: Unicef
One In Three Children In Greece At Risk Of Poverty: Unicef

Greece is one of the European Union (EU) member states with the highest proportion of children living in poverty, with 31.5 per cent of minors affected, compared to 24.2 per cent on average in the EU, according to Eurostat data for 2020 released late October this year.

Braveheart Odia Jawan Fighting Enemies On Border Is Now Battling Poverty

Nuapada: How difficult do you think is it to survive without any proper means of livelihood? It is. And when you come across a family of an Indian Army soldier living in utter poverty, it gives an impression how stressful it can be for all and sundry. Once fighting the enemies and terrorists on the […]

Odisha Govt's Incongruous Data On Key Metrics Draw Flak

Bhubaneswar: Incongruous data on several key metrics presented by different Odisha Ministers have drawn criticism from different quarters especially from the Opposition parties. Recently, the State Finance Minister, Niranjan Pujari had mentioned that 70 lakh families are living in abject poverty in the State which has raised questions on the 428 schemes rolled out by […]

Burdened By Poverty, Widowed Woman 'Kills Self & Son’

Malkangiri: It seems Odisha government’s push for the development of tribals though numerous schemes and allocation of crores of rupees have become a farce. In Malkangiri where a woman allegedly killed herself and poisoned two of her kids today after facing years of hardship due to poverty bears testimony  to the fact. The shocking incident occurred at […]

No End To Plight Of Labourers Migrating From Odisha

Berhampur: With the hope of pulling their family out of poverty, they leave their homeland in search of livelihood; but end up becoming victims of harassment and torture. Such is the fate of migrant labourers of Odisha particularly from Ganjam. About one and a half years back, Jay Dalei of Kaithada village of Ganjam, had […]

Woman poisons kids, commits suicide in Malkangiri

Malkangiri: A woman allegedly committed suicide after poisoning her two children at Godaguda village in Malkangiri district on Saturday night. The woman identified as Sita reportedly mixed poison with food and gave it to her four-year-old son and five-year-old daughter and consumed the same. However, both the children were saved after neighbours on hearing their […]

Poverty-stricken Odisha youth sets inspiring example

Sambalpur: Despite being born and brought up in a poor family in Balasingha village under maoist-affected Naktideul block of Sambalpur, Seshadev Kishan has crossed all hurdles to land a job as Research Associate at Gottingen University of Germany after completing his chemical engineering course. “I never thought that I will one day go to Germany […]

Modi should stop dramatising poverty: Congress

New Delhi: The Congress continued to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his speeches in Lucknow last week, saying he should “stop dramatising” poverty. Congress leader Anand Sharma told reporters here that speaking was part of Modi’s DNA and if he does not give speeches, “it probably can affect his health”. Noting Modi shapes his […]

Reality bites: People of Aredas village still in dark age!

Basic amenities such as electricity, drinking water facility and road connection continues to be a distant dream for at least 100 tribal families

Poverty-stricken mother hands over newborn boy to another man

  Dhenkanal: A woman in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district handed over her newborn son to another man expressing her inability to upbring the child up due to abject poverty. The incident was reported from Kankadahad Rupabedha village. The woman, Damayanti, wife of Bhushan Patra, had delivered a baby boy on May 9. However, citing poverty Damayanti […]

UN agriculture fund to invest over $30m in Tajikistan

Rome: The United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development signed a $39.3 million dollar accord with Tajikistan on Friday for a six-year project to cut poverty and propel economic growth in poor rural communities in the Central Asian nation. Under the agreement, IFAD will make a $15.3 million loan and a $15.3 million dollar grant. […]

Aishwarya: Dreams of flying high defies pull of poverty

Abject poverty has disturbed her childhood true, but never deterred her spirit to excel. She chose to soar in academics and she did. Something, she as a 16-year-old, understands can get back dignity to her family and give them a decent livelihood, maybe few years from now. Aiming to be a doctor, Aishwarya Mishra, has […]

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BJP will make Odisha India’s No 1 State: Amit Shah in Odisha

Jajpur: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah today slammed the Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government for poverty and backwardness of the state and vowed to make Odisha India’s number one State in terms of development if voted to power in 2019 elections. Addressing a mass gathering at Panikoili in Jajpur district, on […]

Govt benefits elude this elderly woman

Dhenkanal: A seventy year-old woman, Chilha Nayak, of Kamakhyanagar area in the district alleged that she has been deprived of government  aids. A resident of Patra Sahi under Kamakhyanagar block, Nayak is suffering from partial vision loss and hearing ailment. She alleged that her family has been neglected by the local administration even as her […]

NHRC seeks report of river locked Odisha villages

Kendrapara: The plight of the people living in three villages encircled by four rivers in Aul block of Kendrapara district of Odisha has drawn attention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The NHRC has sought an action-taken-report (ATR) from Odisha Chief Secretary on the alleged denial of basic facilities for human life towards those river-locked […]

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Odisha plans to make 22 % of its GPs poverty free

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today decided to initiate planning for eradication of poverty from 1342 gram panchayats out of the total 6234 in the state. Plans would be framed to make 22 per cent of the gram panchayats poverty free in the next two years, official sources said. The proposal for the poverty free gram panchayats […]

A Case of Selective Outrage

By Sandeep Sahu Four days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented Odisha as a ‘showpiece’ of poverty, starvation and unemployment at an election meeting in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, the controversy over the rather unfortunate – and completely unwarranted – comment is showing no signs of abating any time soon. There is a lot of anger […]

Assembly Ruckus
PM's statement triggers protest in Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly today witnessed a protest against Narendra Modi’s alleged “anti-Odisha” remark with Congress questioning Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s silence on the issue and ruling BJD demanding an apology from the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister’s remark on Odisha’s poverty at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh continued to rock the Assembly for the […]

Dharmendra Pradhan
Dharmendra Pradhan defends Modi’s remarks on poverty in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: After the ruling-BJD and Congress in Odisha, slammed PM Narendra Modi’s comments on poverty in Odisha, Union Petroleum minister defended the remarks citing Nagada malnourishment deaths, Dana Majhi episode and Japanese Encephalitis deaths as examples. Are not these issues are proof of the level of poverty in Odisha? The union minister asked while addressing […]

Dreams in eyes, ‘abnormal’ Mousumi waits for D-Day

By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty Cuttack: “Sir, I want to go to college. I want to continue my studies. I want to support my poor family, which is fighting every single day and night to ensure food and medicine for us,” said Mousumi, a stammer unmistakable in her voice. Like everyone, Mousumi also dreams of a […]

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World Bank, China to establish poverty reduction fund of worth $50 million

Beijing: The World Bank Group (WBG) and China signed an agreement here yesterday to set up a trust fund to help reduce poverty. The fund aims to enhance the WBG-China cooperation and leverage financial and knowledge-based resources to help developing countries achieve inclusive and sustainable development, the WBG said in a statement, according to Xinhua […]

Poor tribal couple 'sells' newborn, officials say they 'gifted'

Khowai (Tripura): Did grinding poverty force a poor tribal couple living in western Tripura’s Khowai district to sell their one-day-old son since the expenses for bringing him up were too much for them to bear? It depends on which way you look at it. Officials in Left-ruled Tripura maintain that the poor parents, who already […]