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India:Central  government has decided to reduce half of the gas deposit amount for BPL families. Presently gas consumers are paying Rs1400(Rs.1250 security deposit and Rs.150 for regulator) for new gas connection. Government decides to reduce Rs 700 in the total deposit amount and the BPL people have only Rs 700 for new gas connection. Planning Commission approved this proposal. Government estimates to adjust Rs 490 crores for this plan and design target to give 5.5 crore gas connections mainly in rural areas before 2015. IT could be a great news for BPL families provided we ensure proper distribution on time , which will reduce the usage of traitional fuel like fire woods in remote areas.

Andhra Pradesh government handed over 1200 acres of fertailed land to Nagrjuna Construction company for tharmal power plant in sompeta area.From 30 villages nearly 1.50 lakhs people, mainly paddy farmers and fishermens are losing their livelihoods and also it leads towards environmental disaster. For the last 8 months the people have been struggling to protect their livelihoods. On 14th july 2 people killed in police firing when the people come forward to protect their lands.

India:The South India Textile Research Association will conduct a training programme for fitters and weavers for one month. Candidates from backward, most backward and de-notified communities who have studied up to Class VIII and are aged between 18 and 35 can apply for the programme. An interview will be held on July 14 on the association premises form 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This trainings could fetch jobs and increase their income level and enhance their livelihoods.

LONDON: Eight Indian states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal,   together account for more poor people than the 26 poorest African nations combined,  a new  multidimensional measure of global poverty has said.  The Multidimensional  Poverty Index (MPI) was developed and applied by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development  Initiative (OPHI) with UNDP support and will feature in the forthcoming 20th anniversary   edition of the UNDP Human Development Report due late October.  The MPI, which supplants  the Human Poverty Index, assesses a range of critical factors or  deprivations   at the household level: from education to health outcomes to assets and services

Paul Farmer of Partners in Health that has done much work around in the world.

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The idea for Partners in Health first began when Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl helped set up a community-based health project in Cange, Haiti known as Zanmi Lasante ("Partners in health"). In 1987, in order to support the efforts in Haiti, Dr. Paul Farmer, Thomas J. White, Todd McCormack, Ophelia Dahl, and Jim Yong Kim founded Partners in Health in Boston Massachusetts. In 1993, Dr. Farmer founded the Institute for Health and Social Justice (IHSJ) which is the research and advocacy arm of PIH. As of 2006, the IHSJ is under the direction of Dr. Joia Mukherjee, Medical Director of Partners In Health.

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Karnataka State Government expects an average annual investment of Rs. 20,000 crore in infrastructure development projects being implemented in the Public-Private Partnership model in the next five years, said Minister for Tourism and Infrastructure Development G. Janardhan Reddy recently.

The Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Limited (TIDCO), a State-owned company, has caused a minimum loss of Rs.148 crore to the government by adopting wrong guideline value.

While alienating government land to DLF Limited, a joint venture promoter for developing SEZ in Taramani, TIDCO deviated from government policy and adopted the guideline value applicable for residential area instead of an industrial area, according to the CAG (commercial) report tabled in the Assembly recently.

The text books that are supplied free of cost to the students studying in government and municipal schools have arrived in Vijayawada city. The textbooks are being supplied to all the schools from Bishop Azaraiah High School.

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