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Jul 3, 2013

India launches huge cheap food scheme

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The government launched a $22 billion welfare scheme on Wednesday to give cheap food to hundreds of millions of people, a centrepiece of the ruling Congress party’s plan to win a third term in elections due by May 2014.

The minority government sidestepped the unruly parliament and resorted to an executive order to implement the programme, hoping to take the credit for a vote-winning plan.

Jul 3, 2013

With eye on election, India launches huge cheap food scheme

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian government launched a $22 billion welfare scheme on Wednesday to give cheap food to hundreds of millions of people, a centerpiece of the ruling Congress party’s plan to win a third term in elections due by May 2014.

The minority government sidestepped India’s unruly parliament and resorted to an executive order to implement the program, hoping to take the credit for a vote-winning plan.

Jun 24, 2013

Himalayan massacre spells end for Pakistan mountaineering

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s once thriving mountaineering industry is reeling from the killing by militants of 10 foreign climbers, a massacre likely to drive away all but the hardiest adventurers from some of the world’s tallest and most pristine peaks.

A tour company present during the attack said gunmen dressed as police ordered tourists out of tents at the 4,200-meter (13,860-foot) base camp of Nanga Parbat, the country’s second highest peak, late on Saturday night, then shot them and a Pakistani guide.

Jun 24, 2013

(OFFICIAL)-UN says Pakistan has food “emergency”, but donors look elsewhere

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 23 (Reuters) – Hunger in Pakistan
is at emergency levels after years of conflict and floods, but
funding has dwindled as new crises such as Syria grab donors’
attention, the United Nations food aid chief said on Sunday.

Fighting in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan compounded
problems caused by three consecutive years of floods that
destroyed crops and forced millions of people to temporarily
abandon their homes.

Jun 23, 2013

U.N. says Pakistan has food ‘emergency’, but donors look elsewhere

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Hunger in Pakistan is at emergency levels after years of conflict and floods, but funding has dwindled as new crises such as Syria grab donors’ attention, the United Nations food aid chief said on Sunday.

Fighting in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan compounded problems caused by three consecutive years of floods that destroyed crops and forced millions of people to temporarily abandon their homes.

Jun 20, 2013

Pakistan influence on Taliban commanders helped Afghan breakthrough

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful military has played a central role in convincing Afghanistan’s Taliban rebels to hold talks with the United States, U.S. and Pakistani officials said, a shift from widely held views in Washington that it was obstructing peace in the region.

U.S. and Taliban officials were due to meet in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in the next few days, raising hopes for negotiated peace after 12 years of war between American-led forces and the Islamist insurgents.

Jun 20, 2013

Insight: Pakistan influence on Taliban commanders helped Afghan breakthrough

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful military has played a central role in convincing Afghanistan’s Taliban rebels to hold talks with the United States, U.S. and Pakistani officials said, a shift from widely held views in Washington that it was obstructing peace in the region.

U.S. and Taliban officials were due to meet in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in the next few days, raising hopes for negotiated peace after 12 years of war between American-led forces and the Islamist insurgents.

Jun 16, 2013

Bangladesh disaster crushes owner’s ideal of clothes with a conscience

SAVAR, Bangladesh/MADRID, June 17 (Reuters) – When Spanish
garment maker David Mayor arrived in Bangladesh a decade ago the
fashion label he set up had the motto “clothing with a heart”.

In an industry notorious for harsh working conditions he
said he wanted to show it was possible to run an ethical
business in which workers were trained well and treated with
respect.

Jun 11, 2013

India’s stubborn retail inflation may spoil rate cut hopes

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s consumer inflation likely eased for the third straight month in May but remained high enough to be a headache for the central bank, which is under pressure to cut rates again next week after headline wholesale inflation cooled.

India’s consumer inflation likely eased to 9.05 percent in May from 9.39 percent in April, a Reuters’ poll of economists showed.

Jun 11, 2013

Stubborn retail inflation may spoil rate cut hopes

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s consumer inflation likely eased for the third straight month in May but remained high enough to be a headache for the RBI, which is under pressure to cut rates again next week after headline wholesale inflation cooled.

Consumer inflation likely eased to 9.05 percent in May from 9.39 percent in April, a Reuters’ poll of economists showed.