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  1. Unimaginable poverty, unbelievable tragedy

    Posted Feb 14th 2004, 12:00am by Wenran Jiang

    ... they discovered that, after years of celebrated agrarian reforms, many remote villages were still farming in primitive conditions and others had again fallen into extreme poverty because of heavy tax ... and determined to uncover the root causes of persistent poverty in the countryside, the couple left their newborn in a neighbour's care and endured three years of personal and financial hardship ...

  2. Pulling herself up from poverty

    Posted Jul 07th 2004, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... Amrit Dhillon in New Delhi Teen from India's lowest caste is to study medicine The daughter of a rickshaw puller in Nagpur, western India, has achieved a small miracle by passing pre-medical entrance tests with distinction, allowing her to study medi ...

  3. Couple jailed for cheating bank out of 420m yuan

    Posted Dec 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Xue Changchun, former general manager of a state-owned poverty-relief company in Guangzhou, was sentenced to death for misappropriating and embezzling 14 million yuan of public money. Losses incurred by the Guangdong Poverty-relief Economic Development Company totalled 7.5 million yuan. As the end of the year draws near, courts are speeding up trial of graft cases. Xinhuanet reported ...

  4. Breaching the great divide

    Posted Sep 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... traditional approach to combating poverty is this: promote economic growth, invest in human capital and provide social safety nets for vulnerable groups. Read the speeches delivered by generations ... to every member of the society and a growing minority remains trapped in poverty. Defining the poverty line as half of the median household income, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) ...

  5. School of hard knocks

    Posted Oct 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by year's end, however, because the money is running out. Like thousands of youngsters in rural China, her education hangs in the balance because of poverty. Puge, where Xingxing lives, is just one of 592 counties throughout the country that the State Council has placed on a priority list for poverty reduction in rural China. 'Those who drop out of school leave in tears,' says You ...

  6. Banker to poor gives nothing away

    Posted Sep 12th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... A man whose organisation claims to be pulling 1 million people a year out of poverty by lending at market rates tells Peter Kammerer that little is to be gained by giving money to the needy New Zealand-born entrepreneur David Bussau's aim in life is to drag as many people as possible out of poverty. But although he is charitable by nature, he is pure capitalist when ...

  7. The world's most famous diamonds

    Posted Dec 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hope (after whom it is named). It was believed to bring bad luck as all of Hope's family died in poverty. It was eventually acquired by American mining heiress Evalyn Walsh Mclean, whose ...

  8. We're not plotting, insists Estrada

    Posted Jan 08th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... something- whatever I can do- to help them out before I pass away.' He claimed to have started the anti-poverty programme Revolution Against Hunger and Poverty during his administration. ...

  9. The best chance for peace in Nepal?

    Posted Sep 09th 2004, 12:00am by Mark Williams

    ... in dire poverty, violent rebellion and failed government. Last year, I met his wife, Urmila. The rebels- fighting to build a 'people's republic' out of a rapidly decaying Hindu ... the 'root cause' of the war- the country's desperate poverty- lies in the inaction of a series of elected and unelected administrations. 'People in rural Nepal are not sure whether ...

  10. Tung seeks NPC deputies' views on his policy address

    Posted Jan 19th 2005, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... deputies called on Mr Tung to be more resolute in governing the city. Some expressed reservations about the chief executive's pledge to alleviate poverty, saying it may lead to excessive ...




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