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With a rangbwtang (necklace made of silver coins) round her neck, Koyati Reang, clad in the traditional attire of a Reang woman

Food price rise to worsen poverty situation: WB expert Khawaza Main Uddin Sharp rise in food grain prices in recent times will worsen poverty situation in poorer countries such as Bangladesh, making attainment of UN development goals by 2015 uncertain, says a World Bank expert.

Govt may cut subsidies to fund rural employment scheme Khawaza Main Uddin The interim government may trim fuel and fertiliser subsidies to make up for the planned enhancement of social protection and balance the next budget, finance officials have hinted. Raising the tax-GDP ratio to 11 from 10.3 now is one of the major targets to increase the revenue earning for meeting the costs of development and welfare activities as well as routine expenditures of the government.

Food crisis will end with boro harvest: Gen Moeen Bdnews24.com . Tangail The army chief, General Moeen U Ahmed, said on Sunday the ongoing food crisis would end with the boro harvest as cultivation was high this season. Addressing a rally of farmers at Bhuapur upazila in Tangail, the army chief said there was no alternative to boosting agricultural output.

4 killed at Haiti anti-poverty demo Agence France-Presse . Port-Au-Prince Four people were shot dead and some 20 injured Friday on the second day of demonstrations in Haiti against rising prices and poverty, a politician said.

Government slated for failure in food management Staff Correspondent Politicians, economist and rights defenders on Saturday slated the government for failing to ensure food security for people, and unanimously called for an immediate dialogue among government, political parties and experts to resolve the present food crisis.

Call to introduce rationing system DU Correspondent Progressive Students' Alliance, a combine of five left leaning student organisations, on Saturday demanded introduction of rationing system to avert possible famine in the country. At a rally held in front of the Central Library at Dhaka University, leaders of the alliance also demanded reduction in prices of essentials, including rice, pulses and edible oil. They said many people had been suffering from various diseases stemming from malnutrition caused by silent famine in the country.

Food prices are on the rise and not only in India. The increase has been sharper still in in other Asian counties, such as Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar. The continent is paying for its neglect of agricultural research and irrigation. There has neen a dwindling of prime land and shrinkage of water supplies owing to industrialisation. The UN's Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific has stated that a boost in farm productivity is the only way out of the crisis. India urgently needs another Green Revolution.

Dhaka urges developed countries to help check food price hike United News of Bangladesh . New York The foreign adviser, Iftekhar Ahmed, has urged the surplus developed countries to do more to rein in the rising food price.