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India’s Modi battles opposition to key land reform

New Delhi | Reuters — India’s opposition parties boycotted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest attempt to build consensus around a business-friendly land bill Wednesday, boding badly for his ambitious agenda of economic reform in a parliament session that starts next week. Almost half of India’s 31 chief ministers spurned Modi’s invitation to meet him in […] Read more

India launches major cheap-food plan

The Indian government launched a US$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 India’s unruly parliament and resorted to an executive order to implement […] Read more

Food, Farms The New Target For Venezuela’s Chavez

Reading Time: 3 minutes “If we start to see a decline in plantings, we will occupy the land and the Venezuelan state will plant it” Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has put food and farms at the center of his socialist revolution, tightening the government’s grip on supplies of staples in a strategy that risks sparking social unrest. Chavez nationalized […] Read more