Wheat exports from India, the world’s second-biggest producer, are set to plunge as farmers hoard the crop and a rally in domestic prices turns buyers away to cheaper supplies from Russia and Ukraine. Futures climbed.
India’s main opposition party stepped up pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resign, with protests outside his home after he sought to end a political crisis by firing two ministers over graft allegations.
The three untended child-sized graves, a few minutes’ walk from the village of Paltupur, bear witness to what happened when the trucks loaded with nutritional powder stopped coming to this desolate corner of eastern India.
Ram Kishen, 52, half-blind and half- starved, holds in his gnarled hands the reason for his hunger: a tattered card entitling him to subsidized rations that now serves as a symbol of India’s biggest food heist.
India’s cabinet approved an aid package worth 120 billion rupees ($2.2 billion) for Bihar, a sign the government may be trying to encourage the state’s ruling party to leave the main federal opposition alliance.