Indian dailies have commented on a new report on a global poverty index, co-authored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPDI) released last week, says of the 1.3 billion people worldwide who are multi dimensionally poor, more than two thirds—886 million— live in middle income countries. Newspaper have also comment on Democrats will vote to condemn Trump’s. Print media opines that England did well to win the World Cup, but New Zealand did not deserve to lose.

THE HINDUSTAN TIMES in an editorial POVERTY INDEX: WELL DONE BUT STILL A LONG WAY TO GO writes the 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, which was released last week, confirmed that India’s poverty reduction programmes are on the right track. The report said that incidence of multidimensional poverty almost halved between 2005-06 and 2015-16, climbing down to 27.5%, indicating that the number of poor people in the country fell by more than 271 million within 10 years. Among states, Jharkhand showed the greatest improvement, with Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and Nagaland slightly behind. Multidimensional poverty defines poor not only on the basis of income, but also on other indicators, including poor health, poor quality of work and the threat of violence. India’s progress in reducing multidimensional poverty has happened thanks to investments in key areas. The country reduced deprivation in nutrition from 44.3% in 2005-06 to 21.2% in 2015-16. Child mortality dropped from 4.5% to 2.2%; deprivation in sanitation from 50.4% to 24.6%; people deprived of cooking fuel from 52.9% to 26.2%; and those deprived of drinking water from 16.6% to 6.2%. Keeping in view the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, how can India ensure that Dalits, Muslims and tribals are not left behind?

THE STATESMAN in an editorial PEACE AND NO WAR the US executive has suffered a major loss of face in the fractured legislature. Last Friday’s vote in the Democrat-dominated House of Representative has effectively curbed Donald Trump’s ability to launch an offensive against Iran. In equal measure the vote affords a breather to the regime in Tehran. The House has adopted a bipartisan provision that will require the President to obtain Congress approval before authorising military action against Iran. Ergo invading a country –as did Anglo American forces in Iraq in March 2003 will not be a readily agreeable proposition for an impetuous President’s militaristic agenda. The vote has been convincing 251 in favour and 170 against. Markedly 27 Republicans joined the Democrats to approve the sum and substance of the vote. The swing against Trump’s occasionally war-like posturing also underlines the imperative of Congress to take back its long-cede authority over matters of war and peace from the executive branch. This as legislators contend was imperative in view of the escalation of tensions with Iran. Last month Trump led the US to the brink of a retaliatory missile strike before suddenly reversing course ten minutes before the scheduled time to act.

THE HINDU in an editorial CLOSER THAN CLOSE opines summit clashes of global sporting tournaments can often be underwhelming. One team revels in the occasion, the other wilts, and a lopsided climax occurs. But Sunday’s ICC World Cup final involving England and New Zealand at Lords wasn’t cut from the same cloth. Never has a cricket match invested with such magnitude concluded in a tie. The same finish line was again replicated after the super over was taken to break the stalemate. The rivals scored 241 apiece in their respective innings and drew level at 15 in the super over. Ideally both units should have shared the trophy but the quest for a singular winner and a tournament law that mentioned cumulative boundaries as the ultimate deal-breaker, helped England pip New Zealand. The host had 26 strikes past the ropes, well ahead of the visitor’s 17. For a contest of gladiatorial proportions, it was perhaps an unfair judgment. In the current popular imagination both squads are champions, but after many years when only cold statistics linger, England will have the halo and New Zealand will remain the bridesmaid.

 Script: Padam Singh, AIR: News Analyst