Rural Votes, Old Traumas Drive India’s Wto Brinkmanship – Yahoo News

REUTERS/Ajay By Manoj Kumar and Mayank Bhardwaj NEW DELHI (Reuters) – With grain silos spilling over, exports on the rise and an avowed market champion for prime minister, India’s threat to trash a global trade deal in the name of food security appears puzzling. But government officials say Prime Minister Narendra Modi is prepared to brazen out global outrage to seize a historic opportunity to build a rural power base with his defense of farm subsidies and to banish memories of humiliating national food shortages. Modi triumphed in general elections only two months ago, but polls are never far away in the world’s largest democracy and his Bharatiya Janata Party has its eyes already on new campaigns in the breadbowl states of Haryana and Maharashtra. More than two-thirds of 1.26 billion Indians live in rural areas and Modi’s party, traditionally stronger in the cities, needs to secure more farmers’ votes to consolidate its power. Party officials are confident New Delhi’s tough line at World Trade Organization talks in Geneva will accomplish that.–business.html

Bowie women wield cameras for canines — Gazette.Net

Four-week-old puppies resting July 24 at the Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility in Upper Marlboro.

Cleaveland said there are many animals that come to the shelter needing medical attention from heartworm treatment to surgeries. We, being a government facility, cant usually take care of that type of thing, she said. Medical expenses are not cheap. Cleaveland said it is not uncommon for shelter workers to pay medical expenses out of their own pockets for what she calls the kids. Sometimes I throw in 50 bucks, she said. Carter said she has seen a big improvement in the photographs taken at the shelter and hopes her organizations nonprofit designation will raise more awareness and inspire more people to donate because of the tax incentive.


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