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16 million American kids battle hunger, says Johansson
About 16 million American children battle hunger, unsure when their next meal will come from, actress Scarlett Johansson says, calling for an end to hunger in the country.
 
The 30-year-old actress also drew on her own experiences to raise awareness about an issue that is often swept under the carpet in the US.
 
"My family grew up relying on public assistance to help provide meals for our family," femalefirst.co.uk quoted her as saying. 
 
"Child hunger in America is a real and often overlooked problem, but one that together, we can fix.
 
"The are 16 million children struggling with hunger in America. 
 
"That's one in five daughters, sons, neighbours and classmates who don't know where their next meal is coming from, yet billions of pounds of good food go to waste every year. It's time we do something about it.
 
"Together we can solve hunger. Together we're feeding America," Johansson added.
 
The actress' “Avengers” co-star Jeremy Renner has also recorded a message for charity Feeding America. 
 
"As an American, it's hard to hear that we have a serious hunger issue in our country. And as a parent it's even harder to hear one in five of our kids struggles with hunger, especially when billions of pounds of good food are wasted every year," he said in his video clip.

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MG Warrier

2 years ago

This short piece does not just highlight the mismanagement of resources by the oldest democracy in the world. If 20 per cent of children in America are uncertain of their next meal, world organisations like United Nations and UNICEF should study the issue. America is one of the countries which destroy produce to ensure competitive price! The country also borrows for staying ahead in arms race and fighting wars outside its territory. High time world took note of the happenings in US.
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Cabinet approves changes to Companies Act

These amendments to the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2014 "will address issues related to ease of doing business and put in place a speedier process for approval of draft notifications for providing exemptions etc. from specific provisions of the act to a class of companies",  the ministry of corporate affairs said in a statement 

 

To make it easy to do business in India, the union cabinet on Wednesday rationalised certain documentation procedures required for companies.
 
The cabinet approved "doing away with the requirement of filing a declaration by a company before commencement of business or exercising its borrowing powers", a cabinet communique said.
 
It also approved "rationalizing the procedure for laying draft notifications granting exemptions to various classes of companies or modifying provisions of the act in Parliament," the statement added.
 
These amendments to the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2014 "will address issues related to ease of doing business and put in place a speedier process for approval of draft notifications for providing exemptions etc. from specific provisions of the act to a class of companies", the ministry of corporate affairs said in a statement here.
 
Commenting on the cabinet decision, Yogesh Sharma, partner, Grant Thornton India, said: "As per 2014 World Bank data, India ranked at 142 out of 189, which is disappointing at best and the proposed amendment will move us a small step closer to fulfilling the prime minister's 'Make in India' campaign."
 
"The second amendment relates to fast-tracking the procedure for notifications issued under the Companies Act but the complete details of the proposed changes have not been made available. The proposal to ensure speedier issue of final notifications should be certainly favorable for all," he said in a statement.
 

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US economy almost stalls in Q1
US real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 0.2 percent in the first quarter this year, as uneven growth still haunted the world's largest economy amid a protracted weak recovery, according to an advance estimate released by the US Commerce Department on Wednesday.
 
Personal consumption, which accounts for about 70 percent of the US economy, grew 1.9 percent, compared with an increase of 4.4 percent in the previous quarter, Xinhua reported.
 
Non-residential fixed investment shrank while residential investment sharply slowed. Exports contracted 7.2 percent, compared with an increase of 4.5 percent, as a stronger dollar sapped demands for US goods.
 
The US economy typically experienced harsh times in the first quarter in recent years. It contracted 2.1 percent in the first quarter of 2014, as the unprecedented chilly winter weather pummelled business investment and consumer spending.
 
The sharp slowdown this year is blamed for a bout of blizzards and a strong dollar's drag on exports.
 
The US economy grew 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, and 5 percent in the previous one.

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