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2020 poverty eradication boosted as China declared 85 counties poverty free.

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China, on Wednesday, announced that another 85 counties have been officially taken off the country’s list of impoverished areas, marking further steps toward its goal of eradicating poverty by 2020.



The announcement, made by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, came on the fifth National Poverty Relief Day, which falls on October 17 every year.

This is the largest number of counties to shake off poverty since China vowed in 2015 to win the battle against poverty.

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It brings the total number of counties removed from the poverty list since then to 153.

“This is an important achievement in the decisive stage of fighting the tough battle against poverty,’’ Xia Gengsheng, deputy director of the office said.

The 85 counties, from nine provincial regions, went through assessments from third-party institutions before being removed from the list.

Seventy-four of them are in the country’s less-developed western regions, and 25 are in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

“A county is removed from the list if less than two per cent of its population lives below the poverty line, defined by a per capita annual income of 2,300 Yuan (around 333 dollars) at 2010 prices.

“In the country’s western regions, if less than three per cent of the people live in poverty; the county will be removed from the list.

“Removing the 85 counties from the poverty list was in line with local economic and social development, the decision can stand tests and is recognized by the public,’’ Xia said.

He, however, called for continued poverty relief policies and efforts in these counties.

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Female robber escaping through a window at the bank

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A female robber trying to escaping through the window after robbing a bank in Adum area of Kumasi in Ghana.

In the video, the lady threw the money down from the window and jumped down to get the money, but she was caught and arrested by the bank’s security operatives.

The details of the lady is still unknown as at the time of filling this report

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South Africa returness receive a token from Lagos State Governor

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State gave N20,000 to each 315 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa.

This second batch of returnees arrived a week after another 187 Nigerians fleeing xenophobia came back from South Africa. The returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The flight, which originated from the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg was received by Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and Air Peace Chairman, Allen Onyema. Also on ground was Jermaine Sanwo-Olu, Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Diaspora.

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