In Short

Published: Monday 15 November 2004

dengue resurfaces: Delhi is once again in the grip of dengue. The disease claimed its first victim at Apollo Hospital on October 5, 2004. Over 180 cases have already been reported in the capital. The disease is also spreading in the neighbouring town of Noida; media reports claimed the occurrence of 25 cases. Health officials say continuous showers and high humidity is hindering the campaign against the disease. They predict a spurt in dengue cases.

subsidy tussle: The designate-EU farm commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel, has said she would propose ending EU's food export subsidies during global trade talks if the US also agrees to cut its food aid: "This will be the point of departure for negotiations...provided there is parallelism... I'm thinking of the US.... They use food aid as a kind of buffer." Washington is charged with using food aid to developing countries for dumping its surplus produce on the global market. The EU, the US, Brazil and Japan had promised to reform their farm support systems in July 2004, when members of the World Trade Organization agreed to cut trade barriers.

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