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The ministry of agriculture announced that starting Wednesday a 2kg packet of maize flour, East African nation's staple, will retail at 0.9 U.S. dollars, down from 1.5 dollars.
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Some 20 millers have partnered with the government in the programme that has caused excitement among citizens, who are squeezed by the high commodity prices.
A kilo of the subsidized flour would be retailing at 0.46 dollars in retail outlets in the first phase of the programme, according to the ministry.
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"I am happy with this move by the government and it is welcome. We have been suffering greatly due to the high prices. They should do the same to sugar and milk prices," said Benson Gitau, a messenger in Nairobi.
An increasing number of Kenyan families have been skipping meals as they struggle to survive amid fast-rising inflation.
Inflation in the East African nation has hit a 57-month high of 11.5 percent pushed up by soaring prices of basic commodities that have been on the rise in the past months.
None of the food items used every day by ordinary Kenyans has been spared, with the cost of sugar, vegetables [url=http://www.airjordanshoes-forsale.com/]Air Jordan 1 Retro For Sale[/url] , house rent, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and rice doubling.
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On the other hand, a 500ml packet of milk has hit 0.68 dollars, up from 0.53 dollars some weeks ago with most families doing away with the commodity.
The rising cost of living has been turned into a campaign issue, with the Opposition National Super Alliance using it against President Uhuru Kenyatta's government ahead of August polls.
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China’s Ning Zetao celebrates after his victory in the final of the men's 100-meter freestyle at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon yesterday. South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan finished second. — AFP
China widened its lead in the Asian Games medal race yesterday as the competition was overshadowed by the Qatari women’s basketball team withdrawing because of a ban against wearing Muslim headscarves during games.
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At the end of day six of the 16-day continental games, with 173 of the 439 total gold medals awarded, China had won 78 golds, with South Korea and Japan in a tie for second with 28 each.
The dispute over the Qatari players’ refusal to remove their hijabs — considered by conservative Muslim women to be a requirement of their faith — has raised new questions about rules over head coverings and efforts to promote Muslim women’s sports participation.
Qatar delegation leader Khalid al-Jabir said the team had decided to withdraw and was already preparing to return home.
The Qatari women were due to play Nepal yesterday afternoon but didn’t show up at the venue. The women weren’t allowed to wear head coverings in their opening game on Wednesday and refused to play, surrendering the game to Mongolia.
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The Olympic Council of Asia had no immediate comment on the issue, nor did the Asian Games organizing committee.
Away from the controversy, attention again focused on the swimming competition, with rivals Japan and China splitting the medals over the day’s six races. With one day to go, China holds the overall lead with 18 swimming golds to Japan’s 11.
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Japan’s Olympic silver medalist Satomi Suzuki outpaced the favorites to win the women’s 50 breaststroke in 31.34 ahead of China’s Suo Ran and He Yuzhe.
Meanwhile, hometown favorite Park Tae-hwan continued his mediocre run at the games with a silver in the men’s 100 freestyle behind China’s Ning Zetao, who set a new Asian record at 47.70 seconds. Japan’s Shinri Shioura was third.
China’s Bi Yirong won the women’s 800 freestyle by more than six seconds to finish in 8:27.54, ahead of teammate Xu Danlu and Japan’s Asami Chida.
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