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World 23 Jan 2021 | 3:16 AM

Biden, citing 'economic imperative,' orders faster relief checks, more food aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday ordered the faster issuance of pandemic stimulus checks to needy families and increased food aid for children who normally rely on school meals, an effort to ease Americans' burdens while Congress negotiates over his proposed $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package.

Nation 20 Jan 2021 | 7:00 AM

All-round approval for latest Covid-19 relief measures

"I am looking forward to the government’s food basket programme as I haven’t been able to sell kuih to my neighbours or supply kuih to a factory in Pasir Gudang due to the increase in Covid-19 cases. My husband only receives RM400 OKU aid from the Social Welfare Department every month as he has been bedridden for the last 15 years after suffering from a stroke."