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Gloomy face of glittering Delhi
By Gaurav Sharma  | 14 Jun 2010

While the government authorities are spending billions to beautify Delhi for the Commonwealth Games 2010, does any one care for the millions of poor living in pitiable conditions in the Capital's slums?

People's tribunal conducts hearing in Narmada Valley
By d-sector Team  | 04 Jun 2010

Despite years of government promises, the proper rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar and other projects affected people still remains on the paper.

Maoists aim to capture Delhi: Raman Singh
By Gaurav Sharma  | 21 May 2010

Centre has ignored tribals, says former Commissioner of SCs & STs
By Gaurav Sharma  | 20 May 2010

Commonwealth Games hurt the commons
By Gaurav Sharma  | 17 May 2010

Activists question government efforts to lift ban on asbestos mining
By d-sector Team  | 28 Apr 2010

Civil Society demands ban on mining, manufacturing and use of asbesto

Media owners critical of Paid News report
By Gopal Krishna  | 27 Apr 2010

The Press Council Meet to discuss its report on 'Paid News' remained inconclusive.

Jairam is not so green
By Gaurav Sharma  | 25 Apr 2010

Under attack from his colleagues for delaying development projects, Jairam Ramesh gets unprecedented support from environment activists for his green agenda. However, the facts disclose that he is not yet willing to change the environmentally destructive development philosophy of his government.

Climate ideals do not match actions of Bolivians
By Soumya Dutta  | 24 Apr 2010

The Poplesí Conference on Climate Change at Cochabamba has given enough reasons to feel pride in the initiative taken by the government of Bolivia but unfortunately, the consumption driven philosophy of its citizens do not inspire much hope.

Call to choose between planet and death
By Soumya Dutta  | Cochabamba | 22 Apr 2010

The peoples' conference on climate change brings to the fore the growing conflict between the political interests and agendas embodied by Obama and Morales.

Cochabamba reverberates with hope
By Soumya Dutta  | Cochabamba | 21 Apr 2010

Leaving the disappointment of Copenhagen behind them, the peoplesí movements assemble in Bolivia for a historic meet on climate change

Cochabamaba is different from Copenhagen
By Soumya Dutta  | Cochabamba | 20 Apr 2010

Cochabamaba Climate conference has turned out to be a people's conference unlike the Governments' meet at Copenhagen.

Governments failed, people will not
By Soumya Dutta  | Cochabamba | 19 Apr 2010

After Copenhagen meet's failure, World People's Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth's Rights begins at Cochabamba in Bolivia

Avoid inflamed reporting on India-Pakistan water dispute, say experts
By Keya Acharya  | Islamabad | 12 Apr 2010

Challenges increase as WSF turns ten
By d-sector Team  | 05 Apr 2010

India makes education children's fundamental right
By d-sector Team  | 02 Apr 2010

From foreign shores to Indian doors: The Degree Conundrum
By d-sector Team  | 26 Mar 2010

Foreign universities are coming to India to expand their student base and to satiate the thirst of brand-hungry Indian students. But will they be able to fulfill the higher education needs of the country?

CSR gets government push
By d-sector Team  | 22 Mar 2010

India to play an active role in Africa's Development
By d-sector Team  | 17 Mar 2010

GM Food: Scepticism on the streets
By Rachna Arora Verma  | 08 Mar 2010

The media coverage of Bt brinjal debate has made the people conscious of GM Food related issues but the citizens also want the government to ensure healthy food to a young nation that seems to be living on burgers, pizzas and French fries, and unaware of consequences, loving it too!

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Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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