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Thousands of farmers detained in Ahmedabad
By d-sector Team  | 27 Feb 2010

Farmers and social activists opposing the Nirma group's planned cement plant and limestone quarry in Mahuva in Gujarat detained in Ahmedabad before they could organise a rally from Sabarmati to Gandhinagar.

Right to Education: Time for a giant leap
By Swaty Prakash  | 23 Feb 2010

The HRD Minister of India has new and innovative ideas to mould the education sector. His challenge lies in converting plans into concrete actions.

NBA demonstrates against Maheshwar dam
By d-sector Team  | 16 Feb 2010

Activists blast the proposed Biotech Regulator Bill
By d-sector Team  | Chandigarh | 16 Feb 2010

Encourage sustainable farming, not GM: KVM
By d-sector Team  | 09 Feb 2010

While the world awaits India's crucial decision on Bt brinjal, farmers, activists, and researchers exhort the government to use the historical opportunity to chart out a sustainable path in Indian food & farming systems.

Workers and activists demand ban on asbestos
By d-sector Team  | 05 Feb 2010

'World-class' Delhi can't tolerate cycle rickshaw
By Gaurav Sharma  | 02 Feb 2010

In order to accomplish their desire to make Indian Capital a 'world-class' city, the elitist and myopic administrators of Delhi are pushing environmental friendly cycle rickshaw out of city to increase space for swelling number of polluting cars.

Copenhagen can't compensate them
By Rina Mukherji  | 30 Jan 2010

As industrialised nations refuse to drastically cut down their GHG emissions, the poor living on the coastlines bear the brunt of the rising seas.

Despite SC directive, no respite for vendors
By Gaurav Sharma  | 24 Dec 2009

As vendors fight for the right to livelihood, municipal authorities and police continue to harass them, ignoring SC rulings and govt policy

Climate accord betrays the vulnerable
By Bhaskar Goswami  | 20 Dec 2009

The climate deal hastily put together by the BASIC countries and the USA gives license to the rich countries to continue polluting the planet, thereby rewarding them instead of imposing penalty for their climate crimes.

COP15 turns into a climate con
By Bhaskar Goswami  | Copenhagen | 17 Dec 2009

With rich countries refusing to accept emission reduction targets, the chances of a meaningful climate deal at Copenhagen are now almost over.

Delhi students march against GM food
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 17 Dec 2009

Jairam gets hot and cold at Copenhagen
By Bhaskar Goswami  | Copenhagen | 16 Dec 2009

Frequent change of stance and partners has not helped India's cause in the ongoing Copenhagen conference.

In Delhi, police loot the vendors
By Gaurav Sharma  | New Delhi | 15 Dec 2009

Instead of encouraging and facilitating the efforts of poor people to earn their livelihood through honest means of street vending, Delhi administration subjects them to frequent beating and humiliation, just to ensure huge flow of protection money.

Nations divided, citizens united
By Bhaskar Goswami  | Copenhagen | 13 Dec 2009

While negotiators fail to reach consensus on a binding climate agreement; citizens from the entire world took part in a peaceful protest march in Copenhagen bringing the city to a standstill.

New drafts appear, but differences persist
By Bhaskar Goswami  | Copenhagen | 12 Dec 2009

Fearing failure of Copenhagen conference due to widening rift between developed and developing countries, two new drafts are issued for negotiations to bridge the divisions.

India loses credibility at Copenhagen
By Bhaskar Goswami  | Copenhagen | 11 Dec 2009

With news doing the rounds that the Danish Text was drafted after consultation with India, the emerging power is left with a lot of bad reputation in the ongoing climate negotiations.

Talk mathematics, not morality: US
By Bhaskar Goswami  | Copenhagen | 10 Dec 2009

US and other industrialised nations get ready to derail the Copenhagen conference if developing world fails to toe their line.

G77's unity cracks at Copenhagen
By Bhaskar Goswami  | Copenhagen | 08 Dec 2009

Major developing nations dilute their demand on emission cut commitments of industrialised countries, leaving poor and island nations high and dry at Copenhagen conference.

New study on Himalayan glaciers adds to climate confusion
By Swaty Prakash  | 10 Nov 2009

Two years back IPCC claimed that Himalayan glaciers were receding fast and could disappear by 2035. Now a geological study declares that such fears are irrational and not based on scientific facts.

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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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