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MP farmers demand GM-free state
By d-sector Team  | 01 Oct 2009

9-year-old takes on the mining giant
By d-sector Team  | 24 Sep 2009

Kerala Govt proposal to cull protected birds
By d-sector Team  | 09 Sep 2009

Integrated District Development Plan (IDDP) for Kollam proposes the culling of fish-eating birds Little Cormorant in the district to save fish in the freshwaters.

Women take initiative to revive millets in Punjab
By Gagandeep Kaur  | 07 Sep 2009

Punjab slowly wakes up to the dangers of chemical farming
By Subhdeep Kaur  | 27 Aug 2009

Brain fever is deadlier than swine flu
By d-sector Team  | 25 Aug 2009

Poor children of Uttar Pradesh are dying of Japanese Encephalitis in the absence of proper treatment and care, while the government and media remain obsessed about Swine flu.

How Wardha saved its water and its farmers
By Rajiv Gupta  | 24 Aug 2009

Girad village in Wardha sprung back to life through sincere and intelligent efforts of an NGO to save water and to adopt natural farming practices.

Non-GMO soybean acreage increased in USA
By d-sector Team  | 09 Aug 2009

Devinder Sharma among 25 most valuable Indians
By d-sector Team  | 09 Aug 2009

Renowned activist, columnist and food policy analyst, Dr Devinder Sharma has been profiled as one of the 25 most valuable Indians by leading English weekly 'The Week' in its Independence Day Special Issue dated August 16, 2009.

SBI bars pregnant candidates from joining
By K. Prakash  | 07 Aug 2009

The State Bank of India is on a hiring spree but in the process, the bank has stunned the nation by delaying appointment and promotion of successful women candidates if they are pregnant or likely to be so in near future.

Magsaysay Award for Deep Joshi
By d-sector Team  | 07 Aug 2009

Vulture Conservation efforts of BNHS bear fruit
By d-sector Team  | 04 Aug 2009

In view of alarmingly high rate of death of vultures, Conservation Breeding Programme of BNHS appears to be the only option of saving them from extinction.

Green projects destroy greenery of Attapadi
By K. Prakash  | 30 Jul 2009

The green tag attached to windmill projects exempts them from environmental clearance, but the damage caused to environment to install these windmills in Attapadi in Kerala can not be ignored.

PoK leaders want merger with India
By d-sector Team  | 25 Jul 2009

Fast changing geo-political equations have made India extend its helping hand to political groups in PoK who have now been openly seeking New Delhiā€™s help in their struggle for survival and freedom.

Ban plastics but provide alternatives
By Swaty Prakash  | 18 Jul 2009

While phasing out plastic bags, one must also look at the feasibility of the solution and availability of alternatives.

MDI to have Centre for Sustainable Development
By Gita Bajaj  | 17 Jul 2009

CSR officials and thought leaders brainstorm to shape the agenda for the Centre for Sustainable Development at MDI

Orissa's mine project threatens endangered tribe's identity
By d-sector Team  | 12 Jul 2009

European Scientists warn India of hazardous GM technology
By d-sector Team  | 10 Jul 2009

Civil Society Groups raise concern over BT Brinjal
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jul 2009

Economists question Pascal Lamy's theses
By d-sector Team  | 26 Jun 2009

Pascal Lamy's theses and figures showing benefits to developing nations from Doha negotiations have been questioned by a group of international economists

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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!!   

Lead View
People, Partition and the Pain
By Rina Mukherji
15 Aug 2013

Dr Jayanti Basu's book analyzes the complex feelings of hatred and longing for the homeland that have contributed to shaping the personalities of a generation of people who were forced to ..
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