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The Evils of Cola
By Peter Liu  | 12 Jun 2009

We know its bad for us, but can cola kill?

School students combat climate change in their own ways
By Nihar Thadani  | New Delhi | 04 Jun 2009

Climate Change Information Overload?
By IRIN Reporters  | 29 May 2009

Basic healthcare crucial to beating HIV
By PlusNews Reporters  | Nairobi | 27 May 2009

Food prices will rise again, says UN report
By IRIN Reporters  | Johannesburg | 26 May 2009

PMTCT services crucial for HIV+ pregnant women
By PlusNews Reporters  | Nairobi | 25 May 2009

Diarrhoea - deadly, but neglected
By IRIN Reporters  | 22 May 2009

Climate debuts in India polls, with little impact
By Krittivas Mukherjee  | New Delhi | 13 May 2009

Agriculture Broadcast through Community Radio
By Mahesh Acharya  | 04 May 2009

Community Radio (CR) reaches out to various people simultaneously and in diverse locations.

Farm Suicides cast shadow on Punjab Polls
By Suvojit Bagchi  | 04 May 2009

Almost every village in Punjab has witnessed a suicide in their once prosperous farming families and it is a major issue in the general election.

The City that Ended Hunger
By Frances Moore Lappe  | 01 May 2009

A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: end hunger.

No GMO Challenge Launched
By d-sector Team  | Los Angeles | 01 May 2009

Food blogospheret targets GMOs as top environmental threat. Consumers asked to buy eco-friendly non-GMO products.

Rich countries and World Bank must stop pushing privatized health in poor countries: Oxfam
By d-sector Team  | Washington, DC | 01 May 2009

Oxfam says cuts in public health services are condemning millions of people to needless suffering.

Environment Laws driving Arctic warming, claims NASA
By d-sector Team  | 30 Apr 2009

Dhaka's air pollution level highest in the world
By d-sector Team  | 30 Apr 2009

Save Western Ghat Campaign
By d-sector Team  | 24 Apr 2009

IMF Issues Grim Forecasts For 2009
By Patrick O'Connor  | 24 Apr 2009

Global Financial Crisis creates Development Emergency
By d-sector Team  | 24 Apr 2009

The attainment of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is now going to be increasingly difficult, says a report by World Bank and IMF.

Stereotypes of Masculinity spread HIV
By PlusNews Reporters  | Rio De Janeiro | 20 Apr 2009

Engineers set to convert carbon dioxide into solid rock
By David Adam  | 16 Apr 2009

Icelandic experts hope to dispose of 30,000 tonnes of the greenhouse gas each year

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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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