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Greenpeace demands ban on GM food in India
By d-sector Team  | Delhi | 16 Apr 2009


Why We Are Complicit in Indian Farmers' Suicides
By Tara Lohan  | 16 Apr 2009

Crop failure may have pushed farmers over the edge, but American companies have been leading them to the cliff for years.

Protecting Rights of Migrant Workers
By d-sector Team  | 16 Apr 2009


US wants to be world energy leader again
By AP/Nanet Poulsen  | 14 Apr 2009

A top adviser to President Barack Obama says that Congress needs to pass a sweeping energy bill to spur the development of renewable energy while curbing the emissions that contribute to global warming.

India's Farming 'Revolution' Heading For Collapse
By Daniel Zwerdling  | 13 Apr 2009


WWF estimates Climate Bailout Package
By Morten Andersen  | 09 Apr 2009

WWF International estimates USD 196 billion required by the third world countries to adapt to climate change and mitigate their own emissions.

Health risks of shipping pollution 'underestimated'
By John Vidal  | 09 Apr 2009

One giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50 million cars, study finds

Bioenergy can boost rural development
By d-sector Team  | New York | 09 Apr 2009

Bioenergy can play a significant role in rural development, according to an international study.

Sikh massacre victims await justice in India
By d-sector Team  | 09 Apr 2009


Countdown 2015 urges parliamentarians to save mother and child lives
By d-sector Team  | Addis Ababa | 07 Apr 2009


Make hospitals safe in emergencies: WHO
By d-sector Team  | Geneva / Beijing | 07 Apr 2009


On 50th anniversary of exile, Dalai Lama prays for India
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 01 Apr 2009


Water problems cause most deaths: Sulabh founder
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 31 Mar 2009


Billion Tree Campaign passes three billion mark
By d-sector Team  | Nairobi | 30 Mar 2009

The Billion Tree Campaign has passed the three billion planted tree mark following a confirmation from the Government of Turkey that it planted over 300 million trees in 2008.

SILVER LINING: Recession is helping the Environment
By Venuri Siriwardane  | 30 Mar 2009


Stop Corporal Punishment: IACHR
By d-sector Team  | 30 Mar 2009


Earth Hour Campaign in India
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 27 Mar 2009


China's arms buildup shifting balance in Asia: US
By Dan De Luce  | 26 Mar 2009


EU pesticide ban 'will harm malaria control'
By Sharon Davis  | 25 Mar 2009


India Joins International Renewable Energy Agency
By Ben Block  | 24 Mar 2009


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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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