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UP Govt demands financial assistance for the victims of spurious vaccination
By d-sector Team  | 25 Aug 2010

US backs UN inquiry into alleged war crimes in Myanmar
By d-sector Team  | 19 Aug 2010

Pachauri pessimistic to seal climate deal at Cancun
By d-sector Team  | 19 Aug 2010

After corruption, human rights violations haunt CWG
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 13 Aug 2010

As preparations for the Commonwealth Games 2010 are in the final stage, amid allegations of corruption widespread incidences of human rights violations have shamed the state and union governments.

Country's most polluted rivers flow in Maharashtra
By d-sector Team  | 10 Aug 2010

India to have forest satellite by 2013
By d-sector Team  | 10 Aug 2010

Ramesh in the UN's panel on Climate Change
By d-sector Team  | 10 Aug 2010

Illegal migrant women are subjected to exploitation: Study
By d-sector Team  | 09 Aug 2010

DU students' eviction from hostels for CW Games criticised
By d-sector Team  | 30 Jul 2010

Commonwealth Games won't bolster tourism: Report
By d-sector Team  | 30 Jul 2010

Railways' revised catering policy will affect thousands: Patkar
By d-sector Team  | 27 Jul 2010

Security must for return of displaced people to Congo
By d-sector Team  | 23 Jul 2010

Boost ecological farming for global food security, says UN expert
By d-sector Team  | BRUSSELS | 22 Jul 2010

Conserve wetlands in India: BNHS
By d-sector Team  | 22 Jul 2010

Good nutrition helps in treatment of HIV positive people
By d-sector Team  | VIENNA | 20 Jul 2010

WFP Executive Director to visit African nations
By d-sector Team  | 20 Jul 2010

Do not look at us for aid, Japan tells Asian countries
By d-sector Team  | Beijing | 20 Jul 2010

Share of renewable energy continues to grow
By d-sector Team  | 15 Jul 2010

Oxford and UNDP devise a new method to measure poverty
By d-sector Team  | 14 Jul 2010

UN talks must focus on sustainable use of biodiversity
By d-sector Team  | 14 Jul 2010

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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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