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Massive corruption in NREGA: Study
By d-sector Team  | 23 May 2010


Violent lyrics increase aggressiveness in listeners: Study
By d-sector Team  | 23 May 2010


Alcohol major killer worldwide: WHO
By d-sector Team  | 23 May 2010


Planning commission against cash transfer to poor
By d-sector Team  | 22 May 2010


Local monsoon forecasts planned to help farmers
By d-sector Team  | 22 May 2010


Attractive people get away with lighter punishment: Study
By d-sector Team  | 22 May 2010


Reality TV feeds more aggression: Study
By d-sector Team  | 22 May 2010


AP government to discipline microfinance companies
By d-sector Team  | 21 May 2010


Not all Canadians get safe drinking water: Report
By d-sector Team  | 17 May 2010


Ladakhi farmers shift to organic farming
By d-sector Team  | 17 May 2010


Govt to set up working group on drinker water and sanitation
By d-sector Team  | 13 May 2010


Special train to showcase India's e-Governance
By d-sector Team  | 13 May 2010


Great efforts needed to end child labour: UN
By d-sector Team  | 11 May 2010


Pirna Iron ore mine, Goa stayed by NEAA
By d-sector Team  | 11 May 2010


Malnutrition claims over 50% children lives
By d-sector Team  | 11 May 2010


Poor countries mark progress in health
By d-sector Team  | 11 May 2010


Child labour languish in fisheries: UN
By d-sector Team  | 11 May 2010


Tamil Nadu fixes fee structure for private schools
By d-sector Team  | 09 May 2010


Centre approves Rs 1500 crore for tiger project
By d-sector Team  | 08 May 2010


NACO's alarm about Kashmir found false: J&K official
By d-sector Team  | 06 May 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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