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Indian cabinet approves foreign university bill
By d-sector Team  | 15 Mar 2010


Kashmiri Gujjars urge UN to provide food security
By d-sector Team  | 15 Mar 2010


Vedanta indicted for violating regulations
By d-sector Team  | 13 Mar 2010


57 million toilets needed to stop manual scavenging
By d-sector Team  | 12 Mar 2010


Indonesia receives Australian aid to fight poverty
By d-sector Team  | 12 Mar 2010


Nagaland faces water crisis
By d-sector Team  | 12 Mar 2010


Climate change pushing bird species towards extinction
By d-sector Team  | 12 Mar 2010


Africa's hunger pangs
By d-sector Team  | 12 Mar 2010


Kerala declares itself GM Free State
By d-sector Team  | 12 Mar 2010


Burmese Muslims face starvation in Bangladeshi camps
By d-sector Team  | 12 Mar 2010


Hotels to be fined for polluting Ganga
By d-sector Team  | 11 Mar 2010


Gender disparity in India worst in the region: UNDP
By d-sector Team  | 11 Mar 2010


Madhya Pradesh has the highest infant mortality rate
By d-sector Team  | 11 Mar 2010


Pollution forces Hong Kong to issue health warning
By d-sector Team  | 11 Mar 2010


141 projects to restore forest cover in northeast India
By d-sector Team  | 10 Mar 2010


Top scientists to review IPCC report on Himalayan glaciers: UN
By d-sector Team  | 10 Mar 2010


Ban on child labour will fuel poverty
By d-sector Team  | 09 Mar 2010


Gene bank to conserve microbial resources in Gujarat
By d-sector Team  | 09 Mar 2010


Chhattisgarh promises 45,898 houses, completes none in 5 years
By d-sector Team  | 09 Mar 2010


100 years of Women's Day but still long way to go
By d-sector Team  | 09 Mar 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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