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BSF to check poaching in Kaziranga National Park
By d-sector Team  | 02 Mar 2010

Indonesia, Australia join hands to fight deforestation
By d-sector Team  | 02 Mar 2010

Increased drugs abuse worries UK
By d-sector Team  | 02 Mar 2010

Malnutrition kills hundreds in UK
By d-sector Team  | 02 Mar 2010

Scientists learn from traditional farming practices
By d-sector Team  | 27 Feb 2010

Rural India needs over 7000 more hospitals
By d-sector Team  | 27 Feb 2010

Belief in god helps patients with clinical depression
By d-sector Team  | 27 Feb 2010

Hunger and malnutrition haunt central India
By d-sector Team  | 25 Feb 2010

After India, GM food worries China
By d-sector Team  | 25 Feb 2010

UN watchdog blames India for increasing drugs abuse
By d-sector Team  | 25 Feb 2010

Countries commit to save rainforests
By d-sector Team  | 25 Feb 2010

Global warming could have mixed results for poor: Study
By d-sector Team  | 24 Feb 2010

Raw milk better than its boiled version?
By d-sector Team  | 23 Feb 2010

Nepal declares itself leprosy-free
By d-sector Team  | 23 Feb 2010

'India can't erase poverty by 2015'
By d-sector Team  | 23 Feb 2010

Health Bill may deny free healthcare to poor, fear experts
By d-sector Team  | 23 Feb 2010

Women in Haryana Govt to get 2-year child-care leave
By d-sector Team  | 20 Feb 2010

Mexico City to encourage bicycle-rides
By d-sector Team  | 20 Feb 2010

One in 7 Germans on the verge of poverty in 2008
By d-sector Team  | 18 Feb 2010

Financial crisis pushed 17 million Asians into poverty
By d-sector Team  | 17 Feb 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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