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Indian farming techniques on heritage list
By d-sector Team  | 15 Feb 2010

China may legalise tiger trade
By d-sector Team  | 15 Feb 2010

IGNOU launches six FM radio stations on education
By d-sector Team  | 15 Feb 2010

WIPRO to build recyclable and toxin-free computers
By d-sector Team  | 15 Feb 2010

Genes cause stammering
By d-sector Team  | 12 Feb 2010

Thalassemic children given HIV infected blood
By d-sector Team  | 10 Feb 2010

Report claims 2 lakh Indians live illegally in US
By d-sector Team  | 10 Feb 2010

Groundwater bill unacceptable to six states
By d-sector Team  | 10 Feb 2010

Biometric cards, e-attendance to prevent NREGS leakages
By d-sector Team  | 10 Feb 2010

Planning Commission's BPL projection unrealistic: Meghalaya
By d-sector Team  | 10 Feb 2010

Decline in GDP increased poverty in India: UNDESA
By d-sector Team  | 10 Feb 2010

India shows caution, halts Bt brinjal cultivation
By d-sector Team  | 10 Feb 2010

Jogging can improve memory: Study
By d-sector Team  | 10 Feb 2010

China releases its first pollution census
By d-sector Team  | 09 Feb 2010

UK to send expert contingent to conflict and disaster zones
By d-sector Team  | 09 Feb 2010

Alumina refinery in Orissa a health hazard: Amnesty
By d-sector Team  | 09 Feb 2010

Zimbabwe to face another drought
By d-sector Team  | 09 Feb 2010

FAO to support affordable land administration
By d-sector Team  | 09 Feb 2010

Rajasthani youth is the Global Young Entrepreneur
By d-sector Team  | 09 Feb 2010

Band masters to open training centre in Orissa
By d-sector Team  | 09 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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