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Crocs population increases in Orissa
By d-sector Team  | 18 Jan 2010

Butter should be banned: UK surgeon
By d-sector Team  | 18 Jan 2010

English cities will take time to recover
By d-sector Team  | 18 Jan 2010

Himalayan glacier meltdown in 2035 was 'speculation'
By d-sector Team  | 18 Jan 2010

Supreme Court criticizes govt on child trafficking
By d-sector Team  | 18 Jan 2010

Economic recovery will determine poverty alleviation: ADB
By d-sector Team  | 14 Jan 2010

ECOWAS launches poverty mitigation plan
By d-sector Team  | 14 Jan 2010

Peru receives WB aid to prevent glacial retreat
By d-sector Team  | 14 Jan 2010

MGREGA scheme provides jobs, and more
By d-sector Team  | 13 Jan 2010

India to set up social security system for expatriates
By d-sector Team  | 13 Jan 2010

"Millions of Chinese men to be without spouse by 2020"
By d-sector Team  | 13 Jan 2010

China donates $9m to Sierra Leone
By d-sector Team  | 13 Jan 2010

Unemployment reaches all time high in EU
By d-sector Team  | 13 Jan 2010

US donates $20 million to Afghanistan
By d-sector Team  | 13 Jan 2010

Maharashtra plans to implement micro-finance system
By d-sector Team  | 13 Jan 2010

WTI buys Wildlife corridor for Asian elephants
By d-sector Team  | 12 Jan 2010

Google's voice against China's censorship gets praise
By d-sector Team  | 12 Jan 2010

Madhya Pradesh praised by World Bank for quality work
By d-sector Team  | 12 Jan 2010

A TN post office is manned by women
By d-sector Team  | 12 Jan 2010

20 pc of released detainees on terror track: US report
By d-sector Team  | 12 Jan 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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