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Awareness campaign for minority scholarships
By d-sector Team  | 01 Jan 2010

Delhi turning green to earn carbon credits
By d-sector Team  | 30 Dec 2009

China amends renewable energy law
By d-sector Team  | 30 Dec 2009

Maternal mortality rate going down in Guinea-Bissau: UN
By d-sector Team  | 30 Dec 2009

Lake Chad in Africa fast disappearing
By d-sector Team  | 29 Dec 2009

UN to share data on sexual abuse by peacekeepers
By d-sector Team  | 29 Dec 2009

Afghan population vulnerable to drugs
By d-sector Team  | 29 Dec 2009

40 million Chinese farmers mired in poverty
By d-sector Team  | 29 Dec 2009

China to stimulate rural economy for balanced growth
By d-sector Team  | 29 Dec 2009

Community service award for PIOs
By d-sector Team  | 29 Dec 2009

Exhibition on farmers' struggles
By d-sector Team  | 29 Dec 2009

Public grievance redressal mechanism under consideration
By d-sector Team  | 28 Dec 2009

WB provides US$100 m for poverty reduction in AP
By d-sector Team  | 27 Dec 2009

ICSSR approves research on Lankan refugee women
By d-sector Team  | 26 Dec 2009

IMF approves $1.2 billion aid for Pakistan.
By d-sector Team  | 24 Dec 2009

Vietnamís malnutrition rate dropped by half
By d-sector Team  | 24 Dec 2009

India's efforts for UNSC reform get boost
By d-sector Team  | 23 Dec 2009

225,000 Haiti children work as slaves
By d-sector Team  | 23 Dec 2009

Government concerned over price rise and poverty
By d-sector Team  | 23 Dec 2009

Early marriages prevalent in several states
By d-sector Team  | 22 Dec 2009

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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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