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Copenhagen talks disrupted again
By d-sector Team  | 16 Dec 2009

Cities to be rated on cleanliness
By d-sector Team  | 16 Dec 2009

'Cryo-egg' to be developed to predict sea levels
By d-sector Team  | 15 Dec 2009

Latest polio vaccine used in Afghanistan
By d-sector Team  | 15 Dec 2009

China blames developed world for slow progress
By d-sector Team  | 15 Dec 2009

Indian proposal for climate centres gets green signal
By d-sector Team  | 15 Dec 2009

Citizens and experts oppose N-plant in AP
By d-sector Team  | 15 Dec 2009

Maharashtra firms asked to declare e-waste
By d-sector Team  | 15 Dec 2009

Experts venture into unexplored forests of Kerala
By d-sector Team  | 15 Dec 2009

Rajasthan to formulate policy for disabled
By d-sector Team  | 15 Dec 2009

UP govt to act strict on mid-day meal scheme
By d-sector Team  | 14 Dec 2009

Copenhagen talks suspended after G77 walkout
By d-sector Team  | 14 Dec 2009

Government rules out combat duties for women officers
By d-sector Team  | 14 Dec 2009

Inflation on the rise again
By d-sector Team  | 14 Dec 2009

Plea for protection of peacocks
By d-sector Team  | 11 Dec 2009

Pakistan gets Japanese aid to eradicate polio
By d-sector Team  | 11 Dec 2009

Somali children battered by malnutrition
By d-sector Team  | 10 Dec 2009

Faulty programs in Canada keep millions in poverty
By d-sector Team  | 10 Dec 2009

Malnourishment affects one in three children in Srilanka
By d-sector Team  | 10 Dec 2009

Giant iceberg heading for Western Australia
By d-sector Team  | 10 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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