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Norway tests first power plant through water osmosis
By Gwladys Fouche  | 25 Nov 2009


Food waste increase in USA harms environment
By Jeremy Hance  | 25 Nov 2009


Maharashtra plans English schools for tribal kids
By Surendra Gangan  | 25 Nov 2009


Solar fencing along select reserve forests
By d-sector Team  | 24 Nov 2009


UK groups press for emission cuts
By d-sector Team  | London | 24 Nov 2009


Tribals join hands with WWF to preserve ecology
By Prabal Das  | 23 Nov 2009


Millions of Rwandan children die before their 5th birthday
By d-sector Team  | Kigali | 23 Nov 2009


Rwanda to celebrate Africa Industrialization Day
By d-sector Team  | Kigali | 23 Nov 2009


Historic monuments untraceable across nation
By d-sector Team  | 21 Nov 2009


Solar plane getting ready for flight
By d-sector Team  | 20 Nov 2009


Farmers' Commission in Orissa
By d-sector Team  | 20 Nov 2009


Poverty affects women and children in Latin America
By d-sector Team  | 20 Nov 2009


Activists' group asks Canada to ban asbestos export to India
By d-sector Team  | 20 Nov 2009


Centre releases special package for Bundelkhand
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 20 Nov 2009


WTO at crossroads, say South African experts
By d-sector Team  | 19 Nov 2009


Indonesia keen to become prominent food supplier
By d-sector Team  | Rome | 19 Nov 2009


Food Security haunts millions in USA
By d-sector Team  | Washington | 19 Nov 2009


Goa and Kerala win award for forest cover
By d-sector Team  | 19 Nov 2009


Coal mines blamed for acidic dam water in Assam
By d-sector Team  | 19 Nov 2009


Now NGOs, NPOs under money-laundering law
By d-sector Team  | 19 Nov 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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People, Partition and the Pain
By Rina Mukherji
15 Aug 2013

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