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   Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Indian students lead the rush to US universities
By d-sector Team  | 18 Nov 2009


Cycle rally in Karnataka for pollution awareness
By d-sector Team  | 18 Nov 2009


Delhi to be first city to use green diesel
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 18 Nov 2009


APEC leaders drop climate target
By BBC News  | 17 Nov 2009


India emerging education destination for American students
By d-sector Team  | 17 Nov 2009


US, China agree to set emission targets
By d-sector Team  | Beijing | 17 Nov 2009


Unique ID numbers for Bihar before other states
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 17 Nov 2009


Rich nations decline to increase aid
By d-sector Team  | Washington | 17 Nov 2009


Incentive for fast completion of AIIMS-like hospitals
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 16 Nov 2009


Grassroots initiatives fetch 2009 SEED Gold Awards
By d-sector Team  | 16 Nov 2009


China circumspect about political agreement on climate
By d-sector Team  | Beijing | 16 Nov 2009


Arsenic contamination in Bangladesh blamed on ponds
By BBC News  | 16 Nov 2009


Educate the illiterate and get educational reward
By d-sector Team  | 15 Nov 2009


Earthmovers banned in wildlife reserves in Karnataka
By d-sector Team  | 13 Nov 2009


African rulers equally responsible for the slave trade - Rights group
By d-sector Team  | 13 Nov 2009


Child reporters show talent at children's film festival
By d-sector Team  | 12 Nov 2009


Indian army launches website
By d-sector Team  | 12 Nov 2009


Govt and maoists must safeguard tribals: Human Rights Watch
By d-sector Team  | 12 Nov 2009


Special pulse polio rounds for migrant workers' kids
By d-sector Team  | 12 Nov 2009


Maharashtra town's garbage status now online
By d-sector Team  | 12 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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