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Now a computer tailor-made for elderly
By d-sector Team  | 12 Nov 2009


New test to trace pesticides in food
By d-sector Team  | 12 Nov 2009


Peace programmes help connect Sri Lanka together
By d-sector Team  | 12 Nov 2009


Pascal Lamy declared 'Globalist of the year'
By d-sector Team  | 12 Nov 2009


China's 'Year of Tiger' could further harm tiger population
By d-sector Team  | 11 Nov 2009


UN agency and UAE to build a museum in Geneva
By d-sector Team  | 11 Nov 2009


Thousands join in 5-day walk for tiger conservation
By d-sector Team  | 11 Nov 2009


Rare brown panda cub discovered
By d-sector Team  | 11 Nov 2009


Dutch govt donates $23.5 million to UNICEF in Sudan
By d-sector Team  | 11 Nov 2009


Musharraf admits ISI clout in terror groups
By d-sector Team  | Washington | 10 Nov 2009


FICCI urges Government to address security concern
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 10 Nov 2009


Himalayan glaciers melting not abnormal, says report
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 10 Nov 2009


FM radio to air news
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 10 Nov 2009


Andhra ties up with IFC for advance hospital services
By d-sector Team  | 10 Nov 2009


College students clean Ganga in Varanasi
By d-sector Team  | 10 Nov 2009


EU citizens can now track polluters
By d-sector Team  | 10 Nov 2009


Japan aims to trap solar power with laser beams
By d-sector Team  | 09 Nov 2009


Panchayat leaders say Globalisation cripples decentralisation
By d-sector Team  | 09 Nov 2009


China doubles aid to Africa
By d-sector Team  | 09 Nov 2009


Disagreement in G-20 over climate funding
By d-sector Team  | London | 09 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

Dr Jayanti Basu's book analyzes the complex feelings of hatred and longing for the homeland that have contributed to shaping the personalities of a generation of people who were forced to ..
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