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J&K to have water conservation law
By d-sector Team  | 30 Oct 2009


UK schools report 40,000 cases of rasicm a year
By d-sector Team  | 29 Oct 2009


Working women face more domestic violence: Study
By d-sector Team  | Washington | 29 Oct 2009


NGO has action plan for clean energy in Maharashtra
By d-sector Team  | 27 Oct 2009


Awareness campaign on plastic in TN towns
By d-sector Team  | 27 Oct 2009


Gene therapy cures congenital blindness
By d-sector Team  | 26 Oct 2009


Tanzania's local community vows to protect lake and its flamingos
By d-sector Team  | 26 Oct 2009


Traffic increases pollutants in Mumbai air
By d-sector Team  | 26 Oct 2009


Youth can revive traditional food culture: Punjab CM
By Punjab Newsline  | 25 Oct 2009


ADB to help protect China's endangered species
By d-sector Team  | 24 Oct 2009


India, China sign climate pact
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 2009


Govt has no data on action against child labour in '09
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 2009


NRI academics to work on sustainable citizenship
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 2009


India heading for diabetes explosion
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 2009


CSR awards for 9 TN companies
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 2009


UNESCO prize for Abdul Sattar Edhi of Pakistan
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 2009


Kuwaiti women win passport right
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 2009


E-Journal to fight child labour in Karnataka
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 2009


National Skills Development Corporation launched
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 2009


USA allows Sikh officers to keep beard and turban
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 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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