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Fee waiver for differently-abled children in KVs
By d-sector Team  | 19 Oct 2009

UNESCO site of accredited institutes of all countries
By d-sector Team  | 19 Oct 2009

National Institute on Climate Change in Bangalore soon
By d-sector Team  | 19 Oct 2009

Parents demand uniform admission process
By d-sector Team  | 19 Oct 2009

Jamnalal Bajaj awards for 2009 given to eminent social workers
By d-sector Team  | 19 Oct 2009

Ethiopian scientist Gebisa Ejeta wins World Food Prize
By d-sector Team  | 16 Oct 2009

Niger food shortage to hit 2.6 million people
By d-sector Team  | 15 Oct 2009

Sea cows disappearing from Gulf of Mannar
By d-sector Team  | 15 Oct 2009

Climate Change and aquaculture deprive poor of fish
By d-sector Team  | 15 Oct 2009

E-shakti scheme to eliminate corruption in NREGS
By d-sector Team  | 15 Oct 2009

To protect birds, TN villages skip Diwali fireworks
By d-sector Team  | 14 Oct 2009

Global warming caused by Sun?
By BBC News  | 12 Oct 2009

Scientists replicate human heart cells with mouse stem cells
By d-sector Team  | 12 Oct 2009

Two third blind in India are women
By d-sector Team  | 08 Oct 2009

China's one-child policy leads to gender imbalance
By d-sector Team  | 08 Oct 2009

IIT Gandhinagar to develop fire incidence database
By d-sector Team  | 07 Oct 2009

Meghalaya to have separate women police stations
By d-sector Team  | 07 Oct 2009

A rice variety developed that needs no cooking
By d-sector Team  | 06 Oct 2009

Poor tribal district spends more on tobacco than welfare
By d-sector Team  | 06 Oct 2009

2020 target for Clean Ganga
By d-sector Team  | 06 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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