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Now a Kannada magazine on environment
By d-sector Team  | Hassan | 18 Sep 2009


TN agri-scientists to help Sri Lankan farmers
By d-sector Team  | 18 Sep 2009


Activists demand asbestos ban citing US health official's statement
By d-sector Team  | 17 Sep 2009

In the light of new evidence which shows asbestos causes ovarian cancer and laryngeal cancer, activists demand immediate ban on import & use of asbestos.

Global recession ending: OECD
By d-sector Team  | 08 Sep 2009


UN underestimated climate change costs: Experts
By d-sector Team  | 08 Sep 2009


Study warns India may lose SW monsoon in 150 years
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 06 Sep 2009


US hardware junk reused in developing nations
By d-sector Team  | 03 Sep 2009


Bangladesh to "dress down" to save power
By d-sector Team  | 03 Sep 2009


Chandigarh, Delhi Asia's greenest cities
By d-sector Team  | 03 Sep 2009


Mobile phone towers threaten honey bees
By d-sector Team  | 01 Sep 2009


India and China will be part of solution on climate change: US
By d-sector Team  | 28 Aug 2009


Slum-free India deadline extended
By d-sector Team  | 28 Aug 2009


Now half the panchayat seats will be reserved for women
By d-sector Team  | 28 Aug 2009


Netherlands urges concrete steps against human rights violations
By d-sector Team  | 27 Aug 2009


Railways switches to green track
By d-sector Team  | 25 Aug 2009


UNDP launches Climate Change Web Site
By d-sector Team  | 25 Aug 2009


Sustainable agriculture key to recovery from financial crisis in Asia - UN
By d-sector Team  | 25 Aug 2009


Health, education efforts in Republic of Congo receive $500,000 boost from UNICEF
By d-sector Team  | 25 Aug 2009


Sulabh Founder awarded the Stockholm Water Prize
By Alfred de Tavares (IANS)  | 21 Aug 2009


Mumbai volunteers now authorized to fine litterbugs
By d-sector Team  | 19 Aug 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!!   

Lead View
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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