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Free toilets for Punjab BPL families
By d-sector Team  | 19 Aug 2009

Turkish student wins Stockholm Junior Water Prize
By d-sector Team  | 18 Aug 2009

18-year-old Ceren Burçak Dag, who has created an innovative method to generate energy from falling raindrops emerged winner among more than 8600 participants from around the world.

Turkish student wins Stockholm Junior Water Prize
By d-sector Team  | 18 Aug 2009

18-year-old Ceren Burçak Dag, who has created an innovative method to generate energy from falling raindrops emerged winner among more than 8600 participants from around the world.

Water stewardship enters new phase
By d-sector Team  | 18 Aug 2009

Two Maharashtra tribal villages get community rights
By d-sector Team  | 17 Aug 2009

Total ban on plastic bags in Himachal from Oct 2, 2009
By d-sector Team  | 17 Aug 2009

UN agencies launch second 'Child Health Days' in Somalia
By d-sector Team  | 14 Aug 2009

Green buildings to grow over three times by 2014 in Mumbai
By d-sector Team  | 14 Aug 2009

DJB ropes in NGOs to clean Yamuna
By d-sector Team  | 13 Aug 2009

NDTV, Toyota launches second Greenathon
By Madhur Tankha  | 12 Aug 2009

Priyanka Chopra to be the brand ambassador of environmental campaign

HP's e-governance takes a 'healthy' turn
By Prasoon Srivastava  | 10 Aug 2009

By 2070, the Arctic could be a polluted sea
By d-sector Team  | 09 Aug 2009

Paul Farmer out for USAID?
By Foreign Policy Bureau  | 08 Aug 2009

Raja-Lakshmi award for Sunita Narain
By M.L. Melly Maitreyi  | 06 Aug 2009

Newspaper by women of Bundelkhand wins UN literacy award
By d-sector Team  | 04 Aug 2009

A special school for special children
By TNN Reporter  | 04 Aug 2009

Magsaysay Award for Deep Joshi, 5 others
By d-sector Team  | 04 Aug 2009

Supreme Court, many High Courts have no women Judges
By d-sector Team  | 03 Aug 2009

Transit schools make a difference
By Vidya Venkat and K. Manikandan  | 03 Aug 2009

German TV education channel comes to India
By d-sector Team  | 03 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!!   

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People, Partition and the Pain
By Rina Mukherji
15 Aug 2013

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