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Dr Kalam urges media for development role
By d-sector Team  | 03 Aug 2009

TERI to raise awareness on recycling among children
By d-sector Team  | 31 Jul 2009

Punjab CM against changes in fertilizer subsidy policy
By d-sector Team  | 28 Jul 2009

New domain name .ngo for charities only
By d-sector Team  | 27 Jul 2009

Government to set up green tribunal
By d-sector Team  | 20 Jul 2009

Despite warnings Govt allows GM food in India
By d-sector Team  | 18 Jul 2009

Mealy bug, the Bt cotton killer, is exotic: Experts
By d-sector Team  | 17 Jul 2009

Britain takes up tuna's cause
By d-sector Team  | 17 Jul 2009

New scheme for afforestation
By d-sector Team  | 17 Jul 2009

A molecule that pulls carbon dioxide from air
By d-sector Team  | 16 Jul 2009

Peeling Back Pavement to Expose Watery Havens
By d-sector Team  | 16 Jul 2009

Rs.1,000 crore to States for compensatory afforestation
By d-sector Team  | 16 Jul 2009

Renewable energy agency to be set up in Middle East
By d-sector Team  | 16 Jul 2009

Delhi High Court approves child labour abolition action plan
By d-sector Team  | 16 Jul 2009

Two-thirds of world species may disappear
By d-sector Team  | 15 Jul 2009

Scientist blames cooking fires for weak Indian monsoon
By d-sector Team  | 15 Jul 2009

Global small arms sales at $3 billion
By d-sector Team  | 15 Jul 2009

Ganga gone in 50 years?
By Aditya Ghosh  | 14 Jul 2009

Indian Tiger Park has no tigers
By d-sector Team  | 13 Jul 2009

States asked to prepare database on slums
By d-sector Team  | 12 Jul 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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