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Govt plans to extend women SHGs to every block
By d-sector Team  | 10 Jul 2009


UN gears up to tackle West Africa's organized crime
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jul 2009


Karnataka to adopt Chhattisgarh model in PDS
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jul 2009


Big retailers allowed purchasing directly from farmers
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jul 2009


Obama administration takes action on food safety
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jul 2009


Helpline Centre for farmers
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jul 2009


Sikkim launches project to revive medicinal plants
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jul 2009


Farmers in Africa demand subsides
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jul 2009


Bangladesh summer rice crop set to exceed target
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jul 2009


G8 backs Japan's farmland investment principle idea
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jul 2009


The Right to Education Bill
By d-sector Team  | 06 Jul 2009


Increased salary for doctors in rural areas
By d-sector Team  | 02 Jul 2009


New hemorrhagic virus named
By d-sector Team  | 02 Jun 2009


Zero-carbon nation
By d-sector Team  | 02 Jun 2009


Israeli NGOs get Budget Support
By d-sector Team  | 02 Jun 2009


Development banks pledge $15 billion for Africa
By d-sector Team  | 02 Jun 2009


Global warming could be twice as high, MIT study
By d-sector Team  | 02 Jun 2009


Mahyco fails to convince media on safety aspects
By d-sector Team  | Thiruvananthapuram | 29 May 2009


A Dream Come True
By Rana Siddiqui Zaman  | 21 May 2009

Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of the Sulabh International, has been selected for the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize.

Fearing Swine Flu
By d-sector Team  | 21 May 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

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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