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Bamboo Cultivation on the Rise
By d-sector Team  | 21 May 2009

Fearing Swine Flu
By d-sector Team  | 21 May 2009

Taking load off kids' shoulders
By d-sector Team  | 21 May 2009

Anti-racism meet turned anti-Israel
By d-sector Team  | 21 May 2009

UN to fund $200 million for Rural Development
By d-sector Team  | 21 May 2009

Sensitising students to climate change
By d-sector Team  | 21 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.

Masters of their destiny
By Pankaj Jaiswal  | 04 May 2009

Villagers in drought-hit Bundelkhand villages built their own canal, saw wasteland turn into fertile farms.

Prize for 'Sun in the box' cooker
By Richard Black  | 04 May 2009

A cheap solar cooker has won first prize in a contest for green ideas.

Controlling Malaria and Eradicating Kala Azar and Polio
By d-sector Team  | 01 May 2009

India's National Health Policy calls for reducing malaria deaths by 50 percent and eliminating Kala Azar by 2010. It also calls for the eradication of polio.

The terrible truth about Plastic you never knew
By d-sector Team  | 01 May 2009

Indian Diaspora can help develop healthcare facilities in India
By Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss  | 01 May 2009

Uranium traces in Punjab children
By Savvy Soumya Misra  | 30 Apr 2009

A food system that kills
By d-sector Team  | 30 Apr 2009

Swine flu is meat industry's latest plague

India not relying on external support to act on climate change
By d-sector Team  | 30 Apr 2009

Buddhism, biomass and yoga
By d-sector Team  | 27 Apr 2009

Environment Brainstorming on tackling global warming

World Malaria Day
By d-sector Team  | 25 Apr 2009

Good News for India: Rains may exceed the norm
By Himangshu Watts  | New Delhi | 17 Apr 2009

Scientists Reveal Effects of Glyphosate
By Marcela Valente  | Buenos Aires | 15 Apr 2009

Germany to ban cultivation of GMO maize
By d-sector Team  | Berlin / Hamburg | 14 Apr 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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