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Male child preferred in India, confirms census
By d-sector Team  | 01 Apr 2011

Ban sought on plastic packaging of food products
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 31 Mar 2011

Costly treatment affect TB patients
By d-sector Team  | 28 Mar 2011

Indian adolescents weak and anaemic
By d-sector Team  | 28 Feb 2011

The urban burden
By d-sector Team  | 23 Feb 2011

India slips further in Hunger Index
By d-sector Team  | 23 Feb 2011

Number of environmental refugees on a high
By d-sector Team  | 22 Feb 2011

Cost of living lowest in rural Orissa: Survey
By d-sector Team  | 16 Feb 2011

MoEF clears Jindal power plant in Orissa
By d-sector Team  | 15 Feb 2011

Alcohol kills 2.5 million people every year: WHO
By d-sector Team  | 14 Feb 2011

Corporates differ but government firm on CSR compulsion
By d-sector Team  | 09 Feb 2011

Survey on unemployment to begin from April
By d-sector Team  | 09 Feb 2011

Ban announced on plastic sachets
By d-sector Team  | 08 Feb 2011

Migration becoming problem for Asia-Pacific, says ADB
By d-sector Team  | 08 Feb 2011

Food crisis behind mid-east unrest
By d-sector Team  | 07 Feb 2011

Cancer kills kids too
By d-sector Team  | 07 Feb 2011

It's an unhealthy world
By d-sector Team  | 06 Feb 2011

'Climate change won’t force migration'
By d-sector Team  | 04 Feb 2011

Herbal medicine to have registration for sale
By d-sector Team  | 03 Feb 2011

Health care programme for BPL
By d-sector Team  | 02 Feb 2011

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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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