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Junk food causing type 2 diabetes
By d-sector Team  | 11 Nov 2010


Delhi pension scheme to include Eunuchs
By d-sector Team  | 11 Nov 2010


Growing India fails to improve its HDI ranking
By d-sector Team  | 09 Nov 2010


Egypt launches unique oil project to boost nutrition
By d-sector Team  | 09 Nov 2010


'Multinationals' influence will increase drug prices'
By d-sector Team  | 02 Nov 2010


Three hydel projects on Ganga scrapped
By d-sector Team  | 02 Nov 2010


Travel card that works across India planned
By d-sector Team  | 02 Nov 2010


India slips on global prosperity ranking
By d-sector Team  | 30 Oct 2010


Child labourers want education to be the priority
By d-sector Team  | 29 Oct 2010


NAC recommends wider reach of PDS
By d-sector Team  | 25 Oct 2010


Forced abortion becoming norm in China
By d-sector Team  | 24 Oct 2010


SC asks government to frame hawking rules
By d-sector Team  | 20 Oct 2010


SC for ban on plastic pouches
By d-sector Team  | 20 Oct 2010


Another scheme to fight mal-nourishment
By d-sector Team  | 20 Oct 2010


India ranks low on gender gap report
By d-sector Team  | 18 Oct 2010


Western lifestyles plundering natural resources: WWF
By d-sector Team  | 16 Oct 2010


Recycling electronic waste is risky
By d-sector Team  | 13 Oct 2010


India slips 2 ranks in global hunger index
By d-sector Team  | 12 Oct 2010


Rural medical course to boost rural healthcare
By d-sector Team  | 07 Oct 2010


Government buildings to become disable friendly
By d-sector Team  | 06 Oct 2010

Centre invites proposals from states for giving central assistance to the tune of Rs. 100 Crore to provide barrier free environment in govt buildings and to make government websites accessible to persons with disabilities.

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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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