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Urbanised watersheds lead to amphibian declines: Study
By d-sector Team  | 21 Jun 2010

Pesticides linked to diabetes
By d-sector Team  | 01 Jun 2010

UN urges Asia-Pacific nations to spend in social sector
By d-sector Team  | 08 May 2010

Oil exploration causing damage to arctic tundra: Study
By d-sector Team  | 17 Mar 2010

Kids more likely to use inhalants than drugs, alcohol: Study
By d-sector Team  | 16 Mar 2010

Seismic oil exploration affects wildlife: Study
By d-sector Team  | 15 Mar 2010

Careful management makes renewable energy a reality: Study
By d-sector Team  | 09 Mar 2010

Daily learning keeps brain healthy
By d-sector Team  | 08 Mar 2010

Global warming caused by humans: Study
By d-sector Team  | 06 Mar 2010

EU is fuelling hunger with biofuels: Report
By d-sector Team  | 04 Mar 2010

Climate, not beetles, causes forest fire: Report
By d-sector Team  | 03 Mar 2010

Common man ignorant of human rights: Study
By d-sector Team  | 23 Feb 2010

E-wastes swelling in India, China: UNEP
By d-sector Team  | 23 Feb 2010

Many primate species face extinction
By d-sector Team  | 20 Feb 2010

Global trade and urbanisation stripping forest cover -Study
By d-sector Team  | 09 Feb 2010

Internet dependency related to depression: Study
By d-sector Team  | 06 Feb 2010

Conflicts may increase for forests: Study
By d-sector Team  | 30 Jan 2010

HRW slams denial of access to abortion in Ireland
By d-sector Team  | 28 Jan 2010

Coral reefs generate new species: Report
By d-sector Team  | 10 Jan 2010

Most Kerala rivers polluted, finds study
By d-sector Team  | 27 Dec 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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