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   Thursday, September 19, 2019
Agriculture - Duties and Rights - Education - Environment - Food - Global - Governance - Health - Indian Economy - Indian Society - Physical Development - Social Welfare - Water and Sanitation

The world has learnt many lessons from Tsunami: UNICEF
By d-sector Team  | 21 Dec 2009

Migrants worldwide face ill-treatment: HRW
By d-sector Team  | 17 Dec 2009

FAO recommends to limit trade on certain species
By d-sector Team  | 15 Dec 2009

93 pc Indian execs are sleep-deprived
By d-sector Team  | 15 Dec 2009

Genetic similarity among all Asians: Study
By d-sector Team  | 15 Dec 2009

Tribal students suffer in Naxal conflict: HRW
By d-sector Team  | 13 Dec 2009

'Unsung' species threatened by climate change
By d-sector Team  | 07 Dec 2009

Improved cookstoves have health benefits: study
By d-sector Team  | 30 Nov 2009

Structural imbalances in Higher education - FICCI Report
By d-sector Team  | 30 Nov 2009

Half of Bangladeshi children live in poverty
By d-sector Team  | 27 Nov 2009

40 percent drop in number of Siberian Tigers
By Wildlife Conversation Society  | 24 Nov 2009

India continues to be highly corrupt: Transparency International Study
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 20 Nov 2009

Unclean air, water kills 8 lakh per year : TERI report
By d-sector Team  | 20 Nov 2009

Afghans blame poverty for war
By BBC News  | 19 Nov 2009

School students find quarrying harm TN villages
By d-sector Team  | 19 Nov 2009

Dhaka, Manila and Jakarta top climate vulnerability - WWF
By d-sector Team  | 16 Nov 2009

Millions keen to migrate for better life: Study
By d-sector Team  | 09 Nov 2009

Include food security in climate agenda: FAO
By d-sector Team  | 06 Nov 2009

Humans spreading disease among animals: Study
By d-sector Team  | 28 Oct 2009

Royal Society endorses GM food for future
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 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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