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   Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Internet search increases brain function: UCLA study
By d-sector Team  | 19 Oct 2009

5 years to avoid climate catastrophe, warns WWF Report
By d-sector Team  | 19 Oct 2009

The wage disparity in Latin America
By d-sector Team  | 15 Oct 2009

Scientists grow liver cells from patients' skin
By d-sector Team  | 09 Oct 2009

UP tops in pregnancy related deaths, finds study
By d-sector Team  | 09 Oct 2009

Governments doing better on HIV/AIDS: WHO-UN study
By d-sector Team  | 06 Oct 2009

Children still experience infringement of rights: UNICEF
By d-sector Team  | 06 Oct 2009

Aryan-Dravidian divide is a myth, finds study
By d-sector Team  | Hyderabad | 25 Sep 2009

Roads kill rainforests, say Smithsonian biologists
By John Barrat  | 24 Sep 2009

India hub of child trafficking in South Asia
By d-sector Team  | 06 Sep 2009

Peace Education Programmes in South Asia
By Anupama Srinivasan  | 01 Sep 2009

Wealthy world at risk from water woes elsewhere
By d-sector Team  | Stockholm | 20 Aug 2009

Impact of GM food on health and environment
By Dr Michael Antoniou  | 24 Jul 2009

Chromic health effects of GMOs and chemicals
By Seralini et al  | 24 Jul 2009

Understanding knowledge products of micro-finance
By UNDP  | 15 Jul 2009

Increasing water productivity in agriculture
By J. Kijne, J. Barron, H. Hoff, J. Rockstorm, L. Karlberg, J. Gowing, S.P. Wani, and D. Wichelns  | 22 Jun 2009

Climate Change disasters kill 3 lakh every year
By d-sector Team  | London | 30 May 2009

Failure to Yield
By Doug Gurian-Sherman  | 04 May 2009

Impact of Meat Production and Consumption on Climate Change
By R.K. Pachauri  | 02 Apr 2009

Study links water pollution with declining male fertility
By d-sector Team  | 06 Mar 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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