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Unique endeavour to educate villagers
By d-sector Team  | 28 Jan 2011

UNIFEM launches initiative to end violence against women
By d-sector Team  | 12 Nov 2009

UNDP, UNODC launch campaign against corruption
By d-sector Team  | 11 Nov 2009

The unsung hero of people's economics
By Devinder Sharma  | 07 Nov 2009

Renowned food and trade policy analyst Devinder Sharma pays his tribute to veteran journalist and social activist Prabhash Joshi, who died of a cardiac attack on the night of 5th November.

Finnair to ensure clean water for Bihar children
By d-sector Team  | 03 Nov 2009

Disabled Sikh woman to skydive against racism
By d-sector Team  | 21 Oct 2009

Gates foundation's $9.7 million grant for poor farmers
By d-sector Team  | 15 Oct 2009

Tata Steel to set up hospital near its proposed plant in Jaipur
By d-sector Team  | 12 Oct 2009

Obituary to Dr Norman Borlaug: He wouldn’t accept agriculture without chemicals
By Devinder Sharma  | 18 Sep 2009

The simple scientist, credited with the Green Revolution, was a die hard supporter of using chemicals and pesticides to increase food production.

Solkar, Exnora to provide million solar lamps for the poor
By d-sector Team  | 03 Sep 2009

NGO to start free cyber cafe facility for poor
By d-sector Team  | 21 Aug 2009

Delhi NGO takes female foeticide campaign to Haryana
By d-sector Team  | 21 Aug 2009

NGO calls to check violation of Fishery Act in Assam
By d-sector Team  | 21 Aug 2009

NGO Partnership System
By d-sector Team  | 21 Aug 2009

Aviva launches 'Street to School' programme
By d-sector Team  | 20 Aug 2009

RIL donates Rs. 1 crore for 'Protsaham'
By d-sector Team  | 19 Aug 2009

Vadodara based NGO gets WB grant for malnutrition project
By d-sector Team  | 18 Aug 2009

Monster, ITC launch rural job portal
By d-sector Team  | 11 Aug 2009

Greenpeace forces Kimberly-Clark to become environment-friendly
By d-sector Team  | 09 Aug 2009

NGOs unite to form Pune river parliament
By d-sector Team  | 05 Aug 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!!   

Lead View
People, Partition and the Pain
By Rina Mukherji
15 Aug 2013

Dr Jayanti Basu's book analyzes the complex feelings of hatred and longing for the homeland that have contributed to shaping the personalities of a generation of people who were forced to ..
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