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Retail convention oppose FDI
By d-sector Team  | 11 Feb 2012

Concerned by the back-door lobbying of global retail giants to gain entry into Indian retail business, all stakeholders join hands to declare their fight against government proposal to allow FDI in retail.

Study finds high mercury content in CFL bulbs
By d-sector Team  | 29 Sep 2011

More than permissible presence of mercury in most brands of India made CFL bulbs has raised concerns about its impact on environment and health.

UNCTAD finds fault with recovery measures
By Ashok B Sharma  | 08 Sep 2011

Instead of regulating the financial system, developed economies are trying to woo the very speculators who created the problem, says a report by the UN agency.

BNHS launches revised Field Guide of Salim Ali
By Atul Sathe  | 01 Aug 2011

Land of Goddesses remain dangerous for women
By Ragini Shankar Sinha  | 20 Jun 2011

Despite significant economic growth and education among women, globally gender experts view India as a risky place for women to live. And, many Indian women agree to this perception.

Initiative to save Asia's vultures
By Atul Sathe  | 20 Feb 2011

Two prominent conservation groups join hands to save vultures of Asia.

Information in the hinterlands
By Ashirbad S Raha  | 02 Feb 2011

Committed and collective efforts at the grassroots have kept the villagers informed of the issues which matter the most to them. Such initiatives are trying to fill the gaps created by the metro-obsessed mainstream media.

Caught in nowhere zone
By Ragini Shankar Sinha  | 07 Jan 2011

As fundamentalism spreads in Pakistan and minorities come under frequent attacks and face discrimination, thousands of Hindus have arrived in India to live under security and peace. But for the Indian government, they remain unwanted guests from an enemy country.

No bed for poor
By Ragini Shankar Sinha  | 21 Dec 2010

Despite Delhi High Court ruling and government directives, Delhi's private hospitals do not reserve 10 percent beds for poor patients.

Women don't feel safe in Delhi
By Ragini Shankar Sinha  | 16 Dec 2010

The national capital is fast becoming the crime capital but the local government led by a woman remains indifferent and ineffective.

Distressed farmers want to be heard
By d-sector Team  | 12 Dec 2010

At the conclusion of Kisan Swaraj Yatra, farmers travelled far and wide to reach Rajghat to share their concerns and pains.

India comes together for farmers
By Rachna Arora Verma  | 09 Dec 2010

Kisan Swaraj Yatra, after 71-day long bus tour would be reaching its last stop at Rajghat (Delhi) on December 11, 2010. The Yatra, as the travelling farmers and activists found, received enthusiastic response from people all over the country. One of them shares her experiences as the Yatra concludes.

Cancun summit fails to mobilise activists
By Soumya Dutta  | 09 Dec 2010

National awakening on farm crisis
By Rachna Arora Verma  | 26 Nov 2010

Kisan Swaraj Yatra, a nationwide mobilization effort to draw attention to the widening agricultural crisis and to campaign for the need for a sustainable agriculture model, began from Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram on October 2 and will culminate at Rajghat on December 11, 2010. After accompanying the Yatra for weeks, a participant shares her experiences.

Smoke or chew, tobacco will kill!
By Ashok B Sharma  | 21 Oct 2010

The GATS-India report is a wakeup call to the policymakers and the government that its anti-tobacco measures are not enough to contain the menace.

Risk of identity theft major concern about UID
By d-sector Team  | 06 Oct 2010

Corporal punishment is still prevalent
By d-sector Team  | 06 Oct 2010

Access and empowerment key to development - Sethi
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 21 Sep 2010

Playing games with the poor
By Gaurav Sharma  | 16 Jul 2010

Delhi's makeover for the Commonwealth Games 2010 has brought unending suffering and misery for thousands of poor living in the city as hundreds of slums accommodating them are being demolished for the city beautification drive.

NGOs charge Delhi Govt of diverting welfare funds for CWG
By d-sector Team  | 04 Jul 2010

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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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