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Gender-based violence affects women’s mental health
By d-sector Team  | 03 Aug 2011

Irregular lifestyle can cause brain shrinkage, finds study
By d-sector Team  | 02 Aug 2011

Energy drinks contain high caffeine: CSE study
By d-sector Team  | 19 Jul 2011

Adolescents learn smoking by imitation
By d-sector Team  | 12 Jul 2011

Fund leakage in NREGS worries World Bank
By d-sector Team  | 22 May 2011

Preferring computers over outdoor makes children weaker, finds study
By d-sector Team  | 21 May 2011

Parents fear social networking sites affecting academic grades
By d-sector Team  | 09 May 2011

Some passive smokers die before they are born
By d-sector Team  | 15 Mar 2011

Despite growth, India still hungry and undernourished
By d-sector Team  | 14 Mar 2011

It's confirmed, mobile phones cause health hazard
By d-sector Team  | 03 Feb 2011

High cholesterol now a global problem
By d-sector Team  | 02 Feb 2011

Poverty mars genetic potential of children
By d-sector Team  | 11 Jan 2011

Female infants of victims of domestic violence die soon: Study
By d-sector Team  | 06 Jan 2011

Apartments-dwelling children in non-smoking units also exposed
By d-sector Team  | 13 Dec 2010

'Alcohol more harmful than other drugs'
By d-sector Team  | 02 Nov 2010

Migration may add dollars but not smiles: Study
By d-sector Team  | 13 Sep 2010

Focus on poorest children for MDGs' success: UNICEF
By d-sector Team  | 10 Sep 2010

Climate change may adversely affect bee pollination
By d-sector Team  | 08 Sep 2010

Budget crises, health, and social welfare programmes
By d-sector Team  | 24 Jun 2010

Early stages of urban development affect aquatic life: Study
By d-sector Team  | 21 Jun 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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