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In meetings, workshops and roundtable discussions, multiple voices emerge around issues in building a comprehensive understanding or in compounding the confusion.

Get that green byline
By Ashirbad S Raha  | 04 Jun 2011

Ashirbad S Raha spends a day with experts and journalist in a workshop to discover that it is time now for issues related to environment to make it to the headlines. And it's not because Climate Change is the buzz word these days but also because of the intrinsic linkages that environmental issues have with our everyday activities starting from the water we drink, clothes we wear to the air we breathe.

Solar power lacks R&D support, say experts
By Gaurav Sharma  | 28 Apr 2010

The experts in a workshop on solar energy agreed that absence of encouraging policies for investors and suppliers block the development of solar technology in India.

Farmers know what they need
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 26 Feb 2010

As sustained propaganda to establish private laboratory's control over farmers' rights is gathering momentum, a unique Farmers' Jury comprised of small and marginal farmers from diverse communities and regions asserted their right to be consulted for farm research and policy making.

Western Ghats under grave threat: Ramesh
By d-sector Team  | 23 Feb 2010

Implement biofuels program swiftly: Tiwari
By d-sector Team  | 15 Feb 2010

Growing energy consumption and its impact on climate have made it imperative to look for the renewable energy alternatives like biofuels. However, sustainability and economic viability remain core concerns. The 7th International Biofuels Conference at New Delhi aimed to provide some answers.

Experts guide MDI students on climate change
By d-sector Team  | Gurgaon | 30 Nov 2009

Having overcome their worries over the global financial meltdown, students of MDI Gurgaon focus their attention on climate change and invite domain experts to guide them on the issue.

Experts disagree over recent report on Himalayan glaciers
By Gaurav Sharma  | New Delhi | 13 Nov 2009

Equitable distribution key to climate change talks: Sethi
By d-sector Team  | 06 Oct 2009

The intellectual discourse and political negotiations on climate change will not serve the purpose till the world resources continue to be exploited, on some or other pretext, by a minority at the expense of the majority, say experts.

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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