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New Delhi: Where Deadly Pits Are Called Roads

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New Delhi: Where Deadly Pits Are Called Roads

Among other irritants such as the political and bureaucratic corruption, poisonous pollution, and deplorable dirtiness in Delhi, the condition of roads goes from bad to worse in every rainy season. By Rakesh Raman India is a country of strange stories. Here a cow can give birth to a cat. A tree can talk. A dead [...]

Welcome to the Smart City of Stray Dogs

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Welcome to the Smart City of Stray Dogs

Now it’s not only about corruption and pollution in Delhi, but there is also a swarm of stray dogs that are spreading filth in every corner of the city. By Rakesh Raman Believe me, there is no dearth of jokers in the Indian government. When they promise to do something for the people of the [...]

Can Delhi Government Stop Corruption? No Way.

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Can Delhi Government Stop Corruption? No Way.

Delhi government fails to understand that bureaucratic inefficiency is the worst form of corruption – worse than even bribe. By Rakesh Raman It was Saturday morning on May 16 at around quarter past ten when I called the Delhi phone number 1031. A very polite woman voice greeted me from the other side. The conversation [...]

Unregulated Lobbying Leads to Corruption in Europe

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Unregulated Lobbying Leads to Corruption in Europe

Transparency International said today that Europe urgently needs lobbying reform. A new report from the anti-corruption group found that of 19 European countries assessed, only 7 have some form of dedicated lobbying law or regulation, allowing for nearly unfettered influence of business interests on the daily lives of Europeans. The 19 countries together score just [...]

Mr. Modi, When Will You Come Back to India?

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Mr. Modi, When Will You Come Back to India?

In a period of just 11 months since he became the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has already made 13 visits at the world’s top tourist destinations. By Rakesh Raman If his number of foreign visits is an indication, you can safely infer that India’s Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s favorite pastime is picnic on foreign [...]

How FBI Plans to Tackle International Corruption

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How FBI Plans to Tackle International Corruption

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has formed international corruption squads to deal with foreign bribery and kleptocracy crimes. Late last year, according to FBI, Alstom—a French power and transportation company—pled guilty in U.S. federal court to engaging in a widespread foreign bribery scheme involving tens of millions of dollars. It agreed to pay [...]

How Corruption Stifles Economic Growth

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How Corruption Stifles Economic Growth

Corruption is the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development around the world. But it does not just steal money from where it is needed the most; it leads to weak governance, which in turn fuels organized criminal groups and promotes crimes such as human trafficking, arms and migrant smuggling, counterfeiting and the trade [...]

No Democracy in India. It Is Parliamentary Dictatorship.

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No Democracy in India. It Is Parliamentary Dictatorship.

After giving power to a few politicians, today’s democracy becomes autocracy or it plays in the hands of the wealthy to become plutocracy, which is a deformed form of democracy. India is one such deformed democracy. By Rakesh Raman In his Gettysburg speech of 1863, the-then U.S. President Abraham Lincoln introduced America’s representative democracy as [...]

Tackling Terrorism by Fighting Corruption

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Tackling Terrorism by Fighting Corruption

Transparency International (TI) participated in Munich Security Conference (Feb. 6-8) to discuss the impact of corruption on security and how it fuels terrorism. Through more than 100 national chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, TI works with partners in government, business and civil society to put effective measures in place to tackle corruption. [...]

Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Found Guilty, Sentenced

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Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Found Guilty, Sentenced

One of Kremlin’s staunchest critics Alexei Navalny is found guilty today by a local court in a fraud case that is said to be politically influenced. Navalny, who uses his Livejournal blog and social media extensively to raise his voice against the Russian government and particularly the policies of President Vladimir Putin, gets a three-and-half [...]

Corruption Case Against India’s Richest Man

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Corruption Case Against India’s Richest Man

The Delhi Government under a new political party – Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) – today directed the Anti-Corruption Branch of the state government to register a report against the chairperson of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Mukesh Ambani, along with others. Ambani – who is the elder son of businessman Dhirubhai Ambani – is said to [...]

11 Factors to Ring the Death Knell for Congress

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11 Factors to Ring the Death Knell for Congress

By Rakesh Raman In the past 66 years after India’s independence in 1947, Congress party – owned and operated by Nehru-Gandhi family – has ruled India for almost 50 years, which is nearly 75% of time. Under such an unencumbered family control of over 1.2 billion people of India, the country has become a kind [...]

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