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The ugly phenomenon of paid news -Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

ibune The CobraPost sting reveals that the independence of the media and its ability to bring about transparency by playing an adversarial role against the establishment get compromised because of Corruption within the folds of the media itself. The  sting operations conducted by CobraPost, among other things, highlight how pervasive the phenomenon of paid news is at present in much of the mainstream media in India. More »

Political funding and a deadly stir -Dushyant

roubling questions: why was ‘illegal’ foreign funding legalised and why was Vedanta given an extension? In 2013, India witnessed what many believe was an organic, mass movement against Corruption in politics. Many people viewed one party as thoroughly corrupt and started looking at its main rival with some hope. They thought this second party deserved be voted to power. In March 2014, the Delhi High Court ruled that both the parties, th

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Telangana second worst performer in graft fight -Coreena Suares

-Deccan Chronicle In the area of citizen activism to curb Corruption chart, Telangana state stands fifth. Hyderabad: The Center for Media Studies (CMS) has ranked Telangana state as the second worst performer in the fight against Corruption. Tamil Nadu tops the list, followed by Punjab. Andhra Pradesh placed fourth and Gujarat fifth. The list marks poor performers in terms of curbing More »

Telangana 2nd, AP 4th most corrupt states: Survey -U Sudhakar Reddy

-The Times of India HYDERABAD: Telangana is the second most poor performing state in curbing Corruption in availing public services, according to a CMS-India Corruption Study 2018. The report released on Friday revealed that Andhra Pradesh has been ranked at number four in the Corruption perception index. Alok Srivastava of CMS India told TOI: “Thi

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Close to a quarter of households in 13 states have faced Corruption in 2018, shows a recent study

The present NDA government led by the BJP at the Centre came to power in 2014 on the planks of development and anti-Corruption. However, contrary to PM Narendra Modi's slogan of 'Na Khaunga, Na Khaane Doonga' (meaning ‘would not take bribes, nor would let anyone accept bribe’), a new report by the Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies (CMS) shows that almost three-fourth of Indian households think that the level of More »

75% households feel Corruption went up, 27% say paid bribe: Study

-PTI Seventy five per cent households across 13 states feel that the level of Corruption has increased or remained the same during the last one year, while 27 per cent confessed to paying a bribe to avail public services in the last one year, according to a new survey. The 'India Corruption Study' conducted by the Centre For Media Studies covered more than 2,000 households from over 200 rural and ur

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Whistleblowers act needed to protect RTI users: Aruna Roy

quo;However, the system ever conscious and jealous of its power, has strategised to stall the free flow of information, to disempower and stall RTI users. More than 70 of them have died, for exposing Corruption and preserving democratic rights,” the former IAS officer who resigned from the service to work with peasants and workers in rural Rajasthan told PTI. Roy, who in 1990 co-founded the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), alleges that

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Secularism at risk as RTI Act weakens, says Aruna Roy

r agencies on security grounds. Electoral bonds are a case in point where we don’t know who is financing a political party. Donations by foreign entities are also under wraps. The source of all Corruption is political funding. This basically undoes all the gains for the Right to Information Act for which Indians have fought for so long,” said Ms. Roy on the sidelines of the book launch. Ms. Roy, who quit civil services to begin working

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Improving social audits -Suchi Pande & Rakesh R Dubbudu

GA since 2008. It has completed eight rounds, organising 9,125 rural public hearings, and auditing over 21,827 panchayats. Though participatory social audits are designed to expose problems and deter Corruption, in an exploratory study, conducted in partnership with the Society for Social Audit Accountability and Transparency (SSAAT-Telangana), we find that social audits are playing a significant role in redressing individual worker grievances, though

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