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India ranked 94th in corruption perception list

Transparency International has ranked India at 94th place in its Corruption Perception Index 2012 (CPI) which enlisted 176 countries.

India scored 36 on a scale from 0 (most corrupt) to 100 (least corrupt). The low score of India is attributed to the recent scams and incidents of corruption in the public sector involving government officials, private officials and private companies.

Denmark, Finland and Switzerland topped the index with a score of 90 followed by Sweden with a score of 88.

Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia scored just 8 to be ranked lowest on the index.

India stood below Sri Lanka and China, while it ranked better than Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

From 2012, the CPI methodology has been updated to provide for year-over-year comparisons.


Manmohan, Sonia Gandhi in the list of top 20 ‘most powerful persons’

Forbes magazine has enlisted the name of Indian Premier Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in list of the top 20 most powerful persons in the world. As per the rankings main positions are as follows:

  • 1: US President Barack Obama
  • 2: German chancellor Angela Merkel
  • 3: Russian President Vladimir Putin
  • 4: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates
  • 9: General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping
  • 12: Sonia Gandhi
  • 19: Manmohan Singh
  • 20: Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin
  • 21: Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei
  • 28: Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Kayani
  • 30: UN chief Ban Ki-moon
  • 37: Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani
  • 47: Arcelor Mittal CEO Lakshmi Mittal
  • 44: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
  • 50: Former US President Bill Clinton