India has secured the 94th position among 177 nations in public sector corruption this year. Based on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 released recently by Transparency International, India maintained the same ranking as last year.

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It means the South Asian country is more corrupt than Rwanda (49), Swaziland (82), Malawi (91) and neighbouring Sri Lanka (91).

As far as members of BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) are concerned, India is more corrupt than China (80), South Africa and Brazil (both 72). However, the Asian country performed better than Russia (127).

The Indian society is also cleaner than neighbouring Nepal (116), Pakistan (127) and Bangladesh (136).

While Denmark and New Zealand have emerged as cleanest nations, Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan have been ranked as most corrupt nations.

Another global survey has revealed that about two-thirds of female journalists in the world experience abuse, harassment or threats at work places.

Most of the female journalists face sexual harassment, according to the survey jointly carried out by the International Women’s Media Foundation and the International News Safety Institute. These two organisations interviewed 822 female journalists between July and November this year.

The survey finds that the majority of threats, intimidations and abuses happened at the work place and were committed by the victims’ male bosses, supervisors and colleagues. Of the total respondents, 82% are reporters and 49% of them are working in newspapers. While 24% of the victims are working in magazines, 21% are working in television channels. Only 16% of the victims are working in radio stations.

The survey also reveals that 64.48% of the 822 female scribes have experienced some sort of threats or abuses at work places.

While almost 29% of the respondents were from Asian and Asia-Pacific countries, more than 21% were from North America, 19% from Europe, about 13% from Africa, 11% from Latin and South America and 5% were from the Arab countries.

Koushik Das, based in the Indian capital of New Delhi, is a senior news editor with more than 15 years of experience. He also runs a blog - Boundless Ocean of Politics. E-Mail: [email protected]