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Anti-corruption protests in Panama and India

Source: Al Jazeera.

Panama Social Organizations Protest Corruption and Impunity

This material belongs to: teleSUR.

Panamanians demand further investigations into the Odebrecht scandal.

Social organizations in Panama are demanding that the justice system in the country create a special judge to investigate the large bribery scandal involving the Brazilian company Odebrecht.

Protests are set for Panama City, where Panamanians will demand that the state reveal the name of the 63 people that are currently being investigated for receiving bribes to allocate contracts to the Brazilian construction company.

Temistocles de Obaldia, one of the organizers of the protests told La Prensa that they will also demand that the content of the declarations and other court records on the case be made public.

“We are looking at the largest corruption case in the history of the country, that’s why society has the right to know its results,” De Obaldia said.

Organizers also called for another protest on Nov. 9 outside the Supreme Court.

Anti-corruption drive

This material belongs to: The Telegraph India.

– Institutes to organise awareness events

Bhubaneswar: Educational institutions across the state will be organising events to create awareness about ways to deal with corruption in the society. These events will be held to celebrate the vigilance awareness week.

The central vigilance commission has decided this year the vigilance awareness week would be observed from 30th October to 4th November. The theme of the week is “My Vision-Corruption Free India”.

Activities such as lectures, panel discussions, debates, quiz, essay-writing, competitions such as poster-making and slogan-writing on moral values, ethics and good governance practices are being organised at colleges and universities. Schools also are hosting seminars to create awareness about the necessity to eradicate corruption from the society. Mass rallies were orgnised at Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in the city. In a rally by Kendriya Vidyalaya-IV here, students marched near Niladri Vihar and Buddha Park to create awareness against corruption. After the rally, students and staff members of the school took the integrity pledge.

“Efforts should be made to improve the educational system to inculcate strong values, ethical conduct and commitment towards the welfare of the society at large,”said principal of this institute Snehasuta Shadangi.

A number of youth groups in the city are sending messages in bulk through email and social networking services to create awareness. A group of students of Utkal University are sending 100 messages per day to celebrate the week. A number of social organisations are hosting interaction sessions with vigilance officers and students.

Pamphlets and handouts on preventive vigilance activities, whistle blower mechanism and other anti-corruption measures are being distributed to students. Workshops and sensitisation programmes will be organised throughout the week as well.

“There is need to host such events so that students understand about the ill-effects of corruption and stay away from it,” said Asha Mishra, a Class X student.