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India among world's most corrupt nations

Last updated on: December 04, 2013 16:00 IST

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The abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world, warns Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2013. 

More than two thirds of the 177 countries in the 2013 index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).

“The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 demonstrates that all countries still face the threat of corruption at all levels of government, from the issuing of local permits to the enforcement of laws and regulations,” said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International. 

The United States was ranked at 19th position with a score of 73. 

India scores a dismal 94 in the most corrupt nations’ list. Among the South Asian countries, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh remained more corrupt with CPI score of 31, 28, 27 respectively while Sri Lanka and Bhutan were less corrupt than India with CPI score of 63 and 37. 

India

Rank: 94


Score: 36


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Pakistan

Rank: 127

Score: 28

P
akistan has been ranked higher than its ranking last year in its annual index of corruption worldwide.

It has jumped to 127 from 139 ranked last last year.

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China

Rank: 80

Score: 40

China has fared much better than India in the corruption Index though it suffers from widespread corruption. For 2013, China was ranked 78th out of 178 countries in Transparency International's Corruption.

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Image: Workers shape a snow sculpture prior to the annual Vasaloppet China Ski Festival at Jingyuetan Park in Changchun, Jilin province
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Somalia

Rank: 175

Score: 8 

Corruption is widely prevalent in war-ravaged Somalia.

In 2012, a joint financial management board under the initiative of Somali and international stakeholders was set up in order to ensure transparent dispensation of government and donor funds.

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North Korea

Rank: 175

Score: 8

Corruption in North Korea has grown compared to last year. In the Asia Pacific region, 64% of countries score below 50 on corruption.

North Korea is also the most corrupt in the Asia Pacific region.

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Image: Spectators watch people use The Munsu Water Park in Pyongyang.
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Afghanistan

Rank: 175

Score: 8

Corruption is rampant in the north of the country. Land grabbing is one of the major issues in Afghanistan.

Corruption within the public sector remains one of the world’s biggest challenges, Transparency International said, particularly in areas such as political parties, police, and justice systems. 

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Sudan
Rank: 174
Score: 11


South Sudan
Rank: 173
Score: 14

African nations performed very badly in the corruption survey. African countries that scored 20 or below include Sudan, South Sudan, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Eritrea.

Bribery is rampant in Sudan.


Image: Home of a Nuba tribe family is seen on the side of a mountain in Kadogli town in the South Kordofan state of Sudan.
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Libya

Rank: 172

Score: 15

Corruption has increased in Libya which saw its score down six points to 15. Corruption is widespread with people accepting it as a part of life.

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Image: Old Roman ruins stand in the ancient archeaological site of Sabratha on Libya's Mediterreanean coast.
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Iraq

Rank: 171

Score: 16

Nine years of war shattered Iraq’s economy, as a result, corruption has grown to alarming levels.

Bribery and money laundering continue to hit the country.

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Uzbekistan

Rank: 168

Score: 17

In Uzbekistan, corruption has taken a toll across sections of the society. Bribes can get you government jobs and tenders easily.

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Image: Pedestrians walk past Bibi Khanum mosque.
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Turkmenistan

Rank: 168

Score: 17

In Turkmenistan, corruption continues to erode the business environment. It undermines the rule of law and encourages cronyism.

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Syria

Rank: 168

Score: 17

With the civil war, Syria which has seen a rise in corruption and smuggling, dropped nine points to hit a score of 17. The Corruption Index ranks more than four-fifths of countries in the Middle East below the score of 50.


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