The Indian government is “dead serious” about addressing corruption in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a rare press conference where he also told news media to strop disparaging India. Singh’s remarks come in the heels of a satirical cartoon published in India portraying him on top of a sinking ship representing his government, the Washington Post reports.

“The impression has gone round that we are a scam-driven country and that nothing good is happening in our country,” the prime minster said. “In the process, willy-nilly, I think we are weakening the self-confidence of the people of India.”

Meantime, India is set to host ministers and envoys from 48 of the world’s least developed countries to extend more foreign aid in a bid to push South-South cooperation. This is reportedly part of the country’s campaign to secure support when it submits its candidacy for a U.N. Security Council permanent seat, the Times of India says.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.