PUBLIC INTEREST


Despite two explicit judgements by the Supreme Court, the Central Information Commission (CIC) could not decide upon directing central public information officers (CPIOs) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to furnish information on inspection reports of banks and financial institutions (FIs)....

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With over one lakh second appeals or complaints under Right to Information (RTI) Act, haunting the Maharashtra State Information Commission (SCIC) and the delay in filling up vacancies of information commissioners being habitual, the fate of dissemination of information, blocked earlier by...

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Sidra Javed (The Leaflet) 12 May 2022
While some directions seem like the need of the hour (such as mandatorily reporting data breaches) and definitively aim at ensuring cyber security, others (such as collecting and storing personal data by VPN providers) fall short of this aim.   THE directions issued on April 28 by the...

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Priyanshi Bhageria (The Leaflet) 09 May 2022
Mandating all service providers, intermediaries, data centres, body corporates and government organisations to enable server logs of all their ICT systems, and maintain the same for a period of 180 days within the Indian jurisdiction, is being seen as yet another attempt at State...

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There’s sometimes a debate on whether private companies or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or any other private entity, instead of an individual, can file an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Generally, the RTI applicant’s name is considered mandatory for filing such...

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After the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) added more than 80 Chinese firms to its list facing possible delisting from the American exchanges, Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up Nio said on Friday it has received a conditional eligibility-to-list letter from the Singapore...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 May 2022
India is facing the worst power outages in more than six years amid heatwaves and soaring high temperatures across states and Union Territories (UTs). Two in three households in India confirmed facing power outages amidst heatwave and high temperatures in a survey conducted by...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 April 2022
Here is the heart wrenching story of a double tragedy in the home of a Right to Information (RTI) activist in Bihar.   • 24 September 2021: Bipin Agarwal, a resident of Motihari town of East Champaran district of Bihar was shot dead in broad daylight on a busy road, by two assailants...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 April 2022
The defiance of a public information officer (PIO), not to respond to 38 summons sent by Madhya Pradesh's state information commissioner (MP SIC) Rahul Singh in six second appeal cases under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has led the latter to slap an arrest warrant against her. However,...

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The Supreme Court observed on Tuesday that a Hindu father or any other managing member of a Hindu undivided family (HUF) has the power to make a gift of ancestral property only for a 'pious purpose' and what is understood by the term 'pious purpose' is a gift for charitable or religious...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 April 2022
In the case of seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the State Bank of India (SBI), transaction banking unit (TBU) at Mumbai, the central information commission (CIC) has sealed the lips of people! Instead of taking the public information officer (PIO) and the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 07 April 2022
Nearly 12 years after the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) launched its de-facto numbering ID, Aadhaar, the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) has pointed out several issues like faulty biometrics and unpaired documents in the UIDAI database. Plus, the success rate of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 05 April 2022
Much like the other 'secretive' sports bodies, which are government-controlled or substantially funded by the government (even if they are autonomous bodies) and, therefore, come under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, Hockey India too is resisting providing information, by...

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The Madhya Pradesh State Information Commission (MP SIC) on 25 March 2022 issued an arrest warrant against Surbhi Dubey, who is a block panchayat officer (BDO) at Rewa Janpad Panchayat and a designated public information officer (PIO), for skipping as many as 38 summonses issued by the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 March 2022
While the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 halted the desire of Pune’s corporators to go on a spree of naming public spaces after their family members, when only 20 names were proposed and sanctioned, out of which 13 names were dedicated to corporators and their family members. About 100 proposals...

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Paul Kiel, Jesse Eisinger  and   Jeff Ernsthausen (ProPublica) 29 March 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   After ProPublica's Secret IRS Files showed how the richest avoid taxes — often by minimizing income and relying on their wealth — the Biden administration unveiled a plan that could raise hundreds of billions in tax revenues. Its...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 25 March 2022
I have just returned from a short trip to Dubai - in part to see the World Expo 2020, which is now being held in 2021 (because of COVID). In this piece, I would like to stay with my impressions of Dubai, a country I visited for the first time 45 years ago.    It was a time when there...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 March 2022
In a significant judgement that will ease the pains of many senior citizens, the Bombay High Court (HC) has ruled that a son cannot claim any right of share in his parent's flat while they are alive.    In an order passed last week, the bench of justice Gautam Patel and justice Madhav...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 March 2022
Subhedari Guest House is a prestigious government guest house in Aurangabad. The ratings on Google are ‘excellent’. Recently, I requested my friend to book a VIP room for me as I was visiting the city for a personal or official trip.   Firstly, it took a while to locate the person in...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 14 March 2022
The usage and propagation of Right to Information (RTI) are moving at a fast pace because of citizen enthusiasm and desire for accountable governance. The biggest gain has been empowering individual citizens to translate the promise of ‘democracy of the people, by the people, for the people’...

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