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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 23 July 2021
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is receiving flak, and rightly so, for the insensitive reply given in the Rajya Sabha on 20th July, by Mansukh Mandaviya, and Dr Bharati Pawar, the newly appointed minister and minister of state, respectively, for health and family welfare,...

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A fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has hit France which is spreading at "lightning" speed, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said and also announced tougher sanctions on non-compliance with the health pass rules.   "We are seeing a wave faster than all the previous ones," Attal...

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 July 2021
Several banks are now coming together and moving the Supreme Court (SC) to oppose Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) notice for disclosing inspection reports under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB), Union Bank of India, Canara Bank, Kotak...

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Nikhila Natarajan (IANS) 19 July 2021
A bombshell report Sunday on military-grade Pegasus spyware from Israeli firm NSO used by governments around the world to snoop on a long list of more than 50,000 people in 50 countries has injected a fresh round of ammunition into the raging debate over digital surveillance - especially when...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 July 2021
In a second appeal hearing pertaining to the requisition of copies of passports of members of a family, which was earlier rejected by the central public information officer (CPIO) and the first appellate authority (FAA) of the ministry of external affairs (MEA), chief information commissioner...

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Robert Faturechi, Justin Elliott  and   Ellis Simani (ProPublica) 13 July 2021
Owners like Steve Ballmer can take the kinds of deductions on team assets — everything from media deals to player contracts — that industrialists take on factory equipment. That helps them pay lower tax rates than players and even stadium workers.   At a concession stand at Staples...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 July 2021
The Supreme Court once again directed the Union government as well as the states to file affidavits on the status of appointments of information commissioners under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, as governments have frequently been in defiance of the apex court’s earlier orders, leading...

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre and state governments to file the latest status report on the filling up of vacancies in the central information commission (CIC) and the State information commissions (SICs).                   A bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer and...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 July 2021
Shivanand Dwivedi, a resident of village Kaytha in Madhya Pradesh, would never have imagined that his right to information (RTI) application requesting information on the affidavit of candidates contesting panchayat elections would be the trigger for a landmark order by the tenacious...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 July 2021
When it comes to sharing information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, not only the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) but even banks are approaching and challenging orders issued by the Supreme Court in the apex court itself. Add to this, the central information commission (CIC) that is...

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Justin Elliott, Patricia Callahan  and   James Bandler (ProPublica) 29 June 2021
Roth IRAs were intended to help average working Americans save, but IRS records show Peter Thiel and other ultrawealthy investors have used them to amass vast untaxed fortunes.   Billionaire Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, has publicly condemned “confiscatory taxes.” He’s been a...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 June 2021
Between January 2015 and May 2021, there were more than 3,100 attacks worldwide against community leaders, farmers, workers, unions, journalists, civil society groups and other defenders, who have raised the alarm about irresponsible business practices. More than 40% of these attacks were...

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Prominent tech figure John McAfee, who founded the leading antivirus software provider McAfee, has been found dead in his cell in Spain, the media reported.   According to The Guardian, McAfee was found dead hours after the country's highest court approved his extradition to the US,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 24 June 2021
In what can be termed as contempt of the Madras High Court order in early May, directing the central information commission (CIC) and state information commissions to spare three to four hours per day on second appeal hearings related to COVID-19, the CIC, after abiding by it for a few weeks,...

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The chief data protection regulator in the UK has expressed grave concerns over the inappropriate use of live facial recognition (LFR) technology in public places.   Unlike CCTV, LFR and its algorithms can automatically identify who you are and infer sensitive details about...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 17 June 2021
‘Dogs and Indians not allowed.’   So said the ubiquitous British Raj sign-board, symbol of a sentiment that eventually snowballed into the Quit India movement whereby the brown natives turned the tables against the gora saheb, to assert their sovereignty. However, it appears that, in...

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The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it will examine if Apple and Google constitute a duopoly on mobile devices given their control over app stores.   Alongside its existing examination of Apple over the App Store, the CMA has begun investigating whether...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 15 June 2021
In this part, we will see possible solution in a situation when information has been denied on the grounds that it is of a personal nature and that no larger public interest has been established.                     Grounds for Appeal: Section 8 (1) (j) of the right to information...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 14 June 2021
In recent times it has been seen that a very large number of right to information (RTI) applications are being rejected on the ground that it is personal information or third-party information.   Most applicants have no clue on how to argue against such rejection. With this in mind,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 11 June 2021
Innumerable RTI (Right to Information) activists and users across the country have sought information since April 2020, regarding various issues related to the catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic that directly affects every citizen of this country. But information has been denied by the ministry...

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