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Moneylife Digital Team 24 May 2024
Expressing reluctance to interfere in the middle of the election process, the Supreme Court on Friday adjourned an application seeking directions to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to publish the booth-wise absolute numbers of voter turnout and upload the form 17C records of votes polled...

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The multi-crore contract for the procurement of ambulances and related equipment scam is making waves in Maharashtra with allegations of puffing up of the contract amount between two government resolutions (GR) – one dated 8 August 2023 and the other dated 13 March 2024.   On 15 March 2024,...

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Nushaiba Iqbal (IndiaSpend) 20 May 2024
Suvarna Kamble (45), an accredited social health activist (ASHA) from Palghar, remembers a time when she brought a woman from Dhansar, a village in Palghar block of Palghar district, to a family planning clinic in Virar for a sterilisation procedure.   At 11 pm one night, the woman had called...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 May 2024
In a landmark move, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has become India's first and only housing regulatory body to issue detailed regulations for retirement housing projects after model guidelines were issued by Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) in...

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From ranking second in the world in 2011 in the Global RTI Rating conducted regularly by the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), a Canada-based non-governmental organisation, along with Access Info Europe, India has slipped to the ninth position, as per the recent update.   India, which was...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 May 2024
India on Wednesday issued the first set of citizenship certificates after notification of the Citizenship (Amendment) Rules, 2024 to 14 applicants. Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla handed over citizenship certificates to some applicants in New Delhi.   According to a release from the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 May 2024
Expressing dismay over the election commission of India (ECI/Commission) not holding a single press conference even after the completion of voting for the three phases of the general election, five journalist bodies, including the Press Club of India (PCI), have demanded that ECI hold a press...

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Although a recent central information commission (CIC) order has given a clean chit to the central public information officer (CPIO) of the ministry of cooperation, on the grounds that the CRCS-Sahara India refund portal has all the details of the disbursal of the depositors’ refund claim of...

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Anadi Tewari (Bar  and   Bench) 06 May 2024
The Gujarat High Court on Monday acquitted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s former member of Parliament (MP) Dinu Solanki and six others in the murder of environmentalist and right to information activist Amit Jethwa. He was active in the Gir Forest area near Junagadh in Gujarat.   A bench of...

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Dr Gopal Krishna 03 May 2024
“For the first time he perceived that if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself” with the government spying on its people, Winston struggles to conceal old feelings from Big Brother.   – p162, part 3, chapter 4, 1984, George Orwell, quoted at p.1 of the verdict in writ...

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The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), a financial educational institute under the ministry of commerce, has been ordered by the Delhi High Court last week to comply with the central information commissioner (CIC)’s order of providing the voluminous information on various aspects of the...

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Debayan Roy (Bar  and   Bench) 26 April 2024
Turihe Supreme Court on Friday rejected the petition seeking directions to tally all voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips with votes cast through electronic voting machines (EVMs) dng elections.   A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta also rejected the prayer for...

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Many of the ration shops which provide food grains from the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to the poor under the public distribution system (PDS) are run by cooperative societies, the most significant example being Tamil Nadu, which sells 95% of the food grains through these...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 April 2024
Common Cause, a non-government organisation (NGO), and the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) have filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a detailed investigation by a special investigation team (SIT) into the money trail of the electoral bonds scheme.   The petitions, filed...

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Shreehari Paliath (IndiaSpend) 24 April 2024
The COVID-19 pandemic has had the most impact on jobs and livelihoods in the last five years. Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the rural jobs programme which guarantees 100 days of work per household, had become a lifeline for millions of rural workers. A majority of...

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Sukriti Vats (IndiaSpend) 22 April 2024
Twenty-seven years after the Supreme Court first directed states to identify and classify unique ecologies as “forests”, the Rajasthan government finally notified its sacred groves, known as Orans, as “deemed forest”, on February 1, 2024.   Orans are a vital part of community life in...

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Recently, the central information commission (CIC) has shown its 'utmost displeasure' at the election commission of India (ECI) for not responding to an RTI request on the status of representations made by several eminent personalities; directing it to submit a written explanation for ignoring...

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Recently, the central information commission (CIC) has shown its 'utmost displeasure' at the election commission of India (ECI) for not responding to an RTI request on the status of representations made by several eminent personalities; directing it to submit a written explanation for ignoring...

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Prachi Salve (IndiaSpend) 18 April 2024
Aditya Shinde (name changed) spent upwards of Rs 7 lakh on the health expenses of his grandmother, who was diagnosed with renal failure in late 2019 and died in April 2021.   “The medical costs have definitely gone up,” Shinde, who lost his father in 2013 to the same condition, says. “The...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 April 2024
The Union government spent nearly Rs14 crore on electoral bonds, including commission paid to State Bank of India (SBI) for selling the bonds, bill paid for printing the bonds and 18% goods and service tax (GST), reveals information obtained under Right to Information (RTI) Act.   Reply...

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