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A decade since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) formed government with a thumping victory and the vituperative slogan of creating a ‘Congress-Mukt Bharat’, Indian politics continues to be mired in symbolic hypocrisy. Innumerable Indian movies of the 1980s depicted this wonderfully in the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 April 2024
To address what is allegedly the biggest scam or corruption case in India, senior counsel Prashant Bhushan has called for a detailed probe by a special investigation team (SIT) monitored by the Supreme Court (SC) into the electoral bonds case.    Mr Bhushan says, "When the electoral bonds...

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Moneylife Digital Team 11 April 2024
State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest State-run lender, is at it again. In its latest replies under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, SBI refused to provide information on legal expenses and fees paid to senior counsel Harish Salve in the electoral bonds (EBs) case.    Two...

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Moneylife Digital Team 11 April 2024
State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest State-run lender, is at it again. In its latest replies under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, SBI refused to provide information on legal expenses and fees paid to senior counsel Harish Salve in the electoral bonds (EBs) case.    Two...

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While citizens are protesting and campaigning against the indiscriminate tree felling in various cities, under the excuse of road-widening or other concretised development, a Nagpur citizen’s second appeal under the RTI Act has had the information commissioner come down hard on the Nagpur...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 April 2024
Union minister of state for electronics and information technology and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat candidate Rajeev Chandrasekhar is mired in controversy over the Rs680 taxable income for the financial year (FY)21-22 shown in his election affidavit. After...

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EAS Sarma 05 April 2024
Responding to widespread public criticism of electoral bonds in the light of recent revelations, Nirmala Sitharaman, the Union minister of finance, is reported to have said, "All major parties encashed electoral bonds; nobody has moral authority to say anything." When someone asked her whether...

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In 2009, Germany, technologically one of the most advanced nations, ended electronic voting with the Federal Constitutional Court finding that the inability to have meaningful public scrutiny meant that electronic voting was unconstitutional. Stressing the need for transparency, constitutional...

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The State Bank of India (SBI) has refused to disclose a copy of the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by it to its authorised branches for sale and redemption of electoral bonds.    In reply to an RTI application, M Kanna Babu, the central public information officer (CPIO) and deputy...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 April 2024
The Indian meteorological department (IMD) has warned about extreme weather, with temperatures remaining above normal maximum levels in most parts of the country from April to June this year.   In a release, IMD says that during the upcoming hot weather season (April to June),...

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Joymala Bagchi (IndiaSpend) 02 April 2024
"Elections are held time and again, but despite being Indians, we continue to stay on the other side of the barbed wire fence," says 80-year-old Ajit Prabhu, resident of Chor Meghna, a hamlet in West Bengal's Nadia district, on the India-Bangladesh border.   About 750 people living in...

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The year 2024 is a very special one. As many as 76 out of 196 countries are going to hold elections this year, in which nearly 4bn (billion) or 400 crore voters will participate. What will make these elections different is the manner in which politicians will reach out to voters. The increased...

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Often, hospital authorities do not make healthcare documents of patients accessible to them; although it is mandatory under the medical council of India rules, besides under the Right to Information Act (RTI).   In fact, under the RTI Act, central information commissioner (CIC) Prof...

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The Supreme Court of India's (SC) sensational order on 14th February, declaring the electoral bond scheme 'unconstitutional', has been a landmark decision. By mandating the mapping of donors to funds and beneficiaries, the SC has turned the spotlight on the need for transparency and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 March 2024
Taking note of several complaints, the election commission of India (ECI) has directed the Union ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) to immediately stop sending 'Viksit Bharat' messages containing a letter from prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi on WhatsApp.    In a...

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Nileena Suresh (IndiaSpend.org) 21 March 2024
Several areas in Bengaluru face a water crisis due to drying borewells. Media reports identify 257 locations at risk. Responding to this, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) issued an order on March 8, prohibiting the use of drinking water for washing vehicles, gardening, and...

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Consider this case of early this week. At the regional commissioner of fisheries office located in Mumbai, the assistant commissioner, who doubles as the first appellate authority (FAA), conducted the first appeal hearing by directing the right to information (RTI) applicant to come from Pune...

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 In a unique move, major bank unions shall initiate a ‘voter awareness’ campaign next month among the masses and question Lok Sabha candidates of all political parties on critical issues pertaining to the banking sector, officials said here.   The crusade will kickstart under the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 March 2024
During the run-up to the 2014 general election, current prime minister Narendra Modi repeatedly emphasised that the government has no business to be in business. While the Union government takes full credit for...

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Thanks to a right to information (RTI) query that travelled through the files of the state information commissioner (SIC) as a second appeal, all panchayats of Madhya Pradesh have been directed to upload every death certificate on their website and file FIRs (first information reports)...

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