Newsletter 118

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A newsletter containing news, views, articles, investigative stories in the field of

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 118

E - Alert

Issue Date: 05-04-2016



Parliament Secretariat declines to provide details of MPs' attendance

Bangladesh News 24 hours

on Dec 17, written to the Secretariat, seeking, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the attendance records of the deputies ...


Ads without photos of CMs, ministers a waste: Govt to SC

Chandigarh Tribune

... 2015, ran counter to the governments' duty to inform people about various schemes and citizens' right to information under Article 19 and the Right ...


In last 2 yrs, Muslims got only 2% of 6 PSBs' priority sector loans: RTI

Times of India

Answers received through Right To Information applications to half-a- dozen banks by Mumbai-based activist M A Khalid show that of all priority sector ...


RTI activist demands action against BJP MP

The Hindu

Right to Information activist Anil Galgali has filed an application seeking that former Mumbai Police Commissioner and current Member of Parliament ...


Demand surprises RTI applicant

The Hindu

An applicant under the Right to Information Act, 2005 here is taken aback by a demand made by the Public Information Officer-cum-Personal Assistant ...


Hundreds of rapists and child abusers taken off sex offenders register

BBC News

More than 50% of applications - allowed under a 2010 Supreme Court ruling - were successful, a Freedom of Information request revealed.


Right to information demanded in South Asia

Daily Times

ISLAMABAD: A regional conference on right to information (RTI) in South Asia, titled Understanding the Silent Revolution, concluded on Thursday with ...


Modi government rejected 8.4% applications in 2014-15: Central Information Commission

Economic Times

... the Narendra Modi government has rejected the most number of applications under Right to Information Act. The rate of rejection of RTI applications ...


Muslims get only 2% of PSU bank loans, shows RTI query

Times of India

Answers received through right to information applications to half-a- dozen banks by Mumbai-based RTI activist M A Khalid show that of all priority ...


To keep protesters at bay, babus splurge Rs 1.12 lakh on two gates

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times has collected this information, including the expenses incurred, under the Right to Information Act from the DC office. As per the reply ...


Post PDA bus attack: City administration clueless about parking spaces, bus terminals

The Express Tribune

The information was sought through an application submitted under the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013. According to a copy of the ...


White employees of racism watchdog 'earn £3000 more annually than black colleagues'

The Independent

And there is a similar gap between disabled and able-bodied members of staff, according to the data released under the Freedom of Information Act.


Shocking figures show 42000 patients in Scots hospitals were subjected to midnight ward moves

Scottish Daily Record

Figures released to Scottish Labour under freedom of information show at least 42,021 patients were moved between wards between 11pm and 6am ...


BMC study tours: Corporators spent Rs 2.59 cr from public funds in 4 years

The Indian Express

... but corporators have also visited the same locations multiple times, reveals data sought by The Indian Express under Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka should not keep central bank out of RTI bill: economist


ECONOMYNEXT - Attempts to put operations of Sri Lanka's central bank out of the ambit of a draft 'Right to Information' bill is wrong and will deny ...


He took on the big and mighty

The Hindu

Having taken on the high and mighty, the slain Right to Information activist Vinayak Baliga had received threat calls. The police are baffled as to why ...


Providing freedom: 'Right to information a basic right of citizens'

The Express Tribune

KARACHI: Right to information (RTI) is not only the need of politicians and media, but it is the collective need of everyone and is the basic right of ...


2000 high schools without heads

The News International

Earlier this month, a Right to Information (RTI) activist from Centre for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI) from Jhang district, Syed Raza, filed an ...


Fire service bosses take home huge pay packets despite cutting front line staff

Daily Mail

Freedom of Information requests by the Telegraph showed more than 249 fire service employees have been rehired after retiring. At least 15 were ...


Schools reports may go to 18-year-olds instead of parents

Irish Times

Authorities have confirmed that parents do not have an automatic right to information held by schools regarding their children once they turn 18.

Sri Lanka

Right to Information Bill challenged in Supreme Court

Sri Lanka Guardian

The petitioners stated that a Bill titled “Right to Information Bill” was placed on the Order Paper of Parliament on or about March 24, 2016.


Express RTI: 105 Lok Sabha MPs yet to declare assets

The Indian Express

express rti, right to information, lok sabha mp assets, mp asset declaration, Those who have not filed their details include all five MPs of the Samajwadi ...


Proactive disclosure of information

The Express Tribune

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Punjab Right to Information (RTI) Commissions have to deal with the officialdom who inherited and followed the ...


Obama undermined press freedom. Now he wants a strong media to stop Trump?

The Guardian

The Freedom of Information Act (Foia), signed into law in 1966, is meant to give citizens access to information about the government agencies their ...


Breakthrough: Indonesia's highest court orders release of mining data

It could set a precedent for other freedom of information requests in the natural resources sector, whose opacity has come under increasing assault by ...


Sexism in schools is real – how can the Department for Education deny it?

The Guardian

Last year, a freedom of information request revealed that over 5,500 sexual offences in UK schools were reported to police in the previous three years, ...

Sri Lanka

Three petitions in SC against RTI Bill

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Three petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court this week challenging the Right To Information (RTI) Bill which was submitted to Parliament last ...

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