Newsletter 120

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

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 120

E - Alert

Issue Date: 30-05-2016



PanamaLeaks highlights need for enactment of RTI law

The News International

In such a scenario, it is all the more important to strengthen democratic institutions in the country through an effective Right to Information (RTI) law.


358 departments default on public disclosures norms: Centre

Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Over 350 government departments have defaulted in following norms for


Mumbai: Only 1 out of 453 BMC-aided schools follows RTE


... admission mandates under the RTE quota, as the authorities revealed in a response to an RTI (Right To Information) query filed by a law student.


Virginia's Freedom of Information Advisory Council mulls changes to state's FOIA law


Virginia's Freedom of Information Advisory Council intends to recommend changes to the state's open records and meeting law next month, reported ...


Poppi Worthington: Council spent £12000 trying to keep tragic toddler's case secret

"The original Freedom of Information request from the North West Evening Mail asked for costs related to this application. This cost was around £700.


Thousands on the run after skipping court bail

BBC News

Figures were supplied following Freedom of Information requests to all 39 police forces in England. The BBC asked for details of arrest warrants ...

13000 suspected and convicted criminals on run after skipping bail - The Guardian


'Approved summary not exempt from disclosure'

... Lahore college, seeking a direction to the provincial higher education department to give him certain information under the Right to Information Act.


After Nehru, Rajasthan erases RTI Act from textbooks

The Hindu

... the Bharatiya Janata Party regime has deleted a chapter on the Right to Information (RTI) movement from the class VIII social science textbook.


Emperor Ashoka was the first to grant right to information

The New Indian Express

COLOMBO: Indian Emperor Ashoka was the first to conjure up and grant his subjects the Right To Information (RTI), says Indian RTI activist Venkatesh ...


RTIC asks Pesco to provide information to requester or face action

The News International

PESHAWAR: In a watershed decision, the chief commissioner Right to Information Commission (RTIC) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has directed the ...


One in every 400 people in one Scottish post code is a registered sex offender - we reveal area ...

Scottish Daily Record

Statistics held by police, and released under the Freedom of Information Act, show the locations of 3900 offenders across 350 post code districts.


Council closed libraries to cut costs, then spent more to guard them

The Guardian

The freedom of information response shows that from 31 March, when the libraries closed, until 15 April, when the request was made, Lambeth spent ...


UK has hundreds of deadly wild pets - and there could be one living near you

The data was obtained by the Press Association, which sent Freedom of Information requests to every licensing authority in the UK, of which 363 ...


Lost and mostly found? Police say yes but the numbers don't add up


What's surprising is that the information has been gathered from the Delhi Police's responses to various Right to Information (RTI) queries filed by CRY ...


What Isn't Covered by the Attorney-Client Exemption to FOIA?

The Nerve

South Carolina's Freedom of Information law contains two significant and frequently used exemptions. The first is for lawmakers. Having written the ...


How bad is the housing crisis in Bristol? Nearly 10000 people waiting for just 41 council homes

Bristol Post

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request sent to Bristol City Council showed there was only 41 apartments available for people waiting for a roof over ...


Britons Are Keeping Thousands of Dangerous Animals as Pets


The information was obtained through freedom of information requests sent to every council in the U.K., of which 363 replied. The Environment Agency ...

Here, fluffy! Lions, cobras & crocs among 100s of dangerous animals Brits keep as


Women's Equality Party launches new campaign to tackle revenge porn and protect women online

A Freedom of Information request by the BBC, last month, found that children as young as 11 were becoming victims of revenge pornography - the act ...


Reports of the Lt Governor of Delhi to the Centre can be made available under RTI Act CIC Read ...

Live Law

... on Wednesday ruled that reports of the Lt. Governor of Delhi to the President or the Centre can be made available under the Right to Information Act.


Rip-off cost of parking over bank holidays

Daily Mail

Using Freedom of Information laws, the Mail discovered 31 councils raked in a staggering £735,576 in total – on average £23,728. If this figure was ...


Fresh CIC notice to political parties chiefs over RTI on finances

Economic Times

NEW DELHI: CIC has issued fresh notices to the chiefs of all the six national parties for not responding to Right to Information queries on their ...


Man takes RTI route for extortion

Times of India

... himself filed a complaint against the district panchayati raj officers for not providing him the information he sought under Right To Information (RTI).


RTI gets a memorial in Rajasthan

The Hindu

Ironic though it may sound, a unique memorial celebrating the Right to Information has come up in the Beawar town of Rajasthan — where the RTI ...

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