Newsletter 125

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

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 125

E - Alert

Issue Date: 31-08-2016




Three patients died after serious incidents and never events at Halton and Warrington Hospitals ...

Runcorn and Widnes World

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that three patients died after serious untoward incidents and never events at Halton and Warrington ...



Info panel slaps Rs1-lakh penalty...

Chandigarh Tribune

Taking a serious note of non-compliance of the provisions of the Right to Information Act, the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), Punjab, SS ...



SC to decide if it comes under RTI Act

Chandigarh Tribune

... Bench of the Supreme Court will decide if the apex court is bound to disclose details of its functioning under the Right to Information (RTI).



Practice of secrecy amid promise of transparency

The News International

The ruling party's manifesto reads: “Right to information law based on international best practices shall be



RTI Act to be extended to Malakand

Daily Times

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act is implanted in the province and in near future it will be extended to the Malakand ...



Journalists and police join forces to oppose corruption investigation secrecy

The Guardian

But this secrecy would also require changes to the Right To Information Act around the notification of decisions “including reasons [for] refusal of ...



118 sexual harassment cases filed in BMC in 4 years, reveals RTI

Hindustan Times

... Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials have registered 118 cases of sexual harassment in its offices, reveals a right to information (RTI) response.



Army canteens most profitable retail chain in India, ahead of Future & Reliance Retail

Economic Times

... earned Rs 236 crore during FY14-15, according to a Right to Information query. Comparatively, Avenue Supermart, which runs D'Mart stores, made ...



Rights group challenges FoI refusal in Libyan rendition case

The Guardian

The previous month Reprieve submitted a request to the Cabinet Office under the Freedom of Information Act asking whether any of its ministers or ...



Revealed: Full scale of domestic abuse in London as police deal with 76000 incidents in one year

Evening Standard

The data, released under the Freedom of Information Act, did not include child victims unless they were also an informant or witness, as offences ...



Sydney buses are far from space age

... buses have 756,000km or more on their odometers — to the Moon and back — according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.



Discipline probes see 11 gardaí quit force

Irish Examiner

Details of the scale of alleged serious breaches of discipline within the force were released under the Freedom of Information Act. Documents reveal a ...



Draft law: Cabinet likely to review Right to Information bill

The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet is expected to take up the draft of the Right to Information Bill, 2016, in its next meeting. But the information ministry is ...



Want to spy on the UK? Fill in a form: Foreign agencies 'are using Freedom of Information requests ...

Daily Mail

It's thought of as a world of dead-letter drops, hidden cameras and cutting-edge gadgetry. But the truth behind modern espionage may actually be ...



'One KTC bus breaks down every second day'

Times of India

The data was made available by Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) under information obtained right to information (RTI). Kadamba transport ...

Cong promises KTC revamp after polls - Oherald



Sex ratio set to fall around 800 in U'khand: Study

Chandigarh Tribune

The utilisation certificates (UCs) of the NDKY provided to the Asian Centre for Human Rights by the authorities under the Right to Information Act (RTI) ...



PM to release success stories of RTI Act

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, Aug 23 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release success stories of Right to Information (RTI) Act, during a programme to be held in ...



Rejected recyclable waste up 84% in England since 2011, data shows

BBC News

A BBC Freedom of Information request found councils were unable to recycle 338,000 tons of waste in 2014-15 - up from about 184,000 tons in ...

340000 tons of recycling sent to landfill because of confusion about rules - Daily Mail



Immigrant detainees in Georgia more likely to be deported than detainees elsewhere

Southern Poverty Law Center

This analysis is based on data released by ICE through a Freedom of Information Act request for FY 2015. It compares data from the Stewart and Irwin ...


Sri Lanka

Government to establish National Information Centre

Ceylon Daily News

... and accurate official information to the public is a key responsibility of the government, reaffirmed by the recently adopted Right to Information Act.



The Pentagon's use of FOIA is flawed. Now it wants to make it even stricter.

Washington Post

A wide-ranging group of government transparency advocates asked Congress on Wednesday to block new changes to the Freedom of Information Act ...



Tanzania: Will Tanzania Get a 'State-of-the-Art' Information Law?

Initially, a document dubbed the "Freedom of Information Bill" was released by the Directorate of



Govt will soon table 'Right to Information Bill' in NA: Pervaiz

Radio Pakistan (press release)

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says the government would soon table Right to Information Bill in the National Assembly. Speaking at a ceremony ...



No records available on AgustaWestland deal: Defence Ministry, IAF

The Indian Express

Under the Right to Information Act, an application was filed with the Defence Ministry seeking complete records related to the deal, including price ...



BMC road scam: Police likely to arrest 30 more civic body officials

Hindustan Times

Right to Information (RTI) activist, Anil Galgali, had complained to state lokayukta ML Tahilyani, about the delay in action against civic officials. He also ...



18 years on, Malawali village yet to get metalled road

Chandigarh Tribune

A resident of the village Kuljeet Singh Malawali, who managed to get information through right to information, said, “The road was last paved by the ...



From violence to impersonation: Over 800 students penalised by JNU

The Sunday Guardian

... and possessing liquor and ganja, according to information provided by the JNU administration in reply to a Right to Information (RTI) petition.



Has the Freedom of Information Act worked?

Times of Malta

Other very important documents were not published because the Freedom of Information Act was, coincidentally, only introduced a few months before ...



Soaring number of children being taken into care for abusing and beating up parents

The Sun

The shocking results were revealed after Freedom of Information requests by The Sun on Sunday to all 149 councils in England. And the 62 known ...



Bangladeshi jail 'cover-up' as UK journalist faces trial

The Guardian

Freedom of information requests have been rejected by the MoJ on the basis of “protecting national security”, alongside diplomatic reasons.



Public's right to information

Daily Times

Access to information has been recognised as a fundamental right of people across the world as well as in Pakistan. Right to information was formally ...



SC rejects petition to stop royalty to Mysuru Maharaja

Hindustan Times

In response to his queries made under the Right to Information (RTI) law, Urs learnt the state released `75 lakh between 2012 and 2014 as part of its ...



Disciplinary Action on 7 JNU Students Every Month from 2010 to June 2016: RTI


... an average against seven students every month in the last six-and-a-half years for violation of rules, according to an Right to Information (RTI) query.



More than 1000 rapes and sexual assaults reported at London schools in four years

The Independent

A Freedom of Information request found that more than 15 per cent of the rape allegations were reported in Croydon, where 13 rapes were recorded.



British police criticised for lack of transparency in Bahrain training deal

The Guardian

In a recent response to a freedom of information request submitted by the campaign group of Reprieve, the college gave a broad outline of the courses it ...



Up on website: KP health ministry makes medicine rates public

The Express Tribune

Officials said since a law was already in place and people could get the information by filing an application under the Right to Information Act, 2014, ...



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