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

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 128

E - Alert

Issue Date: 17-10-2016




Judges criticial of plan to alter eligibility for expenses

Irish Times

Documents released by the department, under the Freedom of Information Acts, show judges strongly opposed a plan last year to only permit an ...



CIC flays I-T 'informer' for using RTI to earn money

Business Standard

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has admonished a Right to Information (RTI) applicant who was allegedly se



Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis declares Nagpur first digital district of India

The Indian Express

The state has added 169 new online services under the Right to Information Act, taking the total number of services to 369. Through Aaple Sarkar ...



Right to Information Commission gets new head

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has appointed Azmat Hanif Orkazai as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) to the Khyber ...


Sri Lanka

* President appoints Right to Information Commission

Colombo Page

Sept 30, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed the Right to Information (RTI) Commission of Sri Lanka upon the recommendation ...



BBC bosses spend thousands on taxis on top of £1million company car perks

The Sun

But a Freedom of Information request reveals the 216 staff are also allowed to claim expenses for a string of extra motoring costs. Last year they blew ...



'Britain's secret scandal': CHILDREN of alcoholics at RISK due to budget cuts

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics released the data, gathered through Freedom of Information requests, as part of its ...



Police and civilian staff with mental ill health take almost 200000 sick days

Daily Mail

The figures, released by Police Scotland to the Liberal Democrats under Freedom of Information laws, show police officers struggling with mental ill ...



Ministry makes mockery of RTI law

The News International

When Zahid Abdullah of the Coalition of Right to Information moved the FO against the Law Ministry for denying the information about the funds spent ...



Assets of officials' spouse cannot be disclosed under RTI: CIC

The Indian Express

Demanding asset details of spouse and dependents of government officials under the Right to Information Act is “unreasonable and illegal”, the ...



CIC rejects RTI appeal of Income Tax 'informer' regarding assets of 100 IT officers


Rakesh Kumar Gupta, who claimed to be an informer to the Income Tax department (I-T Dept), filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) ...



1.75 crore RTI applications filed since 2005: Study

Economic Times

The first decadal study conducted after Right to Information (RTI) Act implemented in October 2005 has revealed that over 1.75 crore applications have ...


Sri Lanka

Government called on to fully constitute RTI commission

Colombo Gazette

RTI The Right to Information Commission arguably the most important component in the framework set up by the RTI Act is yet to be fully constituted ...


Sri Lanka

* Sri Lankan government to set up a special office to implement RTI Act

Colombo Page

Oct 06, Colombo: The government is to establish a special office to disseminate information on the Right to Information Act (RTIA) in Battaramulla, ...



Orange Line Metro: Will the Supreme Court save Lahore's heritage?

They filed Right to Information requests and petitions. One of the primary issues brought to court was the legitimacy of the No Objection Certificates ...



RTI info hints at scam in mobile tower installation

Chandigarh Tribune

... fee charges from PIO, Municipal Council, Khanna, under the Right to Information Act (RTI), indicates a high-level mobile tower scam in the city.



Need to know? Powerhouse Museum accused of thwarting transparency laws as Labor seeks ...

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Powerhouse Museum has been accused of trying to circumvent freedom of information laws by charging exorbitant fees. Labor's Arts spokesman ...



Right to information: What 11 years of the RTI Act of 2005 have done for India


It was on this day 11 years back that one of the most important laws in India fully came into force. The Right to Information Act, 2005 has helped ...



Prime Minister is always on duty, PMO replies to RTI query

Chandigarh Tribune

The Prime Minister can be said to be on duty all the time,” the Right to Information (RTI) response from the



France covers source code with freedom of information laws


ZUT E-LAWS! The French government has added source code to the list of things covered under freedom of



Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information laws are dangerously toothless

The Coast Halifax

Changes need to be made to Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information Act. That's the call being made by critics after premier Stephen McNeil's admission ...



re determined to pass RTI Bill into law – Bagbin


Majority Leader, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has assured that the Legislature is more determined to pass the Right To Information (RTI) Bill ...



BSc student goes Right To Information way to get answer sheet copies

Times of India

NAGPUR: Fearing that his application would go unheeded like that of many other students, Bachelor of Science (BSc) student Harshal Mehta of VMV ...



Unclog the RTI process by making basic information public

Hindustan Times

The first decadal study conducted after the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that over 1.75 crore



Exclusive: India bad loans mountain grows, risks delaying bank clean-up


The latest data obtained by Reuters through a right-to-information request showed stressed loans rose to 9.22 trillion rupees ($138.5 billion) as at ...



Vexed by 'frivolous' RTI pleas, PMO issues advisory

The Hindu

Annoyed with the non-stop flow of applications under the Right to Information Act (RTI), most of them flippant, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has ...



Now SIC will also be defunct ?

Daily Excelsior

It is more than 7 years now we have Jammu& Kashmir Right to Information Act (J&K RTI Act 2009) in place in our state. It was on March 20th 2009 ...



From Kejriwal's 'Social Behaviour' To Modi's Suits. What India Wants To Know Through RTIs


According to a recent report, an approximate 4800 Right to Information applications are filed in India everyday. This act, which was passed by ...



Dozens of servicemen booted out for being too fat to fight - including 28st man

The Sun

Our findings – admitted by The MoD after a Freedom of Information request – also show that hundreds of military personnel are classified as obese ...



Hundreds of Met Police officers left injured in defensive training in just 12 months

The severity of the injuries were not disclosed in the Freedom of Information request revealed, although bosses at the Met said the 15 most serious ...



Right to information: Of all rest houses in Punjab, not one for CM

The Express Tribune

The stopovers include facilities of restaurants, kitchens, barbeque areas as well as parking spots. Some of these resorts have party halls, play area for ...



HC dismisses plea to record court proceedings, again

The Hindu

The petition said since Right To Information has been recognised as an integral part of the right to life,



How Gujarat govt refused to make public inquiry commission report on corruption

Times of India (blog)

No doubt, I thought, things would have become easier for those who took the Right to `Information (RTI) route. But I rarely used it. However, my recent ...



"Right to know", not "need to know"

The Daily Star

The overwhelming majority of Right to Information (RTI) laws around the world were enacted in the last quarter of a century, following the end of the ...



Modi Government Spent Over Rs. 36 Crore On Publicity To Mark 2 Years


This information was revealed in response to an Right to Information (RTI) query by IANS. The amount for the six-hour event in Delhi was spent on ...



Pay Rs 20000 for soft copy: MMRDA

The Asian Age

This was revealed in a reply to a Right To Information query filed by The Asian Age. However, RTI activists have slammed the MMRDA and said that a ...



The country with the world's best transparency law has a terrible record on transparency


Censored or not, the Memory and Truth project exposes the limits of Mexico's freedom-of-information apparatus. Originally, the archive was supposed ...



Sindh's proposed Right to Information: A law in the right direction

The Express Tribune

Soon after the elections, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Punjab led the way by passing internationally acclaimed Right to Information (RTI) laws and ...



ormer CIC Shailesh Gandhi authors e-book on RTI

Business Standard

Former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has authored an e-book in order to lend a better interpretation of the Right To Information ...



RTI for blackmail: HC chides 2 lawyers

Times of India

MADURAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court has chided two advocates for misusing the Right to Information (RTI) Act to blackmail people ...



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