Newsletter 131

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

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 131

E - Alert

Issue Date: 01-12-2016




Opposition to introduce its own RTI bill in Senate

The News International

ISLAMABAD: In a significant move, the joint opposition has decided to introduce its own drafted Right to Information (RTI) bill as a private piece of ...



Legal hurdle? Punjab information act challenged

The Express Tribune

... and Transparency Act (PITA) has been challenged before the Lahore High Court on claims that the law itself is a hurdle in right to information.



CIC orders disclosing Machil, Pathribal Court Martial findings

Kashmir Life

It has rejected the idea of invoking Section 8(1)(h) to deny the same information as was demand by Venkatesh Nayak under Right to Information Act.



RTI Commission summons HED official as inquiry issue drags on

The News International

PESHAWAR: The Right to Information Commission Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has summoned a senior official in the Higher Education Department on ...



The receipts the Prime Minister's Office won't show


The Prime Minister's Office declined the request from the Movement for Freedom of Information to publish the receipts detailing the expenses of the ...



times the amount of ISIS fighters in Iraq than in Syria

The Sun

Figures obtained by The Sun with Freedom of Information requests reveal there have been only 30 RAF attacks in total on Syrian soil since MPs gave ...



Right to information violated

The Nation

DERA GHAZI kHAN-The Punjab information commissioner has taken note of the complaint filed by a citizen over violation of the right to information.



Report blames secrecy of information for corruption in security agencies


It added that the freedom of information's compliance rankings carried out in 2014-2015 showed that the security agencies were the least likely to ...



Arvind Kejriwal taunts BJP after their U-turn in Supreme Court

Financial Express

... Arvind Kejriwal, in a fresh attack to the new policy, said that the government should bring all political parties under the Right to Information act.



West Midlands Police investigate three rape cases linked to Tinder dating app

Birmingham Mail

Of the three West Midlands rape investigations linked to Tinder, one alleged victim could not be traced, according to the Freedom of Information ...



Gujarat High Court to decide if judge's personal details are subject to RTI

Bar & Bench

... answering a pertinent question: to what extent does a sitting High Court judge's personal details fall under the ambit of the Right to Information Act?



Activists call for unity within ranks as security concerns rise

The News International

The other crucial problems identified by the activists, were the grave violations of right to information and freedom of association in Balochistan; on top ...



Visa requests from Yemen, Eritrea and Iraq most likely to fail

Irish Times

The data was obtained by The Irish Times under Freedom of Information legislation. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, which operates ...



GWU will earn €8.5m from government jobless scheme

Times of Malta

The government has now provided the contract following a request submitted under the freedom of information law. The trade union was selected ...



ASIC forced to explain why it refuses prospectuses

The Australian

Following a two-year freedom of information battle by The Australian, Information Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim on Friday ordered ASIC to hand over ...



Mumbai: NCP students' wing wants varsity to take action against errant canteens

Free Press Journal

He added that the university has not floated a tender every year for canteens in its campuses, as per RTI (Right to Information) replies he has received.



Over 2000 seats vacant in medical schools as infra, cost keep students away

Hindustan Times

A reply from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to an HT application filed under the Right to Information Act revealed that just 56,748 seats of the total ...



Generals, judges, journalists must also be held accountable

Pakistan Today

But, it is possible only through right to information (RTI) legislation, but the RTI law, despite having been endorsed by Senate Committee on ...



Bureaucrats tour world, but no accountability

The Asian Age

... revealed information received by The Asian Age under the Right to Information Act. As per the Maharashtra government's circular dated November ...



'RTI bill to be presented in next NA session'

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb on Wednesday said that the Right to Information (RTI) bill will be ...



UK immigration centres record 218 hunger strikers in three months

The Guardian

According to figures released following a Freedom of Information request, 218 people refused to eat in July, August and September this year.



More than 50000 adoptees to get right to birth certificates

Irish Times

Illegal adoptions pose complications in searches for birth parents · Adopted people to gain right to information on birth parents · Right to access birth ...



RTI activists write to Modi against CIC's coffee table book

The Hindu

Pune: City-based Right to Information (RTI) activists have condemned the launch of a coffee table book on 'successful RTI stories' by the Central ...



Prime Minister's Residence's 2015 expenses the lowest in 7 years

Israel Hayom

In response to the Movement for Freedom of Information's request, the Prime Minister's Office said that "the costs of operating the Prime Minister's ...



Wrongfully Imprisoned in Gitmo for Years, This Man Finally Won His Freedom

Huffington Post

According to what had been scared up through a Freedom of Information Act request, Obaidullah was accused of being part of an al Qaeda-affiliated ...



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