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Issue No: 153 E – Alert Issue Date: 22-12-2017

Know Your Rights – Traffic Police cannot take out keys from vehicle while checking
In the information provided by the police department, it has been clearly stated that taking out the key of any two or four-wheeler is wrong. No policeman, irrespective of any rank, has the power to do this…

Over 400 Freedom of Information requests in 3 years
Times of Malta
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (Cap. 496), which came into force in September 2012, establishes the right to the public to information held by public authorities in order to promote added transparency and accountability in government…

Liberals want to be global leader on open government, but face complaints at home
CBC News
For instance, Scott Brison, president of the federal Treasury Board, recently flew to Argentina, where he addressed a summit of the Open Government Partnership, a coalition of more than 80 governments pledged to the cause of political openness and transparency…

CIC brings down pendency of cases in 2017
Times of India
During the year 2016-17, the CIC had registered 23,811 cases and disposed of 32,344 cases, as compared to registration of 25,960 cases and disposal of 28,188 cases in the year 2015-16…

Freedom of information: Australians are losing the battle against government secrecy
The Canberra Times
Government policy on freedom of information remains in limbo. In 2014-15, thanks to resistance from the Senate…

RTI reveals several Gurugram police stations don’t have ladies toilets
A reply to Right to Information (RTI) application filed by social activist Harinder Dhingra has revealed that out of the 35 police stations in Haryana’s Gurugram, six police stations do not have ladies washrooms…

Right to information
The News
Article 19 urges that the fundamental right of human being is to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media…

Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan govt body rejects Right to Information request on blocking of news website
Tamil Guardian
The regulatory commission responded this week with a denial of the request, saying the questions could not be answered for national security reasons…

Speakers call for extending RTI law to Fata for good governance
The seminar on the significance of RTI law was organised by a non-government organisation in collaboration with the Bajaur Press Club here…

Access to information makes democracy more participative: Vice President
Zee News
Access to credible information makes a democracy more “progressive, participatory and meaningful”…

LHC rejects Punjab govt’s appeal, orders release of Model Town inquiry report
ARY News
The counsel maintained that the government was itself accused in the Model Town incident and thus it did not make the report public…

Transparency and Right to Information Program
Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, Pakistan (CPDI-Pakistan)
Tel: +92 (0) 51-8312794, 8312795