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In putting Nikhil Dey in jail, we are crucifying our best -Shailesh Gandhi

It is then that the sarpanch came out of his house and physically assaulted the activists present.   “Despite this violence, the MKSS activists decided not to file an FIR, thinking that Right to Information cannot depend on police cases, and that it had to depend on dialogue with the sarpanch and the exercise of a legal right under the Panchayati Raj Act. However, on the same day, Aruna Roy of the MKSS wrote to the collector noting the i

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New crop of leaders -Rasheed Kidwai

ption activists in Madhya Pradesh. Rai's pressure group, Vichar MP, brought together many activists working in diverse fields such as malnutrition, health, the drive against the sand mafia and the Right to Information. They exchanged notes and sifted through data to prepare a rejoinder to Chouhan's claim of the state witnessing an agricultural growth rate of 9.7 per cent against a national average of 3.6 per cent. Although both the UPA and ND

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Ramdev's Patanjali products fail quality test, RTI inquiry finds -MS Nawaz and Anupam Trivedi

ed limit of pH value. Nearly 40% of Ayurveda products, including items from Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali, were found to be of substandard quality by Haridwar’s Ayurveda and Unani Office, a Right to Information (RTI) reply revealed. Out of the 82 samples collected between 2013 and 2016, 32 failed the quality test. Patanjali’s Divya Amla Juice and Shivlingi Beej were among the products that failed to meet the quality standards. La

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In Response To RTI, RBI Says Sharing Details Of Demonetisation Process May Hurt Country's Economic Interests -Ashwini Srivastava

likely to impede future economic or fiscal policies of Government of India, the central bank said. The disclosure of information, therefore, qualifies for exemption under section 8 (1) (a) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, it said. The section bars sharing of information which would "prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the state, relation with foreig

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Railway catering scam: 100gm curd for Rs. 972, refined oil for Rs. 1,241 a litre -Vedika Chaubey

-The Hindu Reply to RTI appeal points to massive corruption in railways food procurement Mumbai: A recent application filed as a second appeal under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by an activist has revealed that the Central Railway's catering department purchased certain food items to stock their warehouses at several times the maximum retail price. After railway authorities failed to share information on purchase of food items sought

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Whistleblowers at risk? Activists protest as govt prepares to notify new RTI rules -Chetan Chauhan

-Hindustan Times New Delhi: The government is all set to notify a new set of Right to Information rules that will allow appeals to be withdrawn and, according to activists, put the lives of whistleblowers in danger. The government is all set to notify a new set of Right to Information (RTI) rules that will allow appeals to be withdrawn and, according to activists, put the lives of whistleblowers in

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How Dalit lands were stolen -Ilangovan Rajasekaran

re 1,16,392.40 acres. Of this, 16,018.09 acres are reportedly under alien occupation. Ironically, the Office of the Commissioner of Land Administration (CLA), in response to a query made under the Right to Information (RTI) Act in 2006, claimed that 1,26,113 acres of panchami land were available and only 10,619 acres were occupied by non-Dalits. An RTI application filed in the late 1990s by Y. Aruldoss, an activist, revealed that the extent of panc

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Government refuses to share details of CBI chief appointment

d as the chief of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) The government has refused to share details of appointment of CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma, claiming the information was exempted under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Replying to an RTI query, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said the appointment was done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC). Hence, information related to it is exempt

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Fact Check: Do the new draft RTI rules differ from the existing Rules of 2012? -Shyamlal Yadav

limit and application fees remain the same as they were under the UPA government. On March 31, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the nodal department for the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI), put on its web site a circular titled “Framing RTI Rules, 2017 in supersession of RTI Rules, 2012”, and sought comments from the public until April 15. On April 3, the Congress accused the government of attemptin

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Scramble to calm RTI jitters -Anita Joshua

th and allowing people to withdraw appeals before the process is completed will further endanger their lives. A meeting has been called tomorrow under the banner of the National Campaign for People's Right to Information to prepare a response to the proposed changes. Asked about the status of the court case, the CHRI said: "The matter is pending before the Supreme Court...In the matter of the Delhi Development Authority vs. the Central Informa

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