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Cattle trade ban rules were not placed before Parliament -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu In reply to RTI plea, Lok Sabha Secretariat says Centre did not follow procedure. A Lok Sabha Secretariat reply to a Right to Information request made by one of the petitioners who has challenged the cattle slaughter ban rules in the Supreme Court reveals that the rules were never laid before the Parliament, which the government should have done before implementing them. Having triggered an avalanche of litigation across the coun

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Cloak on defaulters

ment had set up a five-member committee to look into the matter and was examining its report. Prashant Bhushan, counsel for the petitioner, argued that since the central bank was covered under the Right to Information Act, the list of defaulters should be disclosed. Please click here to read more.

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Six charts explain how undertrial prisoners in India are denied the right to fair trial -Vinita Govindarajan

analysed data available with the National Crime Records Bureau and records collected by the human rights organisation from the country’s 500-odd district and central jails through nearly 3,000 Right to Information petitions. Undertrials are people who have been detained for alleged crimes but remain in custody as they await trial – a process that can sometimes takes years. Here are the report’s main findings: Mostly Muslims

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Muddled nutrition in Delhi ends up in PIL

the number of anganwadis actually went up from 10,607 to 10,897 over the same period. It is not clear why the State Food Commission has not been set up. Applications made by Matri Sudha under the Right to Information (RTI) Act have elicited confused responses from the state government. For instance, the government at one stage said that the State Grievances Commission would serve as the State Food Commission. Under the law the government can de

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Is the RTI law in danger of losing its might? -Poulomi Banerjee

05 made the government more accountable. But a new set of proposed rules may weaken the law and make it difficult and risky for people to access information In 2015, activist Lokesh Batra filed a Right to Information (RTI) application with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) seeking details about the appointment of the next Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). But the DoPT refused to share the information, saying that the process of a

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Delhi govt to put all info online to ensure transparency: Arvind Kejriwal

rtaining to 172 departments of the Delhi government. “Today is a historic day as people won’t need to visit government’s office to file RTI applications. There is a need to take the Right to Information to the next level. “We will try to put all information pertaining to the government’s work in the public domain, which affects people’s lives and helps in bettering transparency,” Kejriwal said. He said if t

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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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