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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 September 2022
Inward and outward register of the police has records of all communications made and received by the department by post and hand delivery. Citizens, who file grievances in police stations have the right to see the progress of their complaints, which is possible with the open access of these...

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IANS 29 September 2022
Cyber-security researchers on Wednesday revealed that hackers have compromised the swachh.city platform, an initiative of the swachh bharat mission in association with the ministry of housing and urban Affairs, that could put 'critical information' of nearly 16mn (million) users at...

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IANS 28 September 2022
Cloud major Oracle will pay the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) more than US$23mn (million) to settle charges against the company for bribing officials in India, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), thus violating provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 26 September 2022
In a strange reply, a public information officer (PIO) of a gram panchayat in Madhya Pradesh (MP) denied information to an applicant because according to the PIO, an ‘advocate’ does not come under the connotation of ‘citizen’, and hence, the former has no moral or legal obligation to take...

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IANS 26 September 2022
Do Kwon, founder and CEO of Terraform Labs that wiped out investors' money worth $40 billion, is now wanted by Interpol which has issued a red notice for him.   South Korean prosecutors have requested Interpol's assistance to trace the whereabouts of Kwon, the wanted founder of...

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Sarah Thanawala (The Leaflet) 19 September 2022
State Information Commissioner Rahul Singh, in a statement, has clarified that withholding information under the RTI Act on the ground of the applicant being an advocate is illegal.  —— In a recent case, the Madhya Pradesh Information Commissioner, Rahul Singh, has imposed a fine of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 15 September 2022
Any major policy decision and, in this case, pertaining to the future of thousands of youngsters who are staking a career as Agniveers in the newly launched Agnipath scheme, wherein they would be enrolled in the armed forces for a four-year period and serve as soldiers in all three arms,...

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Andrea Bernstein (ProPublica) 15 September 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   People have wondered why the former president collected classified intel, speculating that he is just a packrat. But he has a long history of gathering and wielding sensitive info to help himself.   Ever since the FBI came...

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Cezary Podkul,  and   Cindy Liu (for ProPublica) 14 September 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   Tens of thousands of people from across Asia have been coerced into defrauding people in America and around the world out of millions of dollars. Those who resist face beatings, food deprivation or worse.   The ads on the...

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IANS 09 September 2022
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years, the BBC reported.   Her family gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health earlier on Thursday.   The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and...

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IANS 08 September 2022
As Apple was streaming its iPhone launch event, tens of thousands of viewers were glued to a fake Apple crypto livestreaming on YouTube with Tim Cook on stage.   The Apple crypto livestreaming on YouTube had an old interview with Cook and the user who ran the video aimed to grab the...

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Andy Kroll  and   Justin Elliott (ProPublica)  and   Andrew Perez (The Lever) 07 September 2022
ProPublica co-published this story with The Lever.   Emails and interviews reveal privacy-obsessed electronics magnate Barre Seid’s long history of backing efforts to attack climate science, fight Medicaid expansion, and remake the higher education system in a conservative...

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IANS 07 September 2022
Footage showing that some residents in the earthquake-hit Chinese city of Chengdu were stopped from fleeing their compounds due to a Covid lockdown has sparked anger and disbelief online, a media report said.    People in Chengdu said they were told to stay inside through a...

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IANS 06 September 2022
Chinese conglomerate ByteDance has laid off hundreds of employees from its video gaming division, the media reported on Tuesday, as the government cracks down on the Internet and gaming industry with strict regulations.   The South China Morning Post reported that ByteDance, owner of...

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IANS 05 September 2022
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was on Monday announced the victor of the contest for the Conservative Party leader, defeating former Chancelllor of Exchequer Rishi Sunak, and paving the way for her to become the next UK Prime Minister.   Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 01 September 2022
Slamming the central public information officer (CPIO) of the national highways authority of India (NHAI), for blanket denial of information pertaining to a project proposal and the shifting of electrical utilities for it, in Madurai, the central information commissioner (CIC) stated that...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 August 2022
Dr Prashant Mishra, a cardiac surgeon, who raised the alert on possible fraud in fundraising campaigns for medical treatment, has alleged a likely nexus between hospitals and fundraising platforms. In a series of tweets, he says that employees of crowdfunding platforms suggest hospitals to...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 26 August 2022
During the COVID pandemic, especially the second wave, we found many people benefited from crowdfunding. The money contributed by several people helped needy patients receive in-time treatment and, in some cases, helped the families of the deceased to bring their lives back on track....

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 August 2022
Suddenly, the department of personnel and training (DoPT), which is the nodal agency for the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI), is enthused about loosening its purse strings to propel state information commissioners (SICs) and administrative training centres (ATIs) to 'improve...

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V Venkatesan  and   Gursimran Kaur Bakshi (The Leaflet) 25 August 2022
Five years have gone by since privacy was declared an indispensable right of personal freedom and liberty by the Supreme Court.  The Leaflet chronicles the trials and tribulations of this right since then. — Exactly five years ago, on this date, the right to privacy was recognised as...

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