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Annie Waldman  and   Bianca Fortis (ProPublica) 22 October 2021
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   The Education Department’s limited tracking of $190 billion in pandemic support funds sent to schools has left officials in the dark about how effective the aid has been in helping students.   After the pandemic shut down...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 October 2021
In this 16th year of the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005, the one thing that continues to cripple the Act’s efficacy is the pathetic performance of information commissioners (ICs), reflected in the backlog of second appeals and complaints piled up across the country. As of now, a whopping...

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Bianca Fortis (ProPublica) 20 October 2021
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   The Food to Families program, touted by Ivanka Trump, gave tens of millions of dollars to unqualified firms and was also used to promote then-President Trump.   A $6 billion federal program created to provide fresh produce...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 14 October 2021
The official details of the signing of the instrument of accession by Maharajah Hari Singh of Kashmir has not only been kept under secrecy for 75 years now by successive governments, but has even led to several decades of allegations of motives and vested interests regarding the document. An...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 October 2021
"We need to keep on with jan andolans, dharnas and morchas, but politicians in the government are scared of only losing their power. In a democracy, citizens have this power. They can strip any government of its power. For better governance, we need to work towards empowering citizens," says...

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Aravind Natarajan 13 October 2021
The Mumbai Monorail, feeder system to the Mumbai metro, which has had a bumpy ride so far, has announced plans to get 10 new rakes and increase speed and capacity of the project, whose very existence has been questioned my many experts. But none of this is happening anytime soon. In fact, by...

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Aninda Dey (The Leaflet) 09 October 2021
The Pandora Papers show how several rich and powerful Indians, including tax defaulters and corporate entities, form offshore Trusts and companies by exploiting loopholes in our tax laws, park their money and buy assets in tax sanctuaries while the ordinary citizen shudders at the prospect of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 October 2021
Anna Hazare may have catapulted to nationwide recognition in 2010, but this stalwart social reformer has been a campaigner and catalyst for social change in Maharashtra for at least seven decades. After the 'India Against Corruption'’ campaign disbanded and turned political, this humble man...

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Stephen Engelberg (ProPublica) 07 October 2021
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   When ProPublica compared the richest Americans’ wealth gains to the taxes they paid, we found a system that benefits billionaires. White House economists recently used a similar method to calculate tax rates, revealing stark...

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Nikhila Natarajan (IANS) 06 October 2021
In more than three hours of riveting testimony, a former Facebook employee tore into the now embattled social networking giant, blaming its "metrics" driven culture for hurting children, fueling hate and walking away from ethical considerations because profits come first.   Frances...

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Saket Hishikar Saket Hishikar 01 October 2021
The news of China’s Evergrande group on the brink of default halted the euphoric markets for a day or two in the past week. Amidst conflicting news of a possible deal, markets forgot the situation is far from over and scaled new heights. With over $300 billion in debt, the largest...

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Moneylife Digital Team 30 September 2021
"The critical assumption of democracy is information, that everyone has equal access to information. Right to Information (RTI) Act is not merely a law but is very critical to the foundation of democracy. It is not just a law but the architecture of our constitution and is a vital link. A lot...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 September 2021
Right to Information (RTI) activist Bipin Agarwal, a resident of Motihari town of East Champaran district of Bihar, was shot dead on 24th September in broad daylight on a busy road, by two assailants astride a motorcycle. They allegedly killed him because of his incessant exposure of illegal...

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Sanjeev Sharma (IANS) 29 September 2021
Forty-two countries now have levels of public debt exposure to China in excess of 10 per cent of GDP.   AidData, an international development research lab based at William & Mary's Global Research Institute, today released a trove of new findings about China's secretive overseas...

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IANS 29 September 2021
China has now started rolling blackouts in Beijing and Shanghai, metropolises home to 48 million people, as the country struggles with crippling power shortages that have hit key factories in a further threat to the economy, Nikkei reported.   The Beijing office of State Grid Corp. of...

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Jeff Ernsthausen, James Bandler, Justin Elliott  and   Patricia Callahan (ProPublica) 29 September 2021
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   Secret IRS records show billionaires use trusts that let them pass fortunes to their heirs without paying estate tax. Will Congress end a tax shelter that has cost the Treasury untold billions?   It’s well known, at least...

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Moneylife Digital Team 25 September 2021
Real interest rates have turned negative in India (which means the interest rate is lower than inflation), as has happened in the US and Europe some years back. This has created many problems for savers, especially senior citizens, many of whom have kept most of their money safely with banks....

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 September 2021
In a rare action, Rahul Singh, information commissioner (IC) of Madhya Pradesh (MP) has issued an arrest warrant on 20th September against Dr Vikram Singh Verma, chief medical and health officer (CMHO) of Burhanpur district, who is also the public information officer (PIO). Mr Singh was irked...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 September 2021
The High Courts have a poor record of proactive disclosures under section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in terms of implementation and quality of dissemination of such information on their respective websites. This can be gauged from the fact that only 15 of the 24 High Courts have...

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Moneylife Digital Team 14 September 2021
As many as 15 sitting and former information commissioners (ICs) have urged chief justice NV Ramana to direct courts, which are routinely invoking their writ jurisdiction to pass stay orders against decisions given by the information commission on Right to Information (RTI) appeals, to...

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