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Paul Kiel (ProPublica) 27 June 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   After a year of reporting on the tax machinations of the ultrawealthy, ProPublica spotlights the top tax-avoidance techniques that provide massive benefits to billionaires.   Last June, drawing on the largest trove of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 24 June 2022
The state information commissioner (SIC) of Aurangabad has ordered the public authorities of the public works department (PWD), across Maharashtra, to promptly provide information about expenditure on maintenance of the government guest houses and circuit houses, many of which are badly...

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Justin Elliott, Jeff Ernsthausen  and   Paul Kiel (ProPublica) 24 June 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   In the high-stakes world of high-speed, short-term securities trading, investors can reap massive payouts but often face higher tax rates due to the nature of their business. But one of America's richest men somehow earns billions...

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The high court made it clear that the state government cannot deny information pertaining to the vigilance department involving allegations of corruption and human rights violations, and disclosure that does not touch upon any of the sensitive and confidential activities undertaken by the...

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Peter Elkind (ProPublica) 21 June 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Justice Department and Congressional Republicans and Democrats are all trying to put an end to syndicated conservation easements. But with lobbyists like Henry Waxman helping lead the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 18 June 2022
That the Right to Information (RTI) Act empowers all is again reflected in the state information commission at Nagpur allowing a second appeal hearing of a death row convict. The hearing was conducted through video conferencing from Nagpur central prison on 15 June 2022.   The video...

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The US Federal Reserve raised the interest rate by 0.75 percentage points, the highest on-shot increase since 1994, to tackle inflation that is at its highest in 40 years.   The rate hike was announced at the end of the two-day policy meeting of the fed. It ran contrary to smaller...

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As mayhem continues across the crypto market, be it cryptocurrencies or Blockchain-based Decentralised finance (DeFi), there has also been a massive 88 per cent drop in Google searches for "buying NFTs", a new report said on Tuesday.   The term "buy NFT" has dropped down to a score of...

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Craig Silverman  and   Ruth Talbot (ProPublica) 15 June 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   The tech giant has long boasted that it doesn’t accept ads for firearms, but a ProPublica analysis shows that Google’s ad systems served up more than 100 million ads from gun makers.   For roughly two decades, Google has...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 June 2022
Slamming the University Grants Commission (UGC) for making the right to information (RTI) applicant wait for two years during which time it pushed his RTI application from one department to another, 16 times over, the central information commissioner (CIC) observed this delay “as a blatant...

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J David McSwane (ProPublica) 07 June 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, legitimate importers were scammed out of millions trying to supply American hospitals and businesses with vital protective equipment.   Unlike the countless inexperienced middlemen and...

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched an investigation against micro-blogging site Twitter for potentially false reporting over its fake bot accounts in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.   Twitter has received intense scrutiny in recent weeks over claiming...

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The withdrawal of a press release warning people about the possible misuse of Aadhaar data, after it went viral on social media, has only added to public anxiety and confusion rather than clarified matters. Here’s what happened.   On 27th May, the regional office of the Unique...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 03 June 2022
Aggrieved by the silence and breaking of the silence frivolously (only after the Right to Information (RTI) Act was invoked), by top constitutional authorities, including the President of India’s office and the prime minister’s Office (PMO) to a letter written five months ago by six former...

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Megan O’Matz (ProPublica) 31 May 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   After a sheriff’s deputy was murdered in a Denver suburb, Colorado state Rep. Cole Wist took action by sponsoring a red flag bill. It likely cost him his seat. ProPublica spoke to Wist about the harsh realities of gun...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 May 2022
In yet another example of why Aadhaar is a mess, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) accepted the truth that Aadhaar or Aadhaar number could be misused, only to backtrack and withdraw its press note released on 27th May.   In a release issued through Press Information...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 May 2022
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has started a discussion on monkeypox at its 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) that began in Geneva on 22nd May. A key agenda of the WHA is a 'pandemic accord' in which member countries will vote on proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations...

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Government officers often term right to information (RTI) activists as blackmailers but neither put information on their website to support their allegations nor lodge a police complaint against those who they allege is a blackmailers. This silence is seen as an attempt by them to cause...

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In a major, citizen-friendly decision, the general administrative department (GAD) of Maharashtra government has ordered all pubic authorities to mandatorily provide the facility of online hearing to the Right to Information (RTI) Act applicant, although COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted...

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Despite two explicit judgements by the Supreme Court, the central information commission (CIC) could not decide upon directing central public information officers (CPIOs) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to furnish information on inspection reports of banks and financial institutions (FIs)....

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