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Justin Elliott  and   Robert Faturechi (ProPublica) 12 August 2021
Billionaire business owners deployed lobbyists to make sure Trump’s 2017 tax bill was tailored to their benefit. Confidential IRS records show the windfall that followed.   In November 2017, with the administration of President Donald Trump rushing to get a massive tax overhaul...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 05 August 2021
The last I had visited the swanky Pune passport office at Mundhwa was way back in 2012-13, not to get or renew a passport, but to protest in front of it.  My ire was aimed then at the shabby and irresponsible working of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) which was in a public-private-partnership...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 August 2021
In the second consecutive year, monsoon landslides and flash floods across Raigad, Kolhapur, and Sangli districts, amongst others, have created havoc in terms of human deaths and destruction of property and land. While the cloudburst and climate are definitely part of the problem, activists...

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Cezary Podkul (ProPublica) 30 July 2021
Bots filing bogus applications in bulk, teams of fraudsters in foreign countries making phony claims, online forums peddling how-to advice on identity theft: Inside the infrastructure of perhaps the largest fraud wave in history.   A Bronx man allegedly received $1.5 million in just...

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Dr Sakuntala Narasimhan Dr Sakuntala Narasimhan 28 July 2021
Death is often a merciful release, if it is an old person suffering in pain. It is those left behind who go through the trauma of loss and bereavement.   However, when my husband passed away in May after a prolonged and painful battle with cancer, I had not reckoned with the kind of...

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Paul Kiel, Jeff Ernsthausen  and   Jesse Eisinger (ProPublica) 26 July 2021
A new ProPublica analysis of a trove of IRS documents revealed that the richest 25 Americans pay a tiny fraction of their wealth in taxes. But even if you use the most conventional yardstick — income — the wealthiest still pay low rates.   The very richest Americans win at the tax...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 23 July 2021
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is receiving flak, and rightly so, for the insensitive reply given in the Rajya Sabha on 20th July, by Mansukh Mandaviya, and Dr Bharati Pawar, the newly appointed minister and minister of state, respectively, for health and family welfare,...

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A fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has hit France which is spreading at "lightning" speed, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said and also announced tougher sanctions on non-compliance with the health pass rules.   "We are seeing a wave faster than all the previous ones," Attal...

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 July 2021
Several banks are now coming together and moving the Supreme Court (SC) to oppose Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) notice for disclosing inspection reports under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB), Union Bank of India, Canara Bank, Kotak...

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Nikhila Natarajan (IANS) 19 July 2021
A bombshell report Sunday on military-grade Pegasus spyware from Israeli firm NSO used by governments around the world to snoop on a long list of more than 50,000 people in 50 countries has injected a fresh round of ammunition into the raging debate over digital surveillance - especially when...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 July 2021
In a second appeal hearing pertaining to the requisition of copies of passports of members of a family, which was earlier rejected by the central public information officer (CPIO) and the first appellate authority (FAA) of the ministry of external affairs (MEA), chief information commissioner...

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Robert Faturechi, Justin Elliott  and   Ellis Simani (ProPublica) 13 July 2021
Owners like Steve Ballmer can take the kinds of deductions on team assets — everything from media deals to player contracts — that industrialists take on factory equipment. That helps them pay lower tax rates than players and even stadium workers.   At a concession stand at Staples...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 July 2021
The Supreme Court once again directed the Union government as well as the states to file affidavits on the status of appointments of information commissioners under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, as governments have frequently been in defiance of the apex court’s earlier orders, leading...

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre and state governments to file the latest status report on the filling up of vacancies in the central information commission (CIC) and the State information commissions (SICs).                   A bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer and...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 July 2021
Shivanand Dwivedi, a resident of village Kaytha in Madhya Pradesh, would never have imagined that his right to information (RTI) application requesting information on the affidavit of candidates contesting panchayat elections would be the trigger for a landmark order by the tenacious...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 July 2021
When it comes to sharing information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, not only the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) but even banks are approaching and challenging orders issued by the Supreme Court in the apex court itself. Add to this, the central information commission (CIC) that is...

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Justin Elliott, Patricia Callahan  and   James Bandler (ProPublica) 29 June 2021
Roth IRAs were intended to help average working Americans save, but IRS records show Peter Thiel and other ultrawealthy investors have used them to amass vast untaxed fortunes.   Billionaire Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, has publicly condemned “confiscatory taxes.” He’s been a...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 June 2021
Between January 2015 and May 2021, there were more than 3,100 attacks worldwide against community leaders, farmers, workers, unions, journalists, civil society groups and other defenders, who have raised the alarm about irresponsible business practices. More than 40% of these attacks were...

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Prominent tech figure John McAfee, who founded the leading antivirus software provider McAfee, has been found dead in his cell in Spain, the media reported.   According to The Guardian, McAfee was found dead hours after the country's highest court approved his extradition to the US,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 24 June 2021
In what can be termed as contempt of the Madras High Court order in early May, directing the central information commission (CIC) and state information commissions to spare three to four hours per day on second appeal hearings related to COVID-19, the CIC, after abiding by it for a few weeks,...

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