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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 October 2022
Although the Right to Information (RTI) Act empowers information commissioners (ICs) to impose penalties of up to Rs25,000 on erring public information officers (PIOs) and, although they have the power to issue show-cause notices to them, the dismal fact is that a negligible amount has been...

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Kathleen McGrory  and   Neil Bed (ProPublica) 21 October 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   Henry Saenz remembers when he first learned what even the tiniest bit of asbestos could do to his body. He was working at a chemical plant where employees used the mineral to make chlorine, and his coworkers warned him about what...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 20 October 2022
Time and again, the judiciary, the central information commission (CIC) and, in some cases, even the director general of police (DGP) have ordered that first information reports (FIRs) should be made transparent by uploading them on police websites and providing copies if citizens demand...

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UK's beleaguered prime minister (PM) Liz Truss, facing opposition from within the party over her handling of the economy and exit of key ministers, resigned on Thursday.   Addressing reporters outside 10 Downing Street, Ms Truss, noting that she came into office at a time of "great...

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The deaths of nearly 100 children in Indonesia have prompted the country to suspend sales of all syrup and liquid medication, the media reported.   It comes just weeks after a cough syrup in The Gambia was linked to the deaths of nearly 70 children, the BBC...

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Renee Dudley  and   Daniel Golden (ProPublica) 20 October 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   Investigating cybercrime was supposed to be the FBI’s third-highest priority, behind terrorism and counterintelligence. Yet, in 2015, FBI Director James Comey realized that his Cyber Division faced a brain drain that was...

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Sebastian Rotella  and   Kirsten Berg (ProPublica) 14 October 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   Tao Liu’s criminal odyssey took him from money laundering in Mexico to a massive scam in China to Trump’s exclusive New Jersey golf club. Investigators believed he may have infiltrated U.S. politics as part of a Chinese intelligence...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 October 2022
As we enter the 17th year of the implementation of the RTI Act, there is more to be aggrieved about than to celebrate, as pendencies of second appeals and complaints with the Central and state information commissions continue to be alarming; with vacancies, making the task more...

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More than one-third of children between age 8 and 17 are using various social media platforms after signing up with fake dates of birth and these platforms are unable to stop this practice, the UK's media watchdog Ofcom said on Tuesday.   The children are increasingly living their...

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Sebastian Rotella  and   Kirsten Berg (ProPublica) 12 October 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   Xizhi Li pioneered a new method that enriched Latin American drug lords and China’s elite. A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation found the Chinese government may have been involved.   In 2017, DEA agents...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 07 October 2022
Conceding that the disclosure of the inspection reports of law colleges in public domain will benefit the student community at large and significantly reduce the burden of RTI (Right to Information) applications, central information commissioner (CIC) Saroj Punhani, in a recent order,...

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Speculation surrounding the future of the Swiss banking giant, Credit Suisse, has been going on for several months in the markets, in business and political circles, as well as on social networks, The Street reported.   The second Swiss bank and one of the largest banks in the world...

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Before the social media platforms were weaponised by political parties and their leaders, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was once asked if users' data on his platform was at risk. He unambiguously had said 'No', adding that there was no way the data of his users could be breached or "improperly...

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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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