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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 17 June 2021
‘Dogs and Indians not allowed.’   So said the ubiquitous British Raj sign-board, symbol of a sentiment that eventually snowballed into the Quit India movement whereby the brown natives turned the tables against the gora saheb, to assert their sovereignty. However, it appears that, in...

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The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it will examine if Apple and Google constitute a duopoly on mobile devices given their control over app stores.   Alongside its existing examination of Apple over the App Store, the CMA has begun investigating whether...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 15 June 2021
In this part, we will see possible solution in a situation when information has been denied on the grounds that it is of a personal nature and that no larger public interest has been established.                     Grounds for Appeal: Section 8 (1) (j) of the right to information...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 14 June 2021
In recent times it has been seen that a very large number of right to information (RTI) applications are being rejected on the ground that it is personal information or third-party information.   Most applicants have no clue on how to argue against such rejection. With this in mind,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 11 June 2021
Innumerable RTI (Right to Information) activists and users across the country have sought information since April 2020, regarding various issues related to the catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic that directly affects every citizen of this country. But information has been denied by the ministry...

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Jesse Eisinger, Jeff Ernsthausen  and   Paul Kiel (ProPublica) 09 June 2021
ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing.   In 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world’s...

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In a massive internet outage, several popular websites including leading news portals on Tuesday went off the grid globally, including Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, GitHub, Hulu, HBO Max, CNN, the Guardian, the New York Times, the BBC, the Financial Times and more.   The technical glitch...

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The Union Cabinet, chaired by prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved the 'Model Tenancy Act' for circulation to all states and Union Territories for adoption, by enacting fresh legislation or amending existing rental laws suitably.   "It (the model act) will help...

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To support its subscribers during the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has now allowed its members to avail second non-refundable Covid-19 advance.   Members who have already availed the first Covid-19 advance can now opt for a second...

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As Twitter fights new IT rules in India amid an intense scrutiny of its platform, a local court in Russia has fined Twitter 19 million rubles (about $259,000) for its failure to remove banned content, including calls for unauthorised protests, increasing fines on the company to 27.9 million...

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In a major victory for citizens, the legal department of the central information commission (CIC) has referred to an official circular dating back to 2016, to communicate that the CIC in appeals arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, should accord precedence, for hearing.   Quoting its...

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Facebook will no longer remove claims posted on its platforms that Covid-19 is either man-made or lab manufactured, as US President Joe Biden has called upon intelligence agencies to probe the so-called "lab-leak hypothesis".   The social network had earlier banned such claims as part...

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Renee Dudley  and   Daniel Golden (ProPublica) 27 May 2021
Five months before DarkSide attacked the Colonial pipeline, two researchers discovered a way to rescue its ransomware victims. Then an antivirus company’s announcement alerted the hackers.   On 11 January 2021, antivirus company Bitdefender said it was “happy to announce” a startling...

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Proponents of lab escape can explain all the available facts about SARS2 considerably more easily than can those who favour natural emergence, said Nicholas Wade, a science writer.   Writing in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Wade said, "For the lab escape scenario, a Wuhan origin...

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It may be recalled that on 20 December 2018, the cyber and information security division of the ministry of home affairs (MHA) issued an order which authorises 10 security and intelligence agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 May 2021
The European Commission (EC) has levied a total fine of 371 million pounds on Bank of America, Natixis, Nomura, RBS (now NatWest), UBS, UniCredit and WestLB (now Portigon) for breaching antitrust rules of the European Union (EU) through participation of a group of traders in a cartel in the...

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As Covid-19 spread around the world, stock markets across countries took a major hit, yet markets in China where the disease first struck avoided significant falls, a new study has shown.   Researchers at Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software based at the...

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The fate of the whistle-blowers, killed because of use of Right to Information (RTI) to expose corruption and to demand transparency, continues unabated, despite the pandemic, with 10 RTI activists having lost their lives, across the country, since March 2020. And what is unnerving is that...

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Recent findings in a report in an Australian daily has yet again reinforced the call that international investigators must dig deeper to rule out whether COVID-19 is a made-in-China bio-weapon.   The controversy about COVID-19 origins has resurfaced after the Weekend Australian...

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Moneylife Digital Team 10 May 2021
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the body entrusted with the Aadhaar scheme, has become a fully for-profit business in the name of service. For example, for providing authentication service for e-know-your-customer (e-KYC), UIDAI has earned nearly Rs240 crore over the past 21...

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