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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 11 March 2022
I was in Dubai in February 2022 and, since I was there, I could not resist the temptation to visit the World Expo, being held there for six months till 31 March 2022. I went there four times, for half a day each time. And, for various reasons, it was a memorable experience.    1. To...

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Dr Gyan Pathak (The Leaflet) 09 March 2022
Demand for ramping up health expenditures is at an all-time high, and therefore, countries need additional health resources not only for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic but also closing the gaps in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDG) in health in most emerging and developing...

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The big four consulting firms -- Deloitte, KPMG, EY and PwC -- have announced they were ceasing operations in Russia and Belarus over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.   A spokesperson for KPMG International said that they have a responsibility, along with other global businesses, to...

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Ilya Marritz (ProPublica) 08 March 2022
Though Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine is just days old, Russia has been working for years to influence and undermine the independence of its smaller neighbor. As it happens, some Americans have played a role in that effort.   One was former President Donald Trump’s campaign...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 03 March 2022
While the COVID-19 pandemic, in its first avatar in 2020, mercilessly stalled most of the activities all over the world, India’s enthusiastic Right to Information (RTI) users ensured that they continued to demand transparency, albeit with a marginal fall of only 2.95% in their applications....

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Jesse Eisinger, Jeff Ernsthausen  and   Paul Kiel (ProPublica) 02 March 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   Last year, ProPublica began publishing “The Secret IRS Files,” a series that has used a vast trove of never-before-seen tax information on the wealthiest Americans to examine their tax avoidance maneuvers.   Since then, the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 March 2022
A federal grand jury in San Diego charged Satish Kumbhani, founder of BitConnect, with orchestrating a global Ponzi scheme. He is accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, commodity price manipulation, operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business, and conspiracy to commit...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 24 February 2022
The ‘Report Card on the Performance of Information Commissions in India’, which was published in 2021, revealed that Maharashtra’s state information commission (SIC) registered the highest number of second appeals and complaints to the tune of 41,978, which moved up to 87,577 cases later that...

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IANS 24 February 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a military operation in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region, which the authorities in Kiev have described as a "full-scale invasion".   Donbas comprises the rebel regions of Luhansk and Donetsk which were declared as independent...

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Steven Lee Myers  and   Paul Mozur (The New York Times)  and   Jeff Kao (ProPublica) 21 February 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica. This story was co-published with The New York Times.   Inside the Potemkin village of China’s propaganda, the Winter Olympics have unfolded as an unalloyed success, a celebration of sports and political harmony that has obscured —...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 18 February 2022
A lot of ink has been spilled on the controversial issue of the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund, including on the debate on whether it is a public authority at all. However, its audit statement uploaded on the website is full of...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 16 February 2022
Conventional wisdom tells us that when the US Federal Reserve hikes rates, stocks fall. But is this true? Here is a piece I wrote for Business Standard that describes this in some detail.    In mid-January, Fed announced that it would adopt an aggressive stance to control interest...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 11 February 2022
Last week, the High Court (HC) of Jharkhand in Ranchi upheld the 11-year-old state information commissioner (SIC)’s order of paying compensation to the RTI applicant to the tune of Rs60,000 to be paid by the errant public authority, which in this case, is the health and family welfare...

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Heather Vogell (ProPublica) 08 February 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   Amid a national housing crisis, giant private equity firms have been buying up apartment buildings en masse to squeeze them for profit, with the help of government-backed Freddie Mac.   Daniel Cooper could barely afford a...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 04 February 2022
An application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, seeking information about the purchase of the spyware `Pegasus’ from Israel-based NSO group and the availing of services from NSO is presently languishing as a second appeal at the Central Information Commission (CIC) for the past...

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IANS 04 February 2022
Six Indian call centre companies and their directors have been charged by US authorities in an alleged conspiracy to defraud Americans by posing as officials from the government pension system and the tax agency in tens of millions of phone calls.   Announcing the charges filed in an...

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IANS 04 February 2022
The pivot to Meta isn't helping Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook. Markets directed their wrath on missing fundamentals - a sharper-than-expected decline in profits and a gloomy outlook - in the first earnings report of the newly christened company Wednesday.   Shares opened Thursday down 25...

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Hannah Morse (The Palm Beach Post/ProPublica) 04 February 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   A city commissioner race in Florida provides a window into how the sugar industry cultivates political allies, who help protect its interests.   Last year, the Florida Legislature was in the midst of an extraordinary push to...

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Amazon has been forced to shut down its 'Sold by Amazon' programme in the US that allowed the e-commerce giant to agree on price with third-party sellers, rather than compete with them.   According to the Washington attorney general's office, Amazon unreasonably restrained competition...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 January 2022
Time and again, we are reminded that the Right to Information (RTI) Act is used for diverse purposes to procure information at the individual level but which, indeed, have social ramifications.   One such issue is the procurement of a copy of the Aadhaar of a child whose parents have...

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