PUBLIC INTEREST


Parul Anand  and   Samiksha Lohia (The Leaflet) 25 January 2022
The Data Protection Authority as provided for in the Draft Data Protection Bill, 2021 veers towards State interests, and there are notable ambiguities in its working as prescribed in the Bill. These issues must be urgently addressed, write SAMIKSHA LOHIA and PARUL ANAND.   On 16...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 January 2022
The Delhi High Court has asked the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to disclose information about around 450 persons who were allegedly issued fake Aadhaar cards for enrollment in civil defence training, says a report from Bar & Bench.   In the order, justice Chandra...

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Aakash Goel 24 January 2022
Under the pretext of eliminating ‘bogus’ voters, the Narendra Modi government passed the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill to link voter ID—issued by the Election Commission—with Aadhaar, issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). This raises two worrying issues. First, UIDAI...

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Heather Vogell (ProPublica) 24 January 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   The filing, submitted by New York Attorney General Letitia James, comes several years after a ProPublica investigation revealed conflicting financial details the Trump Organization filed for its downtown Manhattan skyscraper at 40...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 January 2022
Rajasthan, the state that steered the notable campaign out of which was born the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has hardly lain contented. Two years back, it created a formidable citizen pressure group, which spurred the state government to create the Jan Soochna portal which displays...

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Air India joined at least nine other international airlines that have modified or cancelled flights to the US amid conflicting reports on what new 5G cell phone services can do to critical airplane technologies.   Carriers are taking a variety of approaches to the spiraling crisis....

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Antonio Horta-Osorio, Chairman of the global banking giant Credit Suisse, has resigned with immediate effect after he was reportedly found to have broken the UK's Covid-19 quarantine rules, the BBC reported.   A former boss of Lloyds Banking Group, Horta-Osorio joined Credit Suisse...

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Lydia DePillis  and   Derek Willis (ProPublica) 17 January 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   More than a million government-approved loans ended up being cancelled, including some that would have gone to people who needed the loans and applied just as they were told.   In May 2021, Terry Kilcrease thought he saw a...

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to stay an order of the Central Information Commission (CIC) which allowed a petitioner to get to know the financial records and salaries of members and staff of Hockey India through the Right to Information (RTI) Act.   Noting that Hockey...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 January 2022
Those appointed as a ‘public authority’ by companies as well as government, often look for every trick in the book to avoid giving information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, rather than facilitating the flow of information. Elected representatives, like those of Padra municipality...

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Caroline Chen (ProPublica) 11 January 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   On a visit to Hong Kong, ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen encountered a 21-day quarantine, a bevy of COVID tests, universal masking and, finally, a fear-free family holiday.   As I walked off the jet bridge into Hong Kong...

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With youngest billionaire Elizabeth Holmes being found guilty of defrauding investors as founder and CEO of healthcare company Theranos in the US, her partner and the company's COO, Ramesh 'Sunny' Balwani, now faces his own fraud trial for the same charges, which is set to begin in...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 January 2022
Elizabeth Holmes, founder and chief executive of Theranos, has been found guilty on four of 11 charges of fraud, concluding a high-profile trial that captivated Silicon Valley and chronicled the missteps of the now-defunct blood-testing start-up, say reports. Theranos, a health technology...

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IANS 31 December 2021
Led by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the world's 10 richest people added nearly $402.17 billion (India has a forex reserve of about $635 billion) in 2021.   According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Musk added $121 billion to his net worth in 2021, becoming the world's richest man who...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 December 2021
Repeatedly, research data and raids by the food safety authorities show that there is adulteration of milk with urea, starch, detergent, caustic soda, formalin, glucose and water. However, the lack of stringent action emboldens the culprits to carry on with this adulteration at the expense of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 December 2021
Remember the Right to Information (RTI) activist Bipin Agarwal, a resident of Motihari town of the East Champaran district of Bihar, who was shot dead on 24th September in broad daylight on a busy road, by two assailants astride a motorcycle? He was allegedly killed because of his incessant...

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Max Blau  and   Lylla Younes (ProPublica) 21 December 2021
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   The world’s largest chemical maker, BASF, produces ingredients for America’s most popular products, from soaps to surface cleaners to dishwasher detergent. Emissions from their U.S. plants elevate cancer risks for an estimated 1.5...

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Patricia Callahan, James Bandler, Justin Elliott, Doris Burke  and   Jeff Ernsthausen (ProPublica) 16 December 2021
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   In the early 1900s some of the wealthiest Americans claimed their fortunes would never last through the generations. A century of tax avoidance later, the dynasties are going strong.   President Franklin D. Roosevelt pounded...

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IANS 16 December 2021
As the Internet faces one of the most serious vulnerabilities in recent years putting millions of devices at hacking risk, attackers are now making thousands of attempts to exploit a second vulnerability involving a Java logging system called 'Apache log4j2'.   The description of the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 15 December 2021
In a stern and no-nonsense order, the Dharwad bench of the Karnataka High Court has directed all the state’s public authorities and the chief secretary to ensure that every public information officer (PIO) regularly stores information electronically so that information is quickly provided to...

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