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Credit Suisse has taken a hit of around $4.7 billion because of the default by a major US-based hedge fund on margin calls.   "While our financial results are still subject to detailed finalisation and review, we would expect to report a pre-tax loss for 1Q 2021 of approximately...

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J David McSwane (ProPublica) 02 April 2021
House Democrats investigating the COVID-19 response say Trump adviser Peter Navarro pressured agencies to award deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.   A top adviser to former President Donald Trump pressured agency officials to reward politically connected or otherwise...

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Facebook has kicked off former US President Donald Trump for the second time from its platform as he tried to evade the ban by posting an interview via a Facebook Page in the name of his daughter-in-law Lara Trump.   Lara is married to Eric Frederick Trump, third child and second son...

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Mahesh Natani 30 March 2021
During the past few days, the rising yield of the 10-year US treasury has attracted the attention of the bond and stock investors all over the world. The yield in a very short period of 75 days had crossed the level of 1.75% on 18th March, creating panic among investors in bonds and growth...

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The container ship that blocked the Suez Canal has been freed and is now on the move.   Reports said the Ever Given was under way and heading for the Great Bitter Lake further along the canal, about 45km away. Boskalis, the salvage company involved in the rescue, said the ship would...

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India's biggest and richest civic body, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is facing an acute staff shortage with around 33 percent posts lying vacant, till Sep. 2020, as per replies to a RTI query here on Saturday.   Of the 110,509 sanctioned posts under direct and...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 March 2021
The sustained campaign by Right to Information (RTI) activists across Maharashtra, under the umbrella of the virtual RTI Katta, to propel the state government to undertake virtual hearings for second appeals and every other quasi-judicial hearings has received a push with Abha Shukla, the...

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought reply from Centre and states, on a plea alleging cancellation of nearly four crore ration cards, in the absence of linkages with the Aadhaar card.   A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising justices A.S. Bopanna and V....

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Joaquin Sapien  and   Joshua Kaplan (ProPublica) 17 March 2021
More than 15 hours of testimony failed to answer fundamental questions about the Capitol attack. Among them: Why national security officials responded differently to BLM protesters than to Trump supporters.   After two weeks of congressional hearings, it remains unclear how a...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 March 2021
Ten days after the Supreme Court admonished the Indian government for not having filed a reply, for a good one year, to the petition filed by member of Parliament (MP) Jairam Ramesh, the department of personnel and training (DoPT), finally on 5th March filed a counter affidavit insisting...

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About 84 per cent of Indian consumers would pay more to do business with an organisation that is committed to protecting their data privacy, surpassing the UK (49 per cent), Germany (41 per cent), Spain (36 per cent) and France (17 per cent), said a new report on Tuesday.   The new...

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Alec MacGillis (ProPublica) 09 March 2021
In Hobbs, New Mexico, the high school closed and football was cancelled, while just across the state line in Texas, students seemed to be living nearly normal lives. Here’s how pandemic school closures exact their emotional toll on young people.   Everything looks the same on either...

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There has been a surge in vaccine-related scams in recent months and a new report said on Thursday that the number of web domains featuring the word "vaccine" in their title has now significantly increased, and the danger includes credential theft, credit card fraud, malware installation and...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 04 March 2021
We have rarely heard of any recoveries of penalties slammed on public information officers (PIOs), but this one surely takes the cake!    Neeraj Kumar Gupta, the central information commissioner, in an order dated 19 February 2021, states, “If the Central Information Commission (CIC)...

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Only 8 per cent of those who tried to get the Covid vaccine appointment on Co-WIN site or app were able to do so, as per a Local Circles survey.   The first question in the poll asked citizens "How did you or your family's registration with Co-WIN site/app for Covid vaccination work?"...

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Maryam Jameel  and   Caroline Chen (ProPublica) 02 March 2021
People eligible for the coronavirus vaccine tell us they are running up against barriers that are designed into the very systems meant to serve those most at risk of dying of the disease. We plan to continue tracking these roadblocks.   It’s a fact that simply being eligible for a...

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Jack Gillum  and   Justin Elliott (ProPublica) 25 February 2021
Amid a 2018 Turkish military campaign, Facebook ultimately sided with Turkey’s demand to block the page of a mostly Kurdish militia. “I am fine with this,” Sandberg wrote. As Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish minorities in neighboring Syria in early 2018, Facebook’s top...

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Maya M 24 February 2021
When a person dies intestate (without leaving a will), the transfer of certain assets to the heirs of the deceased requires a legal heir certificate, and in a few States a probate, in order to establish their claim.    Mumbai-based lawyer Siddhartha Shah says “A number of other...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 24 February 2021
Shivanand Dwivedi, a noted social activist in Madhya Pradesh, had filed a Right to Information (RTI) application seeking information on action taken against corrupt officials of the panchayat at Rewa and a couple of other districts. However, he did not get any information even after filing...

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Lydia DePillis (ProPublica) 18 February 2021
A mountainous backlog of paperwork at the IRS continues to wreak havoc on America’s tax collection system — which especially hurts lower-income filers.   Kathy Brenneman hears plenty of taxpayer horror stories in her receptionist’s job at a tax preparation service in Waldorf,...

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