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Issue No: 110

E - Alert

Issue Date: 30-10-2015

 

 

Editorial:

Greetings from the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, (CPDI).

 

PMLN seems disinterested in transparency and right to information both at federal and at provincial levels. At the provincial level, PMLN Punjab government kept on dragging its feet on the issue of releasing funds for Punjab Information Commission. These days, it is not providing staff to Punjab Information Commission and neither it is approving service rules so that the commission could hire staff on its own. The delaying tactics being employed by PMLN will give credence to what is already believed by many that the party was never interested in enacting the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 in the first place and that it was forced to follow suit of PTI when it enacted Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013. This assertion gets strengthened by its track record on right to information legislation at the federal level also. How can the party justify delay in presenting in the parliament right to information bill approved by the Senate Committee on Information and Broadcasting as long as on July 15, 2014?

Clearly, PMLN will have to walk the talk and soon and take concrete steps if it wants to convince those keeping track of right to information legislation in the country that the party is serious about good governance.

 

Happy reading,

CPDI

    

 

Cyprus

Ministry defends planned freedom of information law

Cyprus Mail

Cyprus aspires to have among the best possible freedom of information (FOI) legislation in the EU, Justice Minister of Nicolaou has said, and place ...

 

USA

NYPD won't disclose what it does with its secret military-grade X-ray vans

Boing Boing

The department denied a Freedom of Information Law request by an investigative journalist at ProPublica asking for records revealing the vans' public ...

 

India

2 registrar's fined Rs 2 lakh each for delayed RTI responses

Times of India

A statement issued by office of the state information commission said the fine has been imposed on the registrars for violating the Right To Information ...

 

Canada

Liberals and NDP Pledge Access to Information Reform

Canada News Wire

It is encouraging that the right to information has become an issue in the campaign and that Liberal and NDP parties have pledged to take action to ...

 

India

SIC's annual report refuses to give suggestions

The Indian Express

For the first time since the passage of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the annual report prepared by the State Information Commission (SIC) has ...

 

India

Man seeks RTI to prove he married once and not twice

Times of India

... Commission (UPSIC) is witnessing a curious trend of family members seeking information about each other using Right to Information (RTI). Most of ..The

 

USA

CIA pressed to disclose secret drone docs

The Hill

The ACLU filed an original Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in January of 2010, and then sued three months later when the government did ...

 

Australia

Turnbull given ok to use Slack, Wickr

iT News

He denied it could negatively affect freedom of information requests. Turnbull has previously spoken of his fondness for messaging app Wickr

 

USA

The 10 Oldest Women in the Illinois Department of Corrections System

Huffington Post

In 2014, there were more than 7,500 inmates over the age of 50, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections' annual report. Both in Illinois

 

India

A weapon for justice & equality

Chandigarh Tribune

SOME English words, or rather abbreviations, have set up home in rural India. They have done more. They propel life there. The most

 

India

The After cutting, civic agencies wash their hands of roads

Times of India

HUBBALLI: Finally, the reason behind bad roads is out. A Right To Information (RTI) query on this brought to light the fact that no authority cares to

 

India

Visa And Tax Travails Of Foreign Artists In India

Mondaq News

To get this clarified, we filed a Right to Information application with the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding the conundrum faced by foreign nationals ...

 

UK

Parents fined £3m a year for term-time family holidays

Telegraph.co.uk

Over the past year, across 98 councils who responded to the Freedom of Information Act, 86,010 fines were issued in 2014/15 for pupil absence

 

UK

NHS spending millions on larger equipment for obese patients

The Guardian

The data, obtained by Sky News through freedom of information requests, reveal

 

UK

wine collection 'was drunk at Tony Abbott's farewell party'

Daily Mail

The government officials' explanation did not satisfy Labor Senator Penny Wong who requested the receipts with a Freedom of Information request ...

 

India

RTI activist to be rewarded for exposing toll overcharge

Times of India

Mumbai: In a first-of-its-kind case since the enactment of the landmark Right to Information Act more than a decade ago, a state-run enterprise

 

Germany

German Bundestag goes to court to keep lobbyists secret

Deutsche Welle

After an unsuccessful freedom of information act request, Parliament Watch filed a lawsuit at a Berlin court, which ruled in its favor in June this year.

 

UK

How Cherie Blair's law firm lobbied Britain on behalf of the Maldives' government

Telegraph.co.uk

However documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show how Mrs Blair's firm, Omnia Strategy, had already held three meetings with ...

 

India

FSL 'finds' 4 corporators' names in Thane builder' suicide note

Times of India

It is learnt that the builder had declared that he was tired and frustrated by their harassment and extortion and misuse of the Right to Information (RTI) ...

 

India

Meet 77-year-old V Santhanam, he fights against corruption and helps the needy

Times of India

Two murderous attempts on his life and threats have not stopped 77-year-old social activist V Santhanam from fighting against corruption and pushing

 

Canada

BC government gets an F in freedom of information audit

CBC.ca

An organization representing Canada's newspapers says the B.C. government is failing to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests in a timely ...

 

UK

Freedom of Information: The stories you would never have read without the Act that is now under ...

Birmingham Mail

Just three out of a million reasons why the Freedom of Information Act must not be watered down. A consultation has been launched into the Act, ...

 

Australia

Immigration Department bears brunt of flood of freedom of information requests

The Canberra Times

The federal bureaucracy and ministers' offices have been bombarded with 35,550 freedom of information requests in the past year and one agency, ...

 

India

Info panel turning down more RTI requests now

The Hindu

The Central Information Commission has admitted fewer and fewer cases every month this year, under the Right to Information Act, data show, and ...

 

India

PMO directs CPIO to furnish Vyapam information, documents sought under RTI

Zee News

Bhopal: After "initially" denying information related to Vyapam scam under Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Prime Minister's Office has now directed ...

 

India

Banning publication of CMs and governors picture in government ad is wrong, Centre tells SC

Times of India

"The judgement fails to appreciate that government advertisements fulfill the public right to information about matters of public interest, of public ...

 

India

10 ways in which RTI has changed the functioning of govt, officials

The Indian Express

The Right to Information Act was implemented on October 12, 2005. Over the last decade, it has transformed the functioning of the government ...

 

USA

Senators, Let Us Read Your Letters

New York Times

That's because the Freedom of Information Act does not apply to the legislative branch. When Congress enacted the F.O.I.A. in 1966, it was after the ...

 

Australia

Dick defends staffer's $160000 Health appointment offered without resume

Brisbane Times

The Opposition came armed to question time with right-to-information documents which they said showed Robert Hoge, a former staffer for Bligh ...

 

India

RTI: After 4-yr struggle, girl to get dad's pay slip

Times of India

... in 2011 when she sought the salary slip of her father, Mukesh Agarwal, who works in revenue department at Gwalior, under Right to Information Act.

 

India

RTI empowers the citizen, but threats can make Act opaque

Hindustan Times

After a decade of the implementation of the national Right To Information (RTI) Act, it is necessary to reflect on some of its key achievements and the ...

 

India

Dance troupe returns Rs 8L to CM's relief fund

Times of India

A query filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by activist Anil Galgali found that Rs 8 lakh was transferred from the fund to Sachivalaya ...

 

UK

UK police warn more than 1900 people of death threats in four years

The Guardian

Police have warned nearly 2,000 people their lives were under threat in the last four years, according to figures. There have been at least 1,948 "threat ...

 

 

 

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