Newsletter 136

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A newsletter containing news, views, articles, investigative stories in the field of

Right to Information

from

Around the World

Issue No: 136

E - Alert

Issue Date: 17-02-2017

 

 

Pakistan

Senate committee agrees to draft RTI Bill 2016

The Nation

ISLAMABAD - A Senate select committee on Tuesday unanimously agreed on the draft of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill, 2016. A formal approval of ...

 

Sri Lanka

The Right to Information Act is effective from today.

SLBC

Minister of Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka says the Right to Information Act is effective from today. This is an election pledge made to the public ...

 

Pakistan

CPDI calls to include stakeholders in legislation on RTI

The News International

As reported in the media, the select committee has unanimously approved draft of right to information bill and has agreed that the proposed ...

 

India

Attorney General doesn't come under RTI: Delhi HC

Daijiworld.com

Under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, any government office or authority or any organisation substantially funded by the government comes under ...

 

Pakistan

Government urged to consult stakeholders

The Nation

It is a good development that government has expedited the process of legislation on right to information, a statement issued by an Islamabad based ...

 

Pakistan

Nadra reluctant to share details of rented offices

The Nation

This correspondent, as a complainant, had filed a right to information (RTI) request on October 26, 2016, with the NADRA chairman seeking ...

 

India

Info panel: Come clean on Mecca Masjid firing report

Times of India

The commission was dealing with an appeal filed by Right to Information activist S Q Masood who had sought documents such as the terms of ...

 

Canada

Ontario keeps abortion stats a secret. Pro-lifers are suing to expose the truth

Lifesite

Maloney and her ally were in Ottawa's Superior Court on Wednesday, arguing against a change to the Freedom of Information and Protection of ...

 

Pakistan

CPDI calls to include stakeholders in legislation on RTI

The News International

ISLAMABAD: The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CDPI) while welcoming the development that government has expedited the process ...

 

Nepal

Information sought from 60 colleges affiliated to TU

Republica

The NGO has been working for right to information (RTI) in Nepal and on Sunday sought information from TU's 60 offshoot colleges in Kathmandu ...

 

Sri Lanka

Batti women take RTI route to seek details on loved ones

Colombo Gazette

A group of women in Batticaloa are attempting to use the Right To Information (RTI) Act to locate their loves ones, The Hindu newspaper reported.

 

USA

FBI axes FOIA requests by email, so dust off your fax machine

TechCrunch

Starting next month, the FBI will no longer accept Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by email. In lieu of its popular email service, the FBI ...

 

UK

Maternity crisis looms over tide of retiring staff: Third of midwives are aged over 50 as Royal ...

Daily Mail

Freedom of Information requests in 2015 found that half of hospitals had to close their doors to women giving birth at least once as they were too busy.

 

India

Now, BPL applicants have to pay for photocopies above 50 pages

Times of India

... Poverty Line (BPL) category will no longer be able to seek unlimited photocopies of desired information under the Right To Information (RTI) Act.

 

Nepal

Information sought from 60 colleges affiliated to TU

Anna Note (satire) (press release) (blog)

The NGO has been working for the right to information (RTI) in Nepal and on Sunday sought information from TU's 60 offshoot colleges in Kathmandu ...

 

India

Bar case appeal cost State Rs. 37 lakh

The Hindu

... into the bar licence renewal bribery case had cost the public exchequer an estimated Rs. 37 lakh, a Right to Information (RTI) reply has revealed.

 

Canada

End this cult of secrecy: Editorial

Toronto Star

Instead, they are governed by provisions of Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. And that means getting access to records of ...

 

Bahamas

Freedom Of Information Bill Is Passed Despite Rollins Broadside

Bahamas Tribune

#THE House of Assembly passed the revamped Freedom of Information Bill last night, hours after Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins launched a ...

 

UK

Stranded patients left waiting 100 days to be discharged from hospital, with one stuck for over a year

Telegraph.co.uk

The figures, gathered through data obtained under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, suggest that reasons for delays included a lack of home care, ...

 

Sri Lanka

RTI Commission cash-starved

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

RTI: Even President's office is not prepared: Though the Right to Information Act officially came into force on February 3, it seems that in most ...

 

Pakistan

Busted: KP education dept demolishes PTI claims on social media!

Pakistan Today

The requested information was, after all, part of the public domain, which is accessible to anyone through the Right to Information Act, 2013. Why the ...

 

UK

More than 30 troops across the Armed Forces are having medical treatment to change their gender

Daily Mail

Thirty-four troops across the Armed forces are undergoing medical treatment to reassign their gender, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

 

Tunisia

Is Tunisia Rolling Back Freedom of Information?

Global Voices Online

In 2016, the constitutional right to access information was reinforced by the parliament's adoption of a freedom of information law (Law n22 of 24 ...

 

USA

How to Force Government Transparency, Even Under Trump

RollingStone.com

... generally as the Freedom of Information Act. And since 2010, MuckRock, a Boston-based nonprofit, has been helping people to file FOIA requests.

 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Right to Information act ranks third place globally on the RTI Rating

Colombo Page

Sri Lanka ranks at the third place in the Global Right to Information Rating, which assess country's legal framework according to 61 indicators. Mexico ...

 

Pakistan

Ombudsman directs Nadra to respond to RTI request

The News International

Federal ombudsman has termed Nadra's refusal to entertain a right to information (RTI) request an intentional lack of transparency and accountability.

 

India

RTI activist blows whistle, faces heat

Times of India

... both state and central authorities, Right to Information (RTI) activist P Srinivas Rao, a resident of Qutbullapur, is facing heat from the city police.

 

Australia

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and ministers were told wind not to blame for South Australia ...

The Sydney Morning Herald

... target ignored confidential public service advice stating that it was not the cause, according to emails obtaine

 

India

Air quality in Delhi remains poor

Business Standard

The report, based on information obtained through online reports and Right to Information (RTI) applications from state pollution control boards across ...

 

Pakistan

Seeking greater transparency, Senate committee approves Right to Information Bill

DAWN.com

Members of a Senate select committee on Tuesday unanimously adopted a bill that seeks to codify citizens' right to information. During the meeting ...

 

Pakistan

Crossing tracks led to 1798 of 3202 train fatalities in Mumbai in 2016

Hindustan Times

According to the statistics obtained under a Right to Information application by activist Sameer Jhaveri, 3,202 passengers died and 3,363 were injured ...

 

Malawi

Malawi president signs right to information law

africanews

Malawians are now empowered by law to seek information from elected officials and public entities. This comes after President Peter Mutharika signed ...

 

Pakistan

Our right to know

The News International

In 2013, the Senate approved the Right to Information Act but it was allowed to lapse when the PML-N government didn't introduce it in the National ...

 

India

RTI applications can now be filed online; depts. asked to upload information

The Hindu

Now, it is possible to file online applications under Right To Information (RTI) Act as State Information Commission has set up a mechanism for ...

 

 

 

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