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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: 139

E - Alert

Issue Date: 31-03-2017

 

 

Pakistan

Our right to know

The News International

A Right to Information Bill has been doing the rounds of parliament for nearly five years and even passed the Senate in 2013 before it was allowed to ...

 

India

9.76 lakh applications filed for RTI in 2015-16

Indiainfoline

In year 2015-16, people of India filed 9.76 lakh applications under the Right to Information Act. The applications see an increase of 20% as against the ...

 

India

Narendra Modi's social media presence free of cost, says PMO to Manish Sisodia's RTI

India.com

The revelation was made in response to a Right To Information (RTI) plea filed by Delhi's deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia demanding to know ...

 

Bangladesh

Gonojagoron Moncho uses Right to Information Act on Tonu murder case

Dhaka Tribune

Comilla branch of Gonojagoron Moncho has demanded to know the current state of Tonu murder investigation under the Right to Information Act and ...

 

Pakistan

Punjab Information Commission verdict

The News International

ISLAMABAD: With the enforcement of Right to Information (RTI) law in Punjab, citizens aware of their rights are not only filing requests to the ...

 

India

Can't apply RTI Act to unaided institutions: State info panel

Times of India

... from the government do not fall within the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, the state information commission's Pune bench has ruled.

 

Pakistan

Information commission asks LHC registrar to reveal CJ's salary, perks

DAWN.com

... had not provided him the piece of information within the time period prescribed in the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.

 

Malta

Shareholders' right to information

Times of Malta

The First Hall Civil Court, presided over by Mr Justice Joseph Zammit McKeon on February 28, 2017, in the case 'Dr Suzanne Wolfe Martin as ...

 

Pakistan

Hefty pay cheque: Punjab's top judge gets Rs1.05m per month

The Express Tribune

Under Section 7 of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act, 2013, the CJ has nominated Deputy Registrar (Procurement) Shahbaz ...

 

USA

Court rules government employees can't hide public records in private accounts

LA Daily News

In its unanimous decision, the court made an analogy to the treatment of public records under the federal Freedom of Information Act. �In construing ...

 

India

Munna bhai MBBS style: RTI exposes over 50 applicants sent imposters to write Haryana clerk exam

India Today

The recruitment examination comprised a written test and one in computer skills. Gurugram-based Right to Information activist Harinder Dhingra, who ...

 

India

RTI Act: 50% rise in penalties imposed on central public information officers

Times of India

The Right to Information Act, 2005 provides for imposition of penalty by CIC against central public information officers (CPIO), in pursuance of section ...

 

India

Prescription for doctors who duck responsibility

Mumbai Mirror

When, under the right to Information Act, I asked for a copy of the report on the action taken, Sion Hospital's assistant dean, who was also the facility's ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information: LHC told to disclose staff salaries on website

The Express Tribune

LAHORE: In a rare move, the Punjab Information Commission has asked the Lahore High Court (LHC) to make public the records of salaries, ...

 

Pakistan

Punjab govt urged to appoint information commissioners

The News International

The Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 which scores 139 out of 140 points on CPDI score Sheet of Right to Information Laws of ...

 

Pakistan

Right to know

DAWN.com

WILL the newly enacted Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Act 2016 be a harbinger of transparency in Sindh? The answer to this question ...

 

Sri Lanka

Caution not to strike premature body blows on RTI

Daily Mirror

Sri Lankan activists who rushed precipitously to file Right to Information (RTI) requests for the Assets Declarations of the President and the Prime ...

 

UK

Activists Stop Deportation of Asylum Seekers in London

teleSUR English

... planes with no witnesses." A Freedom of Information request found that 1,877 people were deported on such charters in 2015, reported the Mirror.

 

India

RTI applications can be filed orally: Govt

Business Standard

The applications under Right to Information (RTI) Act can be filed orally, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said today. Section 6 (1) of the ...

 

India

Research scholars allege₹45-lakh swindle in MKU

The Hindu

... University Grants Commission for scholarship to MKU through Right to Information Act. �I am yet to receive around ₹ 2.3 lakh of scholarship money.

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
-------------------------------------------- 
Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, Pakistan (CPDI-Pakistan)
Tel: +92 (0) 51-8312794, 8312795
URL: 
www.cpdi-pakistan.org

 

A newsletter containing news

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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: 138

E - Alert

Issue Date: 17-03-2017

 

 

Pakistan

'Bulletproof vehicles only for vulnerable officials'

The News International

The Punjab Home Department has refused to disclose information under Right to Information Act regarding use of bulletproof vehicles by government ...

 

India

Activist Moves SC Against Delhi HC Judgment Excluding AG's Office From RTI [Read Petition]

Live Law

Justice Vibhu Bakhru allowed the appeal and held that the office of the Attorney General of India is a public authority under the Right to Information Act ...

 

India

Modi's passport application cannot be disclosed: Chief Information Commissioner RK Mathur

The New Indian Express

... had earlier refused to share the documents, saying it is "personal information" which cannot be provided under the Right to Information (RTI)

 

Sri Lanka

RTI Commission seeks Rs. 76 m to carry out its work efficiently

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Right to Information (RTI) Commission says it has urged the Finance Ministry's Budget Director to ensure that Rs. 76 million allocated for it ...

 

India

Plea to reserve MBBS seats for govt. school students

The Hindu

He claimed that information obtained under the Right to Information Act, 2005 revealed that out of the 35,357 MBBS seats filled between the academic ...

 

Bangladesh

JS standing committee meetings should be open to public

The Daily Star

... be open to public and the wealth accounts of the public representatives should be published to make the right to information (RTI) more effective.

 

Pakistan

'Whistleblower' clause dropped from Right to Information Bill

PressReader

Pakistan's Senate committee on the Right to Information (RTI) Bill 2016 yesterday unanimously decided to drop the clause for �whistle-blowers� from ...

 

Pakistan

Interpol help sought to curb blasphemy online

DAWN.com

... Pakistan's embassy in Washington has been tasked with contacting Facebook to seek the requisite information under US Right to Information laws.

 

USA

Obama Administration Spent Record Millions in 2016 Fighting Freedom of Information Act Requests

The Root

In its final year, the Obama administration spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records requested under ...

 

Pakistan

After Punjab and KP, Sindh passes right to information bill

The News International

Following the lead of the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies, the provincial legislature of Sindh unanimously passed the Sindh ...

 

India

Narendra Modi degree: Delhi University college says no data of students passing out in 1978

The New Indian Express

... and Section Officer (Information) of the University, who are the deemed PIOs under section 5(4) and 5(5) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

 

Pakistan

Needless delay

DAWN.com

THE government continues to drag its feet over the issue of enacting a right to information law and putting in place institutional mechanisms so that ...

 

Pakistan

Culture of opacity

DAWN.com

THE active history of right to information laws in Pakistan starts from 2002, when we became the first country in South Asia to pass an ordinance in this ...

 

Pakistan

Senator Babar tables report and draft of RTI bill

Daily Times

ISLAMABAD: Special Committee of Senate on Right to Information (RTI) Chairman Senator Farhatullah Babar on Thursday tabled report and draft of ...

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
-------------------------------------------- 
Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, Pakistan (CPDI-Pakistan)
Tel: +92 (0) 51-2304987, 2304989
URL: 
www.cpdi-pakistan.org

 

A newsletter containing news

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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: 137

E - Alert

Issue Date: 02-03-2017

 

 

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 n�22 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 ...

 

India

Only information can be sought under RTI Act, says PIO

The Hindu

In a bizarre reply to an application filed under the Right to Information Act of 2005, the Public Information Officer (PIO)-cum-Under Secretary of Tamil ...

 

Pakistan

Charsadda DHQ 'refuses' to provide required information to RTI Commission

Daily Times

A social audit committee (SAC) was formed to gather the required information for which Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2013 was ...

 

Canada

Canada: Unproven Complaints Against Employers Could Soon Be Released To The Public

Mondaq News Alerts (registration)

"(Freedom of information law) was designed to allow access to information from government agencies, not adjudicative documents from tribunals ...

 

Australia

Vocational education: Up to 3000 disabled students at risk of funding cut

The Sydney Morning Herald

Documents released under freedom of information laws show that thousands of disabled students studying courses in business administration, ...

 

Pakistan

The Right to Know bill

Business Recorder (press release) (registration) (blog)

While Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab governments have adopted creditable new right to information laws, the other two provinces as well as the ...

 

India

Soon, file RTI pleas at the click of a mouse

The Asian Age

New Delhi: Filing pleas under the Right to Information Act will just be a click away for Delhiites with the city government planning to bring a new policy ...

 

India

Disclose Nathuram Godse's statement in Gandhi assassination trial: CIC

Hindustan Times

Acharyulu directed the Central Public Information Commissioner not to charge Rs 3 per page for photocopying because the Right to Information Act ...

 

Canada

Taxpayer-funded transit report kept secret by city

Toronto Star

The Star has also made a freedom of information request in this case. �Anyone who went to high school will remember that if you didn't show your ...

 

Canada

Secrecy often chokes off public information from tribunal hearings

Toronto Star

They were told they would have to file a Freedom of Information request � which can be a costly and lengthy process, with no guarantee that ...

 

UK

British troops given guide to Estonian strip clubs

BBC News

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) provided British soldiers with a guide to strip clubs in the Estonian capital, a freedom of information request to the ...

 

Nepal

Nepal, Bangladesh information commissions sign cooperation deal

Himalayan Times

... of Nepal and Bangladesh have recently made an agreement to exchange mutual cooperation regarding promotion of the right to information.

 

India

Delhi: 24 'escaped' from Asha Kiran home in six years, reveals RTI

The Indian Express

... inquiries made under the Right to Information (RTI) Act indicate that apart from deaths of inmates � some as young as eight � there have also been ...

 

UK

Driver with 62 penalty points on licence still on the road, investigation discovers

The Independent

The Freedom of Information Requests, sent out by the BBC, found 203 people were still driving despite accumulating more than 18 points.

 

India

Divorcee has no right to stay with in-laws: Rajasthan High Court

Times of India

Under the Right to Information Act, they were informed that, at the stage of police verification, it was found that criminal cases (s) were registered ...

 

India

RTI activist trying to expose fraud in pvt schools stabbed

Times of India

Hyderabad: Seeking to know the truth using the Right to Information (RTI) Act can prove costly, and the latest to face this reality is Vakiti Madhubabu, ...

 

India

Information on ₹47 lakh payment to Virat Kohli from disaster funds triggers row

The Hindu

In a reply to the Right to Information (RTI) application filed by one Ajendra Ajay, who is associated with the BJP, it was found that a payment of Rs ...

 

Pakistan

Limiting information

The News on Sunday

Over the last few years, Pakistan has become more accepting of citizen's right to information, and provinces have come up with their respective laws.

 

Sri Lanka

Illegal fishing: The Sunday Times invokes RTI law to get to the bottom

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

... which ultimately cost Sri Lanka a ban on exports, the first application by the Sunday Times under the new

 

India

RTI query turns a nightmare for BSF constable

The Hindu

An attempt to seek information under the Right to Information Act has become a nightmare for Shibin Thomas, a BSF constable, hailing from ...

 

India

Former bureaucrat appointed Jammu & Kashmir CIC

The Indian Express

The State Information Commission was set up by the state government under the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act in ...

 

Israel

New bill aims to charge left-wing NGOs to access public information

The Times of Israel

In a letter to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, the Movement for the Freedom of Information, a group that works to implement the Freedom of ...

 

Pakistan

Limiting information

The News on Sunday

The limitations on constitutional freedom of information must be used sparingly and only where the harm caused by disclosure of information ...

 

Nepal

KUKL refuses to respond to RTI petition

Republica

... Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has refused to respond to a Right to Information (RTI) petition seeking complete information on the ...

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
-------------------------------------------- 
Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, Pakistan (CPDI-Pakistan)
Tel: +92 (0) 51-2304987, 2304989
URL: 
www.cpdi-pakistan.org

 

A newsletter containing news

Description: C:\Documents and Settings\admin\My Documents\My Web Sites\cpdi_logo.33JPG.JPG

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 ...

 

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
-------------------------------------------- 
Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, Pakistan (CPDI-Pakistan)
Tel: +92 (0) 51-2304987, 2304989
URL: 
www.cpdi-pakistan.org

 

A newsletter containing news

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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: 135

E - Alert

Issue Date: 01-02-2017

 

 

Pakistan

Displaced humanity

The News International

According to data made available under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act, from 2014-2016 just over one percent of all major crime ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information still a far cry for journalists in Pakistan

The News International

This correspondent has filed almost one and a half dozen information requests using the right to Information law in last six months but except one, not ...

 

Pakistan

Information law should exempt no entity: Senate panel

DAWN.com

ISLAMABAD: There was almost a consensus on Wednesday among members of the Senate Select Committee on Right to Information (RTI) law that ...

 

India

For the dead, there isn't enough land to rest

The Hindu

... of queries under the Right to Information (RTI) Act brought to light acute shortage of land to bury or cremate the dead in different parts of the State.

 

Sri Lanka

Right to information act to come into force from 3rd of February

Hiru News

Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Media Gayantha Karunathilaka has issued the gazette notification, bringing the right to information act in to ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information still a far cry for journalists in Pakistan

The News International

ISLAMABAD: Non-provision of certified information under the freedom of information law and government functionaries avoidance to give version is ...

 

Pakistan

Senate body agrees on 10 clauses of Right to Information Bill 2016

The News International

ISLAMABAD: The Senate's Select Committee on Right to Information Bill 2016 on Wednesday agreed on 10 clauses of the bill after a thorough debate ...

 

Pakistan

Corruption, human rights violations 'liable to public scrutiny'

The Express Tribune

This was decided in a meeting of the Senate Select Committee on the Right to Information Bill, 2016 which met with Farhatullah Babar in the chair on ...

 

USA

Law Professor Sues Trump for Alleged Constitutional Violations

Harvard Crimson

On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a Freedom of Information Act Request asking various government agencies for information about ...

 

India

'How many fake notes? Even RBI doesn't know, reveals RTI inquiry

Business Standard

... number or value of fake currencies detected since the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, a Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed ...

 

Sri Lanka

RTI Act gazetted sans RTI Commissions' fees, appeals rules

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Ministry of Mass Media responsible for the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act this week gazetted the law to become operational ...

 

India

Inquiry reports

DAWN.com

The Central Information Commission — constituted by the Right to Information Act, 2005, and headed by one more royalist than the king, Wajahat ...

 

India

HC stays CIC order asking govt, Tihar to compensate convict

The Hindu

... under the Right to Information Act — regarding the system of compensating inmates who have been incarcerated beyond their period of sentence.

 

India

BMC yet to recover Rs 12 lakh from 5 disqualified corporators

Business Standard

A Right To Information query has revealed that Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has not recovered the dues of Rs 12 lakh from five out of ...

 

India

No Right to Information on Note Ban: RBI Evades RTI Queries

The Quint

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been denying information in response to most RTI applications that sought information on various issues related ...

 

Pakistan

Commission wants all laws congruent with info right

DAWN.com

While allowing the petition, the commission has maintained that the right to information has become a fundamental right of each citizen of Pakistan ...

 

Bahamas

Editorial: Four Key Points For True Freedom Of Information

Bahamas Tribune

#FIVE YEARS after we were promised that legislation would be enacted giving the Bahamian people the right to information about how our money ...

 

Pakistan

Senate body approved “Right to information bill 2016”

International News Network

ISLAMABAD: Intelligence agencies will be bound to inform about the kidnapping of any person within three days, the Senate's Select Committee ...

 

 

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Issue No: 134

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Issue Date: 17-01-2017

 

 

Pakistan

Hounding refugees

DAWN.com

According to documents obtained under the provincial Right to Information Act, of the major crimes in which cases were registered, the involvement of ...

 

Pakistan

KP right to information website defaced by 'Indian' hackers

The Express Tribune

PESHAWAR: The web portal of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information (RTI) Commission was allegedly hacked on Tuesday by Indian hackers.

 

Pakistan

CM Secretariat: PTI leader seeks details of additional budget

The Express Tribune

... the CM's principal secretary for access to information within the time period specified in the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.

 

India

Modi degree row: Delhi University asked to allow inquiry into records of 1978 batch of BA students

Scroll.in

The commission dismissed DU Central Public Information Officer Meenakshi Sahay's denial of a Right to Information query on the grounds that the ...

 

UK

BBC splashed more than £110000 on wine, beer and spirits in three years

Daily Mail

The BBC has spent more than £100,000 in three years on alcohol including spirits, beer and cider and sparkling wine. A Freedom of Information act ...

 

Pakistan

Departmental differences: RTI commission weighed down by undefined rules (National)

The Express Tribune

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information (RTI) Commission is unable to notify its rules and finalise amendments proposed in the ...

 

India

5 arrested for Right to Information Act activist's murder in Sonipat

Times of India

CHANDIGARH: A 38-year-old RTI activist of Gamdi village in Haryana's Sonipat district had to pay with his life for seeking information about the work ...

 

Pakistan

Inquiry needed into what happened to inquiry commissions

The News International

... of a judicial commission in the event of a tragic incident has become a fashion, official responses received through the Right to Information (RTI) law ...

 

India

Man drives car for 10 years sans RTO registration

Times of India

For the last two years, a vegetable vendor from Chinchwad has been asking for his regional transport office (RTO) papers for a car that he had ...

 

India

CRPF denies RTI query on pellet guns, says there were no human rights violations

Hindustan Times

In a Right to Information (RTI) query to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), activist Venkatesh Nayak had asked for the Standard Operating ...

 

India

Family members use RTI Act to blackmail woman

Times of India

Aurangabad: The city police have booked four persons, including one woman, for allegedly using documents obtained through Right to Information ...

 

UK

Hundreds of British soldiers busted for taking drugs including cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy in ...

The Sun

The overall 30 per cent rise in drug-taking in the forces is revealed in official figures obtained under freedom of information laws.

 

Pakistan

KP prosecution data gives lie to claims against Afghan refugees

DAWN.com

Documents retrieved through the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act, 2013 provide startling details of crime statistics involving Afghan ...

 

Bangladesh

Investigative journalism and the RTI Act

The Daily Star

The story unveiled a national scandal. Such is the power of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, as it is known in this country. Through RTI, citizens today ...

 

Pakistan

Electronic RTI application system a failure

DAWN.com

PESHAWAR: Lack of interest on part of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission and public information officers in the working of the ...

 

India

RTI aids woman's quest for justice in decade-long dispute

The Hindu

But for her unrelenting pursuit and effective use of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, V. Santha of Pudukottai district would not. have been able to ...

 

India

RBI refuses to answer questions on 'demonetisation' citing threat to life: Report

India TV

... it had asked the RBI 14 questions on 'demonetisation' between December 8, 2016 and January 2, 2017 under 'Right to Information' and the central ...

 

UK

US man pays tax bill using five wheelbarrows of coins

BBC News

He filed a Freedom of Information request to be given a direct number, The Bristol Herald Courier reported, and was eventually given a number he ...

 

India

Is Jana Gana Mana our national anthem? PMO gives no info in RTI

Hindustan Times

The CIC stated that the PMO's response of not giving information was not proper and legal, and it breached the right to information of people.

 

Australia

Currently 150 murderers and sex offenders living in community in Queensland

Courier Mail

... unacceptable risk of further offences, testing positive to drugs or leaving Queensland, according to

 

India

5012 trees will make way for Metro-3 project in Mumbai

Hindustan Times

The information was made public by MMRCL after they responded to a right to information (RTI) application on Wednesday, filed by Khar resident Zoru ...

 

UK

Retired British expats 'outstrip European pensioners using NHS'

BBC News

The figures were obtained after a BBC Freedom of Information request. Citizens of the EEA - EU states and Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein - can ...

 

UK

Foreign Office accused of breaking ministerial code over Saudi weapons assurances

The Guardian

It is only the second time that the information commissioner has felt forced to issue this kind of instruction under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

UK

Health tourism warning as NHS chases £350000 bill from Nigerian woman who gave birth in a ...

Telegraph.co.uk

... according to data from the 90 hospitals who responded to the freedom of information requests. Of those, over 3,000 were mothers who arrived in the ...

 

 

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Issue No: 133

E - Alert

Issue Date: 03-01-2017

 

 

Australia

Minister Kate Jones 'misled house' over audit

The Australian

In response, Ms Jones said departmental audit reports were released to the ABC �under the Right to Information legislation�. The Australian ...

 

Indonesia

Indonesia's forestry ministry takes Greenpeace to court over freedom of information request

Mongabay.com

In October, Indonesia's freedom of information commission ruled in favor of a case brought by Greenpeace, asking the forestry ministry to publish a ...

 

Pakistan

State Life directed to provide info under Freedom of Information Ordinance

The News International

The agency is, therefore, required to provide the requested information to the complainant under the provision of Freedom of Information Ordinance, ...

 

UK

Careless House of Lords' peers and staff lose over �10000 of taxpayer-bought iPads, laptops and ...

The Sun

The figures were revealed to The Sun after we ued the Freedom of Information Act to ask what items had been reported stolen or lost using the ...

 

India

Here's How Much It Costs The RBI To Print New 500 And 2000 Rupee Notes

NDTV

BRBNMPL, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India or RBI, said in its reply to an Right to Information (RTI) query that it charges the ...

 

Canada

A Canadian Province Is Refusing to Release Pipeline Safety Reports

Motherboard

�Upon conclusion of the investigation, freedom of information requests for information involved in the investigation will be considered according to the ...

 

Canada

Ontario environment ministry deliberately falsified dates on FOI requests

Toronto Star

... staff at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change altered dates on freedom of information requests to improve their compliance statistics.

 

Pakistan

Defence ministry refuses to share info under RTI law

The News International

In this connection, it is informed that the information asked by him cannot be provided under Section-8 of the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002, ...

 

UK

British embassy questioned whether Malaysian PM cleared of corruption

The Guardian

The British cable was released under a freedom of information request made by the Guardian but was heavily redacted to include mostly factual ...

 

Pakistan

Question mark over KP govt's multi-billion rupee ad contract

DAWN.com

Dawn, it may be mentioned, filed two requests with the department of information, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, under the Right to Information ...

 

India

Row in Uttarakhand over break for namaz

The Hindu

Also, in response to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed in 2010, a copy of which is with The Hindu, the Central government stated that the ...

 

India

Activist approaches rights body with toothache

Times of India

Surat: A right to information (RTI) activist suffering from toothache was compelled to approach the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) ...

 

UK

The Ministry of Defence lost 759 laptops in 18 months - and they're not alone

Mirror.co.uk

Maurice Frankel, director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, said: "They are stretching credibility to well beyond its snapping point with some ...

 

Pakistan

KP Assembly spent over Rs5.3m on entertainment last fiscal

The News International

The information, received in response to a request under the Section 7 of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013, shows that over the ...

 

Pakistan

PTI quizzes Punjab about 1000-plus POs on the loose

The Express Tribune

Abbas has sought information on the POs under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013. The report, jointly compiled by the ...

 

Pakistan

No right to know

The News International

While the Right to Information passed in 2014 by the Senate Standing Committee on Information had been applauded by international and local ...

 

UK

Councils have handed out �12million to fix cars damaged by potholes since 2012 and pay ...

The Sun

The massive payouts were revealed by hundreds of Freedom of Information requests to individual councils since 2012. Critics demanded more be ...

 

Pakistan

Right to know faces another blow in 2016

The News International

ISLAMABAD: Another year passes without witnessing the passage of the Right to Information (RTI) legislation. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz ...

 

India

Man uses RTI to prove his wife is employed

Times of India

He has urged to provide him the information he has sought under the Right to Information (RTI). The information, he said, if given, would be of extreme ...

 

Pakistan

RDA directed to provide details about Metro Bus Project

The News International

The Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 says "The public information officer is to respond to the request within 14 working days, and if the ...

 

India

Indore: Man thrashed for seeking info on monks with beacon, hooter mounted vehicles

Hindustan Times

On December 8, he had filed a Right To Information (RTI) query seeking information on how many monks belonging to different faiths, were allotted ...

 

India

Official caught paying bribe to RTI activist | Bengaluru NYOOOZ

NYOOOZ

Summary: On Friday, a government official was caught paying a bribe to an Right to Information (RTI) activist to not dig into a particular case.

 

India

In a first, PIO directed to reply to RTI on information commissioner

Times of India

... judicial officer and FAA, the order directed the quasi-judicial institution's PIO T Thilaka to provide information to city-based Right To Information (RTI) ...

 

India

RTI activist murder: 'Case remains unsolved despite arrest of two former cops'

The Indian Express

Based on the documents obtained under Right to Information (RTI) Act, activist Satish Shetty had filed a complaint of cheating and forgery against IRB ...

 

Pakistan

Cataloguing development in KP: CM's aide unveils six-month performance report\

The Express Tribune

Similarly, the Right to Information has received 8,092 complaints out of which the government has taken action on 5,279 applications while 594 are ...

 

Pakistan

Public participation in budget making urged

The News International

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar on the right to information have said public participation in budget making process and transparency in the ...

 

UK

Serious mistakes in NHS patient care are on the rise, figures reveal

The Guardian

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the number of surgical incidents more than doubled between 2013-14 and 2015-16.

 

India

India's transparency regime? 1.88 lakh cases pending before 16 state information commissions, no ...

COUNTERVIEW

A fresh study on the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2006, has said that the collective backlog in the disposal of appeals and ...

 

 

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Issue No: 132

E - Alert

Issue Date: 19-12-2016

 

 

Pakistan

Right to information and security

The Nation

The recent wave of erosion of freedom of information (FOI) laws in Pakistan, has not only given citizens qualified right of access to information held by ...

 

India

14474 cases of HIV through blood transfusion, but the government denies crisis

Scroll.in

An IndiaSpend investigation, through a series of Right to Information requests, has revealed that 14,474 cases of HIV through blood transfusion have ...

 

UK

Underage sexting investigations rise in number as new findings show children as young as six are ...

Daily Mail

In a span of a year - from April 2015 to April 2016 - 2,287 crimes of children possessing, making or distributing indecent images were recorded, ...

 

India

Tamil Nadu universities ignore disabled while hiring

Times of India

Its response to a petition filed under the Right to Information Act, 2005, claimed that three candidates had been recruited under the physically disabled ...

 

India

Pellets and denial of information under RTI Act

Kashmir Life

I had sought information under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) about the quantum and price of sale of pellet guns and cartridges as well ...

 

Pakistan

PTI to further squeeze CM Shahbaz

Pakistan Today

... Constitution of Pakistan and the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013, she should be provided with certified information regarding ...

 

Pakistan

Human rights under threat

DAWN.com

Such attacks are not confined to giving sweeping powers to gag agencies under various regulations and attempts to render the Right to Information ...

 

India

No sign of 44 convicts who jumped parole from Ludhiana jails between 2011 and 2016: RTI

Hindustan Times

A right to information (RTI) application has revealed that the police are shying to take stern action against the culprits who have absconded after ...

 

USA

Editorial - Virginia makes minor progress on freedom of information

Richmond.com

After three years, a state advisory council has come up with four tweaks to the state's Freedom of Information Act. One of them: Virginia no longer can ...

 

Australia

Queensland ministers held secret talks on selling off power station

The Australian

The secret negotiations were revealed after a Right to Information request by The Australian, which was blocked by Treasury department officials.

 

India

RWAs join hands to curb commercial activities in residential areas

Bangalore Mirror

The details of these establishments were obtained under the Right to Information Act, and have been submitted to the BBMP chief and head of the ...

 

Pakistan

PTI questions Punjab govt's plan to procure jet for CM

DAWN.com

The letter said the information was being sought under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013. It pointed out a tender notice had ...

 

Philippines

277 requests made in FOI website

Manila Bulletin

As many as 277 requests have been made as of Sunday, December 11, through the country's freedom of information (FOI) website, which is part of the ...

 

UK

Transport for London refuses to publish data about speeding trams

Croydon Advertiser

The authority, which manages the tram network in Croydon, has said in reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request that it will not publish the ...

 

USA

Execution costs spike in Virginia; state pays pharmacy $66K

WDBJ7

... receipts provided to The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request after the pharmacy's identifying information was redacted.

 

India

Around 3000 RTI cases pending with SIC

Chandigarh Tribune

It seems that filing an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has turned meaningless as a number of cases are lying pending with the ...

 

India

Six doctors found working full-time in more than one college, suspended

The Indian Express

A Right to Information (RTI) query filed by The Indian Express at MMC revealed that since 2012, 18 doctors have been suspended for being posted as ...

 

Pakistan

Most treasury members part of KP's power structure

DAWN.com

The information secured by Dawn from the provincial administration department under the KP Right to Information Act 2013 shows that 47 of the 77 ...

 

India

GSIC slaps Rs 25000 fine on Sancoale PIO

Times of India

... pay a penalty of 25,000 for not responding to Narayan D Naik's request for information which he had sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

 

India

Mumbai's Bhabha hospital wasted 350 litres of blood in 5 years: RTI

Hindustan Times

... has resulted in wastage of 350 liters of blood in the last five years, revealed the reply to an application filed under Right To Information (RTI) Act.

 

Pakistan

Orange Line agreement terms can't be shared: commission

DAWN.com

... transactions and must not agree to terms, which are in conflict with the Constitution or the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.

 

Pakistan

Govt takes steps to stop leakage of classified information

Geo News, Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Instead of tabling Right to Information Bill in the parliament which was approved by the Senate Committee on Information and ...

 

India

Hyderabad: Man creates fake home ministry order, dashes RTI query to governor

Mumbai Mirror

When no response came from the governor's office, Raghuvamsi dashed off a Right to Information Act query asking as to why the recommendations ...

 

Australia

Australia Post refusing to publish managing director's salary

The Sydney Morning Herald

Australia Post refuses to reveal how many millions of dollars its managing director earned last year, despite a freedom of information request from ...

 

 

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Issue No: 131

E - Alert

Issue Date: 01-12-2016

 

 

Pakistan

Opposition to introduce its own RTI bill in Senate

The News International

ISLAMABAD: In a significant move, the joint opposition has decided to introduce its own drafted Right to Information (RTI) bill as a private piece of ...

 

Pakistan

Legal hurdle? Punjab information act challenged

The Express Tribune

... and Transparency Act (PITA) has been challenged before the Lahore High Court on claims that the law itself is a hurdle in right to information.

 

India

CIC orders disclosing Machil, Pathribal Court Martial findings

Kashmir Life

It has rejected the idea of invoking Section 8(1)(h) to deny the same information as was demand by Venkatesh Nayak under Right to Information Act.

 

Pakistan

RTI Commission summons HED official as inquiry issue drags on

The News International

PESHAWAR: The Right to Information Commission Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has summoned a senior official in the Higher Education Department on ...

 

Israel

The receipts the Prime Minister's Office won't show

JerusalemOnline

The Prime Minister's Office declined the request from the Movement for Freedom of Information to publish the receipts detailing the expenses of the ...

 

UK

times the amount of ISIS fighters in Iraq than in Syria

The Sun

Figures obtained by The Sun with Freedom of Information requests reveal there have been only 30 RAF attacks in total on Syrian soil since MPs gave ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information violated

The Nation

DERA GHAZI kHAN-The Punjab information commissioner has taken note of the complaint filed by a citizen over violation of the right to information.

 

UK

Report blames secrecy of information for corruption in security agencies

Guardian

It added that the freedom of information's compliance rankings carried out in 2014-2015 showed that the security agencies were the least likely to ...

 

India

Arvind Kejriwal taunts BJP after their U-turn in Supreme Court

Financial Express

... Arvind Kejriwal, in a fresh attack to the new policy, said that the government should bring all political parties under the Right to Information act.

 

UK

West Midlands Police investigate three rape cases linked to Tinder dating app

Birmingham Mail

Of the three West Midlands rape investigations linked to Tinder, one alleged victim could not be traced, according to the Freedom of Information ...

 

India

Gujarat High Court to decide if judge's personal details are subject to RTI

Bar & Bench

... answering a pertinent question: to what extent does a sitting High Court judge's personal details fall under the ambit of the Right to Information Act?

 

Pakistan

Activists call for unity within ranks as security concerns rise

The News International

The other crucial problems identified by the activists, were the grave violations of right to information and freedom of association in Balochistan; on top ...

 

Ireland

Visa requests from Yemen, Eritrea and Iraq most likely to fail

Irish Times

The data was obtained by The Irish Times under Freedom of Information legislation. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, which operates ...

 

Malta

GWU will earn €8.5m from government jobless scheme

Times of Malta

The government has now provided the contract following a request submitted under the freedom of information law. The trade union was selected ...

 

Australia

ASIC forced to explain why it refuses prospectuses

The Australian

Following a two-year freedom of information battle by The Australian, Information Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim on Friday ordered ASIC to hand over ...

 

India

Mumbai: NCP students' wing wants varsity to take action against errant canteens

Free Press Journal

He added that the university has not floated a tender every year for canteens in its campuses, as per RTI (Right to Information) replies he has received.

 

India

Over 2000 seats vacant in medical schools as infra, cost keep students away

Hindustan Times

A reply from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to an HT application filed under the Right to Information Act revealed that just 56,748 seats of the total ...

 

Pakistan

Generals, judges, journalists must also be held accountable

Pakistan Today

But, it is possible only through right to information (RTI) legislation, but the RTI law, despite having been endorsed by Senate Committee on ...

 

India

Bureaucrats tour world, but no accountability

The Asian Age

... revealed information received by The Asian Age under the Right to Information Act. As per the Maharashtra government's circular dated November ...

 

Pakistan

'RTI bill to be presented in next NA session'

DAWN.com

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb on Wednesday said that the Right to Information (RTI) bill will be ...

 

UK

UK immigration centres record 218 hunger strikers in three months

The Guardian

According to figures released following a Freedom of Information request, 218 people refused to eat in July, August and September this year.

 

Ireland

More than 50000 adoptees to get right to birth certificates

Irish Times

Illegal adoptions pose complications in searches for birth parents · Adopted people to gain right to information on birth parents · Right to access birth ...

 

India

RTI activists write to Modi against CIC's coffee table book

The Hindu

Pune: City-based Right to Information (RTI) activists have condemned the launch of a coffee table book on 'successful RTI stories' by the Central ...

 

Israel

Prime Minister's Residence's 2015 expenses the lowest in 7 years

Israel Hayom

In response to the Movement for Freedom of Information's request, the Prime Minister's Office said that "the costs of operating the Prime Minister's ...

 

USA

Wrongfully Imprisoned in Gitmo for Years, This Man Finally Won His Freedom

Huffington Post

According to what had been scared up through a Freedom of Information Act request, Obaidullah was accused of being part of an al Qaeda-affiliated ...

 

 

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Issue No: 130

E - Alert

Issue Date: 18-11-2016

 

 

Pakistan

Balochistan to introduce new right to information law

The Express Tribune

QUETTA: Adviser to CM on Information Sardar Raza Mohammad Barech has said a new draft of the Right to Information Law in Balochistan was being ...

 

Pakistan

Balochistan Government Pledges to Table RTI Bill in Assembly in 2 Months

Balochistanvoices.com

Quetta: Balochistan government pledged to table the Right to Information (RTI) bill in assembly within 2 months. This announcement was made by ...

 

India

High impunity and massive backlog choking RTI: Study

The Hindu

A new study on the performance of the adjudicators of the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that information commissions (ICs) imposed the ...

 

India

New notes to cost RBI more than Rs. 12000 crore

The Hindu

Data from a Right to Information answer by the RBI in 2012 shows that it costs Rs. 2.50 to print each Rs. 500 denomination note, and Rs. 3.17 to print a ...

 

USA

Public records and an amusing definition of 'free' (Opinion)

OregonLive.com

Charging for 'open records' makes a mockery of the term 'freedom of information.'" He encouraged fines and firings of employees. Let me reply to ...

 

India

Sports Ministry wants BCCI to be brought under RTI

Economic Times

This is not the first time that the government has tried to get the board under right to information (RTI). In December 2011, then sports minister Ajay ...

 

Pakistan

The Need to Repeal Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005

Balochistanvoices.com

Why is effective right to information law important for good governance? It is so because it enables citizens

 

Pakistan

Non-implementation of LHC order: FBR chief issued notice in contempt plea

Business Recorder

... of Revenue (FBR) in a contempt of court petition filed by a tax lawyer following violation of Right to

 

India

PROs posted in all police stations in state

The New Indian Express

They also give the copies of FIR and ensure that the public avail the benefits of Right to Information and Right to Service Acts. They should also work ...

 

USA

How many racing dogs failed drug tests? In Texas, that's confidential

MyStatesman.com

Kelley Shannon, executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, said in recent years her organization has observed a steady ...

 

India

Waiting period at RTI commissions ranges between two months and 30 years

Economic Times

NEW DELHI: If you file a Right to Information (RTI) appeal before Assam Information Commission today, you will have to wait for 30 years to get heard.

 

Pakistan

Right to Information Law not at odds with national security: CRTI

The Nation

islamabad - The Right to Information Law is not at odds with the national security of the country and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information: Irrigation engineer fined for withholding details

The Express Tribune

LAHORE: The Punjab Information Commission has fined and ordered disciplinary action against a superintendent engineer of the irrigation ...

 

India

Finally, J&K SIC becomes completely defunct; Govt still in deep slumber

Daily Excelsior

Today was his last working day as per the provisions of J&K Right to Information Act and with this the State Information Commission has completely ...

 

India

Book Review: RTI Act – Authentic Interpretation Of The Statute by Shailesh Gandhi & Pralhad Kacheri

Live Law

Just one miniscule part of right to know, i.e., right to information, truncated in myriad forms of expression

 

UK

Powers of attorney rocket as dementia becomes Britain's biggest killer

Telegraph.co.uk

Information released under a Freedom of Information request show that in 2015, 441,500 power of attorney arrangements were set-up, compared to ...

 

India

Sexual assault cases up 280% since 2012

Mumbai Mirror

The report compiled by Praja Foundation using data gathered under the Right to Information (RTI) act

 

India

RTI info exposes plot-allotment scam

Chandigarh Tribune

Information provided by the GLADA authorities under the Right to Information Act revealed that 60 applications for allotment of plots under various ...

 

USA

NYPD Keeps Mayor's Helicopter Use a Secret and it 'Makes No Sense:' Experts

DNAinfo

Brushing aside a Freedom of Information request by DNAinfo New York, the NYPD's Legal Bureau claimed its FOIL Unit was “unable to locate ...

 

UK

Child trafficking victims disappearing from UK care at 'alarming' rate

The Guardian

The new data, drawn largely from freedom of information requests to 217 local authorities across the UK, shows that Thurrock, Hillingdon, Croydon, ...

 

India

University got 278 fake degrees to ratify so far this year: RTI

Times of India

Mumbai: The University of Mumbai finds close to 300 fake degrees every year from among the ones that are sent to it for verification by employers.

 

Sri Lanka

President yet to ratify two RTI Commission nominees

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

President Maithripala Sirisena is yet to ratify appointments for the remaining two posts of commissioners on the Right to Information (RTI) Commission, ...

 

UK

Just one person fined in UK for smoking with under-18 in car

The Guardian

The research was based on Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to 42 police forces in England and Wales. Only Northumbria police gave a figure ...

 

UK

A third of police forces use anti-spitting hoods on suspects

Telegraph.co.uk

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed the hoods have been used on 91 people aged under 18 in the last five years, with ...

 

 

 

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Issue No: 129

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Issue Date: 01-11-2016

 

 

India

RTI activist shot dead

gulfnews.com

New Delhi: An Indian Right to Information (RTI) activist Bhupendra Veera, who launched multiple campaigns against illegal land dealings and ...

 

UK

Home Office reveals 3 ILLEGAL immigrants get caught every hour entering Britain

Express.co.uk

Data released under Freedom of Information guidelines provides a snapshot of the crisis under Labour and the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition. On average ...

 

UK

Thousands of drivers and passengers are still being caught not wearing seatbelts

Coventry Telegraph

The figures, which came from a Freedom of Information request, also showed the number of motorists who failed to ensure children were buckled up in ...

 

India

Constitution Club pays rent of Rs. 100, earns Rs. 2 crore a year

The Hindu

... and Sridhar Acharyulu declared that the club, a stone's throw from Parliament House, was a “public authority” under the Right to Information Act.

 

India

Withdraw police protection of defaulters: HC to State

Hindustan Times

Punamiya said he got figures under the Right to Information Act. According to the replies he got, Rs23.76 lakh is outstanding against builders, Rs37.52 ...

 

Ireland

Just 7% of FoI requests to An Garda Síochána granted

Irish Examiner

Just 7% of Freedom of Information requests made to An Garda Síochána were granted in the first 14 months after the 2014 FOI Act was extended to ...

 

Pakistan

'Public access to information vital'

The News International

NOWSHERA: Chief Commissioner Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission Azmat Hanif Orakzai on Thursday said that public access to ...

 

China

China Lags Behind in Rule-of-Law Ranking

Wall Street Journal (blog)

One area where China seemed to progress was in protecting the right to information, moving up

 

Pakistan

Senate likely to reject RTI draft law

The News International

ISLAMABAD: The ineffective Right to Information draft law approved by the federal cabinet after its one-and-a-half dozen meetings since January 2014 ...

 

Philippines

FOI inches close to fruition

Manila Bulletin

... the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) law (Senate Bill 159) which aims to give flesh to the citizens' constitutional right to information on matters ...

 

India

Death toll of RTI activists goes up to 56

Times of India

National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI) has demanded an inqu iry in to the murder of Vira. In a letter written to Maharashtra CM ...

 

Pakistan

CRTI rejects govt bill on RTI

The News International

Ironically, the federal government has modelled this bill on the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 which it is already trying to repeal due to its ...

 

Pakistan

Federal govt's RTI draft law termed weakest in South Asia

The News International

ISLAMABAD: Tall claims apart, the PML-N government has decided not to walk the talk on the much-awaited Right to Information draft law recently ...

 

Pakistan

CPNE shares reservations on Right to Info Bill

Daily Times

The Right to Information Bill was discussed and the reservations of the editors were conveyed to Principal Information Officer Rao Tahseen Ali Khan ...

 

India

High Court: Army can't deny candidates answersheets

Times of India

... held that Army cannot deprive job aspirants of copies of their written exam answersheet and the merit list under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

 

USA

Exclusive: WHO cancer agency asked experts to withhold weedkiller document...

Reuters

Multiple subsequent freedom of information requests by the U.S. conservative advocacy group the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E and E ...

 

Pakistan

Decline of political parties

DAWN.com

After imposing on the people a terrible tool of oppression in the form of the cybercrime act, the authorities have decided to make the right to information ...

 

UK

Clowns, aliens and ghosts: The five weirdest information requests made to West Midlands Police

Birmingham Mail

West Midlands Police have released details of some of their more extraordinary Freedom of Information requests - and some of them make for ...

 

Pakistan

Tale of two bills

DAWN.com

The Right of Access to Information (RAI) and the Right to Information (RTI) bills, approved by the federal cabinet and Senate respectively, provide ...

 

Pakistan

1100 deaths reported in ATH in four months

The News International

BoG Chairman Javed Panni has already challenged the action of Right to Information (RTI) Commission over the request of a senior journalist in the ...

 

Bangladesh

Evolving dimensions of the RTI Act, 2009

Dhaka Tribune

The evolving dynamics within the New World Economic Order prompted the unelected government of Bangladesh to adopt Right to Information as a ...

 

India

Now RTI appellate authority has asked PMO how the Prime Minister's travel bills can be a security ...

Businessinsider India

While the exact figure spent on the Prime Minister's travel around the globe isn't revealed, an RTI or Right to Information Act filed by a retired defence ...

 

 

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Issue No: 128

E - Alert

Issue Date: 17-10-2016

 

 

Ireland

Judges criticial of plan to alter eligibility for expenses

Irish Times

Documents released by the department, under the Freedom of Information Acts, show judges strongly opposed a plan last year to only permit an ...

 

India

CIC flays I-T 'informer' for using RTI to earn money

Business Standard

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has admonished a Right to Information (RTI) applicant who was allegedly se

 

India

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis declares Nagpur first digital district of India

The Indian Express

The state has added 169 new online services under the Right to Information Act, taking the total number of services to 369. Through Aaple Sarkar ...

 

Pakistan

Right to Information Commission gets new head

DAWN.com

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has appointed Azmat Hanif Orkazai as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) to the Khyber ...

 

Sri Lanka

* President appoints Right to Information Commission

Colombo Page

Sept 30, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed the Right to Information (RTI) Commission of Sri Lanka upon the recommendation ...

 

UK

BBC bosses spend thousands on taxis on top of £1million company car perks

The Sun

But a Freedom of Information request reveals the 216 staff are also allowed to claim expenses for a string of extra motoring costs. Last year they blew ...

 

UK

'Britain's secret scandal': CHILDREN of alcoholics at RISK due to budget cuts

Express.co.uk

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics released the data, gathered through Freedom of Information requests, as part of its ...

 

UK

Police and civilian staff with mental ill health take almost 200000 sick days

Daily Mail

The figures, released by Police Scotland to the Liberal Democrats under Freedom of Information laws, show police officers struggling with mental ill ...

 

Pakistan

Ministry makes mockery of RTI law

The News International

When Zahid Abdullah of the Coalition of Right to Information moved the FO against the Law Ministry for denying the information about the funds spent ...

 

India

Assets of officials' spouse cannot be disclosed under RTI: CIC

The Indian Express

Demanding asset details of spouse and dependents of government officials under the Right to Information Act is “unreasonable and illegal”, the ...

 

India

CIC rejects RTI appeal of Income Tax 'informer' regarding assets of 100 IT officers

Moneylife

Rakesh Kumar Gupta, who claimed to be an informer to the Income Tax department (I-T Dept), filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) ...

 

India

1.75 crore RTI applications filed since 2005: Study

Economic Times

The first decadal study conducted after Right to Information (RTI) Act implemented in October 2005 has revealed that over 1.75 crore applications have ...

 

Sri Lanka

Government called on to fully constitute RTI commission

Colombo Gazette

RTI The Right to Information Commission arguably the most important component in the framework set up by the RTI Act is yet to be fully constituted ...

 

Sri Lanka

* Sri Lankan government to set up a special office to implement RTI Act

Colombo Page

Oct 06, Colombo: The government is to establish a special office to disseminate information on the Right to Information Act (RTIA) in Battaramulla, ...

 

Pakistan

Orange Line Metro: Will the Supreme Court save Lahore's heritage?

DAWN.com

They filed Right to Information requests and petitions. One of the primary issues brought to court was the legitimacy of the No Objection Certificates ...

 

India

RTI info hints at scam in mobile tower installation

Chandigarh Tribune

... fee charges from PIO, Municipal Council, Khanna, under the Right to Information Act (RTI), indicates a high-level mobile tower scam in the city.

 

Australia

Need to know? Powerhouse Museum accused of thwarting transparency laws as Labor seeks ...

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Powerhouse Museum has been accused of trying to circumvent freedom of information laws by charging exorbitant fees. Labor's Arts spokesman ...

 

India

Right to information: What 11 years of the RTI Act of 2005 have done for India

Firstpost

It was on this day 11 years back that one of the most important laws in India fully came into force. The Right to Information Act, 2005 has helped ...

 

India

Prime Minister is always on duty, PMO replies to RTI query

Chandigarh Tribune

The Prime Minister can be said to be on duty all the time,” the Right to Information (RTI) response from the

 

France

France covers source code with freedom of information laws

Inquirer

ZUT E-LAWS! The French government has added source code to the list of things covered under freedom of

 

Canada

Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information laws are dangerously toothless

The Coast Halifax

Changes need to be made to Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information Act. That's the call being made by critics after premier Stephen McNeil's admission ...

 

Ghana

re determined to pass RTI Bill into law – Bagbin

GhanaWeb

Majority Leader, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has assured that the Legislature is more determined to pass the Right To Information (RTI) Bill ...

 

India

BSc student goes Right To Information way to get answer sheet copies

Times of India

NAGPUR: Fearing that his application would go unheeded like that of many other students, Bachelor of Science (BSc) student Harshal Mehta of VMV ...

 

India

Unclog the RTI process by making basic information public

Hindustan Times

The first decadal study conducted after the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that over 1.75 crore

 

India

Exclusive: India bad loans mountain grows, risks delaying bank clean-up

Reuters

The latest data obtained by Reuters through a right-to-information request showed stressed loans rose to 9.22 trillion rupees ($138.5 billion) as at ...

 

India

Vexed by 'frivolous' RTI pleas, PMO issues advisory

The Hindu

Annoyed with the non-stop flow of applications under the Right to Information Act (RTI), most of them flippant, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has ...

 

India

Now SIC will also be defunct ?

Daily Excelsior

It is more than 7 years now we have Jammu& Kashmir Right to Information Act (J&K RTI Act 2009) in place in our state. It was on March 20th 2009 ...

 

India

From Kejriwal's 'Social Behaviour' To Modi's Suits. What India Wants To Know Through RTIs

ScoopWhoop

According to a recent report, an approximate 4800 Right to Information applications are filed in India everyday. This act, which was passed by ...

 

UK

Dozens of servicemen booted out for being too fat to fight - including 28st man

The Sun

Our findings – admitted by The MoD after a Freedom of Information request – also show that hundreds of military personnel are classified as obese ...

 

UK

Hundreds of Met Police officers left injured in defensive training in just 12 months

Mirror.co.uk

The severity of the injuries were not disclosed in the Freedom of Information request revealed, although bosses at the Met said the 15 most serious ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information: Of all rest houses in Punjab, not one for CM

The Express Tribune

The stopovers include facilities of restaurants, kitchens, barbeque areas as well as parking spots. Some of these resort