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

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Around the World

Issue No: 100

E - Alert

Issue Date: 15-04-2015





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

We received an interesting response from Additional Secretary (Welfare)/ Public Information Officer for Welfare Wing, S&GAD, Punjab on our request pertaining to the list of passengers of the Punjab government helicopter and number of flights taken from July 01, 2013 to April 02, 2014 filed under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013. The Punjab government has cited 'security' reasons for not divulging names of those who have used helicopter of the Government of Punjab. Interestingly, we got positive response from Section Officer (Aviation-I) on a similar request for information filed under Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013. Rumours abound about the way Punjab government helicopter is being used and it is in the best interest of the Punjab government that it shares the requested information to put an end to these damaging rumours. Mr. Waseem Abbasi, an investigative journalist is also trying to get access to the similar information and those who are interested in the use of Punjab government helicopter might find the related stories in this issue very interesting. Especially, the Punjab government clarification and the rejoinder by Mr. Abbasi show the effectiveness of RTI as a tool for investigative reporting.


Happy reading,



Punjab CM's copter makes 627 flights costing Rs37 million

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has spent more time in air then his counterpart in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pervaiz Khattak as the official helicopter of former was almost used twice daily throughout last year, according to official figures obtained by The News.

The documents provided by the Punjab government revealed that official helicopter of Punjab chief minister took 627 flights from July 2013 to October 2014 which cost national exchequer an amount of Rs37.07 million.


Punjab govt clarifies use of helicopter

LAHORE: A Spokesman of Punjab government has taken exception to a news item, published in a section of the press, regarding the government of the Punjab's helicopters flights, costing Rs37 million.

The spokesman said that the official helicopter of the government of the Punjab is only used for legitimate government functions.



Prince Charles letters must be disclosed, rules Supreme Court

In his leading judgment, Lord Neuberger said that provisions within the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) did not give the attorney general of England ...



Serious access to information reform is needed in Canada

Canada is currently ranked 57th out of the 101 countries on the Centre for Law and Democracy's Right to Information Rating, a comparative ...



Lawsuit filed over new lethal-injection law

Arkansas News

... drugs secret violates the prisoners' constitutional rights, including their right to information about procedures the state intends to use to execute



'Air safety rules wilfully violated at Mumbai airport'

The Indian Express

The DGM's letter is in response to a Right to Information request filed by activist Vishwas Bhamburkar about action taken on safety issues at the airport.



Illinois mulls expanded disease list for marijuana program

Macon Telegraph (blog)

... emotional pleas for help, according to 269 pages of petitions obtained by The Associated Press through the state's Freedom of Information Act.



Judge Shoots Down 'FOIA Terrorist' Jason Leopold; Says 'Panetta Review' Documents Can Be ...


In a court filing last month as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, a C.I.A. officer said that the review had been stopped abruptly in 2010, had ...



Intelligence agencies silent on RTI: study

The Hindu

India's top security and intelligence agencies consistently refuse to give out any information about the Right to Information requests they receive, and ...



Why are CIC posts vacant, Delhi High Court tells government to explain

Economic Times

... why vacancies in the Central Information Commission, the final appellate authority for Right to Information Act, have not been filled for almost a



NGT asks state to spring into action to curb illegal mining

Times of India

BHOPAL: National Green Tribunal (NGT) has expressed concern over illegal sand mining in Madhya Pradesh following death of a cop, who was ...



I Will Guarantee Lagosians Right to Information – Jimi Agbaje

Daily Times Nigeria

Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje has pledged to ensure Lagosians unfettered right to ...



DHS: FOIA Requests Up 182 Percent Under Obama – 5.7 Percent Are Fully Granted

... Homeland Security has experienced a 182 percent increase in the number of requests it receives under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) since ...



Australian officials knew of surrogate baby abandonment

ABC Online

Freedom of Information (FOI) documents obtained by the ABC's Foreign Correspondent program reveal startling new information about the case which ...



Peculiar public service job: Strange tasks come with National Museum of Australia jobs

The Canberra Times

Documents obtained by a member of the public via a freedom of information request show damage to the cement base of a statue of 19th Century gold ...



Mapped: The world's most open governments

The countries were assessed on four categories: publicised laws and government data, right to information, civic participation, and complaint ...



You can put national calendar dates on cheques, but banks don't know

Times of India

Information sought from RBI through Right to Information (RTI) query filed by city-based activist Abhay Kolarkar clarifies that all nationalized banks ...



CIC Directs Govt to Bring Pvt Hospitals Under RTI

The New Indian Express

NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Centre and state governments to enforce the Right to Information (RTI) Act to ...





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