Newsletter 117

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

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 117

E - Alert

Issue Date: 09-03-2016




Law students succeed in getting Delhi High Court RTI Rules amended

Bar & Bench

When the matter came up for hearing last month, the bench noted that a committee dealing with issues related to right to information had already ...



FOI request reveals \A346 million agency wage bill at Northants County Council

Northamptonshire Telegraph

A Freedom of Information request has revealed Northamptonshire County Council has spent \A346 million hiring agency staff over the



More than 85% of public tips on benefit 'frauds' are false

The Guardian

A freedom of information request to the Department for Work and Pensions discloses that between 2010 and 2015 the government closed 1,041,219 ...



216 cases of child sexual exploitation reported in Cambridgeshire from April 2013 to March 2015

Cambs Times

The startling figures come from a Freedom of Information request, asking Cambridgeshire County Council how many cases of child exploitation they ...



Countering the secrecy narrative

The Express Tribune

Information commissions established under the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act of 2013 and the Punjab Transparency and Right to ...



'No' to 38% of requests for information

Times of Malta

Thirty-eight per cent of the requests for information submitted in terms of the Freedom of Information Act since March 2013 have not been accepted.



Thousands of NHS doctor and nursing posts are vacant

... per cent and open positions for doctors had risen by 60 per cent, the figures obtained by the BBC under a Freedom of Information



Review decides not to change Freedom of Information Act

The Guardian

... added Maurice Frankel, director of the campaign, which works for the strengthening of the FOI act and advises the public on their right to information.



Nigeria: Court Orders Govt to Publish Details of Recovered Loots

The judgment was sequel to a Freedom of Information suit brought by a group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability



Gold smugglers across India caught but not convicted

Times of India

... a Right To Information (RTI) collected by TOI has revealed that only nine out of 1,408 persons have been convicted of smuggling the precious metal ...



Right to information and superior judiciary

The News on Sunday

It is largely believed that the constitutional right to information was accorded when Article 19-A was inserted into the constitution



British government suppressing key documents on allegations of UK collusion in torture and rendition

The Independent

... under freedom of information legislation. The group asked the State Department to supply files on \93the circumstances and extent of participation in ...



Outrage over charity chief's 'complicity' in bid to limit voluntary sector lobbying

The Guardian

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that William Shawcross urged a trustee on his commission to meet



FIR against Allahabad man for tampering with RTI reply

Hindustan Times

... which he stated that the CRPF was exempted from providing such information under section 24(1) of chapter 6 of the Right to Information Act, 2005.



Greens up in arms against renewal of quarry permits

The Hindu

In reply to an application given under the Right to Information Act, the district geologist has informed an applicant that the licence of quarries which had ...



Withholding answers: PIO at district health office issued show-cause notice

The Express Tribune

PESHAWAR: The Right to Information (RTI) Commission issued a show-cause notice to the public information officer (PIO) at the city district health ...



BJP minister 'forged' dead man's sign to sell off land in Akola

Mumbai Mirror

The documents, accessed through the Right to Information Act, show that Patil had signed the land transfer form along with the original seller, ...


Sri Lanka

Sad News: Presenting of Right to Information Bill put off

Sri Lanka Guardian

( March 8, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The government has postponed the presenting of the much-awaited Right to Information Act to ...



NIC 'one of the best' Information Commissions

The Statesman

With merely 0.7 per cent of the Right To Information (RTI) applications being rejected, the Nagaland Information Commission (NIC) has been rated as ...



Dying man suffered vile abuse at hands of carer

Irish Independent

Complaint records released under freedom of information rules indicate significant issues remain in some nursing homes, despite a



Car smoking ban farce as Met nets no prosecutions

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the Metropolitan Police Force has not issued a single fine since the law came into ...



RTI law: KP Assembly urged to pass amendments

The Express Tribune

... has urged the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly to pass amendments proposed to right to information act, stated a press release issued on Tuesday.



Rs 5 a day: MP widow pension not even enough to buy a cup of tea

The Siasat Daily

As a response under Right to Information Act, the Union government stated that it has not received recommendations from any state government for ...




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