User: indiatogether Topic: Right to Information
Category: RTI
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Income Tax Dept 'writes off' huge arrears, show RTI replies 27.5.2018 General News
Apparently failing to recover massive tax dues from various corporate tax-payers in the country, the Income Tax Department (ITD) has now started "writing off" thousands of crores of tax arrears by such defaulters, according to RTI replies.
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Centre in HC against CIC order on Khemka's deputation 27.5.2018 General News
The Centre has moved the Delhi High Court against a CIC order asking it to inform whether IAS officer Ashok Khemka, known for cancelling Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's alleged illegal land deal in Gurgaon, was considered for the post of joint secretary in the Centre. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in its plea has also challenged a single judge's order upholding the January 2017 decision of the Central Information Commission (CIC). The CIC in its order had directed DoPT to disclose whether the name of Khemka, an IAS officer of 1991 batch of the Haryana state cadre, was placed before the Civil Services Board (CSB) for deputation as joint secretary to Government of India under the Central Staffing Scheme of 2014. The matter is expected to be heard by a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla in July. The appeal by the DoPT, moved through advocates Rahul Sharma and C K Bhatt, has claimed that the information sought by Khemka, also known for the numerous
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Irregularity In IIM Rohtak? Lawmakers Write To Prakash Javadekar 26.5.2018 NDTV News - India-news
Two lawmakers or MPs have written letters to Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javdekar complaining irregularities in the appointment of Director of IIM Rohtak. An RTI activist who got...
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RTI query reveals Jan Lokpal Bill now pending with AAP govt 26.5.2018 Hindu: Health
Delhi Law Minister Kailash Gahlot says clarifications sought by Centre unclear
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Why is ticket cancellation easier for flyers than for rail passengers? 25.5.2018 Top Stories
In a bizarre situation, railway passengers in India would now be penalised more for ticket cancellations than air travellers
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Another forest fire in Uttarakhand 25.5.2018 General News
As the mercury continues to rise in Uttarakhand, the forest fires are occurring one after the other in the state.In the latest incident, a major fire broke out in forests in Pithoragarh's Berinag hill station on Thursday.Firefighting operations are underway, according to sources.According to some media reports, at least 295 incidents of forest fires were reported on Wednesday from different parts of Uttarakhand.
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The transatlantic variants 25.5.2018 Hindu: Home
India must be careful in picking up best practices from elsewhere in drafting a data protection law
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KHNAM questions construction of school building 24.5.2018 Meghalaya Times

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, May 24: Claiming that there has been a misuse of public funds in the construction of a school building in the city, the Khun Hyniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has demanded that the state government institutes an inquiry into the issue.
As per the president of the party’s youth wing, Thomas Passah, a reply to a RTI filed by the party had revealed that Rs 75,000 was sanctioned as a non-recurring grant in aid for construction of school additional class room under the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources scheme for Madrassa Himayatul Islam UP School Shillong.

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CIC pulls up IAF officers for delaying response on PM foreign travels 24.5.2018 General News
The Central Information Commission has rapped two senior Indian Air Force officers for not furnishing timely and accurate information on expenditure incurred on foreign visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi using the force's aircraft, calling it a case of "the gross lack of knowledge or perhaps limited knowledge". "(The) Commission is irked by the unexplained delay of two months in receiving the RTI application upon transfer from Respondent No.1 (Air HQ to Western Air Command) despite it being sent through registered post," Information Commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha noted while hearing the complaint of Commodore Lokesh Batra (retired). Batra had approached the Commission with a complaint against the IAF, saying it has delayed by seven months the response to his application seeking to know expenditure incurred on foreign visits of the prime minister using its aircraft for the purpose. He also said the IAF first stated it did not have information related to his query seeking to know .
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HC judges differ on plea against disclosure of PMNRF donor details 23.5.2018 General News
A division bench of the Delhi High Court today delivered a split verdict on the issue of whether it was compulsory to disclose the details of institutional donors in the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund under the RTI Act. The bench referred the matter to the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court to allocate it before a third judge who will decide the question. When the bench Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sunil Gaur assembled for the pronouncement, the judges said there was disagreement between them on the issue. "We are not in agreement with each other. So we have made a reference to the Acting Chief Justice," Justice Bhat said. However, details of their judgements were not available. The bench was hearing PMNRF's plea challenging a single judge's order of November 19, 2015 dismissing its petition against a 2012 Central Information Commission (CIC) order asking it to disclose the details of its institutional donors. The division bench had earlier stayed the operation of the
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Outburst of bigotry 23.5.2018 FrontLine: Home
Hindutva forces strike again, this time with an attack on Aligarh Muslim University for having a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the students’ union hall. By ZIYA US SALAM
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RTI activist alleges threat to life from illegal mining lobby 23.5.2018 The Assam Tribune
RTI activist alleges threat to life from illegal mining lobby
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Half of city’s missing aged 16-25: Mumbai Police 23.5.2018 Hindu: Rx
Missing person numbers on the rise, but figures for those traced successfully registers fall
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PM exam record: DU calls plea by RTI activists a ‘publicity stunt’ 23.5.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
Want to be made party to plea seeking to make public DU’s BA 1978 exam record
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Kumaraswamy urged not to induct Puttaraju into Cabinet 23.5.2018 Hindu: Fitness
Mandya-based Right to Information (RTI) activist K.R. Raveendra has threatened to launch a legal battle against Chief Minister-designate H.D. Kumarasw
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People’s movement 22.5.2018 FrontLine: Home
On the MKSS’ long journey, from 1987 to 2005, in fighting corruption and ensuring transparency and accountability in administration. By K.S. SUBRAMANIAN
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AIJIF alleges major scam in transportation of extracted coal 22.5.2018 Meghalaya Times

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, May 22: Citing a RTI report, the A.chik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum (AIJIF) has opined that there is a major scam in the transportation of extracted coal in Meghalaya and has as such approached the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma seeking an inquiry into the whole affair.
In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister on Tuesday, AIJIF director Alex K Sangma said, “It is imperative on the part of the state government to take necessary initiatives in investigating into a scam of such humongous volume in order to persecute the guilty and do justice to the common masses of the state.”

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RTI on Modi's BA degree: Activists 'want to prevent wrong interpretation of Act' 22.5.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Three activists on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that they want to prevent a wrong interpretation of Right to Information (RTI) Act while opposing Delhi University's action of rejection of an RTI application seeking inspection of records of students who had passed the BA degree exam in 1978, the year when, as per the university, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also cleared the exam.
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What is my blood group? Man asks CIC 22.5.2018 General News
What is my blood group? A man posed this bizarre but "serious" question to the Central Information Commission by way of an RTI plea after tests threw up different results about his blood type. Rahul Chitra, through an acquaintance, had filed an RTI application addressed to the Medical Council of India (MCI). The plea included reports of tests conducted at different government hospitals and private labs which gave "completely different results" about his blood group. Some tests revealed his RH factor was positive, while it was found negative in others, he claimed. Rhesus (Rh) factor is an inherited protein found on the surface of red blood cells. If a person's blood has the protein, his/her Rh factor is positive. If blood lacks the protein, Rh is negative. Rh positive is the most common blood type. The MCI rejected the application, saying it seeks to gather the opinion of the Central Public Information Officer "which is not covered under the definition of 'Information' under the RTI ...
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DU opposes in HC RTI activists plea to intervene 22.5.2018 General News
The Delhi University today opposed in the Delhi High Court a plea of RTI activists seeking to be heard in a matter in which the varsity has challenged a Central Information Commission (CIC) direction to allow inspection of the university's records of all students who had passed BA examination in 1978. The university claimed before Justice Rajiv Shakdher that the intervention application was filed in the matter for "gaining cheap publicity". Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, who was representing the DU, vehemently opposed the plea of the RTI activists saying it cannot be a public platform and these were cheap publicity stunts. "With all seriousness I am opposing it. Can this be a public platform? Can this be a platform for gaining cheap publicity? These are cheap publicity stunts," the law officer said. The CIC had directed the DU to allow inspection of records related to all the students who had passed BA degree in 1978, the year in which, according to the University, ..
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