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CPDI RTI Newsletter, Issue No 89



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

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 89

E - Alert

Issue Date: 08-07-2014





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


The latest issue of CPDI RTI Newsletter is in front of your eyes. Civil society efforts for the implementation of newly adopted right to information laws continue in Pakistan along with political advocacy for the repeal of Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 and its replicas in Sindh and Balochistan. CPDI launched research report pertaining to the state of right to information in Pakistan and Digital Rights Foundation, a member organization of Coalition on Right to Information, (CRTI) launched study pertaining to the status of proactive disclosure of information by Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa public bodies as dictated by relevant provisions of their right to information laws. Happy reading.


CPDI Transparency and RTI Team



Cleveland Police draw and aim Tasers at children six times in a year, with youngest aged 14

Gazette Live

The figures released under Freedom of Information laws show that recorded instances of Tasers being drawn and aimed at children has doubled from ...


RTI on wheels reaches Srinagar

Kashmir Life

RTI on wheels, a mobile van creating awareness among masses about Right to Information reached Srinagar on 18 June, an RTI J&K movement ...


On the Internet: Punjab, KP not complying with their own right to information laws

The Express Tribune

The provincial governments of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Punjab have failed to comply with their own right to information (RTI) laws of their ...


REVEALED: Not-so-austere lifestyle of ex-Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, her official residence had 31 ...

Daily Bhaskar

New Delhi: Information provided under the Right to Information Act (RTI) revealed not-so-austere lifestyle of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.


Amravati Information Commissioner gets official bungalow in Pune!


What shocked Right to Information (RTI) activists and users was that Konkan and Mumbai regions, which also have Information Commissioners, are ...


EXCLUSIVE: Staten Island teacher's aide had affair with teenage student: investigation

New York Daily News

Documents from the agency's Special Commissioner of Investigation, obtained by the Daily News through a Freedom of Information Law request, ...


Born to be neglected: Fate of Right to Information Act hangs in balance

The Express Tribune

Six months after the introduction of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act (RTI) 2014, the government has failed to implement the ...


Crackdown on fuel pump thieves

Accrington Observer

Figures obtained by the Observer under the Freedom of Information Act show there were 38 incidents of petrol station drive offs in Accrington in the ...


FOI Commission rules sexual harassment complaint filed against Haberek is public record

Freedom of Information Commission hearing officer has ruled that a sexual harassment complaint brought against Stonington First Selectman ...


Poll: Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official meetings?

FREEDOM OF Information (FOI) request to access a 'secret diary' kept by a government minister of official meetings has been denied.


SWAT teams claim to be private mercenaries, immune to open records laws

Boing Boing

The ACLU reports [PDF] that when it made Freedom of Information requests for Massachusetts SWAT team records, the SWATs claimed that because ...


Proactive role of information commissions urged

The News International

Score of each Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 and its replicas in Sindh and Balochistan is as abysmally low as 36. In this research study ...


Some B.C. nurses' overtime pay gives them an income rivalling doctors' earnings

The Province

Shocking overtime figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal Vancouver Coastal Health paid nearly $600,000 to three nurses over ...


66000 RTI complaints pending in six info panels, Maha tops list

Times of India

MUMBAI: The aam aadmi's favourite law, the Right to Information Act, turns nine this year. Information commissions were set up to decide on ...


Counting the cost of council papers

South Wales Argus

FIGURES released under a Freedom of Information request showed Gwent councils spent more than £200,000 a year on their own free newspapers.


Murder convict says missing tape would prove his innocence

Washington Times

... judge's order that the Justice Department confirm or deny the tape's existence — the latest development in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed ...


AEC threatens to have FOI applicant declared vexatious after two requests

The Guardian

... system by threatening to have a freedom of information applicant who lodged just two requests for information declared a “vexatious applicant”.


AEC threatens to have FOI applicant declared vexatious after two requests

The Guardian

... system by threatening to have a freedom of information applicant who lodged just two requests for information declared a “vexatious applicant”.


RTI guidelines for matters in courts made people-friendly

Hindustan Times

The Punjab and Haryana high court has amended its Right to Information (RTI) rules, framed in 2007, making them more people-friendly. These are ...


Sheila Dikshit's Bungalow Had 31 Air Conditioners and 15 Desert Coolers

India West

An official response to a query under the Right to Information Act said Dikshit's residence at 3Motilal Nehru Marg – which has now been allotted to ...


Understand the world from the eyes of a woman: Ayesha Khatun

Ayesha highlighted the use of RTI (Right to Information)) to get information from the government and MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural ...


Ex-MPs default on phone charges, owe MTNL Rs. 6.6 crore as unpaid bills

Hindustan Times

This was revealed by information obtained in April 2014 under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by HT. Every MP enjoys 1.5 lakh free phone calls ...


Let surrogates 'have the right to birth details'

SURROGATE children and those born through assisted reproduction should have a right to information on their birth and origins, according to ...


CMCH's '60-word' Limit for RTI query Puzzles Applicant

The New Indian Express

COIMBATORE: In an incident revealing the lengths the Public Information Officials (PIO) go to avoid answering applications filed under the Right To ...


In Lucknow, one toilet for every 58844 people!

Zee News

... Pradesh, doesn't have any public toilets for women and has a toilet for every 58,844 people, aRight to Information (RTI) application has revealed.


RTI in school syllabus: 3 years on, MP govt sleeps over it

Times of India

BHOPAL: It has been a little over three years since state information commission (SIC) recommended inclusion of a chapter on right to information ...


Unpaid tickets at the Dartford Crossing rise by 160 per cent in the last three years

News Shopper

Freedom of information figures given to the BBC reveal the number of drivers unable to pay the toll has risen from 15,216 in 2010 to 39,996 last year.


RTI Info Panel Feels Powerless as Respondents Ignore Orders

The New Indian Express

Reason is the loopholes in the Right To Information Act itself. Though the Commission enjoys a status on par with civil courts, it lacks powers to ensure ...


EXCLUSIVE: Safest and riskiest areas of New York's subway system revealed in Daily News ...

New York Daily News

The News' analysis was based on both Metropolitan Transportation Authority ridership data and NYPD info — obtained via Freedom of Information ...


UK government to consider extending FOI to contractors

Supply Management

“If necessary the CO will consider whether other changes (including the formal extension of theFreedom of Information Act) might be needed,” said the ...







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