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NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court has come to the rescue of RTI applicants waiting to be heard at the Central Information Commission in the absence of a chief. The court has directed that the seniormost information commissioner can hear a case in the absence of the CIC.

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Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:38

The Great Indian Land Law Excuse

Market conditions led to sputtering growth

The land acquisition law passed by the UPA government in 2013, then supported by the BJP, is now the

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A big question that is begging a credible answer today is – why is the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government hell-bent on road rolling amendments on to the land acquisition law without even implementing it despite vociferous opposition from several quarters?

Several spokespersons for the government and the political parties which support it have repeatedly said that the amendm

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Activist and citizens on Tuesday criticised the move to bring in an ordinance for the Maharashtra Right to Public Services (RTS) stating that there was no 'emergency' for it. The Bill though introduced in the budget session was not cleared in both houses. On Monday, governor Vidyasagar Rao signed an ordinance on RTS, paving the way for the state to implement it.

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The Centre Tuesday told the Supreme Court that appointment of judges under the newly created National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) would be subject to public scrutiny unlike the opaque collegium system.


Defending the new system, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said:  “If there are requirements, as per the Act and rules to be framed, the appointments will be subje

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 11:44


There is some good news for all those who want to file RTI applications. The department of civics and politics of the University of Mumbai will start a certificate course on RTI from the new academic year in July-August. To be in both English and Marathi, it will have a batch of 30 students. The course curriculum has been finalised and it has been moved for approval.

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The land acquisition law passed by the previous government may not be the villain of the piece when it comes to stalled projects, according to data generated by a Right to Information (RTI) query.

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This is to update you on the RTI intervention to get some transparency on the circumstances leading to the promulgation of the Ordinance to amend the Land Acquisition Act, 2013. (LARR Act), the first time. As this is an issue of enormous importance and implications for the people of the country and as there is a CIC decision from a few years ago that Cabinet Notes relating to proposed legislati

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Writing on the Wall is a video documentation of CHRI's intervention in one village in Panchmahals district of Gujarat in India to promote people's access to crucial information they must have from their panchayat (village administration office) under India's Right to Information Act. Villagers narrate how RTI has helped them engage with the bureaucracy effectively for securing their rightful en

Monday, 20 April 2015 16:31

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken it upon himself to unravel one of modern India's greatest mysteries, the fate of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, from secret files held by his government. Three days after an India Today Group exclusive revealed a 20-year surveillance on the Bose family, Modi assured Netaji's Grand nephew Surya Kumar Bose of his "personal interest in the matter". And the venue

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