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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:51

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      Massive awareness campaign about the Right to Information Act is very urgent to ensure its effective implementation, and to get benefits from the law, said discussants at a seminar yesterday. Most of the people do not know about the law, though five years have already passed after its enactment. The government, mass media and NGOs should work together to encourage the people to use the law, they viewed. Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI) in cooperation with Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) organised the seminar titled "Section-7 of the Right to Information Act, 2009" at Brac Centre Inn in the capital. The function mainly discussed section-7 of the act that listed 20 types of information which are not mandatory to be provided by any authority. These cate
Sravani Sarkar, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, October 09, 2014   First Published: 12:22 IST(9/10/2014) | Last Updated: 12:33 IST(9/10/2014) Even as another Global Investors' Summit has gotten underway, the state industries department says it has no compiled records of subsidy provided to companies with whom the state government had inked memorandums of understanding in the past. The assertion of the industries department came during a hearing of a right to information (RTI) case at the State Information Commission (SIC) last month. The final order of the commission on the case, containing this assertion, became available to RTI applicant Rolly Shivhare only last week. In the final order, chief information commissioner (CIC) KD Khan has directed the industries department to ensure pr
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative along with National Law University, Delhi organised the National Conference – “Assessing Compliance of Police and Prison Authorities with the Transparency Regime” during 20th – 21st September, 2014.(link: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140922/jsp/frontpage/story_18859329.jsp#.VB_3_5SSxAV) Records creation under the criminal justice system from the micro to the macro level was discussed. The compliance with proactive disclosure obligations in police and prison departments was assessed. In light of the findings, a template for voluntary disclosure of information at a Police Station was shared and commented upon. Participants also shared their own experience of RTI based interventions in police departments. CHRI presented their preliminary findin
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:04

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      At times it seems there are no boundaries to the limitation of understanding by top Government officials. Over the weekend Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella was quoted as defending Government blocks to right of information legislation on the grounds that Sri Lanka, in his myopic view, enjoys a high level of media freedom and therefore has no need for it. Rambukwella, in addition to displaying his little knowledge about the true challenges faced by local media, has also in this instance demonstrated appalling ignorance about the point of right to information and its necessity in modern Sri Lanka. RTI, as it is commonly referred to, is a mechanism that enables transparency at multiple levels, particularly in government policy and finance. It allows the public to gain seamless a
PESHAWAR: Of the total budget allocated for elementary and secondary education in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) for fiscal year 2013-14, a whopping 99% was spent on salaries and expenses of employees while a measly 1% went towards development work. A survey conducted by Center for Government and Public Accountability (CGPA) revealed that half of the population in 13 districts of the province’s 25 districts was illiterate. These districts include Swabi, Upper Dir, Kohistan, Torghar, DI Khan, Tank, Buner, Shangla, Battagram, Bannu, Hangu, Charsadda and Lakki Marwat. The survey report, which was released at a local hotel on Wednesday, stated the highest literary rate across the province is in Abbottabad with 86% of the men and 62% of women said to be literate. Torghar ranked the lowest with o