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Moneylife Digital Team 03 December 2022
Pramod Mittal (PM), younger brother of global steel magnate Lakshmi N Mittal, suffered a major setback as a UK court overturned his agreement with creditors to pay 0.2% of his total debt of over US$2bn (billion). Pramod Mittal was declared bankrupt in June 2020 over a debt of about US$170mn...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 December 2022
Sometimes one wonders what happens to the orders of central or state information commissioners (SICs) which are appropriate under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, but are ignored by varied public authorities, including law enforcement agencies. One such case pertains to an SIC directive of...

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Ashit Kumar Srivastava  and   Siddharth Chaturvedi (The Leaflet) 01 December 2022
What is the significance of the recently published Digital Personal Data Protection Bill?   When then Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud had remarked in his judgment in the Supreme Court’s landmark right to privacy case in 2017 that “it would be appropriate to leave the matter for expert...

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IANS 29 November 2022
An RTI activist was beaten to death allegedly by eight men, including the village head and his son, in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh district for questioning the quality of public projects underway in the area.   The victim's brother was also critically injured in the...

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IANS 28 November 2022
As the FIFA World Cup is currently underway in Qatar, cyber-security researchers on Monday warned that threat actors are selling fake Hayya cards, which is essentially a permit document, to fans who are willing to pay any amount to get one.   To attend the FIFA World Cup, one needs to...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 25 November 2022
India’s Right to Information (RTI) Act has been hailed as one of the best transparency laws in the world. It recognises that citizens are the rulers of the nation. They are true rulers and owners of the government. In recognition of this, the RTI Act recognises their right to access all...

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IANS 25 November 2022
With a view to curb any misuse, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has said that before accepting an Aadhaar either in physical or electronic form for establishing identity of an individual, the entities concerned should verify it.   The UIDAI has maintained that...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 November 2022
An applicant, who has been filing numerous right to information (RTI) applications to seek redressal from various public authorities—over 118 of them in the last several months—was slammed by chief information commissioner YK Sinha for not only filing them to irrelevant public authorities but...

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IANS 22 November 2022
Amazon Alexa is reportedly on a pace to lose $10 billion this year as the voice assistant never managed to create an ongoing revenue stream.   Amazon is currently undergoing its largest-ever round of layoffs, with plans to eliminate 10,000 jobs across the company.   According...

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IANS 19 November 2022
Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of US-based blood-testing company Theranos, has been sentenced to 135 months, or over 11 years, in prison.   She faced sentencing after being found guilty of defrauding investors and endangering patients.   According to media reports, she will...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 18 November 2022
We keep hearing about public information officers (PIOs) being slammed with penalty by information commissioners for not providing information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act or for providing insufficient or wrong information. Many a time, these penalties are not even recovered from...

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Debbie Cenziper (ProPublica); Will Fitzgibbon  and   Delphine Reuter (ICIJ)  and   Eva Herscowitz  and   Emil 18 November 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   After jetting into the capital of Ghana, the international arms broker who called himself “Excellence” greeted his buyers at the Golden Tulip hotel and proposed a secret sale: millions of dollars in missiles and grenades for use...

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IANS 17 November 2022
A combination of weak growth in advanced economies, persistent inflationary pressures, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, tight financial conditions, and a subdued growth outlook for China will create a difficult environment for emerging markets (EM) in 2023, said Moody's Investors...

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IANS 16 November 2022
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday stayed the observation of the Bombay High Court's (HC's) Nagpur bench that those who feed stray dogs must adopt them or put them up in dog shelter homes and also bear expenses for their maintenance.   A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and JK...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 10 November 2022
We have heard of public information officers (PIOs) being slammed with penalty if they deny or do not provide appropriate information. However, recently, refusing to accept a right to information (RTI) application has landed a PIO, the principal of a school in this case, in a soup, as he...

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IANS 04 November 2022
The Bank of England has warned the UK risked being plunged into the longest recession in 100 years after it pushed up the cost of borrowing to 3% in the biggest single interest rate rise since 1989.   A 0.75 per cent increase, the latest in a series of eight interest rate rises since...

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IANS 03 November 2022
The time-frame for the competition of the much-debated India's first bullet train project between Ahmedabad-Mumbai is not yet fixed, as per an RTI reply.   The National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) deputy general manager (DGM) Umesh Kumar Gupta has conveyed this to Mumbai...

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Moneylife Digital Team 03 November 2022
Nobody would have ever imagined that Hindi music composer Bappi Lahiri’s superhit track 'Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja' from the 1982 movie 'Disco Dancer' starring Mithun Chakraborty would one day be used by the people of China to protest against the government’s 'zero-COVID' policy. Frustrated and...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 November 2022
The collapse of the Morbi suspension bridge last weekend, killing over 130 people and still counting (as several allegedly are still missing), has left the nation aghast and attracted international attention and sympathy. More so, because this bridge, built by the British in 1900, underwent...

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Tushar Kohli (The Leaflet) 02 November 2022
An accused cannot be forced to reveal the password of his electronic devices after they are seized by an investigative agency, held a Special CBI Court in Delhi. The judge, Naresh Kumar Laka, stated that compelling an accused to do so goes against the protection from self-incrimination under...

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