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The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Thursday fined ride-hailing company Didi Global $1.18 billion after a year-long probe that found the company breaking data security and personal information protection laws.   Senior executives Will Cheng Wei and Jean Liu Qing were each...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 July 2022
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which has been tasked to provide 'unique' ID numbers to citizens, has cancelled nearly six lakh Aadhaar for being duplicate as of 31 May 2022, the Lok Sabha was informed.    Responding to a question, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, minister of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 20 July 2022
In the country’s first ever jansunwai (public hearing) of this kind, held in Patna recently to address the 20 gruesome killings of right to information (RTI) activists in Bihar, it was amply clear that the law enforcing authorities and the state government are totally indifferent to pursuing...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 13 July 2022
At a crowded public hearing, on the attacks on the Right to Information (RTI) Act users in Bihar held at Patna on Tuesday, where families of 15 slain RTI activists had gathered to express their grievances, it is clear that the whistle-blowers, who sacrifice their lives for demanding public...

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Uri Blau (ProPublica) 13 July 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   The cybersecurity firm has invested heavily in top lobbyists and law firms in an effort to lift restrictions on doing business in America. NSO is hoping the Israeli prime minister will raise the issue with Joe Biden when the two...

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Heathrow Airport on Tuesday introduced an unprecedented 100,000 limit on daily departing passengers until September and ordered airlines to stop selling summer tickets as airports battle against a staffing crisis, the media reported.   The dramatic move will impose a maximum limit on...

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Andrea Suozzo (ProPublica) 12 July 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   The Family Research Council (FRC), a staunch opponent of abortion and LGBTQ rights, joins a growing list of activist groups seeking church status, which allows organizations to shield themselves from financial...

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A sensational leaked trove of internal Uber documents has revealed the dark side of the ride-hailing platform, that allegedly broke laws and secretly lobbied governments as it planned to expand globally.   According to The Guardian that accessed 'Uber Files' with over 124,000...

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Students of economics, around 2005, would distinctly remember the book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Levitt and Dubner. A bestseller of its time, the book was a phenomenon, igniting young minds to think out of the box, offering compelling and...

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Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died on Friday after he was shot while addressing an election rally in the city of Nara, according to state media. "Officials say former Japanese Prime Minister #Abe Shinzo has been confirmed #dead. He was reportedly #shot during a speech on...

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Indian-origin Ramesh 'Sunny' Balwani, the former business partner and 'boyfriend in secret' of Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of healthcare company Therano, has been found guilty of defrauding Theranos investors and patients in the US.   Balwani faced 10 counts of wire fraud and...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 06 July 2022
The regularity with which Right to Information (RTI) activists are killed across the county, often brutally and in broad daylight, should be a cause for deep concern for the government to the point of bringing in a strong whistle-blowers’ protection legislation. In the absence of it, the...

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Another major Chinese developer has defaulted on its debt, dealing a new blow to the ailing real estate sector in the world's second largest economy, media reports said.   Shanghai-based Shimao Group failed to pay the interest and principal on a $1 billion bond due Sunday, according...

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Craig Silverman (ProPublica) 04 July 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   The internet giant may have provided Sberbank-owned RuTarget with unique mobile phone IDs, IP addresses, location information and details about users’ interests and online activity.   The day after Russia’s February invasion...

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US has offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of 'Crypto Queen' Ruja Ignatova.   The FBI, which added her to its 'Ten Most Wanted Fugitives' list, said that Ignatova is being sought for her alleged...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 01 July 2022
It has been over three months since Pune's Salisbury Park Residents Forum (SPRF) members have been fighting a tenacious, peaceful battle against the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) corporator, having put up a board of his father's name to a new public garden in the neighbourhood.   Last...

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Paul Kiel (ProPublica) 27 June 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   After a year of reporting on the tax machinations of the ultrawealthy, ProPublica spotlights the top tax-avoidance techniques that provide massive benefits to billionaires.   Last June, drawing on the largest trove of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 24 June 2022
The state information commissioner (SIC) of Aurangabad has ordered the public authorities of the public works department (PWD), across Maharashtra, to promptly provide information about expenditure on maintenance of the government guest houses and circuit houses, many of which are badly...

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Justin Elliott, Jeff Ernsthausen  and   Paul Kiel (ProPublica) 24 June 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   In the high-stakes world of high-speed, short-term securities trading, investors can reap massive payouts but often face higher tax rates due to the nature of their business. But one of America's richest men somehow earns billions...

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The high court made it clear that the state government cannot deny information pertaining to the vigilance department involving allegations of corruption and human rights violations, and disclosure that does not touch upon any of the sensitive and confidential activities undertaken by the...

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