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Recent findings in a report in an Australian daily has yet again reinforced the call that international investigators must dig deeper to rule out whether COVID-19 is a made-in-China bio-weapon.   The controversy about COVID-19 origins has resurfaced after the Weekend Australian...

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Moneylife Digital Team 10 May 2021
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the body entrusted with the Aadhaar scheme, has become a fully for-profit business in the name of service. For example, for providing authentication service for e-know-your-customer (e-KYC), UIDAI has earned nearly Rs240 crore over the past 21...

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The US has backed the request by India and South Africa to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive Intellectual Property rights for Covid-19 vaccines but it has been met with oppostion from some members of the body.   US Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the decision on...

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In a significant development, the independent Oversight Board on Wednesday upheld Facebook's decision on January 7 to suspend then US President Donald Trump from its main platform and Instagram.   The Board found that Trump's posts severely violated Facebook's rules, and his words of...

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Much ink has flown on the COVID-19 related right to information (RTI) applications where several ministries and Central and state public authorities have used the exemption clauses under Section 8 of the RTI Act for stonewalling the queries. Now, the Madras High Court, in its order last week,...

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The Andhra Pradesh government has chosen senior journalist Ulchala Hari Prasad, and lawyer Kakarla Chenna Reddy as the Right to Information Commissioners. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday, and sent for approval to the...

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Ryan Gabrielson (ProPublica) 04 May 2021
The vaccine rollout was meant to prioritize vulnerable communities, but four months of data shows healthier — and often wealthier — counties have been faster to vaccinate.   As the U.S. rushes to vaccinate its population against the coronavirus, most counties with the sickest...

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Moneylife Digital Team 03 May 2021
While asking the union government to frame within two weeks a uniform national policy on hospital admissions, the Supreme Court has said that no patient should be denied hospitalisation or essential drugs in any state and union territory (UT) for lack of local residential proof of that state...

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A message is being circulated widely on WhatsApp and other social media with a claim that the benefits under two of the prime minister's (PM's) schemes—the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY)—can be claimed for COVID-related...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 April 2021
Proving all tech experts right, the Co-WIN a platform used by Central government for registration of COVID-19 vaccine and booking appointments, crashed as soon as it started registrations for those above 18 years. Further, for all those who are registering, the platform failed to show any...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 April 2021
For a start, a public authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act can reject information under any of the 10 sub-sections of Section 8; under Section 9, which protects private copyright; under Section 11, which exempts third-party information relating to commercial and trade secrets and;...

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Allan Sloan  and   Cezary Podkul (ProPublica) 28 April 2021
The US Federal Reserve’s low-interest-rate policies have stabilized the economy and turbocharged the stock market. But those who don’t own lots of stocks haven’t benefited anywhere near as much as those who do.   Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the Federal Reserve has gotten...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 April 2021
A hacker going by the name ‘Shiny Hunters’ has leaked approximately 20 million BigBasket user records containing detailed personal information (which include email ids, mobile numbers, date of birth and home addresses) and hashed passwords on a popular hacking forum. The said database ( 15 gb...

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Hearing a petition on oxygen supply, the Delhi High Court on Saturday observed that it will "hang" whoever obstructs movement of oxygen.   The observation was made by the bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli during hearing of a plea by Maharaja Agrasen Hospital over shortage...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 April 2021
Ever since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, an array of information has been sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, from users and activists across the country. They are demanding transparency in various aspects of COVID-19 management, administration and dispersal...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 April 2021
“We are faced with a very serious and difficult situation in this country, and in the entire banking sector as well. What we need, is to set a group of really engaged and concerned individuals, who take up these issues at various levels, including seeking information through Right to...

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In what could be another Autopilot mode failure, two people were killed in a fiery Tesla crash in Texas with no one in the driver's seat.   Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman told Houston television station KPRC 2 that the investigation showed "no one was driving" the...

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With country's population of old set to double over the next few decades, government should look to provide complete tax waiver on senior citizen savings scheme (SCSS) and help the elderly build some sort of social security, said the SBI Ecowrap report.   According to the report, the...

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As artificial intelligence (Ai) technology gets all-pervasive, the European Union is considering a ban on the use of AI for mass surveillance and social credit scores, among other applications.   The leaked draft proposal, first reported by Politico and is expected to be made official...

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Sunil Mahajan 14 April 2021
The distinctive geopolitical story of recent times has been the inexorable rise of China as a superpower and the conflict with the US for global supremacy. Unsurprisingly, there are divergent views on how the rivalry may play out.    Some people believe a war between the two nations...

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