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  • More power to PM, will take final call on allocation of cadre for IAS, IPS officers, RTI replies 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Making his message 'more governance and less government' loud and clear once again, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now take major bureaucracy decision. He will decide on allocation of cadre for IAS and IPS officers, said government sources on Wednesday. Sources added that the Prime Minister will have the...
  • Centre may strip Saif of Padma award after charges framed in Mumbai restaurant scuffle August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The government is examining a demand for taking away the Padma honour conferred on Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan following a Mumbai court framing charges against him. On March 14, S C Agrawal, an RTI activist, had filed a complaint with the Union Home Ministry demanding stripping Saif...
  • CBI wants to block information about graft against its officials July 29, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI wants to stop disclosing details of allegations of corruption against its own officials under the RTI Act--an information being provided by it at present under the transparency law. The agency will challenge before the Delhi High Court an order of the Central Information Commission directing the agency to...
  • Narendra Modi's swearing-in cost Rs 17.60 lakh July 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony cost Rs 17.60 lakh, RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal said on Sunday. Agrawal said he was told by the Central Public Works Department that the money was spent "on arrangements related to tent, stage, furniture and other related items ... at Rashtrapati Bhawan". Agrawal...
  • Despite rising crimes, UP government downsizes women commission's budget July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as crimes against women continue unabated in Uttar Pradesh, the Akhilesh Yadav government has downsized the budget of the state women's commission. A Right to Information application by an activist has revealed that the UP government has been slashing the budgetary allocation by over 85 per cent...
  • Over 66,000 RTI appeals pending before 6 information centres: survey July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: A survey conducted by Commonwealth Human Rights initiative raises serious questions on the lack of transparency in the functioning of Information Commissions across the country. Report says that more than 66,000 appeals and complaints pending in just 6 information commissions across the country, Maharashtra commission tops the list with...
  • Assembly Speaker faces allegations of building temple on government land July 12, 2014

    Chhattisgarh Assembly Speaker Gauri Shankar Agarwal is again in news, this time for encroachment on a government land. This time the encroachment was done by Guari Shankar Agarwal’s family trust - Chhaganlal Govindram Agarwal Trust. Chhagan Lal Govindram Agarwal is father of the speaker Gaurishankar Agarwal. In year 2012 the...
  • Utilise Rs 50,000 grant to set up RTI cell: Government to departments July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: To facilitate easy processing of RTI applications, the government today asked all departments to utilise one-time grant of Rs 50,000 for setting up an exclusive cell. The government had three years ago started a scheme 'Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through effective Implementation of RTI', under which one-time...
  • Sheila Dikshit had 31 ACs at official residence: RTI activist July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit had 31 air-conditioners, 15 desert coolers and 25 heaters installed at her official residence when in power, a RTI activist said on Thursday citing the response to his query. "Consumption of electricity and expenses on such a large fleet of electrical equipment can...
  • MPPSC denies allegations over selection of Chouhan's niece June 26, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) on Wednesday denied that there was any irregularity in the selection of niece of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the post of deputy collector. MPPSC's deputy secretary Vandana Vaidya said in a statement that MPPSC is an independent constitutional body and the state does...
  • Two accused in Shehla Masood murder case beat up woman jail inmate June 11, 2014

    Two key accused in the murder case of RTI activist Shehla Masood allegedly beat up a woman inmate in the district jail in Indore, police said on Wednesday. The district jail authorities wrote a letter to the Sanyogitaganj Police Station last night complaining that the two accused - Zahida Pervez and...
  • Cannot act on half-baked petitions: Delhi High Court May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Dismissing a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre to define its policy on medical treatment given to poor children at a government hospital, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday said that it cannot act on "half-baked" petitions. "Though undoubtedly the number of 10,081(who have died) does indeed appear...
  • Bangalore: MBA student arrested for sending anti-Modi MMS June 14, 2014

    Bangalore: An MBA student has been arrested in Bangalore for allegedly sending anti-Modi MMS. Sayed Waqas (24), was picked up along with four students at Vasantnagar area in Bangalore after the local cyber police found they have been circulating an anti-Modi MMS. The four were released after being...
  • Kejriwal meets wife of dead RTI activist, seeks speedy probe into alleged murder May 19, 2014

    AAP leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday met the wife of an RTI activist who was found dead in his burnt car here. Kejriwal was accompanied by senior party leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh. Chandra Mohan Sharma's charred body was found inside his car near Eldeco...
  • 812 personnel deployed for security of 84 VIPs in Maharashtra: RTI May 12, 2014

    Mumbai: A combined total of 812 police officers and security personnel have been deployed for the security of 84 VIPs in Maharashtra, with 52 men accorded to guard only Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and his MLA daughter, a RTI query revealed in Mumbai. The information came in response to the...
  • Narendra Modi fears strong RTI Commissioner and Lokayukta may land him behind bars: Rahul Gandhi May 5, 2014

    Rahul Gandhi on Monday charged Narendra Modi with having balked at appointing a RTI Commissioner and Lokayukta in Gujarat for fear of being booked for alleged irregularities in providing benefits to his favourite industrial group. "Modi tries to ensnare you with his claims of being an efficient chowkidar (watchman). You need...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey May 2, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Bhupendra Chaubey on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: UPA to set up probe panel over Gujarat Snoopgate case May 2, 2014

    The government is going ahead with a probe into the Gujarat snoopgate scandal. It will appoint a judge to head the probe panel by May 16 before the new government is formed. ...
  • RTI activist found dead in his car May 2, 2014

    An RTI activist was found dead in a burnt car near Eldeco Crossing in Greater Noida, police said on Friday. Chandra Mohan Sharma's charred body was found inside his car last night after passersby informed the police that the vehicle caught fire, a police official said. Sharma was an employee at Honda...
  • Noida: RTI activist burnt to death in a car 'accident' May 2, 2014

    New Delhi: An RTI activist, Chandramohan, was burnt to death when his car caught fire on Friday. According to the police his car was giving him trouble for the past three days and on Thursday, he removed the CNG kit out of the car. There is no word yet on...
  • Rahul's speeches are funnier than Kapil Sharma's one liners: Narendra Modi April 27, 2014

    Ridiculing Rahul Gandhi's allegations against him, Narendra Modi today said his remarks were comical and the Congress leader could soon force stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma to "shut his shop". Modi, who was addressing a public meeting in favour of firebrand BJP leader Uma Bharti, also targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for...
  • Will pass Women's quota bill if Congress forms government: Rahul April 21, 2014

    Ramanathpuram: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been singing the same tune of RTI and women empowerment in all his election rallies. At a rally in Tamil Nadu on Monday, Rahul once again said that the Congress has given tools to people becuase of which corruption is visible. "The Congress is...
  • We got to know about corruption because of RTI: Sonia April 19, 2014

    In a bid to woo the electorate, Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi on Saturday boasted that Right to Information (RTI) was brought by her party. "It is only because of RTI that we got to know about corruption," she added. The Congress chief gave this statement while addressing a poll rally...
  • CBI need to be transparent; should be under RTI Act: Former VC April 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Advocating for bringing CBI under purview of RTI Act, former Vigilance Commissioner R Srikumar on Wednesday said the probe agency will never get "hurt" by revealing the truth it gathered in its probe and should win heart of the people by opening itself for public scrutiny. "The CBI got...
  • CBI is seen as government's hatchet: Gopalkrishna Gandhi April 15, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI was in for some harsh words on Tuesday when former Governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi said the central probe agency had gained notoriety as "government's hatchet" and "department of dirty tricks" which was clothed in "opacity" with perfume of "mystery". Delivering 15th DP Kohli Memorial...
  • HC stays order to register FIR against state minister Ajay Chandrakar April 11, 2014

    Chhattisgarh High Court on Thursday stayed a lower court's order, which had asked the police to register a First Information Report against the Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar for possessing assets disproportionate to the known sources of income. Justice Pritinkar Diwakar on Thursday stayed "effect and operation" of lower court's...
  • Nagma clarifies her stance on slapping youth at election rally for molestation April 2, 2014

    On reports that she slapped a youth during an election rally last week when he tried to come too close to her, Nagma said that she was just trying to push him. She also accused her opponents' for creating disturbances during her rallies and meetings. Asked if she is getting enough support...
  • Bombay HC asks government to consider PIL seeking to share 'Aadhaar' data with EC March 14, 2014

    The Bombay High Court on Friday asked the union government and the Election Commission of India to consider a PIL seeking to share data collected during the process of issuance of Aadhar cards with the EC which can subsequently use it to register voters. The PIL filed by NGO 'Matoshri Health...
  • Congress to release manifesto for 2014 LS polls on March 21 March 14, 2014

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi will release on March 21 the party's manifesto for Lok Sabha polls which is expected to promise some new right-based laws for health and employment besides specific pronouncements for employment generation and focus on manufacturing sector. "Our manifesto is nearing finality. We will release it on March...
  • BJP's MP unit gets notice for non-compliance of RTI mechanism March 11, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Information Commission on Tuesday directed issuance of notice to state BJP unit for alleged non-compliance of RTI mechanism at its office here. The action came following a complaint by RTI activist Ajay Dubey, who approached the State Information Commission (SIC) after he allegedly did not find any mechanism by...