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The Central Information Commission building

Modi govt wants bureaucrats to address complaints against information commissioners

In a meeting of the Central Information Commission held on 27 March, the information commissioners opposed the govt's proposal and saw it as an attack on their independence. 
File image of the Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Bureaucrats only cannot be made information commissioners, says Supreme Court

The top court has passed a slew of directions on filling up vacancies in the Central Information Commission & state information commissions.
Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Chief Information Commissioner to have same status as CEC, rules Supreme Court

Court issues directions to Modi government to bring greater transparency in appointment of CIC and Information Commissioners.

Modi govt must assure everyone that changes in RTI won’t dilute rights of those who uphold it

Democracies become lame if citizens are denied openness, transparency and access to necessary information about the government they elect.

On Camera

How, and why, we learned to stop worrying and love the electoral bonds

Modi government’s electoral bonds scheme has several benefits that its critics ignore. But even their criticisms are without merit.
tiktok app

Google, Apple stop TikTok downloads: Is HC order quashing small town India’s creative joy?

Google and Apple have blocked downloads of the video-sharing app TikTok in India in compliance with the Madras High Court order.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.