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The Central Information Commission building

21 of 29 state information commissions did not hold any RTI hearings during lockdown

Only 7 commissions made provision for taking up urgent matters, a study by Satark Nagrik Sangathan & Centre for Equity Studies showed.
The Central Information Commission building

Information panel wants Modi govt to relax RTI response deadline during lockdown

The CIC made the request to the govt last month in view of the fact that offices are shut due to the lockdown, making it difficult to reply to RTI queries.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo : Manish Mondal | ThePrint

Judicial independence, motive & purpose, surveillance — how SC argues for and against RTI

The top court has ruled that Chief Justice of India’s office comes under the ambit of the RTI Act. ThePrint brings you four highlights from the judgment.
Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

CJI office comes under RTI Act, says Supreme Court

Announcing the verdict, five-judge SC bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi says judicial independence and accountability go hand in hand.
The Central Information Commission building

Only 19% of India’s public authorities get ‘A’ grade for sharing mandatory information

Of India’s 838 public authorities, Central Information Commission has given 'E' grade to 35% because they don't share mandatory information.
A file photo of the central information commission building

Supreme Court concerned about vacancies in central, state information commissions

Says 'strict view' will be taken if Centre or the seven states fail to provide a time schedule for filling up the vacancies.

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.

Half of Mumbai’s missing people between 16 & 25 years: RTI

Police data shows that while the number of missing people in the city is increasing, those found have gone down. 

‘Kathua-like crimes call for new instruments to hold government accountable’

Talking about the RTI movement, activist Harsh Mander said Indians faced a greater battle today than they did when the campaign for the crucial accountability weapon began.

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The river Ganga in Varanasi

Five reasons that are stopping Ganga from becoming clean

The bureaucracy is capable enough to prove to the govt that Ganga has been completely cleaned. But that, we know, would be far from truth.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.


A file photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the 2+2 dialogue in Washington in December 2019. | Photo: ANI

The 3 foundational agreements with US and what they mean for India’s military growth

Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, the last of the key foundational agreements between India & US, was signed Tuesday. LEMOA was signed in 2016 and COMCASA in 2018.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.