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The Central Information Commission building

Since 2014 not a single CIC appointed without citizens going to court

In ‘We The People’, Prashant Bhushan and Anjali Bhardwaj write about India’s RTI Act, the most extensively used transparency law globally, and the attacks on it.
Supreme Court of India being renovated

SC judgment on RTI Act sets a dangerously low bar for what passes muster as law of land

The SC delivered a judgment on the need to give a reason to file RTI on high courts. That has not only harmed the Act but the basic principle of legal reasoning.
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Air India has dues of over Rs 822 crore towards VVIP charter flights: RTI data

Air India stopped issuing tickets on credit to government agencies for travel of their officials in December 2019 because of accruing pending bills.
File photo of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

BJP must rethink poll strategy says Verniers & new data law threatens users says Apar Gupta

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
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How Supreme Court has not upheld the spirit of RTI Act over the years

Supreme Court’s latest instruction to RBI is seen as a U-turn from 4 years ago. But this isn’t the only time the court seems to have changed its stance on RTI.

Musharraf unlikely to hang, but a court standing up to Pakistan army should encourage judges

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CIC to deal with appeals, complaints pending under RTI in Jammu & Kashmir

The govt on 15 October had written to the CIC mentioning the steps needed for transitioning from the J&K RTI Act 2009 to the Centre's RTI Act, 2005.
PM Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin

C Raja Mohan on why India should welcome Russia’s presence in the Indian Ocean

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.

Children’s day with Indian political dynasts and Shiv Sena’s clash with Chanakya

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
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Amit Shah says govt wants to reduce dependence on RTI by actively giving out information

Home Minister Amit Shah praises RTI for bridging trust deficit between govt and people, and says its benefits have been far greater than misuse.

On Camera

People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
A customer holds a SIM card packet while waiting to connect his mobile phone to the carrier Reliance Jio | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Rs 4,000 smartphone running on Reliance Jio — How Ambani plans to dominate telecom market

Reliance is apparently in talks with domestic assemblers to make a version of its Jio phone that will run on Google’s Android and be offered with low cost wireless plans from Jio.

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China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?