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The Central Information Commission building

In 15 years, RTI has gone from Indian citizens’ most powerful tool to an Act on life support

Chief Information Commission and its state counterparts have an unwritten rule about not penalising erring public information officers who discourage RTI applicants.
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Rajasthan’s Jan Soochna, mother of RTI, is the ultimate weapon against petty corruption

The Right to Information gives way to the government’s duty to publish. The Centre and all states must emulate Rajasthan.
An elctronic ticker dsiplaying sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Himanshu on food inflation crisis, Puja Mehra says India’s right not right on economy

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CJI under RTI a boost for transparency, now SC needs to end culture of sealed envelopes

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The Central Information Commission building

Centre issues new RTI rules, cuts CIC tenure to 3 years, holds power to decide other terms

Activists have called the government's notification on the new rules an assault to the independence and autonomy of the Central Information Commission.
Agra Central Jail

In RTI reply, UP jail refuses to divulge details of J&K prisoners it’s hosting since August

Agra Central Jail hasn't denied presence of the inmates, sent after Article 370 was scrapped in J&K, but said information sought in RTI plea could jeopardise their life & safety.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh | PTI

From Manmohan to Modi, Indian govt has been working to kill RTI Act – with judiciary’s help

RTI is dying a slow death. It's just a matter of time before Indian citizens lose their power to hold the government of the day accountable.

Justice loses its way at Unnao and trees as homes for ‘migrants’ in flood-ravaged Assam

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The broken RTI arrow, and Yediyurappa’s galloping dream in Karnataka

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Out of it in Karnataka, Congress pulls one on the BJP in Kamal Nath’s MP

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On Camera

Ganga-Brahmaputra delta

Tensions with China-Pakistan can derail fragile water treaties, but India won’t talk about it

The recent tension with Nepal, misunderstanding with Bhutan and border clash with China show that India can no longer create policy of long-term water security in isolation.
People on bike passing through a deserted market in Hyderabad on 26 June

World economy that took elevator down faces steep stairs back up

President of European Chamber in China, Joerg Wuttke, said the recovery isn't V or W, it's looking like the top of a chainsaw — up and down and painful all the way.

Defence

Indian Army personnel in Srinagar (file) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Army postpones mandatory annual, periodic medical tests of soldiers as Covid cases rise

Army conducts annual & periodic medical exams to assess fitness of all soldiers. Decision to postpone tests expected to ease burden on military hospitals.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.