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The RTI Act is under siege

With almost 6 million RTI applications filed every year, India’s Right to Information Act is the world’s most extensively used transparency legislation. However, the government’s proposed amendments to the RTI Act threaten the very foundations of this empowering law. In April 2017 the government put out a set of Draft Rules proposing amendments to the RTI Act. They include permitting the withdrawal of appeals based on a written communication by […]

Personal Data Protection Bill 2018 draft submitted by Justice Srikrishna Committee: Here is what it says

The Personal Data Protection Bill 2018 has been submitted by the Justice BN Srikrishna committee on Data protection after nearly a year of consultations. The Committee has submitted the draft bill and its report on Data Protection to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) on Friday. The committee has suggested measures to be taken when it comes to protecting personal information of Indian citizens, the role and duties […]

Making India Proud: Bharat Vatwani, Sonam Wangchuk Bag Ramon Magsaysay Award!

In a proud moment for the country, two Indians have joined the list of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay award winners. To the uninitiated, this is an annual prize given to those who have displayed integrity in governance, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism to further the cause of democracy. In some circles, this award is also known as the Asian version of the Nobel Peace Prize. The two […]

SSC GD Constable recruitment 2018: Applications invited for 54,593 posts; visit ssc.nic.in for details

The SSC is inviting online application form for recruitment to 54,593 vacant posts of Constable (General Duty) from today, July 24, 2018.The Staff Selection Commission, which earlier issued a notification for recruitment to 54,593 vacancies for Constable (GD) in BSF, CISF, ITBP, CRPF etc, is inviting applications from the eligible candidates from Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The process for submitting the online application form for recruitment to 54,593 vacant posts […]

New travel destination, here’s why it’s the best time to visit Cuba

A little more than a year ago, things were looking rosy for Cuban entrepreneurs in the burgeoning tourism hubs of Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad. Those with culinary training were opening ambitious paladars and employing large numbers of locals to chop, sauté, wash, and bus tables. Classic car owners were polishing their 1954 Chevys and leveraging them to start tour companies. And artists—fashion designers, jewellers, painters, sculptors—were taking commissions from art […]

RBI to issue new Rs.100 Note in Lavender Colour, all you need to know

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon issue new Rs 100 denomination banknotes in lavender colour. This comes on the back of new designs introduced for Rs 200, Rs 500 and Rs 10 notes, in the last couple of years. “The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue ₹ 100 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series,” the RBI said in a statement. While the front side depicts […]

SBI asks 70,000 employees to return compensation paid for overtime during demonetisation: Report

The State Bank of India has asked more than 70,000 employees of its former associate banks to return the compensation they received for working overtime on days following demonetisation in 2016, India Today reported on Monday. The public sector bank added these employees to its workforce after the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of […]

RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha, classical dancer Sonal Mansingh among 4 nominated to Rajya Sabha

Former MP Ram Shakal, RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha, classical dancer Sonal Mansingh and stone artist Raghunath Mohapatra were nominated to the Rajya Sabha on Saturday, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement. The nominations were made by President Ram Nath Kovind on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the PMO said. Article 80(1)(a) of the Constitution provides that the president can nominate to the Rajya Sabha 12 […]

Wondering what life in North Korea is like? Read these 4 books to find out

We love books. But no matter how much we read, there are always dusty shelves and stories — real or fictional — that we still haven’t opened our eyes to. So every month, we’ll write about a topic, an author, or a series that catches our attention. Whether it is James Bond or Scandinavian noir, the idea is to celebrate best-sellers across the world and discover more about the unknown […]

Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: MS Dhoni becomes third Indian to play 500 international matches

Mahendra Singh has turned 37. He burst on to the international scene as a sprightly 23-year-old and made the wicketkeeper-batman’s position his own. There was little doubt the Jharkhand lad was destined for greatness. Dhoni, who is part of the Indian team playing in England, celebrated his birthday with friends and family. MS Dhoni cut a cake with wife Sakshi, daughter Ziva and many teammates present. So as India’s most-decorated […]