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Taking a look at Union Budgets that changed India forever

31 Jan 2020

Taking a look at Union Budgets that changed India forever

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present her second Union Budget tomorrow, amid high hopes that her announcements will steer the country's economy, which is witnessing a historic slump, towards the right direction.

Taking U-turn, JNU says cops have mob attack's CCTV footage

28 Jan 2020

Taking U-turn, JNU says cops have mob attack's CCTV footage

Weeks have passed since the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was targeted by an organized mob, leaving over 30, including teachers and students injured.

#ThatWas2019: Here's a review of 2019's landmark Supreme Court judgments

30 Dec 2019

#ThatWas2019: Here's a review of 2019's landmark Supreme Court judgments

2019 has been quite the year: Narendra Modi returned to power, Jammu and Kashmir had its special status stripped, and the students of Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia triggered a nationwide movement like the Opposition never could.

Arrested for sedition, activist Akhil Gogoi's home raided by NIA

26 Dec 2019

Arrested for sedition, activist Akhil Gogoi's home raided by NIA

The National Investigation Agency raided RTI activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi's residence in Guwahati, Assam, on Thursday.

MPs give up Parliament canteen subsidy (for the second time)

05 Dec 2019

MPs give up Parliament canteen subsidy (for the second time)

On Thursday, parliamentarians unanimously decided to forgo the subsidy they avail at the Parliament's canteen, which had long been a subject of controversy.

MEA spent Rs. 10 lakh on Modi's book launch: RTI

04 Dec 2019

MEA spent Rs. 10 lakh on Modi's book launch: RTI

The Ministry of External Affairs has been chided for delaying the response to an RTI seeking information about the 2018 launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's book 'Exam Warriors'.

Lokpal pays Rs. 50L/month rent in Delhi's luxury hotel: RTI

01 Dec 2019

Lokpal pays Rs. 50L/month rent in Delhi's luxury hotel: RTI

Since it was set up in March earlier this year, the country's first anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal lacks a permanent office.

Congress stages walkout in Lok Sabha over electoral bonds

21 Nov 2019

Congress stages walkout in Lok Sabha over electoral bonds

Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Congress party staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha on Thursday over the issue of electoral bonds. The party also protested the privatization of public sector units (PSUs).

Chief Justice of India comes under RTI Act: Supreme Court

13 Nov 2019

Chief Justice of India comes under RTI Act: Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court observed that the office of Chief Justice of India is a public authority and hence falls under the purview of the transparency law, Right to Information Act (RTI).

Delhi pollution: AAP government hasn't used Rs. 900cr green funds

04 Nov 2019

Delhi pollution: AAP government hasn't used Rs. 900cr green funds

An RTI query has now revealed that the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi, which is garnering praise for its odd-even scheme, has been sitting on Rs. 900 crore unused Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) funds.

Government doesn't know what it spent to make one Aadhaar

01 Nov 2019

Government doesn't know what it spent to make one Aadhaar

The government has spent crores of rupees to assign a 12-digit unique identity number to each Indian resident through Aadhaar.

PM Modi reorganizes Prime Minister's Office (PMO); shuffles work allocation

29 Sep 2019

PM Modi reorganizes Prime Minister's Office (PMO); shuffles work allocation

Before starting his week-long trip to the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed the process of revamping his office, formally known as Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Gorakhpur tragedy: Dr. Kafeel Khan gets clean-chit. Will Adityanath apologize?

27 Sep 2019

Gorakhpur tragedy: Dr. Kafeel Khan gets clean-chit. Will Adityanath apologize?

In August 2017, 63 kids died at a government hospital in Gorakhpur, the "bastion" of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Quickly, the blame was put on Dr. Kafeel Ahmad Khan for not being aware of the shortage of oxygen cylinders.

RTI Amendment Bill passed in Rajya Sabha amid Opposition protests

25 Jul 2019

RTI Amendment Bill passed in Rajya Sabha amid Opposition protests

The Rajya Sabha has cleared the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to amend the RTI Act, 2005, despite the Opposition's objections on Thursday.

Amit Shah to head panel formed to tackle sexual harassment

24 Jul 2019

Amit Shah to head panel formed to tackle sexual harassment

At the peak of #MeToo movement in October last year, the Centre had formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) panel to deal with sexual harassment at workplace. But a few days ago, an RTI inquiry revealed the panel was "dissolved".

Right to Information (Amendment) Bill passed in Lok Sabha

22 Jul 2019

Right to Information (Amendment) Bill passed in Lok Sabha

The Lok Sabha has passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to amend the RTI Act, 2005 amid criticism from the Opposition on Monday.

Formed to tackle workplace sexual harassment, government's #MeToo panel dissolved

21 Jul 2019

Formed to tackle workplace sexual harassment, government's #MeToo panel dissolved

In the wake of the #MeToo movement in October, the government had constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to strengthen the legal and institutional frameworks to deal with and prevent workplace sexual harassment.

IITs, NITs facing severe faculty shortage, reveals government data

16 Jul 2019

IITs, NITs facing severe faculty shortage, reveals government data

India's premier educational institutes like the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are facing severe faculty shortage, said HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank recently.

Pay fine if you cover Agra-Lucknow Expressway within three hours

01 Jul 2019

Pay fine if you cover Agra-Lucknow Expressway within three hours

The Agra-Lucknow Expressway was built to ease traveling and improve connectivity. But off late, the highway has turned into a death trap mostly due to over-speeding vehicles.

Congress leaders resign, urge Rahul Gandhi to choose new team

28 Jun 2019

Congress leaders resign, urge Rahul Gandhi to choose new team

Even as Rahul Gandhi seems determined to quit as the Congress President after the Lok Sabha poll debacle, several Congress leaders have resigned from their party positions to give him a "free hand" to choose a new team.

Smriti Irani 2.0: New HRD Minister Pokhriyal's degrees also fake?

02 Jun 2019

Smriti Irani 2.0: New HRD Minister Pokhriyal's degrees also fake?

It has been a couple of days, and the newly-appointed Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD), Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, finds himself in the center of a controversy.

Yale "alumnus" Smriti Irani confirms she isn't a graduate

12 Apr 2019

Yale "alumnus" Smriti Irani confirms she isn't a graduate

She was once India's HRD Minister but no one really knew how educated Smriti Irani is. Then she made a thumping proclamation that she had a degree from the prestigious Yale University.

Online movie ticket-booking platforms cannot charge 'Internet Handling Fees': RBI

16 Mar 2019

Online movie ticket-booking platforms cannot charge 'Internet Handling Fees': RBI

Booking movie tickets has never been easier thanks to online movie ticket booking platforms. Everyone who has ever booked movie tickets online knows about "Internet Handling Fees" levied by every online ticketing platform.

Jamia wanted to award SRK with honorary doctorate, government denied

22 Feb 2019

Jamia wanted to award SRK with honorary doctorate, government denied

According to an RTI reply, the HRD Ministry quashed the proposal of Jamia Millia Islamia college to grant an honorary doctorate to its "most prestigious alumnus" Shah Rukh Khan, on rather flimsy grounds.

Porn apart, users reveal Airtel, Jio blocking proxy sites, Telegram

13 Feb 2019

Porn apart, users reveal Airtel, Jio blocking proxy sites, Telegram

Among Indian internet users, its common knowledge now that hundreds of popular porn websites have been blocked by internet providers or 4G providers like Airtel, Jio, BSNL etc.

Can't disclose black-money reports as Parl Panel examining them: FM

04 Feb 2019

Can't disclose black-money reports as Parl Panel examining them: FM

The Finance Ministry has declined to share copies of three reports on the quantum of black money held by Indians inside the country and abroad, saying they were being examined by a Parliamentary panel and disclosing details will cause a breach of privilege of the House.

Third SC judge exits case challenging acting CBI chief's appointment

31 Jan 2019

Third SC judge exits case challenging acting CBI chief's appointment

On Thursday, Supreme Court Justice NV Ramana recused himself from hearing a plea challenging M Nageshwar Rao's appointment as interim CBI Chief.

Justice Sikri recuses himself from plea challenging interim CBI-chief's appointment

24 Jan 2019

Justice Sikri recuses himself from plea challenging interim CBI-chief's appointment

Justice AK Sikri, who was part of the select panel which took the decision to transfer former CBI Director Alok Verma, on Thursday recused himself from a plea challenging the appointment of M Nageshwar Rao as the interim boss of the agency.

National-parties received over 50% funds from 'unknown' sources in 2017-18

23 Jan 2019

National-parties received over 50% funds from 'unknown' sources in 2017-18

More than 50% of the funds national parties received during the financial year 2017-18 came from "unknown" sources that included donations through electoral bonds and voluntary contributions, according to election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

Years after cop's murder, department 'transfers' her to another branch

22 Jan 2019

Years after cop's murder, department 'transfers' her to another branch

An Assistant Police Inspector recently got transferred from Thane to Wardha branch. Sounds normal, right?

EVMs are foolproof, says EC; rejects 2014 polls #EVMHacking claims

21 Jan 2019

EVMs are foolproof, says EC; rejects 2014 polls #EVMHacking claims

The Election Commission of India today maintained that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in India are foolproof and cannot be tampered with.

Sasikala is enjoying VIP-treatment in prison, has 5 rooms, cook

21 Jan 2019

Sasikala is enjoying VIP-treatment in prison, has 5 rooms, cook

VK Sasikala, the live-in aide of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, is enjoying many privileges in Central Prison, Bengaluru, an RTI inquiry has found.

GoAir to pay Rs. 98,000 for canceling 25-tickets 'without reason'

15 Jan 2019

GoAir to pay Rs. 98,000 for canceling 25-tickets 'without reason'

In an incident of gross mismanagement, low-cost carrier GoAir has been recently directed by the consumer forum to pay more than Rs. 98,000 to a Mumbai-based man for canceling "without reason" 25 tickets that he had booked in 2015.

UP: RTI activist, missing since December, murdered in Shamli

11 Jan 2019

UP: RTI activist, missing since December, murdered in Shamli

An RTI activist, missing since December 27, has been found dead at Shahpur village in Shamli (Uttar Pradesh), officials said today.

#SnoopingRow: RTIs reveal UPA intercepted 9,000 calls, 500 emails monthly

23 Dec 2018

#SnoopingRow: RTIs reveal UPA intercepted 9,000 calls, 500 emails monthly

Just days back, a political row had erupted over a government order that gave sweeping powers of surveillance to 10 Central agencies.

Here's why RBI stopped Paytm bank from enrolling new customers

20 Dec 2018

Here's why RBI stopped Paytm bank from enrolling new customers

Although Paytm got off to a good start with its payments bank initiative, opening of new bank accounts and e-wallets abruptly came to a halt in August this year, thanks to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

JNUSU chief accuses varsity of 'lying' about online examination tender

18 Dec 2018

JNUSU chief accuses varsity of 'lying' about online examination tender

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union President N Sai Balaji has accused the administration of "lying" about the agency which had been tasked to hold the varsity's online entrance examinations.

Report: BJP declares Rs. 1,027cr income; Congress data awaited

18 Dec 2018

Report: BJP declares Rs. 1,027cr income; Congress data awaited

According to a report by watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the ruling BJP's income for the financial year 2017-18 was Rs. 1,027.34cr - down by around Rs. 7cr from FY2016-17.

Delhi: Since 2014, 83 people committed suicide at Metro stations

19 Nov 2018

Delhi: Since 2014, 83 people committed suicide at Metro stations

An RTI filed by Indian Express with Delhi Police's Metro Unit revealed a total of 83 people committed suicide across 58 stations of the Delhi Metro since 2014.

Supreme Court commences crucial Rafale deal hearing

14 Nov 2018

Supreme Court commences crucial Rafale deal hearing

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court commenced its vital hearing on pleas seeking a court-monitored investigation into the controversial Rafale deal involving the procurement of 36 Rafale jets.