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A balancing Act -RK Raghavan

-The Hindu Amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act aim to limit overzealousness of enforcement agencies, but they raise important concerns too It is unfortunate that India has not been able to shed the image of a highly corrupt nation even after seven decades of Independence. The average Indian believes that he cannot get even the basic services to which he is entitled under the law without greasing the palms of one or more officials at

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David Barkin, Professor of Economics at the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City, interviewed by Kabir Agarwal (

quo;s rhetoric against Mexicans? Or where there other deeper domestic issues at play? David Barkin: I think what happened in Mexico was a reaction against the heightening intensity of violence and Corruption by the traditional parties and a hope that the new candidate can offer some sort of alternative to that because he has put two priorities – fight against Corruption and a battle against violenc

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The path to reforms: Ensure enforcement, bring clarity - Devesh Kapur, E Sridharan and Milan Vaishnav

tgunned when it comes to confronting those who circumvent existing campaign finance rules and lacks power to sanction candidates. It is a truism to note that political finance sits at the heart of Corruption in modern India. While politicians publicly lament the status quo, they privately profit from the current system. Therefore, the fact that the Narendra Modi government has made reforming political finance an important priority, is worth both ac

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Muzzling information -Anjali Bhardwaj & Amrita Johri

mation Commissioners is a clear attempt to undermine their independence and to effectively make Commissions function like regular government departments. The BJP came to power on the plank of anti-Corruption. The last four years, however, have witnessed repeated attempts to undermine the RTI Act. Please click here to read more.

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Leaders from Oppn, BJP pointed out 'Corruption' in tur procurement; Maharashtra yet to take firm action -Partha Sarathi Biswas

-The Indian Express The procurement process also faced several allegations of Corruption and favouritism. However, even months after the concerns were raised, the government is yet to take any action on them, reveals the RTI. Pune: Across party lines, political leaders had raised questions about the process to procure over 3 lakh tonnes of tur by the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd, or NAFED, last year, reve

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Nod to prisoner amnesty scheme

involving dowry death, rape, human trafficking, sexual assault on children, terror, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, circulation of fake currency, money laundering, foreign exchange violation, Corruption and narcotics will also not be eligible for the remission. Please click here to read more.

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Nation-wide Protests Against Secrecy Around the RTI Act Amendment

rt, while those of the state information commissioners are pegged at the level of the Chief Secretary of the state.” NCPRI, along with the National Alliance of Peoples Movements (NAPM), Anti-Corruption Team (ACT), the National Right to Food Campaign, the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) and state level RTI campaigns will hold protests across the country. The Press Release states the plan of action of the protests as follows: &ldq

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Dark clouds over the RTI -Aruna Roy & Nikhil Dey

llowed us to uncover fraud, it was difficult to ensure that the information could be used to hold a bureaucrat or elected representative accountable. The Lokpal debate, for example, highlighted grand Corruption, but those who protested across India were personally fed up with the inefficiency of public servants and their impunity. Accountability to the people should have been institutionalised through a strong social accountability and Grievance Redre

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Cloak on RTI bill -Anita Joshua

the law. The National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information has decided to mobilise opinion against the bill in collaboration with groups like the National Alliance of Peoples Movements, Anti-Corruption Team, National Right to Food Campaign, the National Federation of Indian Women and state-level RTI campaigns. All parties and the Union minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions have been invited to a Jan Manch in the c

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Potholes killed 3,597 across India in 2017, terror 803 -Dipak K Dash

a, Naxal attacks included, claimed 803 lives, including that of terrorists, security personnel and civilians, in 2017. The ‘pothole deaths’ have stirred a debate on inefficiency of and Corruption in municipal and road-owning authorities with the government launching campaigns to improve public awareness. But the craters remain a major hazard, with lack of road discipline and many two-wheeler riders not using helmets aggravating the risk

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