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SC refuses to pass any direction on contempt plea over functioning of Lokpal

-PTI There is the limited scope of contempt petition and the NGO can file a separate petition seeking directions for effective functioning, it said. NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Monday refused to pass any direction with regard to "effective functioning" of anti-Corruption ombudsman Lokpal and disposed of a contempt plea filed by an NGO which had sought the appointment of the country's first anti-graft authority. There is the limited scope of contempt petition...

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Lokpal paying Rs 50 lakh every month in rent to New Delhi's Ashoka Hotel -Ashok Bagriya

-Hindustan Times A reply under the Right to Information Act, recently, disclosed that “Lokpal is provisionally operating from the Ashoka Hotel. In the absence of a permanent office in the national capital, the country’s apex anti-Corruption body, Lokpal, set up to look into complaints against public servants, pays a monthly rent of Rs 50 lakh to government-owned Hotel Ashoka for the office space it occupies in the five-star luxury hotel. A reply...

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How Agnes Kharshiing uses RTI to battle Illegal mining in Meghalaya despite the risks -Makepeace Sitlhou

-The Indian Express A voice in the dark: Agnes Kharshiing remains undeterred as she awaits a response to her latest RTI application with the Urban Affairs department about land acquired for an upcoming medical college in Shillong. New Delhi: I didn’t know of Madalyn Murray O’ Hair until a feature film on her life, The Most Hated Woman in America dropped on Netflix. She was irreverent; she had a mind of...

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Uttar Pradesh tops chart in PDS Corruption, Bihar comes second

-IANS * As many as 807 complaints of Corruption in the public distribution system (PDS) were received across the country till October 31, 2019   * Delhi ranks third in Corruption cases in PDS with 78 complaints been received NEW DELHI: As many as 807 complaints of Corruption in the public distribution system (PDS) were received across the country till October 31, 2019Z, of which Uttar Pradesh reported maximum number of complaints, Union Minister...

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What Is the effective delivery mechanism of food support in India? A demand-side assessment of alternative apparatus -Mamata Pradhan, Devesh Roy and Vinay Sonkar

-Economic and Political Weekly The public distribution system is the cornerstone of anti-poverty initiatives in India to address the issue of hunger and malnutrition, but is plagued with leakages and Corruption. Though several possible reasons account for these problems, one factor that is generally overlooked is the lack of assessment of the preference of the beneficiaries in terms of product portfolio, selection, and delivery mechanisms. Through a mixed methods analysis across...

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