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RTI activist, who moved Odisha Lok Ayukt against BJD MLA, engineer, brutally attacked

-The Hindu Sarbeswar Beura alleged that a road embankment was blown up at the instance of a Biju Janata Dal MLA and an engineer to cover up corruption. BHUBANESWAR: A Right to Information (RTI) activist, who had moved the Odisha Lok Ayukt alleging that a road embankment was blown up at the instance of a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA and an engineer to cover up corruption, was attacked with bombs. Two bike-borne...

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CAGed? Top audit body's reports on Centre's money management down by 75 percent

-The New Indian Express The total number of CAG reports relating to central government ministries and departments came down from 55 in 2015 to just 14 in 2020, a fall of nearly 75%. NEW DELHI: The number of reports brought out by the country’s top audit body, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, has come down sharply in the past five years, raising concerns that the government’s financial accountability is not...

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‘Recognition of collective effort…amid attacks on those raising questions’: Anjali Bhardwaj -Sourav Roy Barman

-The Indian Express New Delhi: On Tuesday, the government of the United States named Anjali Bhardwaj among 12 individuals from across the world as the recipients of the newly-instituted Anti-Corruption Champions Award. “When we don’t get ration, what do we do with information?” Sometime in 2005, right after the implementation of the Right to Information Act, activist Anjali Bhardwaj was holding an awareness camp at a Delhi slum when a woman threw this...

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PhD entry in IITs tougher for students from marginalised communities -Pon Vasanth BA

-The Hindu Despite official policy, OBC, SC and ST applicants less likely to gain admission as compared to those from General Categories Chennai: Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe applicants are half as likely to get selected for a Ph.D. programme at leading IITs in the country as aspirants from the General Category (GC) are. Data collated from a series of RTI Applications, including from The Hindu, on the number of applicants versus the...

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Meghalaya woman faces social boycott for ‘exposing’ MGNREGA graft -Prasanta Mazumdar

-The New Indian Express She said she started facing the social boycott from the time she had lodged a complaint alleging corruption in MGNREGA implementation. GUWAHATI: A woman in Meghalaya alleged she was facing a social boycott in her village for “exposing” corruption in the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Thrina Suchen, who hails from East Jaintia Hills, alleged that the village authorities had on November 30...

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