Sep 29 2016
Blog: Off Beat
The documents/ replies that I have received from various offices of BBMP in the last five months, to my RTI query on illegal hoardings, are piled up before me. Yet, they have no data that I asked for. Pic: Akshatha It has been precisely five...
Jul 04 2016
Blog: Off Beat
How many legal and illegal hoardings are there in Bengaluru and how to identify them? Looking for a complete location-specific data? Chances are that you will never ever get it. In the month of April, when I started working on a series of...
Feb 13 2014
MPLAD FUND - 2009-2014
News Desk
You voted them as your representative, in 2009. If you haven't already, it's time to review their work. Here's what Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar did, using his MPLAD funds.
Apr 16 2013
Deepu Aby Varghese
A senior citizen and his family lost their home to the NICE road. This is the story of his relentless fight for justice.
Nov 12 2012
Blog: Volunteer Diary
"Freedom is another word for nothing left to lose", said someone. But, for many people who often lose the little that they have, freedom is another wor(l)d. And that wor(l)d did not appear on 15th August 1947 or later for the majority who...
May 03 2012
Navya P K
The heat generated by citizens' action contesting BDA's Koramangala signal free corridor project is as much as the heat to come from the traffic snarls when four junctions here are dug up soon.
Sep 07 2011
Blog: In the know
Have you or someone you know filed an RTI application in public interest or are eager to do so? Or do you want to learn about applying the RTI Act for the greater common good? If yes, you could approach the Karnataka RTI Federation, a recently...
Nov 17 2010
Blog: In the know
An Act that entrusts commoners with the authority to question the government and its actions. The only legislation that stipulates a response time of 30 days (48 hours in the case of human rights violations). A fairly...
Oct 25 2010
Blog: In the know
Trees being felled or the remains of cut trees have sadly become an increasingly common sight in the garden city of Bangalore nowadays. Some of us have questioned, protested or expressed our indignation in various ways at these appalling...
May 19 2010
Blog: In the know
On 30th May 2009, a coalition of various Civil Society Organizations (CSO's) in Bangalore launched a Right to Information (RTI) clinic between 2.00 PM and 4.00 PM in Cubbon Park (opposite the Bangalore Press Club entrance). Held at...
Apr 11 2010
Blog: In the know
If you have been in Cubbon Park opposite the Bangalore Press Club entrance between 2.00 PM and 4.00 PM on the month's last Saturday, you have probably noticed a group of around fifteen or twenty people discussing the RTI Act (Right to Information...
Mar 01 2010
Blog: In the know
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Jan 04 2010
Blog: In the know
During the October RTI clinic at Cubbon Park, I met Jacob P (name changed to protect identity), a private sector employee who participated in the September edition for the first time. After that, he has never missed a clinic and has been updating...
Sep 22 2009
Centre for Advocacy and Research
A coalition of NGOs provide case studies of a couple of success stories, proving RTI's benefits in Bengaluru.
Aug 19 2009
News Desk
‘State of RTI’ discussion at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore saw panelists encouraging participants to make use of RTI.
Jul 31 2009
Blog: In the know
" The RTI Act is best understood by using it, not just knowing it ". – Anand S, ACF Bangalore It was around 2.15 PM on Jul-25, the last Saturday of the month at Cubbon Park and RTI Clinic’s second session., I was just in...
Jul 09 2009
Blog: In the know
RTI Clinics: A powerful tool to promote RTI among masses.
Oct 24 2008
Samuel Jacob
A strict penalty imposed by a state Information Commission against an official was upheld by the judiciary. This might well act as a shot in the arm for the RTI movement.
Sep 30 2008
Blog: In the know
Recently, on 1st July 2008, the High Court of Karnataka declared that personal information of the public authorities cannot be made available through the Right To Inforamtion Act, 2005. The order was a result of a writ petition filed by H E Rajashekarappa...
Sep 23 2008
Supriya Khandekar
Despite a clear warning from its own Chief Auditor on tendering, the BBMP appointed violated due process in appointing consultants to monitor a project to upgrade 26 roads.
Sep 16 2008
Blog: In the know
A key right-to-information question was resolved when the Karanataka High Court on 30 June 2008, declared that registered Co-operative Societies are not public authorities under the RTI Act, 2005. Citing the RTI Act, the High Court said that 'public...
Sep 15 2008
Supriya Khandekar
As if negotiating our dangerous road humps is not bad enough, hundreds of them are unauthorised, to boot. An RTI activist is on the war path to get the BBMP to streamline them.
Sep 10 2008
Supriya Khandekar
Ashwini Layout, a micro-locality in the Koramangala area has long been missing roads. A citizen asked for a copy of the work orders, and things started moving.
Sep 02 2008
Supriya Khandekar
A chief minister-initiated daylong local workshop for 'Bangalore's development' was held on 28 June in the city. No need to guess the expense, thanks to RTI: a whopping Rs.21 lakhs.
May 19 2008
Sunil Tinani
The Karnataka government’s new rule on word-limiting RTI applications will increase paperwork, pending cases and appeals, argue activists.
May 15 2008
M V K Anil Kumar
Because of the government's equity stake and a range of tax, cess and other exemptions granted to BIAL, the Karnataka Information Commission has taken the view that BIAL must respond to RTI applications.

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