The Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI) is an Act of the Parliament of India that mandates the government body to timely response to citizen requests for government information. Under the RTI Act, 2005......
The Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI) is an Act of the Parliament of India that mandates the government body to timely response to citizen requests for government information. Under the RTI Act, 2005 any citizen may request information from a public authority (a body of Government or instrumentality of State) which is required to reply expeditiously or within thirty days.
Moreover, RTI Act also makes it mandatory for the public authority or organization to computerize their records and upload over the internet so that most the information pertaining to public interest?s can be accessed easily and citizens need minimum recourse to request for information formally.
Right to Information Act was passed by Parliament on June 15, 2005 and was implemented from October 13, 2005. RTI act applies to all States and Union Territories except the State of Jammu and Kashmir, which has its own act called Jammu & Kashmir Right to Information Act, 2009.
The Act empowers every citizen to:
Jammu, May 23 (IANS) The union home ministry has refused to give details on the recent Chinese incursion in Ladakh citing the exemption clause, a right to information (RTI) activist said here Thursday.
Thiruvananthapuram, May 23 (IANS) Kerala Industries and Information Technology Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty Thursday said some invisible forces were trying to stall the state's progress on all fronts but refused to identify them.
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) The UPA is committed to transparency and allegations of impropriety in telecom spectrum and coal blocks allocations are being investigated and wrongdoers will be punished, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday.
Jammu/New Delhi, May 22 (ANI): Opposition parties in India trained guns at the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on Wednesday over rampant corruption, even as the latter completed the fourth year of its second term in power.
New Delhi, May 22 (ANI): In a step towards enhancing transparency, the Central Governmnet has extended the facility of e-filing of RTI applications to ministries of Home Affairs and Agriculture.
Panaji, May 21 (IANS) A land record portal developed by the Goa government has won an international award for making e-governance concepts people-friendly and accessible, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday.
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) A Cairo International Film Festival representative has invited India as a partner country for the movie extravaganza, to be held in November.
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) An online mechanism, which will provide single-window clearance to foreign filmmakers keen to shoot in India, will be ready in three months, Information & Broadcasting Secretary Uday Kumar Varma said at the India Pavilion at the ongoing Cannes International Film Festival.
New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): Asserting that India is a complete film making destination Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi has offered wide opportunities to foreign film producers in the country.
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) A day before CAG Vinod Rai demits office, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Monday accused him of "fiction writing" on some figures of alleged corruption, saying that the country's top auditor had done the greatest disservice to the nation by tossing "mystical numbers".
Paris, May 20 (ANI): To promote India as a " Filming Destination", Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi will inaugurate incredible India exhibition at the 66th Cannes film festival in France today.
Bhubaneshwar , May 18 (ANI): The Information and Broadcasting Minister , Manish Tewari, has blamed the opposition for the Governments inability to pass the Food Security Bill, which would have helped the country's poor. He was speaking during his visit to Odisha.
New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): The recent data theft by hackers from two Indian companies processing prepaid cards for several overseas banks, which led to a global fraud of 45 million dollars, has made India's 100 billion dollar IT industry a primary target of spam, phishing and viruses. The security breach has reopened the debate on IT security norms followed by Indian firms and the role played by 'ethical' hackers.
London, May 17 (ANI): Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said that the Group of Ministers (GoM) formed by the government will work towards giving functional autonomy to CBI, but at the same time asserted that accountability is important.
Islamabad, May 16 (Xinhua-ANI): Pakistan's interim Prime Minister, Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, on Thursday promised to transfer power to the incoming government on time.
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) India's sports minister Jitendra Singh Thursday said a roadmap has been finalised with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and it will take another one or two months to get the ban lifted from India.
Islamabad, May 16 (IANS) Pakistan's interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso Thursday promised to transfer power to the incoming government on time.
Islamabad, May 16 (ANI): Pakistan may face an international travel ban, including a possible ban on Hajj travel by Saudi Arabia, due to its failure to control a measles outbreak.
Beijing, May 15 (IANS) China has the world's largest new media market, highlighted by the country's growing Internet penetration and a vibrant range of new media applications.
Islamabad, May 15 (ANI): The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB) of Pakistan has expressed concerns over the failure of the interior ministry to seek its endorsement while issuing visas to foreign journalists, granting extensions to them and cancelling them.
Moscow, May 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Damascus's participation in an international conference between representatives of both sides in the Syrian conflict depends on "details and developments" and it will not be a party to any act that would harm national sovereignty, Syria's state news agency SANA reported.
Bhubaneswar, May 14 (IANS) Accenture Services will develop five mobile governance applications for Odisha, an official said Tuesday.
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) The government Tuesday constituted a group of ministers (GoM) to consider autonomy of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the wake of Supreme Court's scathing observations concerning the probe agency.
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Tuesday denied the publicity campaign launched by his ministry detailing development initiatives of the UPA government was with an eye to next year's general elections.
Thiruvananthapuram, May 14 (IANS) Telmoco Development Labs Pvt. Ltd., Kerala's first incubated consumer electronics start-up based in Technopark here, has forayed into the retail segment with Attitude Next 6339 -- a seven-inch Android tablet phone.
Beijing, May 14 (IANS) The Chinese government Tuesday released a white paper detailing the progress made in human rights in 2012, stressing its achievements in improving living standards and increasing room for citizens to express their opinions.
Islamabad, May 14 (Xinhua-ANI): Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Sherry Rehman, has resigned after her Pakistan Peoples Party faced defeat in general elections, state media reported Tuesday.
New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has unveiled a multi-media initiative that captures the journey of development in the last nine years across various sectors through the programmes and policies of the Government.
New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government Monday came out with a multi-media catalogue of India's development in the last nine years.
Damascus, May 13 (IANS) The Bashar al-Assad-led Syrian government has denied Turkey's accusations of Damascus being behind Saturday's deadly explosions in a Turkish border town.
Beijing, May 11 (Xinhua-ANI): Pakistanis began voting on Saturday morning in a one-day general election to elect a new government for the next five years with hopes of a positive change and end to the years of terrorism in the country.
Mumbai, May 10 (IANS) In a rare gesture, union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari specially flew down to Mumbai to present the prestigious 44th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement to veteran character actor Pran Kishan Sikand, famous as Pran.
Mumbai, May 10 (ANI): Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari presented the Dadasaheb Phalke award to veteran actor Pran at his Mumbai residence this afternoon.
New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) To harmonise and coordinate the skill development efforts of the government and the private sector, the Cabinet Thursday approved the setting up of an autonomous National Skill Development Agency, a minister said.
Washington, May 8 (IANS) India's ambassador Nirupama Rao has asked the US to start exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to India and other energy scarce countries, calling it a 'win-win' opportunity.
Shimla, May 7 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has requested the central government to provide 5,000 direct-to-home (DTH) TV sets to the state, a statement said here Tuesday.
New York, May 7 (ANI): A US Navy training film produced in 1967 offers advice on how to succeed with brunettes.
Damascus, May 5 (IANS) The Israeli attack against positions of the Syrian army earlier in the day "opens the door widely before all eventualities", the Syrian government said Sunday.
Washington, May 5 (ANI): Preschool children are less likely to be obese if they live in a neighborhood that is safe and within walking distance of parks and retail services, according to a new study.
New Delhi, May 4 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has called upon the film industry to portray positive societal values through movies to build tolerant and harmonious India.
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Friday said the government has instituted a special "Centenary Award" to honour individuals or films which spark a "paradigm change".
New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday called upon the film industry to portray positive societal values through movies to build tolerant and harmonious India.
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) At 60th National Film Awards ceremony here Friday, President Pranab Mukherjee Friday released postal stamps commemorating 50 iconic film personalities who brought changes in the Indian cinema.
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Over 6,500 Indian nationals are jailed in foreign countries, with a majority of them in the Gulf countries of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, the answer to a Right to Information (RTI) application has revealed.
New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Political leaders cutting across party lines Thursday said they were deeply saddened by the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, asserting that it was the responsibility of Pakistan to ensure his safety.
New Delhi, April 30 (ANI): The Supreme Court has agreed to examine the validity of Information Technology Rules making it mandatory for a website owner to screen content and exercise online censorship of contents posted on the portal.
Islamabad, April 29 (IANS) Pakistan Information Minister Arif Nizami Monday accused the Taliban and other armed groups of sabotaging the upcoming parliamentary elections under a " very organised campaign".
New Delhi, Apr. 29 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the taxpayer should be seen as an important partner in generating revenue for all our national endeavours.
Johannesburg, Apr. 28 (ANI): Syria has dismissed as a "barefaced lie" American and British claims it may have used chemical arms, as staunch ally Russia warned against using such fears to intervene militarily in the strife-torn country.
Kathmandu, April 27 (ANI): Former Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', currently Chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), is paying a four-day visit to India from today.
Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) In the wake of the multi-crore Saradha Group chit fund scam, the Congress Friday accused the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government of trying to dilute the issue to save its "own people".
Havana, April 23 (IANS) Cuba will participate in the Pan-American Route Cycling Championship in Mexico to be held from May 1 to 5.
New Delhi, April 23 (ANI): Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday condoled the death of former Chief Justice of India J.S. Verma.
Moscow, April 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Police in Moscow have shut down an illegal casino that was operating on the premises of a former sugar refinery, the interior ministry said.
Islamabad, Apr. 22 (ANI): The ban on YouTube in Pakistan is likely to be lifted in the first week of May, as Google administration has approached the Ministry of Information Technology in a bid to permanently block the blasphemous content on the website, according to sources.
New Delhi will celebrate a six days extravaganza 'Centenary Film Festival' to celebrate the glory of 100 years of Indian Cinema starting from April 25.
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Centenary Film Festival, a six-day extravaganza, will celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema in all its glory when it starts here April 25.
New Delhi, Apr. 19 (ANI): To commemorate the "100 years of Indian cinema," the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is organizing a six-day centenary film festival to celebrate Indian cinema in all its glory.
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The broadcast industry, witnessing rapid changes in the wake of cable TV digitisation, should consider the idea of a "techno-commercial" regulator, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Thursday. He also asserted that the government would not regulate content.
New Delhi, April 18 (ANI):Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari asked the broadcast industry to "think aloud" to have a separate broadcast regulator at the 4th CII CEOs Roundtable on Broadcast.
New Delhi, Apr 17 (ANI): The Supreme Court has stayed its own order directing that only sitting or retired Chief Justices of High Courts or an apex court Judge can head the Central and State Information Commissions.
Lahore, Apr. 17 (ANI): The Information Ministry of Pakistan will resubmit its list of secret expenses before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, revealing the details of payments made from the government's secret funds.
Astana/New Delhi, April 16 (ANI):Kazakhstan will host the 11th Eurasian Media Forum (EAMF) in Astana on April 25 and 26.
Bangalore, April 16 (IANS) Indian IT bellwether Infosys Ltd has tied up with Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland, to combat the global cyber security threat.
New Delhi, Apr. 15 (ANI): The case on making IT Returns of MPs/ MLAs public has been referred to a larger bench of three Information Commissioners and the hearing date has been set for tomorrow.
New Delhi, Apr. 15 (ANI): In order to facilitate and fast track the process which will harness the potential of the India as a "Filming Locale", the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has constituted an inter-ministerial committee for promotion and facilitation of film production in India.
Washington, Apr 15 (ANI): Technology companies increased their spending on magazines by 21.6 percent from first quarter in 2012, a report has said.
Islamabad, Apr 15 (ANI): The Pakistani government is firm in its stance on keeping the ban imposed on YouTube until the video-sharing website removed the controversial blasphemous film that outraged the Muslim world last year.
Islamabad, Apr 15 (ANI): Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf will announce the manifesto of his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party for the upcoming elections today.
New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-D) has joined hands with Australia's Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for a collaborative PhD programme.
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The government is considering the launch of a 24-hour news channel on All India Radio (AIR) and has evolved a scheme to strengthen transmission facilities in border areas.
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The government is considering the launch of a 24-hour news channel on All India Radio (AIR) and has evolved a scheme to strengthen transmission facilities in border areas.
Copenhagen, Apr. 12 (ANI): Web tools and social media are our key sources of information when we make decisions as citizens and consumers, but these information technologies can mislead us by magnifying social processes that distort facts and make us act contrary to our own interests.
New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) India and Bangladesh Friday agreed to consider a collaboration on producing a film depicting the 1971 "War of Liberation", officials said.
New Delhi, Apr 11 (ANI): India and Bangladesh on Thursday agreed to consider a joint collaboration for production of a mega film depicting the "War of Liberation".
Manama, Apr 11 (ANI): An international human rights group has alleged that police in Bahrain had arrested 20 protestors from towns near Bahrain's F1 circuit in a sign of rising political tension ahead of the Grand Prix from April 19-21.
Hyderabad, April 11 (IANS) Police in Andhra Pradesh will now be able to quickly reach trouble spots anywhere in the state with the extension of the 'Dial 100' facility that was hitherto available only in the cities.
Washington, Apr 10 (ANI): Researchers have now created a new device that would replace passwords with 'passthoughts' for computer authentication, a report has said.
Mexico City, April 9 (IANS/EFE) Women who are rape victims in Mexico lack any sure way to get the emergency contraception they have a right to, said the Information Group on Reproductive Choice, or GIRE.
Lahore, Apr. 7 (ANI): Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf will express no-confidence in Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry when a petition comes up for hearing before the Supreme Court to seek action against him under Article 6 of the Constitution on the charge of flouting the basic law, according to a leader of Musharraf's APML party.
Thiruvananthapuram, April 6 (IANS) The Kerala Congress, an ally of the Left opposition, Saturday alleged that given the frequency of foreign travel by state ministers, the government was in a "frequent flier club".
Chennai, April 5 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa Friday said the government will set up a sports fishing-cum-eco park at Chetpet lake here.
New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Friday that the government had no intention of playing "big brother" by getting access to real time data on the television choices of people through the cable TV digitization process and was willing to hand it over to a broadcasters body.
New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) The BJP has "prime ministers in waiting, prime ministers in lurking and prime ministers who are sulking" which is reflective of intra-party warfare, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said here Friday.
New Delhi, Apr 5 (ANI): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a proposal to abolish the levy-sugar mechanism, under which private millers have to sell a specified quantity of the sweetener to the government at concessional rates.
New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) The Indian government Thursday decided to decontrol the Rs.80,000 crore (around $15.5 billion) sugar industry in line with the suggestions of a panel headed by C. Rangarajan, the chairman of the prime minister's economic advisory council.
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The government will not extend the deadline for the second phase of digitisation of TV set-top boxes, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Wednesday.
Moscow, April 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) An online portal to promote public petitions has been launched by the Foundation for Information Democracy in Russia.
New Delhi, Apr. 2 (ANI): The Congress-led UPA Government today deferred a decision on hiking dearness allowance (DA) of central government employees to 80 percent from 72 percent at present.
Beijing, April 2 (IANS) Tech-savvy youngsters in China have brought a new digital perspective to a tradition of worshipping ancestors. They wave their smartphones over tombstones and using codes affixed to the monuments can access a virtual obituary where photos and video clips of the deceased can be found.
Washington, Apr 1 (ANI): Saudi Arabian authorities have warned that they will block access to popular Internet messaging applications like Skype, Viber and WhatsApp if telecommunication providers there don't comply with rules and regulatory conditions.
Shimla, March 31 (IANS) A Right to Information (RTI) plea has revealed that the Himachal Pradesh government lacks information about the personal details of a battery of legal eagles representing the state in the high court.
New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) A number of measures like improved content, setting up of a recruitment board, and filling up of vacant posts have been announced to invigorate Prasar Bharti - the country's public broadcaster.
New Delhi, Mar. 28 (ANI): India and Liechtenstein signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) today at Bern, Switzerland.
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Top experts from India and Britain discussed cyber security and online security, a pressing international issue demanding global cooperation, an official release said Tuesday.
Moscow, March 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Moscow offices of Amnesty International have been searched in what critics of the Russian government say is a sustained pressure campaign against rights organisations.
Ludhiana, Mar. 25 (ANI): Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has said that the Food Security Bill, which has a provision of providing rice, wheat and other food grains at very cheap rates to the people, will soon become a reality.
Manama, Mar 25 (ANI): Saudi Arabian authorities are likely to impose a ban on the use of smartphone messenger WhatsApp, Internet call service Skype and other instant messaging applications.
New Delhi, Mar. 23 (ANI): Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said the Congress-led UPA Government is steadily working towards new economic reforms.