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In a deep-reported story, which took three months to investigate, The News Minute revealed a serious breach of privacy which has the potential to “corrupt the entire election exercise” in Karnataka’s Bengaluru. Following this expose’ the media in the state has followed up on the story vigorously.

The story goes that agents of an NGO collected personal information from thousands of voters in Bengaluru by making their field agents pose as government officials. This exercise was facilitated by an order of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the city’s municipal corporation, on the plea of a voter education exercise. Following the story, the Bengaluru police arrested the two top officials of the NGO and the BBMP cancelled the permission granted to conduct the survey. Three officials of the BBMP were also suspended.

ThePrint chronicles the abysmal quality of private universities in India, which have doubled in the past seven years, despite the hefty fees they charge. They fail to deliver on teaching quality, basic facilities and placements.

India Development Review records and analyses the increasing ‘aspirational migration’ from the state of Odisha. It notes that the remittances from these migrants are transforming the villages of the state and how the government needs to facilitate and leverage the changes.

And, two weeks ago, Justice D Y Chandrachud was sworn in as the 50th Chief Justice of India. Supreme Court Observer profiles the new Chief Justice - his early interventions in social causes, being designated a Senior Advocate at the age of 38 and bringing a “feminist perspective” to his judgments, including red-flagging “indirect discrimination”.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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TNM investigation: Armed with govt order, Bengaluru NGO steals voter data

The News Minute breaks the story of a blatant violation of privacy and the disruption of the electoral process by an NGO under the guise of voter education facilitated by Bengaluru’s municipal corporation.

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Beneath glitz, India’s booming pvt universities are textbook case of over-promise, under-deliver

The growth of private universities has doubled in the past seven years, but the quality, teaching and outcomes have not. ThePrint reports.

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How migration is changing villages in Odisha

The migrants from Odisha and their remittances back home are transforming the state’s villages and towns. India Development Review analyses the changes.

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Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud: A profile

Supreme Court Observer profiles the life and career of Justice D Y Chandrachud, recently elevated as the 50th Chief Justice of India.

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