FCRA authorization of four Christian groups has been suspended
Of the six NGOs whose license under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) was suspended by the Union’s Home Office this year, four are Christian associations.
- An FCRA license is required for a non-profit organization to receive foreign funds. At least two US-based Christian donors are also subject to ministry scrutiny for funding NGOs and groups here, a senior government official said.
- The four Christian groups from which the FCRA has been suspended are the Ecreosoculis North Western Gossner Evangelical in Jharkhand, the Evangelical Church Association (ECA) in Manipur, the North Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jharkhand and the New Life Fellowship Association (NLFA) in Mumbai.
- The reasons for the suspension or violation were not specified. Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), had obstructed prayer meetings organized by the NLFA in Mumbai in April and September of last year.
- The Hindu religious group claimed the meeting was a pretext for religious conversion and then filed a complaint with the police.
Kesavananda Bharati, petitioner who saved democracy, passes away
Kesavananda Bharati Swamiji, whose name is synonymous with the historic fundamental rights case that prevented the nation from falling into totalitarian rule, has died today at the age of 80 years old.
- Although the conviction is a milestone in Indian legal history, the Swamiji have received no relief in this matter. The amendments to Kerala’s land reform law that he challenged were upheld by the High Court in 1973.
- Lead counsel Nani Palkhivala, a representative of Swamiji, broadened the scope of the case, Mr. Palkhivala saw the Swamiji case as an opportunity to challenge a series of constitutional amendments introduced by the Indira Gandhi government that gave Parliament unlimited power to change the constitution.
IPL Schedule Launch
At the end of the days of anxious waiting, BCCI released the schedule for the next IPL on Sunday and, in keeping with tradition, the reigning champions Mumbai Indians will face the finalists of the Chennai Super Kings in the first game in Abu Dhabi on September 19.
- The Press Trust of India reports that the next edition of the biggest T20 league in the world will take place at the three venues of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE.
- After the first game of the tournament in the capital, Dubai will host its first game the next day when the Delhi Capitals face the Kings XI Punjab, followed by the third game on Monday between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
- The action will then move to Sharjah on September 22, when the Rajasthan Royals host the Chennai Super Kings.
Full refund is mandatory for flights booked during the lockdown, DGCA told SC
Passengers are expected to receive a full refund for air tickets booked from March 25 to May 3, during the coronavirus lockdown, said on Saturday the director general of civil aviation at the Supreme Court and added that if the airlines cannot pay, travelers will get credit until March 31 of next year.
- This applies to domestic and international tickets booked between March 25 and May 3 of this year and must be refunded immediately. The DGCA statement comes after the High Court asked the center for its opinion on a PIL requesting full reimbursement of airline tickets booked during the closure.
- The center also said the passenger can use the credit on any route they choose and should be able to transfer it to anyone as well.
NCB interrogates Rhea Chakraborty for six hours
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today interviewed Rhea Chakraborty for six hours as part of the drug angle investigation into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. She was cited again on Monday. It is not yet known if she has faced other suspects.
- In the same case, NCB’s Mumbai zonal unit carried out another raid on Sunday that resulted in the seizure of 590g of hashish, 0.64g of LSD leaves (commercial quantity), 304g of marijuana and capsules, plus more than 1.85 lakh rupees in cash and Indonesian rupees 5,000. On Saturday, the agency arrested Dipesh Sawant, who worked as a housekeeper for Sushant. He was presented to a court that sent him into the custody of the NCB until September 9.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stands at 41,94,658 at the time of publishing this news summary with the death toll at 71,656. India reported another record increase of 90,632 cases in the past 24 hours
A sting operation through Kerala and Karnataka resulted in the seizure of 500 kg of marijuana from a container truck in Attingal, outside Thiruvananthapuram, early Sunday. The Special Tax Enforcement Squad (SEES) arrested a Jharkhand resident in connection with drug theft. Law enforcement officials claimed that the drug trade was the largest ganja seizure in Kerala in recent times.