Govt. stops funding for 10 NGOs linked to climate change and child labor
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-09-2021; Five years after delisting the international non-governmental organization (NGO) Greenpeace for foreign funding, the government has taken steps to restrict funding to a group of ten US, Australian and European environmental NGOs, climate change and the work of children problems.
An internal Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular dated July 1, 2021, which was sent to all banks, said the government had specified a number of foreign entities that would be placed in the “Prior Reference Category. “(PRC quotation) using the strict Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 2010, which was tightened in September 2020, making banks and public accountants liable for unauthorized funds entering.
The NGOs, which join the more than 80 international voluntary agencies now listed by the government of the People’s Republic of China, include the European Climate Foundation, three US-based NGOs (Omidyar Network International, Humanity United and the Stardust Foundation), two Australian-based NGOs (Walk Free Foundation and Minderoo Foundation), and the UK-based Children’s Investment Fund, Freedom Fund and Laudes Foundation, as well as the UK-based Legatum and United Arab Emirates.
The Reserve Bank did not respond to a request for comment, but officials informally confirmed that the note had been sent, in line with previous circulars sent to banks warning them of NGOs banned or suspended from acquiring or disbursing foreign funds.
Significantly, all of the NGOs on the most recent list are working on projects relating to the environment and climate change and / or projects relating to the rights of the child and slavery, issues on which the government has been sensitive to international criticism in the past.
When asked why so many environmental NGOs were on the list, given the government’s stated international commitments to tackle climate change, one official said that despite India’s track record in the compliance with the Paris agreement, “the pressures that global reports on India are intensifying to increase nationally determined contributions”.
Among those who have been listed by the People’s Republic of China or who have had to scale down or even close their operations in India due to FCRA action taken by the government in recent years include Greenpeace International, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch , Compassion International, National Endowment for Democracy, the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Open Society Foundation.
A UK-based NGO Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) sued the government for suspending its FCRA license and obtained temporary redress from the Delhi High Court, allowing it access to 25% of your funds, and a final order is expected in October.
TN Passes Bill to Forgo NEET and Admit Students Based on Qualifying Exam Results
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-09-2021; Tamil Nadu’s Legislative Assembly passed a bill to enact a law to “waive” the requirement to qualify for the National Entrance and Eligibility Test (NEET) for admission to the medical courses in the state.
The Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Bill, 2021, further sought to allow admission to these courses on the basis of qualifying examination scores [plus two points] through “Standardization methods” as was done before 2017.
The bill, introduced by Chief Minister MK Stalin argued that admissions to medical training courses could be attributed to entry 25 of List III, Schedule VII of the Indian Constitution and that the state was ” competent to regulate ”the same for disadvantaged social groups.
The bill said it aims to ensure social justice, uphold equality and equal opportunity, protect all vulnerable student communities from discrimination, and integrate them into medical and dental education. and, in turn, to ensure strong public health care in Tamil Nadu, specifically rural areas.
A high-level committee headed by retired Supreme Court Justice AK Rajan, in their report to the state government, said NEETs clearly undermine diverse social representation in MBBS and higher medical education by primarily promoting the wealthy segment of society while frustrating dreams of pursuing medical education. by disadvantaged social groups, said Bill.
Among other things, the Committee recommended that the state government adopt a law similar to the Tamil Nadu Professional Educational Institutions Admission Act of 2006, which indicates the need to eliminate NEETs at all levels of medical education and obtain consent. of the president for the same.
Pegasus case: SC will adopt provisional orders
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-09-2021; The Supreme Court ruled on Monday to approve interim orders after the government refused to respond, through a “detailed” affidavit, to claims that it used Israel-based Pegasus software to spy on citizens.
The government has said that such an affidavit in the Supreme Court would be too public and would endanger national security. The petitioners demanded that the Cabinet Secretary submit an affidavit or that the court itself form a committee headed by a sitting judge to investigate the espionage controversy.
A bench of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana, Judges Surya Kant and Hima Kohli have said that there can be no “beat around the bush” in this case. The CJI said the court gave the government a fair opportunity to submit a detailed affidavit in order to get a clear idea of its position in the Pegasus case.
However, after reserving warrants, the court told Attorney General Tushar Mehta, for the government, that it could bring up the case if there was any doubt in the next few days before the warrant was issued.
Lead attorney Kapil Sibal, who represents veteran journalists N. Ram and Sashi Kumar, said the government’s refusal to submit a detailed affidavit was “unbelievable.” Mehta believed that public discourse on whether or not to use particular software would alert terrorists.
He urged the court to allow the government to form a committee of “experts in the field” to examine allegations of espionage orchestrated against citizens, including journalists, activists, ministers, parliamentarians, among others.
He assured the court that the committee members “would have no relationship” with the government and would present their report to the Supreme Court. The government could not afford to “make noise” on such an “important” issue, he said. He objected to petitioners’ claims that “the government refuses to protect its own citizens” or “attacks democracy.”
Judge Kant said the court was also concerned about national security, but could not turn a deaf ear to privacy concerns raised by citizens. At one point, the CJI questioned the viability of the government’s insistence on refusing to discuss the Pegasus allegations in public hearing, saying that even if a committee of experts were formed, its work and the report would end when made public.
Bhupendra Patel was sworn in as Gujarat CM
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-09-2021; Bhupendra Patel was sworn in as Chief Minister of Gujarat by Governor Acharya Devvrat at the Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar on Monday, a day after being unanimously elected head of the BJP legislative party in a meeting.
Union Interior Minister Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, and Union Ministers Mansukh Mandaviya, Narendra Singh Tomar, Pralhad Joshi, Parshottam Rupala, Bhupender Yadav and others attended the swearing-in ceremony.
Only the chief minister was sworn in on Monday, and cabinet members will be sworn in separately once the party decides on the names. Sources say Shah, Bhupendra Patel and other leaders will decide the names, as many senior leaders and outgoing cabinet members are likely to be removed from their posts to bring in new faces.
There is still no clarity on retaining Senior Deputy Minister Nitin Patel. Nitin Patel on Monday denied reports he was in a bad mood after being dismissed as chief minister when the party first elected lawmaker Bhupendra Patel, a protégé of Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel , as successor to Vijay Rupani.
JEE-Main results of Wednesday, JEE-Advanced registrations postponed again
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-09-2021; Twelve days after the last session of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Main), results have not yet been reported, forcing the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) to postpone your test registration again. entry JEE-Advanced, which was due to start on Monday. JEE-Main’s top-ranked 2.5 lakh students are eligible to write JEE-Advanced, which is scheduled for October 3.
“The results will be released tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest,” said Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare, who did not comment on the reasons for the delay. Senior officials from the National Testing Agency and the Ministry of Education insisted it had nothing to do with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI’s) ongoing investigation into a suspected fraud scandal at a JEE-Main testing center in Sonepat, Haryana. A senior official said a COVID-19 infection among key personnel contributed to the delay.
The JEE-Main exam is not only an entrance test for admission to national institutes of technology and other central and public engineering universities, but is also used as an eligibility test for applicants to IIT. This year, four sessions of JEE-Main were held, and students were allowed to take the exam as often as they wanted, and their best score was used for ranking purposes.
The fourth session, originally scheduled for May, was delayed due to COVID-19 and then delayed again to allow for a larger deviation from the third session. The final session for BE / B.Tech candidates ended on September 1 and the provisional answers were published on September 6. The final results and All India rankings were due to be released on September 10, in time for the JEE-Advanced. registrations will begin the next day.
As JEE-Main results were delayed, JEE-Advanced registrations were initially postponed until September 13. Faced with further delays, a notice sent to applicants Monday evening on the JEE Advanced website simply asked them to “continue to visit registry updates” without specifying when the registry would actually be opened.
CBI arrested 11 people in an alleged scam in which students were charged up to ₹ 15 lakh for cheating on the JEE-Main exam via remote access to computers at the Sonepat center.
Former Union Minister Oscar Fernandes dies
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-09-2021; After nearly two months of hospitalization, former Union Minister and Rajya Sabha member Oscar Fernandes died on September 13. The 80-year-old congressional leader was admitted to the Yenepoya Hospital in Mangaluru on July 19 following an intracranial hemorrhage following a fall. at his house during routine training on July 18. He underwent an operation to remove a clot in his brain on July 27 and was on regular dialysis.
A hospital spokesperson said Fernandes died at 2:15 p.m. He is survived by his wife, son, and his daughter. Originally from Udupi, Fernandes had been a Member of Parliament since 1980. As Union Minister in the UPA government, Fernandes had the portfolios of road and road transport, labor and employment, statistics and program implementation, and foreign affairs, both as Cabinet Minister. and Minister of State.
He was one of the closest confidants in Indira Gandhi’s family, including former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, his wife Sonia Gandhi and his son Rahul Gandhi. He served Rajiv Gandhi as Parliamentary Secretary. He has held various positions within the All India Congressional Committee (AICC), including Secretary General, and has served as Chairman of the Karnataka Pradesh Congressional Committee (KPCC). He was one of the six editors of the National Herald.
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-09-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 3,332,828,888 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 4,431,061.
Moderate prices for foods such as vegetables pushed retail price inflation lower for the third month in a row to 5.3% in August, in the RBI comfort zone. While consumer price inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell to 5.3% in August from 6.69% in the same month last year, food product inflation fell at a much faster rate to 3.11% from 9.05% in August 2020. which rose sharply to 6.3% in May from 4.23% in April, since then it has been on a downward trajectory. The RBI, which mainly takes into account retail price inflation when deciding on monetary policy every two months, has received instructions from the government to keep it at 4%, with a tolerance range of 2% on both sides.