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Receiving foreign donation can't be 'absolute or even a vested right', says Supreme Court
India

Receiving foreign donation can't be 'absolute or even a vested right', says Supreme Court

Observing that receiving foreign donation cannot be an absolute or even a vested right, the Supreme Court on Friday upheld the constitutional validity of amendments made to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act in 2020

Licences of 466 institutions rejected under FCRA since 2020: Centre tells Lok Sabha
India

Licences of 466 institutions rejected under FCRA since 2020: Centre tells Lok Sabha

A total of 100 applications of NGOs were refused in 2020, 341 applications were refused in 2021 and 25 applications were refused till 21 March 2022

India extends validity of all NGOs registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act till 30 June
India

India extends validity of all NGOs registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act till 30 June

The Home Ministry said the decision has been taken in public interest. Registration under the FCRA is a must for any NGO to receive funds from abroad

Supreme Court to hear plea challenging Centre’s denial of FCRA licence renewal on 24 January
India

Supreme Court to hear plea challenging Centre’s denial of FCRA licence renewal on 24 January

The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act registration is mandatory for any association and NGO to receive foreign funding.

MHA restores FCRA licence of Missionaries of Charity: All you need to know
India

MHA restores FCRA licence of Missionaries of Charity: All you need to know

With the renewed registration, the charity will be able to receive and use funds from foreign contributions.

MHA restores FCRA licence of Missionaries of Charity, can receive foreign fundings again
India

MHA restores FCRA licence of Missionaries of Charity, can receive foreign fundings again

The Missionaries of Charity is a Catholic religious congregation established in 1950 by Nobel laureate Mother Teresa to help the poor and destitute

Home Ministry extends validity of FCRA registration of NGOs by three months till 31 March
India

Home Ministry extends validity of FCRA registration of NGOs by three months till 31 March

Organisations such as the Missionaries of Charity, however, will not be eligible for the extension benefits as their applications for a renewal of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act registration have already been rejected

Work to continue as usual in Mother Teresa's charity; MoC will resolve FCRA issue soon, says official
India

Work to continue as usual in Mother Teresa's charity; MoC will resolve FCRA issue soon, says official

Officials from the Mission indicated that an appeal against Centre's decision to cancel the license of Missionaries of Charity under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act would be made

UN rights chief tells India to safeguard rights of NGOs; MEA says law violations can't be condoned
India

UN rights chief tells India to safeguard rights of NGOs; MEA says law violations can't be condoned

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet specifically cited as "worrying" the use of FCRA, which prohibits the receipt of foreign funds "for any activities prejudicial to the public interest."

#TheWeekThatWas | Parliament's Monsoon Session: What the FCRA and ECA Amendment Bills mean for India
India

#TheWeekThatWas | Parliament's Monsoon Session: What the FCRA and ECA Amendment Bills mean for India

In what is being projected as a productive Monsoon session in Parliament, around 25 bills were passed in the absence of the Opposition.

'Those who fight for truth cannot be intimidated,' says Rahul Gandhi as govt launches probe into RGF
Politics

'Those who fight for truth cannot be intimidated,' says Rahul Gandhi as govt launches probe into RGF

An inter-ministerial team has been setup to probe into alleged violation of rules by three trusts associated with the Nehru-Gandhi family

FCRA case: Supreme Court issues notice to Anand Grover, Indira Jaising on CBI plea challenging Bombay HC order
India

FCRA case: Supreme Court issues notice to Anand Grover, Indira Jaising on CBI plea challenging Bombay HC order

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought a response from NGO Lawyers Collective and its founding members Anand Grover and Indira Jaising on a plea by the CBI challenging the Bombay High Court order granting protection

Amnesty India denies ED's charges of violating foreign exchange laws, says it has faith in Constitution and judicial process
India

Amnesty India denies ED's charges of violating foreign exchange laws, says it has faith in Constitution and judicial process

The ED had issued a show-cause notice to Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd on 25 July for alleged contravention of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

SC agrees to examine NGT's powers to take suo motu cognisance; senior advocate Anand Grover appointed as amicus curiae
India

SC agrees to examine NGT's powers to take suo motu cognisance; senior advocate Anand Grover appointed as amicus curiae

The SC on Friday agreed to examine a legal question whether the NGT, established in 2010 to deal with cases pertaining to environmental issues, has the power to take cognisance of a matter on its own

CBI raids homes of former additional solicitor-general Indira Jaising and husband Anand Grover in foreign funding case
India

CBI raids homes of former additional solicitor-general Indira Jaising and husband Anand Grover in foreign funding case

The CBI is carrying out searches on Thursday at the offices of Lawyers Collective, an NGO run by noted lawyer Anand Grover, husband of former Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising, officials said

CBI books Indira Jaising's NGO Lawyers Collective, founder Anand Grover for foreign funds irregularities
India

CBI books Indira Jaising's NGO Lawyers Collective, founder Anand Grover for foreign funds irregularities

The CBI has booked noted lawyer Anand Grover and his Mumbai-based voluntary organisation, Lawyers Collective, for alleged violation of rules in receiving foreign aid, officials said on Tuesday. The agency has filed an FIR on the basis of a complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which has alleged several discrepancies in the utilisation of foreign aid received by the NGO.

Home ministry cancels registration of Infosys Foundation for alleged violation of foreign grants receiving norms
Business

Home ministry cancels registration of Infosys Foundation for alleged violation of foreign grants receiving norms

The Home Ministry has cancelled the registration of Bengaluru-based NGO Infosys Foundation for alleged violation of norms in receiving foreign grants, officials said on Monday

Investigative agencies unearth Vijay Mallya-Deepak Talwar close links, find messages exchanged between duo, associates
Business

Investigative agencies unearth Vijay Mallya-Deepak Talwar close links, find messages exchanged between duo, associates

In February this year, the ED had claimed before a Delhi court that corporate lobbyist Talwar had links with Vijay Mallya in a money laundering case.

Financial Intelligence Unit slams Allahabad Bank for not filing transaction reports of NGOs receiving foreign funds
Business

Financial Intelligence Unit slams Allahabad Bank for not filing transaction reports of NGOs receiving foreign funds

Allahabad Bank admitted that it had not carried out determination of beneficial ownership regarding top 50 accounts in the name of trusts and societies opened during the previous financial year.

Lutyens 'secret keeper' and lobbyist Deepak Talwar under scanner for links with politicians, 'illicit' aviation deals
India

Lutyens 'secret keeper' and lobbyist Deepak Talwar under scanner for links with politicians, 'illicit' aviation deals

Deepak Talwar is in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate till 12 February, being confronted with voluminous documents linking him top politicians and businessmen. He is believed to have links with fugitive Vijay Mallya in a money laundering case.