Notice to 1,200 NGOs for violating foreign funding norms
New Delhi, Sep. 13 (IANS): The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued notice to over 1,200 NGOs across the country asking them to submit expenditure details of the last four or more years, suspecting them for violating foreign funding norms that may lead to cancellation of their licences to receive foreign funds. The ministry’s step, taken on September 8, was part of its crackdown against foreign-funded Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) across the country, official sources said on Wednesday. The registration of NGOs can be cancelled under Section 14 of the FCRA on violation of law, a Home Ministry official said. Associations that receive foreign funds are required to submit their annual return for every financial year beginning on April 1 within nine months of closure of the financial year.
Railways allows m-Aadhar as identity proof for travel
New Delhi, Sep. 13 (IANS): The Railway Ministry on Wednesday announced that it has decided to permit m-Aadhar (Aadhar card on mobile app) as one of the prescribed proofs of identity for travel purpose in any reserved class. m- Aadhar is a mobile app launched by Unique Identification Authority of India on which a person can download his/her Aadhar Card. It can be done only on the mobile number to which Aadhar has been linked. For showing Aadhar, the person has to open the app and enter his/her password to show the Aadhar Card.
Darjeeling limps back to normalcy as several shops open
Darjeeling (WB), Sep. 13 (PTI): A large number of shops opened in Darjeeling today signalling normalcy that had eluded the hills for the past three months due to indefinite strike called by the GJM for a separate state of Gorkhaland. The situation in the hills remained tense but incident- free despite threats and intimidation by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which is spearheading the movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland. The indefinite shutdown in the hills entered its 91st day today. Peace rallies were taken out by the residents in Kurseong, Darjeeling and Mirik. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday urged the Gorkhaland protestors in Darjeeling to withdraw their strike and restore normalcy. The GJM supporters took out rallies in support of a separate Gorkhaland and the ongoing shutdown in sections of Darjeeling, Sonada and Kalimpong. Internet services remains suspended in the hills since June 18.
Mayawati wants Centre to take ‘sympathetic view’ of Rohingyas
Lucknow, Sep. 13 (PTI): BSP supremo Mayawati has urged the Centre to adopt a humanitarian approach towards thousands of Rohingya families seeking asylum in India. In a statement issued today, Mayawati said, “In the bordering state of Myanmar, owing to unrest, lakhs of Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in Bangladesh, and in some states of India. Since the approach of the Modi government is not clear, there is a situation of dilemma.” “The Government of India must adopt a humane view as has been the tradition of India. The government should also hold talks with governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the problems of Rohingya Muslims, so that there exodus from their country is stopped,” the former chief minister said.
UP government stops grants to 46 madrassas
Lucknow, Sep. 13 (IANS): In a major but controversial decision, the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday stopped funds to 46 madrassas. According to a Minority Welfare Department official, the action followed a probe which suggested that these madrassas were not functioning within the parameters defined for them. A total of 560 madrassas in the state get government subsidy. A committee of district magistrates, inspectors of schools and minority welfare officers are mandated by the Bharatiya Janata Party government to certify the use of these funds. After a two-month scrutiny by these district level committees, the grant to 46 madrassas had been stopped along with salaries of teachers, the official said.
Defence establishments on high alert after threat of attack
New Delhi, Sep. 13 (IANS): Defence establishments in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab have been put on a high alert after intelligence inputs that a Pathankot style attack may take place. Informed sources said there were inputs of around eight Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists, who infiltrated into India, had headed towards Punjab. The intelligence inputs said the terrorists may be targeting army and air force installations in Jammu region and Punjab to carry out a Pathankot-style attack, following which all bases have been asked to be on high alert. On January 2, 2016, an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot was attacked, leaving seven security personnel and a civilian dead and 37 security personnel and one civilian injured. All four terrorists, who were from Pakistan, were killed.