Magnitude 5.4 earthquake felt for 30 seconds in Delhi NCR

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake felt for 30 seconds in Delhi NCR at around 10:45 PM. People came out of their house.


India’s capital city and the surrounding areas was rocked by a quake today on Monday night. According to reports, strong tremors were felt in Gurgaon, Noida and adjoining areas of Delhi for nearly thirty seconds.


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88 Yr Old Poor Widow Deprived of Med Care Funding


Beneficiary Kulsum Hussein Former Nanny

88 year old childless widow to repay loan for med care (income Rs1000 pm) bec not granted community welfare entitlement.

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The aforementioned link is a fundraiser started to support Kulsum Hussein, an 88 year old widow who cannot repay her medical loans.
The fundraiser has less than a week left and has still not even managed to collect even 20% of its goal.
The lady genuinely needs help.

The person who started the fundraiser is Nina Merchant. Her contact details are mentioned in that link. Contact her for more information.

Politicians’ wealth: SC notice to Centre on NGO’s plea


As per the petitioner, the RP Act mandates candidates to declare their assets in nomination papers, but not source.

New Delhi, January 4

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea by NGO, Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), to intervene in a PIL case for making politicians declare their sources of income in their nominations for contesting elections. A bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar sought the response of the government and the EC as ADR’s counsel Kamini Jaiswal pleaded that the NGO had invariably been in the forefront of electoral reforms. The petitioner, another NGO Lok Prahari, has contended that the Representation of People (RP) Act mandated candidates contesting elections to declare their assets in their nomination papers, but not the source or how they accumulated these. Also, Section 9A in the amended RP Act, 1951, was meant only for disqualification of candidates having business contracts with the government. This was in fact a diluted version of the earlier Section 7D which had provided for disqualification of candidates for having any business interest, either directly or through close family members, in any organisation holding government contracts. Citing official statistics, the PIL said the wealth of at least a dozen Lok Sabha MPs had gone up five times in the past five years. “The voters have the right to know that the growth of politicians’ wealth is commensurate with their known sources of income and through legitimate means.” There was no place in democracy for those who lacked integrity or character, the petition contended. People had the right to know the antecedents of the contesting candidates to make an informed choice and this was possible only if the sources of their income were disclosed, he argued. Earlier, the NGO had filed a PIL that resulted in the apex court ruling under which lawmakers would automatically stand disqualified as MPs or MLAs upon their conviction in corruption cases or being sentenced for two years or more in other criminal cases.


Laws concerning NGOs hazy, says Supreme Court

New Delhi, Sept 14: The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that it is alarming and mind boggling that out of the 29.9 lakh NGOs only 2.9 lakh file IT returns. While appointing an amicus curae to suggest guidelines on how to regulate the NGOs ,  court adjourned hearing on the matter to Sept 23. A petition was filed seeking a directive to regulate NGOs in the country. It was pointed that there was no regulation and hence directions to this effect be issued.

image source: oneinda news

image source: oneinda news

“The Supreme Court said that the laws relating to the regulation of NGOs is hazy. It is mind boggling that 29.9 lakh NGOs function in India and very few file the details of how they used the funds. There is a need for a legal framework to monitor NGOs,” the Supreme Court said. The Supreme Court was told by the petitioner that only 2.9 lakh out of the 29.9 lakh NGOs file IT returns. SC said that it finds the need to refer this issue to the law commission. The Law Commission may consider regulating NGOs across the country, the Supreme Court observed. There is no legislation to ensure accountability and timely audit of NGOs, the court also stated. While adjourning the matter to Sept 23, the court appointed Senior counsel Rakesh Dwivedi as amicus curae to suggest what measures can be taken to regulate NGOs.

Government bars Zakir Naik’s NGO from receiving foreign funds

NEW DELHI: Invoking a rare provision of law, the government today issued a gazette notification to ban an NGO, run by controversial preacher Zakir Naik, from receiving foreign funds directly and asked RBI to seek prior permission from it before releasing any money to it.

Issuance of a gazette notification under Section 11(3) of the FCRA 2010 is a rare instance and such an act could also be done through an official order, sources said. Image

Issuance of a gazette notification under Section 11(3) of the FCRA 2010 is a rare instance and such an act could also be done through an official order, sources said.

The gazette notification, issued by the Home Ministry, said that Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) has violated certain provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulations Act and therefore “would obtain prior permission from central government before accepting any foreign contribution”.

Issuance of a gazette notification under Section 11(3) of the FCRA 2010 is a rare instance and such an act could also be done through an official order, sources said.

The Home Ministry said the decision has been taken after a preliminary inquiry conducted by it found that the NGO was carrying out activities contrary to the provisions of the FCRA under which it has to function.

The Reserve Bank of India, henceforth, has to inform the Home Ministry about all funds coming to the NGO and permission has to be taken from the ministry before releasing them to IRF.
Sources said last month the Home Ministry had renewed the FCRA licence of IRF despite several ongoing probes against the NGO and its founder Naik including one by the Home Ministry itself.
Taking strong exception to the goof-up, the Home Ministry suspended Joint Secretary G K Dwivedi, who was heading the foreigners division of the ministry looking after the FCRA-related issues, and three other officials.
Naik was accused of radicalising and attracting youths for terror acts.
Naik has come under the scanner of the security agencies after Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ had reported that one of the attackers of the July 1 terror strike in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran a propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Naik.
He, in a lecture aired on Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists”.
Naik, a popular but controversial Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based IRF, is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speeches aimed against other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.
He is popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preachings often demean other religions and even other Muslim sects.

Source- Economics Times

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Foreign Aid May Drop with 10,000 NGO Registrations Cancelled in 2015

Foreign funding for Indian non-governmental organizations doubled in 2014-15 over the previous year, but with 10,000 NGO registrations cancelled in 2015, foreign contributions are likely to drop, according the latest data on foreign contributions.

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Foreign funding for Indian non-government organizations is likely to drop, notes a report, as 10,000 NGO registrations were cancelled last year. (Source:

Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh (unified), Karnataka and Kerala together got 65 percent of foreign aid coming to India, the data, tabled in the Lok Sabha on July 26, 2016, revealed.

Of Rs 45,300 crore ($7 billion) in foreign funding to Indian NGOs over four years — 2011-12 to 2014-15 — Rs 29,000 crore($ 4.5 billion) was received by organizations in the national capital and these four (five after Telangana) states, an IndiaSpend analysis reveals.

Organizations in Delhi received Rs 10,500 crore ($ 1.6 billion), while each of the five states received close to Rs 5,000 crore ($770 million) over the past four years.

There are 33,091 NGOs registered to receive foreign funds — under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act — after the registrations of 10,000 NGOs were cancelled by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2015.

Among the reasons for cancellation: Not filing returns, mis-utilization of funds and accepting funds for “prohibited activities,” which include funding legal costs of bail, writ petitions of Indian NGOs and their activists, and undisclosed payment of salaries by foreign NGOs to foreign activists.

Foreign funding doubled in 2014-15 to Rs 22,137 crore ($ 3.4 billion) compared to Rs 12,000 crore ($ 1.8 billion) in 2013-14.

Foreign funds to Indian NGOs from 165 countries are mostly for the social sector.

India receives foreign contributions from 165 countries, of roughly 200 countries identified by the World Bank.

Health, education and child-welfare together received Rs 4,500 crore ($ 690 million) of the Rs 12,000 crore received in 2011-12, according to our analysis of the 2011-12 annual report of the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act, the latest available.

While NGOs associated with religious activities collected Rs 870 crore, NGOs with research activities got Rs 539 crore in 2011-12.

International NGOs are free to fund in India but only to the government.

As many as 109 international organizations, including various branches of the United Nations, World Bank, World Health Organization, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization and Asian Development Bank, are not treated as a foreign source while funding projects in India.

“The World Bank funding in 2013-14 was $5.2 billion (Rs 33000 crore).This funding goes to the government and not to any NGO,” wrote Prof. Trilochan Sastry of Association for Democratic Reforms, an advocacy group, in a blog post.

A writ petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court by ADR to constitute an independent body to administer enforcement of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. The case is currently being heard.


This 17-Year-Old Has Her Own NGO and Is Funding the Education of over 20 Kids

At an age when most teenagers are busy planning their lives – picking up schools or colleges to attend, deciding what courses they should take up, thinking about where to go out with friends, etc., 17-year-old Muskaan Chhibber was busy running from pillar to post to get her NGO registered.

“It all began three years ago when I started working with an NGO called Samarpan, in Vasantkunj, Delhi. This was soon after I started Class 10. I was working as a volunteer and was teaching kids of varying ages from underprivileged backgrounds. But the thought that there are many such children out there who are deprived of education because of lack of resources, was really saddening and that was when I decided that I will work for the society in some way or the other,” she says.

She started working with a community-based environmental campaign in Australia called Clean up the World, which empowers communities from across the globe to clean up, fix and conserve their environment. She became a member of the organization and started spreading awareness about environmental issues in Delhi, starting with her neighbours and friends and expanding from there.

It was around the same time that Muskaan lost her grandmother to cancer. This incident motivated her to work for cancer patients across the country as well.

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Finally, about two year ago she decided to bring together all the work she had been doing through individual campaigns under one umbrella and set up an organization. She also wanted to get it registered with the government to increase its credibility and authenticity. Muskaan named her organization Nurture Nature and got it registered with the help of her mother, successfully crossing all the legal barriers on the way. Today, her NGO has a core team of five people a huge group of volunteers working on different agendas.

“Our work is based around three basic pillars,” she says.

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  • Education: Nurture Nature has funded the education of over 20 children coming from different rural and semi-urban areas around Delhi. The team visits slums in Azadpur and Wazirpur areas, spreading awareness about the importance of education among children and parents there. They also help underprivileged children get registered in government schools and provide them with funds for all their requirements at school. The volunteers begin with the children of their domestic helps, gardeners, drivers, etc. and slowly move on to the community as a whole. “The first child whom we helped in school registration was named Rahul. His story was such that it  motivated other kids to join school as well. Being the eldest son of the family, he has been the only earning member after his father’s death. This was why he had to give up his education. But we registered him in an open school and a weekly tutorial centre, so he can get good education while working and helping his family as well,” says Muskaan. After north and south Delhi, the NGO plans to expand to Haryana.
  • Cancer Awareness: Muskaan contacted the Indian Cancer Society – an NGO working on spreading awareness about the detection and cure of cancer. With the help of ICS, she got a chance to visit hospitals and meet cancer patients directly. She and her team spoke to them and listened to their stories. They also took the same stories to the general masses to make people understand they whys and hows of the disease. Nurture Nature goes to schools and colleges talking to students and urging them to spread awareness about the disease further. They also have connection with doctors and they direct underprivileged cancer patients to hospitals where they will be treated for free. The NGO tries to help patients with the cost of medicines as much as possible.
  • Environment: Having begun social work in this field, Muskaan has been working for the environment ever since. Her team organises many cleanliness drives across the city, while also educating people about the importance of clean surroundings. They conduct charity events for people to contribut, and the money thus collected is used to conduct more cleanliness drives in the Delhi.

Muskaan, who recently finished Class 12, will be moving to the US for college.

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Rahul with his Family

The co-president of the NGO, Ved Rajgarhia will then look after the proceedings in India while she tries to expand the NGO in the US too. The team raises funds for Nurture Nature with the help of crowd-funding events, online fund raisers, charity events, etc.

They also have CSR wings of certain organizations sponsoring their work.

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Muskaan, who is highly interested in research, plans to get a degree in environmental studies and take her work forward.


Madhu Pandit Dasa honoured with Padma Shri award by President Pranab Mukherjee

Madhu Pandit Dasa honoured with Padma Shri award by President Pranab MukherjeeMadhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of Akshaya Patra Foundation was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri award by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. The presentation ceremony was held in the historic Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 11:30 am on 12th April 2016. It was graced by the presence of a number of prominent personalities who were recognized for contributions in varied fields.

The award acknowledged the noble and distinguished service rendered by Madhu Pandit Dasa for the welfare of the children of India. He expressed his gratitude and thanked the Government of India for the recognition. With regard to the honour, he said, “I dedicate this award to Srila Prabhupada, a true visionary who wanted to see a hunger free world. This recognition shall give immense encouragement to the Akshaya Patra team to reach greater heights. It is our humble service of providing nutrition to the government school children through the Akshaya Patra programme. It is an inspiration for me and the entire team at Akshaya Patra to reach out to many more hungry children of this country. Quality food for these children is essential for quality education that will in turn create citizens of great character. Our children are the real asset of our nation.”

Padma Shri AwardMadhu Pandit Dasa designed the first centralised kitchen of Akshaya Patra, to provide mid-day meals to underserved children in the Government schools of Bengaluru rural district during July 2000. Under his inspiring leadership and impeccable commitment, the organisation grew unceasingly towards its mission of feeding ‘5 million children by 2020.’ Dasa has to his credit a B.Tech degree in Civil Engineering from IIT-Mumbai in the year 1980. While he was doing his M.Tech course in IIT-Mumbai in 1981, he dedicated himself to the service of humanity by becoming a full-time member of ISKCON. Apart from being the Chairman of Akshaya Patra, he also serves as the President of ISKCON Bangalore and Chairman of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir.

Akshaya Patra partners with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and various State Governments as one of the most admired Public Private Partnerships in education and child welfare. Scientific studies conducted by leading research organisations such as A.C Nielson and Sigma clearly established the positive impact of its mid-day meal programme.

Madhu Pandit Dasa set up a robust Governance Model that has made Akshaya Patra a hallmark of transparency and accountability. This is highlighted by the fact that Akshaya Patra is the only NGO in the country to win the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) Gold Shield Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting five times in a row and placed in its prestigious Hall of Fame.

Under his leadership, Akshaya Patra has grown from providing 1500 children with mid-day meals to 1.5 million children in 15 years, becoming the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme. A Harvard case study, the Foundation has recently served the 2 billionth meal.

This Bengaluru-based NGO would serve its 2 billionth afternoon meal soon

It’s been 15 years that Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF), headquartered in Bengaluru, has been serving afternoon meals to government school children, and in a few weeks, it will touch the glorious mark of its two billionth meal.

APF, the world’s largest school lunch programme, was founded by IITian Madhu Pandit Dasa, who was conferred with the prestigious honour of Padma Shri last month.

“I still remember the day when I took the first meal to a government school. The children loved it. I did not believe that we would go with the food the next day. But for 15 years now, we have been able to sustain,” Dasa told TOI. Dasa wants to ensure that no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger; because of his vision, this scheme has won many accolades for its transparency, hygiene and tech savvy delivery of cooked meals.

“Growth has not been a challenge but sustainably growing is a challenge. Every time we start a kitchen, children come with a hope that they will get a good meal every day. Ensuring food safety especially at the school level which is the last mile and on a daily basis is a challenge. The road ahead is to implement innovative ideas in operations, fundraising and sourcing. We also would like to freely share our learnings with any organigation or an individual who wants to work on alleviating hunger amongst children,” said APF CEO Shridhar Venkat.

APF trustee T V Mohandas Pai told TOI: “I think the reason for our success has been how different competencies which are mutually inclusive and collectively exclusive have come together to fight hunger among children.”