US envoy Richard Verma expresses concern over 'challenges faced by NGOs in India'

The US envoy to India Richard Verma on Wednesday voiced "concern" over reports about "challenges faced by NGOs operating in India", as the government has put the US-based Ford Foundation under the scanner.

Gates Foundation not under scanner: Govt

Government on Wednesday dismissed reports suggesting that the Home Ministry was looking into the funding of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Implementation of increased pictorial warning on tobacco products: NGOs urge to set date

NGOs and youth activists Friday urged the Centre to set a date for implementing the proposed increased pictorial warning on tobacco products, saying large warnings will prevent youth from experimenting with tobacco products.

NGOs attack govt for cancellation of licences, vow to counter 'persecution'

Scores of civil society groups on Wednesday launched a stinging attack on the Modi government for cancelling licences of nearly 9,000 NGOs and vowed to counter such "persecution" unitedly.

Govt cancels licences of nearly 9,000 NGOs

In yet another crackdown on NGOs receiving foreign funds, government has cancelled licences of nearly 9,000 such entities for violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

India a 'liberal regime' with respect to foreign donations, says BJP
India a 'liberal regime' with respect to foreign donations, says BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday justified the decision of the government to put private funding organisation Ford Foundation on its watch list, adding that compared to other countries, India is very a 'liberal regime' with respect to foreign donations.

Ford Foundation put under MHA watchlist in 'national interest'
Ford Foundation put under MHA watchlist in 'national interest'

The Ministry of Home Affairs has put one of the biggest international funding organisations, Ford Foundation, under a watchlist in national interest and security.

SC issues notice to Centre on plea against re-promulgated Land Acquisition Ordinance
SC issues notice to Centre on plea against re-promulgated Land Acquisition Ordinance

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Centre on a plea by a group of NGOs working for farmers challenging fresh re-promulgation of Land Acquisition Ordinance.

SC to hear PIL challenging fresh promulgation of land acquisition ordinance on Monday
SC to hear PIL challenging fresh promulgation of land acquisition ordinance on Monday

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a petition moved by a group of NGOs working for farmers challenging the constitutional validity of government s action to re-promulgate the land acquisition ordinance.

10 NGOs blacklisted for misappropriation of funds: Govt

Centre has blacklisted 10 NGOs and issued show-cause notices to 87 in the last two years for misappropriating funds meant for social welfare, the Lok Sabha was told Tuesday.

UN applications of five Indian NGOs put on hold

Applications from five Indian non-governmental organisations for special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) were put on hold Monday after Pakistan raised issues with their requests in three cases and India in two.

NGOs impotsant for effective implementation of govt schemes: Najma

Union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah on Wednesday underlined the role of NGOs in ensuring effective implementation of public welfare schemes at the grassroot level and said that collaboration between government and such agencies can bring about change in the society.

Civil society, NGOs to be asked to help guard rail crossings

Civil society, NGOs, socio- political organisations will be asked to provide volunteers to guard more than 11,000 unmanned railway crossings across the country to minimise death on tracks, Lok Sabha was told on Monday.

Kenya suspends licenses of over 500 NGOs

Kenya Tuesday it has suspended licenses and freezed bank accounts of 510 NGOs, 15 of which have been accused of having ties with terrorist groups and money laundering.

NGOs get foreign funds to stall critical operations: Govt

Government Tuesday said certain NGOs receiving funds from abroad hold "campaigns" against critical operations like nuclear power plants and mining, affecting the progress of the country.

Palestinians, NGOs accuse Israel of shoot-to-kill policy

Human rights groups have accused Israel of encouraging a shoot-to-kill policy after a wave of incidents in which police shot dead Palestinians involved in, or accused of, attacking Israelis.

Purab Kohli is baffled, but why

Actor Purab Kohli, who is associated with a number of social causes like animal welfare, welfare of under-privileged women and children, says he is baffled why people associated with a good cause are not paid well.

Srinagar youths develop web portal to monitor flood victims' rehabilitation

With millions of rupees flowing in from different NGOs for the Jammu and Kashmir flood victims, some youths from the Kashmir Valley have developed a web portal named 'Athwas' (handshake) to track the relief and rehabilitation work being carried out.

Change the world — empower girls

As International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2014, draws closer, we speak to girls who have been empowered by various organisations.

Seeta Kumari, 21, Educate Girls

'NGO sounds negative, call yourselves volunteers'

NGOs should desist from calling themselves non-government organisations because it is "negative sounding" and should instead call themselves "voluntary organisations", Goa Governor Mridula Sinha says.