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A medic fills a syringe with Covaxin before administering it to a health worker during its trials, at the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society in Ahmedabad, India.(Reuters/ File photo)

Vaccinating staff may not qualify as CSR spending

Livemint | By Gireesh Chandra Prasad
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:54 PM IST
Also, donations to the Prime Minister’s emergency fund set up to fight the pandemic qualify as CSR spending. Indian businesses spend Rs15,000 crore a year on CSR as per pre-pandemic official estimates.
Based on the central government’s guidelines, the Covid-19 vaccine will be offered first to healthcare workers, frontline workers, persons above 50 years of age(PTI)
Based on the central government’s guidelines, the Covid-19 vaccine will be offered first to healthcare workers, frontline workers, persons above 50 years of age(PTI)

PMC plans to vaccinate 44 lakh in 6 months

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Steffy Thevar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 06:51 PM IST
The task force has drafted the strategy after it met on December 29
A general view of Ayodhya City.(ANI Photo)
A general view of Ayodhya City.(ANI Photo)

Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Shetra says temple to be built using only domestic funds

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 09:09 AM IST
Rai also said for construction of the temple, no foreign funding can be collected as the trust doesn’t have enough necessary approvals while CSR funds can be considered for adjoining buildings of the temple.
You can also make donations through Amazon’s Gift a Smile page and contribute to 50+ NGOs that support a variety of causes from Healthcare & Nutrition, Senior Citizens, Empowerment of women and girls, Education, Care for differently abled, Disaster and pandemic Response and Skills & Livelihood.
You can also make donations through Amazon’s Gift a Smile page and contribute to 50+ NGOs that support a variety of causes from Healthcare & Nutrition, Senior Citizens, Empowerment of women and girls, Education, Care for differently abled, Disaster and pandemic Response and Skills & Livelihood.

Amazon India continues to deliver smiles by facilitating online education for students

UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 06:55 PM IST
The company is also directly donating over 5000 4G enabled tablet computers in partnership with 18 NGOs working with children in need, government and aided schools as well as childcare centres.
People with special needs require support and empathy.(Shutterstock/For representation only)
People with special needs require support and empathy.(Shutterstock/For representation only)
MCA has amended Schedule VII to include R&D for development of drugs to cure Covid-19 as one of the approved CSR activities for major companies.(BLOOMBERG PHOTO.)
MCA has amended Schedule VII to include R&D for development of drugs to cure Covid-19 as one of the approved CSR activities for major companies.(BLOOMBERG PHOTO.)

Companies now allowed to spend CSR funds in finding drugs, vaccines for Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 11:16 PM IST
The ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) has already notified the two amendments in the CSR rules on Monday that would allow companies to spend their CSR funds in R&D activities related to new vaccine, drugs and medical devices in three financial years starting from 2020-21.
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Education ministry plan recommends use of CSR funds to overcome digital divide

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 11:47 AM IST
According to a ministry study, around 27% of the students from institutes like Kendriya Vidyalayas and Central Board of School Education-affiliated schools did not have smartphones and laptops to enable them to join virtual classes
Relief kit distribution in the Sunderbans
Relief kit distribution in the Sunderbans

United Breweries Limited and Inclusive India Foundation provide relief kits for Amphan super cyclone victims in the Sunderbans, West Bengal

UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 07:09 PM IST
SoulAce’s NGO arm Inclusive India Foundation (IIF) has been providing 4 Relief Kits to each of 1,400 families for the victims of cyclone Amphan in the Sundarbans region as a part of CSR initiatives planned by United Breweries Limited (UBL).
Thousands of such face shields were pro-bono distributed in hospitals like KEM, Nair, Jaslok, Cooper and different mark chapters of IMA (Indian Medical Association) as well as to thousands of police officers.
Thousands of such face shields were pro-bono distributed in hospitals like KEM, Nair, Jaslok, Cooper and different mark chapters of IMA (Indian Medical Association) as well as to thousands of police officers.

Sacred Heart School, Kalyan develops face shields using latest technology

UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 02:16 PM IST
As a CSR initiative, using 3D printing and laser crafting, the school is distributing protective face shields to professionals braving the pandemic to perform their duties.
Somesh Singh, co-founder of Craft Village and its initiative India Craft Week and former director of The Institute of Apparel Management, who has in the past transformed mundane concrete into functional objects has designed the world’s first corona suits made of cement, to protect doctors, paramedics and police force engaged in saving us from the coronavirus pandemic.
Somesh Singh, co-founder of Craft Village and its initiative India Craft Week and former director of The Institute of Apparel Management, who has in the past transformed mundane concrete into functional objects has designed the world’s first corona suits made of cement, to protect doctors, paramedics and police force engaged in saving us from the coronavirus pandemic.

World’s first cement suit has been designed in India to fight coronavirus. Here’s all you need to know

Hindustan Times | By Srishti Jha
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 10:32 AM IST
Somesh Singh, Co-founder of Craft Village, India Craft Week and former director of The Institute of Apparel Management has designed the world’s first Corona suits made of cement, CoValor-21, to protect doctors, paramedics and police force engaged in saving us from the coronavirus pandemic.
Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani group.(Reuters)
Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani group.(Reuters)

Adani foundation launches CSR project to help students, youth from Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2020 12:46 PM IST
The project, part of the foundation’s CSR activity, will be held in association with Lifology.com, the world’s top career accelerator for youth
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Admn sanctions 11 lakh to give infra boost to civil hospital

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harvinder Kaur, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2020 10:54 PM IST
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Punjab lags behind in CSR spending, got just 234 crore in three years

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Navneet Sharma, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2020 10:04 PM IST
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Colleges are using internships with NGOs to teach mgmt students about CSR

Hindustan Times | By Vanessa Viegas
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2020 07:37 PM IST
The idea is to give young adults a chance to both serve a community and learn from it.
Over 700 schoolchildren gathered near the National War Memorial at the India Gate lawns to give expression to a collective dream – of safe, accident-free roads and a clean and green Delhi.(HT Brand Studio)
Over 700 schoolchildren gathered near the National War Memorial at the India Gate lawns to give expression to a collective dream – of safe, accident-free roads and a clean and green Delhi.(HT Brand Studio)

This year’s Hero We Care initiative saw school kids paint their dreams

By By HT Brand Promotions
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2019 11:45 AM IST
Kids from over 400 schools across the Delhi-NCR region let their creative juices flow to participate in Kaleidoscope, the annual inter-school painting competition organized by Hindustan Times, together with Hero MotoCorp.
Aga Khan Foundation in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of In India (ASI), has done remarkable work in conserving Humayun’s Tomb(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Aga Khan Foundation in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of In India (ASI), has done remarkable work in conserving Humayun’s Tomb(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

This Christmas, restore the spirit of giving

By Mark Tully
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 06:06 PM IST
Is CSR really genuine giving, like Ebenezer Scrooge, or just doing what is required by the law and trying to squeeze the maximum advantage out of doing that?
The rice de-husking machine minimises the labour of farm women and is among the innovations by city entrepreneurs that have won the prestigious innovation and entrepreneurship awards instituted by the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).(HT PHOTO)
The rice de-husking machine minimises the labour of farm women and is among the innovations by city entrepreneurs that have won the prestigious innovation and entrepreneurship awards instituted by the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).(HT PHOTO)

Innovators bag MCCIA awards for entrepreneurship, CSR and green initiatives

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent, Pune
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2020 08:18 PM IST
The awards were announced by Pradip Bhargava, president, MCCIA and Prashant Girbane, director general, MCCIA, at a press conference on Tuesday
India has been a front-runner in CSR, making it mandatory by law.(HT File (Representative Image))
India has been a front-runner in CSR, making it mandatory by law.(HT File (Representative Image))

Unlocking value from CSR by mitigating fraud risks

Hindustan Times | By Arpinder Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 06:53 AM IST
Organizations with strong ethical values tend to have a positive impact on the economy as their decisions are likely to reflect the best interests of all stakeholders.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said violations of CSR norms under the companies law will be treated only as a civil liability and not as a criminal offence.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said violations of CSR norms under the companies law will be treated only as a civil liability and not as a criminal offence.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

CSR violations will not be treated as criminal offence: Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 09:02 PM IST
The corporate affairs ministry would review the sections concerned under the Companies Act, the finance minister said.
For companies, spending more locally also has the advantage of having the benefits of their CSR activities reach families of their workers.(HT file photo (Representational image))
For companies, spending more locally also has the advantage of having the benefits of their CSR activities reach families of their workers.(HT file photo (Representational image))

Who gains the most from corporate charity?

Livemint, New Delhi | By Gireesh Chandra Prasad
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 12:46 PM IST
According to data released by by the corporate affairs ministry , states where poverty levels are low such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Delhi account for 40% of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds that businesses have spent over the last four years, while states with the highest concentration of backward districts have received just 9% during the same period.
Officials added that the GMDA’s focus would be on planting indigenous trees and plant varieties.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)
Officials added that the GMDA’s focus would be on planting indigenous trees and plant varieties.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)

GMDA will spend Rs 2 crore for building tree cover in the newer sectors

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2019 08:12 AM IST
Rajbir Singh, advisor, urban environment, GMDA, explained that the agency relies mainly on corporate to help maintain green belts in the more developed parts of the city.
A city-based NGO on Sunday launched the first ‘tree ambulance’.(AP Photo)
A city-based NGO on Sunday launched the first ‘tree ambulance’.(AP Photo)

Gurugram gets ambulance to care for its trees

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2019 07:28 AM IST
The ambulance will employ a full-time staff and will be CSR funded, said the NGO’s spokesperson on Sunday. “We will operate six days a week, of which five will involve field work and one will involve visiting residents’ welfare associations and societies,” said Sanjay Kaushik, the spokesperson.
Photo used for representation(HT File)
Photo used for representation(HT File)

60% of Maharashtra primary schools have LED TVs, tablets: Data

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Ankita Bhatkhande, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 07:14 PM IST
Digitised schools are described as those equipped with digital learning equipment like LED TVs, tablets, projectors and computers. In order to be known as a digital school, schools not only need to have this equipment but also demonstrate their usage in classroom learning.
If a housing society produces 100 kg of wet garbage or more in a day, it is mandatory for them to treat the waste within the society premises.(HT/PHOTO)
If a housing society produces 100 kg of wet garbage or more in a day, it is mandatory for them to treat the waste within the society premises.(HT/PHOTO)

Pune Municipal Corporation collects fines from housing societies without wet garbage treatment facility

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Abhay Khairnar
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 07:03 AM IST
During the ongoing drive which began two weeks ago, PMC collected fine worth Rs 2.5 lakh from 46 housing societies
The longstanding plan of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) to landscape the roads from Iffco Chowk to Golf Course Extension Road (GCE) is likely to be implemented after the election is over.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The longstanding plan of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) to landscape the roads from Iffco Chowk to Golf Course Extension Road (GCE) is likely to be implemented after the election is over.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Gurugram roads will be landscaped with cycle tracks, greenery

Gurugram | By Dhananjay Jha
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 12:01 AM IST
Officials said that the consultant for the project submitted a detailed project report (DPR) in this regard to the GMDA last week, detailing landscaping work, which is likely to be done in four phases under corporate social responsibility.
What makes the movement even more special is that it urges two-wheeler owners to ride to the polling booth with a friend, relative, or neighbor.(Honda 2 wheelers)
What makes the movement even more special is that it urges two-wheeler owners to ride to the polling booth with a friend, relative, or neighbor.(Honda 2 wheelers)

Honda 2 wheelers launches campaign #ActivIndia

By Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2019 06:10 PM IST
The movement by Activa has already earned over 2.63 million pledges from around the country.
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), earlier this month, completed a water security survey with the aim to improve groundwater levels through restoration of natural water bodies.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), earlier this month, completed a water security survey with the aim to improve groundwater levels through restoration of natural water bodies.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)

Of 600 water bodies identified in GMDA survey, 100 fit for revival

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2019 03:35 AM IST
As per the 1956 revenue records, there were at least 640 water bodies in Gurugram. These have reduced to just 251 such bodies, show the 2018-19 revenue records. This indicates that 389 water bodies have been lost.
The World Inequality Report found that since 1980 the top 1% of the world’s population have captured 27% of the new wealth while the bottom half, more than 3 billion people had to share just 12% among themselves (Representational photo)(File Photo)
The World Inequality Report found that since 1980 the top 1% of the world’s population have captured 27% of the new wealth while the bottom half, more than 3 billion people had to share just 12% among themselves (Representational photo)(File Photo)

Governance in India is a relic of its colonial past

By Mark Tully
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2019 08:25 AM IST
Preserving the status quo: As seen in the World Economic Forum, the economic system which has allowed the rich to grow richer leaving those of us less fortunate further and further behind. India’s governance is a part of that problem
Gurugram has motivated citizens who are continuously and selflessly doing their bit for the community.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File)
Gurugram has motivated citizens who are continuously and selflessly doing their bit for the community.(Yogendra Kumar/HT File)

An engaging civil society can alter the social fabric of a city

By Shubhra Puri
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2019 04:22 PM IST
Citizens’ groups, government agencies and corporates must collaborate for city’s good. United action can improve the impact and reach of interventions meant to fill the gaps left by city’s rapid growth.
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