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A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) gets out of the ambulance outside the Southend University Hospital, as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hospital admissions rise in the UK, in Southend-On-Sea, Britain.(Reuters)

Pandemic pressures threaten 4,000 small UK finance firms

By Bloomberg| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 04:24 PM IST
About half of retail lenders have furloughed staff and more than a third took government-backed loans, FCRA said
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On December 6, BKU had issued a public appeal demanding financial resources ‘to pursue agitation’.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
On December 6, BKU had issued a public appeal demanding financial resources ‘to pursue agitation’.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Bhartiya Kisan Union’s foreign funds under FCRA lens

By Vishal Joshi | Hindustan Times, Bathinda
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 05:39 AM IST
“BKU is being targeted by the central authorities for evoking a massive response from Indians and NRIs. What wrong is there if our supporters working as truck drivers or pursing other labour works send donations from overseas,” said union president Joginder Singh Ugrahan.
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The FCRA rules were issued about two months after the central government had amended the law under which providing Aadhaar numbers of the office bearers of the NGOs was made mandatory.(REUTERS File/For Representative Purposes Only)
The FCRA rules were issued about two months after the central government had amended the law under which providing Aadhaar numbers of the office bearers of the NGOs was made mandatory.(REUTERS File/For Representative Purposes Only)

NGOs intending to receive foreign funding to face Govt’s strict new rules

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 11:52 PM IST
In a notification, home ministry also said office bearers of NGOs seeking registration under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act must submit a specific commitment letter from the donor indicating amount of foreign contribution.
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In 2017, the Union home ministry had barred three NGOs associated with the church from accepting funds but the latest raids show fund flow continued from foreign countries in other names. (Videograb)
In 2017, the Union home ministry had barred three NGOs associated with the church from accepting funds but the latest raids show fund flow continued from foreign countries in other names. (Videograb)

I-T raids at Kerala church, foreign funding rules violation suspected

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvanathapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 12:10 PM IST
The Believers’ Church runs a medical college and many other educational institutions in Kerala and other states. It also owns Cheruvally estate in Pathanamthitta district which has been identified as the location for the proposed Sabarimala airport.
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NGOs fill the gaps left by the inadequacies of the government, provide last-mile connectivity for the delivery of government schemes, promote handicrafts, research and innovate, encourage participation in development, teach awareness of the wider issues involved in target-based schemes such as beti bachao, beti padhao or the Swachh Bharat mission.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
NGOs fill the gaps left by the inadequacies of the government, provide last-mile connectivity for the delivery of government schemes, promote handicrafts, research and innovate, encourage participation in development, teach awareness of the wider issues involved in target-based schemes such as beti bachao, beti padhao or the Swachh Bharat mission.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

New FCRA rules: Small NGOs will be hit hard

By Mark Tully
PUBLISHED ON OCT 10, 2020 05:26 PM IST
On the issue of human rights, Amnesty’s standing is far higher than that of the Government of India
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Security personnel stand guard during a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the coronavirus situation in Delhi, at Ministry of Home Affairs, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, June 21, 2020.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Security personnel stand guard during a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the coronavirus situation in Delhi, at Ministry of Home Affairs, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, June 21, 2020.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

‘Glossy statements’: Home Ministry’s sharp comeback to Amnesty on ‘witch-hunt’ barb

By Neeraj Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 01:34 AM IST
The home ministry said Amnesty UK had sent funds to India as foreign direct investment since it wasn’t allowed to receive foreign funds
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Minister of state for home Nityanand Rai, during a discussion in the Lower House, argued that the law needed to be updated further to “prevent the misuse of foreign funds” by those who receive it.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Minister of state for home Nityanand Rai, during a discussion in the Lower House, argued that the law needed to be updated further to “prevent the misuse of foreign funds” by those who receive it.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

What the FCRA amendments mean

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 11:48 PM IST
The Bill amends the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010 (FCRA 2010) to make several new provisions. The FCRA 2010 has already been amended twice.
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Union minister of state for home (MoS) Nityanand Rai introduced the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 in the Lok Sabha, where it is likely to be taken up in the coming week.(PTI)
Union minister of state for home (MoS) Nityanand Rai introduced the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 in the Lok Sabha, where it is likely to be taken up in the coming week.(PTI)

Govt seeks to make FCRA laws more stringent

By Neeraj Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 11:35 PM IST
The legislation seeks to prohibits transfer of foreign funds to a third party and designates State Bank of India, New Delhi, as the only bank where such funds can be received.
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The government has introduced the bill seeking to amend the FDCRA in the Lok Sabha.(File photo/PTI)
The government has introduced the bill seeking to amend the FDCRA in the Lok Sabha.(File photo/PTI)

Govt proposes to amend FCRA, make Aadhar mandatory for NGOs to receive foreign funds

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 02:49 PM IST
The bill to amend the FCRA has been introduced in the Lok Sabha. It seeks to limit the use of foreign funds for administrative purposes from the current limit of 50 per cent to 20 per cent.
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The FCRA registration has been given in the name of the ‘Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Saheb Sri Darbar Saheb Punjab Association’, a body set up in 1925.(ANI)
The FCRA registration has been given in the name of the ‘Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Saheb Sri Darbar Saheb Punjab Association’, a body set up in 1925.(ANI)

FCRA registration to Golden temple pathbreaking move: Amit Shah

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2020 06:57 AM IST
On Wednesday, the Home Ministry approved registration of Sri Harmandir Sahib under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, allowing it to receive foreign funding.
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An outside view of CBI headquarters at CGO Complex, in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
An outside view of CBI headquarters at CGO Complex, in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

CBI files chargesheet against Deepak Talwar in FCRA violation case

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2020 10:59 PM IST
NGO Advantage India had received Rs 90.72 crore under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) scheme for carrying out social activities but it was diverted for some other purposes, the probe agency has said.
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The ED had raided the office of Amnesty in Bengaluru last year for alleged violation of FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act).(Photo: AP)
The ED had raided the office of Amnesty in Bengaluru last year for alleged violation of FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act).(Photo: AP)

ED issues notice to Amnesty over ‘FEMA’ violation

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2019 01:53 AM IST
The officer added that Amnesty India received 51.72 crore for rendering civil society activities in India by getting remittances from parent body Amnesty International UK in the garb of export of services.
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Union Home Ministry, North Block. Image used for representational purpose only.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Union Home Ministry, North Block. Image used for representational purpose only.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

NGOs changing officials will need government approval

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2019 01:49 AM IST
Enforcement agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate are probing individuals and a few NGOs that allegedly received slush funds from companies in a similar manner.
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A man crosses a road next to defence ministry and home ministry buildings in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
A man crosses a road next to defence ministry and home ministry buildings in New Delhi.(REUTERS)

Infosys Foundation, Skoda Auto served show cause notice for ‘failing’ to file FCRA returns

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2018 09:43 PM IST
The ministry warned that if the entities and organisations fail to submit the returns for the said period by December 1, 2018, “appropriate action” will be taken under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
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The now-scrapped FCRA clause originally defined a “foreign source” as a company that has “more than one-half of the nominal value of its share capital held” by “corporations incorporated in a foreign country or territory.”(Bloomberg/Representative image)
The now-scrapped FCRA clause originally defined a “foreign source” as a company that has “more than one-half of the nominal value of its share capital held” by “corporations incorporated in a foreign country or territory.”(Bloomberg/Representative image)

SC admits plea challenging foreign funding to parties, issues notice

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2018 11:34 AM IST
The now-scrapped FCRA clause originally disallowed parties from accepting foreign donations.
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A file photo of Union home minister Rajnath Singh.(HT File Photo)
A file photo of Union home minister Rajnath Singh.(HT File Photo)

Home ministry launches an online tool to monitor foreign contributions

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2018 10:36 PM IST
the dashboard of the tool will be integrated with the bank accounts of FCRA-registered entities through the Public Financial Management System for updation of transactional data on a real-time basis.
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