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Business Environment In India Is Better But Not Good: Michael Porter

A handful of corporate titans, young entrepreneurs and researchers on Wednesday got an opportunity that even some students of Harvard Business School do not get. They got a crash course in business and economics from Michael Porter. The business strategist and economist teaches at Harvard. A student who wants to attend his lectures has to clear...

Majority of Indians Think Role of Women in Society is to be Good Mothers and Wives: Study

As part of a Global Trends study, Ipsos examined global attitudes toward the role of women, parenting, and family across 22 countries by interviewing 18,180 adults. Majority of Indians surveyed (64%) think role of women in society is to be good mothers and wives revolving around home, according to the 2017 survey. When it comes to...

Is Assam’s Two-Child Norm Implausible?

Recently, Assam’s health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, unveiled the draft of a new population policy for the state. It proposes, among other things, to penalise people who have more than two children. However, the Government has sought public suggestions on the draft population policy, which would be put up in the public domain, before...

Development And Conservation Must Go Together: Pranab Mukherjee

Development and conservation must go hand in hand, President Pranab Mukherjee said as he underlined the need for "sustainable" development.

Companies Law Committee suggests not-for-profit companies to fall under the wp ambit

The Companies Law Committee (CLC) that presented its recommendations to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs earlier this month suggested that Section 8 companies should not be exempted from the provisions of Corporate Social Responsibilities (wp) rules. Section 8 companies are ‘not for profit’ companies registered under the Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013. These...

MPs show interest in CSR; ask questions about it in Parliament

Amid debates on religious intolerance, the proposed goods and services tax (GST) bill and the alleged Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) scam during the much-interrupted winter session of Parliament, there were a number of questions on the Corporate Social Responsibility (wp) Rules 2014, which went largely unnoticed. While most questions show that the elected...

Continuing To Fight the Good Fight

One of the new buzz words currently in our country today is Swach Bharat. A variety of individuals, NGOs, organizations, private players, start-ups and more are pledging their hours and money into it.  With the Prime Minister inviting people to participate in the drive, the Swachhta Abhiyan has turned into a National Movement. A...

Ensure Toilet In Home To Get Salary: Ajay Kumar Upadhayay, Gonda, UP Collector To Staff

GONDA, UTTAR PRADESH:  In a move to curb open defecation in Gonda, District Magistrate Ajay Kumar Upadhayay announced that government employees and officials without a toilet in their homes will be denied salaries from next month. Taking part in a workshop conducted in association with the World Bank, Mr Upadhayay said he has asked government employees...

Maharashtra government to hold conference with corporate houses to streamline their CSR spend

About 100 corporate houses and organisations engaged in the wp space are expected to attend the conference hosted by the state Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan on the evening of January 8. The state government of Maharashtra is all set to talk and guide corporate firms to spend their Corporate Social Responsibility...

Retrospecting CSR in 2015

As the eventful year 2015 passes by and 2016 kick starts, it is a good idea to look back in the year and find its facets and trivia. We bring to you some of the important events, some successful and some unfulfilled expectations highlighted with some hopes from the coming year. The first financial year...

Ministry Favours More Changes In Companies’ Law, Clarity On wp Norms

With an aim to further improve India’s ‘ease of doing business’ ranking, Corporate Affairs Ministry is gearing up for more changes in 2016 to the voluminous Companies Act and bring in further clarity on the wp spending norms. Despite a number of changes this year to the Companies Act, 2013, which itself has replaced over...

Penalise firms for not spending 2% of profits on CSR activities: Parliamentary panel

A Parliamentary panel has suggested to the government that it impose penalty on corporates for not spending mandatory 2% of their net profit on wp activities. Currently, the penalty can be imposed for non-disclosure of wp as per the Companies Act 2013. "There is penalty for non-disclosure, there should be penalty for non-performance in the area of Corporate Social...
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