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National Sports Day 2020: Making Play and Fitness Gender-Sensitive

National Sports Day is celebrated as an annual event on 29 August in India on the birthday anniversary of legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand. This day serves as a platform to recognise and honour professional athletes for their sporting contributions. In recent years, it is seen as an opportunity for stakeholders in India’s sports...
responsible voting

Why practise responsible voting?

The importance of voting in the modern democratic process, and especially in the context of Nation Building, is central to the role of citizenship in a foundational sense. India, the world’s largest democracy, hosts its largest festival, the General Elections of 2019. While, the Indian electorate is approximately 900 million strong, the sex ratio among...

Sanitary Pads Exemption From GST – Yet Another Case of a Last-minute Fix

In a judgement made by the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council, as part of its 28th Meeting, sanitary napkins were exempted from being taxed – after a year in protests, this is a welcome change, making the product cheaper compared to its current pricing. Though, various other materials that go into making the...

2017 | Things You Should Know About Business Responsibility Reporting in India

This report, Business Responsibility Report (BRR), has to be filed as part of their annual reports based on nine principles of National Voluntary Guidelines (NVG).

What Does BJP’s Vision 2022 Teach Us

In 2014, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into the limelight, along came a quest to rejuvenate India, economically and socially. The 2014 Manifesto proposed by the party spoke clearly about unity, equality and growing together: Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. Among several promising plans, there was a sense and belief in this government...

‘New Opportunities’ Wait, As Tata Trusts Change Its Approach Towards Philanthropy

India Inc. continues its efforts to create a more suitable environment, legally and socially, for Corporate Social Responsibility practices. Not far behind is Tata Trusts, gathering pace in its attempts too. Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Trusts, mentioned about a shift, as it eyes for a more unified approach in its philanthropic efforts. A change...
Andhra Pradesh

It’s 2017 And Andhra Pradesh Is Gearing Up For CSR

Ever since the 2% Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mandate arrived in 2014, Andhra Pradesh has emerged as one of the leading states in the country for its investment rates. Andhra Pradesh (AP) has plans to be amongst the top-3 most developed states of the country by 2022, the year India will celebrate its platinum year...

Maharashtra State Department Proposes Using CSR Funds For Bail

According to recent reports, the Maharashtra home department has proposed using Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds for the purpose of bail. The report suggests, the department is aiming to decongest prisons and seeks CSR funds for poor under-trials, who cannot pay the bail amount. A committee has been appointed to prepare a report on the...

Report: FY 16-17 Spend of Corporate Houses On CSR

As per a recent article published by Bloomberg Quint, it was reported Coal India Limited, a state-owned coal mining company, has been the most generous Nifty 50 company in the past three years. This year, the company reported a net CSR expenditure of Rs. 128.05 crore. The article states that Coal India has spent about 18.8% of its average net...

Gorakhpur Tragedy: Blaming Doesn’t Help, Being Responsible Will

Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College tragedy has become a question of importance that for how long can such issues be tolerated than being avoided? As the Allahabad High Court waits for Uttar Pradesh (UP) government's response to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL), UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath will be visiting Gorakhpur today again,...

Versova Beach Issue Resolved, But What Is Next?

Part of the city's coastal flora and fauna, the Versova beach in Mumbai's western suburbs, is one of the dirtiest beaches. Starting in October 2015, the world's biggest beach cleaning initiative took 85 weeks to get completed. Afroz Shah, a lawyer at Bombay High Court, started off with his 84-year-old neighbour Harbansh Mathur. "The...

Corporate India Needs to Keep a Close Eye on U-17 FIFA World Cup 2017

This year, in March, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the deplorable condition of Indian football in his Mann-ki-Baat radio show. “Today our ranking in FIFA is low (163), I feel reluctant to even mention it.” It is May and India is nearing the start of FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017, an...

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