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CSR: Aarey Row Escalates, Section 144 Imposed

The apathy of the authorities, judiciary, influencers, corporates and ministries concerned towards the daylight murder of Mumbai city's only forest is perhaps summed up in influential actor Amitabh Bachchan's recent tweet. Otherwise recognised as a sensible and articulate personality, Bachchan had tweeted: “Friend of mine had a medical emergency, decided to take METRO instead...
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Govt Dilutes Pollution Norms That All Power Plants Except Adani’s Were Complying With

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has given in-principle approval for relaxing air pollution standards for coal-fired thermal power plants. The decision was taken on May 17, 2019 in a meeting chaired by the ministry’s joint secretary, Ritesh Kumar Singh. Authorised documents accessed by The Wire reveal that for a long time,...

The Roots of Hong Kong’s Crisis

By Henry Huang Hong Kong, the pearl of the East, lives in such turmoil. The ongoing political crisis and massive protest have drawn a large amount of international concern and attention. There are multiple explanations of what has happened in Hong Kong. Some say it is for a "wider demands for democratic reform." On the...

Leaders Insights on Expansion of Scope of CSR Expenditure

The Government of India has decided to expand the scope of corporate spending under corporate social responsibility (CSR) norms. This decision will allow the companies to contribute towards research across various fields such as science, technology and medicine. Besides, CSR funds can now be spent on incubators funded by the Centre or state or...

The Scope of Spending of CSR Funds Expanded

According to the companies act, firms with a net worth of ₹500 crores or more, or turnover of ₹1,000 crores or more or net profit of ₹5 crores or more, are required to spend 2% of average net profit of the preceding three years on corporate social responsibility activities. These include initiatives that would have...

CSR: Governance of Renewable Energy Structure

There are multiple agencies involved in the renewable energy sector in India. At the central level, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is the nodal ministry of the Government of India (GoI). The broad aim of the ministry is to develop and deploy new and renewable energy for supplementing the energy requirements...

CSR: Report on The Progress of SDGs

The United Nations had launched highly ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. The comprehensive SDGs covered a variety of subjects from reducing carbon emissions, to reducing poverty, hunger and improving healthcare industry; set targets for the countries of the world to be accomplished by 2030. However, as the 2030 deadline to achieve them draws...

CSR violations not to be treated as criminal offence, says finance minister

Allaying industry concerns, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said violations of CSR norms under the companies law will be treated only as civil liability and not as a criminal offence. The corporate affairs ministry would review the sections concerned under the Companies Act, she said. The industry has expressed concerns over penal provisions for...

Multi-stakeholder Approach To Transform India’s Education System

Today’s children are tomorrow’s scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers and administrators of the world. The very foundation of the intellectual genius of students is laid in schools. This makes it very important for teachers to have the appropriate skill set to bring out the weaknesses and strengths of the students in order to be able...

No Criminalisation of CSR Non-Compliance

A high-level committee chaired by Injeti Srinivas, secretary, corporate affairs ministry, has suggested removing the criminalisation of non-compliance with CSR norms. The committee has recommended that non-compliance of CSR should be made a civil offence and moved to a penalty regime. The committee submitted its recommendations to Finance Minister Ms Nirmala Sitharaman suggesting that CSR...

CSR: Empowering The Transgender Persons in India

In a first step towards empowering the transgender population of India, The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, has been passed in the lower house of the parliament by a voice vote on August 5. The bill introduced with an aim to ensure that the people of the transgender community are able to...
Pedestrians crossing road in India

CSR: Paving Way for Pedestrians for Inclusive Growth

Walking is one of the most important means of moving from one place to another. However, as India’s car ownership capacity increases, the lives of these pedestrians and cyclists are more at risk. In the absence of pedestrian-specific infrastructure in the country, the walkability of the Indian cities is getting worse as the number of...

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