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Greenpeace can operate two domestic accounts: Court

The high court bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher also allowed Greenpeace to encash its fixed deposits and utilise the funds for running the organisation

 

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed NGO Greenpeace India to operate two of its domestic accounts to accept fresh domestic contribution which it can use for its day-to-day functioning.
 
The high court bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher also allowed Greenpeace to encash its fixed deposits and utilise the funds for running the organisation.
 
The court said it was giving the interim relief to the NGO so that it can continue to work at the moment. The court clarified that the NGO cannot utilise the amount frozen by the government.
 
The court was hearing a plea of Greenpeace India to de-freeze its international and national bank accounts, which were blocked following a home ministry directive last month.

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Never misused public office: Manmohan Singh

When our government left, India was the second fastest growing economy, he said.

 

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday hit out at allegations of corruption and policy paralysis against his government, saying he never used public office to "enrich" himself or his family and friends.
 
"I say in all humility that I have not used public office to enrich myself, family or friends," Manmohan Singh said at the national convention of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) here.
 
He also said that allegations of "policy paralysis" being made against the UPA government were "untrue".
 
"When our government left, India was the second fastest growing economy," he said.
 
The former prime minister said that "BJP harps on corruption to divert people's attention to non-issues".

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Bengal appoints first transgender college principal

Bengal appoints first transgender college principal

 

In a major initiative to empower the community, the West Bengal government has appointed a transgender educationist as a college principal in the state, a first for India.
 
Manabi Bandopadhyay, currently associate professor in Bengali at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya, will take over the reins of the Krishnagar Women's College on June 9.
 
"She is an able administrator and a fine human being. This will empower the community across India. I am happy that the Bengal government has taken the step," Rattan Lal Hangloo, vice-chancellor of the Kalyani University, to which the college is affiliated, told IANS on Wednesday.
 
Hangloo said probably this is the first such appointment in India.
 
This year, varsities like the Presidency University and Jadavpur University introduced separate criteria in admission forms for inclusion of the third gender.
 
At the national level, the Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 was passed by the Rajya Sabha last month.
 
For the first time in 45 years, the Rajya Sabha unanimously passed a private member's bill. It envisages creation of a national commission for transgender communities, and state level commissions.
 

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