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Greenpeace India's license suspended

Greenpeace India, however, has received "no official communication" from the ministry, the NGO said in a statement

 

The Indian government on Thursday announced it has "temporarily" suspended the registration of Greenpeace India under the foreign contributions law for "under-reporting" such funding it and conducting transaction of such funds without informing the authorities as required by the law.
 
Along with the 180-day suspension, the ministry of home affairs froze all seven bank accounts of the organisation and served it a show-cause notice seeking explanation why its license should not be cancelled.
 
Greenpeace India, however, has received "no official communication" from the ministry, the NGO said in a statement.
 
"This is a smear, pure and simple. All of this was put before the Delhi High Court when we brought a case against the centre, and the court decided in our favour," said Greenpeace India executive director Samit Aich.
 
Posted on the ministry's website, the order found the association in violation of rules under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act for transferring "foreign contribution received in the FCRA designated account to FCRA utilization account and from there to... five other bank accounts without informing authority concerned".
 
It further said: "The association has under-reported and repeatedly mentioned incorrect amount of foreign contribution received in violation... of FCRA, 2010."
 
Divya Raghunandan, Greenpeace India programme director, dismissed the charges as based on "bunch of minute technicalities".
 
"We are confident that we will be able to rebut and respond to these charges that are based on minor technicalities, as told to us by our lawyers and chartered accountant," Raghunandan told IANS.
 
Greenpeace India also claimed that they were being targeted for expressing dissent and protesting against "crony capitalism" that supported a coal mine project in Mahan forest of Madhya Pradesh's Singrauli district.
 
Aich added that they "will continue to work towards clean air, clean water and inclusive development in India".
 
Security agencies, in their reports to the home ministry earlier, had recommended cancellation of Greenpeace India's FCRA registration, terming it a threat to national economic security.

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Flipkart ties up with Mumbai's Dabbawalas

As a partner to eKart, the Dabbawalas will collect Flipkart's shipments from delivery hubs and deliver them to the customers while picking their boxes

 

Leading e-retailer Flipkart on Thursday announced partnering with Mumbai's world famous Dabbawalas for last mile delivery to its customers in the country's financial capital.
 
"The association with the popular Dabbawalas in Mumbai is an effort to explore newer delivery channels and leverage their unique expertise to enhance our last mile delivery capabilities," the city-based e-commerce firm said in a statement.
 
Without formal administrative machinery, the 120-year-old Dabbawalas (box carriers) system carries lunch boxes and delivers them to their customers across the bustling metropolitan with a population of 21 million.
 
"The Dabbawalas are an inspiration on how to conduct business without paper or administrative back-up to keep costs minimal. As a trusted brand, their unique delivery system has been smooth, reliable and survived the test of time," Flipkart director for last mile delivery Neeraj Aggarwal said in the statement.
 
As a partner to eKart, the Dabbawalas will collect Flipkart's shipments from delivery hubs and deliver them to the customers while picking their boxes.
 
"We have trained the first batch of Dabbawalas at our delivery centres to use a paper-based tracking system with the idea being to train them on using apps and other wearable tech," Aggarwal added.
 
As an e-commerce marketplace, Flipkart offers over 20 million products across 70 categories, including books, media, consumer electronics and lifestyle through cash-on-delivery service with a 30-day replacement policy.
 
The eight-year-old firm claims to have 30 million registered users with 10 million daily visits or hits on its online portal and delivers eight million shipments a month.

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India's social progress ranking below all neighbours

Conducted by Social Progress Imperative, a US-based non-profit organisation set up in 2012, the index is seen as a measure of relationship between income inequality and social progress by using the commonly deployed Gini coefficient on income inequality

 

India has a low rank of 101 among the 133 countries measured for their social progress, even below some immediate neighbours such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, indicating the level of meeting basic human needs and well-being, among other factors.
 
Conducted by Social Progress Imperative, a US-based non-profit organisation set up in 2012, the index is seen as a measure of relationship between income inequality and social progress by using the commonly deployed Gini coefficient on income inequality.
 
"If the world were a country, it would score 64.39 out of 100 on the Social Progress Index based on a simple average of countries and 61.00 on a population-weighted basis," the organisation said in the latest report. 
 
India's score of 53.06 is even below that.
 
The countries are rated on indicators of well-being such as health, water and sanitation, personal safety, access to opportunity, tolerance, inclusion, personal freedom and choice.
 
Norway has taken the first rank, while the US is at the 16th place.
 
On the parameter of "Tolerance and inclusion", which according to the American NGO is the most difficult parameter, India fares even worse with a rank of 128.
 
On "health and wellness", India is at the 120th place, where the US ranks 68th.
 
The SPI was launched in 2013 and is based on 52 indicators of countries' social and environmental performance.
 
It includes no economic indicators and measures outcomes, in line with SPI's philosophy that focusing solely on GDP implies measuring progress in purely monetary terms and failing to consider the wider picture the things that impact people.
 

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