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SC slams Centre for no policing over NGO funds, directs audit by March 31

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New Delhi, Jan 10: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Modi government to initiate the auditing over 30 lakh NGOs that received funds from the government but were unable to explain how it was spent.

The apex court also ordered the Centre to recover these funds and take criminal action against those who have misspent the funds. NGOs and voluntary organisations receive over Rs 9000 crore by way of grants from various ministries.

However, only 3 lakh out of 33 lakh NGOs all over India reported about their expenses with the ministries. These include funds spent by Capart, an autonomous body, under the rural development ministry.

The bench led by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar also asserted Centre that it should organize a mechanism which ensures timely audits and checks to prevent misuse of public funds.

The bench also asked the officials to inform it whether CAG audit of NGOs post 2009 was carried out or not. The bench also asked whether General Financial Rules 2005 made by Ministry of Finance were complied with or not.

The court was hearing a plea filed by advocate M L Sharma, seeking monitoring of funds given to NGOs and their utilisation by them.

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Separatist shutdown affects life in Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar, June 25: A shutdown called by separatists on Monday affected life across the Kashmir Valley with heavy security deployed here and other vulnerable places.

The Valley-wide protest shutdown was by the Joint Residence Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against continuing civilian killings in Kashmir.

One civilian, Yawar Ahmad Dar was killed on Sunday in clashes with the security forces during an anti-militancy operation in Kulgam district while Shahid Hajam, who was injured in Srigufwara area of Anantnag last week succumbed in a hospital.

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in old city and uptown areas of Srinagar without imposing any restrictions.

Shops, public transport, other business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar city and other district headquarters of the Valley.

Rail services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns have been suspended as a precautionary measure.

Internet services have also been suspended in south Kashmir areas.

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Heavy rainfall lashes Mumbai, Normal life affected

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Mumbai Rains

Mumbai, June 25: Heavy rains lashed Mumbai early Monday morning affecting normal life as local train services delayed, traffic hit due to waterlogging. 

According to Indian Meteorological Department, heavy to very heavy rain is likely to continue in the region.

Water-logging reported from Sion, Dadar Hindmata, Kurla, Santacruz Chembur Link Road, Mithi River bridge in Kurla and Kalina.

Two people died, five were injured after a tree fell on them at MG road, near Metro Cinema in Mumbai on Sunday, ANI reported.

Western Railway said that some section of suburban trains services hit following rains.

WR Suburban trains are running with no disruption. There is slight delay due to low visibility in some areas due to rains…..Due to very heavy rains, UP line between Bhilad and Sanjan in Mumbai Division is affected from 7.45 am. Single line working is being planned through Down line (for UP trains too),” said the railway.

Colaba recorded 90 mm & Santacruz recorded 195 mm of rain at 5.30 am; Heavy to very heavy rain to continue, stated Indian Meteorological Department.

Updates: 

Seven cars damaged due to heavy rainfall in Wadala 

Seven cars were damaged after wall of an under-construction building collapsed at around 4.45 am today, on Vidyalankar road in Wadala’s Antop Hill, due to heavy rain.

Visuals of water-logging from Mumbai’s Matunga East area

Water-logging visuals from Sion

Over 50 buses of BEST diverted due to waterlogged roads

Over 50 buses of BEST have been diverted due to waterlogged roads. Operations at Mumbai airport remain unaffected for now. Roads in and around Dadar Hindmata, Kurla, Santacruz Chembur Link Road, Mithi River bridge in Kurla and Kalina are flooded, the Indian Express reported.

Some section of suburban trains running late

Visuals from Postal Colony in Chembur East

Rain lashes parts of Mumbai. Visuals from Bandra and Vile Parle area

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Live: Seychelles President, PM Modi to hold delegation level talks

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New Delhi, June 25 :President of the Republic of Seychelles Danny Faure received ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi on Monday. He was received by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival at Rashtrapati Bhawan, to hold bilateral talks soon.

Seychelles President Danny Faure, who is on six-day visit to India, will hold crucial bilateral talks focussing on defence and security issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday.

Mutually beneficial relationship based on shared values and commitment to the ideals of democracy and development! President of Seychelles Danny Antoine Rollen Faure was accorded a ceremonial welcome @Rashtrapatibhvn by President Ram Nath Kovind and PM @narendramodi, tweets MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

His visit to India comes days after Faure government rejected India’s plan to  develop a naval base jointly at Assumption Island in his country. Seychelles signed an agreement with India in 2015 to develop a naval facility at the island which would have given New Delhi a strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean Region.

Faure, who landed in Gujarat on Friday, has arrived in Delhi on Monday after visiting Ahmedabad and Goa, was received by Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar.

“Connected by ‘SAGAR’ – Security and Growth for All in the Region”! President of Seychelles Danny Antoine Rollen Faure warmly received by MoS @mjakbar at Delhi airport on his first bilateral visit to India,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

He visited the Sabarmati Ashram on Saturday, where Mahatma Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1930.

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