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Audit irregularities’ at Missionaries of Charity: official

The FCRA registration of Missionaries of Charity, a Catholic religious congregation set up by Nobel laureate Mother Teresa was not renewed due to “audit irregularities,” a senior government official said on Tuesday.

The comment comes a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs had said it refused to renew the Foreigners Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration of Missionaries of Charity (MoC) as “some adverse inputs were noticed.”

Haridwar hate speech accused may not face imminent arrest due to SC guidelines

The three accused named in the FIR pertaining to the hate speeches at a religious event in Haridwar between December 17 and 19 may not face imminent arrest owing to several Supreme Court orders and observation that bars the police from arrest where the maximum possible sentence for an offence is seven years or less, a senior Uttarakhand government official said. At the event, calls were made for genocide and violence against Muslims.

SIT gives clean chit to security agencies in Hyderpora incident

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Jammu and Kashmir police, headed by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sujit Kumar Singh, on Tuesday gave a clean chit to the security forces that carried out the November 16 Hyderpora operation in which non-local militant Haider and three locals were killed, triggering widespread protests.

Molnupiravir, Corbevax and Covovax join India’s fight against COVID-19

India has approved two more vaccines under emergency use authorisation and an antiviral drug, Molnupiravir, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted on Tuesday. Currently, India uses Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V in its vaccination programme.

Corbevax to be made by Hyderabad-based Biological-E is a protein sub-unit vaccine and Covovax, to be manufactured by Serum Institute of India, Pune, is a nanoparticle-based vaccine.

Thousands of NGOs in limbo over renewal

Not just Missionaries of Charity, the international trust Mother Teresa worked for India, but thousands of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and charitable trusts are awaiting a decision from the government on the renewal of their permissions to receive foreign funds by the year-end.

Government notifies new rules for direct selling industry

The Centre on Tuesday banned direct selling companies from promoting pyramid and money circulation schemes as it notified new rules for the direct selling industry. The entities have to ensure compliance with the rules within 90 days.

Tupperware, Amway and Oriflame are among the key players in the direct selling industry.

Supreme Court’s views on ‘Indianisation’ of the legal system have varied

At least two Supreme Court judges have in the past few months openly expressed the need to “Indianise” the legal syste

PM Modi says ‘perfume of corruption’ spread by SP before 2017

Introducing the Kanpur-Kannauj tax raid, in which ₹194.45 crore cash, 23 kg of gold and raw material worth ₹6 crore were recovered, into his Uttar Pradesh election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday targeted the Samajwadi Party (SP) , saying the “perfume of corruption sprayed across U.P. before 2017” by them had surfaced again in front of everyone.

Resident doctors meet Minister, continue boycott of work

Resident doctors, who alleged police brutality during a march in the city on Monday, continued to boycott work for the 12th day on Tuesday as a protest against the delay in NEET-PG counselling.

About 5,000 to 6,000 resident doctors of multiple city hospitals boycotted all work on Tuesday, except for COVID-19 duty, according to the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA).

Play Indian music on planes, airports, says govt.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has written to Indian airlines and airports in the country asking them to play Indian music following a request from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) last week.

SEBI tweaks share sale norms for IPOs

The Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Tuesday approved amendments to a slew of regulations to tighten the Initial Public Offering (IPO) process and norms governing utilisation of IPO proceeds by promoters.

India in South Africa | Shami takes five wickets to put India in command on bowlers’ day at Centurion

Mohammed Shami was red hot on a sunny day. He was lively, moved the ball and hit the target. The inspired Shami, with exemplary wrist and seam position, scalped five for 44 as South Africa, replying to India’s 327, was bowled out for 197 on the third day of the first Freedom Test.

India was 16 for one in its second innings, Mayank Agarwal nicking debutant left-armer Marco Jansen.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19

Former cricket captain and president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly has tested for COVID-19 infection and was admitted to a city hospital.

Ravichandran Ashwin among four nominees for ICC Test Cricketer of the year award

Seasoned India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was on Tuesday shortlisted as one of the four nominees for the ICC Test Cricketer of the year award.

The 35-year-old from Chennai snapped 52 wickets from eight Tests at an average of 16.23 and also contributed 337 runs with the bat at 28.08 with one century in the last one year.

Debutant Boland destroys England as Australia retains Ashes

Australia retained the Ashes with a thumping innings and 14-run win over England in the third test in Melbourne on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 with paceman Scott Boland taking a six-wicket haul in a fairytale debut.

World Rapid chess championships: Mitrabha Guha, Gukesh produce impressive results

Mitrabha Guha and D. Gukesh – among the three least-rated Indian male players in the fray — produced impressive results to overtake several illustrious teammates on the second day of the World rapid chess championship at Warsaw, Poland, on Monday.

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