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Greenpeace’s funds blocked by government on charges of affecting India’s economic interests

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

In a renewed attack on Greenpeace, the government has suspended the NGO’s registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government has asked the organization to give reasons why the suspension shouldn’t be made permanent.

Seven bank accounts of Greenpeace have been frozen on charges of fudging accounts of foreign contribution. The government accused the organization of using the money to fight legal cases.

Responding strongly against the new charges Samit Aich, Executive Director, Greenpeace said, ‘This feels like a revealing moment, one that says much more about the MHA than it does about Greenpeace. We believe in the Indian legal system. A campaign is being waged against dissent, but we will not be cowed.’

Greenpeace had won a case against the government last year, when the Intelligence Bureau accused the NGO of hindering India’s economic growth by opposing power projects, mining etc. The court had ordered the immediate release of the environmental NGO’s funds.

Yesterday, the government blocked 150,000 Euros that the NGO received on 23 March.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Form Committee on ‘One Nation, One Election’

He said that members of all the opposition parties present at the meeting supported the idea barring the CPI and CPI-M

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an all-party meeting on Wednesday said that a committee will be formed to look into the various issues regarding the “one nation, one election” plan.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told this to the media after the conclusion of the meeting which lasted for over three-and-a-half hours.

Singh said that five major agendas were discussed in the meeting, including the “one nation, one election” agenda.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves toward his supporters during an election campaign rally in New Delhi, May 8, 2019. VOA

He said that members of all the opposition parties present at the meeting supported the idea barring the CPI and CPI-M.

“Only CPI and CPI-M expressed difference of opinion, saying how it could be implemented,” the Defence Minister said.

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Over 40 parties were invited for the meeting in which 21 party chiefs participated while three expressed their inability to join the meeting citing some reasons, Singh added. (IANS)