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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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PM Modi Advises Scientists To Use Science to Improve Lives

PM Narendra Modi tells Scientists to use science to improve the lives of citizens

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)