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September 08, 2015

India Orders End to Foreign Funding for Greenpeace

India's government has revoked the right of the country's Greenpeace chapter to collect donations from abroad, claiming the environmental activist group's actions have undermined national interests, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal report.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, which suspended Greenpeace's license to receive foreign funding in April, fully revoked the right Thursday, citing alleged misreporting of income from abroad and activities the government said "prejudicially affected the economic interest of the state."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration began tightening restrictions last year on foreign support for Indian nonprofits, moves critics say are aimed at stifling opposition to industrial projects prioritized by the government. Greenpeace India said it has lost about 30 percent of its funding as a result of the crackdown but would continue its high-profile campaigning against coal mining in protected forests and other issues.