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  • India Resumes Issuing e-Visas for UK Nationals

    On December 5, 2022, the Indian mission in the United Kingdom announced the resumption of e-Visa services for UK nationals. The e-Visa process enables foreign nationals to apply for and obtain a visa online before traveling to India, without the need for a consular appointment or submission of their passport. UK nationals had previously been...

  • Enabling Aadhar eSignatures on SpotDraft

    One step closer to a complete contracting solution for India

  • India Releases Fourth Draft of Data Protection Bill

    Kochhar & Co. reports that, on November 18, 2022, the Government of India released the long-awaited fourth draft of India’s proposed privacy law, now renamed the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill.

  • Refund of Unutilised ITC cannot be Denied to Supplier of Subcontracted Services

    English language and technical proficiency, coupled with the highly skilled workforce that India has to offer, has made the country a darling of most multinational companies (MNCs). For a while now, these MNCs have been outsourcing their routine as well as technical and complex business processes to their subsidiaries or third-party service providers in low-cost...

  • December 2022 Visa Bulletin – Further Retrogression for EB-2 India

    The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process, or if already pending, when the final step can be adjudicated. Below is a summary of the December Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month.

  • Highlights from COP27: Decarbonization Day

    The day started with the gloomy release of the Global Carbon Project Report which concluded that 2022 was the highest ever emitting year, with increased coal use in India and increased airline use in the U.S. as the main culprits. UN projections are that global emissions must peak by 2025 and halve by 2030 if...

  • Settling Misclassification Lawsuits Is Sometimes the Right Call, But It Might Make You Feel Dirty

    Say cheese! The world’s dirtiest man died last month at the (ripe) age of 94, having reportedly going 60 years without bathing. Covered in soot and living in a cinder-block shack, the Iranian hermit was known for eating roadkill, smoking a pipe filled with animal excrement, and believing that cleanliness would make him ill. The...

  • ESMA to withdraw the recognition decisions of six Indian CCPs

    On 31 October 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced that six central counterparties (CCPs) established in India will have their recognition decisions withdrawn in accordance with the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). ESMA had to tier and review the recognition of all third country CCPs (TC-CCPs) that had been recognised prior to...

  • SC delivers two landmark judgments on exemptions claimed by Charitable Institutions

    The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India (“SC”) delivered two landmark decisions dealing with the conditions and entitlement of charitable institutions to claim exemption under the Income Tax Act, 1961 (“IT Act”), recently. While Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority,[1] (“AUDA”) dealt with the provisions and conditions of a charitable institution engaged in the activity of advancing an...

  • Online Travel Update: India’s MakeMyTrip Fined for Anti-Competitive Behavior

    Three of the four stories we feature in this week’s Update detail recent or ongoing examinations by competition regulators of the trade practices of several online travel platforms. Relatedly, we also include again a link to our FAQ regarding the recently enacted European Digital Markets Act (DMA). We expect to have similar updates on the...

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