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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, (“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...
- All Request Tuesday – What's The Mother Teresa Story?
A parable of sorts....
- Ayurveda experts from India targeted for U.S. medical schools
India’s department of Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy has proposed training Indian Aytrvedic experts in basics of biomedicine and understanding of complementary medicine in the U.S., in order to help market these experts to U.S. medical schools. The ultimate goal is to...
- Hard To Treat Diseases (HTDS) Offers Hepatitis A Vaccine in India
This release from a single company speaks volumes about the size of the Hepatitis A vaccine market in India, which has developed in only the last few years. It says: Hard To Treat Diseases (HTDS) says its China based operating subsidiary Mellow Hope has surpassed sales of 200,000 units of...
- Royal Caribbean OverBoard: Family of Neha Chhikara Interviewed – Video & Photographs
Star News in India – which offers viewers “24-hour Hindi news” – has posted a video interview of the family of Neha Chhikara regarding the death of their daughter. The family claims that Ms. Chhikara’s husband, Ankit Dalal, tortured her. This alleged mistreatment led to her suicide on the Royal...
- Son Of Chinese Government Official Uses Car To Mow Down Innocent Student. There, I Said It.
I love 99.9% of our readers and loathe the other one percent. That other .01% consists pretty much of two people whose comments I get just about every day and whose comments I always delete. One of these people constantly complains about our lack of India coverage and attributes this to my...
- India’s New Privacy Rules: Potential Impact on Outsourcing Arrangements
By Helena Marttila This April, the Indian government quietly passed the 2011 Information Technology (Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information) Rules (the “Rules”). Among other things, the Rules require written consent for the processing of “sensitive...
- BBC Update on Asbestos Use in India
Here’s an update on the BBC’s “Toxic Trade” stories on use of asbestos in India. The story is by Matt Peacock. ...
- Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Category EB-2 Going to Retrogress?
The tide seems to be turning and the EB-2 immigrant visa numbers may again retrogress for nationals of India and China. Charlie Oppenheim, Chief, Visa Control and Reporting at the Department of State, speaking at the recent AILA Midwest Regional Conference in Chicago, advised American Immigration...
- Thursday Wrap-Up (June 7, 2012): Noteworthy Trade Secret, Non-Compete and Cybersecurity Posts from Around the Web
Thursday Wrap-Up (June 7, 2012): Noteworthy Trade Secret, Non-Compete and Cybersecurity Posts from Around the...
- Diwali Celebrations and Embassy/Consulate Closures
This is an important reminder to anyone planning on visiting an American Embassy/Consulate in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Gyuana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, or Fiji that the U.S. Embassies/Consulates will be closed on Tuesday November 13, 2012 the in...