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- The India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC): What We Know and What Comes Next
In September 2023, select leaders participating in the G20 Summit announced plans to develop the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC). The project aims to develop two integrated corridors – one connecting India to the Arabian Gulf, and one connecting the Arabian Gulf to Europe – with new ship-to-rail transit networks, undersea telecommunication cables, and a...
- India publishes draft amendments to Patent Rules for public comment
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has recently published a set of draft amendments (“Draft Rules”) to the Indian Patent Rules, 2003. The amendments are currently open for comments from the public. The draft amendment rules can be accessed at – https://ipindia.gov.in/writereaddata/Portal/Images/pdf/248296.pdf. Some of the...
- Cognizant’s High Court approved scheme of arrangement was held to be a colorable device by Chennai ITAT
The ITAT recently dismissed an appeal and slammed Cognizant India Private Limited (“Cognizant India”) for what it perceived as using a colorable device to evade taxes during its INR 190 billion share buyback exercise. Cognizant (Mauritius) Limited (“Cognizant Mauritius”) and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporations USA (“Cognizant USA”) held around 76% and 22% stake in Cognizant...
The D&O Diary continued its Asia Pacific tour with a very brief stop in Mumbai, India’s financial capital. The primary purpose of my visit was to participate as a keynote speaker at the 2023 Bima Gyaan Symposium. Bima Gyaan is an Indian insurance education association. As in past years, the Bima Gyaan event was cosponsored...
- October 2023 Visa Bulletin – On Your Mark, Green Card Applicants! Priority Dates Advance in Most Employment-Based Categories
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 October Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates...
- FSB letters ahead of the New Delhi Summit
On 5 September 2023, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published two letters from its Chair, Klaas Knot, addressed to G20 leaders ahead of the New Delhi Summit. The first letter outlines the work the FSB has undertaken under the leadership of India’s G20 Presidency to address existing vulnerabilities in the financial system and enhance its...
- Company recalls “India Seeds” because they are actually highly toxic oleander
Todorganic Inc. of Middleburg, FL, is recalling its Nuez de la India Seeds because FDA analysis has determined that the seeds appear to be Thevetia peruviana, or yellow oleander. All parts of the yellow oleander plant are known to contain cardiac glycosides that are highly toxic to humans and animals. Ingestion of yellow oleander can...
- India Passes Privacy Law
India—the fifth largest economy in the world—just passed a comprehensive privacy law. On August 11, 2023, the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023 (the “DPDP”) was approved by the president of India, adding India to the list of global powers with a comprehensive privacy law. The law is expected to come into force in June 2024. Guest...
- The Impact of India’s New Privacy Law on Healthcare
In August 2023, India’s Digital Personal Data Protection Act (Act) received presidential assent, formalizing its first ever comprehensive and union-wide data protection law. The Act differs in many respects from a preceding version that was withdrawn in 2022, and reflects intensive discussion and revisions since then. In its final form, the Act reflects the central...
- India Passes Digital Personal Data Protection Act
Stephen Mathias from Kochhar & Co. reports that in early August 2023, the Indian Parliament passed the Digital Personal Data Protection Act (the “Act”), bringing to a close a 5-year process to enact an omnibus data privacy law in India. The Act was ratified by the President of India and will come into effect once notified...
- Plaintiff’s trial lawyers: use restraint on Internet Marketing
A recent article in The Times of India was titled How to Become a Millionaire. The article was about how Indian citizens may be able to recover huge sums against Merck on Vioxx claims by hiring American lawyers through the Internet. I was a plaintiff’s trial lawyer for 17 years during which I was a....
- Orthopedic and Dental Implants
In an article published by Pharma Law Weekly dated October 31, 2006, Nano Interface Technology, Inc. (NITI) announced that it is considering opening a new factory in India to manufacture orthopedic and dental implants coated with nano-material. The Indian market for medical implants is one of the...
- Yoga therapy reviewed in India
India is looking again at credentialing complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, who are really doing traditional healing methods. The Deccan Herald reports of efforts by a state government in India to change credentialing standards: The State Government recently decided to scrap the...
- A Bride’s Despair – Family of Neha Chhikara Claims Royal Caribbean Crew Member Abused Daughter – Did Dowry Dispute Lead to Death?
Three newspapers in India are reporting that a Royal Caribbean employee, Ankit Dalal, abused his wife, Neha Chhikara, shortly before she apparently jumped from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Monarch of the Seas on New Year’s Eve. Mr. Dalal is identified in a newspaper articles as a manager for...
- Indian Government discussing BlackBerry ban: “security more important than privacy”
A few days following the concession made by BlackBerry manufacturers, Research in Motion (RIM), to provide Indian security agencies access to their encrypted data, India’s Home Minister P. Chidambaram held “security to be more important than privacy”. Security concerns in India have certainly risen ...
- India Drafts New Privacy Regulations
On April 11, 2011, India adopted new privacy regulations that regulate the collection, use and disclosure of personal information and sensitive personal data....
- Asbestos Cement Business Continues to Grow in India
Here is a new article on continuing growth in the asbestos-cement business in India. ...
- What blogging means to me
Om Malik (om) is an award-winning journalist who worked for Quick Nikkei News, Forbes.com, Red Herring and Business 2.0 before founding GigaOmniMedia. It was guys like Om who influenced me to start blogging, which in turn led to my founding LexBlog and LXBN. In an interview this week with Outlook...
- Salmonella Tuna Scrape Illnesses Climb Over 300
CDC finds 316 sick in 26 States the same week that FDA announced multiple manufacturing violations at Moon Marine in India. Questions remain why Tuna Scrape was served raw to customers. A total of 316 individuals infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Bareilly or Salmonella Nchanga have...
- Interview Waiver Program and Drop Box System for U.S. Visa Applications in India
The Interview Waiver Program (IWP), recently introduced in India, allows certain Indian U.S. visa applicants who are applying to renew a visa in the same class of a visa previously issued by a Consulate/Embassy in India, to be considered for a waiver of the visa interview requirement. Waiver of...