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The UAE has been successfully diversifying its economy, particularly in Dubai, but still remains heavily reliant on revenues from petroleum and natural gas, which continue to play a central role in its economy, especially in Abu Dhabi. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are already recognised as two of the most powerful business and financial hubs in the world by international investors who are lured by the incredible possibilities offered in terms of finance, trade and commerce, plus the famous ‘can do’ attitude and the low tax environment in these destinations. However, even with the increasing growth in the UAE economy, there were major restrictions on foreign investments.
As per the Commercial Companies Law, Law No. 2 of 2015, foreign shareholders were limited to owning a maximum 49% in a ‘limited liability company’ (LLC) operating as an onshore UAE business. This requires an Emirati individual or 100% Emirati-owned company to hold the balance 51% share as a local sponsor.
Those that wanted to acquire the remaining stakes had to apply to individual emirates, which decided on the matter on a case-by-case basis.
The decree also authorised the cabinet to set up a committee that includes representatives of the relevant authorities with a view to proposing activities of “strategic impact” and the measures required to licence companies that operate in such areas.
Upon the recommendation of the committee, the Cabinet will stipulate what activities shall be considered of strategic impact and the required measures for licensing such companies.
Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy, said the new decree is an additional step in a series of efforts that the UAE is taking to raise the readiness of the national economy and prepare for the future by developing commercial and investment opportunities and increasing the competitiveness of the business environment, in line with the rapid economic changes and developments taking place in the global economy.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the amendments to the law, noting that the UAE now enjoys a fertile legislative environment for the establishment of businesses in order to enhance the UAE’s competitiveness. The amended law allows natural and legal persons to establish companies without the need for a specific nationality. The law, however, will not apply to some companies that are excluded based on decisions by the Cabinet and those that are either wholly-owned by federal or local governments or their subsidiaries.
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India today issued an order under section 69A of the Information Technology Act blocking access to 43 mobile apps. This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued the order for blocking the access of these apps by users in India based on the comprehensive reports received from Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs.
Earlier on 29th June, 2020 the Government of India had blocked access to 59 mobile apps and on 2nd September, 2020 118 more apps were banned under section 69A of the Information Technology Act. Government is committed to protect the interests of citizens and sovereignty and integrity of India on all fronts and it shall take all possible steps to ensure that.
List of apps that have been blocked for access in India today’s order are given as per the annexure attached.
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The Centre recently issued an order for bringing online news portals and content providers under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is one of the vital Ministries that represent the face of the government in reaching out to the masses. The Ministry is entrusted with the task of disseminating information about government policies, schemes and programmes through the different medium of mass communication covering radio, television, press, social media, printed publicity like booklets; posters, outdoor publicity including through traditional modes of communication such as dance, drama, folk recitals, puppet shows etc.
The Ministry is also the focal point as regards policy matters related to private broadcasting sector, administering of the public broadcasting service- Prasar Bharati, multi-media advertising and publicity of the policies and programmes of the Union Government, film promotion and certification and regulation of print media.
A gazette notification issued by President Ram Nath Kovind recently issued stated that “films and audio-visual programmes made available by online content providers” and “news and current affairs content on online platforms” would be brought under the heading “Ministry of Information and Broadcasting” in the Second Schedule of Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961.
The move to regulate online media was first initiated in March 2018, by then minister for I&B Smriti Irani. The following month, her ministry issued a circular saying that in order to fight the rise in fake news in print and electronic media, the government had decided that journalists who had complaints of creating/propagating fake news against them, would immediately have their press accreditation suspended.
Though the Prime Minister’s Office asked the ministry to withdraw this circular, it did not hide the fact that the thought process for curbing the freedom of online media had been set rolling.
A report by the Centre for Communication Governance (CCG) at the National Law University in Delhi had then revealed that online platforms are already heavily regulated.
The online space is governed by the Information Technology Act, 2000, some parts of which were struck down by courts as unconstitutional. However, the government is still empowered to block, filter and take down content online or even turn off internet access completely. These options have been excised regularly by the Indian government.
The CCG report said that though online media space (both news and non-news) seems like the Wild West in terms of the volume of content and the kind of transgressions which proliferate on the platform, Indian laws are already quite strict on the online space. Many punitive measures that were introduced by the UPA government have been taken forward by the NDA government, the report observed.
The report also pointed out that under Section 69A of the IT Act, online content can also be and is taken down entirely. Though this section too was challenged in court, it was upheld as constitutional. Usually, the report said, the process of issuing blocking orders is “opaque and the reasoning offered in orders is not subject to public scrutiny”.
In an affidavit that was signed by an under-secretary in the MIB, the Centre said sufficient framework and judicial pronouncements already existed with regard to electronic and print media. However, this was not the case with digital media, the affidavit said.
In October 2019, Reuters reported that the government was considering a law to censor streaming platforms like Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime after several court cases and complaints were filed alleging that some content was “obscene or insulted religious sentiment”.
While the law did not come, four major players signed a self-regulation code in February this year, sparking concerns that the move is a precursor to self-censorship and “for online streaming to go down the path of TV”.
In July this year, the I&B Ministry had proposed bringing under its purview the content being streamed on such platforms. It had asked Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) to identify ways for transfer of power so that it (I&B) could regulate online content without the need for any amendments to the Information Technology Act, 2000.
In September, the government had disapproved of the self-regulatory model proposed by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) for the OTT platforms in India. In a letter to IAMAI, the MIB had said that it will not be supporting the proposed model while suggesting that IAMAI take a cue from self-regulatory models of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) and News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA).
It had also raised concerns about the lack of an independent third-party monitoring and a governing code of ethics of the model. It also informed IAMAI that the proposed mechanism does not clearly define prohibited content, and it also drew attention to the issue of conflict of interest at the second and third-tier level.
IAMAI’s proposed model had suggested a two-tier structure chaired by a retired judge of SC or HC, with the Digital Curated Content Complaints Council (DCCCC) acting at the second level.
The government also said that there’s no classification of the prohibited content and the advisory panel of the second tier comprises of Online Curated Content Providers(OCCPs) as opposed to an independent organisation like DCCP (which was proposed earlier). The ministry pointed out that the one independent member on the panel will therefore be in minority.
Through this notification, the Ministry of I&B will get the power to regulate policies for over the top (OTT) platforms. It had earlier written to the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) about for transfer of control over the OTT platforms.
Earlier, the OTT content came under the preview of the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY). Henceforth, MIB will be regulating both TV as well as digital content. Similarly, online news portals were not covered under a regulatory framework, unlike their TV and print counterparts.
The Schedule under the Allocation of Business Rules 1961 has under the “Ministry of Information and Broadcasting”, nine major categories dealing with broadcasting policy and administration, cable television policy, radio, Doordarshan, films, advertising and visual publicity, press, publications, and research and reference.
Now, even the “news and current affairs content on online platforms’, has been added after entry 22, which falls under the sub-category of “Films” and not “Press”. In simple words, online news portals, online content providers shall now fall under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Sensor will now be applied on OTT platforms like Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon etc.
The move is seen as the first step to framing of content guidelines for OTT platforms on the lines of broadcasting.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to introduce the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme in the following 10 key sectors for Enhancing India’s Manufacturing Capabilities and Enhancing Exports – Atmanirbhar Bharat.
|Priority||Sectors||Implementing Ministry/Department||Approved financial outlay over a five-year period Rs.crore|
|Advance ChemistryCell (ACC) Battery||NITI Aayog and Department of Heavy Industries||18100|
|Electronic/Technology Products||Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology||5000|
& Auto Components
|Department of Heavy Industries||57042|
|Pharmaceuticals drugs||Department of Pharmaceuticals||15000|
|Telecom & Networking Products||Department of Telecom||12195|
|Textile Products: MMF segment and technical textiles||Ministry of Textiles||10683|
|Food Products||Ministry of Food Processing Industries||10900|
|High Efficiency Solar PV Modules||Ministry of New and Renewable Energy||4500|
|White Goods (ACs & LED)||Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade||6238|
|Speciality Steel||Ministry of Steel||6322|
The PLI scheme will be implemented by the concerned ministries/departments and will be within the overall financial limits prescribed. The final proposals of PLI for individual sectors will be appraised by the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) and approved by the Cabinet. Savings, if any, from one PLI scheme of an approved sector can be utilized to fund that of another approved sector by the Empowered Group of Secretaries. Any new sector for PLI will require fresh approval of the Cabinet.
The PLI scheme across these 10 key specific sectors will make Indian manufacturers globally competitive, attract investment in the areas of core competency and cutting-edge technology; ensure efficiencies; create economies of scale; enhance exports and make India an integral part of the global supply chain.
The above will be in addition to the already notified PLI schemes in the following sectors:
|No.||Sectors||ImplementingMinistry/Department||Financial outlaysRs. crore|
|Mobile Manufacturing and Specified ElectronicComponents||MEITY||40951|
|Critical Key Starting materials/Drug Intermediaries and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients||Department of Pharmaceuticals||6940|
|Manufacturing of MedicalDevices.||3420|
The Prime Minister’s clarion call for an ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ envisages policies for the promotion of an efficient, equitable and resilient manufacturing sector in the country.Growth in production and exports of industrial goods will greatly expose the Indian industry to foreign competition and ideas, which will help in improving its capabilities to innovate further. Promotion of the manufacturing sector and creation of a conducive manufacturing ecosystem will not only enable integration with global supply chains but also establish backward linkages with the MSME sector in the country. It will lead to overall growth in the economy and create huge employment opportunities.
|AdvanceChemistry Cell (ACC) Battery Manufacturing||ACC Batteries|
|Electronic/Technology Products||Semiconductor FabDisplay FabLaptop/ NotebooksServersIoT DevicesSpecified Computer Hardware|
|Automobile andAuto Components||Automobile and Auto Components|
|Pharmaceuticals||Category 1 Biopharmaceuticals Complex generic drugs Patented drugs or drugs nearing patent expiry Cell based or gene therapy products Orphan drugs Special empty capsulesvii. Complex excipients|
|Category 2 Active Pharma Ingredients (APIs) /Key Starting Materials (KSMs) and /Drug Intermediaries (Dls)Category 3Repurposed DrugsAuto-immune drugs, Anti-cancer drugs, Anti diabetic drugs, Anti Infective drugs, Cardiovascular drugs,Psychotropic drugs and Anti-Retroviral drugsIn-vitro Diagnostic Devices (IVDs)PhytopharmaceuticalsOther drugs not manufactured in IndiaOther drugs as approved|
|Telecom Products||Core Transmission Equipment4G/5G, Next Generation Radio Access Network and Wireless EquipmentAccess & Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), Internet of Things (IoT) Access Devices and Other WirelessEquipmentEnterprise equipment: Switches, Router|
|Textiles||Man-Made Fiber SegmentTechnical Textiles|
|Food Processing||Ready to Eat / Ready to Cook (RTE/ RTC)Marine ProductsFruits & VegetablesHoneyDesi GheeMozzarella CheeseOrganic eggs and poultry meat|
|Solar PV manufacturing||Solar PVs|
|White Goods||Air conditionersLED|
|Steel Products||Coated SteelHigh Strength SteelSteel RailsAlly Steel Bars & Rods|
In a televised address to the nation, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi made a fervent appeal to all the citizens to not let their guard down and become complacent, in the country’s ongoing fight against the Covid Pandemic.
Shri Narendra Modi said despite the lockdown having been lifted it does not mean that the Corona Virus is wiped out.
He appreciated the improvement in the situation all over the country and that economic activity is returning to normal and that people started moving out of their houses to fulfill the responsibilities.
Shri Modi observed that markets have also started returning to normalcy with the advent of the festivities.
He said India is in a better situation due to the efforts of every Indian in the last 7-8 months and one should not let it deteriorate.
The Prime Minister noted that the recovery rate in the country has improved and the fatality rate is low. Shri Modi stated that for every 10 Lakh Citizens about 5500 were infected with corona, while in countries like the US and Brazil the figure is nearly 25000.
He said that the death rate in India is 83 for every 10 Lakh Citizens , whereas in developed countries like the US, Brazil, Spain, Britain and many other countries it is about 600.
The Prime Minister appreciated that iIn comparison to many developed nations, India is getting successful in protecting many lives of its citizens in the country.
The Prime Minister mentioned the improvement of the Covid Infrastructure in the country. He said more than 90 Lakh beds are available for corona patients along with 12000 Quarantine centres across the country.
He said over 2000 Corona Testing 2000 labs are functional all over the country, while the number of tests will soon cross 10 Crore.
He said India is succeeding in saving the lives of more and more of its citizens in comparison to the resource-rich countries and that the increasing number of tests has been a great strength in the country’s fight against the Covid pandemic.
The Prime Minister lauded the efforts of the doctors, nurses and health workers who are selflessly serving such a large population, following the mantra of “Seva Parmo Dharma.”
He warned people not to be callous, amidst all these efforts and not to assume that the corona virus is gone, or that there is no danger from the corona now.
Cautioning the people who have stopped taking precautions of late, he said “If you are negligent and going out without a mask, you are exposing yourself, your family, your children, the elderly to the same amount of risk.”
The Prime Minister referred to the ongoing situation in the US and Europe where the number of cases of Corona initially decreased but then suddenly started increasing.
He urged the people not to be negligent until a vaccine against the pandemic is found and let the fight against the Covid-19 weaken.
The Prime Minister said efforts are on a war footing to save humanity and many countries including the country’s scientists are working on the production of a vaccine.
He said the work is going on various vaccines against corona and that some of these are in an advanced stage.
The Prime Minister said the Government is also preparing a detailed road map to reach the vaccine to every single citizen as soon as it is readily available.
He again urged the people to not lax until the vaccine is done.
The Prime Minister said we are going through a difficult time and a little carelessness can lead to a great crisis and tarnish our happiness.
He urged citizens to be vigilant while fulfilling their responsibilities.
He appealed to the citizens to maintain the 6 feet distance (Do Gaj ki Doori), to wash their hands with soap periodically and to wear face masks.
The economic impact of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in India has been largely disruptive. The COVID-19 crisis led to a spike in the country’s unemployment rate. Analysts have been warning about the spectre of unemployment ever since the country was put under a lockdown on March 25 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrest the spread of the coronavirus infections.
Scenes of migrants fleeing urban centres including Delhi and Mumbai only confirmed the long-held concerns on their employment as the economic activity came to a grinding halt. In September 2020, India saw an unemployment rate of over 6%.
This was a significant improvement from the previous months. A damaging impact on an economy as large as India’s caused due a total lockdown was imminent. Unemployment went up to 23% in May 2020. This was possibly a result of a decrease in demand as well as the disruption of workforce faced by companies.
The Centre is launching a campaign called Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana (ABVKY) under which Employees’ State Insurance Corporation-registered workers, who lost their jobs during the lockdown, can claim for 50% of their salary for up to 3 months even if they have resumed work.
ESIC is going to deploy its Rs 44,000 crore kitty with a formal notification. Earlier, the financial assistance was provided within 90 days of the job loss and it has now been reduced to 30 days. This Scheme will be available with original eligibility condition during the period January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2021, after December 31, 2020.
Under ABVKY, in case the Insured Person (IP) is rendered unemployed, provides relief to the extent of 25% of the average per day earning during the previous four contribution periods (total earning during the four contribution period/730) to be paid up to maximum 90 days of unemployment once in lifetime of the IP on submission of claim in form of an Affidavit.
ESI Corporation has taken the decision to extend the scheme for another one year i.e. from 1st July 2020 to 30th June 2021. It has been decided to enhance the rate of unemployment relief under the scheme to 50% of wages from earlier rate of 25% along with the relaxation of eligibility conditions for insured workers who have lost their employment due to COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown. The enhanced benefit and relaxed conditions are applicable during the period 24th March 2020 to 31st December 2020.
This online process is for the workers who are currently unemployed and to claim the amount.
The applicants should download the application form and fill it manually offline.
The relief will be paid directly to the bank accounts of workers. Labour Minister, while lauding the efforts of ESIC said that at present, ESIC is providing benefits/services to about 3.49 Crore of family units of workers and providing matchless cash benefits and reasonable medical care to its 13.56 crore beneficiaries.
Today, its infrastructure has increased many folds with 1520 Dispensaries (including mobile dispensaries)/307 ISM Units and 159 ESI Hospitals, 793 Branch/Pay Offices and 64 Regional & Sub-Regional Offices and implemented in 566 districts in 34 States/UTs.
Under the new social security code law, the government has also decided on extending ESIC services to all 740 districts of the country, for which labour ministry officials said they have tied up with hospitals empanelled under the Ayushman Bharat scheme and 3rdparty service providers.
The move is seen as an outreach to those displaced by the lockdown and blunt the criticism that the government did not take care of migrant and factory workers, who were the worst hit. Sources said that the documents will need to be submitted physically as the beneficiaries are not linked to Aadhaar.
An Aadhaar card is a unique number issued to every citizen in India and is a centralised and universal identification number. The Aadhar card is a biometric document that stores an individual’s personal details in a government database, and is fast becoming the government’s base for public welfare and citizen services. It can be used for a number of purposes, making it a universally acceptable government-issued card, without needing to register or apply for a separate card for each of these services.
Earlier, the Aadhaar card received at our postal address was very bulky and it was difficult to carry it. Now, the Aadhaar issuing body, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), announced that individuals can now order Aadhaar in a PVC card form. For this, the individual will have to pay a nominal fee. The PVC card is easy to carry, more durable, instantly verifiable offline.
Any individual having an Aadhaar number can get the Aadhaar PVC card. “Order Aadhaar Card” is a new service launched by UIDAI which facilitates the Aadhaar holder to get their Aadhaar details printed on PVC card by paying nominal charges. Residents who do not have registered mobile number can also order using Non-Registered /Alternate Mobile Number.
The Aadhaar PVC Card has the following features:
Individual will have to pay a nominal fee of Rs 50 (inclusive of GST and speed post charges) while ordering the Aadhaar PVC Card
Person wanting the Aadhaar PVC Card using registered mobile number has to follow the below mentioned steps:
After successful payment, receipt will get generated having digital signature which can be downloaded by resident in PDF format. Resident will also get the Service Request Number via SMS.
Resident can track the status of SRN till dispatch of Aadhaar Card on Check Aadhaar Card Status.
SMS containing AWB number will also be sent once dispatched from DoP. Resident can further track delivery status by visiting DoP website
Person wanting the Aadhaar PVC Card using non-registered or alternate mobile number has to follow the below mentioned steps:
Presently, the payment can be made using Online Mode of Payment. Residents can use Credit Card, Debit Card, Net Banking or UPI payment methods while making payment
Once the request is raised, the UIDAI will hand over the card to the post office within 5 working days (excluding the date of request) and the PVC card will be delivered using Speed Post services.
Person wanting to track the Aadhaar PVC Card has to follow the below mentioned steps:
India received the second set of Swiss bank account details of its nationals and entities under the automatic exchange of information pact with Switzerland, marking a key milestone in the government’s fight against black money allegedly stashed abroad.
The Global Forum of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development reviews Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) implementation. Switzerland had committed itself to adopting the global standard for the international automatic exchange of information in tax matters.
The legal basis for the implementation of AEOI in Switzerland came into force on 1st January, 2017. However, AEOI only relates to accounts that are officially in the name of Indians and they might include those used for business and other genuine purposes.
Switzerland’s first such exchange took place at the end of September 2018 and involved 36 countries, but India did not figure in the list at that time. Switzerland agreed to AEOI with India after a long process, including a review of the necessary legal framework in India on data protection and confidentiality.
A Swiss delegation was in India in August last year before the first set of details could get shared and the two sides also discussed possible steps to expedite the execution of tax information-sharing requests made by India in specific cases.
India had received the first set of Swiss bank account details of its nationals under the new automatic information exchange pact in October 2019, when India was among 75 countries with which Switzerland’s Federal Tax Administration (FTA) has exchanged information on financial accounts within the framework of global standards on Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI).
However, the information exchanged was governed by strict confidentiality clauses, and the FTA officials refused to disclose specific details on the number of accounts or about the quantum of financial assets associated with the Indian clients of Swiss banks. The AEOI only related to accounts that are officially in the name of Indians and they might include those used for business and other genuine purposes.
FTA sent information on around 3.1 million financial accounts to the partner states and received information on around 8,15,000 financial accounts from them.
It is feared many Indians might have closed their accounts after a global crackdown on black money led to Switzerland buckling under international pressure to open its banking sector for scrutiny to clear the long-held perception of Swiss banks being safe haven for undisclosed funds.
Currently, around 8,500 reporting financial institutions (banks, trusts, insurers, etc) are registered with FTA.
These institutions collected the data and transferred it to FTA. The count has increased from about 7,500 last year. The exchanged information will allow tax authorities to verify whether taxpayers have correctly declared their financial accounts in their tax returns.
The data received by India can be quite useful for establishing a strong prosecution case against those who have any unaccounted wealth, as it provides entire details of deposits and transfers as well as of all earnings, including through investments in securities and other assets. The next exchange would take place in September 2021.