15 Dec 2015

This article is the second part of the earlier published article on the liberalization in the Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) regime. It contains additional information and clarifications relating to amendments made to the Consolidated FDI Circular of 2015 through Press Note 12 (2015 Series) that was issued on November 24, 2015, subsequent to the Press Note issued on Nov. 10, 2015.  >>

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27 Nov 2015

Women form a significant portion of the workforce, especially in IT/ITES and BT companies. This is undoubtedly a good thing, as it allows skilled talent to be productive and contribute to India’s GDP. To retain women employees, companies in these industries offer flexible work hours and various other amenities such as crèches and on-campus supermarkets. To facilitate the growth of these industries in Bangalore and elsewhere in the state, the Government of Karnataka exempted companies in these sectors from the generally-applicable restrictions on employing women in night shifts so long as the companies provide transport to women employees and take other measures to protect women’s safety.>>

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17 Nov 2015

The recent changes in the foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Regime, termed as a “Diwali gift” by the media, are definitely innovative and can go a  long way towards addressing some major and widely-debated structural gaps and thus in increasing India’s overall attractiveness as a major FDI destination.>>

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17 Nov 2015

For many years, arbitration has been a commonly followed process to settle disputes in India, although with time, different custodians have been vested responsibility for dispute resolution.  For centuries, the heads of families helped amicably resolve issues even though many of them lacked formal legal training or indeed, any experience at all. Later, councils of “village elders” (Panchayats) were formed to facilitate resolution of disputes. The authority and powers vested in them made their decisions more binding.>>

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12 Nov 2015

The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 was promulgated by the President of India on October 23rd 2015. The ordinance is effective at once and is expected to bring more clarity and speed to the arbitration process in India. This is another major step in the evolution of India’s legal framework and will likely play a major role in boosting the confidence of domestic and foreign businesses as they explore investments in India.>>

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04 Nov 2015

On 23rd October 2015, the President of India promulgated a new ordinance called “The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Ordinance 2015”. This is an important Ordinance in the larger context of making it easy to do business in India, as it seeks to create a separate set of courts and appellate mechanism to address “commercial disputes”, which the ordinance defines as those disputes arising out of:>>

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28 Oct 2015

Software Patenting has always been somewhat of a mystery in India. Confusion and misunderstanding have prevailed across not only Indian software experts but also amongst Indian Patent Attorneys and Indian Patent Examiners. There have been some guidelines for examination of Software patents in the past; however, they did not help much because those guidelines did not provide explicit criteria to identify and distinguish what did not fall under the ambit of “software patent”.>>

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15 Sep 2015

Background :- This millennium has seen Indian sportspersons steadily improve their performances at the global level. Young Indian talent has started to look beyond cricket. Thanks to greater financial commitment both by governments as well as corporates, the future of sports in our country looks brighter than ever before. However, the image of Indian sport has been tarnished by numerous issues such as doping, harassment of athletes, conflicts of interest leading to suspension of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, the controversial ban on Sarita Devi, the spot fixing and illegal betting in IPL etc. Governing Bodies for Sports in India have also been beset by various issues including consistent allegations of nepotism and poor administration which have adversely impacted selection and training regimes and consequently, the performance of Indian athletes.>>

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04 Sep 2015

In more than 25 years of professional practice as a lawyer, I have advised a number of clients. While most of my clients have been companies, I have also assisted individuals and families. Probably the most important thing that I have learnt over all these years is that as lawyers, we must not get caught up in a swirl of jargon or attempt to show off by spouting Sections from this Act or another Act.>>

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10 Aug 2015

Recently, while speaking at the convocation ceremony at Indian Institute of Science, (IISc) Bangalore, unarguably one of India’s most prestigious institutions, Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys, touched upon something that made many people uncomfortable. He asked if India’s premier academic institutions (specifically the IISc and IITs) had contributed in making our society and the world a better place? He did not shy away from asking directly if there was one invention from India that had become a household name across the globe.>>

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