02 Dec 2020

“Dream XI mein team bana lo”! Every Indian cricket fan must have heard this line several times during the recently concluded IPL 2020. From a struggling startup that faced uncertainty about the legality of its business model to the title sponsor of IPL 2020, Dream11, an Indian Fantasy Sports platform has made it big. With the rise of the likes of Dream11 and Mobile Premier League (MPL) the market for fantasy sports has surely been set in India.>>

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23 Nov 2020

My previous blog - Realization of the True Vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” Requires Modernization of Laws - outlined my views on the need for India to modernize many of its laws in order to make faster and more tangible progress towards “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. I had also pointed out that sectors such as education need to be transformed so that future generation is equipped with skills that are relevant for the future. But as I pondered over our country’s transformation, it struck me that while making new laws and updating outdated ones to make them relevant to the current realities and emerging possibilities of the world is important, we need much more. After all, a lot of negatives such as bribery, workplace harassment, rape etc. exist in our society despite there being enough laws against them (although it can be argued that implementing them consistently or ensuring that justice is always delivered are another matter altogether).>>

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18 Nov 2020

The Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) was introduced when insolvency resolution in India took around 4 years on an average. Therefore, completing the resolution process within a fixed timeline was at the heart of the new framework. But the instances of delays still kept cropping up and the code has been amended continually to impose stricter time frames and ensure compliance.>>

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02 Nov 2020

The government’s vision for an “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India) is laudable. This is not a new idea, though. Indeed, self-reliance was a key reason for a newly-independent India to lay emphasis on a public sector that, over time, was present in virtually every sector- from aviation to zinc. During the 1980s, the emergence and development of India’s private sector were powered by buzz phrases such as “Import-substitution” and “Be Indian, Buy Indian”.>>

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30 Oct 2020

With increased awareness, globalization and technological advancement, people are becoming more and more conscious of their eating choices. In fact, COVID-19 has changed the food habits of many individuals eager to fight against the pandemic by adopting a more balanced and nutritious diet to improve immunity. Accordingly, Indian Food laws are changing in line with global food laws/standards through amendment of various regulations based on the changing scenario. Food Safety Standard Act, 2006 (“the Act”) is also evolving and transforming in consonance with the “One Nation One Food Law” initiative.>>

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28 Oct 2020

The Government of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) vide its notification dated October 20, 2020, has published the Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2020 (hereinafter the “Amended Rules”) amending the Patents Rules, 2003 (hereinafter the “Principal Rules”). The amendment came into force from the date of the notification i.e. October 20, 2020. The highlights of the amendments are as follows:>>

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21 Oct 2020

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 38 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2019 and over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016. The statistics are alarming because obesity is just one of the myriads of health problems that result from continuous consumption of a poor-quality diet high in junk food. Plus, obesity is an external manifestation of the problem, but the harmful effects of these zero-nutrition foods fester within the body and cause permanent damage. The repercussions are far worse when the habit is inculcated at a tender age. Junk food can cause memory and learning problems as well as fatigue and weakness among children. Further, advertisement specifically designed to influence young minds into making unhealthy choices is another grave cause of concern.>>

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