Google to mentor 25 Indian start-ups under its Launchpad initiative

Google is bringing its 'Launchpad' startup mentorship programme to India. The Internet giant has already identified over 10 startups to be part of it. Google Launchpad will be a 5-day programme between November 3 and 7 in Bangalore where a number of senior Googlers will come down to mentor the startups in technology, product strategy and marketing.

Google will mentor about 25 startups, among those already selected are CoSight, a start-up that make sales executives more efficient, Smart Pocket, which manages all your loyalty cards on the phone. Other companies included are AdWyze, which provides interactive direct response solutions, and Wazzat Labs, that provides efficient image processing and graphics solutions on mobile platforms. Both of these start-ups were winners at the MIT Global Startup Labs demo day.

Others identified so far are Bluehat Education, an e-learning firm, RightDoctor, which helps find the right doctor for your ailment, CashKumar, which allows you to get the best rate on foreign exchange and a storybuilder application called

Google launched its first edition of Launchpad an year and half back in Israel, and has had about 14 such events till now. The Bangalore event will have Amit Shevat, Google's startup outreach programme manager along with 20 Googlers from California and Israel.

Sunil Rao, country head of the startup programme in Google India states, "Launchpad is an exhaustive mentorship programme to help startups build at scale. By next year we want to do this every quarter, and a year from then, we hope to do it every month." Rao said startups were being identified based to great extent on the quality of the founding team. "We need people who can really implement the idea. We are also looking for those with a sound business plan and minimum product viability," he said.

Ravi Gururaj, chairman of the Nasscom Product Council, said the Nasscom 10,000 Startups programme stated, "Google's Launchpad is a similarly innovative compressed bootcamp which will deliver access to world class experts, and knowledge to further help catalyse the Indian startup ecosystem. Launchpad resembles an accelerator on steroids and we would welcome more such programmes," he said.

Google has recently announced India-specific plans including the Android One program that will be launched in October. Google has recently optimised voice search for Indian accent and had also launched Google Maps with Hindi support.

Source: TOI

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NEW - Income Tax Structure 2014-15 announced in Budget 2014

Income Tax Structure 2014-15 announced in Budget 2014
There is no change in the income tax rate for the year 2014-15 (Assessment Year 2015-16)
(i) The rates of income-tax in the case of every individual (other than those mentioned in (ii) and (iii) below)
Upto Rs. 2, 50,000 NIL
Rs. 2,50,001 to Rs. 5,00,00010 per cent.
Rs. 5,00,001 to Rs. 10,00,00020 per cent.
Above Rs. 10,00,00030 per cent.
 (ii)          For persons of Age between 60 Years to 80 Years
Upto Rs. 3,00,000NIL
Rs.3,00,001 to Rs. 5,00,00010 per cent.
Rs. 5,00,001 to Rs.10,00,00020 per cent.
Above Rs. 10,00,00030 per cent.
(iii)         For persons having Age of  80 Years or More
Upto Rs. 5,00,000
Rs. 5,00,001 to Rs. 10,00,00020 per cent.
Above Rs. 10,00,00030 per cent.
 Other Budget 2014 highlights relating to Income tax 2014-15
  • Personal tax exemption limit raised to Rs 2.5 lakh from current Rs 2 lakh for tax payers below 60 years
  • Senior citizens’ tax exemption limit hiked from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh
  • No change in surcharge for corporates, individuals
  • Education Cess to stay at current 3%
  • Investment limit under Section 80C hiked to Rs 1.5 lakh from current Rs 1 lakh
  • Exemption on housing loans interest on self-occupied property increased from Rs 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh


Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

02:35 pm: I hope this leads to the expansion of the economy: Arun Jaitley.

02:32 pm: We did not want to burden the common man, had to resolve a lot of issues: Arun Jaitley.

01:47 pm: Poor friendly, youth friendly, farmer friendly, women friendly and senior citizen friendly: Rajnath Singh on Union Budget.

01:44 pm: This Budget will only benefit Adani and Ambani, not the common man: NCP leader Nawab Malik.

01:42 pm: This is a perfect and practical Budget for the nation: BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

01:37 pm: This Budget doesn't benefit the common man: Congress leader Rajeev Shukla.

01:30 pm: There is nothing new, they have merely continued our schemes: Sonia Gandhi.

01:28 pm: There is very little for social sector: Sonia Gandhi.

01:25 pm: The Budget does not quicken the pulse: Rahul Gandhi.

01:22 pm: High on rhetoric, short on delivery. No vision and no roadmap: Congress leader Manish Tewari on Union Budget.

01:13 pm: Tax proposals on indirect tax front would yield Rs.7,525 cr: FM.

01:11 pm: Soaps and oil products to become cheaper: FM.

01:10 pm: To broaden tax base, negative list for service tax has been reviewed: FM.

01:08 pm: Propose increase in excise duty on tobacco products, and aerated water products with added sugar: Jaitley.

01:06 pm: FM announces reduction in excise duty for specified food package industry from 10 per cent to 6 per cent.

01:04 pm: Excise duty on footwear reduced from 12 per cent to 6 per cent: FM.

01:03 pm: Export duty on bauxite enhanced from 10 per cent to 20 per cent: Jaitley.

01:01 pm: FM Arun Jaitley announces several tax rational measures.

01:00 pm: Basic custom duty on LED panel below 19 inch made nil: Jaitley.

12:58 pm: FM announces measures to encourage manufacture of LCD/LED panels of TVs.

12:57 pm: FM announces proposals to make CRT TVs cheaper.

12:55 pm: Net effect of direct tax proposals is revenue loss of Rs.22,200 cr: FM.

12:54 pm: FM announces measures to boost domestic manufacturing sector; says the sector has been under stress.

12:51 pm: Provide investment allowance at 15 per cent for 3 years to manufacturing company which invest more than Rs.25 cr in plant and machinery: FM.

12:48 pm: Propose to increase investment limit under Section 80C from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh: FM.

12:46 pm: Tax exemption limit for senior citizens changed from Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs.3 lakh: FM.

12:45 pm: Tax exemption limit for small and marginal, and senior tax payers changed fromRs.2 to Rs.2.5 lakh: FM.

12:44 pm: Do not propose to make any changes in tax rate: FM.

12:43 pm: Impact of tax changes have been factored: Arun Jaitley.

12:42 pm: I propose to give some relief to taxpayers and some sectors of the economy: Arun Jaitley.

12:41 pm: Had to encounter challenge of extremely limited fiscal space in deciding tax policy: FM.

12:40 pm: I propose Rs.200 crore for power reforms, and Rs.500 crore for water reforms in Delhi: Arun Jaitley.

12:38 pm: FM announces Rs.150 cr for communication needs of Andaman and Nicobar islands.

12:37 pm: FM announces 'Arun Prabha' channel for NE region.

12:36 pm: Govt committed to development of Telangana and Andhra: FM.

12:36 pm: Rs.1000 cr provided for rail connectivity in NE region: FM.

12:35 pm: Rs.100 cr set aside for development of organic farming in north east region: FM.

12:35 pm: Programme for displaced Kashmiri migrants with Rs.500 cr to be started: FM.

12:35 pm: Young Leaders Programme to be set up with Rs.100 cr: FM.

12:34 pm: Rs.200 cr set aside for upgradation of indoor and outdoor stadium in Jammu and Kashmir to international standards: FM.

12:33 pm: Sports University to be set up in Manipur; Rs.100 cr provided in current financial year: FM.

12:33 pm: Govt will set up national sports academy for different sports in different parts of India: FM.

12:32 pm: Biotech clusters to be set up in Bangaluru and Faridabad to take science and technology to new heights: FM.

12:32 pm: NRI fund for conservation of river Ganga to be set up: FM.

12:31 pm: FM announces "Namami Ganga", an integrated Ganga Development Project; Rs. 2,037 cr set aside for this.

12:30 pm: World Class Convention facility to be developed through PPP mode: FM.

12:30 pm: Time that we make serious efforts to link rivers; Rs.100 cr set aside for project to link rivers: FM.

12:29 pm: FM announces Rs.100 cr for development of archaeological sites. Gaya to be developed as world class tourism spot: FM.

12:29 pm: Propose to set aside Rs.50 cr for construction of National Police Memorial: FM.

12:28 pm: Rs.5000 cr set aside for defence outlay over and above amount provided under interim budget: FM.

12:27 pm: War memorial to be set up along with a war museum; Rs.100 cr set aside fro this: FM.

12:26 pm: Rs.100 cr set aside for development of Technology Development Fund scheme for education of girl child to be launched soon: FM.

12:25 pm: Will take measures to revitalise small savings schemes: FM.

12:24 pm: Pending Insurance Amendment Bill to be taken up in the Parliament: FM.

12:23 pm: Govt will work out measures for revival of other stressed assets: FM.

12:22 pm: RBI will create framework for licenses of small banks: FM.

12:20 pm: Bank will be encouraged to give long term funds and loans to the infrastructure sector: Jaitley.

12:19 pm: Benefits of insurance have not reached larger section of people; govt will addres this in multi-pronged manner with stakeholders: FM.

12:18 pm: To provide all households with banking facilities to empower the weaker sections; there should be at least 2 bank accounts in each household: FM.

12:17 pm: Urgent need to converge current Indian standard with international accounting standards: FM.

12:16 pm: FM proposes number of measures to energise Indian capital market.

12:15 pm: Essential to strengthen and modernise regulatory framework in financial sector to meet challenges of increasing complex economy: FM.

12:14 pm: Financial sector is at the heart of the growth engine: FM.

12:14 pm: Revision of rate of royalty on minerals to be taken up on request from the states: Jaitley.

12:13 pm: In order to complete gas grid, 15000 km of additional pipeline to be developed through PPP mode: FM.

12:12 pm: Existing impasse of coal sector will be resolved: Jaitley.

12:11 pm: Rs.4200 cr set aside for the Jal Marg Vikas project on river Ganga connecting Allahabad to Haldia,over 1620 km: Arun Jaitley.

12:10 pm: New airports to be developed through PPP mode: FM.

12:09 pm: FM announces development of Hastkala Academy in PPP mode: Jaitley.

12:08 pm: Rs.50 cr set aside for pashmina production programme in Jammu and Kashmir: Jaitley.

12:07 pm: There is need to develop more sophisticated models with quick redressal mechanism in PPP contracts: FM.

12:06 pm: India has emerged as the largest PPP market in the world: FM.

12:06 pm: FM announces Rs.200 cr for 6 more textile clusters in Rae Bareily, Lucknow, Surat, Bhagalpur: FM.

12:05 pm: Definition of MSME to be revised for high capital ceiling: FM.

12:05 pm: MSMEs are the backbone of the economy; to be revived through a committee to examine and report in three months: FM.

12:04 pm: Effective steps to be taken to revive SEZs: FM.

12:04 pm: Apprentice Act to be suitably amended to strengthen the Apprentice Training Scheme: FM.

12:04 pm: To set up Industrial Smart Cities in 7 cities: Jaitley.

12:03 pm: All govt departments and ministries to be integrated through E-platform by 31 Dec this year: Jaitley.

12:02 pm: Rs.100 cr set aside for Kisan Television to provide real time information on various farming and agriculture issues: Jaitley.

12:01 pm: FM allocates Rs.200 cr for setting up 2000 producers' organisations across the country.

12:00 pm: FM allocates funds for setting up 2,000 producers' organisations across the country.

11:59 am: Rs.5000 cr short time rural credit refinance fund for 2014-15: Jaitley.

11:58 am: Additional Rs.5000 cr set aside for RIDF: Jaitley.

11:57 am: Rs.50 cr set aside for indigenous cattle breed and blue revolution for inland fisheries: FM.

11:56 am: State governments to be encouraged to develop farming markets: FM.

11:55 am: Propose to provide finance to 5 lakh landless farmers through NABARD: FM.

11:53 am: National Adaption Fund for climate change to be set up: Jaitley.

11:52 am: Govt will initiate scheme to provide a soil health card; Rs.100 cr set aside. Rs.56 cr for soil testing labs across the country: FM.

11:47 am: Five minute break announced in presentation of Budget.

11:46 am: Agriculture University in Andhra and Rajasthan, and Horticulture University in Haryana, Telangana; Rs.200 cr set aside.

11:45 am: Slum development to be included in Corporate Social Responsibility activities.

11:45 am: FM announces Rs.100 cr for modernisation of madrasas.

11:44 am: FM announces development of Metro rails in PPP mode; Rs.100 cr set aside for metro scheme in Ahmedabad and Lucknow.

11:44 am: Mission for low cost housing proposed to incentivise development of low cost housing; Rs.400 cr announced.

11:44 am: Urban renewal will address drinking water, use of recycled water,solid waste management, digital connectivity; 500 habitats supported: FM.

11:43 am: Rs.100 cr set aside for Community Radio Centres; 600 new and existing ones will be supported: Jaitley.

11:42 am: FM proposes National Rural Internet and Technology Mission; Rs.500 crores set aside.
11:41 am: Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya Teaching Programme to be started: Jaitley.

11:40 am: FM proposes to set up 5 new IIMs and 5 new IITs: Jaitley.

11:40 am: Propose to set up Center of Excellence in MP named after Lok Nayak JaiPrakash Narayan: Jaitley.

11:39 am: 15 Model Rural Health Research centers to be set up for rural health issues: Jaitley.

11:39 am: FM proposes 12 more Govt Medical colleges with dental facilities: Jaitley.

11:38 am: The four new AIIMS will be in Andhra, West Bengal, Vidarbha and Purvanchal: Jaitley.

11:37 am: Propose to set up four more AIIMS; Rs.500 crore set aside for this. Six new AIIMS started recently have become functional: Jaitley.

11:36 am: Rs.3600 crore set aside for National Rural Drinking Water: Jaitley.

11:35 am: FM announces Backward Regional Grant Fund to address inter regional inequalities.

11:34 am: FM proposes National Housing Banking programme; sets aside Rs. 8000 cr for this programme.

11:33 am: PMGSY has a massive impact on rural development; sets aside Rs.14,389 crore for this: Jaitley.

11:33 am: Jaitley announces Crisis Management Center for women at Delhi; money to be provided from Nirbhaya fund.

11:32 am: FM laments apathy towards girl child, announces 'Beti padhao, beti badhao yojana', sets aside Rs.100 crore for this.

11:31 am: 15 new Brail presses to be established: Jaitley.

11:30 am: FM announces schemes for disabled persons in the country: Jaitley.

11:30 am: EPFO will launch a unified account scheme for portability of Provident Fund accounts: Jaitley.

11:29 am: A large number of money lying unused in postal schemes etc. Propose to set up a committee to examine how this can be utilised: Jaitley.

11:28 am: Rs.50,548 crore proposed for SC development: Jaitley.

11:27 am: Rs.200 crore set aside to support Gujarat govt in the Sardar Patel statue installtion: Jaitley.

11:26 am: Govt committed to providing 24/7 power supply to all homes: Jaitley.

11:25 am: Total sanitation goals to be achieved by 2019: Jaitley.

11:24 am: 'Pradhanantri Krishi Sichayin Yojana' to be started for irrigation: Jaitley.

11:23 am: A national multiscale programme called Skill India to be introduced to provide training and support for employment: Jaitley.

11:23 am: In order to give major boost to tourism, E-visas would be introduced at 9 airports. This will facilitate visas on arrival: Jaitley.

11:22 am: As large number of people migrate to cities, unless new cities are developed the present would become unliveable: Jaitley.

11:21 am: We will examine proposal to give additional autonomy to banks and make them more responsible: Jaitley.

11:21 am: Financial stability is the foundation of our recovery: Jaitley.

11:20 am: FM proposes measures to encourage development of smart cities: Jaitley.

11:19 am: India is the largest buyer of defence equipment: Jaitley.

11:18 am: India needs boost in manufacturing sector: Jaitley.

11:18 am: FDI is several sectors provides additional resources: Jaitley.

11:17 am: Transfer pricing is major area for litigation; proposes changes in transfer pricing regulation.
11:17 am: I propose to strengthen authority for advance ruling in tax: Jaitley.

11:16 am: We are committed to providing stable tax regime which is investor friendly: Jaitley.

11:13 am: This govt will not ordinarily change policies retrospectively which creates a fresh liability: Jaitley.

11:12 am: GST will streamline tax administration and result in higher tax collection for center and states: Jaitley.

11:11 am: A new urea policy would be formulated: Jaitley.

11:10 am: We have no option but to take some bold steps to spurt economy; these are only the first steps and are directional: Jaitley.

11:09 am: There is a gradual moderation in the WPI recently; but we are still not out of the woods: Jaitley.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Finance Ministry.

11:08 am: Considering that we had two years of low GDP growth, a large subsidy burden, target of 4.1 per cent fiscal burden is daunting: Jaitley.

11:08 am: FM emphasises on fiscal prudence, need to generate more resources: Jaitley.

11:08 am: The task before me today is very challenging; need to revive growth in manufacturing sector: Jaitley.

11:07 am: We have taken up the challenge in the right ernest; will create a vibrant and strong India: Jaitley.

11:06 am: There is a large population which is below the poverty line: Jaitley.

11:05 am: The steps I will announce are only the beginning of the journey we wish to take for macro economic stabilization, says Jaitley.

11:04 am: The budget is the most comprehensive action plan: Jaitley.

11:04 am: There are green shoots of recovery in the global economy: Jaitley.

11:04 am: We look forward to lower inflation, says Jaitley.

11:02 am: People have voted for a change. India desires to grow: Jaitley.

11:01 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rises to present Budget 2014.

10:53 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to present Union Budget shortly.

10:40 am: Cabinet clears Arun Jaitley's Union Budget.

10:36 am: Union Cabinet meeting at Parliament ends.

10:27 am: Arun Jaitley briefs Union Cabinet on Budget 2014.

10:17 am: Union Cabinet meeting begins at Parliament ahead of presentation of Union Budget.

10:14 am: The economic status of nation is unstable but we are sure Arun Jaitley will present a good Budget: BJP leader Nalin Kohli.

10:12 am: Fiscal deficit needs to be looked at, says former MoS finance JD Seelam.

10:10 am: Growth with employment is the top focus in Budget, says BJP.

10:05 am: We need to bring down inflation. Investment incentive is needed: Chandrajit Banerjee (DG, CII) on expectations from Union Budget.

10:00 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's family leaves for the Parliament.

#FM, MOS and officers briefed #President this morning for half an hour on main features of the #Budget2014; President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) July 10, 2014

09:56 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reaches Parliament to present Union Budget.

09:38 am: Copies of Union Budget 2014-15 reach Parliament House.

Copies of Union Budget at Parliament House.

09:34 am: Budget needs to take everyone forward: NCP leader Majeed Memon.

09:30 am: I am positive that our Honorable Finance Minister will deliver a strong budget for a stable and progressing economy, tweets BJP leader Poonam Mahajan.

09:29 am: I don't think it will be a pro-poor Budget: NCP leader Tariq Anwar.

09:26 am: A good taxation system should be in order: Arvind Virmani (Former chief economic advisor to Government of India).

09:22 am: Sensex gains 47 points, opens at 25,513 before the presentation of Union Budget.

09:20 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Rashtrapati Bhavan.

09:15 am: I feel that the Union Budget will exist only to serve few industrialists: SP leader Naresh Agarwal.

09:09 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Finance Ministry.
Copies of Union Budget 2014-15 reach Parliament House.

Amid high expectations from the middle class and industry, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present his maiden budget on Thursday that may contain tax sops for the salaried, dumping of the controversial retrospective tax and spelling out of steps to revive investment and manufacturing for growth.

There are high hopes that the budget for 2014-15 to be presented in Parliament may actually not tinker with the threshold limit or the other tax slabs but could provide reliefs by incentivising savings.

For boosting investment, Jaitley is expected to announce tax incentives for industry. As a prelude, the government has already extended the excise duty concessions for automobile and consumer durable sectors till December.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

The finance minister is also expected to take a call on reducing duties on gold import, which were raised last year to check ballooning current account deficit.

He could also provide relief to farmers to help them tide over the impact of deficient monsoon which could lead to fall in agricultural output. The government may set up a price stabilisation fund, as promised in the BJP's manifesto.

The new minister may also outline the road map for roll out of the Good and Services Tax (GST) but it was not clear what will be his approach on the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) about which the Economic Survey makes a mention on Wednesday.

In a bid to restore investor confidence, both domestic and foreign, Jaitley may announce scrapping of the provision of retrospective taxing of corporate mergers and acquisitions, a legacy of the UPA that was blamed on putting off foreign investors.

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''आगमन पर पर्यटक वीज़ा'' (वीओए) योजना के संबंध में वक्‍तव्‍य Statement on “Tourist Visa on Arrival” (VoA) Scheme

   As a facilitative measure to attract more foreign tourists to India, the Government  launched the “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) Scheme in January 2010 for citizens of five countries, viz. Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore, visiting India for tourism purposes. The Government extended this Scheme to the citizens of six more countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos and Myanmar in January 2011. Recently Govt of India has extended Visa on Arrival (VoA) Scheme  for South Korea for which Ministry has started receiving data w.e.f 15th April 2014. The following are the important highlights of VoAs issued during May, 2014.
(i)                 During the month of May 2014, a total of 1,833 VoAs were issued under this Scheme as compared to 1,114 VoAs  during the month of May 2013, registering a growth  of 64.5%.

(ii)               During January-May 2014, a total number of 9,841 VoAs were issued as compared to 8,266 VoA during corresponding period of 2013 registering a growth of 19.1%.

(iii)             The number of VoAs issued under this scheme during May 2014 for nationals of the twelve countries wereS.Korea (369),  Japan (329),  Singapore (286),  the Philippines (274),   New Zealand (239), Indonesia (195), Finland (83), Myanmar (26), Vietnam (18), Cambodia (11)   Luxembourg (3)  and   Laos (0).

(iv)             The number of VoAs issued under the Scheme, during January-May 2014 were Japan (2,303), New Zealand (1,866), the Philippines (1,461), Indonesia (1,375), Singapore (1,315), S.Korea (562), Finland (549), Myanmar (190),    Vietnam (96), Luxembourg (61), Cambodia (58) and Laos (5).

(v)      During January-May 2014, the highest number of VoAs were issued at New Delhi airport (4,711) followed by Mumbai (2,001), Chennai (1,249), Bangalore (620),Kolkata (610), Kochi (293), Hyderabad (258) and Trivandrum (99).
भारत में अधिक से अधिक विदेशी पर्यटकों को आकर्षित करने के उपाय के रूप में सरकार ने जनवरी 2010 में पर्यटन के लिए भारत का दौरा करने वाले पांच देशों-अर्थात फिनलैंड, जापान, लग्‍जमबर्ग, न्‍यूजीलैंड और सिंगापुर के नागरिकों के लिए ''आगमन पर पर्यटक वीज़ा'' (वीओए) योजना शुरू की थी। भारत सरकार ने छ: और देशों अर्थात कम्‍बोडिया, इंडोनेशिया, वियतनाम, फिलिपिन्‍स, लाओस और म्‍यांमार के नागरिकों के लिए इस सुविधा का विस्‍तार किया था। हाल ही में भारत सरकार ने दक्षिण कोरिया के लिए ''आगमन पर पर्यटक वीज़ा'' (वीओए) योजना का विस्‍तार किया था जिसके लिए मंत्रालय ने 15 अप्रैल 2014 की प्रभावी तिथि से आंकड़े प्राप्‍त शुरू कर दिये हैं। मई 2014 माह के दौरान जारी किये गये ''आगमन पर पर्यटक वीज़ा'' (वीओए) की महत्‍वपूर्ण बातें इस प्रकार हैं:-
1.      मई 2014 माह के दौरान इस योजना के अंतर्गत 1833 वीओए जारी किये गये जबकि मई 2013 में वीओए की संख्‍या 1114 थी, जो 64.5 प्रतिशत वृद्धि का सूचक है।
2.      जनवरी-मई 2014 के दौरान इस योजना के अंतर्गत 9841 वीओए जारी किये गये जबकि 2013 में इस समयावधि के दौरान 8266 वीओए जारी किये गये जो 19.1 प्रतिशत वृद्धि का सूचक है।
3.      मई 2014 के दौरान इस योजना के अंतर्गत 12 देशों में दक्षिण कोरिया (369), जापान (329), सिंगापुर (286), फिलिपिन्‍स (274), न्‍यूजीलैंड (239), इंडोनेशिया (195), फिनलैंड (83) म्‍यांमार (26), वियतनाम (80), कम्‍बोडिया (11), लग्‍जमबर्ग (3) और लाओस (0) के नागरिकों को वीओए जारी किये गये।
4.      जनवरी-मई 2014 के दौरान इस योजना के अंतर्गत जापान (2303), न्‍यूजीलैंड (1866), फिलिपिन्‍स (1461), इंडोनेशिया (1375), सिंगापुर (1315), दक्षिण कोरिया (562), फिनलैंड (549), म्‍यांमार (190), वियतनाम (96), लग्‍जमबर्ग (61), कम्‍बोडिया (58) और लाओस (5) के नागरिकों को वीओए जारी किये गये।

5.      जनवरी-मई 2014 के दौरान सर्वाधिक वीओए नई दिल्‍ली एयरपोर्ट (4711), मुंबई (2001), चेन्‍नई (1249), बैंगलौर (620), कोलकाता (610), कोच्चि (293), हैदराबाद (258) और त्रिवेन्‍द्रम (99) जारी किये गये।    
source - PIB


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तेलंगाना और आंध्र प्रदेश उच्‍च न्‍यायालय के अपर न्‍यायाधीश का केरल उच्‍च न्‍यायालय में स्‍थानांतरण Additional Judge of of the High Court of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Transferred to the Kerala High Court

भारतीय संविधान की धारा 222 के उपखंड (1) द्वारा प्रदत्‍त शक्तियों का इस्‍तेमाल करते हुए राष्‍ट्रपति महोदय ने भारत के मुख्‍य न्‍यायाधीश के साथ परामर्श के बाद तेलंगाना और आंध्र प्रदेश उच्‍च न्‍यायालय के अपर न्‍यायाधीश न्यायमूर्ति श्री दामा शेषाद्री नायडू को केरल उच्‍च न्‍यायालय के अपर न्‍यायाधीश के रूप में स्‍थानांतरित किया है और उन्‍हें 30 जून, 2014 अथवा उससे पहले केरल उच्‍च न्‍यायालय के अपर न्‍यायाधीश के रूप में प्रभार ग्रहण करने का निर्देश दिया है। 

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 222 of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, has transferred Shri Justice Dama Seshadri Naidu, Additional Judge of the High Court of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh, as the Additional Judge of the Kerala High Court and has directed him to assume charge of the office of the Additional Judge of the Kerala High Court on or before 30th June, 2014. 


Why The Supreme Court Rejected SAHARA's Chief Bail Plea !!

The Supreme Court on Wednesday once again rejected a bail plea by the chief of the Sahara conglomerate, who has been held in jail for three months over his group's failure to repay investors who bought bonds that were later ruled to be illegal.
Sahara Chairman Subrata Roy has been in a Delhi jail since March 4 after failing to appear at a contempt hearing in a long-running legal battle between his group and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
The court - which on Wednesday said Sahara's liability was between 330 and 350 billion rupees ($5.6-$5.9 billion) - had asked Sahara to deposit 100 billion rupees initially to secure the release of Roy on bail.
Sahara, a household name in India as the former main sponsor of the national cricket team, has so far failed to do so. The court had previously refused Roy bail on four occasions after rejecting various proposals from the company, including one to pay the money in instalments.
In their ruling on Wednesday, however, the judges allowed the group to raise funds by liquidating its bank deposits, bonds and securities worth about 25 billion rupees, according to a copy of the judgment.
Sahara can also sell its real estate assets in nine Indian cities, estimated to be valued at about 25 billion rupees, the judges said, lifting an earlier freeze.
In 2012, the Supreme Court ordered Sahara to repay, with interest, all investors who subscribed to bonds sold by two of its businesses, saying the company had not met with SEBI rules for public issues and the process was "dubious".
While Sahara says it has repaid most of the money and that the remaining sum owed is about 25 billion rupees, the Supreme Court and the SEBI have disputed that.
Sahara, whose assets include the landmark Plaza hotel in New York and Grosvenor House in London, last month offered to sell its three overseas hotels to meet the payment demands. The court said it had sought more information from Sahara, including approval from Bank of China, with which the assets are pledged.

Sahara said after the court order on Wednesday that it was "thankful" for the clearances of bank accounts and certain properties, reiterating that it had already paid most investors.

Source - Reuters


New List of All Cabinet ministers & Their Portfolios 2014

Shri Narendra Modi
Prime Minister
Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space
All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister


Shri Raj Nath Singh
Home Affairs

Smt. Sushma Swaraj
External Affairs
Overseas Indian Affairs

Shri Arun Jaitley
Corporate Affairs

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu
Urban Development
Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
Parliamentary Affairs

Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari
Road Transport and Highways

Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda

Sushri Uma Bharati
Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Dr. Najma A. Heptulla
Minority Affairs

Shri Gopinathrao Munde
Rural Development
Panchayati Raj
Drinking Water and Sanitation

Shri Ramvilas Paswan
Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Shri Kalraj Mishra
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi
Women and Child Development

Shri Ananthkumar
Chemicals and Fertilizers

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad
Communications and Information Technology
Law and Justice

Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati
Civil Aviation

Shri Anant Geete
Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Food Processing Industries

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar
Labour and Employment

Shri Jual Oram
Tribal Affairs

Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot
Social Justice and Empowerment

Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani
Human Resource Development

Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Health and Family Welfare


General V.K. Singh
Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge)
External Affairs
Overseas Indian Affairs

Shri Inderjit Singh Rao
Planning (Independent Charge)
Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge)

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar
Textiles (Independent Charge)
Parliamentary Affairs
Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Shri Shripad Yesso Naik
Culture (Independent Charge)
Tourism (Independent Charge)

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan
Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)

Shri Sarbananda Sonowal
Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)

Shri Prakash Javadekar
Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge)
Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)
Parliamentary Affairs

Shri Piyush Goyal
Power (Independent Charge)
Coal (Independent Charge)
New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)

Dr. Jitendra Singh
Science and Technology (Independent Charge)
Earth Sciences (Independent Charge)
Prime Minister Office
Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Atomic Energy
Department of Space

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge)
Corporate Affairs

Shri G.M. Siddeshwara
Civil Aviation

Shri Manoj Sinha

Shri Nihalchand
Chemicals and Fertilizers

Shri Upendra Kushwaha
Rural Development
Panchayati Raj
Drinking Water and Sanitation

Shri Radhakrishnan P
Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

Shri Kiren Rijiju
Home Affairs

Shri Krishan Pal
Road Transport and Highways

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan
Food Processing Industries

Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava
Tribal Affairs

Shri Raosaheb Dadarao Danve
Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Shri Vishnu Deo Sai
Labour and Employment

Shri Sudarshan Bhagat
Social Justice and Empowerment
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