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Hotel Tax Holiday Extended to July 31


Mar. 19 – The Indian government has extended the five-year tax holiday for hotel projects from March 31 to July 31 in an effort to stimulate development in the industry prior to the Commonwealth Games in October. The five-year tax holiday previously applied to hotels finished and operational from April 1, 2007 to March 31, […]

New Delhi Best City for Living


Mar. 9 – The Confederation of Indian Industries has ranked New Delhi as having the best quality of life for its residents among all cities in the India based on their latest  “Liveability Index.” After New Delhi, the next best cities to live in are Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. The survey looked at 37 Indian […]

New Delhi Property Tax Rates to Increase in April


Feb. 3 – India is set to increase property tax rates in New Delhi starting April 2010. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) has proposed higher tax rates for residential properties in the A to H category. A two percent increased for categories A and B, three percent in categories C and D with the […]

New Hotels to be Given 5 Year Tax Holiday


Jan. 27 – To encourage more hotels to open prior to the Commonwealth Games, India is giving a five-year tax holiday for new hotels completed in the national capital region before March 31. The rule will apply to 2, 3 and 4 star hotels and exclude 5 star hotels. An estimated 100,000 tourists are expected […]

New Policy to Turn Delhi into IT Hub


Jan. 5 – A recently approved industrial policy for New Delhi aims to consolidate business in the capital to turn it into a high-tech, knowledge-based service sector and IT hub. Two special economic zones will initially be set up in Baprola, one for gems and jewelery and the other for IT and information technology enabled […]

India Successfully Decodes Human Genome


Dec. 10 – India has successfully decoded the human genome locally making it part of the only six countries in the world to do so. Other countries who have been able to accomplish the feat are the United States, United Kingdom, China, Canada and South Korea. India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) says […]

Stapled Chinese Visas Not Valid for Travel


Nov. 13 – India’s Foreign Ministry has announced that stapled Chinese visas for Indian travelers will not be allowed to exit the country and advises applicants to verify how their visas will be attached. Some Chinese embassies and consulates have continued to issue stapled visas for Indians coming from Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir despite […]

Will India Win Gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games?


By Shirley Liu and Seema Rani Bhende NEW DELHI, Nov. 4 – With the start of the Commonwealth Games 2010 less than a year away, questions continue to be asked if India is truly up to the challenge. Over the last several months, there have been mounting concerns from reporters and Commonwealth Games officials that […]

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