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Startup India Portal and Mobile App Launched



Startup India Portal and Mobile App Launched
The Startup India portal http://startupindia.gov.in, and mobile app have been launched by Secretary, DIPP, Mr. Ramesh Abhishek in New Delhi today.

The key features of the portal and app are the following:

·        Information Availability: The portal and mobile app provide up-to- date information on various notifications/ circulars issued by various Government ministries/ departments, towards creation of a conducive ecosystem for Startups. The portal and mobile app provide information regarding incubators and funding agencies recognized for the purpose of recommending Startups (as part of Startup recognition application). A comprehensive list of FAQs is also available to help Startups, Incubators and Funding Agencies use the portal and mobile app more effectively.

·        Startup India Hub: The Startup India Hub, which has been established within Invest India, will be a single point of contact for the entire Startup ecosystem which would enable exchange of knowledge. The Hub will work in a hub and spoke model with Governments, VCs, Angel Funds, Incubators, Mentors, etc. It will assist Startups through their lifecycle, on all aspects, such as providing mentorship, incubator facilities, IPR support, funding etc. The Hub will be operational from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM on working days and can be reached via the toll free number: 1800115565 or the email ID: dipp-startups@nic.in

·        Application for Startup Recognition: Entities that fulfil the criteria as per the definition of “Startup” and are incorporated/ registered in India, can obtain recognition as a “Startup” to avail various benefits listed in the Startup India Action Plan. The process of recognition is simple and user friendly and involves a single page application form that a user can fill either through a web interface or through mobile app. Formats of the recommendation/ support letters that need to be attached as part of the application form have been published on the portal and mobile app.

·        Real Time Startup Recognition: A real time recognition certificate is provided to Startups on completion of the application process. A digital version of the final certificate of recognition is available for download, through the portal and mobile app. A request for certificate of eligibility for tax exemptions from Inter-ministerial Board will be made simultaneously by selection of a simple option.

·        Verification of Recognition Certificate: The certificate of recognition is verifiable through the portal and mobile app by entering the Startup Recognition/ Certificate Number.

·        Approval of Inter-Ministerial Board: DIPP has also setup an Inter-Ministerial Board to verify the eligibility of Startups opting to avail Tax and IPR related benefits and to provide a certificate of eligibility to innovative Startups.

Background

The “Startup India” initiative was launched by the Prime Minister of India, ShriNarendra Modi on January 16, 2016 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. As part of the event, a Startup India Action Plan was released. The Action Plan highlights initiatives envisaged by the Government to develop a conducive Startup ecosystem in the country.

As an integral component of the Action Plan, a Startup India portal and mobile app were envisaged to be implemented. The portal and app have accordingly been released today.


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Index of Eight Core Industries (Base: 2004-05=100) February, 2016

1.         The summary of the Index of Eight Core Industries (base: 2004-05) is given at the Annexure.
2.         The Eight Core Industries comprise nearly 38% of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).The combined Index of Eight Core Industries stands at 172.2 in February, 2016, which was 5.7 %highercompared to the index of February, 2015. Its cumulative growth during April to February, 2015-16 was 2.3 %.
Coal
3.         Coal production (weight: 4.38%) increased by 3.9 % inFebruary, 2016over February, 2015. Its cumulative index during April to February, 2015-16 increased by 5.0% over corresponding period of previous year.
Crude Oil
4.         Crude Oil production (weight: 5.22%) increased by 0.8 % in February, 2016over February, 2015. Its cumulative index during April to February, 2015-16 decreased by 1.0 % over the corresponding period of previous year.
Natural Gas
5.         The Natural Gas production (weight: 1.71%) increased by 1.2 % in February, 2016 over February, 2015. Its cumulative index during April to February, 2015-16 declined by 3.6 % over the corresponding period of previous year.

Refinery Products (93% of Crude Throughput)
6.         Petroleum Refinery production (weight: 5.94%) increased by 8.1 % in February, 2016 over February, 2015. Its cumulative index during April to February, 2015-16 increased by 3.1 % over the corresponding period of previous year.
Fertilizers
7.         Fertilizer production (weight: 1.25%)increased by 16.3 % in February, 2016 over February, 2015. Its cumulative index during April to February, 2015-16 increased by 10.3 % over the corresponding period of previous year.
Steel (Alloy + Non-Alloy)
8.         Steel production (weight: 6.68%) declined by 0.5 % in February, 2016 over February, 2015. Its cumulative index during April to February, 2015-16 declined by 1.8 %over the corresponding period of previous year.
Cement
9.         Cement production (weight: 2.41%) increasedby 13.5 % in February, 2016 over February, 2015. Its cumulative index during April to February, 2015-16 increased by 3.9 % over the corresponding period of previous year.
Electricity
10.       Electricity generation (weight: 10.32%)increased by 9.2 % in February, 2016 over February, 2015. Its cumulative index during April to February, 2015-16 increased by 4.6 % over the corresponding period of previous year.

Note 1:Data are provisional. Revision has been made based on revised data received for corresponding month of previous year in respect of Coal, Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Refinery Product, Steel, Cement and Electricity. Accordingly, indices for the month February, 2015 have been revised.
Note 2: Release of the index for March, 2016 will be on Monday, 2nd May, 2016.

Annexure
Performance of Eight Core Industries

Yearly Index & Growth Rate

Base Year: 2004-05=100



INDEX
Sector
Weight
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
Apr-Feb 2014-15
Apr-Feb 2015-16
Coal
4.379
139.7
141.5
148.1
150.0
162.5
157.2
165.0
Crude Oil
5.216
111.0
112.1
111.4
111.2
110.2
109.9
108.8
Natural Gas
1.708
164.4
149.7
128.1
111.5
106.0
105.9
102.1
Refinery Products
5.939
129.7
133.7
172.5
175.0
175.6
175.0
180.5
Fertilizers
1.254
103.4
103.8
100.2
101.8
101.7
102.2
112.7
Steel
6.684
157.7
174.0
181.1
201.9
211.8
211.3
207.5
Cement
2.406
164.2
175.2
188.7
194.5
205.2
204.0
212.0
Electricity
10.316
138.1
149.3
155.3
164.6
178.5
178.7
187.0
Overall Index
37.903
138.4
145.3
154.7
161.2
168.6
167.7
171.6




GROWTH RATES (in %)
Sector
Weight
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
Apr-Feb 2014-15
Apr-Feb 2015-16
Coal
4.379
-0.2
1.3
4.6
1.3
8.3
8.6
5.0
Crude Oil
5.216
11.9
1.0
-0.6
-0.2
-0.9
-1.1
-1.0
Natural Gas
1.708
10.0
-8.9
-14.5
-13.0
-4.9
-5.3
-3.6
Refinery Products#
5.939
3.0
3.1
29.0
1.5
0.4
0.5
3.1
Fertilizers
1.254
0.0
0.4
-3.4
1.5
-0.1
-0.5
10.3
Steel
6.684
13.2
10.3
4.1
11.5
4.9
5.9
-1.8
Cement
2.406
4.5
6.7
7.7
3.1
5.5
6.6
3.9
Electricity
10.316
5.6
8.1
4.0
6.0
8.4
9.0
4.6
Overall Index
37.903
6.6
5.0
6.5
4.2
4.6
5.0
2.3

#Refinery Products’ yearly growth rate of 2012-13 is not comparable with other years on account of inclusion of RIL (SEZ) production data since April, 2012.

Performance of Eight Core Industries

Monthly Index & Growth Rate

Base Year: 2004-05=100

INDEX
Sector
Coal
Crude Oil
Natural Gas
Refinery Products
Fertilizers
Steel
Cement
Electricity
Overall Index
Weight
4.379
5.216
1.708
5.939
1.254
6.684
2.406
10.316
37.903
Feb-15
184.4
101.5
95.7
166.0
97.5
203.6
204.9
165.9
162.9
Mar-15
220.4
113.9
107.2
182.5
96.9
217.3
217.4
175.9
177.8
Apr-15
156.0
106.6
100.9
161.3
87.3
201.3
213.6
176.0
162.4
May-15
156.5
112.5
107.8
186.0
101.8
231.7
221.3
194.0
178.6
Jun-15
148.1
109.5
102.9
183.9
105.3
221.1
215.0
181.8
171.2
Jul-15
134.7
110.7
99.0
176.2
111.3
206.3
209.7
190.3
168.0
Aug-15
139.0
112.8
107.2
185.1
119.0
197.5
197.2
194.3
169.6
Sep-15
143.2
107.4
103.9
170.3
119.4
197.5
195.8
194.4
166.8
Oct-15
168.4
111.3
105.6
172.5
122.1
209.4
207.4
201.1
175.4
Nov-15
180.3
107.3
102.6
185.9
118.4
194.6
185.9
174.2
166.8
Dec-15
197.4
108.7
103.4
190.2
122.6
203.6
217.9
182.4
175.7
Jan-16
200.4
107.3
92.5
194.7
118.5
216.7
236.1
187.3
180.7
Feb-16
191.5
102.3
96.9
179.4
113.4
202.6
232.5
181.2
172.2


GROWTH RATES (in %)
Sector
Coal
Crude Oil
Natural Gas
Refinery Products
Fertilizers
Steel
Cement
Electricity
Overall Index
Weight
4.379
5.216
1.708
5.939
1.254
6.684
2.406
10.316
37.903
Feb-15
10.8
-1.9
-8.1
-1.0
-0.4
-0.6
2.2
5.9
2.3
Mar-15
6.0
1.7
-1.5
-1.3
5.2
-4.4
-4.2
1.7
-0.1
Apr-15
7.9
-2.7
-3.6
-2.9
0.0
0.6
-2.4
-1.1
-0.4
May-15
7.8
0.8
-3.1
7.9
1.3
2.6
2.6
5.5
4.4
Jun-15
6.3
-0.7
-5.9
7.5
5.8
4.9
2.6
0.2
3.0
Jul-15
0.3
-0.4
-4.4
2.9
8.6
-2.6
1.3
3.5
1.1
Aug-15
0.4
5.6
3.7
5.8
12.6
-5.9
5.4
5.6
2.6
Sep-15
1.9
-0.1
0.9
0.5
18.1
-2.5
-1.5
10.8
3.2
Oct-15
6.3
-2.1
-1.8
-4.4
16.2
-1.2
11.7
8.8
3.2
Nov-15
3.5
-3.3
-3.9
2.5
13.5
-8.4
-1.8
0.0
-1.3
Dec-15
6.1
-4.1
-6.1
2.1
13.1
-4.4
3.2
2.7
0.9
Jan-16
9.1
-4.6
-15.3
4.8
6.2
-2.8
9.0
6.0
2.9
Feb-16
3.9
0.8
1.2
8.1
16.3
-0.5
13.5
9.2
5.7


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Government releases Indian Intellectual Property Panorama
A single window interface for information on Intellectual Property and guidance on leveraging it for competitive advantage. That is what the Indian IP Panorama, released by the Government of India today, offers. The portal seeks to increase awareness and build sensitivity towards IP, among stakeholders in the SME sector, academia and researchers. The Indian IP Panorama can be accessed here: http://ict-ipr.in/index.php/ip-panorama

The Indian IP Panorama is a customized version of IP Panorama Multimedia toolkit, developed by World Intellectual Property Organization, Korean Intellectual Property Office and Korea Invention Promotion Association. The toolkit has been adapted to cater to SMEs and start-ups, especially in the ICTE sector of India, based on an agreement signed between WIPO and DeitY. The Indian IP Panorama is thus a customized version of WIPO’s original product and is in accordance with Indian IP laws, standards, challenges and needs of the Indian ICTE sector.

The following five modules of the Indian IP Panorama have been released today:
1.   “Importance of IP for SMEs”,
2.   “Trademark”,
3.   “Industrial design”,
4.   “Invention and Patent” and
5.   “Patent Information”

The Indian IP Panorama has been developed under the aegis of Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), in close coordination with the Indian IP office.

Besides Secretary, DIPP Mr. Ramesh Abhishek who released the Panorama, Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) was also present on the occasion.

A survey of the Madrid Protocol usage by the Indian industry and a report on “Marketing Campaign in India for International Registration of Trade Marks”, was also released today. The survey was conducted and the report prepared by IIM Bangalore, in cooperation with DIPP, as part of a study funded by WIPO. The study will help the Indian industry to take advantage of the Madrid system.

Background
India is a member of WIPO and party to several treaties administered by WIPO. Recognizing that the strategic use of intellectual property could contribute significantly to the national development objectives of India, DIPP entered into an MoU with WIPO on 13th November 2009. The Indian IP office has been recognised as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (as in force from October 15, 2013). It may be recalled that a leading Indian consumer electronics company, Micromax Informatics Limited was recognized with the 1.25 millionth international trademark under WIPO’s Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks.

India acceded to Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks at WIPO on July 8, 2013. The Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks (Madrid system) offers trademark owners a cost effective, user friendly and streamlined means of protecting and managing their trademark portfolio internationally. 

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