No.E-32099/4/CYBER ALERT/EDP CELL/39741/2020-1265-(E) Dated : 21-06-2020Subject :-CYBER ALERT:REG.It is submitted that Computer Emergency Response Team-India(CERT-In) has issued an advisory regarding a potential cyber offensive attack from the Chinese Army. In the guise of a Free Covid-19Test, Chinese cyber warriors could be carrying out a massive phishing attack. Watch out for IDs like **. Beware of Malicious Phishing E-mails/ SMS/ Messages on Social Media inciting you to provide personal and financial information.Key Pointsi. Phishing campaign is expected to impersonate government agencies, departments and trade associations who have been tasked to oversee the disbursement of the government fiscal aidii. Spoofed Email ID which could be used for the phishing email is expected to be ncov2019@gov.iniii. Phishing E-mail Subject Line: Free Covid-19 testing for all residents of Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Ahmadabadiv. The malicious group claims to have 2 million …

Loan moratorium: SC sees no merit in levying interest on interest

The Supreme Court, while hearing the PIL seeking interest waiver for the 6-month moratorium period, remarked that it sees no merit in banks charging interest on the accumulated interest payable. The SC also observed that an issue of this nature can’t be left by the government to the banks, and that the Centre should consider intervening in the issue.However, the SC stopped short of issuing any interim directions, deferring the hearing for over 45 days till the first week of August.On March 27, the RBI issued circular allowing financial institutions to allow customers a moratorium on loan instalments that fall between March 1 and May 31. On May 22, the RBI extended the moratorium for another 3 months, till Aug 31. The RBI circulars, however, provide for the accumulated interest for the period to be paid at the end of the 6-month moratorium period.The SC is hearing a batch of petitions that have sought for a waiver of the accumulated interest for the 6-month period. The pleas before the…

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SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in offices

Government of India - Ministry of Health & Family WelfareSOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in offices1. BackgroundOffices and other workplaces are relatively close settings, with shared spaces like work stations, corridors, elevators & stairs, parking places, cafeteria, meeting rooms and conference halls etc. and COVID-19 infection can spread relatively fast among officials, staffs and visitors.There is a need to prevent spread of infection and to respond in a timely and effective manner in case suspect case of COVID-19 is detected in these settings, so as to limit the spread of infection.2. ScopeThis document outlines the preventive and response measures to be observed to contain the spread of COVID-19 in office settings. The document is divided into the following subsectionsi.Generic preventive measures to be followed at all timesii.Measures specific to officesiii.Measures to be taken on occurrence of case(s)iv.Disinfection procedures to be implemented…


There is a specific employment Act in India, the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979, (ISMW) which regulates the employment of Inter State migrant workers and to their conditions of service.Firstly one needs to understand the applicability of the Act. It is applicable to,·Every establishment in which five or more inter-State migrant workmen (whether or not in addition to other workmen) are employed or who were employed on any day of the preceding twelve months;·Every contractor who employs or who employed five or more inter-State migrant workmen (whether or not in addition to other workmen) on any day of the preceding twelve monthsIn case of the above, the employer’s duty is to:·Make an application to the registering officer, in such form and manner and on payment of such fees as may be prescribed, for the registration of the establishment·Maintain the registers indicating the details of interstate workers and make available for s…

Direct Tax Measures, GST MEASURES and PF UPDATES:

Direct Tax Measures:Due date of filing Income-tax return for Financial Year (FY) 2019-20 extended from 31st July 2020 & 31st October 2020 to 30th November 2020 Due Date of filing Tax Audit Report for FY 2019-20 extended from 30th September 2020 to 31st October 2020 Due date of Assessments getting time barred on 30th September 2020 extended to 31st December 2020 and those getting time barred on 31st March 2021 extended to 30th September 2021 Due date for making payment under ‘Vivad se Vishwas Scheme’ (Dispute to Resolution scheme) without additional amount extended to 31st December 2020 To address issue of liquidity / cash crunch and ease compliance under EPF & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, the filing of monthly ECR is separated from payment of statutory contributions reported in the ECR. Henceforth, ECR can be filed by an employer without simultaneous payment of contributions. Contribution may be paid …

MHA issues new Guidelines: Phased re-opening of all activities outside Containment Zones (Unlock 1)

Strict enforcement of lockdown in Containment Zones New MHA guidelines:

▪ Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued new guidelines today, for phased re-opening of areas outside the Containment Zones.
▪ The guidelines will come into effect from June 1, 2020 and will be effective till June 30, 2020. The current phase of re-opening, Unlock 1, will have an economic focus.
▪ MHA order of March 24, 2020 imposed a strict lockdown throughout the country. Only essential activities were permitted. All other activities were prohibited.
▪ Subsequently, in a graded manner and keeping the overarching objective of containing the spread of COVID-19 in view, the lockdown measures have been relaxed.
▪ New guidelines have been issued today based on extensive consultations held with States and UTs.

1.  Salient features of the new guidelines
▪ All activities that were prohibited earlier will be opened up in areas outside Containment Zones in a phased manner, with the stipulation of following Standard Operating Proce…