Special visa for SAARC businessmen from April

NEW DELHI- India is all set to issue multi- city, multiple-entry business visa to businessmen of SAARC nations including Pakistan, beginning April 1, 2016.

The business visa, to be called 'India Business Card' is expected to be granted for up to five years or less, as per the requirement.

"Printing of the 'India Business Card' has been ordered in the India Security Press in Nashik. We are planning to launch it by April 1," a senior Home Ministry official said.

Now, visa on arrival for Japanese tourists in India from March 2016

Modi said that the Visa on Arrival is beyond the Electronic Tourist Visa (ETV) that the country has extended to visitors from 113 countries.

The Prime Minister said that India �deeply value� its special strategic and global partnership with Japan, and the private investment from Japan is rising sharply in India. He termed Kyoto-Varanasi Partnership as a great symbol of friendly mutual relationship between the two countries.

Meanwhile, India and Japan signed multiple Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on Saturday for cooperation in the defence, transport and civil nuclear energy sectors.

Stating that the India-Japan partnership had the greatest potential of any bilateral relationship, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the signing of the MoUs that will, among other things, bring Japan�s high-speed trains to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.

eTV to 36 more countries from August 15

The Government of India is extending its e-Tourist Visa facility to 36 more countries from August 15, 2015.

The new countries being included in e-Tourist Visa scheme are United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Argentina, Netherlands, Seychelles, Andorra, Armenia, Aruba, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, East Timor, Guatemala, Hungary, Jamaica, Malta, Mongolia, Monaco, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turks & Caicos Island, Uruguay, and Venezuela. With this addition, the total count of countries under the scheme will go upto 113.

Simultaneously, the Centre is going to add 7 more Indian airports as designated airports for entry on eTV from August 15, 2015 in addition to existing ones, i.e. Delhi, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu(Chennai, Coimbatore) , Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru,Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Goa, etc. New Airports being included in the scheme are Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Gaya, Jaipur, Lucknow, Tirchy, and Varanasi. With this, the total number of designated airports will become 16.

Since the launch of the scheme on November 27, 2014, more than 2,00,000 e-TVs have been issued till now. It is expected that this substantial addition of countries and airports will give big boost to tourism industry in the country.

World Yoga Day Celebrations

21 June 2015- World Yoga Day will be celebrated in more than 160 countries simultaneously on that day.In the Indian capital New Delhi more than 40 thousand people will assemble and practice Yoga exercises in and around the famous monument of India Gate. Yoga originated in ancient India 6000 Years ago to transform body and mind.

China gets eTV facility

16 May 2015- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced in his speech to students of Tsinghua University, Beijing on 16 May 2015 that the Government of India has decided to extend e-Tourist Visas to Chinese nationals. With this announcement, China became 77th Nation to get eTV facility, thereby giving hope of high Tourist turnover to India.

Mr. Modi informed that the government is celebrating the �Year of India� in China in 2015.

Year 2016 is likely to be celebrated as the "Year of China" in India.

Tourists from China & Japan may get to use ATM in India � as per Economic Times 22 May 2015

22 May 2015- The National Payments & Settlement Corp. (NPCI) has announced tie ups with China Union Pay & Japan Credit Bureau which will enable Chinese & Japanaese Touris in India to use local ATM & Point Of Sale (POS) terminals, according to top officials.--- The Central Bank is also formulating guidelines for cards that will facilitate settlements of any kind in specific geographical area.