Delhi Government Launches App to Make Citizens ‘VAT Inspectors’

Delhi Government Launches App to Make Citizens 'VAT Inspectors'

To boost Delhi government’s tax collection and bring in transparency, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Siodia Monday launched ‘DVAT BILL’ app and said that people can play an important role in governance through this mobile application.

The software has been developed by Delhi government’s Trade and Taxes department.

Sisodia, who also holds finance portfolio, said that through this app, people can become a “VAT Inspectors”.

“Today, technology gives power to any citizen to be as powerful as MLAs, minister or bureaucrat. We are extending the opportunity through this app,” Sisodia said.

VAT Commissioner S S Yadav said the scheme would be for bill or cash memo/retail invoice of not less than Rs. 100 for purchases made from a registered dealer in Delhi.

“To be eligible for the reward scheme, the taxable value of the goods purchased should not be less than Rs. 100,” Yadav said.

“The customer can upload the picture of bill/cash memo in the mobile or the send the snapshot of the bill on the application. A unique ID would be generated for each bill,” Yadav.

The bill should have the registration number (TIN) of the dealer, besides full name of each item purchased, apart from the rate of tax charged against each.

The cash award would be transferred to the bank account of the customer directly after verification of the purchases from the seller through ward VAT inspector.

The winner would be selected through a computerised lucky draw on 15th of every month using the unique IDs generated against each bill received by the department.

The prize amount would be five times the value of goods purchased (excluding tax), subject to a maximum of Rs. 50,000.

However, the scheme will not be applicable on the purchase of motor vehicle, petroleum product and tax invoice taxation between dealer and embassy sales.

According to the Deputy Chief Minister, honest traders don’t need to fear from this app.

“By this app, we will catch those traders who are evading tax. I want to assure that honest traders who give tax on time don’t need to fear…we have decentralised the power from VAT officers to the entire Delhi resident,” Sisodia said.

Chief Secretary K K Sharma and Principal Secretary (Finance) S N Sansom were also present in the event.


Thomas Cook India Launches Its End-to-End Holiday App

Thomas Cook India Launches Its End-to-End Holiday App

Integrated travel and travel related financial services company Thomas Cook India has launched an appthat allows customers to search, select and buy their holidays instantly, a company statement said on Wednesday.

“With India’s mobile commerce market expected to grow exponentially by 850 percent, to $19 billion (roughly Rs. 1,29,210 crores) by 2019, and with Cisco projecting a near five-fold jump in India’s smartphone users, to 651 million by 2019, this translates to a powerful yet under-leveraged market for holidays,” said Amit Madhan, chief operating officer-IT & E services, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd.

He added that the launch of Thomas Cook holiday app has been timed perfectly to harness this potential.

Driven by strong adoption of data consumption on mobile devices, research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) expects India to overtake the US as the second-largest global smartphone market by 2017.

With holidays featuring high on the Indian digital native wish-list, Thomas Cook India sees strong value in harnessing this powerfully emerging “m-Holiday market”, the statement said.

Given Boston Consulting Group’s data, that in addition to booking, 95 percent of Indians use digital resources equally to search/plan trips and share experiences, Thomas Cook’s holiday app has been designed to delight both m-searchers and m-bookers, according to the company.

The app offers special tools like ‘Experiential Search’, a unique ‘Wish-List’ to share with friends or book later.

In addition to its range of international and domestic holidays across price points, the company also offers a special ‘Deal Section’ through the new app.


FreeCharge Partners MasterCard, Yes Bank to Launch Virtual Card

FreeCharge Partners MasterCard, Yes Bank to Launch Virtual Card

Mobile wallet player FreeCharge has launched its new virtual card ‘FreeCharge Go’, in partnership with Yes Bank and powered by MasterCard.

The integration is now live, and enables universal payments of its app online and offline through a prepaid virtual card, which can be activated in a few seconds, the company said.

(Also read: FreeCharge COO Govind Rajan on the ‘War on Cash’)

We were able to get a virtual card generated in no time by logging on to a FreeCharge account on the web, where entering an MPIN was all it took to generate a FreeCharge Go card. Users can top up this card by adding money to FreeCharge wallet, and use it to make payments on Indian e-commerce websites, the company said. We’ve reached out to the company for a comment on whether the card will facilitate payments on services reliant on international gateways.

FreeCharge Go is secured with 128-bit encryption and stored as per PCI DSS compliance, the company said. Post activation, FreeCharge users will be able to see a 16 digit MasterCard number with an associated CVV in their account. The card details are only accessible after entering security MPIN every time the customer has to view the card details to protect customer information. As a security measure, every transaction using the card needs to be verified by an OTP which is sent to the registered mobile number.

FreeCharge had announced its offline payment integration with McDonald’s on Tuesday. The company claims to have over 15 million users for its Wallet, launched in September 2015.


Microsoft Mimicker Alarm App Launched for Android

Microsoft Mimicker Alarm App Launched for Android

Microsoft Garage, responsible for Invite, Send, Next Lock Screen, Snip, Guardian, and Parchi apps, has launched an alarm app for Android called Mimicker Alarm.

The Android app helps you wake up by forcing you to play a game. You can choose which one out of the three games you want to play. The options include taking a selfie image with a particular expression, finding an object with the same colour, or speaking a tongue twister phrase. The app also gives you the option to share the selfie images with friends.

“Watch out – if you don’t finish the game in time, we’ll assume you’ve fallen back asleep and your alarm will start ringing again. Once you complete the Mimic, share your personalized results with your friends and show how you beat the clock,” says the app description page on Google Play.

mimicker_alarm_app_screenshots_2_ndtv.jpgThe app sports the card-style user interface that matches with the rest of the Android UI. Setting up an alarm is easy. It gives all the regular options seen on other alarm apps. The app weighs 21MB, works on Android 4.1 KitKat or later OS versions, and is available to download from Google Play.

For those unaware, Microsoft’s Garage project is the company’s community of interns, employees, and teams who come together to turn ideas into real projects.

The Mimicker Alarm app was built using Microsoft’s Project Oxford, which the company calls is a “platform of artificial intelligence APIs.” The app makes use of the Emotion API for the selfie mimicry, the Speech API for the tongue twister mimicry, and the Computer Vision API to analyse colours.

“Images, audio, video, or other data that you upload when using Mimicker Alarm are sent to Project Oxford APIs in order to support the fun interactive activities included in the app. The data you upload, along with anonymous usage data may be used by Microsoft for service improvement purposes. To protect your privacy, we do not use any of the uploaded data to identify or contact you,” says Microsoft.