The most awaited, GST Bill got passed this week. The mainstream media marked this development as an achievement of PM Narendra Modi. GST is said to be a game changer for startups as it will lead to lower tax burden for small businesses, simplified IT return filing process and reduced logistics cost in inter-state trade.\r\nImportant Developments Of The Week\r\nQuikr Shuts Down FlatChat\u2019s Office\r\nQuikr has shut down of Flatchat\u2019s office, a Bangalore-based rental flatmate-finding application owned by CommonFloor. Out of the 52 employees, only\u00a0 technical team is being absorbed by Quikr while rest are given an option to join one of its portfolio companies and move geographically.\r\nMobiKwik Partners IRCTC \r\nGurgaon-based \u00a0MobiKwik has partnered with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to empower e-cash payments on IRCTC\u2019s e-catering app, Food on Track. Passengers can \u00a0pre-order food at over 300 stations from prominent food chains such as Dominos, Punjab Grill, KFC, IRCTC Food Plaza and others.\r\nFlipkart Launches Fliptech and Hobby Hub\r\nIn order to enhance the user experience, Flipkart has launched two new services. Fliptech is a curated product guide that covers content across various sections under the website. Hobby Hub aims at developing a direct platform by helping users learn more about their interests and hobbies and thereby directing them to purchase items based on these preferences.\r\nAll Startups Now Exempted From Prior Experience In Public Procurement\r\nThe Department of Expenditure, in a directive issued to all ministries, has exempted all startups from prior experience criteria in public procurement. Earlier, this benefit was enjoyed only by micro and small enterprises.\r\nUCWeb\u2019s 9Apps To Foray In India\r\n9Apps, the third-party Android app store, and mobile applications distribution platform of UCWeb, has marked its entry in the Indian ecommerce space. It plans to offer multiple features on its app such as price comparison for products from different sellers and a discount aggregation\/coupon zone.\r\nZomato Hits 1 Mn Orders In A Month\r\nAs per a recent blogpost by Mukul Kulashekaran, (VP Global Growth \/ Business Head \u2013 Online Ordering) the Zomato team hit their millionth order in the month of July. At 8:23 pm on the July 31, Zomato hit the million order mark for July \u2013 and ended up racking another 20,000 orders before the night ended.\r\nSnapdeal Launches Six New Logistic Hubs\r\nSnapdeal has opened six new logistics hubs across Delhi\/NCR, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. These centres, with a total of 1 Mn sq ft warehousing space, will integrate all processes from receipt of stocks, quality inspection, preparation for dispatch and return handling will be done for designated orders under one roof.\r\nGoodService Shuts Down Operations\r\nDelhi-based chat based concierge startup GoodService seems to have shut down its operations. The app is not working for existing users and moreover, apps from Play store and Apple store have also been removed. Also, there has been no social media update on its Facebook page since 8th May.\r\nFuture Group Partners With Paytm\r\nPaytm has entered into a strategic tie-up with Future Group to make users buy Big Bazaar products through the Paytm marketplace, and get it delivered at home. In addition, users can also avail promotional offers on Paytm Wallet.\r\nAskMe Employee Writes Open Letter To Astro Holdings\r\nAn AskMe employee recently wrote a letter to Astro Holdings head T Ananda Krishnan. The letter highlights how the unplanned exit of Astro, who is the principal investor in AskMe, has left more than 4000 families stranded without salaries for the last month.\r\nCouponDunia Launches Quirk Card\r\nMumbai-based online coupon and cashback site CouponDunia has launched a premium lifestyle card \u2013 Quirk in Bangalore. It will offer exceptional privileges in a curated list of 50 restaurants and bars in town.\r\nGrofers Gets Into Legal Trouble\r\nGrofers, the hyperlocal grocery delivery startup has got stuck in a legal tangle after it revoked the job offers of 67 students. A legal notice has been sent by 20 students collectively to Grofers through legal tech firm MyAdvo.\r\nZoho Launches New Services\r\nChennai-based cloud service firm Zoho has launched two new services. This includes a developer programme to provide tools and resources to independent software vendors and a marketplace where users can buy extensions and custom-built applications and developers can sell them commission-free.\r\nOther Developments Of The Week\r\nZopper Launches Its Desktop Site\r\nZopper, a Delhi-based hyperlocal marketplace has launched its desktop site to enhance user-friendliness and appeal, across all online touch points. Zopper can now be accessed from the mobile app, m-site, and the desktop website.\r\nAmplifi Expands To Hong Kong\r\nMumbai-based Amplifi SaaS Accelerator has tied up with Hong Kong-based Paperclip Startup Campus to expand Amplifi\u2019s presence in Hong Kong. The expansion will be supported by InvestHK and Cyberport which has also assigned a workspace (Smart-Space @Cyberport) for the startups to use free during the course of the program.\r\nOmnikart Shuts Down Operations\r\nMumbai-based B2B marketplace Omnikart has shut down its operations in March this year. The co-founders disagreement on growth strategy has been cited as a reason to shut down. The startup was backed by angel investor Sumit Gandhi and Manish Gandhi.\r\nAmazon Extends Support To Goa Startups\r\nAmazon India recently held discussions with Goa Government to explore collaborative efforts that can be undertaken to see Goan startups getting their hands on Amazon's products and services. Ecommerce adoption and private equity support were also discussed during the meeting,\r\nBurrp And DineOut Integrate For Table Reservations\r\nFood discovery portal Burrp has integrated with table reservation platform Dineout\u00a0to allow users to reserve a table, while on the move by just clicking the \u2018reserve\u2019 button. This service will be functional across common restaurants between the two platforms. Currently, DineOut has over 2500 restaurants enabled for reservations across 8 cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata & Ahmedabad.\r\nINTGREA Partners Opens Office In Bangalore\r\nThe USA-based M$A firm INTGREA Partners has opened its first office in Bangalore this week. Philippe Bouchet, a current investor and board member inaugurated the office and a workshop was conducted with the entire team.\r\nFork Media To Expand In Southeast Asian Market\r\nMumbai-based digital adtech firm Fork Media has disclosed its plans to expand to the Southeast Asian Markets where it will be headquartered in Singapore. It has recently launched in GCC region. The priority markets of expansion include Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Fork also plans to target Vietnam and Philippines.\r\nCleverTap Partners With Mobile Growth Academy \r\nMumbai-based Mobile analytics firm Clevertap has joined hands with Mobile Growth Academy an online education platform for startups. The partnership aims to produce a variety of events designed to provide startups with the best possible combination of mobile behavior analytics & engagement guidance and practical support through meet-ups, webinars, video tutorials to support startups from product launch to mobile growth phases.\r\nJugnoo Associates With MobiKwik \r\nChandigarh-based Jugnoo has partnered with Mobikwik to allow Jugnoo users to pay for their ride \u00a0with e-cash through MobiKwik digital wallet. This will it allow Jugnoo to further expand its customer outreach. In addition to net-banking, credit and debit cards; auto commuters can use our exclusive cash loading service to recharge their MobiKwik wallet.\r\nKnowlarity Provides Free SuperReceptionist Basic Plan \r\nCloud communications platform Knowlarity Communications has announced a 6 month\u00a0free trial of its SuperReceptionist basic plan for SMEs and startups. The initiative aims to help them discover the advantages of making business telephony intelligent and reliable via digital tools. Knowlarity is backed by Sequoia Capital and Mayfield. It is headquartered in Singapore and has offices located in India, Turkey, Dubai and the Philippines.\r\nShopclues Launches Worldwide Market\u00a0To Buy Imported Goods\r\nGurugram-based ecommerce platform Shopclues has launched an online worldwide market. The store will enable easy access to top-rated goods from international markets across categories such as premium watches, beauty products, home furnishings, mobiles and electronic accessories and so on.\r\nDoneThing Launches Android And iOS App\r\nGurugram-based, on-demand personal assistance service, DoneThing has launched their mobile application recently on Android and Apple Store. The app features a user-friendly interface. The four core categories provided to the users include personal shopping, pick & drop, routine task completion and a neighbourhood service & repairman locator.