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Bengal moves closer to setting up electronic clusters
Source: MSN News; April 13, 2013

The West Bengal government is hopeful of appointing transaction advisors by next month for setting up two electronic manufacturing clusters (EMCs), an official said Saturday.
The government has already identified 70 acres and 42 acres of land for the clusters to be developed at Naihati in North 24 Parganas district and Falta in South 24 Parganas district, respectively, the official said.

"Request for proposals for the two clusters have already been floated. We are hopeful of appointing separate detail transaction advisors for the projects within the first week of May," Susanta Majumdar, secretary of the state's department of information technology and electronics, told reporters here.

India Post, Tata Consultancy Services to sign Rs 1,400 cr IT deal on Monday
Source: Indian Express-Business; April 14, 2013

IT major Tata Consultancy Services has bagged the Rs 1,400-crore project of India Post for computerising counter operations and the two parties will sign a pact on Monday, a top government official has said.

The project is divided into two parts --two years for implementation and five years of maintenance.

"We will sign agreement with TCS on Monday for computerising counter operations under core system integration of India Post. Around Rs 1,400 crore has been earmarked for the project," Department of Post Secretary P Gopinath said.

Electronic goods makers will have to submit value addition certificate
Source: Business Standard; April 15, 2013

The government has decided that all domestic manufacturers of electronics equipment will have to provide certificate of value-addition every year to get the advantage of preferential market access (PMA) policy.

Earlier, the Government had proposed that the domestic makers of electronic equipment should require providing certificates of proof every six months. The companies should ne certified by the statutory auditors of the domestic manufacturers, according to a recent communication of the ministry.

Cabinet to Decide on Spectrum Allocation
Source: ADI Media Pvt. Ltd; April 15, 2013

Adopting the auction route every time for allocating spectrum “does not make sense” and the Cabinet will decide on the issue based on a panel report expected soon, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said today.

“In every case, should we be going for fresh auction? To us, it doesn’t make sense, but these are issues that will be decided within the ministry and then we will go to the Cabinet for final decision,” Sibal told PTI.

IIT- I to collaborate with IBM, Infosys
Source: The Freepress Journal; April 15, 2013

The Indian Institute of Technology Indore ( IIT- I) is on upbeat as major companies such as IBM, Infosys, GE Health Care and Glenmark Pharmaceutical have shown interest in doing collaborations with the institute.

…....The companies, whose representatives participated in the conclave, included Microsoft, IBM, TCS, ilinx, Eicher Volvo, National Instruments, Freescale semiconductor, Siemens, Sasken Communication Technologies, Mahindra, Impetus, Cummins, CSC Technologies, CoreEL Technologies, Scientech Technologies, etc. Vishwakarma said that the companies were all praise for the research activities of IIT Indore and also appreciated the stat.

ELCINA Provides Relief To Electronics Distributors
Source:; April 15, 2013

In a recent issue, ELCINA has been instrumental in providing relief to the distributors of electronics companies. The electronics association has been seeking the exemption for electronic components, connectors, relays and switches from the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules of the subject Act. The basis is that these are intermediate products sold to industrial consumers, either directly or through Distributors or Stockists. Thus, these rules and MRP Assessment System does not apply to the components, which are covered under Tariff Head 8536.

India’s ambitious plans to jumpstart hardware industry
Source: Deccan Herald; April 16, 2013

Experts say efforts to foment a high-technology revolution might come to naught once again The government of India, home to many of the world’s leading software outsourcing companies, wants to replicate that success by creating a homegrown industry for computer hardware.

In the case of some electronics, the import duty on a finished product is less costly than duties on the component parts, said P V G Menon, the president of the Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Manufacturing Association, an industry group. Costs are also higher because of a lack of reliable power and the extra time it takes to move goods on the country’s roads.

Simmtronics eyes 6 lakh tablet sales in 2013
Source: The Times Of India; April 16, 2013

Simmtronics Semiconductors today announced a tie-up with Digilife Distribution and Marketing Services (DDMS), a 100 per cent subsidiary of HCL Infosystems, to distribute its tablets in India.

"Through this tie-up, Simmtronics is looking forward to additional turnover of Rs 300 crore and six lakh tablets in the year 2013," senior Simmtronics officials told reporters here.

Govt Approves Preferential Market Access For Electronics Security Products
Source:; April 16, 2013

Continuing in its stride to boost the domestic electronics manufacturers, the government of India has finalised preferential market access (PMA) policy for electronic security products. The newly formed norms mandate a minimum of 30 per cent sourcing of electronic security products from the local manufacturers by all central ministries and departments and their agencies. This mandate is not applicable for defense wings.

Nokia, Samsung, Micromax emerge Sri Lanka market leaders
Source: The DQweek; April 16, 2013

The Sri Lanka mobile phones market recorded sales of over 0.57 mn units in Q4, 2012. This was reported in the Sri Lanka Mobile Handsets Market Review Q4 2012, April 2013 release published by premier IT, telecoms and semiconductor and electronics, market intelligence and advisory firm CyberMedia Research.

In the overall Sri Lanka mobile handsets market, Nokia emerged as the leader with a 31.9% share, followed by Samsung at second position with 17.4% and Micromax at third position with 10.4%, in terms of sales (unit shipments) during Q4 2012.

India to create homegrown industry for computer hardware
Source: Telecom Live; April 16, 2013

The government of India, home to many of the world's leading software outsourcing companies, wants to replicate that success by creating a homegrown industry for computer hardware. But unlike software, which requires little infrastructure, building electronics is a far more demanding business. Chip makers need vast quantities of clean water and reliable electricity. Computer and tablet assemblers depend on economies of scale and easy access to cheap parts, which China has spent many years building up.

'ESDM industry faces employable talent crunch'
Source: EE Times India; April 17, 2013

"The success of a nation achieving its future growth objectives depends hugely on talent and human resources development. As a nation or a business grows, it requires upgrading of talent from time to time. Although there is an enormous consumption market in India, there is huge gap between what India consumes and what it is cap….

Semiconductor consumption to reach $9.6 bn this yr: Gartner
Source:; April 17, 2013

Driven by better domestic economic climate and growth in consumer spending, consumption of semiconductors in India will reach $9.6 billion this year, registering an increase of 20% over 2012, says a survey.

“Semiconductor consumption in India will reach $9.6 billion this year, an increase of 20% over 2012. Mobile phones, PCs and LCD TVs will account for 74% of India’s total semiconductor consumption in 2013,” Gartner research director Ganesh Ramamoorthy said in a statement.

TCS to hire 45,000 employees in FY14
Source: India Infoline Ltd; April 17, 2013

“We have added, trained and integrated over 69,000 professionals during 2012-13. With business demand continuing to be robust, we have made almost 25,000 fresh offers on engineering campuses for trainees who will join us from the second quarter of this fiscal year.” said Ajoy Mukherjee.

Semiconductor Design: The Buoyancy Continues
Source: Data Quest; April 17, 2013

Semiconductor consumption is going up every day, it's something like the big data or the cloud phenomenon in the software world; and the same is happening for semiconductors. The chips inside your cable STBs or the medical imaging devices to cell phones to data access devices-these are chips that make the devices intelligent and make them work. With the unlimited potential of the connected world and its multiple devices, the semiconductor market in India is in for a bullish ride.

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