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Bengal moves closer to
setting up electronic clusters
Source: MSN News; April 13,
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
"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
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
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.
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
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: EFYTimes.com; 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.
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.
Preferential Market Access For Electronics Security Products
Source: EFYTimes.com; April
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.
Micromax emerge Sri Lanka market leaders
The DQweek; April 16, 2013
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
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.
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
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: Livemint.com; 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
“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
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
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