Soon An Entrepreneur
Helpline In UP
Source: EFYTimes.com; August 30, 2013
To address the grievances of entrepreneurs, the Uttar Pradesh
government has declared the establishment of a 24x7 call centre at
Udyog Bandhu (UP industry interface) in Lucknow. The purpose of this
helpline is to provide solution to urgent issues pertaining to the
The state government is in receipt of investment proposals in
information technology (IT) and ITeS, electronics, warehousing,
logistics, education and auto ancillary sectors. Firms that showed
interest are LG International, Oracle, Hind Terminals, India
Electronics and Semiconductor Association, Delphi and PTC Industries.
Govt committed to promote Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities : IT minister
Source: The Times Of India;
August 30, 2013
While IT minister S R Patil tried to leverage the abundant human
resources and cost advantage factor of this coastal city for investors
to start IT operations, Kris Gopalakrishnan, executive vice-chairman,
Infosys was on a different tangent urging educational institutions to
promote entrepreneurship among students.
Sanjeev Keskar, chairman of Indian Electronics and Semiconductor
Association (IESA), urged the audience to explore opportunities in
Industrial Electronics and many other streams under ESDM. IESA is
going to publish a report next month highlighting opportunities in 20
electronic product segments, he added.
Windows 8.1 Won't Rescue PC Market This Year: IDC
Source: ChannelWorld.in; August 30, 2013
The PC market will weaken even further this year and Microsoft's
upcoming Windows 8.1 OS will be unable to reverse the drop in
shipments, IDC said on Thursday.
Due in part to increased
adoption of mobile devices globally and a drop in PC sales in China,
shipments will shrink 9.7 percent in 2013, according to IDC, which
previously had predicted a fall of 7.7 percent drop.
Engineer Plants to Make Hydrogen Fuel From Sunlight
Source: Before It's News;
August 31, 2013
“In coupling the absorption of visible light with the production of
hydrogen in one material, we can generate a fuel simply by
illuminating our photocathode — No external electrochemical forward
biasing is required.”
In the search for clean, green sustainable energy sources to meet
human needs for generations to come, perhaps no technology matches the
ultimate potential of artificial photosynthesis. Bionic leaves that
could produce energy-dense fuels from nothing more than sunlight,
water and atmosphere-warming carbon dioxide, with no byproducts other
than oxygen, represent an ideal alternative to fossil fuels but also
pose numerous scientific challenges.
'Consumption cannot be
Source: Deccan Herald; September 2, 2013
From the beginning of the year, the rupee has depreciated 20 per cent
in value against the dollar and an optimistic Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh in his recent speech in the Lok Sabha said that this fall is
actually benefiting the export sector in India.
What are your views on the government’s plan to curb electronics
imports to trim the import bill?
It would be detrimental no
doubt. The need for electronics is growing constantly in India and
since we are unable to make it, we are importing it.
Now that the
rupee is devalued, we can stop imports, but we do not solve the
problem. If people are unable to import directly, they'll go get it
through some other route. We can reduce consumption but we cannot stop
it. And, moreover, the increase in import tariff would have its effect
on the end consumer.
How does the rupee fall benefit the
electronics sector in exports and do you think India is equipped to
Sometime back, we were worried how it was going to impact our import
bill and with this dramatic fall in rupee, the urgency for the
electronics industry to localise has intensified. And given the
devaluation, we can see better export market opportunities.
Companies bet on local
manufacturing of electronics
Source: The Times Of India;
September 2, 2013
The government has received 19 investment proposals worth more than Rs
11,000-crore in hi-tech electronic sector, including mobile phones
segment, that is heavily dependent of imports at present.
proposals are from both domestic and foreign investors. For mobile
phone production alone, the government has received plans worth Rs
6,744 crore, which include proposals by some existing players for
enhancing production facilities. According to government data, over Rs
25,800 crore worth of mobile handsets were imported in 2012-2013.
Last month government had cleared investment proposals of around Rs
3,300 crore under National Policy on Electronics.
investment proposals cleared by government for electronics
manufacturing included Rs 544 crore from Bosch Electronics in
automotive electronics segment, Rs 406 crore from Samsung Electronics
for manufacturing of mobile phones in the country and Rs 11.1 crore
from Indian firm Sahasra Electronics for manufacturing LED lights in
sets up branch office in Taiwan
Source: Indian-Commodity ;
September 3, 2013
Infotech Enterprises has set up a branch office in Taiwan and this
office will discharge marketing and liaison functions.
Infotech Enterprise is a leading global engineering service company.
The company provides services to a wide range of industries -
aerospace, rail, automotive, marine, energy, plant engineering,
utilities, telecom (operators), government, retail, consumer
electronics, medical electronics, semiconductor telecom
(manufacturers) and computing industries.
remain optimistic about the global economy
Source: India Infoline Ltd;
September 3, 2013
In absolute terms, however, the country remains fairly neutral about
the global scenario.
Global investor confidence in the global
economy increased during 2013. However, most of this increase was due
to heightened confidence in the Asian markets, with confidence levels
in both Europe and Latin America declining during the period,
according to the 2013 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey from
Deloitte in India and the National Venture Capital Association.
Indian Govt may ban
Gmail, Yahoo for official communication
Source: The Hindu Business
Line; September 3, 2013
Wary of cyber snooping, the government may ban use of e-mail services
such as Gmail and Yahoo for official communications so as to safeguard
its critical data.
The Department of Electronics and Information Technology is drafting a
policy on e-mail usage in government offices and departments, which
will be released in two months.
“We are working on an e-mail
policy. The policy will apply to all the central and state government
employees using NIC. It will come out in about two months time,” the
DEITY Secretary, J. Satyanarayana, told PTI when asked whether the
Government is drafting a policy to check the use of e-mail services
like Gmail, Yahoo etc.
Govt identifies 10
areas that can boost growth of electronics
Zee News; September 4, 2013
The government has identified 10 areas that can contribute to the
growth of the electronics sector in the country, a senior official
said on Wednesday.
"Department of Electronics and IT (DEITY)
has identified 10 areas, which we feel can help in the growth of the
electronics sector in India," Ajay Kumar, a Joint Secretary in the
department said at an event here.
STPI to set up
characterization lab at IIIT
Source: Business Standard;
September 4, 2013
To give boost to the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM)
sector in the state, the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI)
will set up a characterisation lab in PPP (public-private partnership)
model at International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT),
Bhubaneswar in association with the state government.
“The detailed project report for setting up the lab has been approved
by the state government and the Centre. The initial capital investment
will be around Rs 8 crore and about Rs 7 crore has been earmarked for
upgradation of the facility,” said an STPI official.
infrastructure needed includes 5,000 sq ft floor area, anti-static
flooring, high ceiling of 14 feet, set of equipment, supporting team
for facilitating test, etc. The state IT department has already
engaged India Electronics and Semi-Conductor Association (IESA) to
prepare a draft ESDM policy and a future road map for Odisha.
equipment spending up 25 percent in 2014
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; September 4, 2013
Capital expenditure for semiconductor fab equipment spending will
increase to $39.8 billion in 2014.
The SEMI World Fab Forecast indicates that capital expenditure for
semiconductor fab equipment spending will increase to $39.8 billion in
2014, the highest on record.
Semiconductor revenue has improved
in 2013 compared to 2012 and early forecasts for 2014 project revenue
growth averaging about 8 percent. Semiconductor companies have
adjusted their capital expenditure accordingly, and the SEMI report
tracks over 200 projects, with details revealing that fab equipment
spending is expected to decline by 1 percent in 2013 (to $31.8
billion), but increase by 25 percent in 2014, including new, used and
internally manufactured in-house equipment.
Indian ESDM sector set for big leap
Source: CXO Today.com; September 5, 2013
Indian electronics system design and manufacturing sector, has grown
rapidly in the last few years, will see an investment of around 11,000
Crore, focusing on high-end electronics products and technology. At a
recent trade expo, electronica India 2013 and productronica India 2013
(eP India 2013) in New Delhi, the government and industry came
together to discuss the various prospects of taking the electronic
industry to greater heights.
“We expect the electronic goods demand to rise to $ 400 billion by
2020 for which we need to encourage and unleash the tidal wave for
innovation in the sector. Continuous upgrading and advancement hold
the key to achieving this target. Not only do we need to focus on the
business in manufacturing but issues like infrastructure, policies in
which we have progressed quite a way ahead,” informs, PVG Menon,
president India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA).
We do advanced R&D in India: Synopsys CEO
Source: The Times Of India; September 5, 2013
The US-based , $1.76-billion company is the world leader in the area
known as electronic design automation, providing software tools for
designing electronic systems such as printed circuit boards and
integrated circuits. With Bangalore emerging as a global hub of
semiconductor design, Synopsys has had a rapidly growing business
here. On a recent visit to Bangalore, de Geus, chairman and co-CEO of
Synopsys, spoke to TOI.
DeitY Launches BIS Standards Awareness Drive
Source: Channel Times; September 5, 2013
The Department of Electronics and Information Technology has launched
an awareness drive regarding the safety standards for electronic
products. Following the recent government notification to fifteen
electronic product categories, dealers would be barred from selling
these products in the Indian market if they fail to meet the safety
standards set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Now, government
has started creating awareness of this compliance at all the levels
including manufactures, distributors, importers and channel partners.
Speaking on the need of BIS awareness at the inaugural ceremony of the
trade expo, electronica India 2013 and productronica India 2013 (eP
India 2013), Dr Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, government of India,
Ministry of Communication and IT department of Electronics and
Information Technology said , “One of the important initiate,
government has taken is the initiative to have standards for
electronics goods and this is a larger policy decision.
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