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Govt Proposes To Expand Scope of Electronics Manufacturing Subsidy Scheme
Source: Business Standard; August 30, 2014


In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stated agenda of promoting 'Made-in-India' items, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology has proposed to revise the electronics manufacturing subsidy scheme, making it more investor-friendly and expanding its ambit to include several new categories, with white goods being the most significant. The addition of consumer durables under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS) could spur big-ticket investment in the country.

Odisha Steps Up Efforts to Nurture Small IT Units
Source: Business Standard; August 30, 2014

The state government has stepped up efforts to nurture the performing IT units with turnover of more than Rs 5 crore to upgrade them to next level enterprises with turnover in the range of Rs 50-100 crore. At a recent meeting chaired by chief secretary Gokul Chandra Pati, it was decided that an action plan will be prepared for enabling the existing performing IT units with turnover more than Rs 5 crore to ramp up their turnover to the scale of Rs 50-100 crore. Emphasis will be on software exports from such units for achieving the target.

Andhra Plans Kerala Model Startup Village with State Support
Source: The Times of India; August 30, 2014

The new Andhra Pradesh (AP) government led by Chandrababu Naidu has invited startups from Kerala to help build the state by setting up a ?startup village incubation centre' modelled on Kochi startup village and Technopark Technology Business Incubators. A team from Kerala led by Kochi Startup Village chairman Sanjay Vijayakumar held discussions with AP government and top officials on industrial and IT promotion on Wednesday. "The project is moving in the right direction", said Vijayakumar after the discussion. Last month, chief minister Naidu himself had convened a discussion with Kerala entrepreneurs.

Digital India Project Aims to Give Smartphone to Every Citizen By 2019
Source: IT Voice; August 30, 2014

Mobile phones will act as the backbone of the Digital India programme. Through this project the government aims to offer a one-stop shop for government services. This Rs 1.13 lakh initiative by the government aims to transform India into such an economy which also attracts investment in electronics manufacturing sectors. These investments will lead to job creation and trading channels. In an interview telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad made PM Narendra Modi’s aim very clear that he wants a smartphone in every citizen’s hands by 2019. Prasad said.

Come, Make In INDIA
Source: The Hindu; August 31, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his maiden Independence Day speech, articulated his vision of several social and economic policy objectives of his government. It is generally agreed that the objectives so forcefully expressed by him are unexceptionable, but what is required, and often difficult, is their effective translation into practice. The Prime Minister must be commended for stating so clearly that domestic manufacturing will be the core and central tenet of his foreign investment policy as that puts job creation or employment generation at the top of the objectives in inviting foreign investment to the country.

Defence - It's Time to Get Serious About 'Made In India'
Source: Business Standard; August 31, 2014

Over the past three months there has been considerable buzz around the defence sector in India - a result of the expectations raised by the new government, supportive statements by the defence minister and delivering on the promise to increase foreign direct investment (to 49 per cent as a start). The prime minister, too, has shown that he can find the time to visit various defence establishments and has been quick to understand some of the problems that plague our defence industry. He has emphasised on numerous occasions that he would like a major portion of our defence requirement to be designed and manufactured in India.

Tablets Sales Growth to Slow This Year: IDC
Source: Computer World; September 1, 2014

Tablet shipments worldwide will continue to grow this year, but not as quickly as previously expected, according to a forecast released Friday. After four years of double- and triple-digit growth, worldwide tablet shipments this year will grow by just 6.5 percent over last year, according to IDC. The research firm had previously forecast 12.1 percent growth. The tablet market is maturing and long-term trends are becoming clearer, said Jean Philippe Bouchard, research director for tablets.

Preparation Is On For Boosting the Indian Electronics Industry
Source: Industry 20; September 2, 2014

Organised by MMI India, the trade fairs will focus on providing the much needed boost to the Indian electronics manufacturing industry, which has hitherto shown sluggish growth in the past couple of quarters. From 23 to 25 September, 2014 at BIEC, Bengaluru, Electronica India 2014 and Productronica India 2014 would highlight technology innovations and recent developments in the electronic manufacturing sector. With participation from leading companies from the electronics hardware industry, the opportunity to witness the changing landscape of the sector is one that cannot be missed by the stakeholder community. With support from various electronic associations like Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA), Consortium of Electronic Industries of Karnataka (CLIK), LED products Manufacturers' Association, India (LEDMA) and others

Global Semiconductor Market Maintains Broad, Consistent Growth in July
Source: IT News Online; September 2, 2014

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.1 billion for the month of July 2014, the industry's highest-ever monthly sales total and an increase of 9.9 percent from July 2013 when sales were $25.5 billion. Global sales from July 2014 were 2.4 percent higher than the June 2014 total of $27.4 billion. Regionally, sales in the Americas increased by 8.1 percent compared to last July, and Europe posted its strongest year-over-year growth (14.9 percent) since October 2010.

Startup Village Expands To House 150 Companies
Source: Financial Chronicle; September 2, 2014

Kochi-based startup Village, India’s first incubator that is funded jointly by public and private sectors, is adding about 1.25 lakh sq ft space as part of the plan to house and support more startups. The additional space, which will allow the Startup Village to house about 150 companies, is expected to be ready by June next year, according to its chief executive officer Pranav Kumar Suresh.

Gujarat Govt Finalizes Land for Prantij Fab Manufacturing Unit
Source: Desh Gujrat; September 3, 2014

The Government of Gujarat has finalized a piece of 1,000 acre land for Semiconductor Wafer Fabrication(FAB) manufacturing facility at Vagpur village of Prantij taluka near capital Gandhinagar. According to government officials close to this development, government will offer facilities like 250 MW power and 300 lakh liter water/year.The project has been put on fast track. France’s ST Micro Electric Company and Malaysia’s Silterra are part of this project. It should be mentioned that Gujarat is going to focus on electronics manufacturing in full force in near future.

Israeli Chip Maker Eyes Narendra Modi’s Nod for India Plant to Sustain Rally
Source: Mint; September 3, 2014

Israeli chip maker Tower Semiconductor Ltd needs approval for a plant in India to sustain a rally that more than doubled the share price this year, according to Meitav DS Investments Ltd. “Tower is confident the company and its partners will receive consent to operate the new Indian factory,” chief executive officer (CEO) Russell Ellwanger said in an interview on 31 August. The shares advanced 108 percent in 2014 through Tuesday, about three times the next-best performer in Tel Aviv, after Tower said a deal with Panasonic Corp. will generate $400 million in annual revenue.

IBM bets big on India, excited about 'smart cities' project
Source: Money; September 3, 2014

Global technology giant IBM is betting big on India. Speaking to CNBC-TV18’s Sheeren Bhan, its India MD Vanitha Narayanan said the company is excited about the new government’s ‘smart cities’ project. The company is also seeing a strong revival in the telecom sector and expects clients to start investing. IBM is also on the lookout for acquisitions to build capabilities.

Government may float $1 billion fund for 'Made in India' telecom gear push
Source: Economic Times; September 4, 2014

The telecom department is examining a proposal from the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council, at the instance of the Prime Minister's Office, to float a $1 billion (about Rs 6,000 crore) government-sponsored fund to seed 'Made in India' technologies to boost local gear manufacturing.

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