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Imports Of Telecom Products Goes Up By Rs 69,5163.7 Million In FY14
Source:; December 20, 2014


India has came across a major fiscal deficit during the year 2014-15 in context of telecom products, wherein the imports were worth Rs 695,163.7 million while the exports that took place were around Rs 204,751.7 million during the year, leaving the deficit of Rs 490,412 million.

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Whereas, during the 2012-13 fiscal year, the figures for imports and exports were Rs 572,087.8 million and Rs 217,167.6 million respectively, as conveyed by the Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to the Lok Sabha via a written reply. In 2011-12, the imports of telecom products were of Rs 554,665.4 million and the exports were at Rs. 207,755.7 million.

IT Minister Invites States To Avail Benefits Of EMC Scheme
Source: EFY Times; December 20, 2014


Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister for communication and information technology, has encouraged the states to avail benefit of the Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) Scheme, which is designed to provide financial assistance for developing world-class infrastructure for electronics manufacturing industry. During the Lok Sabha session yesterday, he called upon the states while explaining them about the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS), which facilitates financial incentives to offset disability and also to attract investment for manufacturing of electronics products, including telecom. The minister then also noted about the infrastructure which has been developed for electronics manufacturing units in the country. He also added about the two semiconductor wafer fabrication (FAB) set up that has been approved by the government, for developing necessary infrastructure for design and manufacturing of telecom equipments. He, further, highlighted about the benefits designed under the Focus Product Scheme of the Foreign Trade Policy to promote the domestic market of electronics products, telecom and others.

'MAKE IN INDIA' Gains the Pace with Semicon Manufacturing Facility in India
Source: EFY Times; December 20, 2014

The two semiconductor wafer fabrication (FAB) manufacturing facilities will arrive in India after getting the approval from the national government. These units will be assigned to set by two major business groups, one led by Jaiprakash Associates Limited with IBM USA as technology partner [Technology: 90/65/45/28nm, Capacity: 40,000 WSPM] and other headed by HSMC Technologies India Pvt. Ltd with ST Microelectronics as technology partner [Technology: 90/65/45/28/22nm, Capacity: 40,000WSPM]. Under its Make in India initiative, India aspires to become one of the leading global semiconductor manufacturing hub. With an aim to develop the nation’s industrial base across the country, PM Narendra Modi is pushing the ‘Make in India’ initiative by inviting foreign players to invest and commence there manufacturing facilities here.

How Manufacturers Can Gain From Big Data, IOT
Source: CXOtoday; December 22, 2014

Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT)is revolutionizing the world around us – from the medical care we receive to the way retailers market to us – but how is the manufacturing industry benefitting from it?

Large manufacturers have been analyzing data to optimize production and processes for many years to drive performance. However, the sheer volume, variety and velocity of data being generated today – along with the new business intelligence tools available – has the potential to deliver even bigger financial and productivity gains in India, Asia- Pacific and across the globe.

The NarendraModi government’s ‘Make In India’ campaign aims at spurring a manufacturing-led growth with more focus on the ease of doing business than on an incentive-linked investment climate. The push for manufacturing has two aims, to create jobs and lift growth. The electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) industry will benefit from the government’s Make in India campaign and is projected to see investment proposals worth Rs10,000 crore over the next two years, according to the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), an industry body.

CII Announces the National Mission on Digital India
Source: Indiacioreview; December 22, 2014

In sync with the Digital India Initiative of the Government, CII launched the National Mission on Digital India at New Delhi. Addressing the First Steering Committee Meeting on Digital India, Ms Aruna Sundararajan, Administrator, USOF and CMD, BBNL said that an apex industry body like CII should look at focused, time-bound and transformational initiatives that can become a game changer for the country. “We also need to create an institutional mechanisms focusing on joint interoperability in the sectors of education, skilling and healthcare to ensure that the rollout of the Digital India campaign comes to fruition”, said Ms Sundararajan.

Mr A N Rai, CMD, BSNL in his remarks said that it is critical for the industry to come up with viable and scalable business models for the success of Digital India. Mr Kiran Karnik, Chairman of the CII National Mission on Digital India, in his opening remarks said that the Digital India initiative is opportune and presents exciting opportunities to the industry.

Fund to Focus On 'Make In India' Theme: ICICI Pru's Bhatt
Source: Money control; December 22, 2014

Yogesh Bhatt, senior fund manager, ICICI Prudential MF in an interview to CNBC-TV18 spoke extensively about the new close-ended fund that plans to take advantage of the ‘Make in India’ theme. He said the theme can be played in three parts through import substitution, domestic consumption and manufacturing exports. According to him the theme is likely to play out over the next 2-3 years Import substitution can be played via themes such as coal and electronics but for that current imports have to be replaced with domestic manufacturing. The fund would be focusing on building portfolio of companies that are likely to benefit from this initiative. We have been launching the close-ended series as you know for the last one year and if we are taking close-ended money from the retail investors it is not that we are not giving back anything in between.

KINFRA Awaits Nod for Kakkanad Electronics Park
Source: The Hindu; December 22, 2014

The Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) is awaiting final clearance for the proposed electronics park to be set up at Kakkanad here. The park, to be set up under a Central government scheme, has already received the in-principle approval.

A detailed project report was submitted by Kinfra to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology a few months ago and the latter has sought some clarifications on the public-private participatory mode of execution of the project. Kinfra has responded to the queries and the final nod is being awaited. The Union government’s steering committee on electronic clusters will have to meet to give the final clearance, a senior official told The Hindu .

'Govt will have to address demand-side for Digital India'
Source: Economic Times; December 22, 2014

As the Indian government embarks on its ambitious Digital India plan, critical to this will be addressing demand-side issues and not just creating broadband capacity, said Ulf Pehrsson, global regulatory head of Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson.

"The government will need to address issues pertaining to developing adequate content on healthcare, education and e-governance without which the capacities created might not be useful," Pehrsson told ET in an interview, citing ..

Rs 18000 crore worth investments received for ‘Digital India’: Prasad
Source:; December 22, 2014

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mandate of ‘Digital India’ will be a game changer for the country and will have a cascading effect on the entire system said Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Chairing the consultative committee meeting attached to his Ministry, he informed the members that about 700,000 kilometer of cable for broadband is proposed to be laid in the next three years as against one million kilometers already laid in the country, so far.

Joining hands to tide start-ups over
Source: The Hindu; December 22, 2014

The idea of linking entrepreneurship development with technology incubation in institutions of higher learning has been catching up. The Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs (TIDE) scheme launched by the Union government’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology was recently revised and extended for three more years.

As many as 27 reputed engineering campuses across the country have joined the TIDE scheme, setting up incubation centres and promoting start-up companies. Two of them are in Kerala — the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Calicut, and the multi-campus Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University. These institutions play an active role in promoting entrepreneurship development under the TIDE scheme.

'Mobile Phone Exports From India May Drop to Zero in 2015'
Source: NDTV; December 24, 2014

While government is pushing to make India hub for electronics manufacturing with 'Make in India' programme, a report has said that exports of mobile phones are estimated to crash to zero in 2015.

"Mobile market grows by 32 percent or to $12 billion (roughly Rs. 76,154 crores) in 2014 but imports take over to occupy three quarters of market. Domestic productions fell by 29 percent. Exports may crash to zero in 2015," according to the report, submitted by industry body Indian Cellular Association with the government.

Exports of mobile phone have been declining after touching a peak of Rs. 12,000 crores in 2012.

Industry Vision on INDIA SEMICONDUCTOR Consumption and Make in India Initiative
Source: Electronics Maker; December 24, 2014

India, today consumes close to $7 billion of semiconductor products every year. By 2020, when the total Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) market is expected to reach $ 400 billion, this consumption is expected to rise to $55 billion. With the location of a fab in India, the country could potentially achieve a degree of self-sufficiency in electronics, and partially reduce the very high supply chain risks that India is exposed to, without an alternate source for procurement.

Internet of Things (IoT) while nascent today will have a big impact for the semiconductor industry. BLR IoT chapter is now under the guidance of India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) and Technology Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and a number of productive initiatives and sessions are underway.

2014 was the watershed year for manufacturing
Source: Business Today; December 24, 2014

The year 2014 could go down in history as the watershed year for manufacturing. If, and only if, the sector's share in India's gross domestic product starts inching towards 25 per cent over the next decade, from about 15 per cent now.

In September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 'Make in India' campaign, exhorting global investors to manufacture in India. The campaign hinged on three pillars - improving the ease of doing business by de-licencing and de-regulation, enabling infrastructure such as industrial corridors, and opening up foreign direct investment (FDI) in sectors such as defence, construction and railways.

Odisha seeks approval for ITIR project
Source: Business Standard; December 25, 2014

The state IT (information and technology) department has urged the Union government to take steps for speedy approval of the proposed IT investment region (ITIR) in Bhubaneswar, the proposal of which is pending long with the Centre.

The ITIR in Odisha is to be developed on an area 10,210 acres between Bhubaneswar and Khurda. Out of the total land, there will be a processing area of 4,300 acres, which will house IT/ITes (enabled services) unnits, electronics hardware manufacturing (EHM) and research and development (R & D) centers.

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