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3D to transform consumer electronics future
Source: Times of India; December 12, 2015

With smartphones, drones, automobiles, 3D printing and the internet of things converging to deliver novel high-tech concepts, the 3D technology will transform how consumer electronics are manufactured and consumed, according to Dassault Systemes -- the world leader in 3D design software.

"3D is going to transform how consumer electronics are manufactured and consumed in the coming years. We have been pushing the envelope with respect to 3D implications in various industry verticals such as aerospace and defence, automotive, industrial equipment, hi tech, consumer goods, life sciences, engineering, construction," Chandan Chowdhury, managing director-India, Dassault Systemes, said in a statement.

The multinational which has presence in 140 countries announced that it will showcase from January 6 to 9 its virtual universe technology at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, to provide a "glimpse of how innovations will look and behave in the future."

The company will demonstrate its 3D Experience universes technology at CES to allow innovators from business, science and a host of other fields to engage in an interactive journey around the theme of 'Dream, Create, Live.'

MAIT, Karnataka Discuss Manufacturing Sector Reforms to Attract Investor
Source: Business World; December 12, 2015

Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the apex body representing ICT manufacturers, on Thursday (10 December) has organised a National Workshop on 'Ease of Doing Business' in association with the Government of Karnataka. The 'Ease of Doing Business' workshop saw participation from industry stalwarts as well as representatives from the government like Tanusree Deb Barma, IAS, Director IT, BT and Managing Director KBITS, Chairman Dr Ravindra A, IAS (Retired), Former Chief Secretary- Government of Karnataka and Nagendra Kumar, IRS, Principal ADG, Directorate of Central Excise Intelligence, Bangalore Zone. "The Government of Karnataka is working along with MAIT to take the ICT manufacturing industry forward. An investment of Rs 30 crore for ICT and ESDM clusters in Mysuru has already been approved by the government. Meanwhile, an investment of Rs100 crore for Bengaluru has received preliminary approvals and is awaiting final approval.This kind of collaboration is best placed when the industry and government work together." said Ms Tanusree Deb Barma, Director - IT & BT, Government of Karnataka. Industry leaders had an opportunity to voice out operational and regulatory issues which require the cooperation and support of the state government as well as and regulatory authorities such as KIADB (for land acquisition), KSPCB (for e-waste compliances), Department of e-Governance (for favorable IT Procurement policies) and also the Commercial Taxes, Labour and Employment departments.

Micromax to invest Rs 300 cr for 'Make in India'
Source: The Economic Times; December 13, 2015

Handset maker Micromax will invest Rs 300 crore over the next few months as it sets up three new manufacturing units in India to ramp up domestic production and reduce dependence on imports from China. The new plants will be set up in Rajasthan, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and will become operational over the course of next year. "We have been allotted 20 acres land in Telangana and the civil structure is almost ready. Similarly, in Rajasthan, we have got 25 acres land and construction will start in a few days. Tirupati will also start soon," Micromax co-founder Rajesh Agarwal told PTI. He added that once all the units are functional, the company will have a capacity of about 4 million units. "We will be able to provide employment to some 3,000-3,500 people in each factory... This is more than 'Make in India', it's about making India a hub for electronic manufacturing as our electronics (import) bills will overshoot our crude bills in the next few years given the heavy demand," he said. Agarwal added that Micromax will invest about Rs 100 crore on each of the new projects.

Currently, the company has an assembly unit in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand that produces about one million units. This accounts for about 30-35 per cent of its requirement and the remaining are imported from China.

Japan promises Rs 83,000-cr 'Make in India' fund to boost investments
Source: Deccan Chronicle; December 13, 2015

Seeking to step up bilateral cooperation, Japan has set up a 'Make-in-India' fund of 1.5 trillion yen (approximately Rs 83,000 crore), while India promised to devise a special package of incentives for attracting investments in 'Japan Industrial Townships'. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the 'Japan-India Make-in-India Special Finance Facility' of up to 1.5 trillion yen by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), according to a joint statement issued after the meeting between Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday. This agreement aims at promoting direct investment from Japan to India and to support their business activities with counterparts in India, including development of necessary infrastructure, and to help materialise 'Make-in-India', the statement noted. It said that Prime Minister Abe expressed his expectation on further enhancement of reform measures including in the financial sector."The two prime ministers decided to deepen mutual cooperation regarding the Make-in-India policy," the statement notes. The two sides also reaffirmed the "intention to develop 'Japan Industrial Townships (JITs)', with investment incentive for companies that would not be lower than under the prevailing policy framework such as Special Economic Zone (SEZ), and National Investment and Manufacturing Zone," it added.

Internet of Things will enable sustainable production, security: Experts
Source: FnBnews; December 14, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) embedded with electronics, software, sensors and communication network connectivity is now bringing in a major transformation in the Indian agriculture sector. The emergence of smart agriculture with information and communications technology could see farmers in the country achieve sustainable production, generate steady income and ensure food security, according to a panel of experts. They expressed this opinion at 'IoTNEXT: Global Summit on Innovating Digital Economy with IoT Enabled Solutions and Services’ here recently. In his keynote address at the summit, organised by the Indian Electronics Semiconductor Association (IESA) in association with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), and Analog Devices, R Amalorpavanathan, deputy managing director, NABARD, stated, “From weather forecasting, sowing to soil nutrition assessment, measured water application, marketing farm produce and crop pricing, we are now looking for an integrated solution.” At the session titled Smart Agriculture and Water, he stated that NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) as part of the Digital India initiative, already had chipped in to provide self-help groups (SHGs) with tablet loaded with cloud-based apps, to help the farmers to be advised on irrigation, pest management, logistics and rain forecasts.

Boost for 'Make in India': HAL's 25 kN aero engine completes inaugural run; can be used for trainer aircraft
Source: The Economic Times; December 14, 2015

In a boost for India, the inaugural run of the core of 25 kN indigenous Aero Engine (Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine - HTFE 25) was successfully completed in the presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at HAL's Engine Division on Monday. Also known as the Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine (HTFE-25), it can be used for basic, intermediate and advanced trainer aircraft. The engine can also be used on business jets and five ton weight class aircraft in single engine configuration and on aircraft of up to nine ton weight class with twin engine configuration. Parrikar also launched the design and development project of Hindustan Turbo Shaft Engine (HTSE-1200) which can be used for helicopters. The HTSE-1200 can be used for helicopters of 3.5 ton class in the single engine configuration (e.g. LUH) and for 5 to 8 ton class in twin engine configuration (e.g. ALH, LCH).

Complimenting HAL for undertaking these projects, Parrikar said all out efforts should be made to achieve maximum in the aeronautical engineering with active participation of HAL and the private sector together. "The recent expansion of activities in the aerospace sector as seen in HAL and has potential to turn India into aerospace manufacturing hub. The country would need 4000 to 6000 helicopter engines in the coming years and efforts of HAL to in this direction needs to be appreciated," Parrikar said.

Make in India: DIPP looks to include micro, small and medium industries in startup definition
Source: The Economic Times; December 15, 2015

The government is considering a proposal to include micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in its definition of startups to help boost the Make in India campaign. Various government departments have held a series of brainstorming sessions to discuss the definition so that the policy can be formalised. A clear definition is imperative for the government to decide which companies can draw the benefits of any scheme for startups. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion ( DIPP) is spearheading the exercise of formulating the startup policy, along with ministries such as finance, skill development and MSME among others. The Start-Up India initiative is scheduled to be announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2016 and the policy needs to be finalised by then. Progress on the initiative is being monitored directly by the Prime Minister's Office. India wants to create an ecosystem that encourages entrepreneurship and is collecting suggestions from the startup community for steps that need to be taken to ensure that the Start-Up India initiative is a success. Including MSMEs, collectively one of the biggest employers of people in India, is seen as positive for manufacturing and therefore employment generation, key aims of the Make in India programme. Officials are also discussing specific criteria that would make an MSME eligible to be called a startup.

Road to digital India begins in B'luru: CM
Source: Deccan Herald; December 15, 2015

The number of mobile users have touched 5.4 crore, making Karnataka the leading state for its e-governance initiatives, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said at an event here on Monday. Speaking during the two-day regional conference on ‘Minimum Government - Maximum Governance,’ Siddaramaiah said that the State government’s mobile governance initiative ‘MobileOne’ is not only being replicated by other state governments but also by the Union government. “The road to Digital India begins from Bengaluru. We are now working on something unique for the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly said that state governments should map their department databases with Aadhaar to address irregularities. Karnataka has become the first State, where this work is speedily underway. Many of our departments have been mapped with Aadhaar and duplicates are being removed,” he said. Launched last year, the ‘MobileOne’ platform sees as many as one lakh hits or downloads on a daily basis and the number of transactions are also picking up. A team of experts from United Nations (UN) also showcased this mobile governance initiative at their headquarters in New York, recently, he added. “MobileOne can now be extended to citizen audit platforms, rural asset creation programmes or services that entail a G2C (Government to Consumer) or a G2B (Government to Business) engagement,” he said.

'Make in India' makes big at Win India 2015
Source: Money Control; December 15, 2015

‘Make in India’, the Indian government’s program to modernize manufacturing and attract foreign investment, took center stage at WIN INDIA 2015. “’Make in India’ generated a huge amount of attention at HANNOVER MESSE in April. We carried that momentum to New Delhi in order to support India’s goals of upgrading infrastructure, manufacturing and logistics,” said Wolfgang Pech, Senior Vice President at Deutsche Messe. “Not only did his year’s WIN INDIA showcase the latest solutions for Integrated Industry, but it also featured an expansive educational and skill development program designed to bring India’s industrial workforce up to speed with the latest technologies. This year, WIN INDIA 2015 also highlighted the initiatives undertaken by Central & State Government of the manufacturing & engineering sector”, he added.

Held from 9–11 December at the Pragati Maidan exhibition center in New Delhi, 350 exhibitors from 21 countries demonstrated cutting-edge technologies and solutions for modernizing factories and warehouses. At the same time Indian government and industry organizations presented the benefits of setting up production in India. Under the motto “Integrated Industry – Get New Technology First” WIN INDIA’s four trade fairs – Industrial Automation INDIA, MDA INDIA, CeMAT INDIA, and Surface Technology INDIA – covered four key industry sectors: production and process automation, power transmission and fluid technology, materials handling and logistics, and surface treatment.

Honda planning to make in India a small car customised for the country roads
Source: IBN Live; December 16, 2015

Honda Motor Co is looking at the possibility of building a small car specifically for India, a top company official said on Tuesday, aiming to gain a bigger share in the world's fifth-largest car market.

The car would be the first to be developed at Honda's local research centre and will be positioned above small, cheap entry-level models, such as Maruti Suzuki's Alto and Wagon R, Hironao Ito, senior vice president at Honda Genbetsu India, the R&D arm, said.

"Some specific model for India is necessary," Ito told Reuters, though he refused to give details on the type of car the company envisaged or its likely launch date.

India's car market is dominated by Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor Co, which have strong portfolios of locally-developed cars built using parts from domestic suppliers, allowing them to price the vehicles competitively.

The study by Honda is likely to lead to the development of a small hatchback that will be produced in India and exported to other markets, according to consultant IHS Automotive associate director Puneet Gupta. IHS expects Honda to launch the vehicle around 2020 and sees production of 150,000 units a year, of which 50,000 will be for export.

10 smart cities in Maharashtra to cost Rs 32,000 cr, Mumbai offers humble Rs 1,018-cr proposal
Source: The Indian Express; December 16, 2015

Navi Mumbai sends Rs 8,500-crore plan, Amravati presents itself as agro industry and textile town, Nagpur as medicine and tourism hub.

The ten cities in Maharashtra picked for the Union government’s Smart Cities mission submitted proposals cumulatively worth Rs 32,000 crore to the Centre on Tuesday. Of the 10 cities’ plans, Mumbai’s proposal appeared to be among the most unambitious ones, estimating an outlay of Rs 1,018 crore and focusing on turning the Lower Parel area of Central Mumbai into a smart city. The BMC’s proposed outlay is a meagre sum compared to the projections of several much smaller municipal corporations, including Navi Mumbai, Thane, Amravati, Nagpur and Pune.

Manisha Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary, Urban Development, said, “We have sent all ten proposals to the Union government in what can be called a nail-biting finish. Differences over certain features can always be resolved and we can come to a common meeting point taking into consideration the concerns and suggestions of public representatives. That would be the next stage though, right now everyone is focusing on the competition for the Centre’s grant.”

Government finalising guidelines for production-linked sops to spur local electronics manufacturing
Source: Economic Times‎; December 16, 2015

The Centre is finalising guidelines for production-linked subsidies for companies willing to manufacture electronics like microprocessors, semiconductors and others within India, a top IT & Communications ministry official said at an ASSOCHAM event Wednesday.

"We have introduced an element of production subsidy, and now we are in the process of finalising guidelines, said Ajay Kumar, additional secretary , department of electronics & IT.

He said since there are different kinds of projects, the government is looking for specific technical inputs.

Kumar was addressing a roundtable conference on 'Make in India: Trade and fiscal Incentives for IT hardware and electronics industry.

He said the DeiTY needs inputs on what needs to be subsidised.

According to Kumar, production subsidy is very substantive and a huge differentiator with 10 per cent of the turnover for 10 years and it is meant for projects that are capital intensive and possibly do not look attractive by themselves.

He said the government is also working on a fabless chip design policy. "That is work under progress, it will support the companies involved in chip design."

Govt Finalising Production Subsidy Norms for Electronics
Source: Economic Times Epaper (Delhi); December 17, 2015

The Centre is finalising guidelines for production-linked subsidies for companies willing to manufacture electronics products such as microprocessors and semiconductors in India.

“We have introduced an element of production subsidy, and now we are in the process of finalising guidelines,“ said Ajay Kumar, additional secretary, Department of Electronics & IT (DeiTY).

He said since there are different kinds of projects, the government is looking for specific technical inputs.

Kumar was addressing a roundtable conference on `Make in India: Trade and fiscal incentives for IT hardware and electronics industry' organised by industry lobby Assocham on Wednesday. He said the DeiTY needs inputs on what needs to be subsidised.

According to Kumar, production subsidy is very substantive and a huge differentiator with 10% of the tur nover for 10 years and it is meant for projects that are capital intensive and possibly do not look attractive by hemselves.

The DeiTY additional secretary said he government is also working on a abless chip design policy. “That is work under progress, it will support he companies involved in chip design,“ he said.

Kumar underscored the need for manufacturing low-priced laptops in India to spur computer manufacturing. “Maybe a price point of ` . 10,000 and it cannot be a device which can be seen as a low-grade version of laptop,“ he said.

Another win for ISRO: India launches six Singaporean satellites; 50th launch from Sriharikota
Source: Firstpost; December 17, 2015

India on Wednesday put into orbit in copy book style six Singaporean satellites that will hover about 550 km above the Earth for up to five years. It was the Indian space agency's 50th launch from here.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle's Core Alone (PSLV-CA) variant -- standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 227 tonnes -- rose into the evening skies at 6, riding majestically on the tail of fierce orange flames.

Representational image. PTI Representational image. PTI

The Singapore-built satellites included the city state's first commercial earth observatory TeLEOS-1 weighing 400 kg.

"Today's achievement demonstrates, yet again, India's increasing space capabilities," President Pranab Mukherjee said in a message to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said the agency would keep putting satellites -- both communication and earth observation variants -- into orbit. "We have a lot more to achieve next year."

The expendable rocket carrying six Singaporean satellites -- cumulatively weighing around 620 kg -- as its luggage slung them into their intended orbit just over 21 minutes into flight.

Canbank to raise sixth fund with a corpus of Rs 630 crore
Source: Daily News & Analysis; December 17, 2015

Canbank Venture Capital Fund, the private equity investment arm of public sector bank Canara Bank, is gearing up to launch its sixth fund soon. The company has submitted an application to the regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), for its nod to raise Rs 630 crore from a group of PSU financial institutions.

S Thiruvadi, managing director of the fund, told dna the company would raise $100 million for the new fund. "The investment theme under this fund will be slightly different with more focus on start-ups and late-stage. We are yet to take a call on the ticket size because for start-ups it would range anywhere between Rs 1 crore and Rs 3 crore while for growth expansion it can be between Rs 10 crore and 40 crore," said Thiruvadi, adding that specifics about the fund are still being worked out.

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