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Digital power fueled by smart phones will drive Digital India: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Source:; December 19, 2015

Union Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said here today that digital power accelerated by smart phones in the hands of young people, has enormous potential to drive the ‘Digital India’initiative of the NDA Government and achieve the dreams of an aspirational India. He said that the programme currently focuses on digital delivery of health, education, grocery and tourism services. “There is a need to promote e-health, e-education, e- internet, e-tourism and e-commerce,” he said while addressing the 88th Annual General Meeting of FICCI. Prasad said hat ‘Digital India’ should be empowered by private sector participation. The telecom regulator need to understand that regulation and development of the telecom sector must be blended and the regulator should be made accountable to Parliament. He mentioned the various measures being undertaken and it is the good governance and good execution which is making the difference. He also stressed on the importance of quick and fair decision making. Initiatives undertaken

Infosys Co-Founder Narayan Murthy Says Digital India Concept Will Take At least 3-5 Years
Source:; December 19, 2015

Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy today said that the benefits of the government’s ambitious Digital India programme will take atleast a period of three to five years for citizens to derive full benefit out of it.
Murthy who was speaking only after the meeting with communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in his office on Friday also said that the Digital India as a concept initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already brought a lot of value to the citizens of the country. “The ability to make Delhi easily accessible to the poorest person in the remotest village can only happen through Digital India,” said Murthy had said while praising Prasad also expressing his good impression about the finest telecom and IT minister. Prasad also added that he has requested Murthy to lend his guidance to policy formulation. “If certain policy initiatives are needed, I will be more than eager to listen to him because of the great institutions he has built and his contribution in making Indian an IT powerhouse,” said Prasad.
include strengthening the e-highway, expanding the optical fibre network and opening of BPOs centres in smaller cities and towns.

A smart plan spread over 550 acres
Source: The Times of India; December 20, 2015

If you scream anywhere around Connaught Place, be assured that the police control rooms in the vicinity will get an alert. For, your shrill cry will be picked up by 'incident-driven' controllers mounted atop 'smart poles' and an alert sent to a hierarchical command and control centre, which will signal these PCRs. Welcome to the New Delhi City Centre (NDCC), a 550-acre 'area-based development project', according to which the area around CP will be redeveloped by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) under the smart city project in four years. The finalised plan was submitted to the ministry of urban development on Tuesday. Electric vehicles, electric vehicle-charging facility at multi-level parking facilities owned by NDMC, a mobile application for advance booking of cycles to enhance last mile connectivity, 'happiness areas', subways with pet adoption centres, digital smart screens that will inform the public on traffic choke points, stock prices, temperature and score updates are just some of the things that citizens can expect to see as the city is smartened up by 2019-20. Under stage II of smart city challenge, NDMC was required to submit a proposal for an area-based development project that can be replicated throughout the smart city, and also pan-city initiatives. The smart city proposals will now be evaluated by a committee involving a panel of national and international experts, organisations and institutions. 

'Make in India, Digital India will transform country'
Source: The Financial Express; December 21, 2015

The “Make in India” and “Digital India” initiatives will transform the country not only into a global design and manufacturing hub but also empower citizens to access digital services, knowledge and information, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli has said. He was speaking at a seminar recently on “Reflection on Make in India and Digital India” organised by O.P. Jindal University, Sonipat, Haryana. “It is an ambitious programme, which is already in progress and at least what has been achieved over the last year is a good indication,” Kohli said. “The vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get implemented and hopefully by the end of his tenure, we will be able to understand that whether we have been able to achieve a good part of it or not,” he added. “‘Make in India’ is an idea to try to make it more easy for setting up factories in India and create employment and how to get manufacturing better organised,” he added. Kohli said these initiatives of the National Democratic Alliance government were a wider set of nation-building initiatives. “These initiatives will transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub and empower every citizen with access to digital services, knowledge and information.

How did 'Make in India' fare in 2015?
Source: EET India; December 21, 2015

The goal is to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub, encouraging multinational, as well as local, companies to make their products in the country. Has the "Make in India" initiative successful, particularly in the electronics industry, more than a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 25, 2014? The answer is, "It's too early to tell." However, many companies, particularly those based abroad, have responded positively to Modi's invitation. In fact, the Hindustan Times reported that the electronics manufacturing industry received about $14.17 billion (₹90,000 crore) investment proposals in June and July alone. Many of the local and foreign companies that offered to invest in the country had plans on manufacturing mobile phones. In the last 12 months, the government has received about $17.32 billion (₹1.10 lakh-crore) worth of proposals for electronics manufacturing under the modified special incentive package scheme (MSIPS). Other multinational companies, such as Samsung, LG, Thomson, Airbus, Phillips and Flextronics, have also expressed intent to manufacture their products here. EE Times India reviewed some of the biggest developments in the electronics industry brought about by the Make in India initiative of the Modi government.
Siemens to create 4,000 jobs German company Siemens vows to bring 4,000 jobs in India in addition to its 16,000 employees in the country through an investment worth $1.12 billion, The Economic Times reported.

VMware eying next wave of e-governance under Digital India
Source: Financial Express; December 21, 2015

There is no denying that digitisation of India has not yielded the anticipated outcome and often the words such as ‘trust deficit’ and ‘failure of PPP’ were used to described the government’s relations with the industry. However, with renewed focus of government to use technology for improving the social and physical infrastructure under the Digital India, Smart Cities and Make in India programmes, things are changing now.
Tech industry is of the view that both government and the industry need to come together and collaborate through robust public private partnerships like never before. In fact, US-based VMware sees huge potential in providing good IT architecture for compute, data storage and networking for government’s Smart Cities and Digital India projects. “I believe that Digital India programme holds great potential for the growth of the private sector by creating opportunities for greater training and development for the youth, a less convoluted regulatory environment to do business and by providing easier access to finances for entrepreneurs,” Arun Parameswaran, managing director, VMware India told FE. VMware is keenly eying e-governance projects.

'Make-In-India' Can't Be Realised Till Logistics Costs Are Reduced: Government
Source: NDTV; December 21, 2015

A bill to develop 101 waterways was passed by Lok Sabha today with government saying it was aiming to garner Rs. 1 lakh crore to fund projects to provide low-cost river transportation as 'Make-in-India' dream will not be realised if logistics cost are not reduced. Citing the "success stories" of Europe as well as China in the use of waterways, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said India is lagging behind and outlined how the government is now developing national waterways to cut logistics cost, make Indian industry competitive and help developing smart townships along the rivers. Replying to a debate on The National Waterways Bill, 2015, he sought the support of states in this endeavour. The House later passed the bill by voice vote after approval of the official amendments, mostly of technical nature, and rejecting an amendment proposed by NK Premachandran (RSP). Mr Gadkari said his ministry is working to develop three more major ports, besides the existing 12 as the aim is to reduce the logistic cost with a view to promote exports, generate employment, boost tourism and growth.

SunEdison to continue its focus in India: Ahmad Chatila
Source: Mint; December 22, 2015

SunEdison Inc., the world’s largest renewable energy company, expects to focus on Make in India, reduce the cost of renewable energy, and continue evaluating foreign direct investment (FDI) in India, chief executive Ahmad Chatila said in an interview on Monday. US-based SunEdison, which is looking to consolidate its business globally and cut costs after a series of big acquisitions, has placed India on top of its priorities after the US. The company, which started its India operations in January 2010, plans to develop over 15 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar projects in the country by 2022. “India for us is an important priority. We are going to be here in tough and good times,” Chatila said. The company has cut 15% of its workforce and walked away from many deals in the last few months. In November, it reshuffled management at its two yeildcos—TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global and sold 425 megawatts (MW) of projects in India to TerraForm Global for $231 million to repay debt. In the yieldco model, SunEdison sells operating assets to the yieldco company, which collects revenue by selling electricity to pay dividends to shareholders. The company last month walked away from a deal to acquire Singapore-based Continuum Wind Energy Ltd, which has assets in India.

We are committed to manufacturing in India: John Chambers
Source: Mint; December 22, 2015

‘John Chambers is executive chairman of networking equipment pioneer Cisco Systems Inc. and the chairman-designate of lobby group US India Business Council (he takes over in January). Chambers was recently named the second-best chief executive in the world by Harvard Business Review. In an interview over Telepresence, Chambers discussed technology, management, India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Edited excerpts: How do you become a good CEO? Is it something you have to work on consciously? You should never lose sight of your vision and strategy for the company and what your sustainable competitive advantage is. I believe a CEO has four key responsibilities. Vision and strategy. Develop, recruit and maintain the leadership needed to execute the strategy. Something which I didn’t understand at first, the (need to create) a company culture. And then communicate all of the above. Interestingly, that’s similar for CEOs or government leaders. What was interesting this time was that the (HBR) ranking wasn’t just based on financial results. It was also based on social impact. Corporate social responsibility, environmental responsibilities, the corporate governance. To me, the role of the CEO can’t be just economic.

Will try to indigenise 40 percent of minitary needs: Parrikar
Source: The Times of India; December 22, 2015

The NDA government aims to ensure that 40% of the country's military hardware and software requirements are procured indigenously under the 'Make in India' initiative, with the eventual plan being to ramp it up to 70% in the next five years, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday. India currently has the dubious distinction of being the world's largest arms importer, sourcing as it does around 70% of its defence equipment from abroad. While DRDO and its 52 labs, five defence PSUs, four shipyards and 39 ordnance factories have largely failed to deliver the goods, the country's private sector is yet to really get going in the defence production arena in a major way. While launching a new Make in India website in the defence sector on Monday, Parrikar promised that the long-delayed new defence procurement procedure (DPP) will finally be ready by January.
As was earlier reported by TOI, the new DPP will have several measures to promote the domestic private sector to enter defence production with a level playing field under the Make in India policy, as also liberalised norms for arms agents and blacklisting of armament companies, among other things.

Make in India generates $32.87 billion in FDI; IT hardware and software, services get maximum share
Source: IB Times; December 22, 2015

The NDA government on Tuesday listed the sector-wise foreign direct investment (FDI) under the "Make in India" initiative launched in September last year. During the period October 2014 to September 2015, the total FDI under the initiative in terms of equity investments stood at $32.87 billion, the government said in a press statement on Tuesday. The maximum investments were in computer hardware and software, $4.9 billion, and services, $4.6 billion, accounting for almost 30% of the inflows. Trading as an investment category saw inflows of $4 billion, while the automobile sector secured investments worth $3.15 billion. Other sectors that saw sizeable investments included construction, telecom, tourism, mining, pharmaceuticals, power and non-conventional energy. Meanwhile, out of the Rs 85,020 crore worth of defence procurements in India during the last three financial years for the three defence services, about 62% was bought from Indian firms, Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Defence, said in the Rajya Sabha in reply to member KN Balagopal's query on Tuesday.

#MakeInIndia: Vivo inaugurates its first manufacturing unit in Greater Noida
Source: The Indian Express; December 23, 2015

In a big push to PM Modi’s Make in India and Digital India initiative, Vivo Mobile India has commenced manufacturing its smartphones in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The unit will primarily focus on catering to needs of Vivo’s domestic demands. The new manufacturing unit will assemble all Vivo smartphones currently available in India. The unit will also empower India with new job creation and most importantly decreasing Vivo’s dependence on imports. Vivo’s manufacturing unit in Greater Noida will add 2,200 new jobs with some Chinese employees initially to educate Indian employees with the manufacturing process. Vivo plans to turn its assembly unit completely managed by Indian skilled labours soon. Vivo India’s manufacturing unit was inaugurated by Chinese Ambassador to India, Le Yucheng and Vivo Mobile India CEO Alex Feng. Vivo says its unit is capable of manufacturing million handsets every month with ability to expand further depending on demand. “The commencement of our first manufacturing unit in India marks a significant moment for us, reflecting our ambitious business strategies for the country. We understand the vast potential and fast growth of the smartphone market in India,” said Alex Feng, CEO, Vivo Mobile India.

Make in India: Micromax to manufacture all its phones locally by 2018
Source: BGR; December 23, 2015

Indian consumer electronics firm, Micromax Informatics will manufacture all its phones in India by 2018, announced its co-founder. Micromax is set to shift production from China back home, where costs are becoming cheaper. “With less than two-thirds of its products are assembled in India currently and full home production now made economic sense given rising Chinese labor costs and a growing network of local suppliers of components,” said co-founder, Micromax Informatics, Rahul Sharma. Micromax, which has grown rapidly since 2008 by selling low-cost smartphones, said earlier this month it would invest 3 billion rupees ($45 million) on constructing new factories and would make more phones in India to cut its dependence on Chinese imports. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to expand the electronics manufacturing industry in India to boost employment and in August Taiwanese contract manufacturing giant Foxconn announced a $5 billion investment commitment in India. Micromax is the second largest smartphone seller behind South Korea’s Samsung in India, the world’s third biggest smartphone market. The company, controlled by its founders, said in April it was looking to raise capital from investors or through a stock listing as it expands into new businesses like personal computing.

IESA, TiE and GE Endowed BPL Medical Technologies with ‘Innovation Award’ And Cardiac Design Labs with ‘Impact Award’
Source: IT Voice; December 23, 2015

The premier trade body, representing the Indian electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM, alongwith The Indus Entreprenuer (TiE), Bangalore and General Electric (GE) today announced BPL Medical Technologies as the winner of ‘Innovation Award’ and Cardiac Design Labs as the winner of ‘Impact Award’. Healthcare is the new sunrise sector for ‘Make in India’ and recognition like these provide impetus to the startups in the segment. IESA, TiE and GE have shortlisted 8 innovative healthcare companies, from the crème-La-crème of 45 start-ups in the healthcare space, for ‘Healthcare Product Showcase’ at the recently concluded IoTNext 2015 to showcase their innovative and impactful next-age IoT enabled Healthcare products. While announcing the winners, MN Vidyashankar, President, IESA said, “As the potential of Internet of Things blossoms with real-life anecdotes, Healthcare as an industry has been quick to adopt the integration of IoT into their product innovation. We foresee a global dependence on India’s IoT ecosystem to deliver healthcare innovations and we have witnessed this during the recently concluded IoTNext 2015” “It was very difficult to shortlist 8 companies from our 45 identified start-ups and it was a herculean task to finalise the winners for Innovation Award and Impact Award as we believe each of these start-ups have the capability to take their products and services to the global audience.

PM’s Moscow visit: Private sector eyes ‘Make in India’ deals in defence
Source: The Indian Express; December 23, 2015

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Moscow today on a two-day visit, all eyes are on the Inter Government Agreements (IGA) on defence projects being signed between India and Russia. The focus on Make in India in defence is expected to be high in the three IGAs likely to be inked during the 16th India-Russia annual summit. Going by the list of corporate CEOs accompanying the Prime Minister for the interactive session with the Russian President Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 November, the Make in India component of defence deals could be directed towards the private sector. Indian private defence and aerospace sector in the 18-member CEOs delegation will be represented by Anil Ambani (Reliance Defence), Baba Kalyani (Bharat Forge) and Sukaran Singh (Tata Advanced System Limited). The 34-member delegation of Russian CEOs is also dominated by top executives from defence, aerospace and energy sectors. It includes Yevtushenkov Vladimir Ptrovich, Chairman, AFK Sistema, Gurko Alexander Oelgovich, President, NP GLONASS, Sechin Igor Ivanovich, President, Rosneft and Chemezov Sergey Viktorovich, General Director, Rostech SC.

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