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Raman set to pitch for state as IT hub
Source: The Times of India; February 8, 2015

In a bid to make Chhattisgarh an IT destination, chief minister Raman Singh is set to make a pitch to the who's who of Indian information industry at executive meeting of National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) on February 10.

Giving details about the CM presentation, which incidentally comes close on the heels of his meeting at India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) summit in Bangalore earlier this week, CEO Chhattisgarh ChiPS, Saurabh Kumar said Singh would showcase what the state can offer to IT industries in Naya Raipur. "Four sectors- data centre, BPOs, IT infrastructure development and IT software development are focus areas," he said.

IESA Vision summit 2015: Time to measure output in electronics manufacturing
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; February 8, 2015

ISRO has delivered triple-star performance, why not Indian electronics product industry! When ISRO puts India in top 6 space powers in the world, why not Indian electronic industry put India on the top 20 of electronics and semiconductor industry by 2020, this is what opined by Padma Bhushan Dr. K Radhakrishnan, Former Chairman, ISRO at the IESA Vision Summit 2015. What is it required? Clearly most important thing is government support. ISRO is getting very good support since from its inception, and so is the achievement. It seems government is not just talking, but is very serious in supporting electronic industry the same level it has supported ISRO. The action has already begun.

MediaTek keen to expand in India
Source: Tele Analysis; February 8, 2015

MK Tsai, global chairman of MediaTek is keen to expand its presence in India thanks to new investment friendly climate and initiatives like Digital India.

Meeting with minister for communications and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, MK Tsai shared his commitment to make technology more accessible for people and said that MediaTek is keen to expand its presence in India.

The minister shared with MK Tsai the Digital India vision and how it has opened up new avenues and opportunities in the field of technology. Initiatives like Make in India and Smart Cities coupled with liberalization of defence manufacturing has created a great demand for technology solutions and hardware in India.

We can get 5 lakh jobs if duty structure of mobile phones change: Suneet Singh Tuli
Source: The Indian Express; February 9, 2015

Datawind, which gave India the affordable Aakash tablet, was the first to set up a touchscreen manufacturing unit in India a few years back. Now, when the country is talking about Made in India, its CEO Suneet Singh Tuli says the government has to take tough decisions if the idea has to work.

What is your take on Made in India?

We made a presentation to the government on Make in India recently. We told them that India is going to import 26 crore mobile phones in the coming year. The number of people directly and indirectly employed in creating those phones is 5 lakh. If we change our duty structure we can get those 5 lakh jobs.

Global arms majors keen on Modi’s 'Make in India' thrust, head for Aero-India in droves
Source: Times of India; February 9, 2015

Global armament majors once again have India on their radars. In the past, they hawked their wares through direct sales to the world's largest arms importer. But this time, they are busy tom-tomming the 'Make in India' slogan to be in perfect tune with the Modi government.

As many as 330 foreign companies are headed for Aero-India 2015 in Bangalore, with another 270 Indian companies also marking their presence at the five-day exhibition, to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 18, officials said.

GE among companies lured by subsidy for electronics push
Source: Business Standard; February 10, 2015

General Electric Co and Nidec Corp are among companies looking to take advantage of a subsidy India is offering for electronics manufacturing amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push to boost economic growth. The government has received at least 60 applications, with about half of them approved, for a subsidy of as much as 25 per cent on capital investment, Ajay Kumar, joint secretary in the Department of Electronics & Information Technology, said in an interview in New Delhi. More than 40 submissions were made after Modi took office in May, he said.

Columns: Correct the duty structure for manufacturing
Source: Financial Express; February 10, 2015

The finance minister is prepping for the most anticipated budget of the Modi government. Unlike the first budget in July last year, which was primarily viewed as a barometer of the new government’s intentions, this year’s would be keenly awaited to showcase the measures to revive the economy, promote investment in manufacturing and improve the global competiveness of the country. The focus of the budget will be to propel the Make-in-India campaign of the government. This would require some serious thinking on whether tax incentives are the route to success for the campaign or should the emphasis be on an immensely beneficial infrastructure spend.

GST And Policy Implementation Are Urgently Required To Strengthen the ESDM Industry
Source: EFY Times; February 10, 2015

The electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector is among those that contribute to building a buffer against economic downturns. Though the industry has not grown as predicted by the experts, the revenue it generated over the past couple of years is excellent, overcoming the economic slowdown. The ESDM industry was expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.9 per cent between 2011 and 2015, resulting in an industry turnover of US$ 94.2 billion by 2015.

UP Pitches for Revival of Investments in Electronics Manufacturing
Source: CMIE; February 10, 2015

MoUs worth Rs. 50 billion signed with leading electronics & IT companies

In the recently concluded ‘e-Uttar Pradesh 2015’ conclave on 27 January 2015, Uttar Pradesh projected itself as an emerging electronics manufacturing hub and assured to take necessary steps in terms of budget and policies for development of the Information Technology (IT) and electronics sector.

Memorandums of understanding (MoUs) worth over Rs. 50 billion were signed with leading private sector electronics & IT giants. MoUs were signed with Indian Cellular Association (ICA), Electronics Industries Association of India (ELCINA) and India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) worth Rs. 30 billion for proposed investments in electronic manufacturing clusters (EMCs) at Yamuna Expressway and Greater Noida regions. These EMCs are expected to generate direct and indirect employment opportunities for over 50,000 persons. Spice Group has also signed an MoU worth Rs. 5 billion for manufacturing of mobile handset components at Modipur in Rampur district and an e-waste plant in the proposed Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) in Greater Noida.

Excise Duty Rises To 12 Per Cent on Goods
Source: Efy Times; February 10, 2015

The Indian government has withdrawn the excise duty concessions on a number of items including those in the electronics and automotive sectors, which were covered under Chapters 84 and 85 of the Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act. This change is effective from January 1, 2015. From the effective date, the excise duty will be 12 per cent.

Excise duty,GST,Rajoo Goel, secretary general, ELCINA,tax structure, fiscal deficit,,electronics industry,Make in India,ESDM,Central Excise Tariff Act,electronics and automotive sectors, electrical and electronics products. It was in February 2014 that the previous government had reduced excise duty from 12 per cent to 10 per cent in its interim budget on items covered under Chapters 84 and 85. The 2 per cent concession was aimed at reviving the electronics industry. This step, which has ostensibly been taken to address the challenge of the fiscal deficit, is indeed a setback to the electronics industry’s growth.

Padma Bhushan Dr. K Radhakrishnan receives prestigious IESA Award 2014
Source: Business Digest; February 11, 2015

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier body for the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry in the country, announced the winners for the Technovation 2014 Awards at a glittering award function held at the 10th edition of Vision Summit in Bangalore. Technovation Awards, celebrating excellence in ESDM aims to recognize role models for innovation and excellence in the electronics and semiconductor ecosystem. The Awards honor India’s best individual contributors and organizations that drive the industry forward; and provide them with a platform to showcase their achievements and product successes. S. R. Patil, Minister for Planning and Statistics, IT, BT, Science & Technology, Govt. of Karnataka presided over the awards distribution function.

Binatone Looks to Invest $50 Million to Start Local Manufacturing
Source: The Economic Times; February 11, 2015

Hong-Kong based Binatone Communications Group plans to start manufacturing of routers and broadband connectivity equipment from India and could invest upto $50 million (Rs315 crore) in setting up a plant, a senior executive said. "The India business for the company has been doubling every year, so we will begin manufacturing here," Binatone chairman Dino Lalvani told ET. "As India is approaching 10% of our global turnover of $880 million, so making in India will give us a logistical support and an option to China, where costs of labour and doing business are rising," he added. Customer premises equipment or CPE's include wireless and wired routers and modems that are required by telecom companies or internet service providers for setting up indoor broadband connections. Binatone is one of the major suppliers of CPE's and routers to large telecom clients including Bharti AirtelBSE -1.43 %, Tata, MTS and MTNL.

Make in India: Govt Receives Proposals Worth Rs. 21,000 Crore
Source: Mint; February 11, 2015

India has received proposals worth Rs.21,000 crore from companies under the Union government’s Make in India programme, information technology and communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday. Of this, Rs.6,000 crore of proposals have already been cleared, Prasad told the annual summit in Mumbai of industry lobby Nasscom. “During my visits to Germany and South Korea, the companies I met had shown interest in investing in India,” said Prasad. “We have got proposals worth Rs.21,000 crore and we have already cleared Rs.6,000 crore worth of proposals.” The National Democratic Alliance government has been trying to attract foreign manufacturers to “come, make in India,” in the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as part of attempts to boost manufacturing’s share of economic output from the 15% level at which it has stagnated for decades.

Centre to come up with electronic innovation fund: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Source: Financial Express; February 12, 2015

The Centre plans to come up with an electronic innovation fund to promote research and development activity, Union IT and communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday. The Cabinet has already given its approval to the creation of the fund, he said.

Addressing a gathering at the Nasscom India Leadership Forum, Prasad said it was the endeavour of the government to promote the concept of digital India, which will bridge the gap of technology literacy. At the same time, it will also continue with its thrust on ‘Make in India’.

Skolkovo to Help Boost Indian IT Investments in Russia
Source: The Hans India; February 12, 2015

The Skolkovo Foundation, the strategic development institution of the Russian government, and the India government-sponsored Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) Thursday announced the setting up of an information technology cluster in Moscow, among other measures, to boost investments of Indian IT companies in Russia. "Prominent among the measures announced were the setting up of an IT cluster in Moscow, with attractive tax sops, as well as a Soft Landing programme - a special initiative that opens the Russian market for foreign companies," Skolkovo said in a release here.

Chief executives of top Russian IT companies are currently here attending Indiasoft-2015 international conference on information technology, expressed their desire to increase investments in the country to proactively help accelerate the Digital India programme, the release added.

Telecom secretary to C-Dot: Create products the industry needs
Source: The Times of India; February 12, 2015

Telecom technology arm of the government, C-Dot, should interact more with the industry and try to develop products that they need, telecom secretary Rakesh Garg said today. "There should be a mechanism in which C-DOT interacts with the industry before the development of a product...They should try to find the problem for which they can give a solution," Garg said at an event organized by C-Dot here. "Electronic manufacturing is not doing very well. There is something wrong," he said, adding that the government's 'Make in India' initiative aims at boosting manufacturing in the country. Garg said India is importing about Rs 50,000 crore worth of electronic products while the exports are just in the range of Rs 20,000-Rs 25,000 crore. Government-owned research and development organization, C-Dot has the talent and the manpower to develop good products for the telecom sector to counter imports that are dominating domestic market. The Centre for Development of Telematics was established in August 1984 as an autonomous body to promote telecom technology. Government has also announced setting up of an Electronic Development Fund which is aimed at addressing finance issue that sector faces in development of innovative products.

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