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India has some real advantages in technology, says Wilfried Aulbur
Source: Mint; November 14, 2015

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India needs to become a manufacturing hub before its competitive advantages in labour and cost are overtaken by new automation technologies that require fewer people to do the same work, says Wilfried Aulbur, managing partner at management consulting firm Roland Berger, and chairman, India Council on Competitiveness.

India has “a finite window (of time) to actually make it—manufacturing on a large scale for export—happen,” Aulbur, managing director and chief executive of Mercedes-Benz India Pvt. Ltd between 2005 and 2011, said in an interview. Aulbur, who has a Ph.D in physics and computational material science from Ohio State University in the US, also talked about the challenges for Make in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious initiative to turn India into a manufacturing powerhouse, and the role of new technologies. Edited excerpts:

It has been over a year since Make in India was launched. How do you assess the initiative?

I think Make in India has been positive in the sense that it has raised the issue about India becoming a manufacturing destination. It is positive in the sense that it can highlight the cost advantages the country has vis-à-vis China.

Indo-UK ties to focus on smart cities, defence
Source: Hindustan Times; November 15, 2015

http://www.hindustantimes.com/business/indo-uk-ties-to-focus-on-smart-cities-defence/story-gwswE0hRyiVcGSdzfyT6bM.html

Smart cities and defence are among six focus areas identified by the UK-India CEO Forum for collaboration and investment at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his UK counterpart David Cameron.

A reconstituted India-UK CEOs Forum, identified six overarching themes — smart cities and the digital economy, healthcare, education and skills, engineering, defence and security, and financial and professional services — as important areas of collaboration to take forward.

“We are confidently, consistently and ceaselessly working to integrate our economy with the world,” Modi told the gathering at 11 Downing Street, next door to Cameron’s office in London.

During the meeting, Cameron encouraged the company chairs and chief executives to identify the best ways to build new trade partnerships and investment opportunities between the two nations.

He has appointed 20 of the UK’s top business leaders to the forum, including Standard Life chairman Gerry Grimstone who will co-chair the group along with Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry from the Indian side.

Want to partner India in smart cities: Huawei
Source: The Times of India; November 16, 2015

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Want-to-partner-India-in-smart-cities-Huawei/articleshow/49796164.cms

Chinese technology major Huawei wants to partner India in helping it build Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure for the development of smart cities, a senior company executive said at the Huawei Innovation Day Asia, co-hosted with National University of Singapore, here last week. The Centre has already announced the list of 100 cities which it plans to make 'smart' by providing efficient physical, social, institutional and economic infrastructure. The government has defined a smart city in the Indian context as a city that provides a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment, and supports the application of smart solutions. "We will be able to help India build ICT infrastructure including wireless systems and the computing platforms for the smart cities," said Joe So, Huawei's chief technology officer for Industry Solutions at the company's Shenzhen head office. "We can help build the inter-dependency of the Indian system," So said, stressing on Huawei's strength in building ICT infrastructure. Noting the similarities between India and China, especially in view of the huge population in their major cities, So said India's smart cities should also adopt ICT. So pointed out the use of ICT in Chinese cities has helped reduce crime rates significantly. The Indian smart cities could also use ICT for similar use, said So at the Huawei Innovation Day Asia.

Make in India for strategic electronics: 4-month deadline may be given to chip making projects to raise funds
Source: The Economic Times; November 16, 2015

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The government is set to give the two consortia selected to set up semiconductor wafer plants a four-month deadline to raise funds and show their ability to handle the critical project which is the first step towards indigenous electronics production. The fabrication plants are the cornerstone of the Make in India plan for strategic electronics that will involve the defence, space and cyber security sectors, besides meeting the massive demand of the civil sector. The government is set to give both companies a four-month deadline starting late November to show an investments of at least Rs 1,000 crore or face cancellation of the entire project, people with knowledge of the matter said. “There is no confidence on the ability of either company to raise funds for a very capital intensive project. We are being left with no option but to give them a final deadline or deal with cancellation," a senior government functionary told ET.

Sources said the government is aware that starting the process of selecting fresh companies for the fabrication project is cumbersome and could take up to two years, but there is little choice left as both selected companies have been struggling to put the project together.

Another boost to PM Modi’s Digital India, Govt aims to achieve 5% of global IoT industry by 2020
Source: Business Insider; November 16, 2015

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With the Modi government's pet project Digital India taking wings, India aims to capture at least 5% to 6% of the overall global IoT (internet of things) industry worth $300 billion. JS Deepak, Secretary of Department of Electronics and IT noted that the country plans to do so in the next five years. "A policy framework around internet of things is in consultation stage. As per reports global IoT industry would be USD 300 billion by 2020 globally. The idea of IoT policy is that India should have 5-6 per cent share at least of global industry," said Deepak at the IoT Summit organized by industry body CII. He added that the new policy intends to create $15 billion domestic industry by 2020. It should be noted that IoT industry will facilitate smooth sharing of data via internet, thus becoming a game changer for several key sectors including healthcare.

"IoT can be a game changer. It can save lot of power. We see street lights being on in small cities and towns even during day. With help of technology such lights can be automatically turned off which can result in huge saving for the power sector," said Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation said at the event.

Urja Global approves Rs 110 cr investment in Chhattisgarh
Source: Business Standard; November 16, 2015

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/urja-global-approves-rs-110-cr-investment-in-chhattisgarh-115111600590_1.html

Urja Global Ltd today said that its board has approved a memorandum of understanding with Chhattisgarh for investing Rs 110 crore in electronic manufacturing cluster scheme at Naya Raipur. "Board of Directors of the Company at its meeting held on November 7, 2015 has considered and approved. Ratification of MoU signed with the Government of Chhattisgarh for investing Rs 110 crore in Electronics Manufacturing Cluster Scheme at Naya Raipur," the company said in a BSE filing today. Insecticides India launches mobile app for farmers * Agrochemicals maker Insecticides India Ltd (IIL) has launched its mobile application for farmers to help them get latest information about its products and their usage at the click of a button. Customers can get updated about new IIL products. All the information like product's type, category, features, packing, dosage, insect/weed/disease covered is now available with them for 24 hrs, an official statement said.

Skill development is our focus: Raman Singh
Source: Mint; November 17, 2015

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Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh proudly lists the reform of the public distribution system as his greatest achievement. For him, all other social indicators are linked to food security—“If a person is struggling to find food two times a day, how will these indicators improve?” is his argument. He believes the state is a hot investment destination, having already attracted Rs.1.6 lakh crore (Rs.1.6 trillion) so far. But a lot remains to be done, especially with regard to connectivity and skill development, he says in an interview. We started with the public distribution system because the biggest challenge was poor families facing malnutrition, which also resulted in migration from the state. The other challenges were IMR (infant mortality rate), MMR (maternal mortality rate) and malnutrition. If a person is struggling to find food two times a day, how will these indicators improve? So, we have tried to change food security into nutrition security. We are now giving channa and salt free of cost. We have managed to reach 60 lakh families in the entire state. Now, we have decided to go beyond food security and nutrition security and focus on health. And all families in Chhattisgarh—APL (above poverty line), BPL (below poverty line)—have been given health security. We are providing smart cards to people under these categories so that they can go to government and private hospitals for treatment.

Govt plans 5 IoT start-up incubation centres
Source: Business Standard; November 17, 2015

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/govt-plans-5-iot-start-up-incubation-centres-115111700016_1.html

As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India and Startup India campaign, the government is planning to develop five Internet of Things (IoT) - which allows a set of connected devices running on software and sensors to exchange data - start-up incubation centres.

Confirming this, a top government official, said at least two of these incubation centres would come up in rural areas to develop solutions for smart agriculture.

The government has already launched a centre of excellence (CoE) for IoT in Bengaluru to incubate companies and innovative applications across verticals for the country's needs like smart city, smart health, smart manufacturing and smart agriculture. The Bengaluru CoE is a joint venture by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and Education and Research Network (ERNET). It is run on a public-private partnership (PPP) model with seed fund from the government and is managed by Nasscom.

Taking the scheme forward, DeitY is looking at setting up similar centres throughout the country. The official said the focus of the two rural centres would be on providing smart technology-based solutions for various aspects of agriculture such as sowing seeds, irrigation, pest control and distribution of yield.

88 per cent of Indian companies to increase headcount: survey
Source: The Hindu; November 17, 2015

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The job market is gaining traction around the world, including India, as 88 per cent of the employers in the country are planning to up their headcount, a survey by recruitment firm Antal International says.

According to the latest Antal Global Snapshot on hiring and firing trends covering more than 9,500 organisations in 30 key countries, job prospects for professionals and managers are continuing to improve.

In India, 63 per cent of companies are currently hiring, up 10 per cent over last year, indicating that an improving Indian economy is fuelling demand for qualified managers and professionals.

Higher recruitment levels came as a big positive, with 88 per cent of organisations looking to increase their headcount.At the same time, 29 per cent asked staff to go, the survey which covered 2,292 companies in India, said.

“The 18th Antal Global Snapshot, which discovers hiring trends across global markets, shows that in India, consumer-focussed industries led by e-commerce companies are leading the hiring drive and will continue to do so in the next quarter, too,” Antal International India MD Joseph Devasia said.

FDI focus must be on technology, not just jobs: VK Saraswat, Niti Aayog member
Source: The Economic Times; November 18, 2015

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Eminent defence scientist VK Saraswat has donned a new hat as Niti Aayog member and is working on a variety of issues, from promoting manufacturing in India to campaigning for cyber security awareness and clean energy. In his first interview with Manu Pubby, Saraswat shares views that the private sector should be heavily involved in the defence sector, relaxed FDI norms should cater for technology transfer and his worries about the Chinese domination of solar cells market in India.

The scenario of high-tech manufacturing and aerospace design has changed and there are at least 6 companies with some capabilities. If India has to make headway on the light combat aircraft or even an unmanned combat aerial vehicle, without the private sector we cannot do anything. The private sector needs to be treated as a partner and not a vendor. There should not be any major restriction (on FDI) but it should be in such a manner that it does not become something that only generates jobs. It should also provide a platform for technology development. Unfortunately, whenever FDI has come in the past we have not been in a position to enforce the second part of bringing in technology. We have to remove the hindrances that the private sector faces in doing business. We need to identify some champions who can take care of the critical areas. We also need to give the private sector assurance of orders. They will come in a bigger way if given that assurance.

'Chakan unit will create 350 direct jobs in Pune'
Source: The Times of India; November 18, 2015

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Chakan-unit-will-create-350-direct-jobs-in-Pune/articleshow/49824144.cms

ThyssenKrupp recently announced that it will invest Rs 300 crore to set up a multi-purpose manufacturing facility in Chakan near Pune. In an email interview with TOI, the managing director of ThyssenKrupp Elevator (India) Pvt Ltd, Bharat Vishnani, shares his views on what prompted the company to choose Chakan for its investment and the employment opportunities that it will create in the coming years. Excerpts:

What drove the company to invest in Chakan?

Pune was a natural choice to set up the facility considering the city is already an established hub for a variety of industries, including auto, electronics and electrical component among others. There are obvious benefits associated with setting up the multi-purpose facility (MPF) in an area that already has the proven infrastructure to support similar facilities. Proximity to Mumbai, the country's economic capital, is another factor which works for Pune's advantage. Besides, the city will be easily accessible from the proposed international airport coming up in Navi Mumbai.

Odisha CM proposes to Tata for IT, Electronics manufacturing cluster at Naraj
Source: Prameya news; November 18, 2015

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Proposing for development of an IT and Electronics Manufacturing Cluster at Naraj, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said to a Tata Steel delegation, led by its chairman Cyrus Mistry, that an area of 800 acres is set aside for industrial development there. He said the Tata Power can consider setting up a Defence Electronics Manufacturing Cluster there as they have done in Bangalore. The Chief Minister also proposed a PV Cells manufacturing unit at Info-valley by Tata BP Solar, a hotel at Bhubaneswar by Taj Group, and expansion of TCS by making it a major training centre. Mentioning that the progress of industrial park and SEZ at Gopalpur is not up to mark, the CM proposed Tata Chairman to consider defence manufacturing there. Tata Chairman and other heads of Tata group assured to consider these project proposals at the earliest. It was decided there will be further discussion on these suggestions. Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, Chief Secretary G. C. Pati, ACS Finance R. Balkrishnan, Tata Steel MD T. V. Narendran, W. Hussain of Tata Sons, Tata Steel Group ED Shri Koushik Chatterjee, TCS CEO Shri N. Chandrashekharan, and several other Tata officials were present during the meeting.

Lenovo aims $6-bn revenue from India in next 3 years
Source: Business Standard; November 19, 2015

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/lenovo-aims-6-bn-revenue-from-india-in-next-3-years-115111801485_1.html

"I have committed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Lenovo's involvement in Digital India and Make-in-India campaign,” Yang said. "We talked about digitalisation of the country, promoting mobile phones, how to connect services with devices. Definitely, he is an expert in high tech areas. It's very encouraging," he added. He further said that Lenovo has committed to investing more, not just in manufacturing but research and development (R&D) as well. After indigenising its production in the country, Lenovo is exploring options to transform India in to an export hub in the future. “We just announced manufacturing of smartphones in India and we will export to other countries in the future. Lenovo will invest in R&D as well, not just in making devices but software, total solutions to help sectors like education and health”, he said. Lenovo had acquired Motorola Mobility in a $2.9-billion deal from tech giant Google last year. Lenovo and Motorola together had a six per cent market share in the Indian handset market, ranking fifth in the tally after Samsung, Micromax, Intex and Lava.

Global mobile shipments reach 478 million, Micromax in top 10: Gartner
Source: Times of India; November 19, 2015

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Global-mobile-shipments-reach-478-million-Micromax-in-top-10-Gartner/articleshow/49839954.cms

Driven by growth in emerging markets, global mobile phone shipments in July-September 2015 reached 478 million units and Indian brand Micromax was among top 10 handset vendors, research firm Gartner has said.

"Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totalled nearly 478 million units during the third quarter of 2015. Continued growth in emerging markets helped bolster sales of local brands. As a result, Micromax Informatics cemented its place among the top 10 global mobile phone vendors," Gartner said.

The sales were up by 3.7% during the third quarter of 2015 from the same period in 2014, the firm said.

Micromax's sales jumped over two-fold to 12.16 million units in the reported period compared to 5.6 million units in the same period a year ago, the report said.

Samsung maintained its global leadership with sales growing by about 9% year-on-year to over 102 million units and was followed by Apple which registered 20.6% growth in sales at over 46 million devices.

Microsoft Devices occupied third spot globally with sale of 30.29 million devices in the reported quarter despite decline of about 30% in its sales compared to the third quarter of 2014.

Microsoft was followed by Huawei, LG Electronics, Lenovo, Xiaomi, TCL Communications and ZTE in terms of unit sales in July-September 2015 period.

Learn, Explore and Network at IoTNEXT 2015
Source: The Telegraph; November 19, 2015

http://www.telegraphindia.com/pressrelease/prnw/enin201511196484
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India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, along with, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE, Bangalore Chapter), with a mission to foster entrepreneurship globally, will be hosting the first edition of IoTNEXT - a platform to Learn, Explore and Network on ushering the next era of Internet of Things (IoT) innovation on December 9th and 10th, 2015 at Shangri-La, Bangalore.

This year, with the theme "Innovating Digital Economy with IoT Solutions & Services", the platform will attempt to address the convergence of multi-disciplinary facets of the technology ecosystem with IoT- hardware, IT, Big Data, Cloud and Connectivity, hence enabling a more agile, efficient and cost effective solutions and services with industry collaborations and partnerships.

With aggressive focus by Indian Government on 'Digital India', 'Smart Cities' and 'Make in India' to drive the growth and development of the nation, with a rapidly maturing multi-disciplinary talent base and accelerating startup ecosystem, this growth momentum would provide an impetus for driving digital economy innovation with IoT, not just in India but all around the world.

Compiled by IESA Research

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