In A Boost to Make In
India, Navy Chief Wants To Build All Submarines and Ships in The
Source: India Times; April
Indian Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan wants to build all the submarines
and surface ships for the Navy in India. He was speaking at the FICCI
Make In India seminar in New Delhi.
In fact, if there's a shining example of Make In India, it's the
Indian Navy. While the Air Force plans to import the Rafale fighter
jets from France, of which not even a bolt will be made in India, the
Navy has a plan in place to make everything from missile corvettes to
destroyers to the next generation aircraft carrier to nuclear
submarines in Indian shipyards.
The new INS Vikrant aircraft carrier for example, is the largest
surface ship being built in India. With a displacement of 44,500
tonnes, it will be able to carry 30 fixed wing aircraft like the
Mig-29K and Tejas Mk2 in addition to 10 helicopters. Guess where it's
being built. In Cochin Shipyard. The aircraft carrier is expected to
be commissioned in 2018. In fact the follow on aircraft carrier, which
will be even bigger at 65,000 tonnes and likely be nuclear powered is
already being designed at the Naval Design Bureau.
India's home made SSBN, the INS Arihant which recently conducted the
test of the secretive K-4 missile with a range of 3,500 km, was built
at the Shipbuilding Centre in Visakhapatnam.
create 1 million jobs: Nasscom
Source: The Times of India;
April 18, 2016
Increasing incidents of cyber attacks and data protection efforts
globally are expected to create $35 billion revenue opportunity and
employment opportunities for about a million professionals by 2025 for
India, IT industry body Nasscom said on Monday.
"We estimate that cybersecurity is about $2.5-3 billion or about 2 per
cent of the close to USD 150 billion Indian IT sector. With the sector
on track to reach $350 billion by 2025, we estimate 10 per cent of
this to be cybersecurity," Nasscom Chair Cyber Security Task Force
Rajendra Pawar said here.
He added that this will create an employment opportunity for about a
million people as well.
"Another important aspect will be start ups. We expect to see about
1,000 start ups coming up in this area. This is because these smaller
companies are light footed and yet have the best of technologies.
Also, there has been a lot of investor interest in this area as
enterprises look to stay secured against rising incidents of cyber
attacks," he said.
Last year, Nasscom had set up the task force, aimed at positioning
India as a global hub for providing cyber security solutions,
developing cyber security R&D plan and developing a skilled workforce
of cyber security experts.
Project Digital India
Will Attain Its Desired Objectives, Says Dr. Ajay Kumar
Source: Business Standard;
April 18, 2016
Additional Secretary, Department of Electronics & Information
Technology, Dr. Ajay Kumar emphasized that digital India project of
the Prime Minister would integrate India in a multifaceted manner so
that the accruals of information technology percolate down to each
stakeholders in an equitable manner.
Delivering his address at the Seminar on Unleashing Growth Potential
of E-Commerce in India under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, Dr. Kumar added that the pace of the project would
accelerate and it would attain all its desired objectives as intended
by the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi.
Speaking on the occasion, Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial
Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Mr. Atul Chaturvedi said that the
government of the day would bring in many more reforms and further
liberalized the FDIs and IPR regime as lot more needs to be done to
make India bring on par with economies of scale in terms of its FDIs
and IPR policies.
Mr. Chaturvedi said, the government has done a great deal of work in
the last 12 to 16 months to liberalize and reform on its FDIs front
and opened them up broadly expanding the chasm of restrictive policies
of the close economies. Yet lot more needs to be done which will be
facilitated with a faster pace.
Rafale deal: French
team likely to visit India next month
Source: The Indian Express; April 18, 2016
A high-level team from France is expected to arrive in New Delhi next
month to firm up the order for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter
aircraft by India as both countries have managed to narrow down their
differences over pricing.
The development comes nearly four months after Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and French President Francois Hollande signed a memorandum of
agreement to purchase 36 Rafale combat jets.
The Indian side has been negotiating hard to bring down the price with
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar refusing to buckle under pressure
even as questions were being raised about the delay in signing the
The deal comes with the clause of 50 per cent offsets, which will be a
bonanza for the domestic industry as it will lead to business worth at
least 3 billion Euros and creating new jobs in India.
The tough part of the negotiations that began in July 2015 was to get
the French side to agree to 50 per cent offsets in the deal.
Initially, Dassault Aviation, makers of Rafale, was willing to agree
to reinvest only 30 per cent of the value of its contract in Indian
entities to meet the offset obligations.
Panasonic and AES to
build India’s first large-scale battery-based energy storage project
Source: Firstpost; April
Panasonic, with its electronics expertise, and AES, a global power
company, are coming together to construct India’s first large-scale
battery-based storage plant in Panasonic’s Technopark manufacturing
facility in Jajjhar, Haryana. The project will combine Panasonic’s
lithium-ion batteries with the Advancion Grid Storage platform from
AES to construct a 10 MW energy storage array. The storage is meant to
provide daily backup and reliable power supply to Panasonic’s
Mr. Manish Sharma, President & CEO of Panasonic India Pvt. Ltd. said,
“Panasonic India’s partnership with AES signifies the convergence of
synergies to deliver reliable, cost-competitive solutions to meet
growing energy demand. This association further establishes our
commitment and capabilities to providing smart energy storage
solutions. Set to transform the energy storage landscape, Panasonic
India looks forward to this association, which will help offer grid
stability and improved ancillary services.”
“We are excited to bring Advancion, the most proven energy storage
system available globally, to India,” said Marty Crotty, President of
AES’ Strategic Business Unit in Asia. “Panasonic delivers high
quality, cost-effective batteries and is a great partner to be working
with as we demonstrate the value of large-scale energy storage to
commercial and industrial customers, renewable developers, utilities,
and the grid operator.”
concessions of 3k cr to mega projects
Source: Times of India;
April 18, 2016
In order to attract more investment to UP, the state government on
Monday announced a series of relief measures and concessions for mega
projects promising investment and employment. The state cabinet
endorsed theses measures at its meeting chaired by chief minister
Akhilesh Yadav on Monday.
The concessions were extended to six mega projects bringing Rs 3,166
crore investment to the state and provide employment to over 11,600
people. The total volume of concessions over the next 10 years would
be to the tune of Rs 3,184 crore.
The projects include huge investment in the field of agriculture and
food processing and electronics as the global giant LG Electronics is
all set to get a foothold in UP with a pledge of Rs 1,328 crore.
For inviting big investors to the state, the government has announced
that those investing more than Rs 1,000 crore or more, the companies
would get several benefits including concessions in the land purchase,
stamp duty and VAT.
Projects coming under this scheme have been declared 'Super Mega
Projects'. The cabinet had approved eight similar projects earlier and
today it granted support to half a dozen others.
Apart from the huge concessions to the super mega projects, the
cabinet also announced a new policy for building theme parks and
relaxed norms for the same.
Odisha to have 1,900
seats under BPO scheme
Source: Business Standard; April 19, 2016
have as many as 1,900 BPO (business processing outsourcing) seats
under a Government of India scheme aimed to promote BPO activities in
"The state has been allotted 1,900 seats to be created under the India
BPO promotion scheme. The Government of India will reimburse up to 50
per cent of one-time expenditure on admissible items with a cap of Rs
one lakh per seat", said an official.
The scheme is aimed at generation of employment in all small cities in
the country. However, cities like Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai,
Bengaluru and NCR region are excluded from the scheme.
One entrepreneur can bid for a minimum of 100 seats when the request
for proposal (RFP) is floated, added the official.
Under the Digital India programme, the Union government has approved
the scheme for employment generation and balanced growth of
information technology (IT) and ITes (IT enabled services) in each
state. It aims at incentivizing establishment of 48300 seats in
respect of BPO operations across the country. The department of
electronics and information technology (Deity) is likely to implement
this scheme through the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).
Indian companies focus
more on digital investments globally: Survey
Source: The Economic Times;
April 19, 2016
Indian companies are focussing more on digital investments in
marketing and IT compared to their global counterparts, but less on
operations and customer experience, a global survey has said.
"Thirty six per cent of Indian companies are focussing digital
investments on marketing versus 27 per cent globally while 37 per cent
Indian companies are focusing on IT as against 32 per cent globally,"
according to PwC's digital IQ survey.
The global average spend on customer experience is higher at 12 per
cent as against 7 per cent in India, the report noted.
The survey was conducted among 1,988 companies from across the world,
including 100 firms from India.
"Enterprises will have to develop a comprehensive digital strategy and
reimagine their traditional business models which are getting
disrupted in order to become a true digital business," Arnab Basu
Partner(Technology Consulting and Digital) PwC India said in
"It is equally important for enterprises to integrate digital into the
fabric of their corporate culture," he added.
The India cut of PwC's 7th Digital IQ Survey also revealed that
companies with high Digital IQ scores are twice as likely to achieve
rapid revenue and profit growth compared with the laggards.
Scientists Build Pump for Heart Transplants
Source: NDTV; April 19,
Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO have used
material and technology used to build rockets to create a small device
that pumps blood and is seen as a step towards making an artificial
The Made-in-India left ventricle assist device weighs 100 gm and will
help people who need heart transplants, replicating the function of a
part of the heart that pumps blood.
It is being tested right now by a team of surgeons on animals and is
expected to be ready for use on humans only after a few years of
extensive testing. The device was recently tested on five pigs at a
hospital in Thiruvananthapuram for a six-hour experiment which doctors
said was successful.
The device is made of biocompatible titanium alloy and can pump blood
at the rate of 3 to 5 litres per minute. Similar imported heart pumps
cost crores of rupees, but the ISRO version is expected to cost only
Rs. 1.25 lakh.
"Material used in a rocket, the mechanism used in a rocket,
electronics used in a rocket are combined to form the device... which
is useful as a first step towards heart transplantation. This device
was tested in a pig, and it was found that the pig was alive after
fitting it. The other organs of the animal were intact. This shows
that it is a very good alternative for an artificial heart," Dr K
Sivan, Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in
Thiruvananthapuram told NDTV.
Naidu to lay stone for
Electronics Park in Hindupur
Source: The Hindu Business
Line; April 20, 2016
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday will lay
the foundation stone for India’s largest electronics manufacturing
cluster ELCINA Raaga Mayuri Electronics Park at Chilamathur village in
Hindupur assembly constituency of Anantapur district.
Taken up in collaboration with Electronic Industries Association of
India (ELCINA), the 50-acre industrial park is being developed by
Raaga Myuri Builders and KJR Group.
The KJR Group has entered into MoUs for establishment of eight
electronic component units for defence and aerospace sectors among
These include Digital Circuits, Memory Electronics, Stanish
Semiconductors, Cyrma Technology, East India Group, Vinyas Innovative
Technologies, Stacy Health Care Products, and DCS Cable Assembly.
Though located on 50 acres, the park will have high rise buildings of
30 to 35 floors each and, therefore, can provide job opportunities to
thousands of people in the State.
Next week, the Chief Minister is slated to lay the foundation stone
for the Hero MotoCorp new motorcycle project proposed in the
neighbouring Chittoor and commission completed projects of Modelez
India Foods and Isuzu Motors in Sri City.
Humble coal to pave
the way for future electronics
Source: CanIndia News;
April 20, 2016
Using the low-tech material coal, engineers from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT) have built a simple electrical heating
device that can be used for defrosting car windows or airplane wings
or as part of a biomedical implant.
They have also for the first time characterised in detail the
chemical, electrical and optical properties of thin films of four
different kinds of coal – anthracite, lignite, and two bituminous
“When you look at coal as a material and not just as something to
burn, the chemistry is extremely rich,” said lead researcher Jeffrey
Grossman from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE)
The question he wanted to ask is: “Could we leverage the wealth of
chemistry in things like coal to make devices that have useful
The answer, he says, is a resounding yes.
Part of the challenge was to figure out how to process coal.
The researchers developed a series of steps to crush the material to a
powder put it in solution then deposit it in thin uniform films on a
substrate — a necessary step in fabricating many electronic devices –
from transistors to photovoltaics.
Make in India & job
creation may hold the key to FTA negotiations
Source: The Economic Times;
April 21, 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India plan and employment
generation could become key in deciding India's stand at free trade
agreement (FTA) negotiations, as suggested by experts and people
involved in such talks.
Going beyond the conventional aim of trade expansion, the government
may also look at linkages between trade and investment while
negotiating FTAs. In a brainstorming session last week among think
tanks, former and current trade negotiators and the commerce
department led by Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, it was agreed that one
cannot have rigid positions in trade negotiations and that the
negotiators must have something in hand to negotiate.
"There must be clear articulation of red lines before negotiations and
a larger political mandate is necessary for taking decisions on key
matters," said an official who was present in the meeting organized by
foreign ministry-run think tank Research and Information Systems for
Developing Countries. It, the official said, was a freewheeling chat
on trade issues faced by the government.
China’s smartphone market heads for an epic shakeout
Source: Livemint; April 21, 2016
The startup Dakele looked pretty smart when it released a phone in
China four years ago. The market was doubling annually, and the
company put brand-name components inside a device that cost a fraction
of the iPhone.
That $160 gadget went on sale just four months after Dakele opened its
doors, and soon the company, which translates as “Big Cola,” made
inroads against Huawei Technologies Co. and Xiaomi Corp. Buzz was
building for the Dakele 3 model last year, with online reviews calling
it the best Apple Inc. clone.
Then the sizzle started to fizzle. Huawei spent $300 million on
marketing, Xiaomi cut prices and clones of the clone appeared.
Troubles with a supplier and raising money prompted Dakele to shut
down last month—and it likely won’t be alone. China’s herd of 300
phone makers may be halved in 12 months by competition, a sales
plateau and economic growth that’s the slowest in a quarter-century,
according to executives and analysts.
“The mobile-phone industry changed more quickly and brutally than
expected,” Dakele chief executive officer Ding Xiuhong said on his
Weibo messaging account. “As a startup, we couldn’t find more
strategies and methods to break through.”
Smartphone sales in China exploded earlier this decade as incomes
rose, prices for chips and displays plummeted, and carriers offered
arrays of discounts. Shelves were flooded with hundreds of brands—from
national heavyweights Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi to the smaller Dakele,
Tecno Mobile and Gionee.
We are investing in design differentiation, says Amit Gujral, head of
marketing, LG Electronics India Pvt Ltd
Source: DNA; April 22, 2016
LG seems to be getting its act together in the cell phone market by
coming out with its first two India-made mobile devices – K7 and K10 –
at attractive price points. Amit Gujral, head of marketing, LG
Electronics India Pvt Ltd, tells Praveena Sharma that cost saving from
having a production facility in India is 8.5-9%, and the company would
pass it on to the consumers. He dismisses that the South Korean phone
maker is lagging in budget segment as mere "perception".
LG has been facing stiff competition at both ends – budget and premium
– of the cell phone market, what is your strategy for countering it?
Competition in this market has always been there. We have enjoyed
number one market in this country, way back in the CDMA days. In any
journey, there are lots of deeds, learnings and misdeeds. Today, we
are using the Make in India initiative and investing money in
lifestyle research (LSR). LSR is where you go back to the consumers
and try to understand what they are looking for in what they use. How
do they perceive things? This is step one. Ultimately, whichever the
brand, its acceptance or rejection lies with the consumers. We are
betting big on differentiated design.
Dixon Technologies to assemble batteries, chargers locally
Source: Economic Times; April 22, 2016
Dixon Technologies, an electronics manufacturer based in Noida, will
begin assembling batteries and chargers of mobile phones locally
following a government move to make cheaper the imports of parts
required for these peripheral products.
Sunil Vachani, chairman and managing director of Dixon Technologies,
said the company will begin assembling these products for mobile
phones at its existing factory in Noida by July.
"The government has taken a step in the right direction and the move
falls right in our alley," Vachani said. He added that the company
will look at a capacity of 1 million a month, which typically requires
an investment of Rs 6-7 crore. Including chargers, the investment will
rise to Rs 20 crore.
The company, which has three plants in Noida and one in Uttarakhand,
will use its Noida facility to begin assembling batteries and
The government has reduced duties on imports of components and parts
required for making batteries, chargers and wired headsets for mobile
phones, bringing them down to nearly zero, in an attempt to push local
manufactu ring of these products.
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