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Nominations open for IESA-NASSCOM Deftronics Awards 2016
Source: IESA; June 18, 2016

http://www.deftronics.org/awards2016.html

DEFTRONICS is in its 3rd edition and DEFTRONICS 2016 is scheduled on August 4th & 5th 2016, at The Ritz Carlton, Bengaluru. As a part of the mega event, IESA-NASSCOM have instituted Awards for individuals / Companies in 6 categories.

The Award Categories are:

  • Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Best Embedded Product Design and/or Services Company In A & D - Category Indian
  • Best Embedded Product Design and/or Services Company In A & D - Category MNC
  • Best Electronics Manufacturing Company In A & D - Category Indian
  • Best Electronics Manufacturing Company In A & D - Category MNC
  • Promising A & D Start-Up Of The Year

Proposed Rs 157 crore Kinfra electronics manufacturing cluster gets final approval
Source: The Economic Times; June 18, 2016

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/52810279.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst


The Kerala Industrial InfrastructureBSE -1.47 % Development Corporation (Kinfra) has got the final approval from the ministry of communication and information technology for the proposed Rs 157 crore Greenfield electronics manufacturing cluster to be set up at Kakkanad in Kochi. The project is intended to create an industrial park with all modern facilities exclusive for the electronic manufacturing industry with Central assistance, under electronic manufacturing cluster scheme. The objective of the project is to attract investment to the state and to create employment opportunities at large.

Kinfra has identified around 67 acres, which has access to road to airport and seaport, adjacent to existing industrial park.

The units that will come up in the cluster will be eligible for the privileges under modified special incentive package (M-SIP). KINFRA is planning to execute the EMC Project in a phased manner.

The union government has already given in- principle, nod for the project. The DPR has been submitted to the Union Government for the final approval

Centre Clears Electronic Mfg Cluster Project
Source: Daily Pioneer; June 19, 2016

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/centre-clears-electronic-mfg-cluster-project.html

Odisha’s proposal for an electronic manufacturing cluster received a final nod of the Government of India on Friday. The Government of India’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology finally approved the proposed cluster to be located at the Infovalley complex in Bhubaneswar.

The cluster would come up on 203 acre of land in the information technology hub. The project cost would be Rs205.17 crore. Out of this, the Centre would give a grant of Rs95.11 crore; promoters’ contribution would be Rs53 crore; grant-in-aid by the State Government would be Rs25 crore; and rest would be from loan.

Funds will be spent on creating common infrastructure for about 100 units to be housed in the cluster. Nine potential investors have shown interest for the cluster.

Apart from developed land, road, power, water and recreation facilities, the park intends to provide common facilities for training, incubation and R&D activities to the interested entrepreneurs.

As per the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the park is expected to attract industries with combined investment value of Rs1,000 crore and create employment potential for 10,000 to 12,000 persons.

Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das breaks ground for Adityapur Software Technology Park
Source: The Times of India; June 19, 2016

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jamshedpur/Jharkhand-CM-Raghubar-Das-breaks-ground-for-Adityapur-Software-Technology-Park/articleshow/52815894.cms

Chief minister Raghubar Das and Union minister for communications and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, laid the foundation of the Rs 20-crore Software Technology Park (STP) in Adityapur Industrial Area on Saturday.

Das and Prasad also laid the online foundation of the STP in Sindri, Dhanbad, which is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 20 crore. The software park, which is being constructed near the auto cluster design lab in Adityapur on Tata-Kandra Road, could convert the region into an IT and ITeS hub.

The new tech park will be home to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), IT and engineering branches, allied sectors and BPO companies. The STP will be constructed on a 3.5-acre plot provided by Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (AIADA).

"Soon, an electronic manufacturing cluster will come up in the adjoining premises (an 80-acre plot has been allotted),"

said Ravi Shankar Prasad at the ground-breaking ceremony.

He added that two addition STPIs, one each in Deogarh and Bokaro, should be functional by 2017-end.

Is becoming less import-dependent the answer for Indian Defence?
Source: The Economic Times; June 19, 2016

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/is-becoming-less-import-dependent-the-answer-for-indian-defence/articleshow/52811903.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

In April 2016, defence minister Manohar Parikkar called for a meeting between industry representatives and senior officers of the three services at the Aakash Air Force Officers Mess in New Delhi to discuss how to engage more fruitfully in buying defence equipment from the industry and the way forward on strategic partnerships in manufacturing. However, uppermost on his mind was one issue: with the Indian Army not having bought any major artillery to refresh its stock in the last 15 years, what are the urgent steps that need to be taken to address the issue?

Earlier, in November last year, Nripendra Mishra, principal secretary to the prime minister, called together six defence industry captains in the capital to deliberate on how to increase investments under the Make in India programme.

Again, Mishra had one key question: should the foreign direct investment (FDI) cap in defence be increased to 76% from the current 49%, given that the current limit has not attracted any major global players to invest in the country in a significant way? What Ails India's Defence Sector?

More PPP, latest technology will help transform NIC: Report
Source: The Economic Times; June 20, 2016

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/more-ppp-latest-technology-will-help-transform-nic-report/articleshow/52834178.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Taking a long-awaited step towards the realisation of Digital India, a high level committee (HLC) submitted its report for transformation of the National Informatics Centre, the technology infrastructure arm of the government. The Committee, which was headed by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan, was constituted with the approval of the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad in December last year. The Committee has made several suggestions for "transformation of nic to NIC 2.0".

The redefined vision of NIC 2.0 is "to be the technology think tank and trusted technology partner of the government" and "play a key role in architecting, designing and developing the core information assets of the nation".

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has slowly been working to improve the internal efficiency and organizational structure of the NIC in the past two years. The role of NIc is crucial, considering this is the agency responsible for building most of the e-governance applications of the government at the centre, state and district levels.

Government eases norms for 100 percent FDI in defence
Source: IANS; June 20, 2016

http://www.ianslive.in/index.php?param=news/Government_eases_norms_for_100_percent_FDI_in_defence-514383/BUSINESS/5

Lately, The liberalised FDI regime announced on Monday permits Foreign Direct Investment up to 100 per cent in defence sector as India looks ahead to increasing indigenous manufacturing in defence under 'Make in India programme", an official statement said.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said foreign investment beyond 49 per cent has now been permitted through "government approval route", and the condition of access to "state of art" technology has been done away with while it still puts a caveat of having access to "modern technology".

The FDI regime so far permitted 49 per cent FDI participation in the equity of a company under automatic route, while FDI above 49 per cent was permitted through government approval on case to case basis, wherever it was likely to result in access to modern and "state-of-art" technology in the country.

However, as per the new rules, foreign investment beyond 49 percent will be been permitted through government approval route, "in cases resulting in access to modern technology in the country or for other reasons to be recorded".

New TV available in India purports to repel mosquitoes with ultrasonics
Source: UPI.com; June 20, 2016

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2016/06/20/New-TV-available-in-India-purports-to-repel-mosquitoes-with-ultrasonics/6351466437093/

Electronics giant LG announced a new TV being marketed in India includes an ultrasonic component designed to repel mosquitoes.

The South Korea-based company announced Tuesday the Mosquito Away line of TVs, which use ultrasonic technology to ward away the blood-sucking insects, are being marketed in India with a starting price of $400 for a TV with a 32-inch display.

The company said the TVs are designed and produced in India.

"The ultrasonic sound waves effectively drives away the mosquitoes keeping your loved ones absolutely safe at home. Since no harmful chemicals are used, it is also odor-free and not hazardous to health like the conventional methods used for keeping mosquito away,"

the company said on its website.

Mosquitoes are considered a major health hazard in India, where more than 10,500 cases of dengue were reported last year in New Delhi alone.

Foxconn goes slow on startup funding, invested only in 4 startups in India
Source: The Economic Times; June 21, 2016

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/foxconn-goes-slow-on-startup-funding-invested-only-in-4-startups-in-india/articleshow/52843191.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

In August last year, Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, announced that the world's largest electronics contract manufacturing company was in the final stages of investing in New Delhi-based refurbished goods seller GreenDust. The deal, estimated at $65 million-$70 million (Rs 430-Rs 460 crore), would have been the Taiwanese manufacturer's second-largest investment in an Indian startup, next to its $200-million investment in online marketplace Snapdeal.

But 10 months since, the GreenDust deal is yet to be closed.

The maker of iPhones for Apple has invested in a mere four startups here since announcing ambitious plans for India more than a year ago, adding to domestic funding woes. Industry experts attribute Foxconn's go-slow approach towards Indian startups to a likely shift in its overall priorities as well as declines in global technology stocks.

In its core area of electronics manufacturing, though, Foxconn has announced plans to develop 10-12 factories and data centres in India by 2020, although some key projects have been bogged by delays. It already makes smartphones in Andhra Pradesh

Haryana to soon announce policy to generate jobs, investment in IT sector
Source: The Economic Times; June 21, 2016

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/haryana-to-soon-announce-policy-to-generate-jobs-investment-in-it-sector/articleshow/52855432.cms


Haryana government will soon announce its Information Technology and Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (IT and ESDM) policy to generate jobs and investment in IT sector. A meeting in this regard was held under the chairmanship of chief secretary DS Dhesi in CHANDIGARH on Tuesday. It was announced at the meeting that the policy is likely to be notified by October. A draft of the policy has been prepared following a study to understand the best practices of successful states and stakeholder consultations with various industry organisations such as Nasscom, academicians and industry experts from different companies.

The meeting discussed salient features of the draft policy and how to adapt these to the needs of the state.A meeting will soon be held with the finance minister regarding regulatory and financial aspects of the draft policy, officials said.

Webel plans 2 electronics manufacturing clusters
Source: Business Standard; June 21, 2016

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/webel-plans-2-electronics-manufacturing-clusters-116062101231_1.html

The West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation (Webel) plans to set up two electronics manufacturing clusters at Falta and Naihati in the state.

"We have already got the approval for the Falta project from the Union government while, the Naihati project in progress. We plan to begin the work by this year,"

said Webel ED (finance), Aninda Chatterjee said on the sidelines of a CII event.

"The clusters will come up in an area of 58 acres in Falta and 70 acres in Naihati.

Webel, a state government agency responsible for electronics development in West Bengal, is already working on 16 IT parks of which 11 has been completed.

"The IT parks in Bantala, Taratala, Malda, Siliguri-Phase III, Krishnanagar will be completed by next year,"

said Chatterjee.

On hardware parks, he said the facility at Sonarpur has been completed and will be up for auction soon while the one in Kalyani is nearing completion.

APIIC seeks over 1,700 acres to set up industrial parks in Vij
Source: The Times of India; June 22, 2016

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/APIIC-seeks-over-1700-acres-to-set-up-industrial-parks-in-Vij/articleshow/52858703.cms

The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) has sought about 1,700 acres of land from the state government to set up three industrial parks around Vijayawada.

The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation's request comes in the wake of many owners of small and medium units in Balanagar and Jeedimetla industrial estates in Hyderabad expressing readiness to set up their second units in the AP capital region.

"Many small and medium entrepreneurs, who run workshops in Hyderabad, have approached us. They gave representation saying that they plan to set up their second units in the AP capital region. We have decided to allot them land in industrial parks to be set up around Vijayawada,"

APIIC chairman P Krishnaiah told TOI.

Most of the industries are related to electrical, electronics and chemical. It is expected that nearly 300 units are likely to open their shop in the capital region.

The proposed industrial parks will come up at Malavalli near Vijayawada airport (1,400 acres), Veerapanenigudem (180 acres) and Peddaram near Jaggaiahpet (100 acres). These land parcels are largely owned by the state government. However, a few acres are under private occupation. The APIIC will expedite the work once it gets the land parcels

Samsung says IoT will drive semiconductor sales
Source: ELE Times; June 22, 2016

http://www.eletimes.com/technology-news/internet-of-things-technology-news/samsung-says-iot-will-drive-semiconductor-sales/

Samsung says it will increase its chip competence and offer security and the cloud for customers to secure market share ahead of competitors such as Intel and Qualcomm

Samsung will secure more market share than its rivals in the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market by increasing its competence in semiconductors, a senior executive has said.

The company will also add value by providing more complete solutions needed for the IoT, especially security and the cloud.

Byung-se So, EVP, Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, said during a company investors forum in Seoul that IoT will lead the semiconductor market going forward and talked up the firm’s ARTIK module.

Samsung commercially launched the module in February this year. It introduced the ARTIK Cloud in April, adding cloud support for customers.

The world’s semiconductor market is growing 7 percent per year while IoT will account for 25 percent, the company said. Samsung intends to secure 53 percent of the IoT hardware market by the year 2020 by putting its chip in 6.6 billion devices in smart home, smart building, distribution, healthcare, and transportation, it added.

‘Made in India’ F-16s on radar, thanks to FDI
Source: The Hindu; June 22, 2016

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/made-in-india-f16s-on-radar-thanks-to-fdi/article8756876.ece

American military manufacturer Lockheed Martin could soon be producing F-16 fighters in an assembly line based in India, taking advantage of the new liberalised FDI conditions announced by the government on Monday.If the legendary American fighter is deployed with the Indian Air Force after local production, it would signal a historic shift in India’s military posture that could dramatically affect the country’s relations with China, Pakistan and other nations. It could also draw much criticism to the fact that India was inducting a fighter that first took to the skies more than 40 years ago.

At least two senior officials in crucial ministries handling the issue confirmed that the proposal for setting up an assembly line for F-16 fighters in India was discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the U.S. earlier this month.

An official said the negotiations with the French government for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters haven’t succeeded yet in securing a competitive price.

“Lockheed Martin, on the other hand, is keen to close down its F16 production facility in the U.S. Talks are on to invite the company to shift its F16 production line, lock, stock and barrel, to India,” he said.

Indian Defense Manufacturers to Benefit From Offsets with FDI Raised To 100 Percent
Source: Defenseworld; June 22, 2016

Indian Defense Manufacturers To Benefit From Offsets With FDI Raised To 100 Percent

American military manufacturer Lockheed Martin could soon be producing F-16 fighters in an assembly line based in India, taking advantage of the new liberalised FDI conditions announced by the government on Monday.
If the legendary American fighter is deployed with the Indian Air Force after local production, it would signal a historic shift in India’s military posture that could dramatically affect the country’s relations with China, Pakistan and other nations.
It could also draw much criticism to the fact that India was inducting a fighter that first took to the skies more than 40 years ago.

At least two senior officials in crucial ministries handling the issue confirmed that the proposal for setting up an assembly line for F-16 fighters in India was discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the U.S. earlier this month.

An official said the negotiations with the French government for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters haven’t succeeded yet in securing a competitive price.

“Lockheed Martin, on the other hand, is keen to close down its F16 production facility in the U.S. Talks are on to invite the company to shift its F16 production line, lock, stock and barrel, to India,” he said.

IESA lauds the Union Cabinet’s decision to pass Rs 10,000 cr corpus Fund of Funds for startups
Source: Electronics Maker; June 23, 2016

http://electronicsmaker.com/iesa-lauds-the-union-cabinets-decision-to-pass-rs-10000-cr-corpus-fund-of-funds-for-startups

MN Vidyashankar, President, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association Quotes: On January 15, 2016, the entire nation took an oath to drive and fast track entrepreneurship with ‘Startup India’ mission. Today, the nation got another booster with the government approving establishment of ‘Fund of Funds for Startups’ at SIDBI. Though it was announced in the form of a corpus fund of Rs. 10,000 crores, we believe that this could potentially be a nucleus of a Rs. 60,000 crores equity investment opportunity.

We commend the government for being giving the required impetus to stimulating the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. This is a significant move to address challenges like limited domestic capital and support from credible agencies and will certainly be instrumental in accelerating our ‘Make in India’ mission.

Today, India is among the most preferred investment destinations, indicating the country’s steady economic importance in the global landscape. Our entrepreneurs are bound to be fired with renewed enthusiasm and vigor, taking full advantage of the dispensation. Sooner or later, the Country will be a nation of entrepreneurs.

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