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Last Date for receiving Nomination for IESA Technovation Awards Extended till November 25, 2016
Source: IESA, October 2016

Over the years IESA has been recognizing and awarding break-through innovation in the ESDM space during Technovation Awards, covering Industry and Academic circles. Due to lot of requests and in view of the large number of holidays this month, the last date for receiving nominations for Technovation Awards 2016 has been extended till November 25, 2016. Kindly send in your nominations before the final deadline of November 25, 2016. Nomination Form available on IESA Technovation Website. Click on the link for details

Due to the IoTNext 2016 event scheduled on November 9th and 10th, 2016, the next WINWire would be updated on November 18, 2016. To attend the event please register at Please visit for more details.

Govt offers to buy 200 foreign fighter jets if they are Made in India
Source: The Economic Times; October 29, 2016

India is offering to buy hundreds of fighter planes from foreign manufacturers - as long as the jets are made in India and with a local partner, Indian Air Force(IAF) officials say.

A deal for 200 single-engine planes produced in India - which the Air Force says could rise to 300 as it fully phases out ageing Soviet-era aircraft - could be worth anything from $13-$15 billion, experts say, potentially one of the country's biggest military aircraft deals.

After a deal to buy high-end Rafale planes from France's Dassault was scaled back to just 36 jets last month, the Indian Air Force is desperately trying to speed up other acquisitions and arrest a fall in operational strength, now a third less than required to face both China and Pakistan.

But Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration wants any further military planes to be built in India with an Indian partner to kickstart a domestic aircraft industry, and end an expensive addiction to imports.

Lockheed Martin said it is interested in setting up a production line for its F-16 plane in India for not just the Indian military, but also for export. And Sweden's Saab has offered a rival production line for its Gripen aircraft, setting up an early contest for one of the biggest military plane deals in play.

4 major industries to invest 26000 cr in AP
Source: Times of India; October 29, 2016

In a major boost to the state's economy, big-ticket industries are setting their foot with huge investment. The State Industrial Promotion Board (SIPB) chaired by chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Friday cleared the proposals of four mega industries that came forward to invest Rs 26,630 crore in the new units.

The four major industries are expected to generate nearly 53,100 new jobs. Essel GCL consortium will alone invest nearly Rs 21,300 crore. Essel is setting up a solar manufacturing factory in CM Chandrababu Naidu's native Chittoor.

Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd is coming up with an investment of Rs 5,000 crore to set up a shipbuilding unit in Visakhapatnam district. Electronics major Dixon Technologies India Pvt Ltd will set up a plant in Chittoor district with an investment of Rs 150 crore.

A garment factory at a cost of Rs 180 crore will come up in Anantapur district. Gokaldas Exports Ltd will set up this factory. The SIPB approved allotment of land to all the industries that are coming up in the state. SIPB also cleared granting of industrial incentives to three other industries which came forward to set up new plants.

United Seamless Tubular Pvt Ltd, Kamineni Steel and Power Limited and Oil and Country Tubular Ltd would invest nearly Rs 300 crore. All the three plants would come up in East Godavari district. SIPB granted its nod for setting up of as many as seven other projects with an investment of Rs 1,044 crore. Three of the seven projects would make their investment in food and agro-based industries.

While Vaishnavi Mega Foodpark Ltd would invest nearly Rs 200 crore in Chittoor district, Hatsun Agro Ltd would invest Rs 50 crore in milk processing unit, which would come up in Prakasam district.

IoTNext to focus on ground realities and future developments of IoT
Source: The Tech Portal; November 2, 2016

With a mission to foster entrepreneurship globally India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) along with the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE, Bangalore Chapter), will be hosting the second edition of IoTNext to co-learn, discuss and debate current IoT deployment successes and challenges and as well as deliberate on the next wave of IoT possibilities on 9 – 10 November, 2016 at Hotel Sheraton, Bengaluru.

This year, with the theme Realities and Road Ahead, the Global IoT summit will include sessions and tracks on ‘Industrial IoT/Industry 4.0’,’Safe Nation’, ‘Smart Agriculture and Food’, ‘Road Ahead for IoT’ and ‘Innovations from India’.

The event will host a developer’s workshop in parallel and showcase top 50 IoT startups from India. For the startup ecosystem, IoTNext will have a panel discussion on how the incubators and accelerators can help the IoT startups with a star cast of hardware/IoT accelerators like SINE (IIT Mumbai), IKP EDEN, NASSCOM Deity IoT CoE and as well as HAX.

The billion dollar startup firm, General Electric will be presenting their IoT platform Predix. Harish Dave, Deputy Managing Director of NABARD will outline the role of technology in doubling farmer’s income and Cybersecurity for IoT will be explored with insights from Defcon and BlackHat. Speaking about the event, M N Vidyashankar, President, IESA, says,

Govt backs sops for local handset manufacturing under GST
Source:; November 2, 2016

Differential rate of duty and incentives should continue while goods and services tax (GST) is implemented, a top government official said, adding that finding a way to integrate the two was work in progress.

"As far as department of IT and electronics and Department of Telecom is concerned, we believe that differential duty structure has had a very important role to play in seeding the manufacturing of mobile phones in India," telecom secretary JS Deepak said, when asked about continuation of duty differential when GST is implemented.

"These are measures which are required along with incentives to offset disabilities, these are not permanent measures. We're advocating that these kind of benefits should continue for a while, how it is to be done is work in progress," he said, while speaking at an industry event.

Mobile phone manufacturers have approached the government, more recently the finance ministry, seeking continuation of the differential duty structure and the benefits that come with it, which they fear may become a casualty when the GST comes into effect.

Absence of these incentives could put at risk a manufacturing industry that is now worth Rs 54,000 crore and is expected to grow to Rs 94,000 crore by the end of this fiscal year.

Telecom Secretary backs differential rate of duty and incentives under GST regime
Source: The Economic Times; November 2, 2016

A top government official has advocated continuation of differential rate of duty and incentives when the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is implemented, highlighting the impact it can have on local manufacturing.

“As far as department of IT and electronics and Department of Telecom is concerned,” Telecom Secretary JS Deepak said, “we believe that differential duty structure has had a very important role to play in seeding the manufacturing of mobile phones in India.”

These measures, required along with incentives to offset local disabilities, shouldn’t be a permanent feature, he said while speaking at an industry event. “We're advocating that these kind of benefits should continue for a while; how it is to be done is work in progress.”

Mobile phone manufacturers had approached the government, more recently the finance ministry, seeking continuation of the differential duty structure and the benefits that come with it, which they fear may become a casualty when the GST comes into effect.

Absence of these incentives could put at risk a manufacturing industry that is now worth Rs 54,000 crore and is expected to grow to Rs 94,000 crore by the end of this fiscal year, they said.

If the duty differential is not continued, it may also threaten the proposed Phased Manufacturing Programme that seeks to make 1.2 billion mobile phones — worth Rs 15 lakh crore by 2025-26 and potentially employing 5.8 million people, handset makers said.

Intex, Tata Institute of Social Sciences tie-up to provide academic qualification to semi-skilled workers
Source: Business Standard; November 2, 2016

Intex Technologies, one of the leading mobile handset and consumer durable company in its efforts to support PM's Skill India initiative, has collaborated with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to provide formal academic training and qualification to its pool of semi-skilled manpower in Noida factories hailing from remote parts of the country.

This program offers an excellent opportunity to youngsters who would like to continue their studies while gaining employable skills.

As part of the association, Intex as the skill knowledge partner will provide practical on-job training to school pass-outs at its manufacturing plant in Noida and TISS, a leading academic institute and a deemed university from Mumbai, will be running a three year Bachelors in Vocational Studies or B. Voc (with Specialisation in Electronics Manufacturing).

The identified students and industrial workforce working eight hours per day in the Noida factory will be simultaneously enrolled with TISS for their graduation program. After the eight hour work schedule, the workforce is given two hours of academic training in Bachelors in Vocational Studies (Specialisation in Electronics Manufacturing) program designed by TISS.

The course will be a three year or six semester program and will be conducted at a premise adjacent to the Intex factory building in Noida keeping in mind the convenience of the workforce/students.

IT-Electronics industry leaders keen to see implementation of GST Law
Source: Voice and Data; November 2, 2016

The much awaited and talked about GST regime in India is finally attaining certainty with a four-slab GST tax structure of 6, 12, 18 and 26 per cent being mooted at the GST Council meet after unveiling of the Model GST Law in June 2016 (GST Law).

The government, which proposes to implement the new pan-India indirect tax regime from the start of the next fiscal in April 2017, has been moving ahead with finalizing online processes for registration, refunds, returns filing and payments.

Manufacturers’ Association of Information Technology (MAIT) appreciates the concerted efforts of the Government to bring all stakeholders on board to finalize India’s new GST Law, which appears to be comprehensive in its approach.

Stakeholders are optimistic that the GST tax structure being discussed will be in favor of the ICT industry. MAIT is recognized by both Govt. and Industry for its role in the growth and development of the IT Hardware industry in India and has emerged as a strong and effective mouthpiece of the industry in the government corridors.

“MAIT is very keen to see implementation of GST, which can potentially transform the Indian economy into a major global player. While the direct benefits would be on account of simplification of tax collection process, we foresee substantial increase in revenue collections that would enable government to enhance infrastructure spending.

Samsung Electronics to invest more than $1 billion in U.S. chip production
Source: PC Mag; November 2, 2016

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it planned to invest more than $1 billion by the end of June 2017 to boost production of system chips at its Austin, Texas, facilities in the United States to meet growing demand.

The South Korean firm, the world's second-largest chipmaker behind Intel Corp, said in a statement its investment would boost output of chips for mobile and other electronics devices from its existing facilities in the city.

The investment comes after Samsung said last week its capital expenditure for 2016 would rise to a record 27 trillion won ($24 billion), with 13.2 trillion won earmarked for its semiconductor business.

While most of Samsung's semiconductor profits come from memory chip sales, it has been trying to boost earnings from other products including its own Exynos mobile processors and contract manufacturing deals with clients such as Qualcomm Inc and Nvidia Corp.

Samsung did not give further details for its investment plans in Austin, such as how much production capacity would be added.

India's Manufacturing Sector Growth Hits Nearly 2-Year High In October: PMI
Source: Silicon India; November 2, 2016

Manufacturing sector growth in India hit a 22-month high in October, driven by a sharp and accelerated increase in new orders, purchasing activity and output, a monthly survey showed on Tuesday.

The Nikkei Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) — a gauge of manufacturing performance — rose to 54.4 in October from 52.1 in September, indicative of a robust improvement in manufacturing business conditions in the country.

A reading above 50 in terms of manufacturing performance indicates expansion, while the marking below it means contraction.

"October data provide positive news for India's economy, as manufacturing output and new orders expanded at the fastest rates in 46 and 22 months, respectively," Pollyanna De Lima, Economist at IHS Markit and author of the report, said.

In October, output increased for the 10th straight month and at the quickest rate in nearly four years and survey respondents attributed the latest rise in production to strong growth of new orders.

"The sector looks to be building on the foundation of the implied pick-up in growth in the previous quarter," Lima said but added that the extended easing cycle of the Reserve Bank, however, brought upside risks to inflation.

"Smartphones have an integral part to play in the connected world of future"
Source: TelecomTiger; November 2, 2016

MediaTek, world’s leading Fabless semiconductor company, is growing very fast, thanks to increasing demand for connected devices.

In an interview with Manoj Gairola, Editor of TelecomTiger, Kuldeep Malik, Country Head – Corporate Sales International, MediaTek India Technology Pvt. Ltd. shares his views about the industry trends and the market. Excerpts:

MediaTek is known for designing chipsets for consumer electronics and fables semiconductors. When did you start designing chipsets for IOT?

MediaTek has been continuously delivering best-in-class technological solutions across categories since 1997, and entered the India market in 2004. With steady growth, we are now Asia’s largest and worldwide #3 fabless semiconductor company, by revenue.

After successfully establishing the Company in feature phone market in India, MediaTek entered the Smartphone business in 2011 and since, has seen a steady growth with continual innovative solutions across 2G, 3G and 4G LTE.

We have been successful in delivering solutions timely to meet market requirements in India. Say for instance, our LTE platforms already cover the available LTE bands, and key features such as VoLTE/ViLTE/VoWiFi, and we have begun working towards fulfilling the upcoming market requirement such as carrier aggregation to fulfill higher bandwidth demand in the coming times.

India should take dual path to promote manufacturing sector: Report
Source: The Hindu Business Line; November 3, 2016

The maximum possible growth for the manufacturing sector under the ‘Make in India programme’ can only be realised if the country strikes a balance between export-led and domestic-demand led growth, said credit rating agency Crisil in a report.

Evidence points to countries having taken a dual path, Crisil said, adding India will need to nurture its export potential to make its goods competitive, yet lean on fast-expanding domestic demand to promote its manufacturing sector.

Given the subdued global demand conditions and its exaggerated impact on India compared with other emerging Asian peers, on the one hand, and its large market size, on the other, the report suggested that India should focus more on domestic demand-led growth.

“However, given that India is well-integrated with the global economy, it must constantly strive to improve its competitiveness rather than follow protectionist policies.

“As seen from various competitiveness rankings, India seems to be moving in this direction. There are two roads (export-led and domestic demand led growth), and India must necessarily walk both, to achieve the full potential of its Make in India programme,” the report said.

Underscoring that not every advanced country has benefitted from free trade, though at the aggregate level it has benefitted both importing and exporting nations, the agency felt that this is now breeding discontent in the segments that have been left out, leading to a backlash against trade.

India should focus on domestic market to boost manufacturing: Crisil
Source: The Economic Times; November 3, 2016

Stressing on the need to focus on the domestic market to boost manufacturing, rating agency Crisil today said the country needs to do a lot more to encourage the high-employment sector.

"India can nurture growth in its manufacturing sector only if it strikes a balance between export-led and domestic demand-led growth. And that will require relentless efforts on improving the competitiveness of our manufacturing sector," it said in a report.

The report, which comes days after India was ranked low in the global ease of doing business rankings, said manufacturing sector cannot be competitive in face of difficulties.

These include inadequate physical infrastructure like reliable power and water, inflexible labour laws and an "opaque" land acquisition system, it said.

Even after the goods are produced, they face problems because of the inefficiencies in the system like logistical bottlenecks which results in higher costs, the report said.

It said the government will also have to ensure purchasing power across all sections for pushing the domestic consumption as well.

"Policy measures that ensure distribution of income growth to all sections will sustain domestic demand-led growth. This need not be achieved by merely subsiding the poor, but also by empowering them to participate in the growth process," Crisil said.

Good news for startups: 36 new funds with $1.65 bn in pocket to begin shopping soon
Source: VC Circle; November 3, 2016

The investment tide that ebbed in 2016 is likely to turn in 2017. As investors turned cautious this year refusing to part with their cash, and in turn, leaving a crunch in the market that saw startups as well as small and medium enterprises gasping for funds, there are indications that a new dawn is just around the corner.

At least 36 new investment funds have been launched in the past 10 months by existing as well as new set of investors, thus, indicating that investors’ faith in India growth story is intact. More than 38% of these funds have been raised already and their managers have already begun scouting for good investment opportunities.

Research by VCCEdge, the data and analytics arm of News Corp VCCircle shows that these funds are likely to garner over $3.6 billion over the next few months. Of the 36 funds identified by VCCircle, 14 have already raised $1.65 billion.

Amongst the new investment firms, the largest funds launched this year include Reliance Jio Digital India Startup Fund with a corpus target of $745 million, followed by Maitreyi Digital India Fund with the fund size of $222 million.

Among the established funds, Sequoia Capital leads the pack with a fund-raise of $920 million followed by Matrix India with a fund size of $110 million.

India hosts ICANN's 57th annual general meeting in Hyderabad
Source: Business Standard; November 3, 2016

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN), which is a private non-profit organisation managing internet protocol numbers and domain name system roots, began its 57th annual general meeting on Thursday in Hyderabad.

The seven-day-long meeting, which is the first gathering after the United States relinquished its stewardship over internet governance, focuses on enhancing its outreach and engagement with a global audience, besides improving capacity building measures.

The conference, scheduled to take place between November 3 and 9, would discuss the transition of internet governance into a multi-stakeholder community model, besides speaking about issues related to domain name system.

"As per the recommendations of the meeting's strategy group, this meeting will showcase the work of ICANN. It will feature two public forum sessions and eight community-driven high-interest topic sessions. apart from other outreach and engagement activities," said Goran Marby, Chief Executive Officer, ICANN.

He added that the event will also recognise contributions from within the community through its recognition programmes.

This is the second time India is hosting the meeting. The first time when an ICANN meeting was held in India was in 2008. The Union Ministry of Electronics and Communication, which has been hosting the annual meeting, is pursuing some of the issues with the company that involve establishing a root server that handles domain name functions.

IIT Patna signs MoU with Tektronix for Research in Emerging Technologies
Source: Ena India; November 4, 2016

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with electronics test and measuring equipment manufacturing company Tektronix. The MoU is expected to facilitate cooperation between the two in the field of emerging technologies.

As part of the MoU Tektronix will share the latest trends in technology with IIT Patna that can then be used by the faculty of the IIT Patna to revise their subjects, curriculum and research activities.

The MoU was signed by the Director of IIT Patna Pushpak Bhattacharyya and Chief Technical Officer – India and ASEAN, Tektronix, Naresh Kumar.

As part of the MoU students and faculty of IIT Patna will get access to the products of Tektronix that will be used to provide hands-on-training to students and faculty on the use equipment like power electronics, embedded systems, RF measurements, semiconductor characterisation.

The MoU is aimed at strengthening and improving industry-university collaboration so that industry driven research and innovation activities are carried out by students.

This will also go a long way in improving the innovative capabilities of the students of IIT Patna as this collaboration will not only provide them the opportunity to get practical knowledge but also to remain up-to-date with the latest trends in the field of technology. (ENA Bureau)

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