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India and Japan reaffirm their commitment towards a secure and accessible cyberspace
Source: Yahoo India News; August 19, 2017

https://in.news.yahoo.com/india-japan-reaffirm-commitment-towards-170156825.html

India and Japan have reaffirmed their commitment to a secure and accessible >cyberspace during the Second India-Japan Cyber Dialogue held here on Thursday, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

"Japan and India reaffirmed their commitment to an open, free, secure, stable, peaceful and accessible cyberspace, enabling economic growth and innovation," the statement said.

"In particular, both sides reaffirmed that existing international law is generally applicable in cyberspace and that no country should conduct or support ICT-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to its companies or commercial sector," it stated.

According to the statement, the areas of discussion included domestic cyber policy landscape, cyber threats and mitigation, mechanism on bilateral cooperation and possible cooperation at various international and regional fora.

The Indian delegation also made a presentation on the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space to be held in New Delhi on 23-24 November this year."Both sides shared the view that they will deepen the dialogues at various levels including through the Japan-India Cyber Dialogue," the statement said. The Indian side comprised representatives from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Home Affairs, National Security Council Secretariat, Central Bureau of Investigation, Department of Telecommunication, National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre and the National Investigation Agency and was led by Sanjay Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Centre pledges its full support for Startup Inc
Source: ETTelecom.com; August 19, 2017

http://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/centre-pledges-its-full-support-for-startup-inc/60128743

Key central ministers pledged the wholehearted support of the Narendra Modi administration for startups and announced measures to help entrepreneurs innovate in areas of national priority and overcome eligibility barriers in government contracts.

Under the new General Financial Rules, the government will give priority to products from startups in official procurement, said Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union minister for electronics & information technology and law & justice, at the ET Startups Awards 2017 on Friday.

The announcement addresses a long-standing demand of startup entrepreneurs, who feel stringent eligibility criteria prevent them from participating in government contracts. This will also help government get access to new innovations and ideas developed by startups to solve critical problems.

“This is just the beginning of the hand holding of the government (for startups); money will not be a problem,” said Prasad, who also announced that the government will open 100,000 or more data sets of citizen-related information for startups to use for innovation on a licence but without a fee.

The government will also give a Challenge Grant of Rs 5 crore each for companies innovating in the fields of health, agriculture and cybersecurity, Prasad announced. Piyush Goyal, Union minister of state for power, coal, renewable energy and mines, promised all out support for startups.

India pitches $350-m investment ideas to Taiwan electronic makers
Source: Hindu Business Line; August 20, 2017

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/india-pitches-350-m-investment-ideas-to-taiwan-electronic-makers/article9824303.ece

Aiming to make India a manufacturing hub for electronics and semiconductors, the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), a body representing the country’s Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, is opening its first overseas office in Taipei, Taiwan, today.

The office will be inaugurated by Ashwini K. Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA; Mignonne Chan, who will head the Taiwanese office and delegates from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Kerala – the first three States to promote investment opportunities among Taiwanese electronic manufacturers.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (Teema) to promote co-operation and investment between Indian and Taiwanese companies in the ESDM industry was signed in 2015. Opening an office in Taipei comes as the next step of this co-operation.

Last week, 14 Taiwanese companies visited Bengaluru to meet local manufacturers and explore investment opportunities.

“The enthusiasm of Taiwanese companies is amazing. Earlier, they were looking at the countries that are their neighbours, but now they are looking at South Asia broadly and India is a focus country,” MN Vidyashankar, President, IESA, said, in an interview to BusinessLine. “With this initiative we are targeting $350 million investment in the next three years.”

Transforming India into a knowledge-based economy
Source: The Hans India; August 20, 2017

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Hans/2017-08-20/Transforming-India-into-a-knowledge-based-economy/320391

Knowledge-based economies use ICT, innovation and research, higher education and specialized skills to create, disseminate and apply knowledge for growth. Transformational idea emanates from knowledge institutions. This can then be put to practical use by a for-profit company.

Advanced Asian economies such as Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taipei and China have successfully shifted from agriculture to manufacturing to knowledge-based industries. China and India, have built pockets of knowledge-based growth, but have not yet translated this into a broader economic model. Countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Lao have yet to really embark upon knowledge-based growth.

Importance of creating a knowledge-based economy

A shift to innovation-based growth would help countries avoid the middle-income trap and also address rising income inequalities.

The advantage of availability of cheap labour from which countries like India and China and others in the region derive the strength that adds so much value to their economies is likely to disappear in the near future.

Some examples from across the world shows how knowledge based economies are already transforming economies and can have an effect on job creation and affect industries in India.

India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) sets up its First Overseas Office in Taipei
Source: The Telegraph; August 21, 2017

https://www.telegraphindia.com/pressrelease/prnw/62398/india-electronics-semiconductor-association-iesa-sets-up-its.html

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) - the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, announced the launch of its first-ever international office situated in Taipei, Taiwan. Dr. Mignonne Chan, Director General, IESA (Taiwan) along with Mr. Ashwini K. Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA and delegates from partner states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Kerala were present at the IESA - Taiwan office launch in addition to the many distinguished guests from Taiwan. The office is housed in Taipei 101 Office Tower. Both India and Taiwan attach immense importance to the event with 100 key players drawn from business, government, academia and media gracing the inauguration.

Mr. Ashwini K Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA, designated Dr. Man-Jung Mignonne Chan as Director General of IESA (Taipei Office) by handing over the official seal, followed by many blessings and welcome remarks from Mr. Gince Mattam, Deputy Director General of the India Taipei Association; Mr. Sing-Ying Lee, Director General, Department of International Cooperation & Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Jang-Hwa Leu, Director General, Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs; Mdm. Jen-Ni Yang, Director General, Ministry of Economic Affairs; Mr. Chiou Chyou-Huey, Director General, Department of Academia-Industry Collaboration & Science Park Affairs, Ministry of Science & Technology; Dr. Lin-Wu Kuo, Vice Chairman, TAITRA; and Dr. Mumin Chen, Secretary General, Taiwan-India Parliamentary Friendship Association.

Innovate 2020: A platform for startups
Source: The New Indian Express; August 21, 2017

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/2017/aug/21/innovate-2020-a-platform-for-startups-1646315.html

The UK-headquartered Kloudpad will launch its ‘Innovate 2020’ programme, a new platform to help startups in Kerala to bring new products and services to the market. Kloudpad will also set up its new Research and Development division - ‘Cloudsys Analytics Labs’ in Kochi.

Innovate 2020 will encourage technology, engineering and electronics entrepreneurs from South India to join Kloudpad’s billion pound growth vision for 2020 with a focus on wireless, embedded engineering and cognitive software. Meanwhile the Cloudsys Analytical Labs will run the Innovate 2020 programme, providing companies with advice on product development, as well as access to the right funding and global commercial opportunities.

Cloudsys will also showcase new technologies specifically designed for smart cities solutions including healthcare automation devices, facial recognition software, smart meters and intelligent character recognition, amongst others.

Salzer Electronics targets revenue of Rs 1000 cr by 2021
Source: India Today; August 21, 2017

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/salzer-electronics-targets-revenue-of-rs-1000-cr-by-2021/1/1030934.html

Salzer Electronics, engaged in manufacturing of wide range of electrical products, today said it is looking at 15 per cent CAGR growth and intends to emerge as Rs 1,000 crore company by 2021, following global technology alliances and enhance the proportion of value-added products.

"We expect Rs 430 crore turnover by FY 18, Rs 520 crore by FY 19 and intend to emerge as a Rs 1,000 crore company by 2021," Salzer Electronics managing director R Doraiswamy told PTI here.

"We believe that revenues from our existing products are expected to grow at a 15 per cent CAGR during this period. Going forward the companys focus is to achieve profitable growth by adding newer products, which are customised and value-added in nature, exploring newer geographies, which can yield better margins," he said.

The company has grown revenues from Rs 55 crore in 2006-07 to Rs 384 crore in 2016-17 - seven times in 10 years; net profit improved from Rs 3 crore to Rs 17 crore during the period.

"We are looking at business-enhancing investments in global technology alliances and entering into multi-year product partnerships with large MNCs. We are also focusing on bringing technologically advanced products into India at attractive costs," Doraiswamy said.

Our marquee relationships continue to be robust; our GE relationship doubled in quantum during the last financial year to aggregate 5 per cent of revenues while we remained Schneiders preferred global vendor for magnetics (7 per cent of revenues).

IESA reaches Taiwan to feed electronic demand, reduce reliance on China
Source: Business Standard; August 21, 2017

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/iesa-reaches-taiwan-to-feed-electronic-demand-reduce-reliance-on-china-117082100723_1.html

The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) has opened its first international office in Taiwan as India is increasingly looking at the country to feed its growing demand for electronics and the chips that power them and reducing its reliance on China.

IESA, which functions as a lobby group for India's electronics manufacturing industry, is not only looking at promoting sourcing components from Taiwan but to also get manufacturers from the country to set up shop in India.

"India has seen emerging green shoots in the Electronics, Systems Design and Manufacturing space in the recent times. We believe India has a strong proposition to offer to Taiwanese investors, and look forward to enabling the trade bridge between the countries," said Ashwini K Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA.

India's new policy to boost semiconductor and electronics manufacturing in the country has been received positively by the industry, but in order for the sector to grow at the pace required collaboration with countries and industries with experience in the space is required.

A grouping of Taiwanese electronic firms has begun the groundwork to set up a cluster on the outskirts of Bengaluru, which potentially could see investments of nearly $300-500 million over the next few years. Some of these firms are looking to collaborate with local companies to transfer knowledge and build a strong ecosystem that would become a base not just for India, but also similar global markets.

IIT Bombay and ISRO’s SCL indigenously augment their 180-nanometer Technology for versatile and powerful chips
Source: Indian Education Dairy; August 21, 2017

https://indiaeducationdiary.in/iit-bombay-isros-scl-indigenously-augment-180-nanometer-technology-versatile-powerful-chips/

Internet-of-Things (IoT) connects sensors & appliance to computers and the internet to make an intelligent system. Essentially, this network of system will “see” situations instantaneously (through sensors), make “smart decisions” (using the internet / computer) and respond (with tool/appliance) seamlessly. It requires many specialized integrated circuits (ICs) to create this network in different environments of national interest e.g. a home, hospital, factory or paddy field. For example, a sensor IC may measure (e.g. soil moisture or room temperature or blood oxygen level in a patient) and communicate to a controller IC to enable a response (e.g. optimal irrigation or energy-efficient air-conditioning or timely drug delivery respectively). The sensors are normally “analog” as it reports a specific value of moisture/ temperature/ oxygen within a range – while this is converted into a simplified “digital” information in a computer for decision-making. Thus such new age applications require versatile ICs capable of processing both analog and digital information (i.e. mixed signal).

Bi-CMOS (short for Bipolar-CMOS) technology enables mixed signal ICs. It combines two transistor technologies in one chip – the high-speed and high power Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT), and low speed and low power Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS). In simple terms, CMOS are equivalent of miniature on-off switches (i.e. digital) while BJTs are like miniature fan regulator dials (i.e. analog) that smoothly control the fan-speed.

India initiates review of IT imports from China
Source: The Hans India; August 21, 2017

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/News-Analysis/2017-08-22/India-initiates-review-of-IT-imports-from-China/320763

Amid the Doklam standoff, India appears to have opened a whole new front with China which could potentially escalate into a trade war. On August 16, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) initiated a review of the IT products imported from China in the wake of growing concerns over data security.

The government has issued a notice to 21 such manufacturers including Samsung, Apple and the Indian manufacturer Micromax to file reports confirming their compliance with government laid standards. The notice has a direct bearing on big players from China such as Xiaomi, Gionee, Oppo and Vivo, who have swept the Indian smartphone market and hold a combined market share at 54 per cent, as of June 2017.

Such a review could also bring suppliers across the globe in the telecom and networking segment under scrutiny, including Chinese telecom players like Huawei and ZTE. The government’s decision has to be seen in the context of three issue areas. Firstly, given the deep inroads Chinese electronics and IT products have made in the hardware and telecom market, genuine security concerns have arisen regarding the protection of data and personal information of millions of Indian users traversing over the networking equipment.

Amitabh Kant to launch nation-building campaign 'Mentor India' tomorrow
Source: Business Standard; August 22, 2017

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/amitabh-kant-to-launch-nation-building-campaign-mentor-india-tomorrow-117082201061_1.html

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is slated to launch the Mentor India Campaign, a strategic nation building initiative to engage leaders who can guide and mentor students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs, established across the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission, here on Wednesday.

The campaign, Mentor India is aimed at maximising the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs, possibly the biggest disruption in formal education globally, wherein the idea is to engage leaders who will nurture and guide students in the Atal Tinkering Labs.

These labs are non-prescriptive by nature, and mentors are expected to be enablers rather than instructors.

The think tank is seeking leaders who can spend anywhere between one to two hours every week in one or more such labs to enable students experience, learn and practice future skills such as design and computational thinking.

Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated works spaces where students from Class VI to Class 12 learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India. The labs are powered to acquaint students with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, robotics and electronics development tools, Internet of things and sensors.

Mitac to invest in India-based IT manufacturer
Source: Digitimes; August 22, 2017

http://digitimes.com/news/a20170821PD207.html

Mitac Holding has announced a plan to invest in India-based Infopower Technologies and will become a major shareholder of the firm. Infopower is a manufacturer of printed circuit board (PCB) and an electronics product assembly service provider.

The two firms expect the cooperation to expand their business reaches.

Infopower's manufacturing base is located in Noida, India and Mitac is looking to leverage the factory's production capabilities to strengthen the presence in the embedded product, industrial PC and car electronics markets.

The investment will be completed by the end of September; however, Mitac has not revealed the amount of the investment or the shares in Infopower.

Mitac's consumer electronics products such as portable navigation devices (PNDs) and driving recorders so far have not yet entered the India market, but the partnership with Infopower is expected to help Mitac introduce its devices into the India market especially since Infopower is a major Internet of Things (IoT) for the car sector in India.

Inforpower is a Sahasra Group company. The India-based Sahasra was set up in 2000, consisting of six business groups providing end-to-end electronic solutions from design, manufacturing to distribution.

UK-based firm to launch Innovate-2020 to help Kerala based start-ups
Source: Times of India; August 23, 2017

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thiruvananthapuram/uk-based-firm-to-launch-innovate-2020-to-help-kerala-based-start-ups/articleshow/60187541.cms

UK-based Company Kloudpad is set to launch Innovate-2020 program with an R & D division called 'Cloudsys Analytical Labs' at Kochi on Wednesday, as a platform to help Kerala based start-ups and to bring new products and services into the market. It forms of its plan to invest about Rs 5,000 crore for a high-tech electronics manufacturing hub in Kerala, supporting Prime Minister Modi's 'Make in India' campaign.

Earlier, Kloudpad had planned to invest Rs 1000 crore in Kerala, yet chose Tamil Nadu for the project. Interestingly, now the same firm plans to make five times the earlier proposed investment in Kerala. Its electronics hub will manufacture products for intelligent integrated transport and offer the wireless backbone for the ambitious Smart City project in Kochi.

"UK based firm Kloudpad which began as a start-up at Kent by two Kerala born brothers Aromal and Abhishek in 2010 now plans to launch `Innovate 2020' with its electronic hub and R &D facility at Kochi on August 23. As part of that, it will engage 20 exciting young start-ups offering them support, while planning to become a billion dollar company as part of its growth path in Kerala," British Deputy High Commissioner Bharat Joshi told TOI.

Investments from India continue to go up despite Brexit: Sr UK official
Source: Business Standard; August 23, 2017

http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/basket-of-attributes-offered-by-uk-to-india-is-unmatched-catherine-reines-117082300421_1.html

Over the last couple of months, representatives from Ireland, France and Germany have come to India pitching their nations as possible investment destinations for Indian companies, apprehensive of changes in tax and company law in a post Brexit United Kingdom. However, in India to hold discussions on boosting trade and investments, Catherine Raines, Director General of International Trade and Investment of the UK government tells Subhayan Chakraborty that inbound investments from India continue to go up.

How is the UK planning to retain Indian businesses looking to shift base to other nations due to apprehensions about changes in corporation and taxation laws post-Brexit?

An Indian company looking to invest will find that the basket of attributes offered by the UK is unmatched by any other country. So, Ireland may say they have lower taxes. That may be true. But what Ireland hasn’t got is all the attributes. The UK has a tax rate of 19%, lowest in the G7. UK has very rapid setup of business – you can set up within 13 days - whereas the global average is 35. We are 7th in the global ease of doing business ranking. We have a fantastic skill base apart from robust labour laws and flexibilities which are far ahead of France and Germany. We have a fantastic financial sector with very deep and very liquid capital as well as an independent regulatory system. No other country has all of these together.

The world's first $9 IoT Platform
Source: kickstarter.com; August 24, 2017

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/boltiot/the-worlds-first-9-iot-platform

Even though IoT is growing at an exceptional speed, developers and makers around the world are unable to match up with their developmental speed. This is because of the many separate elements required to build a project. You need to aggregate, learn how to integrate from a clutter of resources on the net. Bolt brings you just the right tools to help you build your projects at lightning speed.

The Platform let’s you remotely configure and initialise the pins on your Bolt WiFi module. Which means you can adapt to hardware setup changes that have been made remotely when you want to add more sensors or actuators to your existing product. The configuration is highly intuitive because of the GUI based pin selector on the dashboard.

The Bolt Cloud gives you the option to code directly on the dashboard besides uploading the codes that you have saved offline. These codes that you build are your ‘products’ and can be linked to any of your Bolt devices Over the Air.

Compiled by IESA Research

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