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‘Govt is focussing on advance technology’
Source: Times of India; March 11, 2017

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/govt-is-focussing-on-advance-technology/articleshow/57598190.cms

What is the present status of IT sector in AP?

Andhra Pradesh is better in IT and IT enabled sectors compared with other states. It has set a target of developing financial technology, IT, electronics and hardware technology. Simultaneously, we are going to make the state run on e-governance. We selected Vizag as hub for financial technology, Vijayawada for IT and IT enabled services and Tirupati for hardware and electronics.

What is happening in Vizag?

We have signed several MoUs to develop financial technology in Vizag. Many companies are coming forward. We require university collaboration, centre for excellence, manpower and industries. At present, we are looking at creating the infrastructure.

How long does it take to see development in IT and allied sectors?

It takes time. We are interacting with startups. The government is focussing on advance technology like data availability, blockchain technology and cyber security. It is not just focussing on establishing BPOs. Hence this will take time to grow.

What is the IT sector's turnover?

In the year 2013-14, IT sector earned Rs 1,629 crore. In 2014-15, it was Rs 1,850 crore, while in 2015-16, its was Rs 2,450 crore. In 2016-17 earnings grew to Rs 5,300 crore. 369 IT companies are working in the state with 35,934 employees. Earlier, IT was only in Hyderabad, but now we are focussing on developing the sector in Vizag, Vijayawada and Tirupati.

Rise Of Foreign Direct Investment In India
Source: Business World ; March 14, 2017

http://businessworld.in/article/Rise-Of-Foreign-Direct-Investment-In-India/14-03-2017-114335/

The major purpose behind ‘Make in India’ initiative is job creation and skill enhancement in all the major sectors of the economy. In September 2014, the government increased the foreign investment upper limit with an aim to promote India as an important investment destination and a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation.

In 2013, India was ranked 15th in terms of FDI inflow, it rose up to 9th position in 2014, and in 2015 India overtook the U.S and China as the top destination for foreign direct investment. The success in FDI for India in such a short span is worth applauding.

Looking at the statistics, FDI during October 2014 and May 2016 grew 46 per cent from $42.31 to $61.58 billion after the launch of ‘Make in India’ campaign. Singapore, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Unites States accounts for major share of FDI inflows in India.

The government of India is taking various measures like opening FDI in various sectors of the economy and improving ease of doing business. Agriculture, Civil Aviation, Courier Service, Defense, Education, Pharma, Railway, Telecom, Tourism, Food products are some sectors under the ‘Make in India’ initiative where 100 per cent FDI is permitted.

Sectors that attract maximum FDI include services, trading, automobile, and power. The state-wise analysis shows Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh together attracted more than 70% of total FDI. The government has approved more than 259 proposals for setting up special economic zones relating to IT sector.

Arun Jaitley Assumes Additional Charge, Humungous Tasks Ahead For Manohar Parrikar’s Successor In Defence Ministry
Source: Defence Aviation Post; March 14, 2017

https://defenceaviationpost.com/arun-jaitley-assumed-the-additional-charge-of-the-defence-ministry/

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday assumed the additional charge of the defence ministry until Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets a suitable candidate to hold this coveted and strategic portfolio of defence.

In PM Modi’s own words, India’s Defence manufacturing will contribute the maximum in India’s flagship Make in India program. Accordingly, the choice of a permanent defence minister assumes immense significance, more so when quiet a few significant programs in the defence sector are on the verge of being finalised.

“It is a big responsibility, I will start from where Manohar Parrikar Ji left,” a humble Jaitley said on taking additional charge as Defence Minister.

During his two and a half year stint as India’s defence minister, Parrikar brought in a series of policies and programs that imparted the much needed push to the sector. Putting an end to the policy paralysis that existed during the UPA regime, Parrikar cleared procurement of Rs 1.5 lakh worth of equipments by regularly chairing monthly meetings of the Defence Acquisition Council, a body that during the UPA regime met once in six months.

Be it the announcement of the new Defence Procurement Policy, 2016 in March last year in line with government’s ‘Make in India’ programme, or his regular interactions with the industry and PSUs and holding regular meetings of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), Parrikar had put in place a mechanism that will not be an easy task for his successor.

Telangana's T-Hub plans five-fold expansion of its startup incubator
Source: Business Standard; March 14, 2017

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/telangana-s-t-hub-plans-fivefold-expansion-of-its-startup-incubator-117031400397_1.html

T-Hub, a public-private startup initiative by the Telangana state government, is planning a five-fold expansion of its operations with a new facility that will span between 300,000 and 350,000 square feet. The facility could become the largest of its kind in the world when it becomes operational in mid-2018.

The new facility will help Telangana retain the title of the state with the largest startup incubator, which is being challenged by the Deshpande Foundation’s upcoming facility at Hubballi, Karnataka this September. The current T-Hub startup incubation centre in Hyderabad is the largest in the country at 70,000 square feet.

“It’s an incubator. Today we have 70,000 square feet and the new one will be between 3-3.5 lakh square feet. That will be one of the largest in the world. The government is handling the investment piece, they’re building it out and handing it to us,” said Srinivas Kollipara, founder and CEO of T-Hub.

T-Hub says that the phase two expansion will allow it to grow beyond fostering two and three member startups, to helping slightly later stage startups. The organisation is now looking to create Hyderabad’s first truly successful startups, giving the ecosystem a much-needed perception boost it needs.

The number of seats the upcoming facility will be able to house is still under discussion, as plans for space to be allocated to different labs is being considered. Moreover, with a the company looking at larger startups, the number of companies operating out of the new facility will not be directly proportional to the increase in space.

Artificial intelligence, cybersecurity centres to be set up
Source: The Hindu; March 14, 2017

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/artificial-intelligence-cybersecurity-centres-to-be-set-up/article17469595.ece

The government said it intends to formulate a policy for hi-tech industries like 3D printing, robotics, big data, Artificial Intelligence, and machine learning.

The budget has proposed to set up a centre of excellence in data sciences and an artificial intelligence and cybersecurity centre. It said the government is setting up these centres keeping in mind the emerging technologies and to create necessary technical resources, skill development, in collaboration with entrepreneurs to give thrust to capacity building.

During 2017-18, a total grant of Rs. 299 crore has been provided to IT, BT and Science and Technology Department. The budget proposes to establish artificial intelligence and robotics centre at IIIT, Bengaluru at a cost of Rs. 5 crore.

In order to explore the potential of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) through a coordinated pilot in agriculture, urban development and heritage destinations, an amount of Rs. 2 crore will be provided.

There is a proposal to established VLSI (very-large-scale integration) incubator and Brown Field ESDM (electronic system design and manufacturing) cluster in Hubballi in collaboration with entrepreneurs. The objective is to create a new conceptual innovative environment system and vibrant technology in tier two and tier three cities.

Technology-based police accessories, including downloadable apps, will be installed to enable early response of police, especially where offences against women and children are involved.

India strong asset in our operations, says Magneti Marelli CEO Pietro Gorlier
Source: Economic Times; March 14, 2017

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/interviews/india-strong-asset-in-our-operations-says-magneti-marelli-ceo-pietro-gorlier/articleshow/57610983.cms

IWith new emission limits being implemented in all major automotive markets, vehicle manufacturers would have to look at ‘some sort of electrification’ of the powertrain. Auto components major Magneti Marelli’s global chief executive officer Pietro Gorlier tells ET that his company is working on developing cost-effective environment-friendly powertrains and the Indian R&D team is contributing significantly to the line-up. Gorlier is also of the view that diesel will not disappear in the future, that India still has a critical market for diesel and that the market will be concentrated probably between the 1.6 litre and 2 litre displacement types. Edited excerpts:

How important is the role of the Indian market in Magneti Marelli’s overall operations?

India is a strong asset in our operations. We have 86 production plants globally and 12 of these are in India. That is already a strong sign of our commitment to the market here. Our revenues in India in 2016 were about Rs 1,500 crore. We have a solid plan that we are following to improve this revenue at a significant pace. In 2016, they grew about 10%. So, that is a good improvement. And obviously, we plan to keep growing.

Apple’s demand for exemption ‘may not be feasible’: MeitY
Source: BGR; March 15, 2017

http://www.bgr.in/news/apples-demand-for-exemption-may-not-be-feasible-meity/

Looks like Apple needs to wait a little longer before it starts to ‘Make in India’. As part of its efforts to go local in the country, Apple has been negotiating with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) seeking concessions in taxes, and some other major exemptions. However, according to a new report, the Ministry of Electronics and IT has found that it ‘may not be feasible’ to grant Apple the exemptions that it is demanding.

“Apple is seeking an exemption from Phased Manufacturing Programme, which means that chargers, batteries and headphones for manufacture of Apple phones be exempted from basic custom duty (BCD)and countervailing duty (CVD), which may not be feasible,” the Ministry has said in its response to the Apple wish list received for comments from the Prime Minister’s Office, a senior official told The Hindu.

As per the Phased Manufacturing programme, headphones, chargers and batteries are subjected to CVD of 12.5 percent on import since Budget 2016-17 and the domestic manufacturers of these products are extended differential excise duty dispensation “by virtue of which all their imports are exempted from BCD and CVD and excise duty of 2 percent is levied on domestically manufactured headphones, chargers and batteries.” ALSO READ: Apple to start manufacturing iPhones in India by June

Now, Apple does not intend to source its components locally, but it has asked for removal of all forms of duties pre and post GST on its completely knocked down and semi-knocked down units of iPhones that it plans to assemble in the country.

Report: Samsung might soon begin manufacturing 7nm chips
Source: PC Mag; March 15, 2017

http://in.pcmag.com/smartphones/113275/news/report-samsung-might-soon-begin-manufacturing-7nm-chips

South Korean smartphone maker Samsung is growing its 10nm production line to make way for the production of new 7nm chipsets.

According to a report by ET News, Samsung is investing a total 8.5 trillion won in 10nm and 7nm production lines. The setup will be built at 17 Line at the Hwasung-si facility.

Samsung expects to produce an additional 18,000 10nm chipsets, by Q2 of this year with the 2.5 trillion won investment. Earlier, 17 Line was called ‘S3’ and it was used only for the production of system semiconductors. However, later the brand evolved to start manufacturing 3D NAND flash memories, DRAM and later 10nm semiconductors.

Samsung is expected to use the 10nm architecture for the manufacturing of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset as well as its very own Exynos 9 series chipsets. These processors will be used in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

The rest 6 trillion won is being invested for a 7nm semiconductor production line. Since the 17 Line is already completely loaded, the brand is constructing new facilities to manufacture the 7nm semiconductors.

Reports suggest that the new setup is expected to shell out 30,000 7nm chipsets in a month, as the entire manufacturing process requires Extreme Ultra Violet equipment, making the entire manufacturing process more expensive than the 10nm process.

Black money must be nixed to make manufacturing in India viable and competitive
Source: The Economic Times; March 15, 2017

http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/et-commentary/black-money-must-be-nixed-to-make-manufacturing-in-india-viable-and-competitive/

Most people agree that manufacturing must increase rapidly to create jobs for the one million plus additions to the workforce every month, to reduce the pressure of population on agricultural lands and to bring about more equitable growth.

Manufacturing activity, and investments in manufacturing, will grow if operating conditions in India are seen to be comparable with those in other countries, and products are competitive in cost and quality. The amount of new investment in manufacturing, including FDI, has so far been quite inadequate. Growth of manufacturing is still limping along and is nowhere near the rate required.

Clearly, more has to be done to make manufacturing in India competitive and to create conditions where Indian and foreign investors look at the country as a preferred destination for investments in manufacturing. Black money generation, by deliberately not complying with tax laws, and the attendant corruption, has an adverse impact on making India a competitive manufacturing destination. Tax compliance has not improved noticeably over the years, despite lowering of tax rates.

Companies underpaying taxes show a lower profit in their accounts than actually made. Income is deflated by some sale transactions not being shown in the accounts, or the rate at which transactions take place being shown lower than actuals and expenses are inflated.

Siphoning profits out of the company leads to lower balance-sheet profits and internal resource generation and, thereby, a weaker balance-sheet.

Apple sets out on expansion spree with 100 stores
Source: Economic Times; March 15, 2017

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/retail/apple-sets-out-on-expansion-spree-with-100-stores/articleshow/57657950.cms

Apple has set up over 100 small stores in India under the franchise mode in the pilot phase of an initiative aimed at a six-fold expansion of such outlets in the country in the next year to take on Samsung Electronics and Chinese rivals.

These stores, each 450-500 square feet in area, are known as Apple Authorised Resellers and are distinct from the company-owned outlets that the Cupertino, California-based Apple plans to open in India.

The Apple Authorised Resellers are a format through which the company plans to widen its presence in highrental, high street locations in large cities, neighbourhood localities and tier II and III markets, said two of its senior trade partners. Such stores have been set up in the National Capital Region, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Chandigarh. In the NCR, these stores have sprung up in Vasant Vihar, Malviya Nagar, South Extension and in Gurgaon’s Galleria Market.

Wipro Opens Automotive Engineering Center in Detroit
Source: Business Wire India; March 15, 2017

http://businesswireindia.com/news/fulldetails/wipro-opens-automotive-engineering-center-detroit/52645

Wipro Limited a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, today announced the opening of an Automotive Engineering Center (AEC) in Detroit. The center aims to drive innovation in connected vehicle concepts - design, product engineering, digital customer-vehicle experiences, artificial intelligence, and sensors-driven advanced vehicle data analytics.

The Wipro’s AEC is part of Wipro’s vision to build a global network of delivery centers that offer best-in-class engineering and IT services, augmented by leading-edge automotive domain and digital solutions. The center will serve as a hub to support the automotive engineering and IT requirements of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and tier-I suppliers, based in North America.

This center will leverage local talent for delivering product design and supporting the development and validation of automotive cockpit electronic products such as navigation systems, connectivity systems, instrument clusters, Head-Up Displays (HUDs), advanced safety systems, vehicle diagnostics and advanced analytics, and end-to-end connected vehicle solutions.

“Wipro is committed to addressing the local and global needs of its engineering customers, and assisting them in gaining both scale and time-to-market advantages,” said Anita Ganti, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Product Engineering Services, Wipro Limited. “This center, located in the automotive hub of Detroit, will enable us to deliver differentiated connected automotive engineering and innovation-led solutions for our customers.”

'Digital India initiatives playing major role in smart cities mission'
Source: Business Standard; March 16, 2017

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/digital-india-initiatives-playing-major-role-in-smart-cities-mission-117031600617_1.html

Digital India initiatives and schemes by the government like Aadhaar, digital lockers and computerisation of land records, are gaining momentum in the country and playing a major role in the smart cities mission, said P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

He was speaking at the inaugural session of the 4th edition of the Smart Cities Summit here. China is the country partner at the summit.

Aiming to take the government's smart cities initiative to the next level, over 1,500 global and national policymakers, financiers and technologists, along with over 25 city and state representatives, have come together at the 4th Smart Urbanation: Convention and Expo.

The three-day summit has been organised by ASAPP Info Global Group and the India-China Economic and Cultural Council in partnership with the Smart Cities Council India.

By June 2017, some 510 smart city projects with a total investment of Rs 20,669 crore are expected to take off.

Pratap Padode, Founder Director, Smart Cities Council India, said the country needs to build 700 to 900 million square metre per annum (equal to one Chicago every year) and requires 350 to 400 km of Metro lines annually.

"India and China share a similar context in terms of urban population and infrastructure challenges.

India, Bangladesh forecast to see fast growth in smartphone markets
Source: Yonhap News; March 16, 2017

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2017/03/16/0200000000AEN20170316002100320.html

India and Bangladesh will likely see their smartphone markets expand rapidly over the next few years amid China's sluggish growth, emerging as new lands of opportunity for global smartphone makers, a report said Thursday.

In terms of smartphone shipments, India's smartphone market is expected to grow at an annual average rate of 16 percent between 2017 and 2022, with the figure reaching 13.4 percent for Bangladesh, according to the report by industry tracker Strategy Analytics.

India is the world's second-most-populous nation with 1.27 billion people, and Bangladesh's population amounts to 160 million. Their combined population exceeds China's 1.37 billion.

Smartphone makers are reportedly pinning their hopes on India and Bangladesh, which have large domestic markets and low smartphone penetration rates.

Over the cited period, the annual growth of China's smartphone market is projected to slow to 1.9 percent after expanding more than 50 percent annually over the past decade, as the market in the world's most populous country nears the saturation point.

The report also predicted Indonesia's smartphone market to grow at an annual average rate of 9.8 percent over the cited period.

Corresponding projections are 3.8 percent for South Korea, 3.2 percent for Japan, 3 percent for Thailand and 1.4 percent for Australia.

Mouser Continues Sponsorship of Create the Future Design Contest
Source: Press Release; March 17, 2017

http://www.mouser.com/createthefuture

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction leader that empowers innovation, is again a major sponsor of the Create the Future Design Contest, a challenge to engineers and students worldwide to create the next great thing.

Mouser’s valued suppliers Intel® and Analog Devices, Inc. are once again joining Mouser in sponsoring the 15th annual contest, produced by Tech Briefs Media Group, an SAE International Company. The grand prize winner receives worldwide recognition and a cash prize of $20,000 for an innovative product that benefits society and the economy. Previous contests have produced more than 12,000 design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs and students in more than 100 countries.

"Fostering technical innovation has always been a major part of our mission at Mouser,” said Kevin Hess, Mouser Electronics Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We are very excited to again participate in this important event for engineers and students around the world.”

“Mouser is known for supporting innovation among engineers as well as providing unparalleled service to its customers,” said Joseph Pramberger, President of Tech Briefs Media Group. “We are very happy to once again partner with Mouser and its suppliers, Intel and Analog Devices.”

'Digital India initiatives playing major role in smart cities mission'
Source: Financial Express; March 16, 2017

http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/digital-india-initiatives-playing-major-role-in-smart-cities-mission/590381/

Digital India initiatives and schemes by the government like Aadhaar, digital lockers and computerisation of land records, are gaining momentum in the country and playing a major role in the smart cities mission, said P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the 4th edition of the Smart Cities Summit here. China is the country partner at the summit. Aiming to take the government’s smart cities initiative to the next level, over 1,500 global and national policymakers, financiers and technologists, along with over 25 city and state representatives, have come together at the 4th Smart Urbanation: Convention and Expo.

The three-day summit has been organised by ASAPP Info Global Group and the India-China Economic and Cultural Council in partnership with the Smart Cities Council India. By June 2017, some 510 smart city projects with a total investment of Rs 20,669 crore are expected to take off. Pratap Padode, Founder Director, Smart Cities Council India, said the country needs to build 700 to 900 million square metre per annum (equal to one Chicago every year) and requires 350 to 400 km of Metro lines annually.

“India and China share a similar context in terms of urban population and infrastructure challenges. In order to meet these challenges, China was among the first few countries to have successfully implemented the concept of smart cities and develop the requisite infrastructure to meet the urban challenges,” said Mohammad Saqib, Secretary General, India-China Economic and Cultural Council.

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