VOL XVIII, ISSUE 10

31 May 2019

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India to benefit from US-China trade war, say experts

 

The ongoing trade war between the US and Chinawill help India tap export opportunities in both the countries in areas such as garments, agriculture, automobile and machinery, according to trade experts. Professor at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Rakesh Mohan Joshi said the US has broadly targeted intermediate components from China, particularly machinery and electronics, whereas China is targeting American automotive and agricultural products including Soybean.  "These areas offer huge opportunities for India. Strong opportunity is unfolding for India in apparel and readymade garments as after China, India is the only country in the world to match the scale of operations and integrate its supply chain for global customers," Joshi said. He added that India needs to make use of this opportunity to significantly enhance its exports especially in information and communications technology (ICT) and the automotive sector. "To effectively harness the emerging opportunities, India needs a carefully crafted strategy and its meticulous implementation at the grass-roots level," he said.

 

(LiveMint,May 16, 2019)

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Strategy in the works to woo companies looking to exit China 

 

India has prepared a strategy to gain market access in China for its farm and pharmaceutical exports and attract foreign companies looking to shift out their manufacturing bases from there in the wake of the trade war between the US and China.  The commerce department’s strategy paper, aimed at reducing India’s trade deficit with its neighbour, proposes a detailed sector-wise strategy for import substitution in electronics, telecom, electrical equipment and pharmaceuticals, which form the bulk of the country’s purchases from China. India’s trade deficit with China stood at a record $63.04 billion in FY18. The strategy paper, prepared by the department, was submitted to commerce and   industry minister Suresh Prabhu.   After taking charge as minister in September 2017, Prabhu has personally guided strategies to reduce the trade deficit with China. The core of the idea was increasing exports to China and reducing imports by substituting inbound shipments with local manufacturing. 

(ET, May 25, 2019)

 

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Smaller rivals may gain in India at Huawei’s cost

 

Huawei’s expected troubles due to US sanctions could open a window of opportunity for rival debutants Realme and Oppo to get a toehold in India’s premium smartphone market, analysts said.  Oppo is making a second attempt at cracking the premium smartphone segment — those costing over Rs 30,000 — with the launch of its new premium series Reno. Realme will enter the space towards the latter part of the year.  Market experts say Huawei may be forced to pull out devices with Android readying to snap ties with the Chinese smartphone maker. Oppo and Realme could well exploit the gap and growing competition in the segment dominated by Samsung, OnePlus and Apple so far. The premium smartphone segment itself is expected to almost double by Decemberend to 10% of the overall market, said Counterpoint Research. 

 

(ET, May 25, 2019)

 

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SECTION I - POLICY SCAN                                                            

 

TS moots India’s first Blockchain District in a draft policy 

 

Making a giant leap towards realising its dream of becoming the national blockchain capital, Telangana has released a draft blockchain policy, conceptualising India’s first ‘Blockchain District’—‘a physical area within Hyderabad aimed at creating the world’s best blockchain technology ecosystem’. This ‘Blockchain District’ will not only house all the major blockchain companies, but also a massive incubator for startups, and a facility for promoting research, innovation and industry collaboration. The draft, released by the Information Technology, Electronics and Communications (IT E&C) department, says that the focus will remain on adoption of Blockchain in sectors such as banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), pharmaceuticals and healthcare, government institutions and departments, and logistics and supply chains. It is also planning on doling out incentives such as access to investments, subsidies, tax credits, and so on, to attract enterprises, SMEs and startups. The incentives include 25 per cent subsidy on lease rentals up to `5 lakh per annum for the first three years of operations, and so on. For startups with revenues less than `5 crore, the State government will be reimbursing a 100 per cent of State Goods and Services Tax (SGST ) for the first three years. It also proposes a grant of `10 lakh for 10 blockchain startups every year for the next three years.

 

(Indian Express, May 26, 2019)

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Flash Electronics files patent case against Royal Enfield in US court

 

Flash Electronics India Ltd, a New Delhi Based automobile component manufacturer, has filed a law suit against country’s largest premium motorcycle manufacturer, Royal Enfield, in the US regarding a patent infringement of a component known as regulator-rectifier. Flash will subsequently file similar law suits against the motorcycle manufacturer in the Europe and Asia-Pacific, including India. A regulator-rectifier is a component that efficiently converts the AC (Alternating Current) voltage produced in motorcycle engines into DC (Direct Current) voltage to charge batteries, power headlights, light up instrument panel, thus driving the motorcycle’s electrical systems. Flash Electronics was granted patent for the device by authorities in the US and in European countries like Germany, France, Italy, UK, Spain and others.

 

(LiveMint, May 20, 2019)

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 SECTION II - INDUSTRY  SCAN                                                                                            

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New Town plan to recycle e-waste

 

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) will up cycle e-waste collected from the township and Sector V and make them fit for reuse in an attempt to prevent accumulation of hazardous materials at dumping sites. “Old smartphones, personal computers and other electronic gadgets will be collected from residents and offices. These will be repaired and restored so they can be used once more,” an NKDA official said. “The ones that cannot be repaired will be used to make various household items, including decorative pieces. ”The repaired and refurbished items will be put on display at the NKDA corner for up cycled goods at Eco Park, in New Town, in order to encourage people not to throw away their electronic gadgets with other household waste. People can buy them at a fraction of the market rates from the counter.  Metro had on May 19 reported about the counter that has been set up near Eco Park’s gate No. 4 to encourage people to segregate household waste and dispose them in a scientific manner. Debashis Sen, the NKDA chairman and additional chief secretary of information technology, electronics and e-governance, said the move would not only benefit the environment but would also provide an opportunity to the people to buy cellphones and computers at affordable rates. 

(The Teleraph, May 29, 2019)

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Zero Complaints Came Up After Lok Sabha Polls, Claims Expert Behind EVMs

 

Even as the world marvels at how India conducts its elections, a humble contributor to its success is a robust yet low-cost innovation - the Electronic Voting Machine or EVM - which empowers its 900-million Indian electorate. This mind-boggling number is nearly double the entire population of the USA, the world's oldest democracy. There is no doubt one unqualified winner of the elections, highly vilified but a winner no doubt that stands head and shoulders higher than even Prime Minister Narendra Modi! This candidate spoke in a baritone but polled a record 613 million votes and got one hundred percent success, beating the National Democratic Alliance by a whopping nearly fifty percent higher strike rate. You guessed it right, it is the humble Electronic Voting Machine or EVM. According to data released by the Election Commission of India, as many as 61.3 crore voters exercised their franchise in the 2019 polls -the highest till date in any election conducted across the world. The EVM was belittled by almost all opposition parties for some reason or another and highest court of the country kept hearing petitions against the indigenously made machines even as polling was ongoing. But, in the end, the over 1.12 million EVMs performed marvellously, and post-elections, not even a single complaint has been registered against them. Proven well beyond doubt to be tamper-proof and hack-resistant, even the worst losers in the 2019 polls have not blamed this tool. 

(NDTV, May 28, 2019)

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FICCI chief: India should cut interest rates to help exporters take advantage of US-China trade war

 

 

India should cut interest rates further and adopt consistent policies for the export of agricultural produce to enable Indian exporters to take advantage of the current US-China trade war, industry body Ficci's President Sandip Somany said Saturday. Currently on a business trip to China, Somany also said the NDA government in its second term should focus on getting big ticket investments from China, specially in the capital goods sector, and motivate Chinese machinery manufacturers to set up plants in India. The bruising US-China trade war, under which both countries have slapped billions of dollars’ worth of tariffs on each other's exports, offers a big opportunity for some category of Indian exports to make a dent in both the US and Chinese markets, Somany told PTI here. Somany, who is the vice chairman and managing director of HSIL Limited, the second largest glass manufacturer India, also met the Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri and the Secretary of China's Boao Forum for Asia, Li Baodong. If the US-China trade war continues, it offers good opportunities for Indian exports in certain areas, he said

(Today, May 25, 2019)

 

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‘Cybercrimes, Cyber Laws in India & Electronic Evidence’

 

A one-way awareness and training programme on ‘Cybercrimes, Cyber Laws in India & Electronic Evidence’ was held at NEILIT, Meriema, Kohima on May 24.  Organized under the aegis of the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) in collaboration with Alliance Law Office, New Delhi and National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology, Nagaland, the training was conducted with resource persons from Supreme Court judges and cyber lawyers, New Delhi- Advocate Manish Manocha, Supreme Court of India and Advocate Meena Bhandari, Supreme Court  Reema Bhandari, opening the training session remarked that the cyber space which is like an open book need to be taken cognizance of as internet and technology is “spinning at a very high speed, while the wheels of justice against cybercrimes is seen to be lacking far behind the evolution and by the time laws or policies are implemented, it will become outdated.” She therefore called for reactive and proactive approach towards this.  

 

(Morug Express, May 25, 2019)

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EVMs are absolutely fool proof: Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer

 

 

Amid a slew of allegations by the opposition about the reliability of EVMs, Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh has said that the machines are "absolutely fool-proof" and fulfills all "transparency and administrative protocols".  Singh said the EVM is "robust by design" and there is no way the machine can be tampered with.  "There is no way that the machine can be tampered with, manipulated or hacked into because it does not have connectivity with the outside world. It does not have internet, wi-fi or Bluetooth connectivity. This means you cannot access the mind of the machine. It has a onetime programmable chip," Singh told PTI.   The Aam Aadmi Party Monday asked the Election Commission to provide additional security at a counting centre in South Delhi, alleging that political opponents plan to manipulate EVMs ahead of the announcement of poll results on May 23.  The letter by AAP's South Delhi candidate and spokesperson Raghav Chadha said that "he has strong reasons to believe that the political adversaries will attempt to open the strong rooms and manipulate or replace the machines as a handful of such incidents have been seen in the past".  Singh said the machines are manufactured by Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) and Bharat Electronics Limited NSE 1.29 % (BEL), which are the PSUs with highest security protocols and are programmed there. 

(ET, May 21, 2019)

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Enter The Dragon: China's SAIC to cause disruption in Indian automobile industry

 

After conquering the country's smartphone and electronics devices market, China Inc. has set its sight on India's lucrative automobile sector, where one of its largest manufacturers SAIC will compete for space. Even though, Chinese firms have been present in India's auto sector, their presence till now was only concentrated in areas of public transport and commercial vehicles. However, SAIC Motor Corporation, which had revenue of USD 129 billion in 2018, intends to change all that.  Accordingly, the automobile manufacturer which is one of China's largest carmakers and ranked 41st in the Fortune 500 list of companies will enter the Indian market by June through its fully-owned British subsidiary MG (Morris Garages) Motors India. It will offer, India's first internet-enabled Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) Hector priced at Rs 15-20 lakh. Overall, the company aims to launch four vehicles during the next 18 months.

(BS, May 21, 2019)

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India sets tone in Geneva as COP meetings adopt amendments to restrict e-waste dumping on developing countries

 

The potential “dumping” of e-waste in India under the guise of reuse and repair, along with including the entry of mixed, contaminated plastic waste in the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) category were the two issues where India intervened at the triple COP (Conference of the Parties) meetings which ended earlier this month. The meetings involved conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and were held in Geneva between April 29 and May 10 on the theme ‘Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste’. Over 180 countries participated in the meetings. A delegation of officials from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC), agriculture, chemicals, and electronics and information technology participated in the meeting. “Among the major decisions was on the trans boundary movement of e-waste. Waste from developed countries is sent to    developing countries under the guise of reuse and repair. There is no accountability on the exporting country to take these back,” a senior MOEFCC official said.

 

(Indian Express, May 20, 2019)

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Amazon Global Selling Program Targets $5 Billion in E-commerce Exports from India


With more than 50,000 Indian MSMEs as part of Amazon Global Selling, which was launched in India in 2015, the program has already exceeded $1 Billion in exports so far from India. At the launch of the second edition of Amazon Exports Digest, Amazon today announced that its Global Selling program has now achieved the significant milestone of crossing $1 billion in e-commerce exports sales from India in just three years since its launch in the country! Launched with just a few hundred sellers in May 2015, more than 50,000 Indian exporters are now part of the Amazon Global Selling program, selling over 140M ‘Made in India’ products to Amazon customers across the globe through its marketplaces worldwide such as Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, etc.


“Six years ago, we started operating in India with a vision to enable every motivated Indian seller to reach customers across India and every country in the world. Amazon launched the Global Selling program in India four years ago, aligning with this vision. The program has scaled up extensively since then and has reached a cumulative $1 billion annualized from India. This program is helping government’s vision on exports, encouraging ‘Made in India’ products go global and enabling over 50,000 Indian MSMEs to reach the doorstep of 300MM+ global customers without leaving their homes. Over the next five years ‘India to Global’ has the potential to become huge and Amazon is confident that the Global Selling program will hit the $5 billion mark by 2023 fueling the growth of lakhs of Indian manufacturers, exporters and small enterprises.” said Amit Agarwal, Senior Vice President and Country Head, Amazon India.
 

(Orissadiary.com, May 16, 2019)

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Information Technology

 

Like mobiles, PCs made in India should meet local and global demand: Intel

 

In 2007, Intel shelved plans to set up a microchip manufacturing unit in India due to the country’s bureaucracy. But in 2019, it finds India a good place to manufacture, albeit not through a multi-billion semiconductor fab but by helping local companies boost electronics manufacturing. In a conversation with BusinessLine,  Prakash Mallya, Vice-President and Managing Director, Intel India, Sales and Marketing Group spoke about how Intel is trying to boost PC manufacturing in India and what the government could do to encourage local manufacturing.  

(BusinessLine, May 28, 2019)

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Hardware-based Security - Trusted Partner for Connected World

 

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier industry body for the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry in the country, and Rambus Chip Technology - a world leader of hardware security IPs - presents a technical seminar on 'Insights to Hardware Security - Threats and Solutions' in Bangalore, India on Thursday, May 23, 2019. The seminar aims to help technical and management personnel in automotive, defense, and other industries understand the serious threats presented by side-channel attacks and fault injection vulnerabilities. In addition to technical presentations, live and video demonstrations of hardware vulnerabilities will be shown including SPA and DPA attacks on hardware implementations of cryptographic algorithms, and a fault injection attack on the secure boot of an automotive instrument cluster. Solutions against these attacks, including DPA-resistant silicon cores and software libraries, secure embedded root-of-trust solutions, and key management and provisioning for embedded security will be presented.


(BS, May 22, 2019)

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Finance Commission meets Ministry of Electronics and IT

 

The Fifteenth Finance Commission headed by Chairman N.K. Singh on Tuesday held a meeting with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on “Harnessing India’s Digital Opportunity”.  A detailed presentation on this was made by the Secretary, MeitY, Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney. The Ministry held in its presentation that the world economy was getting increasingly digital, and it detailed the disruptive potential of digital technology which is accelerating transition   Elaborating on the digital profile of India, the Commission was briefed by Ministry that India was standing on the verge of a trillion dollar digital opportunity. It was stressed that large scale digital transformation is possible, however India can and must prepare for it.  

(SME Times, May 21, 2019)

 

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Panasonic Forays into India’s EV Industry; Launches New EV Charging Service

 

Indian arm of the Japanese electronics company, Panasonic has announced its foray in the electric vehicles (EV) industry in India with the launch of its EV charging service, Nymbus on Wednesday (May 15).  The charging service is reportedly a combination of physical and virtual components. These components include charging stations, swap stations, on board charges, telematics systems along with cloud services, analytics, intuitive dashboard, and artificial intelligence to deliver a one-stop solution, according to Panasonic. Talking about the insight behind launching Nymbus, Atul Arya, Head Energy Systems Division, Panasonic India said, “In the (EV) ecosystem, we saw that three and two-wheeler mobility will be the biggest players in India.”  Panasonic has reportedly partnered with EV three wheeler manufacturing company SmartE and an electric scooter sharing service qQuick, for the first phase of its service deployment. Under this partnership, the Japanese company is said to deploy Nymbus on 150 SmartE’s electric three-wheelers and on 25 qQuick two-wheelers.

 

 (Inc 42, May 16, 2019)

 

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Telecom

 

Oppo leads Apple, Samsung in race to win over youngsters in India

 

Apple and Samsung, the flag bearers of innovation in the consumer technology space for years, may be losing the trust of young Indian consumers to a Chinese rival. Oppo Mobile India, the local subsidiary of China’s BBK Electronics, has emerged as the most-preferred innovative handset brand in the premium segment, as per an independent study conducted by the analyst firm Cyber Media Research (CMR). Conducted among consumers, born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s, in the survey, Oppo scored 78 per cent. While Samsung, at the second spot, scored 74 per cent, Apple stood at the third spot with a 71 per cent score.  The findings are surprising, to say the least, given that Oppo does not feature among the most-selling premium smartphone brands in the country. While Samsung now tops the chart, in terms of volume of premium devices shipped, Chinese brand OnePlus is the second-largest player in the Rs 25,000-to-Rs 50,000 price band, followed by Apple. However, the young consumers said that Oppo’s constant focus on camera prowess and its long-lasting batteries remained at the top of their mind. According to Prabhu Ram, head-industry intelligence group, CMR, innovations introduced by Oppo in selfie cameras at an early stage that, along with Vivo, transformed the smartphone market in India and helped it gain consumers’ attention. “The Gen Z clearly identifies with Oppo as an innovation trailblazer that offers a premium experience to them, with industry-leading innovations, whether it be in camera or battery charging,” he said.

 

(BS, May 28, 2019)


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Defence & Solar

 

Indian Navy successfully test-fires MRSAM missile

 

The Indian Navy has successfully test-fired a Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM), achieving a significant milestone to enhance its anti-air warfare capability, the defence ministry said Friday. The test-firing of the missile was undertaken on the western seaboard by Indian naval ships Kochi and Chennai.  "The Indian Navy achieved a significant milestone in enhancing its anti-air warfare capability with the maiden cooperative engagement firing of the MRSAM," the defence ministry said in a statement. The test-firing of the missile was carried out jointly by the Indian Navy, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries.  The DRDO has jointly developed the missile in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries. The MRSAM has been manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited NSE -5.19 %. "These surface to air missiles are fitted onboard the Kolkata class destroyers and would also be fitted on all future major warships of the Indian Navy," the ministry said. "With the successful proving of this cooperative mode of engagement, the Indian Navy has become a part of a select group of Navies that have this niche capability," it added. 

(ET, May 18, 2019)

 

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Army raises alarm over rising accidents due to faulty ammunition

 

The Army has sounded the alarm over the unacceptably high number of accidents taking place in the field due to the poor and defective quality of ammunition being supplied for tanks, artillery, air defence and other guns by the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). The Army has told the defence ministry (MoD) that the spike in ammunition-related accidents is causing “fatalities, injuries and damage to equipment” at an alarming rate. This, in turn, is “leading to the Army’s loss of confidence in most types of ammunition” being manufactured by OFB, said sources. MoD sources said the Army has raised with Secretary (Defence Production), Ajay Kumar, the “serious concerns” about the lack of requisite “quality control and quality assurance” by OFB, which with 41 factories and an annual turnover of about Rs 19,000 crore is the main source of supply of arms and ammunition to the over 12-lakh strong force. “Any drop in the quality of OFB products has major operational ramifications on the country’s war-waging potential,” said a source. The red alert has led to “an urgent collaborative effort” between the Army and MoD’s department of defence production to improve the functioning of OFB, with Kumar also asking the force to submit “a paper” about different problems with the ammunition. 


(ET, May 14, 2019)

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F-21 jets will not be sold to any other country if we get IAF contract: Lockheed Martin

 

US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin says it will not sell its newly rolled out F-21 fighter jet to any other country if India places an order for 114 planes, a move aimed at pitching itself ahead of its US, European and Russian competitors for the mega deal.  Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin, says if F-21 wins the contract, then India will also be integrated into the company's global fighter ecosystem, which is a USD 165 billion dollar market. In an interview with PTI, Lall said the new combat jet is designed to operate across over 60 air force stations in India, and its key aspects include superior engine matrix, electronic warfare system and weapons carrying capacity. "We will not sell this platform and the configuration to anyone in the world. It is a significant commitment by Lockheed Martin and it shows importance of India and importance of unique requirement India has," he said. 

 

(ET, May 13, 2019)

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Defence modernization: Government priority needs to be on Make in India

 

A comprehensive defeat of the Congress has established that its ‘Rafale scam’ charge did not stick and was a non-issue as far as the electorate was concerned. However, the vigour with which it was raised over the past year had a strong impact on the bureaucracy, whic cautious note when it came to taking calls on modernisation and promotion of the Make in India policy. The decisive mandate the BJP has got again now needs to free up the private industry phobia that the Rafale scam allegations triggered. The Make in India in defence initiative, which the BJP has mentioned prominently in its manifesto for 2019, needs to be anchored firmly around the private sector. A good foundation is in place—initially driven by former defence minister Manohar Parrikar—with the strategic partnership model as well as well-defined policies on treating Indian companies first for all defence and strategic requirements. What has been missing are the work orders that will truly kick-start the sector and drive jobs. 

(ET, May 25, 2019)

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SECI tenders 2 MW solar project for army posts in Jammu & Kashmir 

 

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited bids for development of 2 MW solar PV power projects—1 MW each for Siachen and Partapur army posts—in Leh region of Jammu & Kashmir. The projects are to be developed on ‘build, own operate’ basis.  Project selection would be technology agnostic, which means crystalline silicon, thin film or CPV technology—with or without trackers—can be used.  At Siachen base camp, the project shall be connected to the existing 11 KV distribution network already set up by Indian Army.  The project at Partapur base camp shall be interconnected with another 11 KV distribution network, which comes under the developer’s scope of work.For both the projects, the Indian Army shall enter into power purchase agreement separately for a period of 25 years. Commissioning period is 18 months from the effective date of the PPA. The projects would be awarded through reverse auction. Bidders must quote a single tariff for the projects applied for, which shall be applicable for the PPA period. The bids must be accompanied with bank guarantee of Rs 700,000 for Siachen project and Rs 900,000 for Partapur project. On selection, the developers are required to submit performance bank guarantee of Rs 20 lakh per MW within 21 days of the issuance of Letter of Award or before signing of the PPA, whichever is earlier.

(PV Magazine, May 21, 2019)

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1.2 GW hybrid tender gets only two bidders yet again

 

The latest tranche of Solar Energy Corporation of India’s wind-solar hybrid tender for 1.2 GW has prompted response from only two bidders. Adani Green Energy (600 MW) and ReNew Power (300 MW) made techno-commercial bids for a combined capacity of 900 MW, leaving the tender undersubscribed by 300 MW. The tender had stipulated ceiling tariff of Rs 2.70/kWh and capacity utilization factor of 30%, which were deemed unviable for most of the developers—reported daily newspaper and website Economic Times while sharing the details. Terming the ceiling tariff of Rs 2.70 as too tight, Vinay Rustagi, managing director of renewable energy Consultancy Bridge To India told ET: “In most recent auctions, the winning wind bids were around Rs 2.80 plus per unit and solar bids at Rs 2.55. So Rs 2.70 per unit is a tight tariff because most of the capacity in these hybrid projects will be wind based.” In wind projects the CUF is usually 35% at the best sites and for solar it is about 21%. The high level of CUF specified in the hybrid tender—at 30%—meant most of the capacity will have to be wind based, Rustagi added. 

(PV Magazine, May 21, 2019)

 

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Rajasthan Invites Domestic Manufacturers to Supply 4,50,000 Chip Solar Cells

 

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has issued a notice inviting tenders for the supply of chip solar cells of 2.87 Watt capacity from domestic manufacturers. The last date for the submission of bids has been set for May 24, 2019, with the opening of bids is scheduled to take place on May 25, 2019. The quantity to be supplied is 4,50,000 cells. The technical specification for the cells is 3/4/5 Bus bar multi/ mono-crystalline silicon solar cells. In an in-depth report, Mercom had tried to analyze if the Indian solar market ready to transition to mono PERC cell technology. The consensus in the solar industry is that it is gradually shifting towards mono crystalline cell technology from the more common multi-crystalline (also called multi-crystalline) cells and modules. The introduction of passivized emitter rear contact (PERC) cell technology has markedly increased the efficiency of mono crystalline cells, making them an economically attractive option for many projects. However, the use of multi-crystalline modules still dominates the market in India, though developers have begun to seriously consider mono perc modules as they come with several important advantages.

 

(Mercom India, May 21, 2019)

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Consumer Electronics

 

Compensate customer for faulty TV: Consumer Forum to LG

 

LG Electronics India Private Limited and its dealer at Marathahalli have been ordered to compensate a customer for delivering a faulty smart TV. The dealer replaced a faulty, used TV of the customer with another faulty one. When the customer failed to evoke any response from the company, he was forced to move the consumer forum. Calling it ‘deficiency in service’, the IV Additional District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed the LG Electronics India Private Limited CEO, Rajeev Nair to refund Rs 1.61 lakh to the complainant, with interest at the rate of 6 per cent per annum, from December 27 2014, till the date of realization.  The forum, comprising president RK Prathibha and N R Roopa also directed them to refund Rs 6,790, the cost of additional warranty, to the complainant with compensation of Rs 10,000 and litigation cost of Rs 2,000.According to the order, complainant Sudip Datta, residing in Vignana Nagar in Bengaluru, purchased LG 4K Smart LED TV (55 inch) on December 27, 2014 from E Zone in Marathahalli for Rs 1.61 lakh, and also purchased 2 years additional warranty for Rs 6,790.  After installation of the TV by LG, the complainant noticed that it was a TV that had already been used for 740 hours. It was also noticed that two bright white spots appeared at the bottom of the TV display panel. After the problems were brought to the notice of E Zone with a request to replace the TV, it was replaced with a brand new TV.

(Indian Express, May 26, 2019)

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Flipkart sinking their teeth into Electronics Market; Partners with Nokia, Motorola for TVs, Appliances

 

In 2017, Flipkart launched its brainchild MarQ, the company’s private label for electronic appliances, which was also the fifth such sub-brand by Flipkart.  To this day, MarQ has covered a significant segment of the electronic products, such as TVs,  washing machines, air conditioners, microwave ovens, and to this day, competes with Amazon’s private label, Amazon Basics.  MarQ, in an attempt to reach the zenith at which Amazon Basics stands, has come up with a new strategy.  What is this new strategy that the online e-commerce giant of India has devised? Read on to know all the details!  Walmart-owned Flipkart has crafted out a strategy to work together with some select brands that already have played the field in the electronics segment.  The report says, “Flipkart is wooing international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to create new product models in high-selling categories like electronics for sale on its platform.” Flipkart has been discussing business with three different companies across a span of the last six to eight months.  Flipkart’s plans to collaborate with Nokia and Motorola are at a much advanced stage now, and there is news that Flipkart will manufacture TV models for the said brands. Also, Flipkart is planning to team up with Sansui and launch smaller home appliances, such as grinders, juicers, etc. too. 

(Trak.in, May 16, 2019)

 

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No FDI love? Apple, Amazon show 2 faces of India's quest to lure investment

 

As the US-China trade war triggers the biggest rethink of supply chains in a generation, the world’s fastest-growing major economy with hundreds of millions of young and cheap workers should be atop the list of potential beneficiaries. And yet India isn’t getting such love, with foreign direct investment actually declining over recent months. That’s a riddle partly explained by pre-election caution as investors move to the sidelines while Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party squares off against the opposition Indian National Congress. But the other explanation lies in the recent past, with local opposition and politically-inspired protectionism getting in the way of investments. In February, e-commerce firms like Amazon.com and Walmart Inc.-owned Flipkart were slapped with proposed new rules that would raise their costs as Modi sought to protect the nation’s millions of mom and pop stores. That same month, it was announced that a proposed $44 billion oil refinery backed by Saudi Arabia would be relocated after farmers opposed the project and refused to hand over land (a new location has yet to be named).

 

(BS, May 17, 2019)

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SECTION – IV - FORTHCOMING EVENTS &  GENERAL INFORMATION              

Overseas Shows

 

Event

:

JPCA Show 2018 ((Int’l Electronic Circuits Show)

Organiser

:

Japan Electronics Packaging and Circuits Association (JPCA) 

From

:

05-June-2019

To

:

07-June-2019            

Venue & City

:

Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

Website

:

http://www.jpcashow.com

 

Event

:

Taipei International Electronics Show (TAITRONICS)

Organiser

:

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) 

From

:

16-Oct.-2019

To

:

18-Oct.-2019            

Venue & City

:

Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center,  Taipei, Taiwan

Website

:

www.taitronics.tw

Domestic Shows  

Event

:

Electronica India 2019

Organiser

:

Messe Muenchen India

From

:

25-September-2019

To

:

27-September-2019          

City

:

Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, India

Website

:

https://electronica-india.com

 

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SECTION - V - ELCINA EVENTS, ACTIVITIES & SERVICES                                          

Participation in KPCA Expo, Seoul, South Korea

ELCINA is a Member of World Electronics Circuits Council (WECC). Korea Printed Circuit Association invited ELCINA other WECC Members to KPCAshow/KIEP show2019 which was held on April 24-26, at KINTEX 2, Ilsan in Korea.

This year KPCA expected more than 12,000 people from ODM, OEM, PCB manufacturing, materials, equipment supply and relevant business include SMT to visit the show.  

ELCINA put up a booth in the show to promote India PCBTech & IPCA Expo which will be held in Greater Noida as a co-located show during electronica-productronica shows in September this year.

  1. Representatives from Anyang Chambers of Commerce & Industry

  2. Chairman KPCA & Secretary General WECC visiting ELCINA Booth

  3. Welcoming Reception

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 ELCINA-CKM Programs

 

Continuing its efforts to establish an extensive source of knowledge to serve Indian Engineering and Electronics Industry and cultivate a manufacturing culture in the country, ELCINA-Centre for Knowledge Management (CKM), since its launch in 2008, has been conducting various workshops on a variety of topics of interest to the satisfaction of the industry with focus on quality improvement and enhancing competitiveness. It has also been organizing In-house training workshops in companies for the benefit of the industry and the number of workshops is growing every year. 

 

ELCINA-CKM - Training Programs on Quality, Productivity & Soft Skills

 

S. No.

Program Name

Days

Quality Improvement Techniques - Core Tools

1

SPC - Statistical Process Control

1

2

7 QC Tools - Problem Solving Techniques

1

3

FMEA - Product & Process

1

4

RCA & CAPA - Root Cause Analysis / Corrective Action Plan

1

5

Right (RFT) First Time Quality for Zero Defect Manufacturing - Customer Focus

1

6

Global 8 D - Problem Solving Techniques

1

7

Reliability Testing & Certification for LED Lighting Products

1

8

Six Sigma Methodology for Process Improvement

1

9

MSA

1

10

APQP / PPAP

1

11

5 S

1

12

Six Sigma - Green Belt

1

13

Sampling Inspection for Parts / Products (IS 2500 & IS 12040)
& Vendor Rating

1

14

Environment Testing for Electronics Products & Components as per IS Standards

1

15

ISO 9001:2015 Requirements & Implementation

1

16

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Course

1

17

ISO 14001:2015 EMS - Environment Management System

1

18

Internal Audit Training

1

19

Environment & Health - EHS Legal Requirement

1

Manufacturing - Productivity & Cost

20

KAIZEN

1

21

Cost Reduction Strategies in Production - Via Toyota Production System (TPS)

1

22

Equipment Maintenance - Autonomous Maintenance Methodology

1

23

Control of Waste(7 types) - 3M (Mura, Muri and Muda) Methodology

1

24

Production Capacity Enhancement with Flow Manufacturing

1

25

Vendor Evaluation Technique

1

26

Material Handling & Warehouse Management

1

27

Lean Manufacturing

1

28

Soldering

1

29

Value Stream Mapping

1

30

Just in Time Manufacturing Methodologies

1

31

Principles in KANBAN

1

32

Reduction of Set-up Time - Use of SMED

1

Soft Skills

33

Internal Communication Skills & Building High Performance Team

1

34

Personality Enrichment & Leadership Skills

1

35

Business Time & Stress Management

1

36

Conflict Management

1

37

Assertiveness and Dealing with Difficult Situations

1

38

Shop Floor Management Skills

1

39

Motivation Skills

1

40

Time Management & Stress Management

1

41

Team Building for High Performance

1

42

Building Better Work Relationship

1

43

Conflict Resoultion at Work - Techniques

1

44

Pesonality Development

1

45

Managerial Effectiveness

1

46

Influencing & Persuading Others

1

47

Business Communication

1

48

Internal Effective Communication

1

49

Leadership Development for Organisational Success

1

50

Leadership for Young Managers

1

 

Please click the link below for more training programs

http://elcina.com/trainingProgram.php  

Please contact Rajesh Rawat (9911445890) for conducting the In-House / Open-House training programs or mail us at rajesh@elcina.com

 

Electronic Industries Association of India

ELCINA House, 422 Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase-III, New Delhi 110020 (India)

E-Mail: info@elcina.com Tel: 011-26924597 / 26928053 / 41615985

Website: www.elcina.com

 

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ELCINA PRODUT DISPLAY CENTRE at  ELCINA HOUSE

 

The 'OSRAM DISPLAY CENTRE' in ELCINA House is a permanent Display Centre and serves to showcase the Indian electronics industry to visitors. The Display Centre has now 11 Full Stalls and 4 Half/Mini Stalls, presently occupied by the following Member-companies:-  

Full Stalls

  1. Bharat Electronics Ltd, Bangalore

  2. TDK India Pvt. Ltd., Noida

  3. Teknik Electromeconic Pvt Ltd, Bangalore

  4. SGS Tekniks Manufacturing Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon

  5. Deki Electronics Ltd, Noida

  6. EMI Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore

  7. Elin Electronics Ltd, New Delhi

  8. Syrma Technology Pvt. Ltd., Chennai

  9. AT & S India Pvt.Ltd., Mysore

Half/Mini Stalls

1.      Super Mount Pack Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore

2.      CTR Mfg. Inds Ltd., Aurangabad  

3.      Neotec Semiconductor Ltd., Taiwan

4.      Sowparnika Thermistors and Hybrids Pvt.Ltd., Thrissur (Kerala)

 

 

 

Two full stalls are currently available at present and interested members may kindly contact ELCINA House, New Delhi (saly@elcina.com) for advance booking of the same.

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PUBLICATIONS

“Indian Printed Circuit Board Industry & Market Research Report

The evolution of miniaturization and sub-miniaturization in the design of electronic equipment led to the emergence of a new technique of inter-component wiring and assembly known as the printed circuit board (PCB). This technology has now become the backbone of electronic devices. They provide the required mechanical support structure and electrical connect for the circuit. In addition to providing the connectivity, they also help to reduce the overall size and enhance the efficiency of the device.

  • By 2020, the electronics market in India is expected to increase with a CAGR of 25.1 per cent to USD 400 billion from USD 104 billion in 2015

  • Currently only 35% of this demand is currently being met by local manufacturers. And for the rest 65%, India is still dependent on imports.

  • Hence, PCB- being the backbone of electronics holds a huge demand in India - Current demand of USD 2.01 Billion represents the demand based on the total PCBs (which includes both the bare board PCBs and the populated PCBs)

  • Current market size for bare PCBs is USD 1.2 Billion - Only 30% of this demand for bare PCBs is currently being met by local PCB manufacturers. And for the rest 70%, India.

You may order the same from by following the below link;

http://elcina.com//new_publication.php

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“Opportunities and Challenges in the Strategic Electronics Sector, with special focus on MSMEs”. 

We are pleased to inform you that, a Special Report (update 2016) has been prepared by ELCINA on “Opportunities and Challenges in the Strategic Electronics Sector, with special focus on MSMEs”.  This Report involved detailed research & discussions with varied stakeholders from Defence Sector. It provides updated information as well as recommendations for next steps for Strategic Electronics and policy changes that we believe are required to take the Defence Electronics Sector to new heights. The updated report was released during Strategic Electronics Summit 2016.

This Study provides on insight into the Defence Electronics eco-system in India and is a guide, both for the industry as well as the defence establishment to chalk out a path to success in this important sector. You may order the same from by following the below link

http://elcina.com//new_publication.php

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 Super Capacitor-Market Landscape Study

A Supercapacitor or Ultracapacitor is a charge storage device that stores electrical charges via electrochemical & electrostatic processes and has an unusually high energy density when compared to common capacitors. Due to their beneficial properties like fast charging ability,

superior low temperature performance, long service and cycle life, and reliability, Supercapacitors hold the potential to replace or complement traditional batteries and capacitors in several applications. Supercapacitors are already being used worldwide in number of applications ranging from automotive, renewable energy to electronics. For more details you can visit below link:

http://elcina.com//new_publication.php

For enquiries, call Ms.Tandra Majumder,
ELCINA HOUSE, 422 Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III, New Delhi - 110 020.
Tel: +91 (011) 26924597, 26928053; Fax: +91 (011) 2692 3440;
Email: tandra@elcina.com  or info@elcina.com

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A newsletter published by ELCINA, New Delhi. The information contained in this newsletter is for private circulation only. Despite our best efforts, some errors could have crept in. You are advised to verify authenticity of the information before further use.


Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA )

ELCINA House, 422 Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase-III, New Delhi 110020 (India).

E-Mails: info@elcina.com Tel: 011-26924597 / 26928053 / 41615985, Website: www.elcina.com