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January 2014

MEDIA CLUB OF KARNATAKA

ImageBangalore, Jayanagar,31 January 2014: On the occasion of Media Club of Karnataka’s  Utejana 2014, valedictory day function was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Sri Dr. Temmegowda , Directors Sri Anand G Ballery, Ramesh Kamat, Subramanian, Somas under Reddy, Nagaraj Kanive, Raju and others were present, there was a day long program of Dance competition, Quiz competition held and winner were presented with prizes and certificates, Jain College own First Prize in dance competition and took Rs 25,000 cash prize.ImageImage

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i4 Policy: IT, ITES, Innovation Incentives Policy) for the IT/ ITeS/ Start-ups / Animation / Gaming / Computer-Graphics / Telecom / BPO / KPO / other Knowledge based Industries

Bangalore, January 31, 2014: Karnataka and Bengaluru have thrived and progressed in the past decade a great deal due to the growth of IT sector. This sector accounts for more than 30% of the IT exports in the country and employs over 1/3rd of the software engineers in the country. From a mere 1.90 lakh direct jobs in 2001 to over 9 lakh jobs today, the sector has turned out to be the largest employer surpassing even employment provided by the State Government. By 2020, Bengaluru will become the single largest IT and technology cluster on the planet in any single location and also the largest employer in the State.The KIG-2020 report has envisaged a goal Rs 4 lakh crores as the expected revenues by 2020 from IT & BPO and ESDM.

A comprehensive proposal providing for incentives, concessions, benefits etcfor the IT/ ITeS/ Start-ups/ Animation / Gaming / Computer Graphics/Telecom/BPO/ KPO / other Knowledge based Industries submitted to the State Cabinet was approved in the Cabinet meeting held on 17th October, 2013.

Employment Linked Incentivisation of Land Allotment (E-LILA) outside Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Limits: Land allotment for IT/ ITeS/ Start-ups/ Animation / Gaming/ Computer Graphics / Telecom / BPO / KPO / other Knowledge based Industries at concessional price shall be linked to employment generation for investments outside Bengaluru. Government will directly subsidise employment created.

Dept. of IT, BT and S&T to be Single Window Agency: Government of Karnataka has authorised Dept. of IT, BT and S&T to act as the Single Window Agency for clearance of IT/ ITeS/ Start-ups/ Animation / Gaming / Computer Graphics/Telecom/BPO/ KPO / other Knowledge based Industries (in place of Karnataka UdyogMitra). For investments up to Rs. 100 Crores, all decisions would be taken by a Committee headed by the Minister for IT, BT and S&T Department with the concerned Principal Secretaries / Secretaries to Government as Members. For investments above Rs. 100 Crores, decisions would be taken by a Committee headed by Chief Minister, which will have Minister for IT, BT and S&T, Chief Secretary and all concerned Principal Secretaries / Secretaries as Members.

Creating Brand Bengaluru 3.0 and Bengaluru First Fund: Brand Bengaluru 3.0 Society and a “Bengaluru First” fund to be set up to promote Bengaluru along the lines of India Brand Equity Fund (IBEF) set up by Government of India in association with CII. The “Bengaluru First” fund will be set up in association with NASSCOM / FICCI / CII / MAIT, under the Chairmanship of Secretary – Dept. of IT, BT and S&T, and Members from the Industry. The“Bengaluru First” fund shall be utilised to establish the credibility of Karnataka as a destination for technology investments in software and IT services, in outsourcing services, as well as Design and Manufacturing of products and services and the rapidly growing animation / Computer-generated imagery (CGI) / media and entertainment industries. A VIP Assistance Cell will be created in the Dept. of IT, BT and S&T, to assist VIP Clients.

Skill Development Policy & Corpus: Skill Development programs will be taken up in association with the Industry for training un-employed youth in basic IT / BPO / Telecom / ESDM etc, skills to be implemented in a PPP mode. The beneficiaries namely, the trainees, shall also bear part of the expenditure towards Skill Development. Government shall facilitate and support to arrange Skill Development financing through Bank loans.

Opportunities for Start-ups: Start-ups companies will be eligible for plug and play space with internet at concessional rates of Rs.5-15 per sft, depending on location. The space may be Government owned/leased or privately leased and allotted. Selection of start-ups by an Apex Committee comprising of Government and IT industry’s eminent people.

Exemption of IT/ ITeS/ Knowledge/Start-up companies from the applicability of Karnataka Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Rules, 1946

In addition to the Fiscal Incentives and Concessions, Cabinet also approved exemption of these companies from the applicability of Karnataka Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Rules, 1946, for a period of 5 years, with appropriate clause for protection of women employees and prevention of sexual harassment in work place.

ESDM Brown Field Cluster

Karnataka has got the in principle approval on 30th January 2014 for the first Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) brown field cluster development project from the  Department of Electronics and Information Technology(DeitY), Government of India in Electronic City, Bengaluru. This project is to be executed at an estimated cost of Rs 85.15 Crores and in an area of about 1.167 acres in Electronic City, Bengaluruand is expected to accelerate the growth of ESDM based industry in Karnataka.

Karnataka New Age Incubation Network

In the KIG 2020 report, Entrepreneurship Development and Mentoring is one of the Ten Initiatives for creating new opportunities and jobs. One of the proposals under this head is to build ‘Karnataka New Age Incubation Network’ to be located in chosen colleges that are in the emerging ICT centers.

The Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology in order to implement the Budget announcement of Government of Karnataka, has decided to implement the above proposal through KBITS to encourage Entrepreneurship and Innovation it is proposed to establish Incubation Centers in ICT sector in association with the selected Engineering Colleges at District headquarters.

The Sub Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, after taking inputs from various sources has finalized 9 Engineering Colleges across the State as below.

  • National Institute of Engineering, Mysore

  • Siddaganga Institute of Technology -Tumkur,

  • PoojyaDoddappaAppa college of Engineering – Gulbarga,

  • SDM college of Engineering, Dharwad

  • BLDEA’s VP Dr. P G Halakatti College of Engineering and Technology, Bijapur

  • Basveshwara College of Engineering, Bagalkot

  • NMAM Institute of Technology Nitte

  • KLS Gogte Institute of Technology, Belgaum.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering, Shimoga

The programme would encourage entrepreneurs by giving first preference to students, research scholars and alumni of the chosen colleges. The programme will cater to the projects that solve local problems and find solutions to local needs (district and state) rather than global problems and needs.Funding assistance will be provided by the First Party only for the management of the programme and the execution of the projects at Rs. 40 lacs per college per year.

The focus will be more on building an ecosystem fostering entrepreneurship rather than building physical space and purchasing expensive equipment

All incubation centers will be networked to exchange experiences and learn from one another.

They will also be connected with proposed Mobile Applications Center, Center of Excellence (COE) for ESDM located in Bengaluru for accessing certain resources avoiding any duplication.

The most important resource of the Programme will be local and remote mentors and the incubation centers will have tie-ups with local industry leaders and to those who are outside (in Bengaluru/ abroad) who may be hailing from the districts as mentors.

REGISTRATION OF ESDM COMPANIES

Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) is the fastest growing segment of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. As per the National Electronics Policy-2012 (NEP-2012), ESDM is expected to grow to USD $400 Billion by the year 2020 and will generate a total employment of over 28 million.

Government of India has already announced Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) that provides various incentives to ESDM Companies.

In order to attract investments to Karnataka as compared to other States in the ESDM Sector, Karnataka has come up with Karnataka ESDM Policy which has additional incentives to encourage the growth of ESDM sector

The objective of the Karnataka ESDM Policy is to facilitate, promote and develop the “ESDM” sector in the State of Karnataka and make Karnataka a preferred destination for investment in sectors like Telecommunications, Defense, Medical, Industrial, Automotive, Consumer Products, applications and components, parts, and accessories required for these applications.

The major targets set in Karnataka ESDM policy are as follows:

  • Emerge as the leading contributor to India’s ESDM sector by accounting for at least 10% of the USD $400 billion by 2020.

  • Generate over 20% of the country’s total ESDM exports target of USD $80 billion in 2020.

  • Make Karnataka the country’s preferred destination for investments in ESDM.

  • Generate atleast 2,40,000 new jobs, 25% of India’s PhD’s and 5000 patent filings in ESDM sector in Karnataka by 2020.

In order to achieve these targets, the Department of IT, BT has initiated registration of K-ESDM Companies. In the first phase Eight Companies as below have been registered as Karnataka ESDM Companies and the Registration Certificates are being issued to these Companies.

  1. M/s. SIGNALCHIP Innovations Private Limited., Banaswadi, Bengaluru-560043

  2. M/s. CERIUM Systems Private Limited., Whitefield, Bengaluru-560066

  3. M/s. BYDESIGN

  4. M/s. Aura Semiconductor Private Limited

  5. SPARR Electronics limited

  6. Saankhya Labs Private Limited

  7. TEJAS Networks Limited

  8. Aristos Electronics Manufacturing Services Private Limited

SmartCity Kochi successfully staged its first Road-Show in Bangalore

Bangalore, January 27, 2014: SmartCity Kochi (SCK), a joint venture between Dubai Holding’s SmartCity and the Government of Kerala held its first Road-Show in the city today.  The Project includes a futuristic 246-acre knowledge hub in Kochi, Kerala.  Major partnerships related to the SEZ were signed today covering office spaces, residences, apartments, retail, and a centre for digital sciences. Earlier this year SCK signed 2 partnerships for development of apartments and a K-12 school. This new development will amount to building over 25 lakhs sqft of built up space in the first phase of development.Image

 The new partnerships signed today include,

·         Whitefield Estates’ development over 3 phases for the ICT office spaces with a total Built-up-Area (BuA)  of 18 lakhs sqft

·         Bangalore-based Maratt Ltd.’s, Grade A office complex for knowledge-based companies spread over 3 lakhs sqft of BuA

·         Kochi-based Elton Technologies’ digital cluster to be known as International Centre for Digital Creative Sciences will be spread over 4.5 lakhs sqft of BuA. It will focus on the development and training of individuals in various Digital Creative Sciences like, Architecture, Fashion, Technology, Automobile Engineering, Product design, Cinematography & Software Development.

Earlier in his message from Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala, Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy stated, “SmartCity Kochi has the potential to take the IT aspirations of Kerala to new heights. The project is fast emerging as one of the proud symbols of Kerala’s developmental initiatives. I am sure that the SmartCity Road-Show in Bangalore will unveil many avenues to prospective stakeholders, enabling them to become a part of one of the most harmonious destinations for doing business in India. I look forward to rewarding partnerships as part of this Road-Show.”

Addressing the Road-Show, H. E. Abdullatif AlMulla, Chief Business Development Officer, Dubai Holding and Vice Chairman, SmartCity Kochi, remarked, “We are very proud of the progress in achieving our vision together with our co-developing partners.  Looking forward, we would like to invite the distinguished IT and knowledge-based companies to be a part of SmartCity’s vision of creating a global network of knowledge clusters.”   He added, “We thank all our current and future partners for believing in and wishing us success”.

 Earlier, Dubai-based GEMS Education had announced their first campus in South India in SmartCity, Kochi offering an International Kindergarten to 12th grade curriculum for 3,000 students. In addition, Kerala-based Asten Realtors is also collaborating to develop 5 apartment towers of 24 storeys each. Unique to the region, the apartments will feature automated homes with modern world-class amenities. In his presentation, Dr. Baju George, Managing Director, SCK said, “Thanks to our partners, SCK today has a higher growth potential than before. It is designed to be a Digital Knowledge Township and part of an international network of clusters that connect Europe, Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. The vision is to bring businesses, people and knowledge closer through this initiative.”

SCK01, one of India’s largest LEED Platinum rated IT Building (6.5 lakh sqft), will be operational by December 2014 and a number of major IT players have already expressed interest to have their presence at SCK01.

Kingfisher ULTRA Glam Nites opens to an evening of fun, fashion and music on the Day 1 of Bangalore Fashion Week

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As the 10th edition of Bangalore Fashion Week opened today with much pump and fervor, Kingfisher Ultra – The Emperor of Good Times, played host to ace designers and fashionistas with free flow of beer and plenty of good times. It was a heady mix of glitz and glamour as Bangalore’s crème de la crème came together to celebrate the Bangalore Fashion Week’s after party in ‘Ultra Style’ at the Kingfisher Ultra Glam Nites.

The delectable cuisine, unlimited Kingfisher Ultra beer and pulsating music kept the party lovers craving for more. After all the hard work that went for the show, ‘Kingfisher Ultra Glam Nite’ was the place to be in.

 At what turned out to be one of the most happening weekends of the season, Bangaloreans were seen partying into the night in fashionable style, leisurely sipping the chilled Kingfisher Ultra beer. Models and designers were seen unwinding themselves at the after party mingling with social butterflies and having a gala time. DJ Whosane set the tempo of the night high with his electric mixes and foot tapping numbers.Image

28th Year INTER HIGH SCHOOL VIJAYA BANK V-GEN Uth QUIZ CONTEST 2014

Bangalore: 19th January, 2014Image

The 28th Year State Level Inter High School Vijaya Bank V-GEN Uth Quiz Contest was conducted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Vijaya Bank Head Office M.G. Road Bangalore. Associated with their Savings Bank product V-GEN Uth for younger generation, the annual quiz event is highly popular with the generation next, particularly the school children.

 

Attended by about 400 students from more than 120 schools of the state, the 28th Quiz Contest was conducted with much fanfare and celebration. With the Chairman and Managing Director, Shri V Kannan shooting off the first question and legendary ‘Pick Brain’ Sri Giri Balasubramaniam conducting the Quiz programme in his inimitable style combining professional perfection and informal warmth, the thronging crowd was witness to one of the most keenly contested Quiz events in the recent times. The function is graced by Sri K R Shenoy, Executive Director along with top management team of the Bank.

 

Presenting the Vijaya Bank V-GenUth Quiz Contest Rolling Trophy to the winning team comprising of Master Parv Modi and Master Kiran from Presidency School, RT Nagar and the Runner up Trophy to the team comprising Ms Manasa and Ms Riya from National Public School, Rajaji Nagar. The Chairman and Managing Director congratulated the participants from different schools and appreciated the rising knowledge levels of the younger generation.

 

Trophies were given to all the finalists apart from Best Performing Outstation team by Sri V Kannan, Chairman & Managing Director and Sri K R Shenoy, Executive Director of the Bank.  

 

The largely attended function included Executives, officials and staff members of the Bank apart from parents and teachers.

Forum Against EWS Land Grab

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Jan 18 , Outside Town Hall, Bangalore

 “The BBMP-Maverick Holdings Pvt. Ltd. Agreement is undemocratic and unjust. It is an inhuman and shameless system  that perpetuates such gross injustice, not a democratic system.” – Debadutta Das, Retired Executive Judge, United Nations Human Rights Commission.

The indefinite strike of Ejipura EWS slum residents to demand that the government scrap the illegal agreement between BBMP and Maverick Holdings Pvt. Ltd. and get back their land entered second day today. The Ejipura EWS slum was demolished on 18th January, 2013 – exactly a year ago. Many families continue to live on the slum and many families who had found a house are now back to the street again as they are unable to cope with the rising rent, electricity, water and other living costs. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) members joined the protest today and expressed their solidarity with the EWS residents. More than twenty Dalit, Left, Student and Civil Society Organisations are taking part in the protest and supporting the demands of the EWS residents.

Shantha Mary, resident of EWS Ejipura slum who continues to live on the footpath next to the EWS site said, “What kind of government is this? What kind of civilised society are we living in where more than 1,200 families were thrown on the footpath and their lives destroyed for the sake of private profits.”  Debadutta Das, Retired Executive Judge, UNHRC joined the protest and expressed solidarity with the land struggle. He spoke at the protest and said, “The BBMP-Maverick Holdings Pvt. Ltd. Agreement is undemocratic and unjust. It is an inhuman and shameless system that perpetuates such gross injustice, not a democratic system. This agreement should immediately be scrapped and the land returned to the EWS residents, the rightful owners, if we are to remain a democracy.”

Issac Arul Selva, Co-convenor of Forum Against EWS Land Grab and Secretary of PUCL Bangalore explained the history of EWS slum starting from the 1985s until the demolition in 2013. He listed the irregularities through which the BBMP transferred the EWS Land to Maverick Holdings and said, “The political establishment and bureaucracy is working for the profits of a private company and is not concerned about the 1,200 Dalit and Minority families that were thrown out on the footpath ruthlessly. This brahminical unjust system has to be questioned and fought against.”

Abdul Rehman, Treasurer of SDPI, said, “Both the BJP government that transferred the land and the Congress government that is refusing to take back the land are making a mockery of our Constitution and Democracy. In this situation we cannot get justice without struggle”. He encouraged the EWS residents to stay put outside Town Hall until the government calls for negotiations.

The protesting EWS residents and other protestors shouted slogans throughout the day and vowed to continue their struggle till following demands are acceded to:-

 a) Withdraw the cabinet decision to handover EWS land to Maverick Holdings Pvt. Ltd. b) Make immediate provisions for housing for the evictees, especially, those still living on footpath. EWS residents have submitted five memorandums on this issue to the Chief Minister and made numerous attempts to negotiate with him. But all our attempts have been stone walled and the Congress government is turning a blind eye to the plight of the EWS residents living on footpaths. This Dharna will continue indefinitely until the Chief Minster meets our demands.

 

PANKH (TRRAIN – Youth4Jobs Initiative) creates a business case for inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Indian Retail The White Paper titled ‘Breaking New Ground – Empowering Persons with Disabilities to Succeed in Retail Sector,’ launched in Bangalore

Bangalore, 16th January, 2014Pankh (TRRAIN and Youth4Jobs initiative) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today launched a white paper titled ‘Breaking New Ground – Empowering Persons with Disabilities to Succeed in Retail Sector,’ which focuses on how the Indian retail industry stands to benefit by hiring Persons with Disabilities (PwD). The white paper report, which is aimed at sensitizing both retail organizations and the government to the benefits of employing PwD, demonstrates how PwD employment is socially relevant and makes sound business sense. The Indian retail industry is slated to grow from its current market size of 500 billion USD to over 1.3 trillion USD by 2020.  Today, it is India’s second-largest employer, employing 33 million people. The report also provides guidelines for effective PwD inclusion in the retail industry, including sourcing and training of PwD, role–disability assessment, organization readiness through enablement, infrastructure and sensitization support.

The report captures interviews from over 47 HR representatives across a spectrum of retail organizations, Central and State Government officials working for PwD welfare, NGOs and PwD individuals working in the retail space and found that manpower costs add up to more than seven percent of total costs in retail. At the same time, high levels of attrition in the industry negate the colossal investments made in recruiting and training employees. To compound the challenges, the need for a skilled workforce continues to grow unabated as the retail industry continues to expand. There is an imminent need for innovative ways to attract talent and retain it.

“Retail is the best industry to integrate Persons with Disability. It being the first mile of customer interaction, PwD gets a chance to interact with the end consumer and build on their confidence. On the other hand people in the society can clearly see the ability of the youth and the contribution that they can make to the society. Retail is a great industry to bring in inclusion.”asserted Mr. B S Nagesh, Founder, TRRAIN. Ms. Ameesha Prabhu, CEO, TRRAIN echoed his thoughts.

Ms. Meera Shenoy, Founder, Youth4Jobs further added, “This white paper developed by Pankh and Accenture partnership will go a long way to help create an eco-sphere where companies, governments and civil society organizations will come on board to mainstream hiring persons of disability in the retail industry.”Image

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