The largest trade show for environmental technologies

IFAT India 2017 will be held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Center, Goregaon from 26th to 28th September 2017. After successful openings at Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Delhi, the organizers will be making a final stop at Mumbai on September 8, 2017 for a promotional tour of the trade show to raise awareness about various environmental issues in the region as well as the discuss latest solutions and innovations which are in the market.

IFAT India 2017 is a three- day trade show which is expecting over 170 participants from 18 countries. Among them are market leaders like L&T, Thermax, Ion Exchange, Ramky, Aqseptance Group, Endress+Hauser, Excel, Kirloskar Brothers, Kishor Pumps, Tata Projects, Wilo, Siemens, Lanxess, Astral Poly, Xylem, CRI Pumps, LG Chem, Wipro Water and many more. The 2017 edition will also feature country pavilions from China, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The trade fair will witness technical presentations, panel discussions and tutorials, where industry experts – both from India and overseas –will share their knowledge with the audience at the Innovation Exchange. There will also be a dedicated area for training, live demonstrations, product presentations and skills contests, running parallel to the show. The aim of the Active Learning Center is to promote talent and combat the shortage of skilled workers in the Indian environmental sector.

Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen India, said: “The Government of India is extensively focusing on the environmental sector and the steps to counter issues deterring it and this edition will discuss issues related to air pollution. IFAT India is an apt platform where innovative technologies providing solutions towards the Indian environmental issues will be showcased. I am glad to announce 2017 edition of the IFAT India is completely sold out with the overwhelming response from across the globe.”

According to the experts, with the increasing population, the management of municipal solid waste (MSW) in the country has emerged as a severe problem because of the sheer quantities generated every day. According to the Annual Report of State Pollution published in 2015-16, the state of Maharashtra comprising of 262 local bodies generates around 21,867 tonnes of MSW every day of which 86.7% is contributed by class-A cities. Air pollution is also emerging out as a key concern in a developing economy like India; more than 80% of Indian cities violate the prescribed standards of air quality.

Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, said, “Today, climate change is a real threat and its manifestations are becoming apparent. In today’s globally interconnected society, it is more important than ever to build a policy framework that can evolve and adapt rapidly to this growing threat. Trade fairs like IFAT India help in creating awareness about the environmental issues and address these challenges.”

The trade show will also provide an opportunity to industry experts, policy makers and business leaders to discuss regional strategies on numerous environmental challenges and seek solutions through formal interactions.

Along with the trade exhibition IFAT INDIA with its partners will concurrently organize multiple interactive programs, to name a few – Air Quality Management Workshop by SDG (Sustainable Development Goals Foundation); Workshop on entrepreneurship in waste management by ISWA (International Solid Waste Association); Biogas Panel by GIZ, German Biogas Association and Indian Biogas Association; Water Skills Competition by Skill Council for Green Jobs, GIZ and DWA.

IFAT INDIA will also host an Environmental Technologies Conference in association with TERI, which will focus on issues related to Air Pollution, Solid Waste Management and Urban Water Management in the context of Sustainable Development.  This edition will also witness a new initiative Business to Government Forum that will provide states an ideal platform to announce new projects, to find matching solutions for new tenders and to inform participants about the latest policies in the environmental sector.

More information on the trade fair as well as the supporting program is available online at

electronica India 2016 and productronica India 2016 return to become the biggest ever trade fairs in the Indian ESDM industry

electronica India 2016 and productronica India 2016, the leading trade fairs for electronic components and manufacturing technologies take place from September 21-23, 2016 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bangalore. This edition is set to be the biggest edition of the trade fairs marked by over 400 exhibitors representing 650 companies from 16 countries including Japan, France, Korea, Malaysia, Switzerland to name a few. The trade fairs will also see country pavilions from six countries, Germany, UK, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The participation of leading exhibitors from across the industry reaffirmed the need and focus of electronica India 2016 and productronica India 2016 as an industry event. These include Murata, Rohm, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Bosch, NXP, Master Instruments Corporation, Juki India, NMTronics, Panasonic India, Samsung, Maxim SMT, Kaynes Technologies, Sahasra, Transtec, Mycronic, Komax, Atotech, Leaptech, SGS Tekniks, and many more.

Concurrent to the trade fairs, there will be various conferences, a buyer-seller forum, a B2G (business to government) forum, and exclusive pavilions from IPC India and CLIK (Consortium of Electronic Industries of Karnataka).

The trade fairs for the first time will have participation from various Indian states including Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh in the State Pavilion. ELCINA and Messe München India have jointly organized Invest India – a CEO forum, wherein the states will bring in attractive investment opportunities in the Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) space to domestic as well as global manufacturing firms.

The electronics market in India is expected to reach USD 400 billion by 2020 and PCB, being the backbone of almost all electronics product – hold huge growth potential in India. As per ELCINA’s research, the PCB industry in India is expected to grow up to USD 6 billion by 2020. Messe München India and ELCINA are jointly introducing ‘India PCB Tech’, which will showcase the PCB technologies from the best manufactures and their suppliers from across the globe to cater to the growing demand of PBCs in various industry segments. The joint initiative will bring the entire PCB industry eco-system and related supply chain together.

The trade fairs are largely supported by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and leading national and international associations such as the Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA), India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA), the Consortium of Electronic Industries in Karnataka (CLIK), the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association (ZVEI) and many more, resulting in the outstanding quality of electronica India and productronica India.

According to Mr. Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Messe München India, “electronica India and productronica India have been promoting electronics manufacturing in India by attracting the leading electronic companies from across the globe to showcase their latest technologies in the Indian market and partner with the domestic manufacturing companies. This year, we have reached an important milestone by being the biggest ever edition and to ensure return on our exhibitors’ investments, we will be organizing the largest ever buyer-seller forum wherein India’s largest manufacturing companies from various segments viz. EMS, automotive, consumer electronics, defense and aerospace, industrial electronics etc. will make their sourcing decisions. Considering Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative to encourage domestic manufacturing and to invite the investors, we are organizing the biggest ever investor summit in the ESDM segment with the participation from 10 states, creating tremendous business opportunities for the stakeholders”

electronica India and productronica India 2016 will showcase latest offerings in categories including semiconductor and display manufacturing, soldering technology, PCB and other circuit-carrier manufacturing, test and measurement, quality assurance, Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS), production materials/equipment, environmental technology and clean-room technology, organic and printed electronics etc with exhibitors from across the industry. The trade fairs will be held in conjunction with LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA 2016 and creating attractive synergies and added value for visitors.

Ovum: India’s mobile market surpasses 1 billion subscriptions

Towards the end of 2015, India reached 1 billion mobile subscriptions, joining its northerly neighbor China by becoming only the second member of the 1 billion club, according to global analyst firm Ovum.

In a new forecast report* produced by Ovum, it was found that comparisons were inevitable, though China reached this milestone almost three years ago. Like India today, China was then at 80% subscription penetration with 10% of its subscriber base on 3G. However, wealthier Chinese consumers have supported steeper overall and MBB growth rates (of the order of around 100% and 50% more, respectively), higher data ARPUs (by 25%), and higher unique user penetration.

According to Charles Moon, Practice Leader Asia at Ovum, “Comparatively, India’s growth trajectory is farther along than China’s at the time and will remain flatter, meaning India is unlikely to catch up.”

Nevertheless, India’s MBB curve is still steep and, as our forecasts show, will pass the 500 million mark by 2018 (Year X+3), accounting for just under half of all subscriptions. Growth will be driven by continued declines in 3G and 4G smartphone prices, creative and cheap data plans, and continued proliferation of apps and data services appealing to a broad range of consumer segments. “This is no different from most markets; however, Indian operators may have more difficulty extracting profits from customers as they have the added challenges of extreme consumer price sensitivities coupled with a very crowded competitor field,” concludes Moon.

NIIT rolls out revolutionary Cloud CampusTM in China

– Uses Synchronous Learning as a technology multiplier to create a scalable, sustainable delivery model for the future
– To use innovative Cloud & Collaborative Learning Model

NIIT, a global leader in skills and talent development, has launched its innovative and proven Cloud CampusTM internationally, with it going live in China. This is a significant milestone in the proliferation of this scalable customer engagement and learning delivery platform. As part of this rollout in China, NIIT has extended the break-through Cloud Campus platform to support learners in Mandarin. Additionally, extensive feedback was taken from Instructors and Learners to ensure that the 6 unique Cloud CampusTM learning enablers were appropriately adapted keeping in mind preferences and learning styles of learners in China.

NIIT Cloud CampusTM enables students to learn from the best teachers irrespective of their geographical location. They can also get hands-on practice through lab exercises in machine rooms at the NIIT centers. It has an innovative ‘Anywhere Lab’ feature, which allows students to practice the application of concepts learnt in class, from any part of the globe, while chatting with experts to seek answers to their queries.

NIIT Cloud CampusTMensures a consistent, high quality learning experience. Students benefit from Expert Instructors teaching from a central studio while simultaneously having access to facilitators present in their classrooms. Interactions are not limited to only the students in the same classroom – rather students can communicate and collaborate with fellow learners across all locations.

Speaking on the occasion of the first program launch from the Cloud CampusTM Studio in Wuxi, China Mr. Prakash Menon, President, NIIT China, said, “This is the start of a journey that will transform our distributed education delivery model in China.”

NIIT was the first Indian IT training company to establish presence in China in the late nineties with a vision to create a manpower pool, to empower the software industry in the country. “By bringing NIIT’s revolutionary Cloud CampusTM platform to China, we are laying the foundation for the next phase of our growth in China and re-committing to creating a high quality scalable human capacity building model that will accelerate the pace of new technology adoption & skilling,” said Mr. Rahul Keshav Patwardhan, CEO, NIIT Ltd.

NIIT, a global leader in skills and talent Development, established its presence in China in 1997, becoming the first Indian IT enterprise to do so. Over the years, NIIT has been training skilled IT professionals for China’s software outsourcing industry. With the support of its outstanding partners and institutions, it has trained more than 150,000 students in the country.

Goldgenie mark the Chinese New Year with limited edition Year of the Goat 24K Gold iPhone 6

To celebrate the approach of the new year of the Goat, Goldgenie have launched a special limited edition “Year of the Goat” 24K Gold iPhone 6 Elite, which features a hand-painted Chinese goat symbol to be laser engraved onto the surface of the phone. A limit of 99 “Year of the Goat” iPhones will be produced and each phone will be laser stamped with its number in the series, making each device unique and a great gift or collector’s item. The phone is presented in a luxury cherry oak display box and comes with a lifetime guarantee on is 24K Gold customization and the device itself.

The Chinese New Year takes place on 19th February, which will herald the Year of the Goat. The Goat is a kind gentle animal that functions best in a group and its energy is thought to bring much needed peace and harmony to the world. People will come together in love and friendship and healing energy will help to diffuse any disharmony between family members and political rifts.

The “Year of the Goat” Limited edition iPhone 6 model is a beautiful addition to Goldgenie’s previously released Limited Chinese “Lucky 8” iPhone 6 Elite, which is laser engraved with the Chinese symbol for eight. The number 8 has a longstanding association with wealth and balance in Chinese culture and this version of the 24K Gold iPhone 6 Elite has seen high demand since its release in October 2014.

Goldgenie are well known for their range of customised modern technology and lifestyle products, including their signature 24K Gold iPhone Elite models. The company pioneered the art of Gold-plating a smartphone and they know from experience that when they launch a new limited edition model, demand for their luxury customised designs can outstrip supply.

Since gaining investment and support from BBC Dragons Den’s James Caan in 2007, Goldgenie have grown their international presence and recognition for quality. Due to their pioneering presence in the luxury market and longstanding trusted reputation, Goldgenie count blue chip corporations, such as Blackberry, Aston Martin and Rolls Royce and celebrities including Elton John, the Beckhams, Roman Abramovich and P. Diddy as loyal clients.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ are currently available to order in the 16GB, 64GB or 128GB models through Goldgenie’s website. Alongside the Year of the Goat and Lucky 8 editions, the devices are currently available in Goldgenie’s 24K Gold, Rose Gold and Platinum Elite and Swarovski crystal logo, Brilliance and Supernova versions.

Full of technological advancements, including faster processing speeds, longer battery life, improved camera and 1080p HD video shooting capacity, Apple’s new release has made a great leap forward from its predecessors. Thinner and glossier than ever, not only is the iPhone 6 beautiful to look at, it is sure to capture your world, your thoughts and your plans more beautifully and seamlessly than ever. And the craftsmen at Goldgenie feel most people would agree that these are worth preserving in Gold and stamped with a meaningful symbol.

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Mozilla Firefox to come with Yahoo Search as default in USA

Mozilla announced a major shift in strategy today by revealing their search partners for the coming years.

Yahoo is replacing Google as the default search engine on new installs in USA. Mozilla and Yahoo have signed on a five year long deal.

Yahoo has also announced that they would support the DO NOT TRACK platform in Firefox browser.

Yandex Search would become the default search option on Firefox for Russian users.

Baidu would continue to take the default spot for users in China.

Google would remain the default option in other markets. Firefox would of course bundle with integrated support for tons of other browsers in all markets.

Read more: New Search Strategy for Firefox: Promoting Choice & Innovation | The Mozilla Blog

Xiaomi debuts in India with an exciting range of Mi smartphones

Partners exclusively with Flipkart for sale and delivery

Xiaomi, one of the leading mobile Internet companies in China, today announced its foray into the Indian market with a range of flagship Mi smartphones and an exclusive partnership with e-commerce marketplace Flipkart for sale and delivery of these products across India. Xiaomi has also set up 35+ service centers, with dozens more to come, across India including two exclusive Mi service centers in Delhi and Bangalore to ensure a robust after-sale service and a hassle-free customer experience.

The first Mi smartphone that Xiaomi has launched in India is the Mi 3. Priced at INR 13,999/-, Mi 3 will go on sale on July 22. Pre-registration for Mi 3 is now open at Only customers who register till July 21st mid-night will be eligible to purchase their Mi 3.

In addition, Xiaomi has announced it will also launch Redmi 1S and Redmi Note over the next few weeks. These Mi smartphones deliver high performance at even more affordable prices. The 4.7-inch Redmi 1S will retail at INR 6,999/-, while the 5.5-inch octa-core Redmi Note will go for INR 9,999/-.

Talking about their India foray, Mr. Bin Lin, Co-founder and President, Xiaomi, said, “We see India as a huge opportunity for us and are excited about bringing Mi products to this market. Just like in our other markets, we will strive to provide users with incredible value, and the best customer experience possible.”

Commenting on bringing their flagship device to India, Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global, added, “Mi 3 is the fastest Mi phone ever. We are very excited to offer one of the world’s most powerful smartphones in India at an incredibly affordable price point of INR 13,999/-. We hope Indian users will love MIUI, our super intuitive Android-based operating system.”

Talking about the company’s India operations, Manu Jain, India Operations Head, Xiaomi, said “We are looking to provide the best in class experience to our Mi fans in India. We are starting with 35+ service centres across top 20 cities, a hotline that operates 7 days a week, and a vibrant Mi India Facebook page. Our partner Flipkart, with its world-class technology and customer service, will be key to providing this experience.”

Commenting on this partnership, Flipkart co-founder & CEO Sachin Bansal, said, “This partnership is a natural progression of our promise to bring world-class products to our customers. We are a technology-focused company with innovation as part of our DNA – and this complements what Xiaomi stands for globally.”

Mi 3 is Xiaomi’s highest performing smartphone, consistently ranked at the top of industry benchmarks since its first launch. Its Android-based platform – MIUI – is a live operating system constantly improving with frequent software updates. MIUI is incredibly intuitive and user friendly while offering power users a high degree of customisation.

Mi 3 specifications:
· 5-inch Full HD 1080p IPS display enabling super crisp details and incredible viewing angles
· 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800AB processor for the best performance no matter how demanding your apps and games are
· 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash and industry-leading HDR functionality for amazing photos
· Supports high speed HSPA+ 3G connectivity up to 42Mbps
· Extra large 3050 mAh internal battery

Mi 3 order instructions:

Flipkart is the launch partner for Xiaomi in India. Mi fans can now buy Mi 3 through an easy 3-step process:
1. Login using his/her Flipkart account
2. Register for the sale on Mi Store on Flipkart (
3. Buy a device on the day of sale (22nd July). Only customers who register before July 22 will be able to purchase their Mi 3 on the sale day

Read more: Mi Mobiles Online – Buy Mi Mobiles Online at Best Price in India –

Big Blow for Microsoft: China bans Windows 8 on official machines

Chinese government has banned usage of Windows 8 on official machines. This directive was issued by the Central Government Procurement Center.

Apparently this step was taken after Microsoft killed support for Windows XP machines last month. Chinese government is not amused by this move from the US based software giant.

Windows XP remains incredibly popular in China with more than half of all computers still running on it.

Remains to be seen what China would adopt as the replacement for Windows on their official machines… The country has long been supportive of their own version of Linux.

Read more: China bans use of Microsoft’s Windows 8 on government computers | Reuters

China Mobile would sell Apple iPhones in world’s largest phone market

Apple has scored a major new deal in the world’s biggest phone market.

China Mobile would become the last remaining big telecom player to offer Apple iPhones on their network.

China Mobile is in fact the world’s largest carrier by number of subscribers. So this is a big win for Apple.

The two companies have not revealed the pricing of the iPhone on China Mobile network. It is expected to be similar to pricing of the same models on competing networks in the country though.

Microsoft partners with Guangming Founder to deliver Skype in China

Microsoft today announced a partnership with Guangming Founder to deliver Skype on multiple platforms in the Chinese market.

The company said:

Today, Skype and Guangming Founder (GMF) announced a strategic partnership to deliver Skype across multiple platforms, including PCs and mobile devices. The beta period starts today, as we migrate users and update the Skype software in China. Users in China will receive guidance on how to upgrade. The new version of Skype will be available on Windows 8.1, Desktop Classic (Mac and Windows desktop versions), Android and iOS (Phone and Tablet versions) and coming soon to Windows Phone.