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New terminal at Hyderabad
international airport opens
THE Interim International
Departure Terminal at the Rajiv
Gandhi International Airport in
Hyderabad was opened on Tuesday.
All international departures will
now operate from this terminal,
which has been built to facilitate the
Built at a cost of Rs50 crores, the
terminal plans to offer a “premium
check-in” facility, where passengers
travelling first or business class can
experience a separate, personalised
and assisted service.
Karnataka plans blueprint to
make Dussehra tourist-centric
KARNATAKA is planning a blueprint
to make Dussehra tourist-centric after
an estimated 50 lakh tourists visited
Mysuru during the festival from Oct 10
The illumination of the Mysuru
Palace, air show and flower shows
attracted thousands of tourists from
across the world, generating revenue
for the state.
On Nov 1, which marks Karnataka’s
formation day, the southern state will
also celebrate a folk art festival called
Janapada Jatre in a bid to preserve the
fading folk art forms.
First made in India engine-less
train gears up for trial
INDIA’S first self-propelled train will
begin its trials next month.
The train was designed and built by
Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory in 18
months. The executive coaches features
modern amenities as well as
360-degree rotatable seats imported
Witness in Kerala nun rape case
FATHER Kuriakose Kattuthara, who
had given statements against Bishop
Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of
raping a Kerala nun, was found dead
under mysterious circumstances in
Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district on
Monday. Kattuthara’s family in Kerala
suspects foul play.
The Punjab Police said a probe is
under way into the 62-year-old priest’s
death. He was found dead in a room in
St Mary’s Church in Dasuya town,
about 180km from Chandigarh.
He was under the Jalandhar diocese
which is headed by Mulakkal.
First domestic cruise between
Mumbai and Goa launched
INDIA flagged off its first domestic
cruise from Mumbai to Goa last
Saturday. The ship called Angriya set
sail from the Mumbai Port Trust’s
newly refurbished domestic cruise
It has six decks and 104 cabins and
can ferry 399 passengers at a time. It
will run four times a week, except
during the monsoon season. A one-way
ticket ranges from Rs7,000 to
Rs12,000. One of the crew members
described the experience as “a dream
come true” as he never thought he
would do a cruise in India.
Walk with Gandhi in virtual
WITH a moon rock, a chunk of
Mount Everest and the chance to
stroll with Mahatma Gandhi, the
Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s
House) in Delhi has lifted the veil
on its treasures in its new museum.
The space recreates moments
from India’s independence
struggle such as Gandhi’s
landmark protest march against
the salt tax in 1930 and the 1919
Jallianwala Bagh massacre of
civilians by troops under British
Technology allows visitors to
walk with Gandhi in the virtual
reality room, while interactive
features include a flipbook of
October 26, 2018
Smartphones boost for economy
Bright spot... A
worker tests a
handset at its
plant in Noida.
MARTPHONE-maker Lava is a
small player in India’s booming
mobile communications indus-
try, but it has become a poster child for
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambi-
tious effort to make India a global hub
for electronics manufacturing.
Just a few years ago, Lava imported
cheap phones from China. Now it builds
its own devices at two factories on the
outskirts of New Delhi that employ
about 3,500 people. Expansion plans
are in the works.
Mr Modi’s vow to create tens of mil-
lions of new jobs has stuttered on many
fronts, but domestic smartphone produc-
tion has emerged as a bright spot for
Asia’s third-largest economy.
Along with local firms such as Lava,
global smartphone giants including Sam-
sung, Oppo and Xiaomi are expanding
rapidly in India and starting to bring
along components suppliers while driv-
ing contract manufacturers like Foxconn
to ramp up.
More than 120 new manufacturing
units have created about 450,000 jobs in
the mobile phone industry over the past
four years, according to the Indian Cellu-
lar and Electronics Association, thanks
largely to the “Make in India” campaign
and a phased plan featuring stiff duties
on imported devices and parts.
That growth has made India the
world’s second-biggest mobile phone
maker and positioned it for further
growth as trade tensions and rising costs
hobble China’s world-leading electron-
ics manufacturing sector.
“India has an opportunity to become
a major player in the global supply chain
because we have a very strong domestic
economy,” Mr Vikas Agarwal, the India
head of Chinese smartphone maker
OnePlus, said. The country still needs to
encourage the production of high-value
components as well as research and de-
velopment, Mr Agarwal added, “but at
least we are off to a very good start”.
The Indian industry’s emergence is es-
pecially visible in Noida, where Lava is
based. Once a suburb for tech outsourc-
ing firms, Noida is now bursting with
companies making everything from
headphones and chargers to high-end
Mr Sanjeev Agarwal, Lava’s head of
manufacturing, says local production is
helping it reduce costs and build high-
quality devices that can sell for less than
Much of the company’s product de-
sign is still done in China, Mr Agarwal
said, but the company plans to bring that
work to India over the next few years.
The local presence allows quicker inno-
vation, he said, as well as lower, tariff-
Lava has some big neighbours in
Noida. Samsung this year opened what
it said was the world’s biggest mobile
phone plant there.
The South Korean giant last year said
it will spend Rs49.2 billion to expand ca-
pacity at the plant over three years.
Not far from Samsung’s factory,
China’s Oppo, one of India’s top smart-
phone players, is building a massive
plant too. It is expected to open soon.
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