Yoga Day Marked in Times Square and Across the Globe

Last year, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as International Day of Yoga, and many countries marked this day performing yoga exercises, report both NBC News and the BBC.

On June 20, at Times Square, New York City, traffic came to a standstill as people practiced for a yoga session during the summer solstice on Monday. In the Philippines, Australia, Malaysia, China, Belarus and India, young students and adults practiced yoga breathing exercises and yoga poses to mark the International Day of Yoga.

On Yoga Day with Prime Minister Modi of India

On Yoga Day with Prime Minister Modi of India

Venues were as varied as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Gorky Park in Minsk,  schools, parade grounds, parks, a glass sightseeing platform on the outskirts of Beijing, and even a swimming pool!

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June 22, 2016   No Comments

Defense Alignment Between India and U.S. Accelerates

DefenseNews reports that the Obama administration has made strengthening ties with India a priority, and this has been highlighted by the focus Defense Secretary Ash Carter has had on the South Asian nation. Ashley Tellis, a former State Department official now with the Carnegie Endowment, calls the recent state visit of Prime Minister Modi, “a culmination of what Obama has tried to do since he came into office.”

“This is one of the biggest, fastest moving defense relationships in the world, period,” said Frank Wisner,  ambassador to India under President Clinton, and now with the international law firm Squire Patton Boggs. He added later, “We have an interest in an India that is robustly armed. India is not a predatory power, and she is big enough and important enough that she helps anchor the balance of power in Asia. A good relationship with India is part of a good relationship with China.”

Obama and Modi

With this focus, the Pentagon has grown increasingly open to technological development programs with India. The core of the technology relationship between the two nations is the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative, a specialized program launched in 2012 and championed by Carter, then deputy defense secretary.

India is seeking help from the U.S. in two importent areas: engine technology for its proposed homegrown advanced medium combat aircraft, and an electro-magnetic aircraft launch system for the proposed homegrown aircraft carrier INS Vishal. India is also in the market for high-end, secure communications gear for her troops, and here Wisner sees potential for a deal for a U.S. firm to install, operate and maintain such equipment.

The biggest opportunity for the nations to work together will materialize if India selects an American fighter to become the backbone of the Indian Air Force, and if this happens, Tellis says, “I think the game changes because then you will have major defense cooperation on a scale we have never seen with the U.S.  It starts with buying 90 planes but probably ends up with manufacturing 200 airplanes in India. That is big. So I think that is something we will have to wait and see what happens.”

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June 20, 2016   No Comments

Ashton Carter express Readiness to Share Technology for India’s Aircraft Carriers

During his recent visit to India, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke to reporters about the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System  that will replace the steam catapults used on older U.S. carriers for launching and landing systems.

“We are working with the Indian Navy on technology for their next generation of aircraft carrier,” he said on the first day of his two-day visit to India to strengthen defense ties with New Delhi.

U.S. Defense Secy. Ashton "Ash" Carter

U.S. Defense Secy. Ashton “Ash” Carter

“India would like to migrate on flat deck design” in construction of its next carrier, Carter said, and the systems being installed on the USS Gerald R. Ford have “some advantages in terms of weight of the aircraft and others.” He said “we are more than willing to share it with India,” reports Defense Tech.

“The U.S. approach to this region is not to confront,” Carter said. “We have to do what we have been doing for 70 years, that is to keep the stability and peace that has allowed economic and social miracle in modern India and China.”

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April 15, 2016   No Comments

Delphi Expands its Chennai Technical Center in India

Autocar Professional interviewed Chris Reider, vice-president, Global Engineering Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture, Delphi, on the company’s operations, growth dynamics and the business opportunity that is India.

Here are some excerpts…

On benefits for Delphi in expanding the Chennai Technical Center

Reider: The Chennai facility has become one of our key hubs for global product development and manufacturing to support our connection systems business worldwide. This is a technical center we rely on globally and, importantly, it is setting us up for future growth with local Original Equipment Manufacturers. With this capability, we can localize our development as well as manufacturing of products.

On the growth opportunity in India for Delphi’s connection systems business

Reider: We see opportunity in all our electrical architecture business. We have a broad portfolio of products, particularly in connection systems, housing and terminals. We also anticipate (new business in) high-speed cable assemblies, communication and infotainment systems which will be localizing here in India.

On how much India contributes to Delphi’s global operations

Reider: India is a long-term strategic market for us in engineering. It is a unique place where we have an opportunity to grow revenues with the local market but also leverage the capabilities that we have in India in terms of universities aligning with our business.
We are continuing to invest in our people, infrastructure, manufacturing processes and particularly in our core competencies in India. We are leveraging Indian capabilities and it will pay dividends for us in terms of our global growth.

On how India compared to other Asian markets

Reider: India is a little behind countries like China, which is moving faster in its evolution in terms of high-end premium vehicles. I am optimistic about the growth of the Indian market. There will be a number of external factors which influence the rate of growth in India. Government regulations and infrastructure in the economy will decide how fast the automotive market will grow. I am excited about the future in India – it will bring tremendous challenges but great opportunities too.

 

 

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April 13, 2016   No Comments

India is Top Six Manufacturer says UNIDO

Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has  just released its 2015 Yearbook. A report on global manufacturing output mentions China at the top of the list of the top 10 industrial producers followed by the U.S., Japan, Germany, and Korea. India at the sixth place saw its rank improve three places from the previous assessment reports Business Standard.

The global growth rate of manufacturing production has slowed to 2.8 percent in 2015. This slowdown could be due to reduced manufacturing growth rates recorded by major developing and emerging economies.

In India, Manufacturing Value Added has grown by 7.6 percent in 2015 compared to 2014.

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April 5, 2016   No Comments