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September 4th, 2014
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Kerala Nurtures High Hopes on Japanese Investments

The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan is expected to bring in investments worth $35.5 billion to India, and Kerala has more reasons to have higher hopes than any other state in the country, thanks to more than 40 years of bilateral relations with the ‘land of the rising sun.’

At the moment, there are about 260 Japanese companies and associates operating from the states in areas ranging from automobile manufacturing to gelatin production.

To further the hopes is the fact that five Japanese city mayors, along with 20 businessmen, will visit Kerala in November.

The Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce – Kerala (Injack), which acts as a bridge to facilitate trade and business between Japan and Kerala, has already identified 50 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in and around Yokohama, Japan, for business matching with SMEs in Kerala.

The sectors in which Japanese companies are interested to invest in are IT, tourism, food processing, and healthcare including Ayurveda and care of the elderly.

Source: The New Indian Express

July 28th, 2014
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‘Prathidhwani’ to Conduct Creative Writing Competition for Technopark Employees

Trivandrum Technopark-based sociocultural organization ‘Prathidhwani’ will organize a creative writing contest in English and Malayalam for professionals working in the park.

There will be poetry, short story, and essay writing competitions.  First and second best entries in each category in both languages will win attractive prizes.

All entries must be submitted online to srishtiprathidhwani@gmail.com, before August 10. A contestant can submit only one entry per category.

Source: The New Indian Express

July 1st, 2014
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UST Global Acquires Renaissance Solutions

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IT major UST Global has announced that it has acquired Singapore-based Renaissance Solutions Pte. Limited, a leading staffing and technology services company serving over 100 multinational, corporate and government customers.

Saurabh Ranjan, Managing Director (Global Operations), UST Global, said, “In the technology industry, the war for talent is escalating and clients rely on us to deploy the right talent at the right time. Singapore is a global business hub and has attracted the best and the brightest in tech from around the world.”

Vivek Ravindran, President, Renaissance Solutions, said, “Renaissance Solutions cut its teeth providing talent to the construction, oil and gas industries. Together with UST Global, we expect to take our expertise to other industries and deliver exceptional value to our customers.”

Source: Technopark Today

June 11th, 2014
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Kerala Sets Up Apex Committee for SSDG Implementation

As part of its plans to enhance the state’s IT sector, the Government of Kerala has formed a State Apex Committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary to implement the State Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG).

SSDG will provide easy and convenient services to the citizens through remote access, primarily through common service centres.

The project is a core component in e-governance infrastructure under the National e-Governance Plan. The Kerala State IT Mission is the nodal agency for the project.

Source: The New Indian Express

April 5th, 2014
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State Government Allocates Rs. 10 Crore to Startup Village

In what will definitely be a big boost to the development of the Startup Village in Kalamassery, the Government of Kerala has allotted Rs. 10 crore for the timely completion of the one lakh-sq ft built-up area in the campus. Earlier, the union government had also released Rs. 10 crore to the village.

The Village is India’s first telecom incubator and operates on a PPP model. Now into its third successful year of inception, it is experiencing space crunch. It has already generated about 2,000 jobs. The number of applications for incubation at the Village is also on a steep rise.

Many options are being pursued for resolving the space crunch at the Village. These include refurbishing the HMT building at Kalamassery. This building alone will provide 1.08 lakh sq ft. The 25,000 sq ft facility vacant at the Gem and Jewellery Park at Kalamassery is another choice.

At present, there are 574 startups, 207 student startups, and numerous virtually incubated companies at the Village.

Source: The New Indian Express