MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launches National Broadband Mission

Source: Government of India

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launches National Broadband Mission

All villages in the country will be covered by 2022 Broadband Mission to fulfill all aspirations of the people Enables fast track growth of digital communication infrastructure Bridges digital divide for digital empowerment and inclusion

The Minister for Communications, Law & Justice and Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the National Broadband Mission is to fulfill all aspirations of the people and enables fast track growth of digital communication infrastructure. He was addressing the gathering after launching the National Broadband Mission (NBM) at an event, here today. The Minister of State for Communications, Human Resources Development and Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, the Secretary (Telecom), Shri Anshu Prakash and other senior officials were present on the occasion. A large number of representatives from the telecom industry, officers from various Ministries of the Government of India, various State Governments and senior officers of the Department of Telecommunications participated in the event.

 

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad also launched the Logo of the NBM, a Booklet on this occasion.

 

The vision of the NBM is to fast track growth of digital communications infrastructure, bridge the digital divide, facilitate digital empowerment and inclusion and provide affordable and universal access of broadband for all. Some of the objectives of the Mission which is structured with strong emphasis on the three principles of universality, affordability and quality are:

 

  • Broadband access to all villages by 2022
  • Facilitate universal and equitable access to broadband services for across the country and especially in rural and remote areas
  • Laying of incremental 30 lakhs route km of Optical Fiber Cable and increase in tower density from 0.42 to 1.0 tower per thousand of population by 2024
  • Significantly improve quality of services for mobile and internet
  • Develop innovative implementation models for Right of Way (RoW) and to work with States/UTs for having consistent policies pertaining to expansion of digital infrastructure including for RoW approvals required for laying of OFC
  • Develop a Broadband Readiness Index (BRI) to measure the availability of digital communications infrastructure and conducive policy ecosystem within a State/UT.
  • Creation of a digital fiber map of the Digital Communications network and infrastructure, including Optical Fiber Cables and Towers, across the country
  • Investment from stakeholders of USD 100 billion (Rs 7 Lakh Crore) including Rs 70,000 crore from Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF)
  • Address policy and regulatory changes required to accelerate the expansion and creation of digital infrastructure and services
  • Work with all stakeholders including the concerned Ministries / Departments/ Agencies, and Ministry of Finance, for enabling investments for the Mission

 

Snapshot of growth in Telecom Parameters

 

Year

2014

2019

Mobile Subscribers (in millions)

30% Growth

907.42

1173.75

Internet Subscribers(in millions)

165% Growth

251.59

665.31

Broadband Subscribers(in millions)

530% Growth

99.2

625.42

Tele-density (%)

20% Growth

75.23 %

90.52 %

Rural Tele-density (%)

31% Growth

44.01 %

57.59 %

Data Consumption (in GB per subscriber per month)

1120% Growth

Less than 0.80 GB

9.77 GB

 

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Industry must Reduce Dependence on Imported Goods – Piyush Goyal

Source: Government of India

Industry must Reduce Dependence on Imported Goods – Piyush Goyal

To make Industry Competitive and Proactive Government and Industry must work together – Piyush Goyal Commerce and Industry Minister Inaugurates Exports Summit 2019

Piyush Goyal,Minister for Commerce and Industry and Railways, addressed the inaugural sessionat the Exports Summit 2019 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi today. He emphasized that Indian industry must be enabled and empowered to take advantage of global value chains. He further noted that it is important for Government and industry to work together to make industry more competitive and more proactive.Government is working to bring more predictability to export finance, exports scheme and productivity added the Commerce & Industry Minister.He further stated that each of our embassies must have a representative from Indian states so that there is greater understanding of state level policies for foreign investors.

Highlighting the NIRVIK scheme also known as Export Credit Insurance Scheme (ECIS) the  Commerce & Industry Minister said that this initiative of the Government is for addressing the problems of export financing that industry is facing.

Piyush Goyal informed that the Government is stepping up engagement with EU, US, and UK separately, to secure markets for Indian exports even as it withdrew from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He hoped that industry will support the Government in its efforts to bring down non-essential imports and reduce its dependence on imported goods and will embrace domestic regulation and step up production by taking advantage of the policies the Government is rolling out.

Commerce & Industry Minister along with Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII launched  two  reports prepared by CII on “India’s Exports – Trends, Challenges, and Future Strategy” & “India’s Exports to Emerging Economies: Targeting Prospects and Chasing Opportunity” during the inaugural session.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Multi-faceted Bharat Vandana Park of DDA- Foundation stone laid

Source: Government of India

            Shri Amit Shah, Union Home Minister today laid the foundation stone of Bharat Vandana Park at Sector 20, Dwarka in the presence of Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C),  Shri Anil Baijal, LG of Delhi, Shri Manoj Tiwari, MP, Shri Pravesh Sahib Singh, MP& Shri Tarun Kapoor, Vice Chairman, DDA.  He expressed confidence that the 40 lakh residents of Delhi will be able to get the ownership rights for their properties very soon as the online portal has already been made operational and thousands of people have already registered online.  Shri Hardeep S.Puri, MOS(I/C), MoHUA during his address said that the Bharat VandanaPark, built over 200 acres and costing INR 524 crore, is anchored in PrimeMinister Modi’s promise of providing each urban citizen of this country ‘Ease of Living’ and to accord them all the necessities that are part of an urban life. “Weare determined to build this facility for Dwarka’s residents by March 2022, theyear we will celebrate 75 years of independence and usher in a New India”, he added. 

            Shri Puri further said that the Bharat Vandana Park is yet another step taken by Prime Minister Modi’s government to making Delhi a world-class metropolis. From increased connectivity through the Metro, to providing agency over their homes by regulating unauthorized colonies; by building modern apartments in Kathputli colony to ensuring the city is clean and conforms to the objectives of the Swachh Bharat Mission – Prime Minister Modi’s government is changing the face of the city. The day is not too far when Delhi competes with some of the most advanced cities for the tag of the best city in the world, he added.

         Some of the features of this parkare :-

  • Site Connectivity
  • 15 km from IGI Airport
  • 300 m from Dwarka Sec-9 metro station
  • 1.5 km from upcoming India International Convention & Expo Centre, Dwarka
  • Master plan percentage area distribution
  • Greens                                          –           58%
  • Water bodies                                –           11%
  • Impermeable paved area                       –           4%
  • Permeable paved            area                –           20%
  • HDPE greens                               –           6%
  • Built up area                                 –           1%

 

  1. Benefits of the Project:

The following potential benefits of urban parks are included:

 

  • Human health and wellbeing, i.e. positive impacts of parks and park use on human health (both mental and physical) and wellbeing, either through direct or indirect effects such as recreation and leisure activities.
  • Social cohesion / identity: the role of urban parks in strengthening social ties, relations and cohesion.
  • Tourism: leisure visits outside of the own living or working environment, typically longer term stays. Apart from potentially promoting the health and wellbeing of visitors, tourism is also of interest due to its contributions to the local economy.
  • Biodiversity: the role of parks in harboring and promoting biodiversity, and species diversity in particular. Biodiversity has a direct link to human wellbeing (e.g., through nature experience), while it also provides an important base for ecosystem functioning and thus a range of ecosystem services
  • Educational benefits: Parks are increasingly used as an outdoor classroom for school subjects such as environmental studies and provide valuable venues for research projects. As a result, they can help rekindle the relationship between urban residents and the natural world.
  • Environmental and Ecological Benefits: Urban green protects soils and moderates harsh urban climate for example by cooling the air, reducing wind speed and giving shade. Healthy environments lead to healthy economies and societies. Parks are pollution ameliorators and help counter the pollution. Acts as physical filters helping to reduce air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. They also help in reducing the rate of ozone production and in capturing dusts and volatile organic compounds.

Parks and other green spaces make important contributions to groundwater recharge and have substantially lower surface water runoff rates

 

  1. Master Plan Zoning

The park has been conceptualized by dividing the site into different areas (zones) each having its own function and special elements as detailed below:

  • Congregational Area

      A large green space that can be used for various activities. Primarily this area consists of cultural ground, paved plaza, food court, toilet block, café restaurant.

  • Recreational zone

      Recreational zone can be used for various cultural activities like concerts, shows etc. This zone primarily consist of amphitheater, pavilion, food courts, viewing deck, Special elements of wall of India also stands adjacent to the amphitheaters.

  • Eco-Trail zone

      This zone consists of Tree walk which is a special feature of the park. These are walkways that are attached to the trunks of the trees .The walkways are supported at different levels to have a closer look at the nature.

      Eco-trail consist of pedestrian eco-trail/Tree walk, Green zone, also wall of India lies adjacent to this zone

  • Eco-forest

      This is a dense green zone. Primarily this zone consists of Herbal Vatika meant as display garden for medicinal plants.

  • Conservatory

      This zone consists of conservatory glass domes in which plants are kept in controlled environment.

This area is specially designed for kids and their activities. This zone primarily consists of kids play area, boulder garden, VR gaming zone.

  • Adventure Park

      This zone pertains to activities like zip line that can be enjoyed by the visitors. Zip-line consists of a pulley suspended on a cable. It is designed to enable person propelled by gravity to travel from top to bottom of the inclined cable.

  • Lake View Restaurant

      This area consists of five numbers lake view restaurants. Other water features shall also be provided to have beautiful view while dining at these lake view restaurants

  • Mini India

      Mini-India is conceptualized to outline the heritage of India. Mini India will have reproductions of various famous monuments of different Indian states to be built at a miniature scale 1:25. Other features of this segment will be Landscape Park of some states, crafts bazaar, Mini India boating canal etc.

  • Central VandanaSarovar

      This central sarovar acts as focal points for the park. Viewing deck around the sarovar shall be provided.

  1. Others Important Features of the park
  2. Iconic Pylons 45 metre high          –           9 nos Pylons & skywalk approx 1000m

All pylons shall have ramps, and 3 nos pylons shall have staircase and lifts.

 

  1. Gate complex                                    –           3 nos

(Comprising of ticketing plaza, waiting lobby,

toilet blocks, admin office, cloak room service room)

  1. Approx 58% of area shall be green and it is proposed to plant approx 9400 trees of different species.
  2. Sufficient number of parking is proposed all along the site, approx number are as follows
  • 4 wheeler                                 –           1634 Nos
  • 2 wheeler                                 –           250 Nos
  • Bus parking                             –           20 Nos

 

  1. Approx 11% of the area shall be water bodies/lakes. Boating facilities is also envisaged
  2. Golf Cart for inside circulation
  3. Water management strategy
  • The treated effluent majorly for horticulture and lakes shall be provided by Delhi Jal Board from the nearest STP located at Sector 16 D Dwarka.
  • Potable water shall be provided by Delhi Jal Board.

Confirmation for both had been given by DJB.

  • Also total 4 nos STP of capacity 200 KLD each is proposed at site to treat in house sewage from the BVP.
  • Non potable water for  domestic purposes shall be met from treated water from proposed STP at BVP site
  • Extensive rain water harvesting is proposed at site.Four nos of rain water UG storage tanks of approx capacity 1 crore Litre for collecting the yearly runoff. These stored water shall be used for lakes.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Finance Minister holds Pre-Budget Consultation with the Representatives of Agriculture & Agro Processing Sectors

Source: Government of India

The Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, held her fourth Pre-Budget Consultations with different stakeholder Groups from Agriculture & Agro Processing sectors in connection with the forthcoming General Budget 2020-21 here today.

The main areas of discussion during the meeting included agricultural marketing reforms, organic & Natural farming, Agricultural Commodity Markets & future trading, storage infrastructure for agricultural produce, animal husbandry, Agro processing industry, ideas for reducing food subsidy among others.

Along with the Finance Minister, the meeting was attended by Shri Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Finance Secretary, Shri Rajeev Kumar, Shri Atanu Chakraborty, Secretary, Economic Affairs, Shri Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General, India Council for Agri Research,  Shri Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri U.P. Singh, Secretary, Department of Water Resources, RD & GR, Ms Rajni Sekhri Sibal, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Shri Vasudha Mishra, Sp. Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation Ministry of Agriculture,  Shri Pramod Chandra Mody, Chairman, CBDT, Shri P.K. Das, Chairman, CBIC, Dr K.V. Subramanian, CEA, Shri Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog and other senior officials of Ministry of Finance.

During the meeting, representatives of the Agro-processing and Rural Development sectors submitted various suggestions to boost investment in agricultural sector and enhance market access to farmers. Significant suggestions received from the stakeholders included building brands of Indian agricultural products abroad, giving processing industry benefits/importance equivalent to agriculture, accelerate depreciation benefit to agri-processing industry, revamping of PMFBY,  encouraging development of farm eco-system services and market intelligence systems; further tweaking of e-NAM, developing agro medicinal forestry, fiscal incentives for farmers with primacy to soil health, crop diversification vis-à-vis agro climatic suitability, revisiting of Food Security Act, incentives for promotion of organic farming, extending subsidy to the producers of green manure, bio-fertilisers & bio-pesticides and steps for promoting large scale production of compost by utilisation of  urban solid waste. Representatives also felt the need for expansion of multi-dimensional research in Agriculture for development of new technologies and further suggested for promoting start-ups in institutes of the ICAR & Agriculture Universities for young agricultural students. 

Representatives of different agriculture and rural development sector included Shri Piruz Khambatta, Chairman, CII National Committee on Agriculture and Food Processing Industry,  Shri N. Satya Narayana, Chief Executive, National Cooperative Union of India, Shri Arun Deshpande, A.B. Grahak Panchayat,  Shri Vipinbhai Patel, Executive Committee Member, South Indian Sugarcane Farmers Association,  Shri Ajay Vir Jakhar, Chairman,  Bharat Krishak Samal,  Shri Y. Sivaji, Honorary Chairman, Kisan Foundation, Shri Dinesh Kulkarni, Bharatiya kisan Sangh, Shri Manish  Gupta, Director, (Strategy & Joint Venture), IFFCO, Shri Rajiv Palicha, Chairman,  All India Spices Exporter Forum, Shri Samir Shah, Former Managing Director & CEO, NCDEX,  Shri David Gandhi, Expert, Sloping Agriculture Land Technology (SALT),  Shri Ashok Gulati, Infosys Chair Professor (ICRIER), Shri Ashwini Chhatre, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Indian School of Business, Shri Randhir Chauhan, Part President, Irrigation Association of India, Shri Bojja Dasaratha Rami Reddy, Secretary General, Consortium of Indian Farmers Association, Shri Ashok Kumar Dalwai, CEO, National rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) and Shri Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD among many others.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: ADB, India sign $250 million loan to expand energy efficiency investments in India

Source: Government of India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India on 16th December 2019 signed a $250 million loan to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to expand energy efficiency investments in India that will benefit agricultural, residential and institutional consumers. In addition, $46 million financing will be provided from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), to be administered by ADB.

ADB previously approved a $200 million loan to EESL, a public sector energy service company, in 2016 for Demand Side Energy Efficiency Sector Project that focused on efficient lighting and appliances.

The signatories to the loan agreement were Shri Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs in India’s Ministry of Finance, and Mr Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission, signed the agreement for EESL.

Shri Khare said after the loan signing that the project is expected to contribute to the mission of Government of India to promote energy efficiency and meet Government’s commitments to reduce energy intensity of the economy. Further elaborating on the issue, he said, introduction of energy-efficient technologies in eligible states including smart meters, distributed solar photovoltaic systems and electric vehicles will help reduce electricity network losses and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Talking about the deal, Mr Yokoyama said that this is one of the few ADB projects specially focused on demand-side energy efficiency targeting upstream efficiency opportunities and business models that can be scaled up in India and other ADB developing member countries. The project’s smart metering component will help address billing and collection inefficiencies.

EESL will also explore business models to generate greater public demand for e-vehicles to support India’s current push for electric vehicles.

Promoting awareness of the benefits of using energy efficient technologies is another feature of the project. Awareness campaigns will engage local organisations in knowledge-sharing and training, with a focus on women electricity consumers. Capacity building for electricity distribution, regulatory agencies, and other government bodies will also be carried out.

Accompanying the loan will be a technical assistance (TA) of $2 million to support EESL in implementing the project, including a gender action plan, mobilising private sector participation in energy efficiency services, identifying new business opportunities, and transferring knowledge about successful models.

The TA will also support the identification and development of new subprojects and pilot test some technologies. The grant comes from the Clean Technology Fund, to be administered by ADB.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.

In 2018, it made commitments of new loans and grants amounting to $21.6 billion.

Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members — 49 from the region.

 

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GAX (Global Asset Exchange) Announces Tokenized Asset Exchange at Hong Kong Blockchain Week

Source: Media Outreach

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 6 March 2019 – Global Asset Exchange (GAX) is an institutional-grade trading exchange for buying and selling regulated securities (STOs) globally. Today, at Hong Kong Blockchain Week hosted by Nexchange Group, Skrumble Technologies President & Co-Founder Eric Lifson announced contract to build GAX. GAX will host and securely facilitate the trading of verified tokenized assets, beginning a new era of corporate finance with greatly improved accountability to individual shareholders and less brokers or intermediaries.

Since launch of Bitcoin in 2008, the concept of highly divisible, globally-traded digital assets and its benefits have begun disrupting traditional institutions.

According to expert and Securitize Founder & CEO Carlos Domingo, “It’s inevitable that security tokens will transform equity like Bitcoin has transformed currency, because they afford the owner a direct, liquid, economic interest and the expedited delivery of proceeds. Every ownership can be tokenized, which is a massive multi-trillion-dollar addressable market.”

Focused on building a global exchange catered to the underserved in the trading of securities, GAX aims to list projects on a global platform that have operations in various regions and give investors (traditional and retail) access to a diversified portfolio of assets.

“Hong Kong ranked first globally for IPOs in 2018 and raised over USD $36 billion, we expect it has a significant role to play in the development of global security tokens or digitized securities market.” said Samson (SAM) Lee, Co-founder of BMI-Coinstreet Digital (“BC Digital”), founder and CEO of Coinstreet Partners, “Blockchain fintech is a global play, with a combination of over 20 years of traditional capital market experience and market leadership position in blockchain eco-systems, we are excited to established strategic partnership with GAX. Together, we’re ready to offer a one-stop end-to-end solution to help world-wide enterprises to issue their STOs in a compliant way, and passporting to GAX for listing and trading in Mauritius.”

GAX will be regulated and fully compliant based out of Mauritius and is launching in 2019. GAX website is live for valid projects and companies to sign-up for the listing process. The public can pre-sign up for the whitelist to be the first to trade on the exchange. For more, visit www.gaxexchange.com.

Source: https://moneymorning.com/2018/04/09/forget-icos-security-token-offerings-are-a-10-trillion-opportunity/
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Toktok No 38 / Summer 2019

Source: Pacific Media Centre

Analysis published with permission of PMC

Pacific Media Centre

ISBN/code: ISSN 1175-0472

Publication date: Monday, February 18, 2019

Publisher: Pacific Media Centre

‘BE COURAGEOUS IN YOUR QUEST FOR TRUTH,’ PMC DIRECTOR TELLS PACIFIC JOURNALISM GRADUATES

Pacific journalism academic Professor David Robie believes the media play a critical role in exposing abuses of power in a world increasingly hostile towards journalists.

However, journalists in the Pacific are frequently “persecuted by smallminded politicians with scant regard for the role of the media,” he says.

Speaking at the 18th University of the South Pacific Journalism Student Awards ceremony at Laucala campus in Suva, Fiji, last October, Dr Robie said despite the growing global dangers surrounding the profession, journalism was critically important for democracy.

Dr Robie said that while such “ghastly fates” for journalists – such as the extrajudicial killing of Saudi dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey earlier that month – may seem remote in the Pacific, there were plenty of attacks on media freedom to contend with, while trolls in the region and state threats to internet freedom were “also rife”.

Read more

Plus:

+ New communication award created for Pasifika women

+ Coverage of New Caledonia/Kanaky referendum, November 2018

+ Wansolwara and AUT coverage of Fiji elections, November 2018
 

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3 out of 4 Singaporeans prefer Heng Swee Keat over Chan Chun Sing as next Prime Minister: Yahoo Poll

Source: Media Outreach
Yahoo News Singapore poll found that three times as many Singaporeans preferred the finance minister to be the next leader of the country, over Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing75% of Singaporeans preferred Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat as PM, compared to 25% for Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing60% viewed Heng positively compared to 44% for Chan62% would be happy with either Heng or Chan as PMA small proportion of respondents have not heard of either Ministers SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 25 January 2019 – Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat is the preferred choice for Prime Minister for the vast majority of Singaporeans if they had to pick between him and Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chung Sing, according to a survey commissioned by Yahoo News Singapore.
75 per cent of Singaporeans favoured Minister Heng compared to 25 per cent who backed Minister Chan.
The survey of 916 citizens was conducted by Blackbox Research from 14 to 26 December last year, the month after Heng was appointed as the first assistant secretary general of the ruling People’s Action Party and Chan was appointed second assistant secretary general.
It found that the majority of those polled — 62 per cent — said they were happy with either Heng or Chan as the next prime minister, while 38 per cent said they would prefer someone else.
When asked of their impressions of the two leaders, 60 per cent of respondents viewed Minister Heng positively, while 44 per cent of them had either a “quite positive” or a “very positive” impression of Minister Chan.
A slightly larger percentage viewed Minister Chan negatively, at 27 per cent compared to 17 per cent for Minister Heng — and about a quarter of respondents had no opinions of the two men, at 25 per cent and 22 per cent, respectively.
Though political succession remains a focus for Singaporeans as we approach the 4th Generation of leaders, 4 per cent of Singaporeans said that they have never heard of Minister Chan and 2 per cent have not heard of Minister Heng.
The Blackbox Research surveyed Singaporeans from the age of 15 to over 50. Those aged 50 and above accounted for 40 per cent of the respondents, 28 per cent came from the 35 to 49 age category, and 24 per cent were from the 25 to 34 age group. Those in the 15 to 24 age group comprised 8 per cent of respondents.
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Taiwan 44 Startups Reached NT$ 55 Billion Business Opportunity at CES 2019

Source: Media Outreach
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Media OutReach – January 25, 2019 – The Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) led 44 top-tier innovation teams to once again strive in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 8th to 11th, 2019. The Minister of Science and Technology, Chen Liang-Gee, announce today the success of the Taiwan Tech Arena Pavilion’s startups team during the CES 2019 exhibition and the post-CES exhibition at Silicon Valley matchmaking event. Companies Awowo, AgriTalk Technology and GANZIN shared their achievements and substantial results. The 44 Taiwanese technology innovation teams won more than NTD 5.5 billion in business opportunities, with the attention from 20 international media. It is evident that Taiwan’s technological strength and innovation capabilities were well received. 
 Taiwan 44 Startups Reached NT$ 55 Billion Business Opportunity at CES 2019Taiwanese Tech Startups to Open Business Opportunities and New Markets with Solid Technology Background and Innovation
MoST selected 44 promising startups team in 6 categories: Internet of Things (IoT, 25%), Cyber ​​Security & Software (20%), Artificial Intelligence (AI, 18%), Healthcare (14%), wearables (14%), and Advanced Manufacturing (9%).  There were 8 teams among the 44 teams won the CES 2019 Innovation Awards before the exhibition, and most of the teams attracted big manufacturers and engaged with venture capitalists during the CES. 15 teams also participated at the Taiwan Pitch Night and matchmaking event at Silicon Valley which pitch and connect directly with global venture capitalists.
One of the TTA startup teams Awowo, who developed FreeStyle Drum with a unique WPW patent technology to replicate a real drum, has replaced the traditional drumhead with a smaller enamel film, and reduced the large space occupied by electronic drum kits. The sensitivity and responsiveness of the FreeStyle Drum are 10-times faster than an electronic drum kit. Joe Liu, CEO of Awowo, said that through the exhibition, they have signed a million-dollar order and will soon be announced in Guangzhou Music Festival in February. Being in music and instruments business for 2 decades, Liu said that it is CES and the support from the Ministry that traditional industries can explore new business potential if combining innovative technology application.
Another promising team AgriTalk Technology develops an “AgriTalk Management Platform” that controls the production of agricultural products with technology. According to Professor Wen Liang Chen, founder of AgriTalk Technology, the system integrates sensors to acquire biological and environmental data, regulates pests, diseases, soil, and fertility. Chen’s love of biotechnology and his farm family background has motived him to look for a total solution for farmers to not only monitor farmland condition, but also improve crop quality. With the support from the policy of National Chiao Tung University to promote cross-disciplinary education and “Taiwan Startup Institute” (TSI Accelerator) launched by the Ministry, he and his team founded AgriTalk. During CES, buyers from Dubai, Chile, Canada, India (Mumbai), the Philippines, Sweden, South Africa, Italy, France, the Netherlands, etc. negotiated with AgriTalk. The company also won first place in Taiwan Pitch Night during the post-CES event; their future business opportunities are estimated to be more than NT$900 million, and the potential of foreign markets cooperation is out of Chen’s imagination.
Ganzin Technology also understands more about the global market via CES and the supports from the Ministry. Ganzin focus on creating the next generation eye tracking modules that can be easily integrated into AR/VR modules to help unlock the potential of the eye as a seamless interface into the extended reality world. Over the last few years, they have re-designed the necessary algorithms for a highly precise eye-tracking module, the result is Aurora, a dramatically re-architected eye-tracking solution with a small form factor and minimal power requirements. Ganzin is one of the teams that participated in CES Unveiled and was included in the “Best of CES” of Reuters, said Shao-Yi Chien, founder of Ganzin. Taiwanese Startups Successfully Attract International Manufacturers with Taiwan Tech Arena’s Supports
It is the second year, the MoST led startups team to CES. With the strength of startups’ solid technology background and innovative solutions and the support from Taiwan Tech Arena, Taiwan got exposure in international media 20 times higher than last year. Other than the 4 CES 2019 Innovation Award Honorees and shortlisted teams that were invited to participate in CES 2019 Unveiled, Taiwan tech startups also attracted worldly known corporations in their own categories, including T-Mobile, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Coka Cola, Toyota, etc.
The achievement of CES 2019 and Silicon Valley Post-CES matchmaking events successfully demonstrated the support by MoST. Via TTA, MoST had invited local and international accelerators and academic research to provide various resources for Taiwan startups ecosystem. The platform organized by TTA connects Taiwan startup teams to international market. TTA will continue to strives for global exposure of Taiwan tech startups and technology capability to deepen Taiwan’s key position in the global economy and startup ecosystem.
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This February, tune in as Dancing on Ice returns to ITV Choice

Source: Media Outreach
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – Media OutReach – 25 January 2019 – The greatest show on ice is back, as Dancing on Ice returns to ITV Choice for a brand new series.
Twelve celebrity skaters will be taking to the ice in a blaze of glory as each week they go head to head in a bid to become champions of the ice, with one celebrity heading home each week. This year’s competing celebrities, paired with their professional partners, are TOWIE sensation Gemma Collins, Coronation Street actress Jane Danson, Loose Women’s Saira Khan, X Factor favourite Saara Aaalto, Grease legend Didi Conn, Pussycat Dolls singer Melody Thornton, dancer James Jordan, singer and presenter Brian McFadden, actor and comedian Richard Blackwood, cricketer Ryan Sidebottom, Love Island’s Wes Nelson and Neighbours star Mark Little. Once again their quest for success will be overseen by skating legends Torvill and Dean, who head up the judging panel. With Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby returning to present the show live every week. This February also sees the highly-anticipated sixth series of critically-acclaimed detective drama, Endeavour on ITV Choice. This series sees Shaun Evans reprising his titular role as Endeavour Morse whilst also putting his directorial mark on the show, heading behind the camera for the second feature-length film in the series. Evans’ character will similarly be trialling pastures new, with Morse having started a new role as a uniformed officer at the Woodstock police department and embracing the fashion of the period by growing a moustache. Following the dissolution of Oxford City Police and the merging with Thames Valley Constabulary at the end of the last series, the latest instalment is set in 1969 and picks up with the team dispersed as they find their feet in their various new roles. However, despite their separation, the tragic murder of DC George Fancy still hangs over them both collectively and individually, with the case remaining unresolved. Also on ITV Choice, Grantchester starring much-loved Robson Green and James Norton, and new cast member Tom Brittney, returns for a fourth series. James Norton,  who plays the charismatic, jazz-loving clergyman, Sidney Chambers, will make his final appearance during the series. Whilst clergyman Will Davenport, played by Tom Brittney, becomes DI Geordie Keating’s (Robson Green) new crime-solving partner in 1950s Grantchester.
Dancing on Ice (Series 11)Saturdays from 2nd FebruaryIND:16:30  MALTA: 17:00 THAI: 18.00 KSA/TWN: 19.00 UAE:20:00 Endeavour (Series 6)Tuesdays from 12th FebruaryIND:18:30 MALTA: 19:00 THAI: 20.00 KSA/TWN: 21.00 UAE:22:00 Grantchester (Series 4)Mondays from 25th FebruaryIND:18:30 MALTA: 19:00 THAI: 20.00 KSA/TWN: 21.00 UAE:22:00
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