With Apple’s recent decision to produce iPhones in India, and with its rumoured plans in Vietnam seeing no news/mention at all, Vietnam may have to reconsider its business environment and incentives for investors in electronics manufacturing if it wants to compete with India. Apple’s strategic move is considered a big success of the government’s “Make in India” policy. Specifically, Apple is going to start assembling iPhones in India by the end of April. The company is going to cooperate with Wistron from Taiwan, instead of Foxconn. At the moment, Wistron already has a plant in Bangalore, the “capitol” of technology in the Karnataka state of India. Apple chose India in spite of new president Donald Trump’s threat against companies that bring jobs outside of the US. Last year, 2.5 million iPhones were sold in India, the highest ever in this country. The Indian market is expected to buy 750 million smartphones in 2020, and is one of the … [Read more...] about Vietnam should reconsider FDI attraction policy after ‘Made in India’ success?
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Viet Nam News By Thủy Phan Returning home for summer holiday after two years studying in India, 27-year-old Vương Thị Quyên from Thanh Lương Hamlet, Quảng Xuân Commune, in the central province of Quảng Bình, is as determined as ever to leave her mark on the world. Although she weighs just barely 28kg, she defeated many other 'weighty' applicants to win a scholarship for one young, talented female student, awarded by the Ministry of External Affairs of India. Quyên is currently a third-year student in the faculty of journalism and mass communication at Niilm University in Kaithal City, India. According to Vương Quốc Thuấn, Quyên's father, she is the youngest daughter in the family. She is also the only one of his four children to suffer from the effects of herbicide dioxin Agent Orange, which was sprayed by the US military during the American War in Việt Nam. At birth, Quyên used to be as physically normal as other children of the same age. However, when she reached nine, a tumour … [Read more...] about Agent Orange victim studies abroad in India
US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into India on Wednesday for ice-breaking talks with new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, forecasting a transformation in Washington's troubled relations with New Delhi. Kerry, who landed in Delhi on an overnight flight from Washington, is the highest-ranking member of the Obama administration to visit India since the Hindu nationalist Modi won a landslide election in May. The top diplomat's trip is intended to pave the way for a visit by Modi to the US later this year, nearly a decade after he was denied a visa over deadly anti-Muslim riots in the state where he was chief minister. For the past two decades, the world's two largest democracies have described themselves as natural allies, sharing similar concerns over China's rise and Islamic extremism. But incidents including the US arrest of an Indian diplomat last year sent ties plunging to their lowest point in years, and analysts say Modi's previous treatment as a pariah still rankles. And a new … [Read more...] about Kerry arrives in India to reboot ties with Modi
Two more bodies were pulled out of a fast-flowing river in eastern India on Sunday taking the death toll to 18 after an overcrowded ferry capsized and sank, with scores of people still missing. Coastguard and navy vessels searched for further victims of the ferry accident, which took place on Saturday morning in West Bengal state. "We now have collected 18 bodies from the river which is wide and turbulent, and we are uncertain of exactly how many more people are missing," senior state police officer Surojit Karpurokayastha told AFP. The vessel, which was carrying around 150 people, capsized in a river in the Sundarbans mangrove forest, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Kolkata, capital of West Bengal. The boat had the capacity of just 60 passengers, officials said, but was badly overloaded. The passengers, who were mainly farmers and fishermen, were returning from a Muslim religious function when the accident occurred. Naval fishing vessels, hovercraft and helicopters joined the … [Read more...] about Death toll rises to 18 in India ferry sinking
Bride Amrita Mannil, centre, enters the wedding hall with her mother Sheela Ramesh, first left, and her father Ramesh Babu during during her wedding ceremony in Kochi, Kerala. Photographer: Mahesh Shantaram As the sound of traditional drums, trumpets and cymbals ushers Amrita Mannil into the wedding hall, she's adorned by four finely crafted necklaces, rings, 16 bangles, a glistening belt, dangling chandelier earrings and a stone-encrusted head piece to match the silk borders of her dress. She's wearing about 800 grams (1.8 pounds) of gold. Amid the music and the chanted prayers, a gold chain is placed around her neck as the 25-year-old advertising executive marries Vimal Mohan in a traditional Hindu ceremony attended by 500 friends and relatives in Kozhikode, about 180 kilometers (112 miles) from the city of Kochi in Kerala. "Gold is an asset the girl carries," 28-year-old Namitha Shyam, the bride's older sister, said after last month's ceremony. "The values, status and wealth … [Read more...] about Gold-laden brides in India defying Singh as culture wins