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Offset venture with Reliance will deliver 10% of obligations: Dassault Aviation CEO

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New Delhi, Oct 12 : Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier has said that the companys joint venture with Reliance in Nagpur represents only about 10 per cent of the offset obligations in the deal to purchase 36 fighter jets from France and it is in negotiations with about a hundred Indian companies to meet the requirements under the Defence Procurement Procedure of the Indian government.

“In full compliance with this regulation, Dassault Aviation decided to set up the DRAL joint venture with Reliance and build a plant in Nagpur, which should enable us to meet about 10 per cent of these offset obligations. We are in negotiations with about a hundred Indian companies and partnerships have already been concluded with about thirty of them,” Trappier said in an interview to AFP.

He again made it clear that Dassault Aviation, which manufactures the Rafale jets, chose its offset partner.

“The reference is the contract we signed and which is called ‘offset contract’. With regard to the staff and trades unions organisations, Dassault Aviation uses the term ‘obligation contractuelle d’offse’ or ‘obligation contractuelle de compensation’.

“Signing an offset contract is a requirement of Indian law (Defence Procurement Procedure). The implementation of offsets is an obligation and, under the Indian regulation, the choice of the partners belongs to us,” he said.

Trappier said Dassault Aviation decided to establish a long-term presence in India through Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL), a joint enterprise in which governance is provided by an Indian Chief Executive Officer and a French Chief Operating Officer.

He said Dassault Aviation exercises technical and industrial control over the operations, applying its standards and its flexibility.

“This JV will produce parts for the Falcon 2000 and Rafale. The choice of the Nagpur site, in central India, was dictated by the availability of land with direct access to an airport runway,” he said.

Asked about the controversies in India surrounding the deal, Trappier said controversies are always unfortunate “but we remain calm”.

“Things are progressing rapidly. We set up DRAL on February 10, 2017, and the plant project was officially launched on October 27, 2017,” he said.

Trappier said the first phase of the project involves building a temporary hangar to house the production tools and enable staff training to begin as rapidly as possible and it was completed in March 2018.

“Activities started on April 18 in the presence of senior executives from Dassault Aviation and the local authorities. We hired an Indian CEO Sampathkumaran S.T., who has more than 20 years’ experience in the aeronautical industry. We have hired and trained Indian managers and workers. The first Falcon 2000 parts should roll off the line at the end of the year,” he said.

Trappier said a second phase started in July 2018, with the construction of a final building, completion being scheduled for July 2019.

“This building will allow a ramp-up in industrial activities. The cooperation between Dassault and India, which has existed for 65 years, has been given fresh impetus by Make in India and we are proud to be able to contribute to it,” he added.

The Congress has been alleging irregularities in the deal signed by the Narendra Modi government to purchase Rafale fighter jets, saying that it had caused a loss of Rs 41,000 crore to the exchequer compared to the deal negotiated by the previous UPA government and that the Dassault was forced to choose Reliance as its Indian partner for the offset contract.

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Hyundai Motor India launches all new Santro

“Our R&D centre in Namyang (S. Korea), Chennai and Hyderabad have put strong efforts for product supremacy and utmost customer delight.”

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New Delhi: Hyundai Motor India Ltd MD and CEO Y K Koo and actor Shah Rukh Khan pose with the newly launched 2018 Hyundai Santro in New Delhi, on Oct 23, 2018. (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

New Delhi, Oct 23 : Automobile major Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) on Tuesday launched ‘the all new Santro’ with an introductory price starting at Rs 3.89 lakh.

“The all new Santro is a true example of Hyundai’s Made-in-India philosophy and a shining result of our numerous product clinics and rigorous durability test on various terrains in India,” Y.K. Koo, MD and CEO, HMIL said in a statement.

“Our R&D centre in Namyang (S. Korea), Chennai and Hyderabad have put strong efforts for product supremacy and utmost customer delight.”

According to the company, the new passenger car is equipped with a 4-cylinder 1.1 litre petrol engine which offers 69 ps of power. It is mated with option of MT (manual transmission) and in-house developed ‘Smart Auto’ AMT (automatic manual transmission).

The petrol powered vehicle comes with a fuel mileage of 20.3 km per litre. It also has the option for a factory fitted CNG (60 L water equivalent).

Currently, the company has ten car models across segments – Eon, All New Santro, Grand i10, Elite i20, Active i20, Xcent, Verna, Elantra, Creta and Tucson.

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Q2 results, global cues subdue indices; Sensex sheds 290 points

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Mumbai, Oct 23: Mixed second quarter results, combined with negative global cues and concerns over a liquidity crisis in the NBFC sector, subdued the key domestic indices on Tuesday.

“The weakness in the market is because of the overall negative trends…, domestic as well as global,” Astha Jain, Hem Securities, told IANS.

“The quarterly results are mixed, adding to the negative sentiments among the investors.”

Heavy selling pressure was witnessed in IT, healthcare and TECK (technology, entertainment and media) counters which fell over two per cent.

Besides, the Indian rupee traded flat and the crude oil price was below the $80 mark.

Index-wise, the S&P BSE Sensex provisionally closed at 33,847.23 points down 287.15 points or 0.84 per cent.

The Sensex touched a intra-day high of 34,073.92 points and low of 33,742.75 points.

Similarly, the Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) ended the day’s trade at 10,146.80 points, down 98.45 points or 0.96 per cent.

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Xiaomi leads India smartphone shipments in Q3 2018: Counterpoint

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New Delhi, Oct 23: With a 27 per cent market share, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi dominated India smartphone shipments in the third quarter of this year, Counterpoint Research said on Tuesday.

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India smartphone shipments during the July-September period of this year grew 24 per cent sequentially and five per cent year-over-year, the report said.

Xiaomi, which recorded its highest ever shipments in India in a single quarter driven by the new Redmi 6 series and expansion in offline channels, was followed by Samsung (23 per cent), Vivo (10 per cent) Micromax (nine per cent), and OPPO (eight per cent).

“India’s shipments surpassed those of the US during the quarter; the second time this has occurred,” said Karn Chauhan, Research Analyst at Counterpoint.

The top five brands captured 77 per cent share of the total smartphone market during the quarter, the report said, adding that the smartphone segment contributed to half of the total handset market during the July-September period of this year.

“The record shipments happened at a time when the Indian Rupee has hit a record low against the US Dollar,” Counterpoint Research Analyst Anshika Jain noted.

India, which now has over 400 million smartphone users, recently surpassed the US to become the second largest smartphone market in the world after China.

“The $150-$250 segment contributed to almost one third of the volume during the (third) quarter as many new products are launching at this level,” Chauhan said.

The launch of a new sub brand, Pocophone, also helped Xiaomi lead the India smartphone market in terms of shipments, the report said.

Samsung’s shipments were driven by the J series as the demand for J6 and J8 remained strong. Apart from this, the South Korean tech giant also launched the Android Go edition, Galaxy J2 core, giving it a much-needed offering in the sub $100 segment, the report said.

Vivo shipments reached their highest ever as it refreshed its V series with the launch of the V11 and V11 Pro.

Micromax was back among the top five brands for the first time in two years. Micromax, along with Reliance Jio, has won an order from the Chhattisgarh government under which it will be the sole supplier of five million smartphones to be distributed to women and students in the state.

However, shipments are likely to decline following completion of the order, the report added.

OPPO shipments also increased during the quarter driven by refreshed product lines, notably the F9 series.

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