Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) "Mary Kom" maker Omung Kumar B's wife Vanita makes her debut as a director with a short film "Ave Maria", which puts spotlight on the issue of child abuse in India.
The film, which is written by Vanita, aims to create awareness about child abuse and highlight the importance of communication.
"I have always put in my innermost thoughts and feelings to my work whether as production designer or my creations for home decor. So, when it came to my directorial debut, I had to choose a subject that I was most pretentious by and hence I'm bringing ‘Ave Maria' to light that deals with child sexual abuse. As a storyteller, I want to convey a narrative that strikes the right chord in people's mind and soul. This is my first step towards that path and I hope viewers comprehend every story I tell," Vanita said.
The release date of the film is not yet decided. She plans to showcase the film in international film fests like the Manchester Film Festival and Liverpool Film Festival.
Talking about "Ave Maria", Omung said: "The number of children who experience sexual abuse and don't tell anyone is more than we can imagine. And these are the stories which as a responsible citizen of the country I wanted to showcase. Vanita and my endeavour is always to speak our mind and put forth what is required to be told to viewers."
"Ave Maria" has been produced by Banijay Asia and Omung Kumar.
By Anjana Das
New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) The Union Budget 2020 may unveil a scheme on production linked benefits to attract hi-tech manufacturing in semiconductors, and microprocessors to India, apart from giving tax incentives to solar electric charging infrastructure, computers, and servers for its thrust in manufacturing of global products to reduce imports.
To make it look more attractive to MNCs to opt for domestic electronics manufacturing in India, the Budget may dish out production-linked subsidies for companies involved in semiconductor fabrication. This is aimed at inviting global semiconductor, and microprocessor companies to set up plants in India.
Earlier also, the government had announced schemes for setting up semiconductor plants in the country.
The National Policy for Electronics, 2019, argues for special support for developing core competencies in the strategic sub-sectors like fabless chip design industry.
The government could provide tax incentives to high-tech manufacturing plants in the fields of solar photovoltaic cells, lithium storage batteries, solar electric charging infrastructure, computers, servers, and laptops.
For 'Make in India', there may be investment-linked income tax exemptions under Section 35AD of the Income Tax Act and other indirect tax benefits.
Many global semiconductor companies such as ARM, Qualcomm, Intel, Cadence and Texas Instruments have set up design and software development infrastructure here but per se, chip manufacturing plants are still elusive for India.
Intel, AMD and ARM for microprocessors, and Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek are the names in this segment globally who also cater to the telecom segment and their chips are imported by Indian companies.
The Indian requirement for chips are completely met through imports. The Indian semiconductor component market is expected to be worth $32.35 billion by 2025, growing at a compunded annual growth rate of 10.1 per cent between 2018 and 2025, according to the Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), an industry body.
China, on the contrary, is building a homegrown chip programme, eyeing adoption of local semiconductors in 70 per cent of its products by 2025, up from 16 per cent currently.
In last few years, the Indian government has launched a slew of schemes to boost local manufacturing of electronic goods. Total production of electronic goods in value terms more than doubled from $31.2 billion in FY15 to $65.5 billion in FY19, led by mobile phones, shows data from the Reserve Bank of India's report.
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