Sun launches DTH services in New Delhi, NCR

As part of its pan India launch, one of the country’s leading direct-to-home (DTH) service provider, Sun Direct Pvt Ltd, launched its services in Delhi and the national capital region (NCR). With a current subscriber base of 1.5 million, the DTH company targets to reach 3-million subscriber base by the end of this year.

Largely based in the southern states, the company had launched its services in Gujarat, Rajasthan, HP, Punjab and Haryana in September 2008.
For a basic package of 130 channels, the company charges Rs 1,999 towards 10 months of subscription fee and installation charges. Besides this, the company also provides add-on packages to its customers which are charged at Rs 10 to Rs 115 per month.

Nokia rolls out 2228 CDMA phone

Finnish mobile handset maker Nokia has launched a new CDMA mobile phone, Nokia 2228.

Reliance Communications launches ‘free netbook’ scheme

Reliance Communications, the nation’s largest integrated telecom service provider has come up with a lucrative option to woo its customers. The company tends to offer free notebooks together with the internet facility as it has entered into partnership with the five main computer hardware companies Intel Corp, Acer, Asus, HCL Infosystems and Lenovo.

As per the company, the scheme offers laptops which entail Intel’s ‘Atom’ and a high speed internet data card service of Reliance. The Acer Aspire Notebook will carry a 24 months free unlimited data download as an offer on purchase of Reliance data card enabled net connections across India. The prospective buyers would have to pay a monthly instalment of Rs. 1,500 for a two year duration period.

India to have a manned lunar mission by 2015

It was the very first attempt from Indian side to commence a lunar mission, and with the successful launch of Chandrayan I, the nation aims for more. It has been revealed that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will now work to have a manned lunar mission that can take place by 2015. With the unmanned spacecraft launched, India now becomes one of the six nations to send its spaceship to the moon’s orbit. The other five are U.S., former Soviet Union, European Space Agency, China and Japan.

Sharma stars for India Red

Cuttack: A brilliant century by Rohit Sharma helped India Red to score a much needed five-wicket victory over India Green in the NKP Salve Challengers Series match.

Though wickets kept on falling at the other end, Rohit Sharma kept his head cool. The Mumbai batsman scored 117 runs off just 120 balls (13 fours and 2 sixes). Opening batsman M Vijay also did well notching up 59-ball 45.

Earlier, batting first, India Green set a daunting target of 261 with Naman Ojha's scoring a well made 96 runs. Ojha and Dhawan (45) added 102 runs for the for the opening wicket and then Ojha and Suresh Raina (58) took India Green to a strong position. But the team lost its momentum in the last overs by losing seven wickets just for 63 runs.

Rupee at a record low against US dollar

Mumbai: Indian rupee recorded the historic low 50-mark against the US dollar as the greenback gained against most currencies globally.

The domestic currency closed the day (Friday) a little lower at 49.95/96 after suspected intervention by the RBI in the inter-bank foreign exchange (forex) market.

Earlier, on October 10, the domestic currency touched its all-time low of 49.26 against the US dollar. The rupee is among the biggest losers against the dollar so far this year, peeling around 20 per cent.