Creativity Software teams up with Universal Software

UK-based Creativity Software has informed that it has signed a partnership deal with Universal Software Corporation to supply the market in India with its location based solutions.

Through this partnership, Creativity Software will provide its location technology solutions while Universal Software will use its presence in the market to deliver tailored solutions to mobile operators and large enterprises in the country.

Creativity Software's location based solutions include Family and Friend Finder, Vehicle Tracking, Workforce Management and Travel and Social Networking Mobile Applications. Its customer list includes global brands such as Motorola, BP, America Movil, Samsung, Pearson, Walt Disney etc.

Bharti Airtel offers another Six-Year Contract to IBM’s unit

Bharti Airtel gives another Six-Year Contract to IBM’s unitBharti Airtel, India’s biggest mobile phone company by customers,, has announced a strategic outsourcing agreement with IBM to further enhance its customer service experience for its top end Platinum customers through process and technology innovation.

Under the six-year contract, IBM's managed business services unit IBM Daksh will provide voice and back-office services including customer service, collections, and customer retention from its centers.

HP launches ‘Accidental Damage Protection Service’ across India

India’s leading IT brand Hewlett-Packard, commonly referred to as HP, has introduced its Accidental Damage Protection service under the HP Total Care programme in India.

The company stated in a release that newly introduced ‘HP’s Accidental Damage Protection’ is a service that ensures hardware replacement in the event of an accident.

Further, the service also helps avoid the unprecedented cost that one incurs on repairs or replacements caused by accidents that may occur during normal operation of mobile computing products.

ASUS launches ‘Eee Box’ in Indian Market with price tag of Rs 16, 490

ASUS, the Chinese brand associated with mini notebooks in India, in association with Intel has launched world’s greenest, quietest and the most cost effective desktop PC in Indian market.

The Eee Box which measures merely 1L in size consumes 90% less electricity than normal desktop PCs and is one of the quietest desktop PC with only 26 decibels sound emission.

Further, the latest gizmo features a boot technology called Express Gate that enables users to easily access the Internet, manage pictures and communicate over IM/Skype.

This revolutionary product, priced at Rs 16, 490 (excluding taxes) is targeted at the Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) and the Home Users segments in India.

Australian Stock Markets open positive as US Stocks ended with huge gains

Sydney - Supported by Wall Street, the Australian stocks continued their climb in early trading session on Tuesday.

Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 4.67% higher at 9265. US Fed Chief said in a statement that the US Economy will need stimulus and we may see recession for coming quarters. However, for first time in five month, US Financial Indicators were positive.

Nasdaq Composite Index closed 3.43 per cent higher at 1770. European Markets closed positive as well.

The ASX 200 added 58 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 4,213. The positive sentiment came after Monday's 4.3-per-cent increase on the bellwether index. (With Inputs from Agencies)

L&T finally decides to retain its Mysore-based Medical Equip Biz

India's largest engineering and construction conglomerate, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has decided to continue with the operations of its Mysore-based Medical Equipment & Systems (MED) business unit.

L&T’s MED has been providing a broad range of medical equipment which includes advanced ultrasound scanners and patient monitoring systems with a distribution network, which is spread throughout the country.

The company stated in an official release that, “In view of the overwhelming demand from our customers the L&T management has decided to retain the medical equipment business.”  

The decision takes into account the interest of all stockholders, including customers and distributors, the release added.

Adhunik Power to Setup 1000 MW power plant in Bihar

Adhunik Power and Natural Resources Ltd (APNRL), a part of the Adhunik Metaliks group of companies, has signed a MoU with Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) for setting up a 1000 MW power plant in the state.

As per official sources, APNRL is setting up a 1000 MW thermal power plant based on coal as primary fuel, which is expected to be commissioned by June 2011.

The company plans to fulfill coal requirement for the power project through Ganeshpur, Jharkhand captive coal block of 65 MT, which has been allotted to the company.  

In the near future, the group plans to expand with similar projects in other states as well.

Shree Renuka Sugars acquires Gokak Sugars for Rs 69.3 crore; stock dips 8%

In a bid to access more refining capacity at a cheaper rates, Shree Renuka Sugars Ltd, India's biggest sugar refiner, has bought 87% stake in Gokak Sugars for Rs 69.3 crore, including debt of Rs 65 crore.

Karnataka-based Gokak Sugars has a capacity to crush 2,500 tonnes cane per day and has a 14 megawatt co-generation power plant. The company’s capacity is assumed to be equivalent to 7% of Shree Renuka's total crushing capacity.

According to official sources, the latest acquired mill is fully operational, and will add more income to Shree Renuka's business.

As per an estimate, the acquisition is expected to add Rs 12 crore in revenue annually.

Panoramic Universal acquires stake in Sri Vatsa Hotels, Hi-Flyers Travel Services

Panoramic Universal, a Mumbai-based company having interests in hospitality and information technology, has informed that it has acquired 51% stake in Sri Vatsa Hotels for an undisclosed amount.

The company aims to construct a four star hotel with nearly 90 rooms in the said commercial complex through SVPHL or its subsidiary or by itself.

In a separate release, Panoramic Universal has also bought remaining 21.93 % shares of Hi-Flyers Travel Services, a travel agency catering to premium corporate and HNI clients like Sharekhan, Akruti Foundation, SSKI, Jain Irrigation, Supreme Industries, Borroughs India and several other Companies.

With the acquisition, Hi-Flyers Travel Services has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the company.

Tulsyan NEC inks MoU with Budhrani Group

Kolkata-based Tulsyan NEC Limited, a flagship company of the Tulsyan group, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Budhrani Group of companies to set up a steel making and rolling mill in Nigeria on a joint venture basis to manufacture long products.

According to the sources, the production capacity would be around 60,000 metric tonnes per annum and the turnover for this venture is expected to be around Rs 350 crore.

Both partners intend to pump investment worth Rs 68 crore for the plant.

Tulsyan shares touched a high of Rs 65 on the BSE after the news. But later the stock ended the day at Rs 62, down Rs 2 or 3% over the previous close.

Future Group forms JVC with UAE-based Axiom Telecom

Future Group forms JVC with UAE-based Axiom TelecomThe Future Group, whose flagship company Pantaloon Retail operates over 1000 stores nationwide, has entered into an agreement with UAE-based mobile retail company Axiom Telecom, to form 50:50 joint venture company christened ‘Future Axiom Telecom Ltd.’

According to the company, the newly formed JVC will retail and distribute mobile handsets and accessories and set up service centres in India. Further it would also take charge of the 500 stores and touch points in 58 cities, which are currently running under the brand name of Mobile Bazaar and Mport respectively.

Lanco Infratech gets board’s approval to de-merge LHTPP into two units

Hyderabad-based infrastructure firm, Lanco Infratech has informed that the Board of Directors of its subsidiary Lanco Hills Technology Park Pvt. Ltd (LHTPPL) has decided to de-merge LHTPPL into two entities, subject to statutory and various other approvals.

With the de-merger of LHTPPL, the SEZ business would be retained by the existing LHTPPL and the non-SEZ business would be de-merged into a separate company.

The de-merger would be effective from April 1, 2008.

Many stock analysts are bearish on the Lanco Infratech stock in the short-term. They expect that the stock’s medium-term downtrend will persist until the stock crosses its resistance of Rs 105 in the short-term.

Punj Lloyd arm bags contract worth $ 22.48 million in Indonesia

Punj Lloyd, a leading engineering procurement & construction (EPC) and project management services company has informed that PT Punj Lloyd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company in Indonesia has secured an order worth US$ 22.48 million.

The order was awarded by PT Shell Indonesia for Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services contract of New Fuel Terminal at Pulau Laut, Kalimantan.

The stock of Punj Lloyd closed today at Rs 167 on BSE. It touched an intraday high and low of Rs 178 and Rs 160 respectively.

Sri Lankan Army Captures Strategic Town

Sri Lankan Army on Monday captured Vannerikulam town and encircled Nachchikudha, the main sea Tiger base, after fierce fighting which left 33 soldiers dead.

Another task force of the army got close to the biggest sea Tiger base in which 11 LTTE were killed, defense ministry said.

Apparently, stepping up their attack strategy to capture LTTE headquarters, government troops overnight and this morning launched a fierce offensive to capture the Vannerikulam town for which the Tigers had put up a stiff resistance.

The new offensive brought the army a step closer to capturing the militants' de facto capital of Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka, the military said.

Emirates to add 31 Flights to India

Dubai-based international air carrier Emirates today announced that it will add 31 weekly services to India. This will lead the number of weekly flights to 163 by February 2009.

The carrier will introduce seven additional flights with effect from October 26 between Delhi and Dubai, increasing the total weekly frequency in this route from 18 to 25 flights.

The Emirates will add seven additional flights per week to its current 28 flights per week from Mumbai.

Non-bailable warrant issued against Raj Thackrey

Finally, non-bailable warrant (NBW) has been issued against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray.  The Mumbai Police have said that he might be arrested soon.

The warrant was issued for a speech made by Raj in February where he had spoken against North Indians and had also targeted Amitabh Bachchan in that speech.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was under pressure to act against the MNS chief as major political leaders condemned the actions of MNS Chief.

A Congress delegation has met the Chief Minister to demand Raj Thackeray's arrest at the earliest. Three UPA Ministers have demanded action against Raj.

Slight rise in OPEC crude price after cartel announces meeting

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting CountriesVienna - The price for crude oil produced by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) rose by 0.48 dollars Friday, following the cartel's decision to meet on October 24 to discuss production cuts.

One barrel (159 litres) of OPEC crude stood at 63.82 dollars Friday, up from 63.34 dollars on the previous day, OPEC said Monday.

Mohammad Rafi’s native village facing neglect

Mohammad Rafi’s native village facing neglect

Kotla Sultan (Amritsar),
July 31 (ANI): Mere mention of Mohammad Rafi (December 24, 1924 – July
31, 1980) can make many of the leaders start humming his immortal
songs. But at the legendary play back singer’s native place, his
friends rue the ignorance shown by political leaders towards his


It was his 28th death anniversary on Thursday. 

Lasting Cough May Cause COPD

copdSmoking leads to lung cancer and heart disease that might be cognizant to many people. But do you know it also causes grievous respiratory circumstance in which the airways get barred? So Smokers mind it.

To a higher degree 13 million Indians are dupes of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), where the patients’ airways are blocked.

While addressing presspersons on World COPD Day, B.V. Muralimohan, consultant pulmonologist of Narayana Hrudayalaya, commanded smoking was one of the main does for acquiring COPD.

Many Pakistanis have lost faith in Musharraf: Time

Islamabad, Sept 23 : Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf’s undertaking to the Supreme Court that if re-elected by the Parliament, he would step down as Army Chief before being sworn in on November 15, is a promise that rings hollow to some, and one that has been heard before.

According to an article in the Time magazine, some lawyers and analysts see the promise as an attempt to pre-empt an apex court decision declaring him ineligible to run for President.

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