Saturday, December 22, 2007

The rise and rise of Indian investment in Britain


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s India's Tata group appears poised to swoop on British icons Jaguar and Land Rover, 2007 will be remembered as not only one marking 60 years of India's independence from Britain but also as a year that saw the rise and rise of Indian investment in Britain.

In fact, from the rather patronising position of being a 'jewel in the crown' during the heydays of the British Empire, India has emerged as one of Britain's foremost partners in a relationship spanning 60 years, which can best be described as 'onwards and upwards'.

In recent decades, the contours of the India-Britain encounter were uneven. Earlier, the story had more to do with Indians arriving in Britain to take up jobs that locals did not want to do. But in the last few years, India's image first changed from a taker of British jobs due to outsourcing to a generator of jobs in Britain.

Throughout 2007, Indian enterprise has stalked British businesses and has taken over several companies: Tata taking over steel giant Corus, Vijay Mallya's United Breweries taking over scotch major Whyte & Mackay, and a host of small and big companies being taken over by Indian companies seeking to spread their reach globally.

It was Mahatma Gandhi who set the tone for the relationship between India and Britain in Oxford in 1931. He was asked at a meeting of members of the Raleigh Club and the Indian Majlis: "How far would you cut India off from the Empire?"

Gandhi replied: "From the Empire, completely; from the British nation, not at all, if I want India to gain and not to grieve. The British Empire is an Empire only because of India. The Emperorship must go and I should love to be an equal partner with Britain, sharing her joys and sorrows. But it must be a partnership on equal terms."

As India celebrated 60 years of its independence Aug 15, the umbilical connections with Britain rooted in the colonial experience made for a special relationship that withstood the test of time since 1947 when the Union Jack gave way to the Tricolour.

India's independence was preceded by centuries of British rule, during which ideas of modernity were transplanted on to a traditional civilisation. The ideas in turn galvanised local resistance to foreign rule and, after years of tumultuous events, culminated in the idea of India and eventually in self-rule and freedom.

If the story of British rule was replete with bad news, it was also marked by a sense of fair play, and the introduction of the English language, cricket and institutions that have benefited independent India in many ways.

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said while accepting an honorary degree from Oxford University in July 2005: "Today, with the balance and perspective offered by the passage of time and the benefit of hindsight, it is possible for an Indian prime minister to assert that India's experience with Britain had its beneficial consequences too."

Much of Indian public life has been structured around British laws, ideas and values. This includes the field of education, industry, health and the media. British newspapers such as The Times, London, were seen as benchmarks to which Indian journalists and newspapers aspired to. The state-owned All India Radio was patterned along the lines of the BBC.

Britain contributed at various levels as India faced several challenges after independence. But by the late 1980s, India and Britain began regarding each other as genuine partners, free from the hangover of the colonial experience.

As Manmohan Singh said: "Today, there is no doubt in my mind that Britain and India are indeed partners and have much in common in their approach to a wide range of global issues. As we look back and also look ahead, it is clear that the Indo-British relationship is one of 'give and take'."

In 2007, relations between India and Britain have been universally described as the 'best ever'. The relationship is increasingly marked by the resonating tenor of currency - as Indian companies take over British businesses and create jobs in Britain, and British companies outsource low and high-end work to India to exploit Indians' strengths in intellectual property and low-cost economy.

India has now emerged as a top investor in Britain. Regional development agencies are vying with one another to court Indian business and Bollywood producers to come and invest or shoot in their regions. India's perception as the taker of British jobs through offshoring has changed to creator of jobs in Britain.

Former prime minister Tony Blair was the first G-8 leader to moot the idea of India joining G-8 discussions. At his invitation, Manmohan Singh visited Britain in July 2005 for the "G-8 Plus 5" Gleneagles Summit (India, China, South Africa, Brazil and Mexico). India has since been a key participant in the deliberations.

Britain strongly supports India's candidature for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. As the March 2006 White Paper outlining the forward plan for British diplomacy put it: "India is an important partner on global economic and political issues including energy and climate change, serious regional crises, and global non-proliferation.

"As the world's largest democracy, India will have a growing influence in international affairs and on the global economy. It will have particular strengths in the service and knowledge sectors, while broadening the base of its growth. We are strong advocates of India gaining a permanent seat on the UN Security Council."

Relations between India and Britain is also marked by the presence of over one million people of Indian origin in Britain, where their growing economic prosperity has come to be encompassed in the term, 'the strength of the brown pound'.

Indo-Asian News Service

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Reliance Communications acquires US data services firm



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eliance Communications Thursday said it has acquired the US-based data communications services company Yipes for $300 million to amplify its presence in the $100-billion global market for this industry.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the regulator for the industry in the US, has given its nod to the acquisition by Flag Telecom, which is a part of the Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, the company said in a statement.

"FCC approval is an important step for Reliance Communications to accelerate its plans to expand Yipes' coverage in US domestic market," said Punit Garg, chief executive of Flag and president of Reliance Communications.

"This step also paves the way to extend Yipes' services worldwide over Flag's global next-generation network, creating significantly more value from our undersea network in the strongholds of India, the Middle East and East Asia."

According to Flag, the global enterprise and institutional data services market is estimated at $100 billion, while the Ethernet services market is projected to become a $30.7-billion market by 2012.

Reliance Communications also plans to invest in the global expansion of Yipes' services and take its network coverage beyond the 14 key metropolitan markets in the US to offer combined solutions with expertise of both companies.

"Yipes' customers will enjoy broader coverage, access to more international markets and more rollout over new innovative services," the company said.

Indo-Asian News Service

Saturday, December 15, 2007

saturday movie show

so, now a new blog from gaurav shukla.. this deals about various
movies, I will be watching on various saturdays... and I would also be
sharing my knowledge regarding the world of cinema..

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Gaurav Shukla

Friday, December 14, 2007

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Tata Teleservices Partners With IIT Bombay and DoT

Partnership targets 'inclusive and sustainable national growth' through telecom, Center of Excellence launched at IIT to develop innovative solutions, CoE to work on application research to spur competencies in wireless communications
65 tiger, leopard and otter skins seized in Karnataka

The Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) provided intelligence and assisted in a huge wildlife enforcement operation in northern Karnataka in the early hours of this morning. Sixty-five skins were seized - one tiger skin, 21 leopard skins and 43 otter skins.
Finolex to make upto 500kV cables in India in JV with J- Power Systems Corp.

The JV will be equipped with state-of-the-art production facility such as VCV (Vertical Continuous Vulcanising) tower to produce high voltage XLPE (Cross Linked Polyethylene) insulated Power Cables.
eScan from MicroWorld gets another VB100%

eScan from MicroWorld Technologies has won the VB100% award once again in a comparative test conducted on Windows 2000.
An all new Parryware showroom in Arumbakkam

The residents of Arumbakkam can now welcome their favourite bathroom Parryware brand to their homes with M/S JAY ABBHIRAMI AGENCY, an all new Parryware showroom in Arumbakkam. Inaugurated by Mr. Arun Alagappan, Director, Parryware Roca Private Limited, this 1250 square feet showroom houses a comprehensive range of Parryware sanitaryware, taps and fittings under one roof.
Zoomtra.com launches Facebook application - India Dekha!Zoomtra.com

has launched a Facebook Application focused on Travel in India, the first of its kind in the country. This application named, "India Dekha" was conceptualised and has been launched with the objective of analysing and understanding social networking in the travel space.
Abacus and Deccan Sign First GDS

Partnership for a low cost carrier in India
Sunil Dutt appointed Country Head for Samsung Mobile Business

Mr. Dutt will be responsible for spearheading the sales and marketing function for both Samsung GSM and CDMA mobile business in the country
Campus 18 launches with Digistars - War of the videos

Winners to make India's first Digital Serial
Big 92.7 FM's RJ Rishi all set to triumph over listeners' hearts as the new host on 'Chal Kalti Maar'

Promises Mumbaikars for a fun-filled roller coaster ride every afternoon between 1 pm -5 pm
Korea Labour Educational Institute inks MOU with IMI

The Korea Labor Education Institute (KLEI), Kwangju, Republic of Korea and The International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi signed on a deal acknowledging their mutual interest in entering into a collaborative relation and providing high education to the interested parties in the Asian region.
Analog Devices extends its RF portfolio with the industry's highest performance broadband direct conversion radio solutions

ADI's ADL5375 quadrature modulator and ADL5382 demodulator simplify RF-to-baseband designs and enable engineers to extend solutions to subsequent wireless infrastructure system designs.
AXIGEN Makes Its Way into New Zealand

AXIGEN (http://www.axigen.com), the professional mail server vendor, announced today the closure of its first partnership agreement in New Zealand with the Web HAD company (http://www.axigen.co.nz).

Daimler Trucks Builds its Presence in India

- Establishing Joint Venture with Indian partner Hero Group

- Contract for shareholder agreement signed

- Production of light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles planned

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aimler Trucks forms a Joint Venture with the Indian company Hero Group. Both companies have signed today a shareholder agreement and are in the process of submitting the formally required application to the FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board. On December 13, 2007, the Daimler Supervisory Board had approved the transaction.

The projected joint venture is first aimed at local production of light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles for the Indian volume market. Production for export markets is expected to follow at a later stage. The vehicles produced will be variants of Daimler Trucks' current product portfolio tailored to the Indian market.

Local manufacturing operations for special applications of Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses will continue at DaimlerChrysler India Pvt. Ltd. Daimler Trucks are currently present in India with local manufacturing operations of the Mercedes-Benz Actros in Pune.

Daimler Buses recently announced its plans to enter a co-operation with the Indian Company Sutlej Motors Ltd and will begin producing Mercedes-Benz luxury coaches in Pune in the first quarter of 2008.

Andreas Renschler, Member of the Daimler Board of Management and Head of Daimler Trucks: "The decision to form this joint venture in India marks a milestone in Daimler Trucks' overall strategy to participate in the fast-growing emerging markets. In Hero we have found an excellent, experienced partner with a long tradition of manufacturing and know-how of the local industry. Hero has a proven track record of managing long-term relationships with global and domestic partners. We believe this is a strong foundation for a long-term co-operation in one of the world's most dynamic markets."

Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman of Hero Corporate Service Ltd. added: "The partnership with Daimler Trucks is in pursuance of the Hero Group's long-term vision and strategy to have a diversified portfolio of high-growth businesses. We can benefit from Daimler Trucks' world class products and technology, and combine those with our own strengths to create winning products for Indian and other global customers."

The joint venture transaction is expected to close at the end of the first quarter 2008. Further details on the joint venture will then be announced.

Daimler Trucks is a division of Daimler AG and the world's largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. With its five leading truck brands -- Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star and Mitsubishi Fuso -- Daimler Trucks sold over 516,000 trucks worldwide and generated revenues of euro 31.8 billion in 2006.

Founded by the Munjal family five decades ago, the over 4 billion US Dollar Hero Group is a multi-unit, multi-product conglomerate with an excellent network and deep understanding of the Indian market.

The Hero Group's joint venture with Honda -- Hero Honda Motors Ltd. -- is the world's largest motorcycle producer, and has put over 20 million motorcycles on Indian roads till date.

TWB Initiates Aerospace Documentation Standards Training

First Ever for Indian Corporates
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he Writers Block (TWB) has launched India's first ever Aerospace Standards Documentation training for the corporate sector. The training reinforces TWB's commitment to specialist documentation domain, especially defense and aerospace.

Indian aerospace manufacturers will now be able to train their workforce in creating documentation of international standards and lower documentation costs. The training will also aid in decreasing cost of training the end customer, owing to shorter procedure / product training cycles. The TWB training portfolio in Aerospace Documentation Standards will provide an opportunity to aerospace manufacturers to lower support costs. Finally, it will provide large multinational aerospace players operating in India international quality training. Rakesh Shukla, Chief Executive Officer, TWB says," The Indian aerospace industry is buoyed by increased outsourcing capabilities and international collaborations, greater export potential and accent on indigenization of production capabilities. Availability of good quality documentation completes the aerospace production value chain for most market players and makes them competitive. TWB is fully equipped to address the market need and is pleased to be a part of this opportunity."

The training modules cover general aerospace documentation standards including procedure manuals and technical publications for: Aircraft maintenance task oriented support system (AMTOSS), Maintenance steering group (MSG3), Document type definitions (DTD) and SGML templates, System description section (SDS), The maintenance practices and procedures data section (MPPD) including structural repair DTDs and SGML templates, Aircraft Maintenance Manuel DTD and SGML templates, System Schematics (FIM), Aircraft Illustrated parts catalogue, Tools and equipment manual, Cautions and Warning Pool, Technical Names and Manufacturing Process pool and ATA 100, SD1000D Specifications.

TWB's technical documentation expertise includes creating technical manuals, instruction booklets, quick reference guides, product overview, 3D drawings, IETM generated documents, technical illustration and related technical documentation works. TWB provides turnkey offshore documentation delivery for customers in defense and aerospace standards and integrated logistic support connecting engineering with the customers.

About TWB:

TWB is India's leading Technical Documentation service provider. Founded in 2005 with the objective of providing world-class technical documentation outsourcing and training services to suit the demands of global technology companies, today the company provides technical documentation outsourcing services to over 50 organizations including Cisco, Infosys Accenture, Samsung, MindTree, Siemens, AOL, Titan, Intel, Wipro, CGN, BearingPoint, US Technologies and others. TWB executes Offshore Documentation deliveries from its Bangalore facilities and Onsite at customer locations. Over 200 companies including Lucent Technologies, SAP Labs, Wipro, Infosys, Intel among others hire technical writers from the TWB Associate and TWB Fundamental Certification programs. More information on TWB is available on www.twb.in.

The London Business School Kicks of its Annual India Trip

Conference on "Exploring Business Opportunities in Rural India"
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topic often discussed in India is the rural-urban divide and how the two economies of the country are increasingly growing apart. The popular belief remains that urban India is growing at the cost of rural India. The reality is that over the past two decades rural India has grown significantly faster than urban India - the rural economy is estimated to have grown on an average of 7.3% as compared to a 5.4% in the urban economy. India's more than 700 million villagers now account for the majority of consumer spending in the country. A new prosperity is being witnessed.

Speakers at the conference include: Ajay Piramal (Chairman Nicholas Piramal) Nachiket Mor (President, ICICI Foundation), JJ Irani (Director Tata Sons, Dr. Viral Acharya,( Professor, London Business School), Priya Basu (The World Bank), Sanjeev Asthana (CEO, Reliance Retail Agri Business) Sanjay Kapoor (President Bharti Airtel Mobility) Vijay Mahajan (CEO ,BASIX) Naveen Jindal (MD Jindal Steel, Member of Parliament) Abhijit Banerjee (Professor, MIT) Amit Mehra (MD, Reuters Market Light) Madhu Yashki (Member of Parliament), Dr. Gita Piramal (Managing Editor, The Smart Manager) Richard Stagg (CMG, British High Commissioner to India)

The conference approaches the theme in 3 ways through its interactive panel discussions-

-- Rural Markets and Entrepreneurship: This panel seeks to explore the issues faced by entrepreneurs in setting up and starting a business focused on the rural Indian market. It tackles issues such as raising capital, drafting a workable business plan and incubating the business. Speakers on this panel are Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs who evaluate and execute these investment opportunities.

-- Financial Products for the Rural Consumer; Despite having an elaborate network of public banks vast majorities of India's poor are excluded from the formal financial sector. This panel explores the challenges and opportunities in addressing financial services needs of the rural consumer. In particular it explores the size and the viability of the Microfinance market, the risk profile of the rural borrower from a theoretical perspective, a policy view of institutions operating in the market and a comparison of returns versus the urban market. The panels constitute speakers from local government, the World Bank, and heads of large Indian banks.

-- Supply Chain and Logistics: As the Indian retail and manufacturing sectors open up, there are new challenges in logistics and supply chains in rural areas, particularly to source farm produce and delivery of goods and services. This panel deals with the challenge of connecting rural production centres to urban markets with a specific focus on infrastructure and information challenges. Speakers on the panel include Presidents and CEO's of FMCG and telecommunication companies, entrepreneurs, MP's and academics.

Each Panel has been conceptualized to provide three distinct views on the sub-theme. The first is a practitioners view (representing this view is a successful entrepreneur or CEO/president of a large FMCG/Bank/VC fund). The second is an Academic/theoretical view provided by a professor of the London Business School or MIT. Finally each panel has a member of parliament or a representative from the World Bank to provide a government or policy view on the issue. Panels will be moderated by - Suhel Seth managing partner of Counselage, Vivian Fernandes of CNBC, and Phil Smith of Reuters.

Founded in 1965, the London Business School has a rich portfolio of degree and non-degree programmes to suit students and executives at every stage of their career. Both the School's full-time and Executive MBA programmes are counted among the world's best according to the Financial Times and BusinessWeek business education surveys.

The India Business Forum (IBF) is a student run organisation conceived under the guidance of the late Professor Sumantra Ghosal in 2002-2003. IBF serves as a confluence for global business leaders, noted academics, keen investors, outstanding entrepreneurs, and aspiring students. The organization aims to stimulate debate on key business issues in India.

The India trip "Yaatra" is an annual event organised by the student community at the London Business School, this year over 20 students from around10 nationalities will travel across India to experience the country's distinct culture, history and learn about business opportunities in India at the conference.


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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Naukri.com Introduces an International Jobs Section on its Website

Over 9000 International Jobs for Various Positions, Industries and Functional Areas are Available only on Naukri.com
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aukri.com, India's No. 1 job site, has introduced an International Jobs section on the website. With over 9000 International Jobs in over 15 countries, the section contains opportunities for freshers as well as professionals with up to 25 years of experience. The jobs are largely located in USA, UK, Dubai and Singapore.

On this development, Mr.Hitesh Oberoi, COO, Info Edge (India) Ltd. commented, "With globalization of services, there is a lot of requirement for white collar talent across countries. At Naukri, over 10% of individuals are open to working abroad. At the same time, there is a huge demand for Indian talent. Thus, creating this new section is a logical step to cater to the demand and simplify search further."

The jobs range across industries and functional areas. Industries that offer most jobs abroad include Software Services, Construction, Engineering, Metals, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Healthcare, Banking, Financial Services and Aviation.

It's fairly simple; all that the user needs to do is click on the International Job section, search, allow for the job options to come up, browse through the listings and apply to jobs through the site. Further, one can filter search results by industry, role and freshness. The page also features a selection of companies that are offering international jobs.

Naukri.com has taken this step to make the site more search friendly and focused. It also showcases the ongoing efforts at Naukri to innovate, upgrade and add benefits to its users by making the search more relevant and improve functionality.

About Naukri.com

Naukri.com, India's No. 1 job site and the flagship brand of Info Edge, revolutionized the concept of recruitment in India. Since its inception in 1997, Naukri.com has seen exponential growth year after year. Formerly an ICICI Ventures investee company, it has attracted investments from leading venture capitalists, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sherpalo Ventures. Info Edge completed an IPO in November 2006.

Naukri.com is a recruitment platform and provides services to job seekers, the corporate world and placement agencies in India and overseas. It offers a bouquet of products like Resume Database Access, and Response Management Tools and its services include Job Postings, and Branding solutions on the site. With over 80000 job listings live at any point, Naukri.com serviced over 27000 corporate clients in the past year.

The company has over 1400 people operating through 75 offices in 38 cities in India and overseas offices in Dubai and Bahrain. For more information, log on to www.naukri.com.

2nd Annual CFO Leadership Summit 2008 - Transition from Analyst to Strategist


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he 1st Annual CFO Leadership Summit 2006 saw a great success with contributions and expertise from 20 industry leaders and participation of great number of industry professionals.

Recognizing the need and rapid growth of Finance Industry and the fast pace growth in the global economy in addition to the challenges faced by CFO's is of great importance. Counting on the success of our first inaugural event and the role transformation of the CFOs in their present working profile we, Informedia India are pleased to announce its "2nd Annual CFO Leadership Summit 2008" -Transition from Analyst to Strategist, on 5th and 6th February 2008, at Hotel J.W.Marriott, Mumbai

Globalization, volatile capital markets, ever-increasing shareholder expectations, and - in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom debacles- growing demands for greater corporate accountability and improved governance procedures are remaking today's businesses. But while the CEO remains a key player in the corporate equation, another player is now beginning to assume unprecedented importance-The CFO.

But the new CFO mission is not an easy one. CFOs have to fulfill various, partly contradicting tasks in parallel. They have to

-- Re-establish corporate trust and business integrity

-- Protect the company's bottom line

-- Enable for profitable growth and shareholder value creation

-- Do more with less (increase the efficiency and quality of financial operations)

The Chief Financial Officials today are one of the most important people in an organization; they are no longer the number crunchers. Today's CFO has evolved into being corporate strategist and business leaders responsible for directing strategic implementations thus playing a major key role in planning investment and how it will affect the bottom line. Besides keeping all the financial data up to the mark they have to meet the investor as well the board of director's expectations.

This Conference will provide you the best opportunity to come together and learn about the key challenging roles subject to CFOs involvement in an organization.

Topics to be covered:

-- CFO Leadership - A New Era

-- Taking Finance to the Next Level: Strategies and Best Practices for Achieving World- Class Finance Performance

-- Beyond Budgeting & Rolling Forecasting: Breaking Free to Continuous Planning and Adaptive Control

-- Translating Investor Expectation into Company Excellence

-- The Role of CFO in Managing the Board of Directors Expectations

-- Merger and Acquisition as Corporate Financial Strategy

-- Private Equity or Public Listing- Choice of the Present Day CFO

To know more about the conference visit: http://www.informedia-india.com/client/index.aspx?sub=program&id=conference&ConfID=103

About Informedia India:

Informedia India Pvt Ltd is a leading conference organizer which specializes in professional high level business to business conferences targeted at senior management in a number of industry sectors including Information Technology, Finance & Banking, Commodities and Energy, Law & Taxation, Telecoms, Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals, Infrastructure & Transport etc. Informedia is a 100% subsidiary company of Expomedia Group Plc, a leading international media Group with offices in 13 countries worldwide.

Visit us at: www.informedia-india.com

Increasing Acceptance of Alternate Fuel Vehicles Aiding the Growth of the Indian Alternate Fuel Vehicles (LPG & CNG) Kit Market


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purred on by the growing acceptance of alternate fuel vehicles, the Indian alternate fuel vehicles kit market has seen a definite upswing in the last two years. Alternate fuel vehicles are overcoming the initial hindrances of low availability of fuel and are beginning to be widely accepted. The ability to convince and convert customers will offer vehicle manufacturers and kit manufacturers lucrative market opportunities.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan(http://www.automotive&transportation.frost.com), Alternate Fuel Vehicles (LPG & CNG) Kit Market in India, finds that market earned revenues of over $82.7 million in 2006 and estimates this to reach $473.4 million in 2012.

If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants with an overview of the Alternate Fuel Vehicles (LPG & CNG) Kit Market in India, then send an e-mail to Ravinder Kaur/Nimisha Iyer, Corporate Communications, at ravinder.kaur@frost.com/niyer@frost.com with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. Upon receipt of the above information, an overview will be sent to you by e-mail. Interviews with the press are also available.

"The market for alternate fuel vehicles in India is expected to grow at a significantly faster pace than the regular vehicles," notes Frost & Sullivan Program Manager Jose Paul. "Stringent emission norms, specific Government directives on use of alternate fuel vehicles and increasing availability of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) will all drive the market rapidly."

Most key vehicle manufacturers are looking at launching alternate fuel vehicles in India over the next two to three years, and this has increased the acceptance levels of alternate fuel vehicles among end users. Furthermore, with petrol prices continuing to increase, many owners of existing petrol vehicles are also looking at converting their vehicles to run on alternate fuels.

However, the lack of widespread availability of alternate fuels in India is a barrier to the growth of alternate fuel vehicles. While the availability of CNG is currently limited to select centers in the west and north, the penetration of LPG dispensing stations has been concentrated on specific cities, with their network on highways remaining almost negligible.

"The expected ramp up of refueling networks is expected to take time with the CNG pipeline project slated to be operational only by 2008-09," says Paul. "Moreover, the set of mother and daughter stations is likely to take an additional two to three years; similarly, it would take about five to six years to build up the number of LPG refueling stations across the country."

In order to increase their market presence, alternate fuel vehicle conversion kit manufacturers will need to focus on existing centers, where CNG and LPG are available. They will further need to aggressively market their products and also tie-up with vehicle manufacturers at the original equipment (OE) level and vehicle dealership levels.

Alternate Fuel Vehicles (LPG & CNG) Kit Market in India is part of the Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Service program, which also includes research in the following markets: Indian automotive and auto components market covering passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and two wheeler markets. Components include fuel injection systems, forged components, tires, batteries, sensors, telematics and vehicle tracking systems market. Other research includes analysis of new technologies, export markets and research on the Middle East automotive and components market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Consulting Company, partners with clients to accelerate their growth. The company's Growth Partnership Services, Growth Consulting, and Career Best Practices empower clients to create a growth-focused culture that generates, evaluates, and implements effective growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses, and the investment community from more than 30 offices on six continents. For more information about Frost & Sullivan's Growth Partnerships, visit http://www.frost.com.

Turner International and Alva Brothers Team Up to Launch Entertainment Channel in India


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urner International (Turner), and the Alva Brothers (holding company), promoters of one of India's leading production houses - Miditech Pvt. Limited (Miditech), have entered into a partnership to launch an entertainment channel in Hindi and other Indian languages, targeted at the urban Indian audience.

Additionally, Turner will also acquire a minority stake in Miditech, including all shares previously held by ICICI Ventures. The partners (Turner International & Alva Brothers) are currently seeking all regulatory approvals.

Under the agreement, Turner and the Alva Brothers will each own 50% of the broadcasting venture. The yet-to-be-named entity will leverage the Alva Brothers in-depth understanding of Indian audience's entertainment needs and Turner's expertise in operating broadcast networks globally. The venture will be managed by both the partners.

Miditech will continue to be an independent content producer, focused on creating winning content for all broadcasters and corporate clients.

Commenting on the occasion, Niret Alva, co-promoter of Alva Brothers, shared, "The relationship with Turner reaffirms the confidence Miditech enjoys in the marketplace. It will enable Miditech to independently widen the scope and depth of its innovative creative services to broadcasters and related customers. It's the beginning of a new journey of leadership for quality and imaginative content."

"The partnership with the Alva Brothers further strengthens Turner's presence in one of the most dynamic media markets in the world. This is our first foray in the general entertainment space in India, and we are confident that this powerful partnership, drawing on the strengths of both partners, will deliver ground-breaking quality programming to Indian audiences," said Anshuman Misra, Managing Director, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd.

Nikhil Alva, co-promoter of Alva Brothers, commented, "Entering the broadcasting arena with the global expertise of Turner begins an exciting new chapter for the Alva Brothers. The channel will provide fresh alternative content to an increasingly discerning audience. We are confident that with our proven track record in the Indian media industry, the differentiated offering will appeal to the audience targeted."

Turner International India Pvt. Ltd.

Part of the Time Warner Company, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd. is the arm of Turner Broadcasting System. Inc. (TBS) that manages the sales and marketing of Turner's news and entertainment services in India and South Asia.

Alva Brothers

The Alva Brothers (Holding Company), pioneers of innovative formats and programming are the promoters of Miditech Pvt. Ltd. Miditech is India's second largest Independent Production company creating world class programming for leading broadcasters in the region across genres and languages.


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Take the power of Google Maps with you on your mobile phone: New! Google Maps with My Location (beta)


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Take the power of Google Maps with you on your mobile phone.

New! Google Maps with My Location (beta)

Real-time traffic — See where the congestion is, and estimate delays in over 30 major US metropolitan areas.

Detailed directions — Whether you plan to walk or drive, your route is displayed on the map itself, together with step-by-step directions.

Integrated search results — Local business locations and contact information appear all in one place, integrated on your map.

Easily movable maps — Interactive maps let you zoom in or out, and move in all directions so you can orient yourself visually.

Satellite imagery — Get a bird's eye view of your desired location. (It's like you're there, we swear.)

Maps is available on hundreds of mobile devices. For more ways to access Google local listings from your mobile device, try text messaging Google or browsing to our mobile web page.


Download Maps at www.google.com/gmm
on your mobile web browser

Windows Mobile users: Download the CAB and ActiveSync

Palm OS users: Download the prc and HotSync

IT admins: Google Maps on the Blackberry Enterprise Server

Requirements: Web-enabled phone with a data plan. Charges from your carrier may apply.

Help us improve Google Maps for mobile!




Google Personalized Home


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ake your Google homepage with you everywhere.

Your Google personalized homepage puts the information you care about on one web page -- and now you can access that page on your mobile phone or device, in a phone-friendly format that's easy to read and navigate.

  • Preview your latest Gmail messages
  • See headlines from top news sources
  • Get weather forecasts, stock quotes, and movie showtimes
  • Choose from a variety of popular RSS and Atom feeds.
How to Use Personalized Home on your phone


You'll need to use the PC version of Google personalized home to choose which content to add to your phone's homepage. If you haven't done this yet, click the 'Personalized Home' link in the upper-right-hand corner of Google.com (or, just click here).

  1. Access the mobile web browser on your phone or mobile device (note: this device must support XHTML)
  2. Type www.google.com in the URL field (if you get an error message, type www.google.com/xhtml)
  3. Select the 'Personalized Home' link, then sign in with your username and password. You'll see the same customized content modules you've chosen on the web.

Got more questions?


Get answers with our Personalized Home FAQ.




Google News for mobile


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eep current with the latest news at all times.

Search for News — Find the latest news on any topic.

Find news from multiple sources worldwide — Access multiple sources on a given story to access the news you want from the sources you trust most.

New! Personalized news — Set up your news page to show you the stories that best represent your interests. Learn more.




Visit mobile.google.com on your mobile web browser.




Requirements: Web-enabled phone and service plan. Network charges may apply.


New magical blue circle on your map: My position on Google Maps


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e've all been there: You're out and about, and you need to figure out where you are, what's around you, and how to get there. Google Maps for mobile can help you do all that, but first you have to enter in a starting point using the keypad. And let's face it -- entering things into your phone using the keypad is so 2006. While some people are lucky enough to have GPS-enabled mobile phones that provide location information for Google Maps for mobile, the vast majority of us are not. So what to do?

Starting today, we have an answer: Google Maps for mobile with My Location . My Location is a new beta technology from Google that uses cell tower identification to provide you with approximate location information, so it will work on phones without GPS. Simply fire up Google Maps for mobile, press [0], and the map will indicate your approximate location by centering on a blue circle like this:

If you do have a GPS-enabled device, My Location can actually complement it. My Location kicks in faster than GPS in most cases, so you can access your location even faster on the map. It also works reliably indoors (unlike GPS) and doesn't drain your phone battery at the rate that GPS does.

Of course, this feature is in beta, which in this case means a few different things: First, although accuracy and coverage may vary, both will improve over time as more and more people use Google Maps for mobile. Second, My Location isn't currently supported on all devices (see our Help Center for more on this); we're working on that. Third, we'd love to get your feedback on it -- feel free to leave your comments below.

To give Google Maps for mobile with My Location a try, text "MYLOCATION" to 33669, or head to www.google.com/gmm on your mobile browser.

Google on the iPhone: Fast and Fluid


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e all know that using the web on mobile phones can be a challenge sometimes. Compared to our personal computers, the screens are smaller, it's more difficult to navigate and enter text, the network connections are slower, and the browsers lack many of the features we've become accustomed to. I deal with this every day as both a developer and a user of mobile web applications. So you can imagine how excited I was when the iPhone launched with a large touch screen, Wi-Fi, and a full-blown Safari web browser!

I started thinking about how to use AJAX technology to improve Google on the iPhone. I set out to create an application that would preload my favorite Google products and allow me to switch between them instantly. I wanted web results as well as image, local, and news results without having to repeat my search. I wanted to check Gmail and my news feeds in Google Reader without having to load a new page every time. I also wanted Google Suggest to save me time typing queries on the virtual keyboard.

I created a prototype and showed it to some fellow Googlers. After that, things started moving pretty quickly. A few weeks (and a few gallons of mint tea) later, I had an improved version which Googlers throughout the company were using on their iPhones (it works great on the iPod Touch too). Now we want to share it with everyone.

Our guiding principles were "fast" and "fluid." We think we've achieved both, thanks to some AJAX magic made possible by the iPhone's Safari browser. To try it out, just go to www.google.com on your iPhone.

We want to know what you think! You can post your comments below or submit specific questions on our discussion board. We hope you'll like it.




Update Google Mobile Products on your BlackBerry with One Click


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f you find it hard to keep your BlackBerry up to date with Google's expanding mobile product suite, we hope we just made your life a little easier. The new Google Mobile Updater for BlackBerry makes it simple for you to stay informed and current by telling you when new products and updates are available for your phone and allowing you to install them with a single click. The Updater will even put an icon for each product on your BlackBerry's main menu, making it as easy as possible for you to get to your favorite Google mobile products.

Now you can easily get the latest Google mobile applications like Google Maps for Mobile with My Location (the magical blue circle on your map), and web applications like Picasa Web Albums and Google Docs -- all of which you can choose to install to your BlackBerry's main menu for easy access.

Google Mobile Updater is also the only way you can get the latest, fastest Google mobile search for BlackBerry. In under a second, you can start entering your query without waiting to load the Google home page. This saves you valuable time when you are trying to find the answer to that quiz question, the address of a nearby restaurant or the latest price of your favorite stock. You can assign a convenience key to make it even easier to access Google search.

To get Google Mobile Updater, visit mobile.google.com on your BlackBerry and click "Download all" under "Get all Google products in one go." From there, you can get the latest Google search application by selecting "Search" and then "Update." Note that right now, Google Mobile Updater and the new Google search experience are only available for BlackBerry devices in the U.S. In the future, whenever we launch new products or updates we will let you know by changing the Google Mobile Updater icon to have a green arrow, like this:


Alphion Corporation Announces PON Extension System

Alphion Expands Access Product Line Up to Include PON.ext(TM) Capability
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lphion Corporation, a privately held company that develops, manufactures and markets communication systems, sub-systems, and integrated photonic components based on its proprietary QLight(R) technology, announced today the availability of its PON.ext(TM) Passive Optical Network (PON) Extension System. The system will be on display in Hall 14, Booth 14 at the India Telecom 2007 Exhibition held at the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India on 12-15 December. The transparent, all-optical system is compatible with GPON, GE-PON, and BPON protocols as well as with third-party PON terminal equipment.

Alphion has already delivered PON.ext(TM) beta systems which are presently undergoing testing at carrier labs world-wide. General availability is expected in the first half of 2008.

The PON.ext(TM) PON extension system offers all-optical gain up to 20 dB, and is fully compatible with both the 1490 nm downstream and 1310 nm burst-mode upstream optical signals used in GPON, GE-PON and B-PON networks. The system includes PON.ext(TM) line cards that are fully compatible with the company's AOLT-4000 chassis. The AOLT-4000 chassis provides a carrier-class platform with redundant powering, control and management for up to ten PON.ext(TM) line cards.

"Our PON.ext(TM) technology addresses existing limitations in PON link budgets, allowing carriers to extend network reach, increase split ratios, or both," commented Dr. Bharat P. Dave, Alphion Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Alphion is actively working with both FSAN and ITU-T on creating a standard for GPON reach extension technology."

This announcement follows Alphion's live demonstration of PON.ext(TM) technology at NXTcomm in June of 2007. As part of the ITU-T GPON Pavilion where Alphion and other vendors demonstrated the interoperability of their GPON equipment, the PON.ext(TM) extension system enabled the delivery of triple-play services (voice, video and data) to 128 customers over a 60 km PON from a single OLT port.

The PON.ext(TM) system is a part of Alphion's growing line of broadband access products, which includes an end-to-end GPON solution. The Alphion AOLT-4000 Optical Line Terminal and AONT-100/200/300 Optical Network Terminal family are in full compliance with the International Telecommunications Union's standard for GPON equipment (ITU-T G.984). This ensures that the Alphion product family meets the stringent carrier-class requirements and interoperates with a broad spectrum of other manufacturers' GPON equipment.

ABOUT ALPHION

Alphion Corporation develops, manufactures and markets communications systems, subsystems, integrated and discrete photonic components based on its proprietary QLight(R) technology platform. Alphion products are sold world wide to service providers and OEMs in the Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP), telecommunications, CATV, fiber optic sensing, test & measurement, medical imaging, and defense system markets. The QLight(R) family of products is used in passive optical networks, wavelength management, amplification, photonic regeneration, signal conditioning, fiber optic sensing, telecom, datacom, and storage area networking applications. Alphion is member of both FSAN (www.fsanweb.org) - a consortium of carriers and equipment suppliers developing tomorrow's broadband network standards and the ITU (www.itu.int). For more information about Alphion and its products, visit our website www.alphion.com.

itaas Expands Facilities Worldwide


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taas Inc., the only provider of end-to-end iTV solutions in the digital video industry, and the provider of an innovative and compelling suite of VOD (video on demand) products, announced that it is moving to larger facilities and is expanding its team in Atlanta and in India. This is a key part of itaas' global expansion strategy.

The India office is based in NOIDA near New Delhi. NOIDA is fast emerging as the IT hub in India and offers facilities of International standards. The expanded India team and facilities will continue to support itaas' key corporate initiatives.

itaas has also doubled its office space and has significantly expanded its state-of-the-art labs at its headquarters in Duluth, GA.

President and CEO of itaas, Vibha Rustagi said, "We are very excited about our expansion in US and India to support our expanding customer base. The strategic location in India was driven by our commitment to provide robust and cost effective solutions to our clients. Our new and expanded facilities will enable us to address the growing needs of our clients and our industry on a multitude of levels."

The itaas office in US will be based at 11695 John's Creek Parkway, Suite 300, Duluth, GA 30097. The telephone and fax numbers will remain same at 770.368.4024 and 770.246.0616 respectively. Additional information on itaas can be found at their website, www.itaas.com.

About itaas, Inc.

itaas is uniquely positioned in the iTV industry as the only provider offering a full suite of turnkey services and innovative VOD products. Our comprehensive and in-depth expertise in the ever-evolving field of interactive television helps accelerate the deployment of iTV applications for our clients, which include broadband operators, wireless providers, equipment manufacturers, application and content developers, and middleware and OS providers.

itaas provides services across the all stages of the interactive product lifecycle on the cable, wireless and IPTV platforms. With in-depth expertise on the client and server side of the digital video systems, itaas has experience across various hardware platforms, and VOD systems. As a technology leader, itaas continues to provide expertise in emerging technologies such as OCAP, ETV, Network PVR, Switched Digital Broadcast, and wireless.

itaas provides ingenious solutions like the VOD Session Simulator which simulates millions of set-top sessions in the lab. itaas' ECS VOD Reporting and Monitoring Platform is deployed in 50 cable systems in North America. itaas offers a comprehensive suite of developer programs, enabling developers to port their applications across several platforms. Under the istart umbrella, itaas offers several developer programs to meet individual technical and business requirements which include the Scientific Atlanta's Resident Application (SARA) and PowerTV(R) program, the OCAP Program and key MSO middleware developer programs. To further promote iTV growth, itaas continues to expand the istart Developer Program and the Remote Headend Service, along with its VOD product suite.

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