India IT News Capsule - May 2006, Issue 6

  • Intel to make India its global design hub : On the eve of Paul Otellini, the new Intel CEO's visit to India on Tuesday, Intel announced its intention to make India its Global Hub for research, design and development. Intel plans to pump in $1 billion into India in the coming five years towards this end.
  • All Petrol pumps to be automated in India soon : Following a directive from the Petroleum ministry, oil companies are on their toes to automate all petrol pumps in India. The initial phase would involove all pumps that sell more than 200 kilolitres of petrol a month.
  • Karnataka mulling setting up Tier II IT cities : Following scathing attacks from the IT honchos in Bagalore about the failing infrastructure, the Karnataka goverment revealed plans to set up Tier II IT cities across the state. The first in the list would eb the twin cities of Hubli and Dharwar which already have a IT park set up at a cost of 43 crore rupees. The next cities on radar would be Mysore and Mangalore.
  • Microsoft to host Indian cryptography meet : Eighty students from institutes like the IITs, IIIT, and BITS Pilani will spend three weeks at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, debating complex concepts in game theory, cryptography, and number theory.
  • Orissa boy invents wonder glasses : Apurv Mishra, a 16 year old from Orissa has developed unique eye glasses that track eye-muscle movement and can be used to navigate through computer menus and choose options thus eliminating the need to use hands. Termed 'Glbenator', this unique invention has secured him the third rank in the International Science and Engineering fair in the USA