India IT News Capsule - June 2006, Issue 1

  • Cricketer Srikkanth launches cricket gaming portal : Former cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth has launched a cricket gaming site, This allows visitors to play online cricket games for free. One can also download the games to one’s mobile from the site for a price.
  • IBM rapidly expanding its base in India : IBM, India has been on a hiring spree to expand its base in India. With just 9000 employees in mid 2003, the Indian arm of the Big Blue today has 43000 employees on its rolls. This huge expansion is due to the huge availability of skilled labour at low wages when compared to pay rates in North America and Europe.
  • NIIT ties up with Sun Microsystems : Software and training institute, NIIT has tied up with Sun Microsystems to make available specialized education and training programmes for its students. NIIT students will have access to the latest Sun technologies, tools, technical resources and curriculum on Java and Solaris platforms. NIIT also plans to include the Sun Java Platform as a part of its elite GNIIT program.
  • India building its First X-Ray telescope : Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) is building a soft X-ray telescope to be put on board the Astrosat, India's first astronomical satellite due to be launched in 2008. This telescope will be useful in studying a number of deep space objects like black holes, supernovae and quasars.
  • Infosys plans on foray into West Bengal : IT bell weather, Infosys has shown interest in expanding its reach into West Bengal and has requested the State government to provide it the about 100 acres of land for setting up a software park.