Sports in tie up with Zee for French Open
Ten Sports and Zee Sports have reached an agreement
to broadcast live the forthcoming French Open. According
to the agreement, both broadcasters will broadcast the
tournament and Ten Sports will market it.
finals will be shown exclusively live on Zee Sports,
while Ten Sports beams in the West Indies vs India cricket
calls on par with local calls
The state-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL) has
dropped STD charges between Delhi and Mumbai to a local
tariff at Rs1.20 for a three-minute call. The move will
benefit MTNL's 38 lakh fixed line subscribers, who at
present pay Rs1.90 per minute for a Delhi-Mumbai call.
The new rates will come into effect from June 1.
drop in tariffs is a result of a tie-up with Videsh
Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL) for leasing out national long
distance infrastructure. Until now, MTNL routed its
STD traffic between Delhi and Mumbai through Bharat
Sanchar Nigam Ltd's network.
Tata-managed VSNL will benefit with additional revenues
from carrying 12 million minutes of STD traffic generated
by MTNL subscribers every year between Delhi and Mumbai,
BSNL will loose out on this lucrative sector.
which pays huge carriage charges to BSNL therefore,
decided to partner with VSNL, which was offering better
commercial terms. MTNL is expected to save Rs12 crore
a year as a result of its partnership with VSNL in comparison
to the cost incurred, while routing the STD calls through
BSNL. MTNL has also floated a tender for other sectors
across the country.
Rs99 offer gets good response
SpiceJet received a overwhelming response to its Rs99
per seat offer for 21,000 seat as a part of its first
anniversary celebrations. All the 21,000 seats were
seen to be sold by the evening.
Singh, Director, SpiceJet, said, "SpiceJet has
received a huge response to its anniversary offer today
with over 55 million hits on the Web site, which is
unprecedented and was beyond expectations. The response
was so huge that the entire booking process on internet
was affected and slowed down. However, the call centre
while appreciating the huge response from its customers,
regretted that many customers could not avail the offer
due to over booking.
Prestige declared a Superbrand
Superbrands India an independent company on valuation
of brands has declared Prestige a `Superbrand' in the
Kitchen Appliances category. The company is celebrating
its `Superbrand' status by announcing two new retail
formats based on lifestyle concept for high-end domestic
electric products such as dishwasher, kitchen chimneys
and hobs for gas stoves and a rural format store to
market TTK Group's consumer products.
two concepts Lifestyle Kitchen Solutions and
Rural Format Stores would be launched soon after
their pilots were perfected. Lifestyle Solutions pilot
would be launched in Bangalore soon, while a pilot of
Rural Format retail outlet is already running in Namakkal
in Tamil Nadu. T T Jagannathan, chairman of TTK Group,
Prestige in its quest to emerge as a complete kitchen
solutions company has launched 150 new products in pressure
cooker and cookware ranges in the last two years. The
new lifestyle retail formats was an effort to leverage
its strong brand strength.
company is setting up 100 more outlet of Prestige Smart
Kitchen stores this year. The Lifestyle Kitchen Solutions
stores would be different from the Smart Kitchen and
rural retail format.
launches Marie variant
Mumbai: Britannia Industries has launched Marie
Gold Doubles-a three-layered Marie with the double taste
of orange and chocolate. The new variant is priced on
par with the existing Marie Gold brand (Rs15 for 150gm
of 30 biscuits), Marie Gold Doubles is positioned on
the taste platform.
to the company the Marie category is the fastest growing
one in biscuits today. It is the next popular product
after glucose in the biscuits category. Having test-marketed
its new Marie variant in the southern markets for the
past one year, Britannia expects its product to move
away from being `bland and boring' with its new orange
and chocolate flavour.
takes to street football
New Delhi: Nokia India plans to host a national level
`Futsal' challenge, a freestyle football tournament
that will provide budding football stars in the country
an opportunity to match their skills against leading
`Futsal' players from Brazil.
challenge titled `Defend Your Turf' will be played out
in, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata and would be
a five-a-side street football tournament and will culminate
in the Indian national champions defending their turf
against the players from Brazil. The tournament will
be open to all Indian citizens between the age of 15
to company officials, "At Nokia we are committed
to connecting people and with `Defend Your Turf' we
are aiming to connect the Indian youth through their
shared passions and desire to take on big challenges
and achieve great accomplishments."
captain of the Indian team will be Baichung Bhutia,
while Xande will captain the Brazilian side. The challenge
would be executed in three phases. In the first phase,
it will try and engage the public by creating awareness
about the event through newspapers, radio, television
and the Internet.
second phase will have the city level matches. The first
city level match will be held in Bangalore on June 7
and 8. In the third phase the finals would be played
in Kolkata on June 17.
offers music video downloads
New Delhi: Airtel has achieved more than 75 million
music downloads including `Hello Tunes' as well as ringtones
of all forms including MP3, truetones, polytones and
monotones, according to the company. It also announced
that it would start offering customers, `Full Music'
and `Full Music Video Downloads', service priced at
Rs 20 and Rs 30, respectively which would be available
over 26 mobile phone models.
Soundbuzz, a leading digital music company, has partnered
with Airtel to bring the service to over 20 million
financial magazine hits stands
Hyderabad: iSpeak, a new monthly financial
magazine, dedicated to the insurance, industry and investment
industry has been launched here. The 76-page magazine
has been published by Infowings Publications and was
released by the director, AP Gas Power Corporation,
launches home shopping channel
Television Eighteen India Ltd (TV18) has launch the
country's first fully integrated Home Shopping Network
(HSN) in the Indian market.
to a news release, "The TV18 HSN will leverage
the TV18 Network of 5 channels and 6 Internet properties."
The company has secured initial funding from SAIF Partners,
a leading Asian private equity fund.
company and SAIF are committed to this initiative through
its various lifecycle stages and intend to make
this initiative the number one home shopping channel
and online venture in India,'' added the news release.
The organised shopping market is expected to become
a $30-35 billion opportunity by 2010.
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