Personal notes from today’s National Urdu Editors’ Conference on Urdu Media


A conference, I always look forward to, not only for the beautiful language spoken at the conference, but also to get a peek into the media discourse in Urdu Media.

The hurt and angst is palpable for being left out, language and the community, but what is heartening and pleasing is they are not overly defensive about the ills about the community.

I have taken some personal notes. Nothing to do with topic of Routine Immunization which they discussed threadbare ( for 4 long hours), but something which I found very insightful.

“If Muslims of India are not healthy and educated, India will never achieve the dream of being a super power,” A vehement appeal to be included in India’s growth story. Continue reading

Why AK-47 was a favourite of ours…

“Kashmir is a highly militarised zone. I met children here who could even distinguish between the sound of firearms from the security forces and militants”- writes a  journalist friend of mine…

Obviously my dear friend. We were brilliant at it. Absolutely brilliant. In those days, I would bet, me, my brother and sister were better than, dare I say, the protagonists. Nothing extra ordinary, we just had too many lessons and credit to us we were all ears to them.

We are absolute masters at distinguishing with ease and absolute precision the sounds of an AK 47- the Kalashnikov, LMG, SLR, 303, Sten gun, Brain Gun (don’t know whether the weapon existed, but for us it did), Chinese pistol, grenade and rocket launcher among others.

In fact, it was our favourite game for many months after which parents influenced by uncle, thought our brains needed some serious rewiring. The good for nothing uncle had somehow got hold of our copies.

imagesBut while at it, we just loved it and we were very fierce competitors on the ‘field’.

Back then in early 90s, living at the edge of the national highway, we had the ‘absolute pleasure’ of the hosting both the parties – militants and troopers on our terrace, garden and nieghbour’s extended courtyard for years. Continue reading

Curtain Raiser: NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2009

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The 17th edition of NASSCOM India Leadership Forum, the flagship event of NASSCOM, is being held at a very critical juncture in the short yet exciting history of Indian IT/BPO industry.

Recession in US and downturn in India is exerting lot of pressure on Indian IT/BPO industry, to devise a calibrated strategy to come out of the uncertain times unscathed.

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SOA adoption is not function of pricing alone

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Intelligroup, a global provider of business consulting, technology, and outsourcing services has been consistently included in the in the ‘Strong Performers’ category and received high client satisfaction scores by leading industry research firms.

The company has operations in the Americas, Japan, AsiaPacific, and Europe and is present in India in Hyderabad and Bangalore and has plans to setup a new centre in Pune. Continue reading

Headstrong acquires US based BPO firm

Lydian Data Services is now Headstrong Business Services

Idhries Ahmad

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Global financial services consulting firm, Headstrong has acquired the Lydian Data services, a privately owned diversified financial services firm.

Lydian Data Services provides Business Process Outsourcing, business connectivity and transaction management solutions to mortgage originators, secondary market conduits and investors. The company specialises in mortgage data connectivity solutions, mortgage data management, core banking data integration and loan transfer systems. Continue reading

Steria to tap Indian market this year

Steria’s solutions for credit card fraud management, Airport management system and command and control solutions for police makes sense for Indian markets

Idhries Ahmad

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Europe based IT services company, Steria will be aggressively targeting the opportunity thrown by domestic Indian market in 2009. The formerly Xansa, is also giving final touches to its center of excellence in retail in India, which will start soon. The company will also be doubling its head count in India by 2011.

Speaking to CIOL, Mukesh Aghi, chairman and chief executive officer, Steria, said going forward, Indian domestic market will throw up huge opportunities and as company, Steria cannot afford to ignore those opportunities. Continue reading

Destination Europe

The low hanging fruit in US is almost gone and it is time Indian IT companies re iron their European strategy, for the journey is going to be difficult

Idhries Ahmad

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The uncertainties in US market coupled with the not so comfortable noises from new US president about off shoring, means Europe for time being finds itself finally perched atop the agenda for many Indian service providers, who hitherto hadn’t worried to fish in troubled waters.

However, outsourcing market in Europe, is not going to be low hanging fruit like it was in US and Indian service providers have to work hard to capture market. Continue reading

Curtain Raiser CIOL CChange 2009: Be prepared to do more with less

Invest in technologies, where payback is closer to the horizon

Idhries Ahmad

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In the first part of our speaker series for CIOL C Change 2009, Idhries Ahmad of CIOL catches up with Prasanto Kumar Roy, President & Chief Editor, ICT Publications, CyberMedia.

Roy, a veteran in enterprise technology trends, and with more than twenty years experience in writing for CIO community, feels the current uncertain times will be putting enormous pressure on CIO across the board to deliver faster with whatever resources they have been already allocated.

“If certain level of service was acceptable in better times, the tolerance to service level violations now will be extremely low ,”says Roy

Roy also points that, going forward this year, CIO will be expected to make significant contributions in helping companies achieve higher growth and market share and also reduce cost in certain areas,

However he adds, without necessarily, looking at strategic investments where the ROI is more than three years.

“CIOs need not to ask for more funds than allocated and if he invests in any of new technologies, make sure that payback is near to horizon”, adds Roy.

Roy also discuses some of the top enterprise technology trends for 2009 and also explains why the need to go Green for enterprises is more pressing than ever.


On your toes: Deliver much much faster than you used to do Continue reading

BT rules out job cuts in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA: British Telecom is excited about Indian market opportunity and is targeting twenty percent of networked IT market in India, which BT expect to be around 24 billion Euro in 2010-11.

The company has also ruled out any lay offs in India in response to the global slow down and expects to continue its positive momentum in the country. British Telecom had recently announced that it would cut 10,000 jobs by March 2009, following an 11 per cent dip in its profit after tax for the first half of the current financial year.

The company had laid off 4000 employees directly recruited by BT and remaining 6000 which were on the job rolls of contractors, consultants and agency staff working for BT.

Speaking to CIOL, Allen Ma, President, BT Asia Pacific, said British Telecom is excited about Indian market opportunity and  expects to continue its positive momentum in the country. Continue reading

BSNL to roll out 3G services by next month

Roll out to start with North East

Idhries Ahmad

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will be rolling out 3G services by the end of first month of next year. The incumbent will be initially rolling out commercial 3G services in the North East region following which the company will roll the services in phases in other parts of country.

“We are targeting end of next month as date for roll out of 3G services in the country. We have completed the testing of our networks and are ready for roll out of 3G services in North East”, said Kuldeep Goyal, CMD, BSNL.

However, Goyal didn’t confirm which cities in North East will see the first roll out of 3G services. Goyal added BSNL will be rolling out 3G services in other cities in the country in phased manner starting next month.

Ruling out the impact of slow down on the process of evaluation of BSNL tenders for 3G services, Goyal said time was being consumed in evaluating the tenders and wasn’t stalled because of recession. Continue reading