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Smart City Kochi:Tecom Dubai serves ultimatum to Kerala government

Smart City Dubai Monday served an ultimatum to the Kerala government, saying the Rs.1,500 crore Smart City Kochi project cannot be kept hanging in the balance “endlessly”. In a statement issued here, Smart City Dubai said “we have to rethink about the future of the project”. “But as mentioned earlier decisions can be taken within minutes and there is no …

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India IT Summit 2009 Concludes

The two-day India IT Summit jointly organised by the Confederation for Indian Industry and IT Kerala at The Leela Kempinski, Kovalam concluded on Friday. A glittering array of techno-CXOs, politicians, thought leaders, and trade associations participated in the event  which received praise on its first outing. In a keynote address delivered by Union Minister of State for External Affairs, Dr. …

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2 million sq ft of built-up SEZ space for small IT firms

Small scale IT companies, who look to set up shop in Kerala, but are unable to develop their own campuses would be provided with close to 2 million sq ft of built up Special Economic Zone (SEZ) space by the Kerala government. Inaugurating the India IT Summit that got underway at Kovalam today, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said …

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e-Governance Awards 2009 Announced

The first Kerala State e-Governance Awards 2009 announced.Trissur Collectorate won the best award for Online Service and e-filling while Palakkad Collectorate won the award under the Digital File Flow category. The m-governance award went to Kozhikode Collectorate and the Best Website winner award went to Kerala Tourism. The Service and Payroll Administrative Repository for Kerala (SPARK) implementation award was given …

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Kerala State e-Governance Awards

Kerala Chief Minister V.S Achuthanandan will present the Kerala State e-Governance awards for the year 2008 on December 8, 2009. Twelve government departments and institutions have been shortlisted for the awards for the best e-governance initiative in various categories. The 12 finalists were shortlisted by an award committee comprising the former Chief Secretary Mr. V Ramachandran IAS; Mr. Upendra Verma …

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Infy,UST and CTS bag $600 million Walmart deal

The global retail giant – Walmart has selected three IT vendors in India – Infosys Technologies, Cognizant Technology Solutions and UST Global for multi-year contracts worth over $600 million (around Rs 2,750 crore). The amount is roughly equivalent to the value of goods – textiles, handicrafts and other products — that the world’s largest retailer sources from India every year. …

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SmartCity Kochi: It’s a ‘take it or leave it’ moment for Tecom Investments

It’s a ‘take it or leave it’ moment for Dubai-based Tecom Investments, as it gears up for the final round of talks with Kerala government to end the deadlock over the IT infrastructure joint venture Smartcity in Kochi. As if the gloom of Dubai debt woes was not enough, Tecom is likely to face the humiliation of its mantelpiece Indian …

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Techno-Lodges Coming to Kerala!

First two techno-lodges are inaugurated by chief minister VS Achuthanandanat Kadackal and Perinad panchayats in Kollam district recently.The first two techno-lodges had been fully taken over by Technopark-based Accentia Technologies, a company specializing in end-to-end business process management solutions for healthcare, financial and insurance sectors. The techo-lodge concept is expected to broad base the growth of the IT sector in …

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TMA’s Session on Cyber Crimes

Trivandrum Management Association (TMA) is organizing a lecture, titled Catching the Virtual Thief.The lecture comes in the wake of increasing cyber crimes and will aim at create awareness about safeguarding oneself against them. Cyber Detective & Crime Investigator Dhanya Menon will deliver the informative lecture at 06.00 PM on Thursday, 3 December 2009 at the Hotel Residency Tower. Revealing what …

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SmartCity Kochi Deal off, says S.Sharma if TECOM adamant

The deal between Kerala government and TECOM will have to be declared null and void if the later remains adamant on free-hold rights for 12 per cent of land, fisheries minister S. Sharma said Sunday In that case the next cabinet meet will decide on the future course of action he said. He said though several private players have evinced …

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SmartCity Kochi dream takes another beating

The long-standing dream of the Kochi SmartCity project – projected as an infrastructure project that would help that city and Kerala move into another gear of economic development – has suffered another stinging blow. State Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan publicly expressed doubts about the competence of the Dubai-based Technology and Media Free Zone Authority (Tecom) to undertake the project, stating …

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Smart City Kochi:Deadline seems to be a ‘dead’ line

Criticising the Government of Kerala for the endless delay in taking decisions regarding the Smart City project, sources close to Tecom said that the implementing agency would have to rethink the future of the project if the government failed to reach a consensus before December 31. “Deadline seems to be a ‘dead’ line’.Tecom is a business entity and projects are …

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Smart City Dubai is Lacking funds: Kerala Chief Minister

Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan Wednesday said Smart City Dubai, the developer of the proposed Smart City IT park in Kochi, was “broke”.“Since they (Smart City Dubai) don’t have money, they are now trying to come up with numerous excuses,” the chief minister told reporters here when he was asked about the delay of the project. The government signed an …

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Kerala Opposition Party launches campaign for SmartCity Kochi

The Congress Party that leads Kerala’s opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has launched a campaign for an ambitious IT project, put on hold due to differences between the state government and its Dubai-based promoters. Ramesh Chennithala, president of the Kerala unit of the party, kicked off the campaign by placing a wreath on the foundation stone of the $350mn SmartCity …

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