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“We are all Indians”, we say it proud,
Yet some people in the crowd,
Don’t know what it means to us,
When we see a flag, lay in dust.

There are a few who pretend to care,
While our Anthem plays, they sit in their chair,
All we need to understand is this,
We are blessed to feel the respect so bliss.

Its not a piece of land,
Its the soil where we stand.
It was struggle and bloodshed,
That brought us our Hindustan.

They fought the war for our lives today,
And look at us, we dont even care.
As long as we do value our Nation,
We shall stand tall in other’s perception.

Yes our Tiranga is our Identity,
We Indians, should be, proud to be,
Jana Gana Mana, brought us together,
It gave us unity, it earned us honor.

So, Salute your Flag,
Stand up for your Anthem,
Don’t take them for Granted,
Respect your Nation. Our Nation.

Jai Hind.

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GREAT NEWS SOON!

Number portability on GSM in the Metros of India
More hear-say
International Mobile operators in India

Hi All,

Mobile Number Portability for India By Q4 2008
In a much awaited move, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) announced the introduction of “number portability” in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai giving about 18% of the total mobile subscriber base in the country, or over 37.5 million mobile customers the option to change their operators without changing their mobile number. This move, which should come into play by the fourth quarter of 2008, is expected to increase the overall churn in the industry, forcing the mobile operators, to enhance both their service as well as their offerings. Hopefully, it would also lead to lower prices for the consumers, and give new players a better playing field.
“The average churn in the industry is 3 to 4 per cent but with portability it could go up to 8 to 10 per cent. It is bound to impact incumbents who will lose some of their high-paying customers,” said an analyst.
However, so far it has only been introduced for mobile subscribers – wonder if and when it would come in for landlines as well.

-> Read: http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=304144

GREAT NEWS SOON!

More hear-say on the same:
1. CDMA is yet not compatible to adopt Number Portability
2. Tata and Reliance will come with a SIM that can double up as a CDMA+GSM SIM card
3. Six new operators including Aircell (Chennai), Tata, Reliance, Virgin, Shyam Telecom(yes, you heard it right) and Idea are coming to Bangalore
4. Aircell have inaugurated their office in BTM Layout already.

One more recent Article says:

Norway’s Telenor buys Unitech’s telecom firm
BS Reporters | Business Standard | New Delhi, October 30, 2008

Sees scope for growth despite crowded market.

Norway-based Telenor, the world’s seventh largest telecom operator with a subscriber base of about 159 million, has bought new-generation telecom company Unitech Wireless, which holds a licence for 22 circles, by paying Rs 6,120 crore for a 60 per cent stake.

The company is promoted by Delhi-based realty group Unitech, which was in the news last week after its share price was hammered down on rumours of payment defaults.

The telecom firm will invest Rs 15,000 crore in the next three years and roll out services in 22 circles, for which it has received a licence in phases. In the first phase, it will roll out services in 13 circles, for which it has received spectrum, or the radio frequencies that enable wireless communications, by the middle of next year.

Although Chandra said the company received a “fair price” for the value of the licence, the price at which the deal has been struck is lower than a similar deal struck by Etisalat last month. The UAE-promoted firm bought 45 per cent in another new licence holder, Swan Telecom, for Rs 4,050 crore for 13 circles that gives Swan an enterprise value of Rs 10,350 crore.

Also, in June this year the AV Birla group’s Idea Cellular bought BK Modi’s 40.8 per cent stake in Spice Communications for Rs 2,700 crore for just two circles with over 4.5 million subscribers.

Unitech, however, paid Rs 1,650 crore as licence fee for the pan-Indian licence, for which it gets a valuation of over Rs 11,000 crore.

Telenor has operations in Bangladesh (where it is the largest mobile operator), Pakistan, Malaysia and Thailand. With over 65 million subscribers in Asia, it is the fourth-largest global player in this market after SingTel, NTT DoComo and Vodafone.

-> Now, this means there is going to be more players in the Communications arena.

– > Anyone has any more updates, kindly mail and contribute to our knowledge.

For someone with a patriotic streak, like me, the India map drawn in gold, brought a Big Smile on my face.

And what more when it was in the hands of some of the most able sportsmen of the world. With even the last two balls being teeth-gritting, the IPL Finals was certainly something to be wrote about. The fact that I, generally so turned off by the mere word Cricket, did watch the IPL 20-20 Finals through to the last ball, was certainly a pleasant surprise for my Cric-crazy Dad and Brother.

It was a moment of celebration for all. Dhoni, Shane Watson, Shane Warne, Pathan, Srivatsa, Tanveer all the names I learnt at the end of the match. What pleased Me most, is the sight of the Trophy! Being far apart from the usual crystal balls or silver man or woman, the golden Indian Map gave the trophy a brand new look and a classy appeal. And the warmth of my joy was hightened when a non-Indian (the Australian international cricketer and captiain of the Rajastan Royals) raised My India in Gold, as his honor, high.

CHEERS MATE!
JAI HIND!

As confessed of being drawn into the T20 series, especially with the India games, I felt proud to be nominated by my father for being the man behind India’s victory. He is in admiration of my inclusion in the cricket watchers (if not savors) list in the household. I was the only one who hated Cricket in my family, by the way. Not that I am any better today, its just the T20 I liked, for its paced excitement.

And now he wants me glued to the sets for the entire Final match. Superstitiously enough, both my brother and father believe, when I sat to see Yuvi play, I infused some invisible new zest in him to slash the ball beyond the boundaries. Imagine Me a humble soul, being accused for a ace hitter’s performance. LOL! And incidentally, when I made my not-so-brief visits, away from the PC, to the idiot-box, a few wickets of the opponent (South Africa /Australia) fell. GOSH! Now don’t you thing its “Ghostly”?!

I wont be surprised, if I am credited with India homing the prestigious T20 Trophy. And neither would I be surprised of being incriminated for the atrocious performances India has had in the past, by not watching them. WOOOAAH! Why ME??!!?? :O