Wipro denies plan to buy Dell’s BPO biz

Wipro denies plan to buy Dell’s BPO biz

Bangalore: India’s third largest computer services exporter Wipro Ltd has denied a newspaper report that said the company is in talks with Dell Inc. to buy the computer maker’s call centres in India and other locations.

Wipro and Accenture Ltd are vying to acquire Dell’s back-office services unit outside the US, the Economic Times had reported on Tuesday, citing unidentified people.

“As of now, this report is absolutely untrue," T. K. Kurien, head of Wipro’s call centre business, said. “We have had no discussions about the strategic value of such a deal, internally or with Dell."

Wipro shares closed the day with a gain of 4.18% at Rs489.30 on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Google launches SMS search service in India

K. Raghu

Bangalore: Internet giant Google Inc. has launched its SMS or text-based search service for local information such as restaurants and movie timings in four cities in India, as it aims to build a larger user base in the world’s fastest growing mobile market.

The company is offering Google SMS, the text based search for mobile users on beta or test mode in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, allowing subscribers to get information on local business listings that are indexed on the net by the search engine.

“It is from the same content (on the net)," said Vinay Goel, head of products at Google India Pvt. Ltd in Bangalore.

India has over 240 million mobile users, majority of whom own low cost or basic mobile phones that can be used only for voice calls and to send and receive SMS.

Mobile users can get local information by sending a query through a short code—54664. They will pay between 80 paise and Rs3 for each such query.

Google and its smaller rival Yahoo Inc. have tied up with mobile operators in India to allow users to search Internet using their services.

Centre ultimatum to 52 SEZs on formalities

New Delhi: The government has asked promoters of 52 special economic zones (SEZs) to complete the formalities for notification of their SEZs or face cancellation of formal approval.

Seven of these projects involve the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corp., a commerce ministry official said.

“We have asked them to complete the notification formalities by 25 October. Those who do not complete the formalities will lose their approvals and would have to apply again," he said.

He said the board of approval (BoA) had cleared 234 SEZs until March, and the promoters who have been served notices are from this lot.

SEZs, which have the state governments’ backing, are given in-principle approval by BoA. The project is formally approved once the land is in possession of the developer. Finally, an SEZ is notified once the developer submits documents such as the land agreement.