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Ashok Leyland gets $6 million order from Bangladesh

The Hinduja Group company would supply 50 units of its vestibule buses to Bangladesh for improving urban transportation in that country

Chennai: Hinduja Group flagship company Ashok Leyland sadi that it received its first overseas order for its for vestibule buses, worth $6 million from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), reports PTI.

The Chennai-headquartered company, in a statement, said it received the order for 50 units valued at $6 million under the Indian Line of Credit scheme offered by for the improvement of urban transportation in that country.

An agreement to this effect was signed between BRTC and Ashok Leyland recently.

"We were the first to introduce vestibule buses in India and now are excited about introducing this vehicle in Bangladesh..", said Vinod K Dasari, managing director, Ashok Leyland.

Ashok Leyland has so far exported 9,500 vehicles across various ranges to Bangladesh, it said.

In 2011, Ashok Leyland had received its first single largest order for 290 double-decker buses valued at $23.3 million from Bangladesh, the statement added.


KEC International gets orders worth Rs391 crore

The RPG Group company received orders of Rs391 in transmission segment from Tamil Nadu Transmission Corp and PowerGrid

Mumbai: Infrastructure company KEC International on Wednesday said it received several orders worth Rs391 crore spread across its transmission and telecom businesses, reports PTI.

In its transmission business, the RPG Group company, received an order worth Rs361 crore for 400 kV double circuit transmission line between Pandiankumppa and Veeraman village, on turnkey basis from Tamilnadu Transmission Corporation, the company said in a statement.

The 114 km project is expected to be completed within 18 months.

For its telecom business, KEC, an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) company, got a Rs30 crore order from Power Grid Corporation for supply and establishment of optical power ground wire (OPGW) communication systems on turnkey basis in north-east region of India.

The 1,100 km project is expected to be completed within 15 months, it said.


Bharti Airtel partners with Opera for customised browser

Opera Mini's unique proxy-server-based technology compress data by up to 90% and decrease data transfer costs for Airtel's subscribers across India and South Asia

New Delhi: Bharti Airtel has signed a global agreement with Opera Software to provide customised Opera Mini browsers to its mobile subscribers, reports PTI.

Under the pact, Airtel will offer co-branded Opera Mini browsers to its customers across India and South Asia, the companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

"We are excited to bring a superior browsing platform to Airtel mobile customers across India and South Asia by leveraging Opera Mini's tried-and-tested set of solutions," Bharti Airtel's president for consumer business K Srinivas said.

Airtel, the nation's largest private-sector telecom player, has over 253 million customers across countries, including India, South Asia and Africa.

Airtel in India charges Rs98 in month for 1 Gigabit (GB) of data downloaded through its mobile internet facility on 2G network and Rs45 for 150 MB to Rs 1,500 for 10GB on 3G network.

Opera Mini's unique proxy-server-based technology can compress data by up to 90% and decrease user's data transfer costs, the statement said.

"Our primary drive is to provide the best user experience, no matter what device people use. There are millions of users with basic mobile phones instead of smartphones, and Opera Mini gives even the most basic phone a smartphone-like web experience," Opera Software CEO Lars Boilesen said.

Opera Software has agreements with 13 out of the top 30 operators globally and its Opera Mini browser is used by over 168 million users, the statement added.


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