Bharti Airtel, Religare Technologies to offer medical advisory service

Bharti Airtel will charge the medical advice phone calls at Rs15 a minute till 2 January 2012

Bharti Airtel Ltd has tied up with Religare Technologies Ltd to offer a medical advisory service for its mobile phone subscribers. Bharti Airtel will initially offer the service in six of the country's 22 telecom areas.

Bharti will charge the medical advice phone calls at Rs15 a minute till 2 January 2012 and at Rs30 a minute thereafter, apart from another Re0.50 fee, a note on its website showed. Subscribers can call the service to talk to accredited doctors and nurses.

Privately held telecom company Aircel Ltd also provides such services in partnership with Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd.
On Monday, Bharti Airtel closed at Rs388.50 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2.3% down from the previous close.

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Tata Motors introduces Nano with new features

The three variants of the Nano will continue to be available between Rs1.40 lakh and Rs1.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

In a bid to boost sales, Tata Motors is giving its small car Nano a facelift, with a more powerful engine and new features, while keeping the prices same.
"Making the Tata Nano even more desirable, the car's 624cc engine has been made more powerful, delivering 38 PS of power (earlier 35 PS) and 51 Nm of torque (earlier 48 Nm)," the company said in a statement. Despite delivering more power, the car will become more fuel efficient. Nano will now give a mileage of 25.4 km per litre of petrol as certified by Automotive Research Association of India compared to 23.6 km a litre earlier, Tata Motors claimed.

Besides, the company said: "The high fuel efficiency, with a low kerb weight of 600 kg, ensures that the Tata Nano at 92.7 gram per kilometre has the lowest carbon dioxide emission among cars in India.” The earlier Nano had an emission record of 101 gram in every km.

Despite adding all these features, the company has not raised the prices of the car. The three variants of the Nano will continue to be available between Rs1.40 lakh and Rs1.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). According to Society of India Automobile Manufacturers, Nano's sales have declined by 17.85% during April-October period in this year at 33,245 units. The company had sold 40,467 units in the same period last year.

On Monday, Tata Motors was closed at Rs161.45 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 5.2% down from the previous close.

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BlackBerry to offer free aptitude test application in India

Around 300 students from over 40 engineering and management colleges competed against each other using BlackBerry smartphones to answer the test

Canada-based smartphone maker Research In Motion will provide free aptitude test application on its BlackBerry phones for students in India in partnership with content providers Ipomo and mobile operator Vodafone.

"We are looking at the way a student can utilise his time for productive work on mobile phones. Hence, we have decided to give students Aptitude Competition for Excellence (ACE) applications free so that he can utilise his time to prepare for competitive exams," Hitesh Shah, director-commercial relationship India, Research In Motion told PTI.

The application and content of ACE has been designed by Ipomo for BlackBerry users, Shah said, adding that initially the content for the test will be available for select examination and grades. It will be expanded and updated gradually.
The three partners are running Aptitude Competition for Excellence (ACE 2011) program in Karnataka and will start it in Pune from January.

"We are going to organise another series of ACE in Pune from second week of January. After completing ACE test in Pune, we will provide access to application on pan-India level. We will not charge anything for the application and content," Shah said.

Today, the three partners jointly announced the first set-of ACE 2011 winners, one each from three different colleges from Bangalore and Mysore.

Around 300 students from over 40 engineering and management colleges competed against each other using BlackBerry smartphones to answer the test, Shah said.

Under the programme, the three partners will jointly provide scholarship worth Rs1 lakh to the winner, Rs50,000 and Rs25,000 to first runner-up and second runner-up.

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