DoT to allocate landline number for pesky callers, relief soon

A DoT official involved in the process said the new number series to be allocated for tele-marketing companies will be of 10-digits. The numbers will be easily identifiable and will be similar to the number series allocated for mobile phone connections

New Delhi: Telephone users can expect relief from pesky calls as the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is working on a new landline number series for telemarketing companies which can be identified, reports PTI.

“TRAI chairman met us. We are working on the issues.

Details are being worked out. Hope to issue (landline) numbers soon,” R Chandrashekhar, secretary, DoT, told PTI when asked about status of landline number series allocation for tele-marketing companies.

Mr Chandrashekhar did not commit any time line for issuing these identifiable number series.

A DoT official involved in the process said the new number series to be allocated for tele-marketing companies will be of 10-digits.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its regulation to curb unsolicited calls and SMSes has asked DoT to allocate identifiable series similar to the number allocated for mobile phone connections.

DoT allocated 140 number series for mobile phone connections of tele-marketers.

However, allocating similar series for landline connections which would have worked out to be 13 digit numbers could have resulted in technical, billing and security issues.

Once DoT completes the process of finalising the new 10-digit number series for landline, the series will be sent to security agencies for approval.

The number will be finally given to telecom operators after security agencies clear the plan.


HUL FY’11 consolidated net up 6.46% to Rs2,296 crore

Sales jump 10.8% to Rs19,691 crore; company declares total divided on Rs6.50

Hindustan Unilever, the country's largest household products and consumer goods manufacturer, today posted a 6.46% increase in consolidated net profit to Rs2,296.05 crore for the year ended 31 March 2011. That compares with a consolidated net profit of Rs2,156.63 crore in the previous financial year, the company stated in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

HUL announced a total dividend of Rs6.50 per equity share of one rupee face value for the year. It had paid an interim dividend of Rs3 per share on 15 November 2010, PTI reports.

In 2010-11, the company's consolidated net sales stood at Rs19,691.02 crore, a 10.8% jump from Rs17,764.27 crore in the previous fiscal.

On a standalone basis, HUL's net profit in 2010-11 was at Rs 2,305.97 crore, up 4.7% from Rs2,202.03 crore in the year-ago period. Standalone net sales increased to Rs 19,401.11 crore during the reporting period from Rs 17,523.80 crore in the previous financial year.

While HUL did not announce the consolidated figures for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, the company's standalone net profit for the three months was at Rs569.15 crore, a marginal 2% decline from Rs581.20 crore in the year-ago quarter. Net sales in the quarter increased by 13.5% to Rs4,899.35 crore from Rs4,315.75 crore in the previous corresponding period.


Softcell Technologies wins ‘Best Partner of the Year Award’ from Check Point

Softcell Technologies recognised as the best partner of Check Point for second consecutive year

Softcell Technologies, a leading IT services company providing end-to-end system integration services, said that it has received the “Best Partner of the Year Award” for the western region from Check Point Software Technologies at the recently concluded Check Point Partner Sales Kick-off 2011 event in Goa.

This is the second consecutive year Softcell has won this award. The award is significant in that Softcell, a silver partner of Check Point, received this award ahead of many gold partners of Check Point who have been in the security services business for long.

Softcell’s certified technical support team specialises in providing expert Check Point consulting, integration, and technical support services to customers. “This is the second consecutive year that Softcell has been named best partner of the year for the Western Region and we are honored to be selected again,” says Sunil Dalal, managing director of Softcell. “This award reflects our dedication to delivering consistent, high-quality security services to our customers.” The Check Point Best Partner Award confirms Softcell’s commitment to key partnerships with industry leading companies like Check Point and to providing consistent and high level of integration skills and technical support services to our customers.

Bhaskar Bakthavatsalu, regional director-India & SAARC at Check Point Software Technologies said, “Check Point Partner Awards is instituted to recognise and honour our channel partners on their expertise, loyalty and business commitment. At Check Point, we are fully committed in providing our partners the finest business and development opportunities in the information security domain. We also ensure that our partners remain successful and profitable while marketing, selling, and implementing our solutions. Softcell Technologies is one among our loyal and dedicated partners, we are pleased to be associated with them and wish them success in achieving more accolades in the coming years.”

Sunil Dalal adds that “Softcell is a trusted IT security advisor and solution partner to Customers who have a need of securing their IT network and in that role we ensure we have a team that is capable of providing the best possible solutions for data and network security including the ones from Check Point’s suite of data protection and encryption products.”

Softcell’s solutions around security services includes audit of security infrastructure and firewall and infrastructure support services to help companies proactively support and manage their perimeter and network security. Softcell has a team of technical support engineers who are Check Point-certified engineers and are technical experts in firewalls, VPNs, and endpoint security.

Founded in 1989, Softcell is headquartered in Mumbai and have offices in Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.


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