News Roundup: Religare & Airtel Partner For Mediphone Service, IIMA To Launch 100 Cr Fund For Sustainable Energy

Religare, Airtel partner to offer medical help at Rs 35 per consultation

Religare Technologies has teamed up with Airtel using Fortis Healthcare as its knowledge partner to offer 24×7 medical assistance on phone to mobile users. The service called Mediphone was soft launched early this month, and claims to be taking 1,000 calls a week already.

It enables Airtel customers to seek advice on ailments that are not life threatening for a fee of Rs 35 per consultation. This fee is deducted from the mobile phone bill. To access the service, the customer has to call 54445 from his or her mobile phone [source].

Nasscom sticks to 16-18% target

There have been fears of the Indian tech industry being impacted by the downgrade of US’s sovereign rating by S&P and crisis deepening in Europe. These two markets contribute over 80% of the local IT companies’ revenues. However, despite such concerns, industry lobby body Nasscom reassured on Tuesday that it was sticking to its earlier forecast of 16-18% growth rate for the sector in the current fiscal [source].

Mobile tariffs set to go up by at least 17%

Market leader Bharti Airtel was the first to recently hike its tariffs by 20%, a move that was followed by several other leading telecom companies. However, sustainability issues suggest that tariffs may eventually move up by at least another 17%, if not more, before they stabilize [source].

DoT readying notice to cancel Etisalat DB’s licences

While both Etisalat DB and Reliance Communications have denied the link-up, the DoT’s licensing wing has prepared a draft notice, which is being vetted by its legal department before issuing it to the company.[source]

NDTV:InMobi Partnership

NDTV and InMobi have announced partnership to bring InMobi’s rich media advertising on NDTV’s mobile apps.

IIMA to launch Rs 100 cr fund for sustainable energy

The Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIMA) will launch the Indian Fund for Sustainable Energy (INFUSE) with an estimated fund size of Rs 100 crores in collaboration with the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Technology Development Board (TDB) and British Petroleum(BP).[source]

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