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RoundUp: DoT; MeritNation; IndyaRocks’ SMS Gold Service; Games2Win

DoT To Telcos: First Pay, Then Argue

Seeking to curb the number of disputes logged with the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), the Department of Telecom (DoT) is planning to bring about a change in regulations so telcos will have to cough up 50% of the amount before they can challenge financial penalties imposed on them. An estimated Rs 500 crore is currently held up due to the disputes. (More on ET)

IndyaRocks’ SMS Gold

Indyarocks has launched a new service SMS Gold which offers various tariff plans for SMS packs. The pre-paid plans are targeted at users, schools and small business owners. They can also be used for events like weddings to send reminders. The basic plan costs Rs 2,500 where an SMS costs just 25 paise, but the larger packs include one of Rs 5,000 and  Rs. 8,000 which allow the registered user to send . Indyarocks promises unlimited validity on all the offers with SMS Gold and allows users to schedule their delivery – quite a useful option.

meritnationNew E-Learning Portal Launched: MeritNation.com
Info Edge (owner of job portal Naukri.com) has launched an e-learning portal Meritnation.com. The site offers coaching in Maths, Science and English for students in classes 6 to 12. MeritNation offers detailed multimedia learning modules, practice tests, videos and animations to help the students understand text-book solutions. It also features blogs and an ‘Ask and Answer’ section where students can share their knowledge. It has also been heard that the Malayala Manorama group is launching an education website.

Games2Win In Top 20
Games2Win.com claims it is now one of the top 20 online gaming portals, quoting Comscore numbers. There are 13 million unique users in the extended web category and 5 million in the portal category, the May 2009 statistics say. Please note that we are not aware of Comscore’s methodology and so can not certify its numbers.

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