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Rural M-Banking To Be National Priority Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, has asked the Department of Telecom to set up a committee to study facets of mobile banking in order to launch services in rural India. Authentication norms, know-your-customer norms and best practices will be part of the study. The financial inclusion project is all set to become a national priority and the pilot project will bring financial services over the mobile medium to select villages by 2012. Adlabs To Reorganize Big Cinemas Into Geographic Units Adlabs (soon to be called Reliance MediaWorks) is going to reorganize BIG Cinemas operations into two business strategic units based on geographical division. Tushar Dhingra, COO, BIG Cinemas will focus on the North, East and Central India. Ashish Saksena is joining the company as COO for West and South India. Saksena was previously CEO of PVR pictures. BIG Cinemas has 213 screens across 66 cities, and is targeting 100 more screens by next year, with a presence in 85 cities, and cater to 35 million customers. Tata Communications Partner With AccessKenya, Expands WAN Service To China Tata Communications has partnered with the Kenyan ISP to establish a Tier 1 Internet Point-of-Presence that will automatically offer redundancy for Internet traffic going north towards Europe and southwards to South Africa well as to Asia and India over the SEACOM cable system so customer services are not disrupted. It will also offer Kenyan customers higher speeds and a direct link. Tata Communications has also extended its…

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