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News Digest: Copyright Bill, Cable Operators, HCL, iYogi, Telcordia, SingTel-Airtel, Sharp

Recommended reading: Is the Copyright Bill Bad for Indian Readers? WSJ India

– The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has put a state-wise list of cable operators on its website for 22 circles: View the Complete List here

– HCL Learning Bags a Rs. 40cr Project from Department of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, to set up fully integrated ICT labs & multimedia classrooms in 628 Government Senior Secondary Schools across the state.
The company will also provide training on usage of the Multimedia Educational Content to a minimum of 6500 teachers across the state. Press Release

– Etisalat is looking at merging its Indian operations with a larger Indian telco, or acquiring a telco in India, after the Indian government releases a new M&A policy. There had been rumors earlier of Etisalat’s talks with Reliance Communications. More at Economic Times

– Network7 has launched Indian Affairs Magazine online, and plans to launch a print publication in the first week of March 2011. The magazine will cover political, business, socio-economic & current affairs. Press Release

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– iYogi.com, the remote computer assistance website plans to extend its services in India and China after its success in the US market. It is already running a pilot project in Europe, besides opening its first service centre in Philippines and has plans to launch another center in the Middle East to cater to the region. Its also looking forward to set-up base in Latin America. More at The Financial times blog. ED: From what we’ve heard, the company’s preparing for an IPO.

– Star India has expanded its presence in the US markets of Washington DC and Philadelphia by launching four channels- Star Plus, Star One, Star Gold and Star News on Comcast’s distribution platform. Read more at Indiantelevision.com

– Telcordia Technologies has got a conditional approval from the government to launch Mobile Number Portability services in India. The FIPB had earlier rejected its proposal on security grounds. More at Business Standard

– Singapore Telecommunications or SingTel  has raised its stake in Bharti Airtel to 32.15% from 32.04% by purchasing 4.07 million shares of  Bhart Airtel from the open market for Rs 136 crore. More at Business Standard

– Japan’s Sharp Corporation has launched two new mobile handsets, Alice (SH0037D) and Tango(SH6017D) in the Indian market. Both come pre-installed with the Opera Mini browser for web browsing. Press Release

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