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Govt working on multi-lingual domain names HCL Tech adopts `.in' globally

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Mr Dayanidhi Maran, Minister for Communications and IT, flanked by Mr Shiv Nadar (left), Chairman & CEO, HCL Technologies, and Mr Ajay Chairman and CEO, HCL Infosystems, at HCL's centre in Noida on Wednesday. - Ramesh Sharma
Mr Dayanidhi Maran, Minister for Communications and IT, flanked by Mr Shiv Nadar (left), Chairman & CEO, HCL Technologies, and Mr Ajay Chairman and CEO, HCL Infosystems, at HCL's centre in Noida on Wednesday. - Ramesh Sharma

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New Delhi, Oct. 26

THE Government is working to evolve a roadmap for implementing multi-lingual domain names in Indian scripts. "The Government is in the process of evolving a roadmap for the implementation of Internationalised Domain Names (IDN) under Devnagari and Dravidian scripts," said the Union Minister for Communications and IT, Mr Dayanidhi Maran, after launching HCL's global integration of the `.IN' domain and inauguration of new Remote Infrastructure Management facility on Wednesday.

Mr Maran said a consortium of overseas Indians was looking at the possibility of setting up a semi-conductor chip manufacturing facility in India. "These developments are happening... We expect a good announcement on a chip manufacturing facility by the end of this year," he said.

He said a chip fabrication plant would fill an important gap in the supply chain of the domestic semi-conductor industry in the country.

Mr Maran said since the formulation of the new `.in' Internet domain name policy framework in October 2004, the registration of `.in' domain names had grown from 6,500 names to around 1,41,000 today.

In order to deal with instances of cybersquatting on domain names, he also asked Indian companies to get `.in' domain names fast.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HCL Technologies, Mr Shiv Nadar, said: "We are the first large Indian enterprise to integrate `.in' domain name, and we hope that others will follow."

The move would ensure quicker adoption and establishment of brand India on a global stage, said the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HCL Infosystems, Mr Ajai Chowdhary.

The entire exercise of global integration of the `.in' domain took around four months, a senior HCL official said. Around two-and-a-half months were spent on planning, while the implementation took around a month and the entire process cost the company around Rs 2 crore.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 27, 2005)
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