Updated: Mar 31 2006, 05:30am hrs
The Cebit exhibition in Hanover, Germany, is one of the most reputed exhibitions in the IT space and attracts some of the biggest names in the industry. Companies such as IBM, Siemens, Motorola, LG vie to make their presence felt. Given the forum and Indias reputation as this great IT power, one would imagine many large Indian IT companies, too, would be falling over each other to participate.

So, guess how many participated at the just concluded Cebit The answer: None. Large Indian IT companies, it appears, do not feel the need to participate in the exhibition. They seem content to rest on their oars. This is in contrast to their rivals, many times their size, not losing any opportunity whatsoever to reaffirm their brand presence. Could it be that our IT firms have forgotten what Intels Andy Grove said about only the paranoid surviving

Airing names

Whats in a name Lots and lots of sensibilities and, therefore, potential controversies. A fresh one which could be expected to brew over the long term is over the appropriate name for the upcoming international airport in the Hyderabad suburb of Shamshabad. The airport, since its inception in 2001, has already been anointed twice.

It was first called Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, the same name as the existing one at Begumpet, in the heart of the city. Then it became Hyderabad International Airport. But since it is being developed by the GMR group, the suffix GMR has recently been added and, hence, it is called GMR Hyderabad International Airport.

But, knowing it could be a sensitive issue, GMR has retained all the three names in its official website on the project. As of now!