* Shares in India's HCL Technologies gain 1.8 percent,
after earlier hitting a session high at 629.85 rupees, their
highest since March 2000.
* Gains come despite a 1.7 percent fall in the broader NSE IT
sub-index on hopes the software services exporter is
well placed to win deals in the infrastructure sector, as has
been typical in recent years, traders say.
* HCL Technology last month posted a 78 percent jump in
July-September net profit from a year earlier.