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BSNL to put INR 160 billion in broadband infrastructure
In order to support eight million broadband connections for the government, Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) is planning to invest INR 160 billion in infrastructure facilities. The operator has received an order from the government to roll out eight million broadband connections for which BSNL, in which BSNL will invest INR 160 billion to create the infrastructure facilities.

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NEWS
AGRICULTURE

India: Gujarat to have country's first livestock policy
Gujarat, the state who ushered in the 'milk-revolution' in the sub-continent, is all set to come up with the country's first Livestock Policy in order to increase the consumption of protein among Indians from current 10 gm to 20 gm per day over a decade.

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Pakistan: Agriculture sector fares poorly in 2008


e-GOVERNANCE

Indian Railways introduces mobile helpline
The Indian Railways has introduced a 'Mobile Helpline' which will enable anywhere and anytime enquiry for its users. The scheme enables availability of Vigilance Officials of Indian Railwayson a 24x7 service.

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Single window for Government services in Dubai
Uttar Pradesh becomes the first state to launch e-District


EDUCATION

MHRD launches National mission on ICT for education
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved for a new Centrally sponsored Scheme, 'National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT)'. .

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Mumbai schools to have Language Labs
Dept. of Education partners with US computer companies for schools


Book Released

Social and Political Implications of Data Mining: Knowledge Management in E-Government
ISBN: 978-1-60566-230-5; 378 pp; December 2008 Published under the imprint Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference)

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