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World Bank: Developing countries need 170 billion dollars to adapt impact of climate change
The World Bank announced in the Accra Climate Change Talks that a total of 170 billion dollars is required between now and 2030, so that developing countries can mitigate and adapt the impact of climate change. .



Farmers gets access to computers, Internet in Haryana (India)
In yet another move towards e-Governance initiatives, the IT Department of Haryana Government, India, has decided to install computers with Internet facilities in all the 108 'mandis' and 25 sub-centres of the agricultural marketing board of the state.


Italians to get SMS guide to cheaper food

The Government of Italy is helping consumers in finding cheaper food products by sending them text messages through mobile phones. The Agricultural Ministry of Italy



World Bank agrees to give Loan for e-Bharat Project under NeGP
The World Bank has given a green signal to the Project Preparation Facility Advance for the e-Bharat Project of the Government of India under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).


e-Ticketing Kiosks launched by PIA
New Pension Records System developed by TCS


Central university in each state by 2012
The University Grants Commission (UGC), which maintains standards for university education in India, is formulating the National University Act for the establishment of 30 central universities in the country.


SLIM First to Launch OnLine Education in Sri Lanka
eJeevika IIT-M training villagers for employment


Barco upgrades 3D imaging software
Belgium medical imaging specialist Barco has released an updated version of its Voxar 3D advanced visualisation software suite, integrated into Agfa's IMPAX picture archiving and communication system.


Regulations for security of Lithuanian eHealth system
New software cuts waiting at hospitals


5000 rural blocks in India to get wireless broadband soon
India will connect 5000 blocks in the country with wireless broadband, once the spectrum is allocated later this year, announced Department of Telecommunications (DOT) , Government of India.

Every second Indian to have a mobile by 2012


ADB study offers new way to measure poverty in Asia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is offering a new way to measure poverty in the Asia and Pacific region. In its published report, ADB describes important methodological issues involved in generating internationally comparable estimates of poverty.

ADB approves $100 million loan to combat land degradation, rural poverty in Western PRC

Open Source

Malaysia's schools get OpenOffice.org
The Government of Malaysia announced its plan to roll out OpenOffice.org in schools across the country. This movement will cover around 300,000 PCs. Under this initiative, around 467 schools in the country will use open source office suite from coming January 2009.


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