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Passport alerts on Mobile
On 13 October 2008, Tata Consultancy Services announced that it has a signed a deal with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, for the Passport Automation Project - the largest mission-critical E-governance project valued at over INR 10,000 million.

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NEWS
AGRICULTURE

FAO's Report calls for review of biofuel policies
In its recent published report entitled 'State of Food and Agriculture Report 2008', the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for an urgent review of the biofuel policies and subsidies to preserve the goal of world food security, protect poor farmers, promote broad-based rural development and ensure environmental sustainability.

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Vietnam to boost competitiveness in agriculture


COMMUNITY RADIO

Sangham community radio station to be launched in AP
India's first rural Community Radio station will go on air On 15 October 2008, World's Rural Women's Day. The radio called Sangham Radio will be launched in Machnoor Village in Medak District of Andhra Pradesh.

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e-GOVERNANCE

World Bank releases ICT development funds to Africa
The World Bank has given about US$424 million to Eastern and Southern African countries for a program designed to improve regional communication infrastructure and increase the deployment of e-government.

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NREGS now has electronic grievance redressal
e-Enabled government municipal corporation


EDUCATION

Kerala ranks first on primary education index
The latest analytical report on District Information School Education (DISE) released shows that Kerala is ranked No. 1 among the 21 major states (large in geographical area) in the latest composite Education Development Index (EDI) prepared for the primary and upper primary levels of schooling for 2006-07.

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Pune to become a research hub
India one of the research partners of big bang experiment


Health

Fitness market demands wireless technology in healthcare
The market for wireless-based healthcare technology is likely to remain relatively buoyant during any economic downtown. However, vendors must still take care when choosing an appropriate business model and deciding on which wireless platform to base their product or service.

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Ramky to invest INR 500cr in health, education
China aims to provide healthcare for all by 2020


m-SERVE

People in SAARC countries may ring in cheaper roaming
Soon people living in SAARC countries, will enjoy low tariff plans. The telecom regulators of all SAARC countries—India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Pakistan—will meet in Delhi next week to consider this issue.

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