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India slips to 41st rank on Global Innovation Index 2008-09
In the Global Innovation Index 2008-09, India has been slipped by 18 ranks from 23rd to 41st position, according to survey conducted by INSEAD Business School in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The report hopes to provide benchmarking tools for business leaders and policymakers.
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CLIMATE CHANGE

EU plans to publish new 'green ICT' plan
Soon the European Commission will publish its action plan called 'Green ICT Plan' to empower the role of ICT in helping to green the EU economy.

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Solar house promises greener heating for Tibetans


COMMUNITY RADIO

Madurai Kamaraj University to start community radio service at Andipatti
Madurai Kamraj University will start a community radio service in Andipatti of Theni district in an initiative to apply technology for rural development. The proposed community radio station would be stationed at MK University College.

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India: Manglore based college to reach out to community through radio


e-GOVERNANCE

India: Gujarat launches e-Gram Project
On 23rd January 2009, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat formally launched the e-Gram Vishwagram Project, offering broadband connectivity to all 13693 Gram Panchayats of the state from the Haripura village. It has also helped 10,000 rural entrepreneurs in getting employment.

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13 passport Seva Kendras launched in Kerala, India


EDUCATION

Education development in Nigeria
Sam Egwu, Education Minister Recently, stakeholders in education under the aegis of National Council on Education (NCE), the apex education policy body in the country, gathered in Abuja to brainstorm on how to deliver the Nigeria 's education sector from the woods.

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Virtual IIT at home
School for failures: Another first from Nagpur Municipal Corporation


HEALTH

IHTSDO announces free use of SNOMED CT in low-income countries
The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) announced that it will make Affiliate Licenses for the use of SNOMED CT available to users in low income countries free of charge, as they are in IHTSDO Member countries. This initiative is part of the organisation's commitment to enable broader use of standardised clinical terminologies worldwide.

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German e-tendering for health launched
New data tools on how infectious diseases spread
Bridgehead Software releases new Archiving software


LIVELIHOODS

UNICEF releases 'The state of The World's Children' report
'The State of the World's Children' report has been released by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report was launched during a workshop on MDGs with special reference to maternal health in Rajasthan.

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UN-supported programme helps African orphans in fight against hunger and AIDS


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Call for DEMOS - International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2009)

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January 30, 2009

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February 10, 2009

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February 20, 2009

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