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Nokia unveils Nokia Data Gathering software to deliver critical social services
Nokia has launched a new software solution, called Nokia Data Gathering to help public sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) quickly and accurately collect data on critical issues such as disease outbreaks or disaster relief via mobile devices.

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NEWS
CLIMATE CHANGE

UN-backed campaign and Google to map environmental activities online
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a new online tool that will track environmental protection activities across the planet as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend.

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UN signs pact with ISO to set international standards for meteorological data
Computer Aid works on cutting down e-waste
New UN scheme seeks to combat climate change from deforestation                                                                       


 
COMMUNITY RADIO

India: Radio Jamia plea helped maintain calm in area
The community radio station, Radio Jammia appealed people to maintain clam and restraint when there was a confusion over the police-terrorist encounter in Jami Nagar. The radio run by the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre of Jamia Millia Islamia University.

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India: Symbiosis Institute to set up community radio on campus


e-GOVERNANCE

Bangladesh Cabinet passes right to information law
The advisory council of Bangladesh has given final approval to a new Right to Information Law 2008 to increase accountability of government institutions and establish good governance in the country.

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India: DIT plans to launch campaign for e-Governance project
Video-conferencing to replace bureaucrats’ hotline
Uganda government will launch Web portal

EDUCATION

Indian Government announces scholarship schemes for higher education
In oder to encourage students who want to pursue higher education especially in the field of sciences, the Central Government of India announced scholarship schemes worth over INR 30 billion.

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Computer game boosts maths scores



Health

EU consults on ICT 2020 research strategy
The European Commission has launched a public consultation into its 'no-holds barred' ICT (Information and Communications Technology) research and innovation staretgy over the next decade up to 2020.

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India leads the way for personalising medicine in developing countries
Ayurveda doctors sharpen skills with latest technology


m-SERVE

UNCTAD's report focuses on mobile telephony and telecentres
A United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD) report states that use of modern ICT gadgets like the mobile phones and net access are helping to narrow the digital bridge between the rich nations and emerging economies.

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Indian IT Minister calls for push to rural tele-penetration
US mobile phone users text more than they talk


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