Lead News of the Week

PANOS survey finds out status of CR stations in West Africa
A new report from the PANOS Institute of West Africa finds out the status of community radio stations in seven West African countries about their use of ICT for reporting, production, transmission and interaction with their listeners.

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NEWS
AGRICULTURE

ICRISAT DG calls for support to dryland farmers
As the Governments of the developed and developing countries focus on bailing out their banks, insurance and financial companies to prevent them from going bankrupt which might cause their entire economy to collapse

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India: New scheme on e-Velanmai launched
India: West Bengal to double issue of Kisan Credit Cards


CLIMATE CHANGE

Himalayan pollution 'could impact monsoon cycle'
A group of French and Italian researchers have shown that pollution from China, India, Nepal and Pakistan can reach altitudes of over 5,000 metres in the Himalayas, contributing to the warming of the atmosphere and potentially affecting the South-East Asian monsoon cycle.

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Bangladesh launches climate change action plan
South Africa invests in clean technology


e-GOVERNANCE

Pakistan 131st in e-Governance Readiness
As per a report released by the United Nations named "United Nations Survey 2008; from e-Governance to Connected Governance", in e-Governance

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Govt a click away in West Bengal
Current Status on State Wide Area Network


EDUCATION

‘One Laptop Per Child’ Programme
Sokoto State Ministry of Education, Nigeria, is set to partner with the state's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to implement the 'One Laptop per Nigerian Child' (OLPC) programme, to improve education delivery in the state.

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Maharashtra has highest number of schools with computer facility, says report
Indo-Italian tie up to promote academic research


Health

Now an artificial heart that beats
Scientists have created what they claim is the world's first artificial heart that beats. A European team, led by French cardiac surgeon Alain Carpentier, has unveiled the fully implantable heart that can respond instantly

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Telemedicine could solve India's healthcare woes says UN official
Google awards USD 14 million for disease prediction technology


SME

ADB provides additional support for urban development in Bangladesh
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing additional funds to improve the basic services and infrastructure in small and medium-sized towns of Bangladesh.

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SBI to offer collateral-free loans upto Rs one cr to SMEs


TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Bangladesh: Social dynamics of Internet usage in Dhaka
According to 2007 figures from International Telecommunications Union (ITU), there are around 450,000 Internet users in Bangladesh. In 2006 Bangladesh got connected to SEA-ME-WE4 Internet submarine cable which has the data transfer capacity of 14.78 gigabytes per second (Gbps).

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Rwanda : U.S.$ 24 million for broadband-infrastructure


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