Lead News of the Week

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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NEWS
AGRICULTURE

Madagascar farmers earn boost from UN rural development agency
Poor rural families across southern and central Madagascar will be able to increase their incomes after the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced a $19 million scheme to improve farming production.

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e-GOVERNANCE

Passport Seva Project
At New Delhi,India,on October 13th 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 Rs.10,000 million.

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Laos invests in ICT to promote e-Governance
Abu Dhabi completes e-Archiving of judicial data


EDUCATION

IGNOU launches mobile services
News and information relating to IGNOU for its students will now be SMS away.The first level of mobile services will start in next 15 days with info about its courses such as exam dates, updating personal details etc.

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Wonder machines for Ghanaian schools
Smart Technologies bring multimedia classrooms to China

Health

Telemedicine Centre to come up at NIT Tiruchirapalli
The National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli (NITT) has expressed a keen interest in starting a Telemedicine Centre, during a workshop on 'Telemedicine' conducted recently by the institute under its Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP).

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Sectra to provide NI radiology system
City couple launches doctor service for lone parents


TECHNOLOGY

New software to aid e-Auction of tea
NSE IT Limited is implementing e-Auction software in all the auction centres of North and south India. The Tea Board will introduce the e-auction format in November 2008.

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TELECENTRE

Lakh Common Service Centres by July 2009
Government plans to establish One Lakh Common Service Centres (CSCs) in 600,000 villages,to provide IT enabled services to the people in the rural areas.Out of which 18,000 CSCs have already been set up.

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WIRELESS

India: PMC plans for Wi-Fi enabled hotspots at kiosks
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will soon cover the whole city under its 'Unwired Pune' project. PMC is planning to install WiFi hotspots at Citizen Facilitation Centre (CFC) kiosks being set up at 144 places.

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