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India ready with climate action plan
The much awaited the national plan on climate change has been finalised and set to be announced on today by the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, India. After two rounds of to and fro between different lobbies in the climate change council and within the government, the plan finally weds India's international negotiating stance with a domestic agenda on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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AGRICULTURE

UN-backed project to help thousands of rural poor in Azerbaijan
United Nations backed project is expected to benefit more than 22,000 poor households in north-western Azerbaijan. The project will strengthen local irrigation systems, improve farming methods and widen access to rural finance. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is providing a loan of $17 million to finance the project.
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Nokia outlines initiatives targeting rural markets of India
Uganda, Egypt agree on trade, agriculture


CLIMATE CHANGE

NASA launches satellite to track ocean levels and monitor warming
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has joined its hands with the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales tp launch a satellite, so that they can measure sea surface height and monitor global climate change.

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UN agency devises calculator to estimate carbon footprints of flights
Computers, phones can reduce CO2 by 15%: Study


e-GOVERNANCE

Vietnam ICT Ministry drafting State IT application scheme
The Ministry of Information and Communication of Vietnam is finalising a draft on the application of IT in state agencies in 2009-2010 as well as on the vision for Vietnam's e-government, which will be submitted to the government for approval later this month.
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Government of India launches e-Passport
Swiss Government to issue biometric identity cards


EDUCATION

Intel unveils digital education content in Ghana
As a part of its World Ahead programme and in a line of its continued effort to provide students with the crucial tools to succeed in the global arena, Intel has announced its collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (MOESS), as well as the Ministry of Communication (MOC), Ghana to launch its localised digital education content platform, skoool.com.gh., an interactive teaching platform.

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UN agency and Microsoft plan increased collaboration
NIIT partners with Infospectrum to offer educational resource planning tool

HEALTH

India: Telemedicine soon across Maharashtra
Project planned with ISRO should have started in June last year; now, initial phase will connect via satellite premier medical colleges and hospitals to patients at eight or nine district hospitals.
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Hospitals must give records within 72 hrs
Indians can now dial 108 for emergency

m-SERVE

India to lead among Asian countries in mobile gaming
In a terms of mobile gaming revenues, it is expected that India will reach $450 million by 2012, according to study revealed by a global technology research firm, Gartner. India is becoming the fastest-growing telecom market in the world.

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Ethiopia: Mobile network project goes operational
Nokia outlines initiatives targeting rural markets of India
Study: Mobile phones 'a health risk' for kids



LIVELIHOODS

Arab cities to launch UN-backed drive to combat racism
In a support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), several cities across the Arab world are planning to launch a campaign to fight against racism, discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance.

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Australia and ADB helping GMS combat HIV through $6M grant
Zapak launches game for social change


SME

Microcredit scheme for slum dwellers launched in India
Finance Minister of Indian Government, P Chidambaram has launched a pilot Microcredit Scheme to provide loans at reasonable rates of interest to the slum dwellers of Ekta Vihar in Delhi.
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India: Orissa MSME policy for technological upgrade
Electronic financial service will assist SMEs in China


TELECENTRE

Indian Government to implement SWAN for INR 33340 million
The Union Government of India has decided to implement State Wide Area Network (SWAN) to provide connectivity to over 1,00,000 government offices across the country. The project will cost around INR 33340 million.
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Telecentre.org sets up the first English
Language Telecentre Academy

Kiosks can smooth registration process


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