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Indian Government set to finalise action plan on climate change
The Government of India is planning to finalise the national action plan on climate change. The Prime Minister's committee discussed on this plan on 2 June 2008. The 22 member committee will complete the plan before the G-8 Summit, which will held on 7-9 July 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. The 34th G-8 Summit is expected to be dominated by the issue of climate change.

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NEWS
AGRICULTURE

NSEL plans to launch e-Trading platform in India
Financial Technologies promoted National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) has received licenses from Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka governments to launch an agri e-Trading platform, so that farmers can directly sell their produce in the market.

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Barriers to e-Agriculture information in Africa
e-Markets with sound trade and regulatory polices will enhance food security



CLIMATE CHANGE

World Environment Day appeals to 'CO2 Kick the Habit'
The United Nations urged the world to take steps to fight climate change and to reduce carbon footprint. Marking World Environment Day theming on "CO2 Kick the Habit" in Wellington, New Zealand, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon said "our world is in the grip of a dangerous carbon habit and addiction is a terrible thing.

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EU urges focused action on climate change
Connect-2-Climate - a pioneering mobile games initiative to raise public awareness on climate change in India


e-GOVERNANCE

e-Gazette launched by Ministry of Urban Development
As part of the e-governance initiatives, the Department of Publication, Ministry of Urban Development has launched e-Gazette with the help of NIC and NICSI which will maintain Gazette Notifications on a date-wise, month-wise, part-wise and subject-wise basis.

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Cross Border eID to be checked: European Commission
PRTC to launch e-Ticketing in Punjab


EDUCATION

Tele-Education in Africa by IGNOU
In yet another step towards spreading education to far-flung areas, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will offer Tele-Education services to all the 53 countries of the African Union (AU).

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Microsoft India renews its education investment
UGC opens centre to aid research work


HEALTH

ISO certification to be must for ESI hospitals
ESI hospitals providing healthcare facilities to workers covered under the Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) will be soon required to have ISO certification.

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IBM's new data sharing technology for critical public health info
Research tax credit boosts medical nanotechnologies sector in France


m-SERVE

India Added 8.21 Million Wireless Subscribers at the end of April: TRAI
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) stated that there were 269.30 million wireless users at the end of April in India. This is a up 57 percent from the earlier year.

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Registration of Call Centres Decentralised: DoT
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Brings Communication Under Single IP


TELECENTRE

Rural BPOs catching fast in India
Kiran Karnik, former president of Nasscom, speaking at Jyotismay, the first conference on rural BPO hosted recently by Byrraju Foundation in Hyderabad said rural BPO companies are poised to proliferate in the India.

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SREI Infra plans to invest INR10 billion for rural IT infrastructure project



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