Lead News of the Week

EU to promote use of ICT in energy conservation
The European Commission announced that it would promote the use of ICT to improve energy efficiency throughout the economy, starting with buildings, lighting and the power grid.

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NEWS
16th WCIT, Kuala Lumpur Updates

Global ICT spending tops $3.5 trillion
According to a study Digital Planet 2008 released at the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), the growth of ICT market will exceed $370 billion this year. The study was released at the first day of its World Congress for Information Technology, held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 18-22 May 2008.

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US$1.65 billion deal sealed on first day
Microsoft and Qubeconnect rolls out unified solutions



CLIMATE CHANGE

Greenhouse gases' level highest at present: Studies
Researchers say that gases trapped in Antarctic ice cores provide fresh evidence that greenhouse gases concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane have never been as high during the last 800,000 years.

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COMMUNITY RADIO

India: TRAI initiates work on satellite radio policy
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has initiated the consultation process on satellite radio policy as proposed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B). The satellite radio policy will lay the ground rules for the companies to operate the satellite radio services in the country.

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India: 'Panchayat Radio’ set to stage a come back



e-GOVERNANCE

Electronic Parliament in Slovakia
Slovakian Parliament takes the electronic route through Electronic Parliament to massively reduce the amount of paper that is used. The brainchild of Pavol Paska, Chairaman of the Slovak National Council, these electronic procedures will be in place by the September 2008 session of the National Council.

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Romanian e-Gov portal to serve EU citizens Soon
India: Tamil Nadu launches portal for e-Processing of lands



EDUCATION

UNESCO supported children’s media literacy project completes its initial stage
The first phase of a project launched in 2007 by Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica and UNESCO on train children in media literacy has now been completed. The project involves 910 students in 10 schools.

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IGNOU launches project to train anganwadi workers
Promoting ICT teaching and learning in Ghana


HEALTH

Mobile Phone based food tracking system launched
A new mobile phone based dietary assessment tool for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Genes and Environment and Health Initiative (GEI) has been developed by Sarnoff Corporation and Viocare Technologies.

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Coimbatore hospital a model for eGovernance
Government of Sri Lanka plans to redress medical brain drain


TECHNOLOGY

Virtual offices could be the future in India
Corporate sectors have started using unified communications (UC) as a technology for employee retention and going green. UC also makes easy to adopt the concept of virtual office.

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WITSA Chairman hails WCIT 2008 as the best ever IT Congress
Government of Sri Lanka plans to redress medical brain drain



WIRELESS

Gujarat (India) to connect all villages via satellite
Gujarat will be the first state in India to provide high-speed connectivity through satellite-based data connections to all its 13,693 gram panchayats by July this year, enabling video, voice and data offerings in the areas of e-Governance, distance education, telemedicine, agriculture and interactive advisory and counselling services.

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Selangor to launch own broadband wireless network



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