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Biofuel may harm women in rural areas: FAO
The United Nations (U.N) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling on nations to look into developing biofuel strategies that will harm rather than benefit the women living in rural areas.

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NEWS
e-AGRICULTURE

The INFONET-Bio Vision farmer information platform launched in East Africa
Recently, the African Insect Science for Food and Health and the Biovision Foundation launched an Internet platform that will give farmers in East Africa free access to information on sustainable control of disease vectors and pests.

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Jamaica Agriculture Ministry wants insurance company for farmers

FOMCA urges Malaysian Government to use the 1 mil idle hectares


e-GOVERNANCE

Government of California adopts YouTube services
The Government of California has launched the state's official video channel on YouTube.com. The project, 'cost-neutral', would be implemented without any additional funds.

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Angola Stands 127th in UN Electronic Governance ranking
Thailand Ministry unveils ICT strategies
Slovenia launches e-Democracy service


EDUCATION

Global Action Week from 21-27 April, 2008
Fifteen countries have planned to the 2008 Education for All Global Monitoring Report during Global Action Week (21-27 April 2008). In this week, countries around the world are organising activities on the theme of "Quality Education to End Exclusion".

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UK-China partnerships and collaborations in higher education

India: e-Shishu project receives Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration

HEALTH

Open source health IT solutions in Europe
The open source developer community, Open Health Tools (OHT), has announced a collaborative effort to develop common healthcare IT products and services. Its 26 members consist of national health agencies, government-funded organisations and agencies, major healthcare providers, international standards organisations and companies from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Computer-controlled methadone dispensing for prisons


TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Indian Government plans to set up 8,000 telecom towers in rural areas this fiscal
The Government of India will soon invite tenders from telecom service providers to set up rural networks for which subsidy would be provided from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USO). Around INR 99 billion fund is lying with the centre.

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Sri Lanka ranked 79 from 127 countries on network readiness
250 million Europeans regularly use Internet

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