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UN launches initiative to improve Internet access in Asia-Pacific region
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a new database to promote the development of telecentres, common community centres, so that people in the poorest and most remote areas, from farmers to students gain access to computers and the Internet.
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NEWS

COMMUNITY RADIO

India: Bihar plans school radio project
The Bihar (India) Government has proposed a community radio project for schools. In this regard, the state government has selected 11 highschools of Patna and Nalanda.
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India: Kalpakkam to get community radio station
Jadavpur Univeristy of Kolkata (India) to launch Community Radio station


e-GOVERNANCE

India slips on UN e-Governance
According to the UN e-Government Survey 2008, India has slipped 26 places in the last three years and been overtaken by countries like Maldives (ranked 95), Sri Lanka (101) and even Iran (108).
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Dubai eGovernment launches e-Permit system
Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate further improves on line service
e-Governance implemented in municipal bodies in 423 cities of India


EDUCATION

UNESCO cites RP for use of ICT in education
The Philippines through the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) has won a commendation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for a project to digitise non-formal education in the country.
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UN: Hundreds of teachers to be trained in southern Sudan through Japanese grant
Intel to provide 1,000 PCs to schools of Bangladesh
India: Online database of Orissa kids launched

HEALTH

Sweden gets national patient records system
Soon, Swedish residents will be able to access their own medical records. The Swedish healthcare advisory organisation, SVR AB is planning to implement a national patient overview (NPO) to improve patient security and quality of care.
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Lao PDR to us ICeT to improve rural health care training


m-SERVE

Bangladeshis spend lowest on mobile phone in South Asia
According to recent study, conducted by LIRNEasia, Bangladeshis spend less on mobile phone use than any other people in South Asia.
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India: DoT computerises spectrum management

TELECENTRE

Malawi to have booming ICT services in rural areas
After successfully piloting ICT telecentres in some districts of the country, the Malawi Government is coming up with ICT services across the country.
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India: Karnataka plans hubs for rural business


TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Broadband connectivity in India
In order to expand broadband connectivity to rural areas under the purview of Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), the Indian Telegraph Rules have been amended. The Indian Telegraph has added stream IV under the title 'Provision of broadband connectivity to villages in a phased manner'.  
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Kenya: ICT firm to link rural population


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