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Indian Government focuses on higher and technical education
To promote the education in the country, the Union Government of India has cleared that the government will focus on higher and technical education in its 11th plan.
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NEWS

AGRICULTURE

Indian Govt announces scheme to boost Agri production
The Department of Agriculture and Cooperation and the Agricultural Ministry of India has launched a Centrally sponsored scheme on National Food Security Mission (NFSM) in order to increase production of rice, wheat and pulses by the end of the Eleventh Five Year Plan period.
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Palestinian farmers to benefit from UN projects in Gaza, West Bank
Infosys empowers Indian farmers
UK Government launches a new curriculum drive for agriculture



e-COMMERCE

Villagers across 12 states in India to benefit from mobile banking
Thousands of villagers across 12 states are likely to get their social security pension and wages paid under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme with the help of mobiles over the coming few months.
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RCom, HDFC Bank launch virtual credit card


e-GOVERNANCE

Dubai eGovernment gears up to showcase its array of e-Services at Cairo ICT 2008
Dubai eGovernment highlighted its electronic government services at the Cairo ICT 2008 forum on 24-27 February 2008. Dubai eGovernment will primarily highlight its eServices such as Ask Dubai, mDubai, ePay and eLearn in the forum.
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e-Governance Centres in all Panchayats of Himachal (India )
Romeoville goes online with new e-Services
German ID card to allow pseudonyms




EDUCATION

UN-backed plan aims to boost access to education, reduce gender gap in Djibouti
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Gulf charity Dubai Cares have launched a new education initiative to help bolster access to education for children and promote gender equality in the small East African nation of Djibouti.
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Over 6 million Afghan children to start new school year with UN support
UAE Ministry launches new educational portal
Chandigarh (India) starts inclusive education programme for disabled


HEALTH

Google to store patients' health records
Google will soon start storing medical records of a few thousand people as it tests a long-awaited health service, which is likely to raise more concerns about healthcare services.
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Study: India can be attractive healthcare destination

m-SERVE

Spice mobile's phone for the blind
Spice Mobile has launched low-cost mobile phone for the blind at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. The 'Phone for the Visually Impaired' is a very simple, voice only phone with a braille keypad.
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COAI (India) seeks clarity on 'virtual' operators
Livelihoods

Gates Foundation and UN join forces to mechanise women’s work in West Africa
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in an effort to empower rural West African women with diesel engines to boost their incomes.
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Women offered free training in computer skills
TELECENTRE

Online governance to reach grassroots of West Bengal (India)
The West Bengal (India) Government is planning to set up common services centres (CSCs) in each of the 4,562 panchayats in the state by Mach 31, 2008. These CSCs will allow villagers to avail services like registration of certificates, filing commercial taxes among others.  
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Decoding IT through e-Sampark


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