Lead News of the Week

Maldives opens world’s first virtual embassy
The Maldives has become the first country in the world to open a virtual embassy in Second Life, the online virtual world.
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NEWS
AGRICULTURE

AGROffice complete launched by ProGIS
Harvest time has come for the farmers. ProGIS, a software firm providing products, services and consultation on Geographic Information System (GIS) applications, has launched "AGROffice complete" as an extension of its SaRAM project.
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New BIM mobile engineering training unit launched
Mobile telephony for grocery store managers
COMMUNITY RADIO

Namma Banuli (India) community radio scheme
The Government of India is taking efforts to promote community radio station across the country. In continuation to this effort, the Government of Karnataka has launched Namma Banuli scheme, so that rural areas have their own community radio station.
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15 more Letter of Intent from I&B Ministry of India
e-GOVERNANCE

Burdwan is India’s first e-Governed ‘panchayat’ district
Burdwan of West Bengal has become the first district in India where all the panchayats have been offered a broadband connectivity for communicating with its district and state headquarters.
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Europe leads in e-Governance preparedness
UNDP to sign US$390 million governance programme with DRC
UN eGovernment Report: UAE ranks 5th in transactional services
EDUCATION

Mobile schools to educate child labourers in India
The Delhi Government is planning to start 'Mobile Schools' in order to provide primary education to street urchins and child labourers.
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Malta Government launches national e-Learning strategy
NKC suggests regulation of fee structure in private schools
DA, DOST launch e-Learning project
HEALTH

Lakshadweep to manage medical inventory online
The Government of Lakshadweep has launched a web-enabled medical inventory management system, called 'Ever Alert' for managing stock position of medicine and appliances.
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Byrraju Foundation and Satyam make tele-medicine available to millions
LIVELIHOODS

Brighton & Hove City Council's Talking Bus Stops for the blind and visually impaired
Brighton & Hove have become the first area in the UK in introducing talking Bus stops for blind and visually impaired people.
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UNICEF appeals for $856 million to aid children and women in emergencies
m-SERVE

NTT launches mobile phone technology for hearing-challenged
NTT DoCoMo has launched an unusual mobile receiver-microphone combo especially for the elderly people and those having hearing difficulties at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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GSMA launches mobile alliance against child sexual abuse
Rwanda: country in rural phone programme
OPEN SOURCE

IIIT, Kerala launches first GIS service
The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala (India) has launched the state's first Active Web Geographical Information System (GIS) service in public domain using free and open source software technology. 
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TELECENTRE

UN report: mobile phones narrow poverty gap in emerging markets -
According to new report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD), the use of modern ICT gadgets like the mobile phones and net access are helping to narrow the digital bridge between the rich nations and emerging economics.
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Hughes signs deal with Comat Sign to provide broadband services at 10,000 kiosks across rural India
 
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