October 2005

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Community development

e-Discussion on Chattisgarh
Shubhranshu Choudhary (smitashu@gmail.com) informed the readers an e-discussion group called Chhattisgarh-Net (http://36garh.notlong.com), which discusses issues related to development of Chhattisgarh state in India and its people. It is trying to put together a People's Website of Chhattisgarh to go up on 1st Nov when the state turns 5. Any suggstion/help for any study/link/story related to any People's issue of Chhattisgarh to be put on the site will be highly appreciated.   

Disaster management 

From Sri Lanka to Pakistan    
Fouad Riaz Bajwa (bajwa@fossfp.org) informed that the Sri Lankan's Chamindra de Silva and another volunteer developer are arriving in Islamabad to deploy Sahana that is a Free and Open Source Software disaster management system that handles missing/displaced persons, camp management, assistance, trading system, etc. These are the lead developers for the same system which was used in Sri Lanka to co-ordinate aid for the Tsunami disaster. Pakistan Software Export Board, Open Source Resource Centre, International Open Source Network UNDP-IOSN are assisting them to Pakistan. 

More information on Sahana:

Community radio
Vinaya Kasajoo of Nepal wrote about the role Community Radio can play in the Disaster Management. Nepal FM Radio has been used in the management of food and other disaster effected area in some countries. Radio was widely used in Mozambique. FM sets cost less than US$ 3. They can be air dropped. Suitcase FM stations can be installed immediately like the rebels of Nepal are doing in hill areas. This system can help to manage the rehabilitation of the victims and to find the lost members of the family. Danicom or some other radio company can he requested.  I think it can be more effective and quick way to manage information in the earthquake area and the rehabilitation of the victims.

Vickram Crishna wrote that they can make 'suitcase' stations for very local broadcasting (within a radius of 400 m roughly) available for under US$ 120.


Md. Akteruzzaman (akzaman@gmail.com) welcomed the readers to join 3-days Road Show on world best e-Content at Bhashani Navo theatre from 23-25 October which will be inaugurated by Hon. Prime Minister along with an International workshop on “Building an Information Society : Road2Tunis” He also welcomed Bangladeshi e-Content producers (WSA National Nomination will get preference) to showcase their product free of charge at decorated stall in Bangladesh ICT Showcase at the same time.

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