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Agriculture

DrumNet project to make Kenyan farmers ICT enabled
Pride Africa with support of IDRC's connectivity Africa program is addressing the poor condition of farmers through the DrumNet project in Kenya through an ICT enabled network. 

DrumNet is helping smallholder farmers who make up 70 percent of the popula-tion in most African countries within a network of farmer support centres delivering a targeted set of marketing, financial and information services. Farmers get access to ICT-enabled information on critical business decisions such as; which crops to grow; when to plant; what varieties to plant; which agro-chemicals to use; real-time market information (prices and opportunities) using mobile phone technology. The initiative would get even further if it used community radio approach in mobilisation and information dissemination.
www.digitaldivide.net


Education

ICT agreement for e-Framework initiative
New Zealand's Ministry of Education (on behalf of New Zealand's Education Sector ICT Standing Committee and Ministry of Research, Science and Technology) collaborates with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) for a close cooperation between the two organisations in the e-Framework initiative.

This collaboration is central to the development and deployment of IT stand-ards and systems is to explore more flexible approaches to the technical infrastructures for e-Learning, e-Research and e-Administration. The development of such a service-oriented technical frame-work, based on open standards, is argued to maximise the flexibility and cost effectiveness of IT systems.
www.egovmonitor.com

e-Book offerings from Sony Electronics and Borders Inc
Sony Electronics and Borders Inc have declared a joint venture of a reading device for e-Books and text documents, available through about 200 Borders stores in the US.

The Sony Reader will debut in Borders and more than 30 Sony Style stores around the country as well as online at www.sonystyle.com. The Reader will allow active readers to carry as much as they want to read whether they are travelling on the road or just around the corner.

Becta school website to bring transformation in teaching
The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) will reduce the number of online services and brands it provides for schools in response to the Department for Education and Skills five-year strategy and e-Strategy, 'Harnessing Technology'.

Over the coming months some changes would be seen in Becta's online presence. The aim is to work towards a position where teachers should be able to work from any Internet access point at any time, linked to the tools and learning services they need in order to plan, prepare, manage and follow up learning experiences for their students. This site is an example of the Government's ongoing commitment to ICT and the drive to transform teaching and learning in schools.
www.ngfl.gov.uk

 

e-Commerce

e-Auction success brings a huge profit to CIL
The credibility for high profit of Coal India Limited (CIL) in previous year can largely be attributed to the success of e-Auction. e-Auction made it easy to manage multiple online auctions bringing transparency in marketing of coal. Under the e-Auction route, the company sold 19.5 mt of coal, which generated additional revenue of about Rs 920 crore.
www.financialexpress.com

HP on an innovative move for IT solutions in Middle East
Managing Director for HP in Middle East, calls for technology for all at World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Muscat.

HP with its commitment is to meet with ministers and other industry leaders to discuss on how governments and multi-national companies in the region can use technology to improve education to foster a culture of entrepreneurship and facilitate economic growth. Besides HP uses its products, services and skills, for various philanthropic activities also, so as to increase children and young adults' access to Information Technology world-wide. HP was a child of innovation and it strongly believes that IT is a critical component for transformation of economy. It supports  initiatives such as the Young Arab Leaders Forum and WSIE, along with mentoring programmes, with diligent responsibility to contribute meaningfully to the communities.
www.ameinfo.com

Finger print identification
e-Registry

www.thehindubusinessline.com

CMC Ltd, an IT solutions and services provider and a subsidiary of TCS, India has recently developed a biometric application for Nasscom called the national skills registry, where employees in IT-related fields would have fingerprinted identification and records.
This has enhanced the assistance to government by providing land record automation services and treasury management. The versatile computerised operations for police stations (VCOPS) is a solution by which an entire police case can be put in computerised records from the registration of the crime to the closure of the case. The company's clients for these e-Governance solutions include foreign countries as well.   
 
www.thehindubusinessline.com

e-Governance

KSRTC to introduce e-Ticketing facility
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), India is going to launch e-Ticketing facility, known as Any Where Any Time Advance Ticket Reservation (AWATAR) for bus commuters.

The system allows booking of tickets from any place for any destination. A commuter can pay the fare through Internet. KSRTC would launch a new website, ksrtc.in, to offer e-Tickets and other information to the public while the existing site, ksrtc.org, would be used for in-house information sharing. The new system would enable booking of advance tickets up to 30 days. A commuter could also exchange the e-Ticket with a regular ticket at KSRTC counters at the boarding point. The new system also allowed intermediate booking of advance tickets.
www.hindu.com

Karnataka High Court to put its judgments on Internet
The Karnataka High Court, India will shortly be putting its judgments on the Internet. The plan will greatly benefit advocates and litigants. This initiative will link the Advocate-General's office with the Law Department.

As of now, only the Supreme Court and a few High Courts are putting their judgments on the Net. The computer savvy solutions that the court wishes to adopt would bring more transparency, simplify the court rules and procedures and make them more people friendly. Many of the problems is expected to be ironed out if the 'e-Link' between the High Court and the Government comes through.
www.hindu.com

Oman's vision for eOman
An e-Governance project launched in Muscat for a countrywide awareness drive. Oman's vision is to transform the settings of the society into a 'digital society' in which every citizen and resident has access to a vast range of convenient, cost-effective and customer-oriented electronic services. The campaign, titled 'eOman', aims at providing improved services to the public that will empower them and change their lives for the better, key officials overseeing the programme explained. It would lay down an effective government-community-citizen infrastructure.
www.khaleejtimes.com

Citizen centric e-Governance programme by CMC
The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC), West Bengal, India, will offer a host of services including renewal of trade licence, collection of property tax, distribution of mutation forms and granting permission for water supply connection

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