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Narrow casting project for Indian farmers

The Indian Government is planning to implement Narrow casting project across the country to provide relevant information to the villagers on subjects like agriculture, health and education.

They have identified 12 transmission areas to telecast region specific programme in 12 states across the country. The project has already implemented in 11 states of the nation in the previous stage telecasting agricultural programmes, six days in a week. In Narrow cast mode, agriculture programmes are to telecast 5 days a week through 180 transmitters reaching more than 140 districts across the country.

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Indian Government plans to computerise 188 AIR stations/offices

The Indian Government is planning to computerise ‘Akashvani Kendras’ (All India Radio stations) for providing better services in India.

Government is computerising AIR stations/offices under two schemes of 10th plan. According to Scheme (I), the computerisation of 38 AIR stations not having computers, in which government will provide 68 desktop computers with peripherals at an estimated cost of INR 4.1 million. While according to Scheme (II), the Computerisation of 188 AIR stations/offices that, has a provision of 414 number of desktop computers with peripherals and networking, at an estimated cost of INR
39 million.


Biometric ATMs for rural sector

Union Bank of India, Dena Bank and Central Bank of India are planning to install biometric automated teller machine (ATM) to provide banking services for rural customers of India.

Corporation bank, Andhra Bank and Canara Bank have also shown keen interest in rolling out a pilot study by introducing biometric ATM. These biometric ATMs would be used as tool for financial inclusion. According to MV Nair, Chairman and Managing Director of Union Bank of India, the main focus is to install these biometric ATMS in rural markets. The new biometric ATMs will provide banking services for illiterate people. The Executive Director of Central Bank, K Subbaraman told, the bank is planning to install firstly in rural areas of Bihar and further to be installed in urban areas too.
                                                                                                                Financial Express

DataWiz launches mobile banking technology for banks

DataWiz Technologies has launched software for banks to provide mobile banking service to their customers.

DataWiz Technologies, Texas-based service provider, has launched the software, which will allow banks to provide mobile banking service to their customers. Mobile Banker will allow their customers to interact with their banks by using any Internet-ready mobile phone, PDA, or PC. Customers would be able to view account information, generate transaction, make bill payments and apply for loans.
                                                                                                                           Bank Net


Nepal Government prepares e-Governance master plan

The Nepal Government has prepared e-Government master plan to create effective and productive e-Governance through the application of ICT.

The Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoEST) has prepared the plan with the technical assistance of Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency (KIPA). The plan will take place in 3 stages of ICT development by 2011.The plan is divided in three phases; ‘As is Analysis’, ‘To be Model’ and ‘Establishment Plan’. The master plan has strongly recommended building infrastructure and human resources development. The first phase of the plan is related with ICT policies and laws. The plan also includes online-processing of administrative procedures, knowledge based government, saving of time, continuous service oriented process reform and systematic flow of information, drastic reduction of paper work, online processing of international trading, and logistics and enterprise undertaking/operating services. The South Korean government provided US$2 million to prepare the plan. According to the document, Nepal will introduce an ICT-related curriculum for secondary education, expand provision of e-Learning, provide ICT training for bureaucrats, introduce an Informatisation Village and improve computer literacy.

Aptech opens e-Learning and tech training hub in Malaysia
Mumbai based IT education group, Aptech Ltd has launched its e-Learning and training centre in Malaysia.

Aptech is investing RM20 million to develop e-Learning and high-end technology training services in Malaysia. According to Pramod Khera, Chief Executive Officer of Aptech, the organisation has already utilised RM2 million to set up high end training centre in Kuala Lumpur. Aptech has already its training centres in India, China, South Africa, the United States and Europe. Aptech is partnering with the Human Resource Development Corporation and Cosmopoint College to market its high-end training solutions to local corporations and other institutions of higher learning.

e-Justice programme launched in Islamabad

The e-Justice programme was launched in Islamabad on 8 December 2006. The Federal Minister for Information technology, Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari has inaugurated a massive e-Justice programme to enable the country’s bar association to have an easy access statutes and case laws.

The first phase of the project is to inaugurate the automation of Multan District Bar Association, which will allow other 30 bar associations of Punjab province for online access of legal information. Among the beneficiaries of the previous programme were 31 bar associations of Punjab, 16 from Sindh, 21 from NWFP, three from Balochistan besides nine tax bar associations and three registry offices of the Lahore High Court. The e-Justice programme is part of the massive e-Govern-ment Programme launched by the federal government to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the government, increase transparency and accountability in decision making. The ministry of information technology has launched the project at a cost of Pakistan Rupees 40 million to auto-mate all bar associations, including offices of the higher judiciary, in  the country.

WB Government, India launches kiosks in rural areas

West Bengal (WB) Government has launched two kiosks named ‘Tathya Mitra’ at the gram panchayat level in two districts of the state in India.

The State government has launched two kiosks at the gram panchayat level in two districts to assess information needs of the rural people and viability and sustainability of their operation on commercial basis through women self help groups. Chief Minister of WB, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has launched the kiosks. These kiosks will help to deliver the shared visions of Microsoft and the state government to employ the benefits of ICT to catalyse progress and access to information, education, e-Governance, telemedicine services amongst others within the rural area.  According to Chief Minister, Microsoft has provided the IT infrastructure, technology, connectivity and training support for the two kiosks at Pipulberia in East Midnapore and at Kankalitala GP in Birbhum district. Microsoft and departments of panchayat and rural development under National e-Governance plan (NEGP) has implemented the common service centre project to empower the rural community in the state.
                                                                                                                           Zee News


Sri Lanka successfully conducted ‘train-the-trainer’ programme

The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has announced the successful results of recently conducted ‘train-the-trainer’ programme.

The ICTA , functioning under the Presidential Secretariat conducted the ‘train-the-trainer’ programme for a group of selected trainers who underwent an intensive 10-day training and certification programme. The ‘train-the-trainer’ progra-mme is focused on customer care and excellence. The programme was supported by ITESA, the Business Process Association of Sri Lanka whose membership represents,  Sri Lanka’s largest employers within the technology and service sector. The main focus of 10 day programme was to build and encourage service excellence skills for people who are looking for careers in a growing and vibrant sector.


Third EU-SouthEast Asia ICT research in Bangkok

The third EU-SouthEast Asia ICT research collaboration conference will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 29 to 31 January.

The main aim of the conference is to bring together SouthEast Asian and European researchers from academic and industry to establish new partners and promote new opportunities for joint research initiatives. The technical theme of the conference is to focus on the eight priority areas for ICT call of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), as well as national and regional (ASEAN) research priorities. ENGAGE is orgainsing the conference under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) to encourage and en-hance ICT research collaboration between the EU and countries of Southeast Asia.

ICT congress receives RM3.6 million from Microsoft Malaysia

The World Congress on Information Technology 2008, has received a boost of RM3.6 million (US $1 million) from Microsoft Malaysia.

Malaysia is hosting the 16th edition of the world’s most prestigious ICT event. WCIT 2008 Sdn Bhd has partnered with Microsoft Malaysia. The WCIT 2008 Sdn Bhd is a joint venture between Malaysian Development Corporation and the Associa-tion of the Computer and Multimedia Industries of Malaysia (Pikom). According to Dan E. Khoo, the Chief Executive Officer of WCIT 2008, the Microsoft Malaysia will contribute in the form of cash, services and technology. It is expected that WCIT 2008 event will draw over 2,500 leaders in business, government and academic from over 80 countries.

Yunus brings ICT for the poor

The Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner has announced about the involvement of International Telecom-munications Union (ITU) and some of the world’s biggest tele-communications companies to bring ICT for helping poor people of Bangladesh.

Yunus is aiming to combine the power of ICT with micro-financing to help poor people for earning suitable incomes. The programme is partnered with Grameen Bank micro-credit program, which provides small loans at low interest rates for poor people of Bangladesh. Grameen-Bank is reaching more than 3000 micro finance organisations and 100 million borrowers world wide, while ITU is supporting its 191 member states and some 650 private sector members from around the world.
                                                                                                                       ZD Net Asia

TSL plans to develop disaster recovery unit in Bangalore

The provider of integrated telecom solutions and products for the wireless cell phone market, Tanla Solutions Limited (TSL) is planning to set up a high tech back up and disaster recovery centre in Bangalore.

TSL is planning to set up the centre at a cost of INR 150 million. The centre will provide emergency level back up to support critical business requirements in case of disaster at Hyderabad centre affecting the functioning of TSL’s domestic and global delivery centres. According to TSL Director Amit Gupta, TSL will also invest INR 780 million for setting up infrastructure facilities for further development in Resea-rch and  Development centre at Hyderabad. TSL is planning to invest INR 220 million for improving product development facili-ties in wide range of cell phone services.
                                                                                                                  Deccan Herald


Wireless Phone system for Canadian doctors

Vocera Communications, a wireless communications solutions company, has partnered with Xwave, a division of Bell Aliant, one of Canada’s largest information and communications technology (ICT) providers to provide wireless phone service for doctors and nurses of Canada.

Siemens presents electronic healthcare card at Medica 2006
Siemens presented the integrated health care card, a patient based solutions at Medica 2006 under the title “A Holistic View with a Focus on Benefits.”

The integrated card is more than plastic card, is an opportunity for modern healthcare system. Siemens has developed this web based IT solution, which will support and optimise flow of information and integrate new communication media into existing treatment processes and systems for all sectors. The modular solution will enable the electronic patient record, communication and teleconsultation among participants, online appointment scheduling, consent management, and much more. Its solution will help to simplify processes, eliminate work steps and improve the quality of healthcare for patients. Germany is already using the Syngo Suit from Siemens. According to doctors, about 95 percent of all diagnostic reports is created by using an automatic voice recognition system.

The Vocera Communication System will instantly connect people with one another and allow them to quickly access patient information in anytime and anywhere. The system will provide instant communication through a combination of wireless local area network (LAN), Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and speech-recognition technology. The Xwave will provide professional and value-added reselling services across Canada and the United States. The companies will collaborate with healthcare and other public- and private-sector clients to design, implement and support targeted wireless communications solutions. According to Paul Scott, Vice President of Sales, Vocera Communications, the company will deliver high-value solutions to Canadian institutions. The hands-free wireless solution will offer personal healthcare in various terms like mobility, information access and ability to attend to patients.


ChildLine: the helpline service for children of India

ChildLine India is group for helping children, which provides a free, emergency phone numbers to children to call on a crisis available for 24 hours a day across India.

ChildLine India is working with UNICEF, and government agencies to reach all children who are in danger. The call centres of ChildLine are spread across India. According to the group, ChildLine has taken more than 4.5 millions calls from all over India. ChildLine has 1, 500 social workers and 155 child rights leaders who operate 75 ChildLine call centres, contact 55 support service bases and reach out to 2,000 children everyday. ChildLine has centres in 73 cities in 22 states, and it is estimated that 20 percent of the world’s helpline calls are in India on the 1098 phone lines. ChildLine is also organising  discussions for  innovative ways to spread the message.


LILA technology enable to learn Indian languages on mobile phone

Pune based C-DAC has joined with Mumbai based mobile technology company, Enable M to develop a technology for learning Indian languages through artificial intelligence or on mobile phones.

The technology named, Learn Indian Language through Artificial Intelligence (LILA) provides the facility to read and listen to the sound of Devanagiri, just as it is used in Hindi. LILA has also ability to understand the word format and pronunci-ation of words in Hindi as well as vocabulary for commonly used words and look up Hindi-English dictionary. The Hindi sentence structure patterns are exposed with a relative English version. There are exercise and practice sessions, available for users to make LILA as user friendly. It also includes narrative sessions of lesson with video clips. Further, the translation of Hindi sentence can be seen on the screen. The LILA Hindi Prabodh is already available on mobile handsets through MultiMedia Cards (MMC). According to spokesperson of C-DAC, the LILA is easy way of learning Hindi through multimedia (audio and video interface).

Read Newspaper on your mobile phone

Now, mobile phone users can enjoy newspapers on their mobile screens. Cell Next Solutions, a value added service provider on mobile phones has created software, which would enable newspapers to appear on mobile screens.

Internet to rural areas by Indian NGO
An Indian NGO, Sonet has teamed up with an Israeli firm, Radwin to provide Internet connectivity in rural areas of India.

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