July 2007

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Agriculture

SMGB to set up information kiosks for farmers in Kerala, India

Malappuram, Kerala (India) based South Malabar Gramin Bank (SMGB), is planning to set up a series of information kiosks across the state.

These information kiosks will help farmers to access any information regarding agriculture, field information and more. The information kiosks would be fully funded and supported by the bank. The bank is planning to unveil a variety of schemes in the agro-tourism sector in the state. The bank will open around 10 information kiosks in this fiscal year.

South Malabar Gramin Bank also plans to open farm information kiosks at farming districts. This will equip the farmer with useful globally valid data on forward and backward integration of their crops.
www.financialexpress.com

Community Radio

Prison community radio in Jamaica

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) of Jamaica, Africa United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will inaugurate community radio in the penitentiary centre for adults of Tower Street in collaboration with the Canadian Agency of International Development (CIDA).

The project of community multi-media centre (CMC) will support interactions between the prisoners and their family. UNESCO has ordered an ethnographic research-action to evaluate the use of these technologies like instruments of reintegration and education as-well-as the influence of the CMC on the relations between prisoners and penitentiary personnel. The results of the study would be published in a guide on the use of ICT in prison medium.
www.portal.unesco.org

e-Commerce

Federal websites improves on e-Commerce

The Federal Websites offers more oppor-tunities for e-Commerce. The University of Michigan's American Customer Satisfaction Index has released a report showing a slight improvement in citizen satisfaction with federal Web sites. The greatest improvement was in the e-Commerce and transactions category, which increased by 0.4 percent to 73.7 out of 100. Still, federal websites score lower on the ACSI scale than private-sector Web sites. e-Government earned ACSI scores 8.5 percent lower than private sector e-Commerce sites, which garnered average ACSI marks of 80. ACSI analysts said, the federal websites will improve, when they offer more opportunities for online business transactions.
www.gcn.com

Pak Oman Micro-finance Bank, Pakistan launches mobile banking service

Pak Oman Micro-finance Bank of Pakistan has launched the Mobile Banking Operations from Tando Allahyarin rural Sindh in collaboration with the National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA).

The bank has offered operating services like new and current accounts on the spot, cash deposit and withdrawals and investment in certificates of deposits. The objective of the mobile banking services in rural areas is to bring modern banking services at the doorstep of the villagers.
www.app.com

Education

Singapore's GIF signs MoU with Gujarat (India) for schools in tribal districts

Singapore-based Global Indian Foundation (GIF) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Gujarat (India) Government to set up world-class schools in the tribal districts of the state.

Under this MoU, the first such school would be set-up at Vejalpur in the Panchmahals district, known as Mahatma Gandhi Eklavya School, and it would be managed by the elite Navrachana International School, Vadodara.

GIF, a non-profit foundation set by Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) of Gujarat has already established schools in Asia-Pacific region at Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and India. GIF is planning to open more schools in Australia and the US.
www.thehindubusinessline.com

The Global Young Social Entrepreneurs' Competition

The Global Competition, the Young Social Entrepreneurs' Forum and GK3 are organised by Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), the world's leading multi-stakeholder network promoting innovation and advancement in Knowledge for Development and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (
www.globalknowledge.org). Those social enterprises that are led by young people up to 30 years, and the enterprise or venture that are operational at least in a pilot phase and use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as part of its business model, are encouraged to apply. Applications from Egypt are particularly encouraged, as country-specific funding has been made available in addition to the general Competition funds.

Entries can be submitted 15 Jun

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