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Bangladesh wins the Equator Prize for outstanding community initiatives

The Shidulai Swarnivar Sangstha of Bangladesh wins the Equator Prize in recognition of outstanding community efforts for poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation. The Shidulai Swarnivar Sangstha uses riverboat-based educational resource centres throughout Bangladesh's Ganges river delta to deliver information on sustainable agricultural practices and current market prices.

Central Asia, Afghanistan discuss open source software

Software developers, academics, development groups and decision makers from Central Asia and Afghanistan met in the Tajik capital Dushanbe to see how the Free/Libre and Open Source Software  (FLOSS) could be of help to the region. The July 6-7 meet focussed on developing national strategies on FLOSS in Central Asia. It was organised by UNESCO along with the Global Internet Policy Initiative, Tajikistan, and the Open Society Institute, Tajikistan.

US immigration laws prompt Microsoft to set up shop in Canada

Microsoft Corp. plans to open a software development centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, later this year, partly as a way to recruit and retain talented workers who can't get into or stay in the U.S. because of immigration laws. The software vendor announced the plans Thursday, saying that the new Microsoft Canada Development Centre will open this fall and be staffed by developers 'from around the world.'

Caste Away

India's high-tech revolution helps 'Untouchables' rise writes 
Paul Beckett.

Rural communication divides in Nepal

This year Nepal Telecom as well as other telecommunication services along with media houses provided the SLC (School Leaving Certificate) examination results through SMS and website. It was made available via websites of the ministry of education and department of education (, and other media houses like among others.

Will China best Indian outsourcing? soon?    
Some may doubt China's ability to match India as an outsourcing destination for services, but Conrad Chang is not one of them. The Sydney-based research manager in business process outsourcing for International Data Corp. recently finished a report comparing the top cities in Asia for outsourcing information technology services. His conclusions: While Indian cities are tops now, by 2011 they'll be matched or even bested by cities in China.

India agrees to vacate 42.5 Mhz spectrum

Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, India,  A. Raja announced that the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) sanctioned INR 1,600 crore for laying an optical fibre alternative network for the Defence forces so that they would be able to vacate 42.5 Mhz spectrum, including the 3G spectrum by September. Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Raja said as soon as the spectrum was vacated, the DoT  would be fully utilising its unspent funds to the tune of INR 30,000 crore for rural telephony and broadband services within a stipulated period.

Microsoft's recognition goes to Luna Shamsuddoha

Dhaka based software developer Dohatec drew the attention of software giant Microsoft for its outstanding contribution in the hi-tech domain. The developer was the first company, which earned valuable remarks in the opening session of Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference by Allison Watson, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft on July 10, 2007. This was the largest conference of world class software companies with 12,000 professional participants from across the world.

International long distance telecom services policy 2007 approved in Bangladesh

The caretaker government decided to introduce International Long Distance Telecommunications Services instead of VoIP for optimum utilisation of the capacity of the submarine cable for accelerating economic activities in the country. Use of VoIP will get legal coverage under the new policy.

Bangladesh to join Wikimania 2007

Bangladesh, for the first time, will join the world conference of Wikipedia

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